NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The perfect holiday gift—a one-of-a-kind Star Wars experience that sheds new light on the original film.
On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, more than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the forty short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars:
• Gary Whitta bridges the gap from Rogue One to A New Hope through the eyes of Captain Antilles.
• Aunt Beru finds her voice in an intimate character study by Meg Cabot.
• Nnedi Okorofor brings dignity and depth to a most unlikely character: the monster in the trash compactor.
• Pablo Hidalgo provides a chilling glimpse inside the mind of Grand Moff Tarkin.
• Pierce Brown chronicles Biggs Darklighter’s final flight during the Rebellion’s harrowing attack on the Death Star.
• Wil Wheaton spins a poignant tale of the rebels left behind on Yavin.
Plus thirty-four more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from:
Ben Acker • Renée Ahdieh • Tom Angleberger • Ben Blacker • Jeffrey Brown • Rae Carson • Adam Christopher • Zoraida Córdova • Delilah S. Dawson • Kelly Sue DeConnick • Paul Dini • Ian Doescher • Ashley Eckstein • Matt Fraction • Alexander Freed • Jason Fry • Kieron Gillen • Christie Golden • Claudia Gray • E. K. Johnston • Paul S. Kemp • Mur Lafferty • Ken Liu • Griffin McElroy • John Jackson Miller • Daniel José Older • Mallory Ortberg • Beth Revis • Madeleine Roux • Greg Rucka • Gary D. Schmidt • Cavan Scott • Charles Soule • Sabaa Tahir • Elizabeth Wein • Glen Weldon • Chuck Wendig
All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book—a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children’s books—valued at $1,000,000—to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education. Over the past sixteen years, Disney and Penguin Random House combined have donated more than eighty-eight million books to First Book.
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More misses than hits
This book is a collection of short stories retelling the events of Star Wars A New Hope, but all from the view points of people who were standing around the events when they happened. You get a story about that stormtrooper who waved obi wan and Luke through in Mos Esley. You read a poem by palpatine when he learns of the death of obi wan. Ever want to hear about what the person in charge of maintaining the x wings that attacked the Death Star was thinking while it happened? Well, that’s there. While some of the stories were interesting, many were misses. Some just seemed out of character, a few were nearly unreadable, like the one told entirely from a Mouse Droids perspective. The good ones though are really good, for example, all of the ones around and after the Death Star attack. It was a fun and quick read.
While most of the stories presented here are great fun and really shine a new light on things, others are...well, not good. Thankfully, it’s more good than bad. And, when it’s good, it’s great! But when it’s bad...oh heavens it’s bad.
Chuck Wendig’s insistence on creating gay characters just for the sakes of them being gay, that awful Boba Fett story, and the entirely unnecessary of “Of MSE-6 and Men” (skip it, don’t scar your mind by reading that garbage) make me wonder if Disney even bothered to read some of the stories before approving them for print.
Well, I was really excited about this book. I love short stories, and I really love Star Wars, so it shouldn't be a leap for me to love these, right?
The largest issue is repetition. So many shorts focusing on the same five minutes of movie time. I love the idea, but it would have been better if it were a "Journey To The Last Jedi" instead of focusing only on A New Hop.
I understand the point. This is to celebrate forty years since A New Hope, but they really could have reduced this from forty shorts to twenty and it would have been better.
Also, Chuck Wendig is my least favorite of the new writers for Star Wars. I started his short, without looking at the name, and I thought it sucked. When I looked at the name, I sighed. Please stop using him.
One star for Star Wars, one star for some really good shorts, and one star to be nice.