From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars) Hardcover – 12 Nov. 2020
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 20,000 locations across the UK
- FREE unlimited deliveries at no additional cost for all customers
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Enhance your purchase
Celebrate the legacy of The Empire Strikes Back with this exciting reimagining of the timeless film featuring new perspectives from forty acclaimed authors.
On May 21, 1980, Star Wars became a true saga with the release of The Empire Strikes Back. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, forty storytellers re-create an iconic scene from The Empire Strikes Back through the eyes of a supporting character, from heroes and villains, to droids and creatures. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors and trendsetting artists:
Austin Walker explores the unlikely partnership of bounty hunters Dengar and IG-88 as they pursue Han Solo.
Hank Green chronicles the life of a naturalist caring for tauntauns on the frozen world of Hoth.
Tracy Deonn delves into the dark heart of the Dagobah cave where Luke confronts a terrifying vision.
Martha Wells reveals the world of the Ugnaught clans who dwell in the depths of Cloud City.
Mark Oshiro recounts the wampa's tragic tale of loss and survival.
Seth Dickinson interrogates the cost of serving a ruthless empire aboard the bridge of a doomed Imperial starship.
Plus more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from:
Tom Angleberger, Sarwat Chadda, S.A. Chakraborty, Mike Chen, Adam Christopher, Katie Cook, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah S. Dawson, Alexander Freed, Jason Fry, Christie Golden, Rob Hart, Lydia Kang, Michael Kogge, R. F. Kuang, C. B. Lee, Mackenzi Lee, John Jackson Miller, Michael Moreci, Daniel José Older, Amy Ratcliffe, Beth Revis, Lilliam Rivera, Cavan Scott, Emily Skrutskie, Karen Strong, Anne Toole, Catherynne M. Valente, Django Wexler, Kiersten White, Gary Whitta, Brittany N. Williams, Charles Yu, Jim Zub
All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book-a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies' longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House will donate $100,000 to First Book and Disney/Lucasfilm will donate 100,000 children's books-valued at $1,000,000-to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education.
From the Publisher
One of the best Star Wars books released this year[...] With a range of styles and characters, there's a lot here to talk about. The From A Certain Point of View series, tied around the 40th anniversary of each movie, continues to be a fun event and a way to see Star Wars takes from some of today's top authors. If you liked the A New Hope installment, you'll get a lot of bang for your buck from the second book. ― Den of Geek UK
If you love Star Wars then this book is for you. I personally can't wait for the Return of the Jedi edition... an excellent Christmas/Hannukah gift for any Star Wars fan out there. ― Notting Hill Nerd
Absolutely recommend it ... the work that has gone into this is outstanding ... the selection of authors is wonderful, diverse, a lot of different voices to be heard ― Star Wars Sessions Podcast
About the Author
- Publisher : Century (12 Nov. 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 152912462X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529124620
- Dimensions : 16.8 x 5 x 24.3 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 71,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
About the authors
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 December 2020
Reviews with images
Top reviews from United Kingdom
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Like the first book it is difficult to give an overall rating as there are some stories I enjoyed more then others. I found I really like probobly 35 out of 40 stories so 5 stars it is. Unlike the first book, the stories are not in completely sequential. Some do overlap so it give a different person's story or perspective on the same event. I must say prefer this to the first book, and I did like in the first few stories a couple of crossover characters.
The book will does follow the format of the group of stories based on the battle of Host will be together. Then the search in the asteroid field and so on. I like that they hive both Rebel and Imperial perspective stories. Also fills in the blanks of what the rest of the Rebels were doing while Luke was Jedi Training giving a major side character a well deserved life. Potentially leading into one of the upcoming Star Wars spinoffs series to be released. Though Disney has let me down with bridging book to TV in the past. Though I still have hope.
A very enjoyable book and great stories. The book is 549, 561 if you include the acknowledgments pages. 9once again adds depth and great character to build on in the future I hope. Now I am already looking forward to Return of the Jedi FACPOV.
However, I'm left feeling slightly disappointed. I would give this 2 and a half stars but I rounded it up to 3.
Most of the stories are dull; far too many of them take place in the rebel base on Hoth or on Star Destroyers from the point-of-view of the Empire. They add nothing to the story and none of the incidental characters are interesting enough to have overly long stories based around them. Once we leave Hoth, it gets far more interesting with tales of the space slug and the dark side nexus tree cave on Dagobah being particularly interesting. Other stand out stories are those of Boba Fett and Bossk. Once the story reaches Cloud City, the pacing begins to slow again and we are told several stories from the perspective of random citizens of Bespin, none of whom are particularly interesting. There are a couple of stories that tick the "woke" boxes too which i found pointless. Another disappointing one is Obi-Wan's story on Dagobah, which doesn't feel like Alec Guiness' voice and one of the latter ones features a deserting stormtrooper witnessing the duel between Vader and Luke, which seems incredulous and takes away somewhat the spirit of the scene. The penultimate tale is good, told from the perspective of the medical droid reparing Luke's hand, but the finale is another 4th wall breaking narrative from "The Whills" which is probably just a non-canon comedy but cones across as stupid, disrespectful and pointless.
The only other remark I would make is that this book pointed out something I had never noticed before in the film; there are barely any aliens in it. I'm looking forward to the inevitable Return of the Jedi entry because I know it will be the opposite of this.
Dawn: *What, exactly, are we supposed to be tracking down out here?"
Clipper: "A modified YT-1300 light freighter." [the Falcon, of course]
Dawn: "Yeah, I read the mission brief. But why have we got half the fleet chasing after one busted old freighter?"
Amara thinks to herself: It's a reasonable question. But this is the Imperial Navy, we don't do reasonable questions.
But Howl comes up with the only safe, sensible answer: "Ask Lord Vader. But be ready for a real short conversation."
You get the idea. :)
I also like Amara's analysis of the pros and cons of the standard TIE: yes, it has no shields, barely any armour, not much firepower compared to, say, an X-Wing, and it's not exactly sturdy - BUT it is VERY manoeuvrable, highly responsive, able to make much tighter turns than any Rebel starfighter (except possibly the A-Wing), and it's FAST, with power to spare, so with a good pilot in there it's a formidable fighter.
Based on their world-weary attitude duty-wise (while still being loyal to the Empire, let's have no doubt about that!), Amara and TD-110 (see "Bump" in "From A Certain Point Of View") would doubtless have got on famously...if he hadn't been blown to bits when the Death Star went up. :)
All in all, an enjoyable read. I'm hoping now for a third Jedi-based set of stories.