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Splinter of the Mind's Eye (Star Wars Universe)

3.16 of 5 stars 3.16  ·  rating details  ·  5,975 ratings  ·  244 reviews

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

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222 pages
Published 1978 by Sphere Books
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Wealhtheow
This book is very basic, by-the-numbers sf--but with the added thrill of being written right after A New Hope came out. Thus, the entire story is about Luke and Leia's sexual tension. Sure you always intended them to be siblings, Lucas. Sure.
Rabindranauth
So I read a pretty interesting article on Yahoo yesterday that reminded me of this book. Long story short, if Star Wars IV had flopped, this book would have been the story that takes place next, instead of what we know and love as Star Wars V. It started life as a backup screenplay by George Lucas, and it ended up being the very first book in the Star Wars Extended Universe. That’s pretty cool.

Luke and Leia are on their way to a Rebel Alliance gathering when Leia’s fighter develops issues and sh
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Jim
I don't know what the story is behind this book. I read it well before the second Star Wars movie was released, thinking it would be it. But it wasn't. In fact, it's not part of the Star Wars story that I know of. That alone makes it kind of interesting.

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
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Travis Mcclain
In 1976, a little paperback book called Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker appeared on the mass market. A little blurb notified the readers that it was soon to be a motion picture from its author, George Lucas. You probably know the cinematic story from there, but the literary world of Star Wars is often overlooked. To begin, Lucas did not pen that first novel; it was ghostwritten by noted science-fiction author Alan Dean Foster. No one knew whether the film would make any money, b ...more
Gary Foss
OK, I admit it: I read this.

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...
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Alex
In some ways I feel a little bit like poor Alan Dean Foster got shafted here. The idea behind this book was to write a sequel to Star Wars that could be turned into a movie on a low budget and presuming that Harrison Ford wouldn't return as Han Solo. When in hindsight we look at how the Star Wars saga turned out, with Empire Strikes Back being not just the high point of the series, but of sci-fi/fantasy movies in general, this "what-if" looks tragically unambitious and rather stupid. It's clear ...more
Paul
I wonder why i didn't read this as a kid? I remember seeing this and the Han Solo books, but didn't read them.

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
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Phil
Splinter of the Mind's Eye was the first ever Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, published the year after the blockbuster release of Star Wars (A New Hope) in 1978. It follows the story of the marooned Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia on an alien world as they become ensnared in the search for a priceless artifact that resonates with the power of the Force.

All in all, the novel is horrible. Stilted dialogue, improbable action and plot points, not to mention several literal rabbit trails and unne
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Scott Rhee
Years ago, I read this novel, "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" (the title alone is pretty kick-ass) by Alan Dean Foster, which I think was one of the first Star Wars novels published that wasn't a novelization of one of the Lucas films. I recall very little of the plot, but I remember enjoying it. I'm pretty sure, though, that Foster's novel doesn't quite follow the continuity of the other Expanded Universe novels, which is why it kind of exists in a literary limbo of "alternate universe "Star Wars" ...more
Dan
I don't know whether it's truth or fiction that this book was going to be the basis for 'The Empire Strikes Back' once upon a time. But that notion made it enticing to delve into the book, to see what could've been. What I found is everything about this book is lacklustre. Pretty quickly it became apparent that this wouldn't be a very exciting or compelling story. By page 50, nothing had really happened, nothing interesting had been described, but I continued on, only to get more and more disapp ...more
Sue
In it's day, this book would have gotten a higher rating from me--I was a big Alan Dean Foster fan. However, since it was published prior to the release of The Empire Strikes Back, it does suffer plot- and characer-wise now. But if you're a fan, it's worth a read for old time's sake.

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.
Coryke
As the first book written about the Star Wars universe, this is the "what might have been" follow up to Star Wars (A New Hope). The story about how this could have been the sequel as opposed to Empire Strikes Back is out there and easy to find so I won't go through that. Consequently, you have to read this story knowing two things, one, Foster was basing his characterizations on just one movie, and two, he didn't know which direction Lucas would take the story and the relationships of the charac ...more
Aaron
I remember reading this book back in my youth. It was a time where there was only one Star Wars movie and we were all hankering for a little more Star Wars in our diet. Back then, I thought the book was okay, but a little weird.

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
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Mark Musante
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slaveofone
There are a couple reasons to read SOTME and there are a couple reason not to. If you're into Star Wars (and I don't refer here to anything that developed after the theatrical release of Jedi except, perhaps, the Zahn trilogy or Dark Empire), you will probably find interest and entertainment in it. Don't expect anything similar to those stories, however. This is no tale of the wars among the stars. The details here are mainly concerned with the landscapes of an alien world and its main protagoni ...more
Grahm Eberhardt
Ah, the legendary Star Wars sequel that coulda been. The story was basic pulp; the characters were wildly different from their silver screen counterparts; the MacGuffin was an entirely transparent deus ex machina that makes no attempt to be interesting; and, of course, the various revelations about Luke's family hadn't been revealed yet so the buckets of sexual tension between Luke & Leia is hilariously gross.
Of course, when this book was written Star Wars wasn't a thing yet. It was a weird
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Greg
I just bought an old copy of this, the original Star Wars sequel, at Cellar Stories in Providence, RI (cool store, by the way). From what I remember about reading it when I was all of 10 years old or so, it wasn't as awesome as Star Wars or Empire Strikes Back (which handn't come out yet), but at that age, anything with Star Wars characters was gold to me.

