Book Review: From a Certain Point of View, edited by Ben Acker (Three Stars)


Book Review: From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

(Three Stars)

“As if all the stories we heard as children were true.”

Forty authors celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Fourth Episode, but first movie, set “long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away.” What could go wrong?

“As Obi-Wan will soon learn, the most beautiful form of mastery is the art of letting go.”

Despite the prominent Disney appellation, not much goes wrong. Uneven quality, but a better-than-average anthology of stories surrounding A New Hope from the points of view of often-peripheral characters. A bit self-referential and tongue-in-cheek, but some good reading here.

“We have a wookie on our side. What could possibly go wrong?”

Not to be confused with the Expanded Universe (EU) books covering the same times and places and even people, since they are now by-definition non-canonical. Includes characters and tie-ins with Rogue One.

“Stories, when told exhaustively, lose their magic.”

My favorite? The last story: “Whills.” Hilarious.

“… suffused by the miasma of spilled drinks and dead dreams.”