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SWNN Review: From a Certain Point of View is a Heartfelt Love Letter to Star Wars - a Brilliant Companion Piece to the Original Film

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    That little quote from Obi-Wan Kenobi in Return of the Jedi sets the stage for what to expect in the latest Star Wars book from Del Rey publishing: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, a collection of short stories that works as a companion piece to Star Wars: A New Hope. In celebration of Star Wars’ 40<sup>th</sup> Anniversary, the anthology contains 40 different stories by just as many authors, both newcomers and veterans of the franchise alike, who all made their contributions to the book without compensation. The proceeds will instead be donated to First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to educators and children in need. So it’s definitely worth getting a copy if only for that reason, but trust me when I say, this book is worth its weight in Imperial credits.





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    How many times have you watched Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope? If you’re like me, it’s been years since you’ve had the amount of fingers and toes you would need to tally that number up. This is a film that has been practically ingrained in my DNA since I was a child. But as many times as I watch the film, the experience is the same today as it was when I first watched it. That’s not to say that’s a bad thing – it’s actually a testament to the beauty of the film that it still has the same almost magical power over me now as it did when I was a kid – but that being said, I have always experienced it through the same lens, the same “point of view”. The original Star Wars, to me, is perfection - so how could I possibly ever add to my enjoyment of the movie? Well, in a feat of wonder that I previously thought impossible, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View has somehow managed to enrich my enjoyment of a four-decade-old movie, and from this point on, things will never be the same.



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    The From a Certain Point of View anthology is a love letter to Star Wars. That is perhaps the most simple way to describe it. At the turn of every single page of this book, you can just feel the love and admiration behind the words of every author. Every story is crafted in a unique way, and the characters and styles range in such a way that I never grew bored, and I was always left wanting to dive right in to the next story at the end of each one. To be fair, not every story in this book is “amazing”, and there were a couple that had me scratching my head as to what they really added to the book, but for the most part, the stories were a blast and there is literally something for everyone. You won’t love everything about this book, but everyone will love something, and for me, there were a lot more hits than misses in this wonderful collection of short stories.



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    I had a lot of fun reading this book, and just about every story is worth a read for any Star Wars fan, but the ones who are really going to love this one are the obsessive canon-nuts like myself. This book is all about the details. Each subsequent page takes readers through the entire story of A New Hope through the perspective of some of the more seemingly insignificant characters in the movie. The book introduces you to the story through the eyes of Raymus Antilles, the captain of the Tantive IV, from the final moments of Rogue One to the time of his death at the crushing hand of Darth Vader. Following this story is a series of clever tales that place the reader beneath the helmet of the stormtrooper that stuns Princess Leia, under the mask of the Tusken Raider that assaults Luke Skywalker, behind the bulbous eyes of the Rodian bounty hunter, Greedo, as he makes his move on Han Solo, and more.



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    The cantina stories are some of the more entertaining ones of the bunch and are very reminiscent of the old Tales anthologies from the expanded universe novels. From a tale about Wuher, the gruff barkeep at Chalmun’s Cantina, to a caper involving all the freaks at table 9, the Mos Eisley portion of the book is some of the most fun I’ve had reading a Star Wars book. Some of the happenings on the Death Star are also quite entertaining, as you get a glimpse at some of the more “auxiliary” functions provided by the mouse droid that Chewbacca frightens on the Death Star as it passes secret messages between the trooper TK-421 and an unnamed high-ranking officer. All we know of this officer is that he was one of the joint chiefs at the station (the men who regularly meet with Tarkin and Vader), and he has taken a “non-work related” interest in the trooper. Let’s just say I’m surprised TK-421 was actually at his post as often as he was. There is also an interesting spin on the trash compacter scene as you witness it through the eye stalk of the resident dianoga, whose purpose for grabbing Luke may surprise you.



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    Along with the wacky antics in the cantina and aboard the Death Star, there are also a few moments that are designed to really pull on your heartstrings as well. When Ryland, the Rebel lookout on Yavin sends his little girl to Alderaan in attempt to find a more secure home for her during the war, there is nothing but hope emanating from the words on the page. But the darkness lies in the part of the story that remains untold as readers are keenly aware that in an act of sacrifice where he intends to provide for his infant daughter's future, he has actually condemned her to die along with the planet of Alderaan. Readers also get to experience the destruction of Leia's home planet through the eyes of her adoptive parents as they hold onto hope for their daughter's future in their final moments before being blasted into oblivion.