I remember that Luke and Leia behave in a way that sibilings probably should not, as George Lucas at that point had not decided that they'd be
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Mike (the Paladin)
I read this when it came out. it was riding the "wave" of the early Star wars mania. I remember it being a mildly interesting science fantasy read. the funny part is that for me the memory that stands out is a scene in the book where Luke is fighting and throwing things around with the force...which it was established later would put him firmly on the dark side of "THE FORCE". Got to be careful when you write those early novels. It was like a James Blish Star trek novel written back in the early ...more
Penniphurr
Wow, I had totally forgotten this one until I saw it mentioned in the recent reviews. It came out before "The Empire Strikes Back" movie. Naturally Luke and Leia would be the star-crossed lovers(no pun intended, of course). I remember the bit about the lake as being really creepy. The old lady (can't remember her name) and the fuzzy things . . .Yuzzums or something? At the time it seemed like it would be the plot of the next movie. Guess we guessed wrong on that one!
Very exciting when I was a ki
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Vincent Stoessel
Hard to rate this fairly after reading it so long ago. This was written by Foster years before Empire was released, so he only had the first movie's (New Hope) story to work from. The tale itself wasn't epic but it did fill the painful gap between New Hope and Empire Strikes Back for those that were around to see the originals in theaters. It was during that time that I read it. Read this as "Alternative History" version of the Star Wars mythos.
Side note: I have never read an Alan Dean Foster b
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Killeroinen
I read this a long time ago, while I was trying to find some star wars books in my small local library. Can't remember much but at least I didn't hate it.

It's clear that this book has been written after only one star wars movie. There is no hints about family ties. Not between Vader and Luke and definitely not between Luke and Leia, because if I remember right, Luke still has a crush on her.

What I don't like in big series and universes (Star wars and others), is how they always try to add more a
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Trent
This is one of the worst Star Wars books I've read. Sure, it was written right after the original film came out, so you have to read the book with that in mind, but it's not just the inconsistencies with the rest of the series that make this book a trudge to get through. In fact, those didn't bother me at all because I knew when the book was written. No, my issues were few but big. For one, Luke and Leia do not act or talk themselves. I kept thinking the whole time I was reading the book that n ...more
Samuel Segedy
Hmm... Splinter of the Mind's Eye is an interesting read - not really because of the writing itself (as really, the books isn't that great), but rather for the fact that it is the first book in the Expanded Universe. This fact instantly drew my attention, so when I saw this in a used book store, I decided to buy it.

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
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Bryan
I had never read any of the "Star Wars" fiction before, and with good reason.

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.
Ron
Read years ago. Disappointed. Because of this work, I did not read any more Star Wars spin-off books until 2008.

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.
Casey Bryce

Splinter of a Mind's Eye holds that dubious honor of being a book everyone wants to read (Star Wars fans at least), but not necessarily for the right reasons. No, it's not a great novel by any means, but it does provide an intriguing glimpse into what could have been had the first Star Wars movie bombed at the box office in 1977. Indeed, while such a notion seems impossible now, it was a very real concern at the time, compelling George Lucas to task Alan Dean Foster with writing this "sequel" so
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Blake Shafer
This was kind of strange. It is the first piece of Star Wars media besides the first film and adaptations of it into comics and novels.Because of that it also serves as the first piece of evidence that George Lucas didn't have a plan beyond the first film. The book was written by Alan Dean Foster who is the ghost writer for the A New Hope novelization which is credited to Lucas. This was supposed to be a lower budget sequel if the first film didn't make much money so things like space fights, Ha ...more
Andrew
This book was...strange.
For one thing, Han is not in the book. For a second, it reads more like an Indiana Jones story than a Star Wars one, as Luke and Leia spend the whole book looking for some random artifact and only the first chapter takes place in space. Add to that the weird sexual tension between Luke and Leia and you know that this story was before Lucas had any clue what he was doing (it came out BEFORE 'Empire Strikes Back')
But the weirdest part it's he characters. Luke is pragmatic a
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Wayland Smith
This was, I think, the first Star Wars fiction that wasn't a movie adaptation. It's really not that good. It's over written in places, the dialogue is bad, and many things don't fit with the rest of the Star Wars universe.

Phrases like Leia speaking with "the voice of a steel kitten" and weird rants by both Luke and Leia just make this a mess. They make new allies, some of whom die at the end, and that turns into a bad tv show ending as the survivors share a joke and walk off, leaving the dead w
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Andrew Haile
I liked this book. I thought it was very good writing and story. it was the first star wars EU book written and they didn't yet know Luke and Leia were siblings, so luke was glancing at her. But at this point of their lives they didn't know so its not wierd. I liked the new characters and the story most of all. The only part I disliked was when the story ended I felt like what the heck? where is the rest? To me it felt like it wasn't finished. If you like star wars, read it, you'll like it. I di ...more
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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