Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed.
If you don’t know, I have a goal to listen to as many Star Wars audiobooks as possible. I’m working my way through the Disney Canon novels first since most of them have audiobook adaptations. One I listened to recently was From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, which is a collection of forty short stories that highlight side characters or characters that may have been involved in the main events of story but from behind the scenes.
There are stories about the Wampa that attacks Luke, Stormtroopers and Imperial officers, rebels, the Force cave thing on Dagobah, friends of Lando on Cloud City, bounty hunters like IG-88, Bossk and Boba Fett, the Millennium Falcon(!), even Obi-Wan’s ghost and Yoda, and more.
Each story is written by fairly well known authors across the genres, such as Hank Green, Mackenzi Lee, Jason Fry, Christopher Freed, Beth Revis, Kiersten White, and Martha Wells. And then of course, there are the audiobook narrators. Some have narrated many of the Star Wars books I’ve read before and others have been involved in other Star Wars productions, such as Sam Witwer who voiced many characters in shows or video games, including Emperor Palpatine and Darth Maul.
Basically, it’s awesome and a blast to listen to. I love learning little tidbits of information about Star Wars characters and moments. There are a lot of fun references for Star Wars fans and a lot of laughs thrown in there as well.
The last story in the collection, like they did for A New Hope‘s collection, is about the Whills—a group who wrote the Journal of the Whills, which basically records everything that happens in the galaxy—and it was so fun and a great way to end the collection.
To me, it definitely seems like fanfiction that was given permission to be published and possibly be canon to the universe, and I just think that’s flipping awesome.