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    Some of the greatest moments in the book, however, are the scenes that unfold, not through the ancillary characters in the movie, but from the perspective of some of the main characters that take place in between the scenes in the film. One of my favorite moments in the book takes place right after Obi-Wan, Luke, and the droids come upon the massacred Jawas and Luke sets off to his home to check on his aunt and uncle. While Luke is away and the droids tend to the dead bodies of the Jawas, Obi-Wan calls out to an old friend for guidance. This was perhaps my favorite story in the entire book as it gave me a scene I have been wanting to see since the ending of Revenge of the Sith. As Qui-Gon appears to Obi-Wan beside the sandcrawler, they begin to discuss Luke’s future, and you discover a lot of really cool things about the Force and one’s ability to live on after physical death.



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    There is also a story dedicated to the fight between Obi-Wan and Vader aboard the Death Star that is told through the eyes of the Jedi Master. During the battle, he begins to have visions through the Force, of both the past and the future. This story was an incredible tribute to the character, and it was really amazing to discover Obi-Wan’s motivation to finally submit to the crimson blade of his old Padawan through his own thoughts. During the battle, he even has a vision of Luke’s future and knows that there will be a time when Luke will face an exile similar to his own. He vows to be there for him and offer him companionship, much in the way that Qui-Gon was there for him during his own nineteen years of solitude.



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    While Obi-Wan is battling his old apprentice, we also get a peek into the life of Yoda on Dagobah as he goes about his day to day life on the swampy planet. During this story, Yoda has to evade Imperial droids who, after two decades, are still being dispatched across the galaxy to hunt down the remaining Jedi. When Obi-Wan is killed, Yoda senses his passing in the Force and the story ends with the spirit of Obi-Wan appearing to the Jedi Master, asking him to take on young Skywalker as an apprentice. Yoda agrees without question, revealing that he is more than eager to train her. Obi-Wan then informs Yoda that he was actually talking about Luke, and Yoda is very reluctant to accept Obi-Wan’s charge, having seen Anakin's recklessness and anger in the boy. It was really neat to see that Yoda had been keeping a close eye on Leia and recognized that she was actually more ready in his mind to take on the life of a Jedi than Luke was at the time.



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    Canon-junkies will also be interested to shine some light on some age-old debates among the Star Wars fandom, like the truth behind Vader’s “No disintegrations” remark to Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back, why “Wedge” looks different at the Battle of Yavin briefing, and what exactly caused R5-D4’s motivator to blow up as he made his way to Luke Skywalker. Rest assured, Fett had nothing to do with the death of Luke’s family, and everything to do with using a weapon accelerator on three Rebel Spies who came at him with ion disrupters on Coruscant. Vader refused to pay the bounty hunter when all that was left of his quarry were three piles of ash. Now, to save face and recuperate from his loss, Fett is searching for the Empire’s missing droids on Tatooine when Jabba calls on him to provide some extra muscle as he confronts a wayward smuggler.



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    As it turns out, R5-D4 is a droid that may have belonged to the Rebellion at one point, and after a conversation with R2-D2 on the sandcrawler, he decides to make the hard choice, sacrificing his one chance at gaining a master to allow R2-D2 to go in his stead. There was actually nothing wrong with the little red astromech; his malfunction was actually self-inflicted in an act of heroism for the Rebellion.



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    Long time Star Wars fans are probably aware that the Rebel pilot in the briefing at Yavin who expresses his doubts about the capabilities of hitting such a small target (even with a targeting computer) was supposed to be Wedge, but by the time the pilots are in their X-Wings, the character had been replaced by a new actor, Denis Lawson, who would go on to play the pilot in the remainder of the saga. There is a very meta story in the book that addresses this discrepancy, revealing that the pilot in the briefing was actually a completely different character by the name of Col Takbright, a man that is resentful of Antilles, having been thrust into the other pilot’s shadow due to his uncanny likeness to him, which earned him the nickname “Fake Wedge”.



