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Preview — Splinter of the Mind's Eye by Alan Dean Foster
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
Luke and Leia are on their way to a Rebel Alliance gathering when Leia’s fighter develops issues and sh ...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
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 ...more
Very exciting when I was a ki ...more
Side note: I have never read an Alan Dean Foster b ...more
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 ...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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more