Book Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Elizabeth Schaefer

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Elizabeth Schaefer
My rating: 4 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Publisher: Del Ray

Oh, this was a fun read! Forty short stories, each from the POV of side characters in Star Wars: A New Hope. This is just my sort of read because I love SW and have always been eager for the wider GFFA experience. The galaxy is bigger than the Skywalkers and others also have thoughts, dreams, problems, lives, deaths and a point of view. I didn't love all of these but such is to be expected in a compendium of short stories but there was plenty here that I did love. Some of my favourites follow:

The Sith of Datawork by Ken Liu- Behold Avira, the beurocratic paper pusher of the Death Star. Hilarious.
Stories in The Sand by Griffin McElroy- Jot the Jawa has dreams off of Tantooine, people!
The Red One by Claudia Gray- R5-D4 crosses paths with R2-D2 and does its bit before heading off to find its best life.
Master and Apprentice by Meg Cabot- Qui-Gon Jin & Obi-Wan Kenobi chat. There is never enough of this to be had so I loved it!
Beru Whitesun by Meg Cabot- Proof Beru was always worth knowing. Loved this!
Not for Nothing by Mur Lafferty- A first-person account of the band Mofal Node.
Born in the Storm by Daniel Jose Older- Stormtrooper with lots of personality recounts his day of crossing paths with various detritus on Mos Eisley and Obi-Wan.
Laina by Wil Wheaton- A holo from a father to a daughter on the day he's sent her to safety on Alderaan.
An Incident Report by Mallory Ortberg- A complaint about Lord Vader's behaviour during a meeting of the Joint Chiefs. I howled with laughter!
Eclipse by Madeline Roux- Oh, Alderaan.
The Baptist by Nnedi Okorafor- Omi (formerly known as the Trash Compactor Monster) is kidnapped and held in the Death Star trash dungeon but the Force flows through her and she recognizes it in Luke. I want to know who she'll be the next time around! Loved this so much!
Time of Death by Cavan Scott- Ben Kenobi has just died & he's adjusting to his new found state.
There is Another by Gary D. Schmidt- Yoda & Obi-Wan discuss passings, padawans and an old pot.
Contingency Plan by Alexander Freed - I've always wanted more Mon Mothma. I got it and still want more. Fantastic.

I'll definitely be reading the next in the series when it publishes later this year. Can't wait. Recommended.

Summary: Forty years. Forty stories.
In honor of the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, this collection features Star Wars stories by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from Star Wars literary history. More than forty authors have lent their unique vision to forty “scenes,” each retelling a different moment from the original Star Wars film, but with a twist: Every scene is told from the point of view of a background character. Whether it’s the X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star or the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View places the classic movie in a whole new perspective, and celebrates the influence and legacy of the unparalleled cultural phenomenon, Star Wars.
Contributors include:
Ben Acker and Ben Blacker • Renee Ahdieh • Tom Angleberger • Meg Cabot • Rae Carson • Zoraida Cordova • Delilah S. Dawson • Paul Dini • Alexander Freed • Jason Fry • Christie Golden • Claudia Gray • E. K. Johnston and Ashley Eckstein • Paul Kemp • Mur Lafferty • Ken Liu • Griffin McElroy • John Jackson Miller • Nnedi Okorafor • Daniel José Older • Mallory Ortberg • Madeleine Roux • Gary D. Schmidt • Cavan Scott • Sabaa Tahir • Glen Weldon • Chuck Wendig • Gary Whitta • And more!

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