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    Hands down though, the coolest part of this entire book for me were the implications that Claudia Gray’s Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon tale, “Master and Apprentice”, makes for the future of the saga – so allow me to go back to that story for just a moment. We learn a lot of really neat things about the Force and the path to immortality that Yoda mentions at the end of Revenge of the Sith. For one, we discover that Qui-Gon has become one with the Force, but is able to manifest himself to Obi-Wan when his old Padawan calls his name. We learn that after Anakin's fall to the dark side, Qui-Gon began to appear to Obi-Wan during his exile to give him guidance and companionship. Given their resumed status as Master and Apprentice, Qui-Gon has taken to calling Obi-Wan 'Padawan' once again.



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    Qui-Gon feels guilty for placing too much responsibility on Obi-Wan in asking him to train the boy. Obi-Wan assures him that Anakin had to make his own choice and that it was no one else's fault. This is huge because it shows that Qui-Gon is still very in touch with his humanity, despite his spiritual existence in the cosmic Force. Obi-Wan has also apparently come to terms with Anakin's betrayal and no longer sees it as his failure, but Anakin's own. To add even more mystery to Qui-Gon, the old master has knowledge of certain things about the future. In the cosmic Force, he exists outside a linear view of time. He seems to have a good understanding about Luke's destiny and is also aware that Obi-Wan would be joining him very soon.



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    When Qui-Gon appears to Obi-Wan, Gray describes the scene as if he is putting on flesh. Obi-Wan even remarks how corporeal Qui-Gon has become lately. In other words, he's not just a blue glowing spirit - it's as if he is actually standing there in the flesh. Though, while in the flesh, Qui-Gon has not lost his connection to the cosmic Force. He seems to have finally mastered the art of immortality as he is able to bridge the divide between the cosmic Force and the living Force.



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    So what does all this mean? Well, for starters, it stands to reason that either Yoda, Obi-Wan, or both will likely appear to Luke in The Last Jedi and beyond. It would make perfect sense that if Qui-Gon mentored Obi-Wan and Yoda during their exile, that Obi-Wan and/or Yoda (and possibly Anakin) would do the same for Luke in his own. Also, it means that they could look very different from the Force ghosts of the original trilogy. This could even explain a change in the appearance of Obi-Wan and/or Yoda in the sequels. If they are able to take on flesh, why couldn't they take on the form of their younger selves (Ewan McGregor anyone?)? I can't wait to see where they take this and I hope The Last Jedi expounds upon this new aspect of the mythology.



    There’s no way I could cover this book in its entirety, nor would I want to as so much of it is better experienced on your own, but hopefully you’ve read enough here to sway your decision either way. While not every story is a groundbreaking revelation, there is enough of that in the book to make it a worthy addition to the Star Wars canon. If you love A New Hope, you like to dig deep into the more obscure elements of the saga, or if you just want to read something fun, this book’s for you. It’s currently one of my favorite books on the shelf and maybe it will be yours too.


    Score: 9/10




    Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View is available now wherever books are sold. Pick up your copy at the earliest opportunity – you’ll be glad you did. Until next time, happy reading Star Wars fans!





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    I had to stop reading... I get my copy on the 5th from Amazon was hoping they would 've shipped earlier... sometimes they make that mistake; anyway, great review. ANH is by far my favorite. I cherish all my SW anthologies. I really love those short stories. I even have a diorama of Chalman's Cantina and I really can't wait for SW Battlefront 2 for the Mos Eislely Map... I'll be exploring that map for days!

     
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    The stories have generally been decent to excellent. The only real miss out of the stories I've read so far is Palpatine's story.

    A lot of good lore too, I've been taking notes as I go and will present it when I've finished.
     
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    I just got the audio book version... ain't started it just yet but from what ya wrote up there that I read ?
    I Gotta Get In This Book 'o Stories an' Soon !
     
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    Yeah, I was disappointed with that one. They could have really done something cool with Palpatine but instead opted for a poem that I feel like I could have written myself given what I already know of the character. Odd style choice and nothing new. I also thought the dianoga story was weird, but to each his own. While I enjoyed the stormtrooper point of view stories for the most part, I had a hard time buying that the trooper who was standing guard on the Death Star with the droids was the same one who let them go on Tatooine. They explained it well enough in the story as to make sense, but just watching the film it's hard to believe that a trooper of a higher rank than the others would suddenly find himself in a lower position (and by choice - not due to his own failure) on the Death Star. It was neat to see that Obi-Wan's mind trick lasted for so long that he was compelled to allow them to go down to maintenance against what would have been his better judgment, but I thought it was a stretch for retcon purposes. They do sound a lot alike though and may even be voiced by the same actor, but it's hard for me to buy that the guy with the orange pauldron at Mos Eisley is the same by-the-numbers trooper on the Death Star.
     
