Thursday, June 14, 2018

Book Review: From a Certain Point of View

TITLE: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
AUTHOR: various
PUBLISHED: October 2017
GENRE: Science Fiction
PREMISE: A collection of short stories that retells A New Hope from various side characters points of view.
MY REVIEW: Star Wars books are always a bit of a mixed bag. I have had much better luck with the newer books then with the older ones, but that still doesn't mean everything is guaranteed to be good. This short story collection, is a big like the Star Wars books: a mixed bag.
I do really like the idea of it. It basically goes through the movie A New Hope and just kind of gives different viewpoints of it. For instance, we get a story from the captain of the ship Leia escaped on, there's one from Aunt Beru, one from a paperwork person on the Death Star (a particular favorite of mine), a stormtrooper, heck there's even one from the monster in the trash compactor.
It's a wide and varied collection. Some I really loved, most were just shrug sort of stories. But it was a great writing exercise idea. I vote we do another one of these for each of the other movies.
WHO SHOULD READ: Star Wars fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five solid short story collections

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