Splinter of the Mind's Eye (Star Wars Universe)
Luke Skywalker expected trouble when he volunteered to follow Princess Leia on her mission to the planet Circarpous. But he discovered that hidden on the planet was the Kaiburr crystal, a mysterious gem that would give the one who possessed it such powers over the Force that he would be all but invincible. In the wrong hands, the crystal could be deadly. So Luke had to fin...more
Foster had to write this book as part of his contract for the novelization of Star Wars. Originally, this was supposed to be the basis for a low budget sequel, but then Star Wars hit it big & it was decided there would be a big budget sequel ...more
I was young and foolish and more than a little drunk on blue milk and whatever that squeaky little guy ordered in the cantina. Plus, I had a lightsaber (a white plastic tube from a golf bag that I MacGyver'd into an ersatz Star Wars toy) and not enough plot to fill out my own pubescent Expanded Universe, so I was a-Jonesin' for plot hooks and adventure ideas. Episode V was years away! YEARS, people! Heck, in my house, we were so desperate for more Star Wars we had... ...more
The data above says this was published in 1986, but the copy i have says "copyright 1978 by The Star Wars Corporation." That puts it right after "Star Wars".
Luke is a lot smarter here than he is in the movies. At times i wondered if this story wasn't intended for Han Solo at some point in its development. He not only seems more streetwise than his character on screen, but more than any ...more
All in all, the novel is horrible. Stilted dialogue, improbable action and plot points, not to mention several literal rabbit trails and unne ...more
Although I must say that even back then, it made NO sense that Luke (from a desert planet) would know how to swim while Leia would not. That still baffles me.
Now, I think the book is sort of okay and a lot of weird.
I enjoy most of Alan Dean Foster’s work, but this book does make me ponder why I like his work. The plot is simple: Luke and Leia crash on an Imperial occupied planet, get caught, escape, find the McGuffin and beat ...more
Of course, when this book was written Star Wars wasn't a thing yet. It was a weird ...more
Very exciting when I was a ki ...more
Side note: I have never read an Alan Dean Foster b ...more
The basic plot is that Luke and Leia crash-land on a jungle planet, Mimban, where offworlder settlement is limited to five Imperial mining towns. As they try to figure out how to get off-world without getting caught by the Empire, they meet an old, mildly Force-sensitive woman named Halla, who makes a deal with them: she'll help them leave the planet if they help her get her hands on the Kaiburr crystal, a semi-legendary gem said to boost one's connection ...more
Cons: The tone is way off, dark and dour, grim and gross, complete with bru ...more
This is one of the few EU books that I consider to be a stain on the amazingness of STAR WARS. At first I really wanted to read it, because I knew that there would be a Vadar/ Leia duel at one point, and I was excited about that. That was the main thing that kept me going. The big problem was the characters. Leia got hit the hardest, everything I love about her is completely gone. At one point she ...more
The writing isn't exactly superb. Nothing about the story really stands out - though the budding romance between Luke and Leia is weird considering the revelations that came later as ...more
I was in a nostalgic mood when I picked this up at the library. What makes this book most interesting is that it was released not long after the first (or the fourth, depending on how technical you want to get) "Star Wars" movie was released. The plot is predictable, the writing is almost laughable, and Darth Vader doesn't appear until the last 20 pages.
Read it only if you need a good laugh.
2009: Tried to read it again. Got only to page 34. If this book started the Star Wars "expanded universe", it's wonder it didn't implode. Pretty standard space opera stuff, but if--and it's the big "if" of the series--if we didn't already care about Luke, Leia, et al., there's nothing in this story which would compel your attention. Bland.
This book took all enjoyment out of reading for me. While reading should be an escape, something you look forward too, reading Splinter of the Mind's Eye felt like a chore. Every time I picked the book up to read, I would stare at the cover with dread knowing that story it contained was trite, wooden and forced (no pun intended).
Alan Dean Foster has produced a book that feels like a rip off or every science fiction cliche in the history of the genre. The ...more
The key takeaway from this novel is the relationship between Luke and Le ...more
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