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    Slight Spoiler...

     
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    This is great. Thanks for sharing. Nice overview. I would also add that the dianoga appears to be Force-sensitive in the book, hence her attraction to Luke.
     
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    And it basically broke Luke's barrier and enabled him to be opened enough to the Force to hear Ben only minutes later. You can argue that it was dianoga's purpose in the Force.

    I finished the book and I had a great, great time. I'll just copy/paste my short Goodreads review:

    4.5 stars

    Possibly the most entertaining book in the new canon. While not every story is a ten, there are really no bad stories and which ones you will like will depend on (I have to) your point of view. Variety of authors and styles writing these stories - from tragic to outright hilarious - keep things interesting.

    The book also answers some questions fans have had for 40 years, but, in the real Star Wars fashion, also makes you ask new ones, like what would have happened if Yoda went on to train Leia instead of Luke because seriously dedicated Princess with a sense of duty and responsibility seemed like a better candidate than immature farm boy craving adventure.

    For a fan who grew up on Star Wars, the anthology is a sharp reminder why galaxy far, far away is so special, it is a place where even a mouse droid, dianoga or a character appearing in a single shot in the original movie has a story to tell and a story worth telling.

    Highly recommended.
     
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    OMG! Thanks for review! Can`t wait to get this book...
     
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    I'm at the Greedo story now.
    So far, Loved that A'Yark theTusken Tribal leader from "Kenobi" is now canon.
    Rilly Loved that Obi-Wan can an' Does talk with Qui-Gon ! This stoy's Great !!
    Liked the Beru Whitesun-Lars story, it broadened her character ... Good Stuffs .
     
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    Still haven't received my copy from Amazon yet they're saying I should get it by the 11th, by that time I'll know every little spoiler.... oh well...
     
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    SO Good gettin' ta hear Jonathan Davis readin' several of the Stories ... missed hearin' him fer a Long spell. Ev'ryone readin' in this book is at their Best.

    @Rogues1138 ... feelin' bad fer ya, Brother. If I had a way ta share the Audio book version with ya, I would.
     
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    Weird. Usually when I pre-order a book on Amazon, it arrives on release day. On the bright side...I'm not one that usually re-reads books (even good ones) after the first read through unless it is a few years down the road, but I could see myself reading this one again in the near future. The read again value for this book is very high, so even if you know the spoilers, you will probably still enjoy it. However, I'd stay away from any future spoilers if you can. Happy Trailer Day everybody!
     
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    Happy Trailer Day to @Hard Case an' All'a My Brothers an' Sisters here in Our Cantina !
    I'm in the midst of Alderaan's destruction an' the Stories that make it up .... SO GLAD ta hear the Story that made Admiral Motti's bid to Tarkin, from the Orginal Radio Drama's, to turn against the Emperor coz of his command of the Death Star.... also hearin' Bail an' Breha's last moments .... WOW !!! Sad ... an' fittin' Fer Sure Love LOvE that Much in these Stories cross-tie to MUCH with Rouge One..... on I go .... six an' half hours of Stories left ta go ....
     
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    RIP "URoRRuR'R'R", although I'm glad that we finally got a serious name for the character.
     
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    Well, here goes nothing...


    1.) Raymus

    A great story, going in to the mind of Raymus Antilles Captain of the Tantive 4. It's explains why the emprie could track the vessel through hyperspace. And trying Raymus trying to write letters to his daugthers and wife was a bit heartbreaking. 4.5/5


    2.) The Bucket

    A story about the stormtrooper who captures Leia on the Tantive 4 after seeing Raymus Antilles get murderded by Darth Vader. The story makes human out of the stormtrooper who can't get it over his heart to deliver Leia to Vader himself. He also reminds Leia that there are humans under the "buckets". 3.5/5


    3.) The SIth of Datawork

    The Empire looks at Shots vs Kills ratio's. This explains why the escape pod with R2 and C3PO isn't shot (no life forms = no kills). For me the fun of this story is to see the bureaucracy within the Empire which also happens in real life with big corporations etc, maybe not at this exaggerated level but I've seen it happen. 4/5


