From a Certain Point of View by Ben Acker, others.

From a Certain Point of View by Ben Acker, others.From a Certain Point of View by Ben Acker, Renee Ahdieh, Tom Angleberger, Ben Blacker, Jeffrey Brown, Jason Fry, Christie Golden, Pierce Brown, Ashley Eckstein, Mur Lafferty, Ken Liu, Griffin McElroy, John Jackson Miller, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nnedi Okorafor, Daniel José Older, Ian Doescher, Mallory Ortberg, Madeleine Roux, Gary D. Schmidt, Matt Fraction, Cavan Scott, Sabaa Tahir, Kieron Gillen, Glen Weldon, Chuck Wendig, Gary Whitta, Meg Cabot, Pablo Hidalgo, E. K. Johnston, Rae Carson, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah S. Dawson, Paul Dini, Alexander Freed, Claudia Gray, Paul S. Kemp, Elizabeth Wein, Beth Revis, Greg Rucka, Charles Soule, Wil Wheaton
Published by Del Rey on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Sci-Fi
Pages: 477
Format: Ebook
Goodreads
four-stars

In celebration of Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, Del Rey is going to shine the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, coming October 2017, will bring together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope — from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.

From a Certain Point of View markets itself as Star Wars fanfiction, and I suppose in a way it is. This is fanfiction written by some of the biggest names in science fiction, and consists of short stories written to sit alongside the events of Episode IV.

There are stories told from the points of view of Jawas, Droids, Dancers, Imperial Officers and many more. It was a little reminiscent of the “Tales from…” series of anthologies released in the 90s.

I think with this sort of collection you can pick and choose the kinds of story that work for you. There are plenty to choose from, and while I read most of them some just didn’t tickle my fancy. I really enjoyed the story called The Sith of Datawork, about an Imperial underling who tries to cover up for the officer on the Devatastor who let the escape pod go, using a series of convoluted paperwork. But my favourite would have been the one from the POV of a mouse droid on the Death Star.

It broadens one’s mind beyond the big heroes and names who have their stories told on the silver screen, and helps to flesh out the universe of Star Wars, and helps to humanise some of the more unlikable, or unknown characters that a movie doesn’t have time to deal with.

This is definitely one for the fans. You will find plenty of laughs, and a couple of moving moments here, in a neatly packaged form that allows you to drop in and drop out of.

four-stars
Rating Report
Characters
five-stars
Writing
four-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

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