    4.) Stories in the Sand

    A little Jawa has a projector and watches all the memory banks of captured droids and erasing the memories after that. He also sees R2S2 memories and when he sees that the date off the last memory is 2 days ago he decides to put the memorybank unharmed back in R2. The story also gives insight in the daily routine of the Jawa's and simple facts that the outside hull of a sandcrawler became blistering hot. I really liked the Jawa (Jot) and the story ended nicely with him going to leave the Jawa's and Tatooine in search of more stories in space. 4/5


    5.) Reirin

    A female Tusken raider sneaks in the sandcrawler in search of a rock (a kiber crystal) working for a "cloaked figure". This story doesn't do much for the story of ANH, but gives insight in the thoughts of a Tusken Raider, who are less primitive than I thought. 3/5


    6.) The Red One

    For me, one of the best stories of the book! The story of R4-D5 sacrificing himself for the greater good! 5/5


    7.) Rites

    Tells the story of the Tusken raiders who capture Luke and are scared away by Obi-Wan who has a reputation as a wizard, among the Tusken Raiders. Together with the story of Reirin and the excellent short story The Sand Will Provide in the Star Wars comic issue 37 we got a lot of insight in the Tusken Raiders, which makes them way more interesting creatures than the movies show us. 3.5/5


    8.) Master and Apprentice

    A really cool story about Qui-Gon who visits Obi-Wan and we learn has does that frequently over the past 20 years. The only thing that felt weird to me is they started to name each other master and padawan. A 60-something year old Obi-Wan being called a Padawan just sounds weird to me. 4.5/5


    9.) Beru Whitesun Lars

    A short story from the perspective of aunt Beru. A sweet little story. 3.5/5


    10.) The Luckless Rodian

    Told from the perspective of Greedo this is first of many (too many in my opinion) Mos Eisley stories. We learn that the most hatred from Greedo against Han Solo comes from a battle for the love of a woman, who choose Han over Greedo. An okay story for me, 3/5


    11.) Not for nothing

    The story of the Mos Eisley cantina band. We learn that the played in Jabba's castle before the Cantina and that the told Jabba some secrets about Greedo. The story doesn't ad much for me. 2.5/5


    12.) We Don't serve Their kind here

    This story goes in the mind of Wuher from teh cantina. We learn why he hates droids. The link with the clone wars was a good one 3/5


    13.) The Kloo Horn Catina Caper

    A Mos Eisly cantina story. The beginning was way to convoluted for me, the ending is funny, but for me this also ads nothing to the book. 2/5


    14.) Added Muscle

    Another Mos Eisley cantina story 2/5


    15.) You Owe Me a Ride

    And another 2/5


    16.) The secrets of long snoot

    And another 2/5


    17.) Born in the storm

    A silly but funny story about a unmotivated Stormtrooper who leaves the empire because he want’s to ride a dewback. He's also one of the stormtrooper that stop Luke, Obi-Wan en the droids, but are tricked by the jedi mind trick. It gives a funny insight in the empire and stormtrooper life. 3/5


    18.) Laina

    A touching story of a rebellion member who sends his daughter away from Yavin 4 to Alderaan for safety. 5/5


    19.) Fully Operational

    An insightful story from the perspective of General Tagge. Good tie ins with Rogue One/Orson Krennick and it's confirmed that the empty chair in the Death Star belonged to Krennick 4/5


    20.) An Incident Report

    The HR-report from Admiral Motti about his run in with Darth Vader. From his perspective he's not entirely wrong. 3.5/5


    21.) Change of heart

    The story of one of the guards of Princess Leia on the Death Star who's has a change of heart ;-) A nice story with a nice insight in the mind of the main character. 3.5/5


    22.) Eclipse

    Especially after reading the Leia, Princess of Alderaan book this story hit hard. The story of Breha and Bail Organa on Alderaan when it's destroyed. 5/5


    23.) Verge of greatness

    Tarkin is temped by Admiral Motti to use the Death Star for his own ambition. Further the story is about Tarkin thinking about Krennick and in the end it switches to the perspective of Krennick in his last minute on Scarif. I have to say it was nice to read that Krennick basically has the last laugh. 4/5


    24.) Far too remote

    ... 0/5


    25.) The trigger

    Doctor Aphra runs into general Tagge and some stormtroopers on Dantoine. I'm a fan of the Aphra character so I really liked this story, but to be fair it doesn't add that much to the whole story. 4.5/5


    26.) Of MSE-6 and Men

    A really original story told from the perspective of a mouse droid (the mouse droid which got scared by Chewbacca). It tells a story of a gay high officer in the Death Star who's sees a stromtrooper which he likes very much. The stormtrooper in this case is the same one who enters the Falcon and gets killed by Han and Luke. 4.5


    27.) Bump

    The story about he stormtroopers who hits his head in ANH. A funny story, but the interesting thing is that we learn that a jedi mindtrick has a long-lasting effect on it's victim. 3.5/5


    28.) End of watch

    Story about a watch commander on duty when Han and Luke rescue Leia from her prison. A nice story from a whole other perspective. 4/5


    29.) The baptist

    The story of Omi who lives in the garbage dump on the Death Star. I Still don't know what to think about the "baptizing" 3/5


    30.) Time of death

    The story about Obi-Wan during and after his saber fight with Vader. Very good! 5/5


    31.) There is another

    Yoda's perspective in ANH. We learn that his blanket was the cloak of Qiu-gon and that he felt the death of Obi-Wan. More imported we learn that he wanted to train Leia instead of Luke, which totally makes sense if listen to his arguments. But Obi-Wan convinces him to train Luke instead. 4.5/5


    32.) Palpatine

    A poem(!) by Palpatine about the death of Obi-Wan. It worries him that the body of Obi-Wan disappeared. Didn't like the style of the story, original, yes, but not to my liking. 2.5/5


    33.) Sparks

    The story of Gold 2 during the battle of Yavin. 3/5


    34.) Duty Roster

    The story of "Fake wedge", who didn't fight in the battle of Yavin because there were more pilots than "Birds". I did feel a bit sorry for the guy 3.5/5


    35.) Desert Son

    The story of Biggs during the battle of Yavin. He sacrificed himself so that Luke could blow up the Death Star, a true hero! 4/5


    36.) Grounded

    The story of CHief Nera Kase, Fighter Boss, Base One. The story contradicts the story of fake Wedge by saying that there were working X-wings left in the base because there were no more pilots, that took me out of it. But the story itself is lovely and nice/heartbreaking to read that instead of joy after the Death Star is being blown up she feels grief over all the pilots that were lost 4.5/5


    37.) Contingency plan

    The perspective from Mon Mothma and what she was going to do when the rebellion failed at Yavin. 3/5


    38.) The Angle

    A nice story about Lando seeing the Falcon in images of when the Death Star is blown up. He doesn't understands it. Also nice to read about Lobot again before the implants take over his mind. (Read the Lando comic if you want more Lobot!) 4/5


    39.) By whatever Sun

    Story about the medal ceremony from the perspective of remaining Alderaan rebellion members. A touching story 3.5/5


    40.) Whills

    Eh.... 1/5


    I really liked this book, the only downside for me was that there were too many stories about the Mos Eisley cantina. But furthermore an excellent read! 4.5/5
     
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    Much Thanks, Buddy !
    Been lookin' 'bouts fer a synopsis list'a sorts fer each of them stories...an' here ya went an' done one up .....Right Good too.
     
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    hahaha ~ you gotta give us something here! : D

    great review otherwise ~ looking forward to picking this up!
     
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    I agree with you on most of these stories. I found the Cantina tales a little excessive and was glad to move on to the next phase of the story. I also don't know what to think about the whole Force-sensitive dianoga baptism, so it's good to see I wasn't the only one confused by this one. I disagree on your assessment of "Far Too Remote", but to each his own. It gave me a chuckle anyway. I absolutely loved the Obi-Wan and Yoda stuff and the Rebellion bits were excellent as well.

    Although I appreciate what the author was trying to do showing the lasting effects of a Jedi mind trick in "Bump", I found it hard to believe that those two troopers could be the same guy, given that he was in a command position on Tatooine and seemed to be more of an underling on the Death Star. Sure, they give an explanation for it in the book that kind of makes sense, but it's a weird retcon to me. I also want to point out that I did notice a slight contradiction in a couple of the stories, and I was curious if anyone else noticed it... In "Grounded" there seems to be ships still remaining in the hanger as if they were short on pilots, but in "Duty Roster", it is stated that Fake Wedge didn't fly because there were more pilots than there were ships. These stories don't seem to jive well, but perhaps I read it incorrectly?
     
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