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40 Years. 40 Stories.

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, this unique anthology features Star Wars stories by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from Star Wars’ literary history. Over 40 authors have lent their unique vision to 40 “scenes,” each retelling a different moment from the original Star Wars film, but with a twi
Hardcover, Star Wars, 496 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Del Rey
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The Force is strong in this anthology!

This anthology is a celebration for the 40 years of “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”, featuring 40 short stories written by 40 different famous authors (or pair of authors) using usually secondary characters (at least secondary in this particular film) where some of those are given names for the first time, but also there are some main characters, and each character tells their point of view of certain scene on the said movie. This anthology is part
A very mixed bag of stories. Some great, some awesome, a few slow, and a couple I just did not see the point of. There are some very big name Star Wars authors in this book, new Disney era authors.

I really thought the concept of this book was a great innovation. Right from the last moment of Rogue One to the end of Star Wars A New Hope. Each short story moves the story along scene by scene. However the twist is it is not just the author that changes, but the story is told from a side character,
4.5 stars

Possibly the most entertaining book in the new canon. While not every story is a ten, there are really no bad stories and which ones you will like will depend on (I have to) your point of view. Variety of styles and authors writing these stories - which range from tragic to outright hilarious - keep the things interesting.

The book also answers some questions fans have had for 40 years, but, in the real Star Wars fashion, also makes you ask new ones, like what would have happened if Yoda
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
3,55 stars for this curious & entertaining anthology, however, if you are not a STAR WARS fan then THIS IS NOT THE BOOK YOU ARE LOOKING FOR!

From the blurb:

"In honor of the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, this collection features Star Wars stories by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from Star Wars literary history. More than forty authors have lent their unique vision to forty "scenes," each retelling a different moment from the original Star Wars fil
Evan Morgan
Sep 23, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
We're getting a story with Qui-Gon, y'all. Written by Claudia Gray, nonetheless. If you didn't want to get the book before, you should now.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
WILDLY uneven in the quality of the stories. Check it out from your library to read it before buying it. It did not even remotely match the anticipation of greatness (notice I did NOT say delusions of grandeur) I had when I first heard this anthology was being compiled.

Of the 40 tales, an infant's handful are really good or fracking great. Several were just insulting. Most were just okay. It takes more than inside jokes and catchphrases to make a good or great SW story regardless of the length.

Neil Hepworth
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall, this is a solid collection of stories. It’s just too bad that the duds are kinda clumped together so sometimes you might be tempted to stop reading on account of too many stupid stories in a row. But don’t give up--the last quarter of the anthology has a some really strong stories. By the end, I decided the book was a sold 4 star affair, but I will tell you, there were times, when I was certain I wouldn’t be giving it anything higher than a 2 star review.

I think my biggest complaint is
Wee Lassie
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic, I would read it over and over again if I could...which seeing as I bought the audiobook, I guess I can. A must-read for anyone even a little interested in the star wars francise, just brilliant :)
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Fair warning- rant ahead.

I have a complex relationship with Star Wars. While I mostly enjoy the saga overall (comics, books and movies) I often find alot of the installments of the saga to be cash-grabs or "events" more than actual labors of love. (Not to say that there hasn't been some stellar, creative people whose work I admire associated with the franchise over the years, and even currently!.)

And I'm feeling that now more than ever before with Disneys carefully calculated manipulation of the
What an neato idea.
This is the retelling of A New Hope using fan fiction of minor character's POVs.
This includes (but is not limited to) Stormtroopers, the garbage monster, mechanics, Jawas, the band at the Cantina and paper pushers on the Death Star.
Each story in the collection is written by a different author.
Most of the stories were well written and highly entertaining.

There are a couple duds in there (Meg Cabot & Ian Doescher I'm looking at you).
My favourite stories...
The Sith of Datawor
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the bit players were busy, too, and had their own, interesting moments and lives. Like the garbage chute monster, who gets her due, and we find out just how fascinating and wonderful she was. And the mouse droid Chewie scared, who would have thought it facilitated a relationship on the Death Star? And what about the storm troopers who decided these weren't the droids they were looking for? The brilliant and overworked and deeply caring crew chief on Ya ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This book, a collection of 40 short stories, was an excellent read. It hearkens back to a time when Star Wars was an amazing series of movies. "From a Certain Point of View" covers the iconic movie Star Wars or Episode IV:A New Hope. Each story has to do with the movie. It could be said the order of the stories roughly follows the timeline of the movie itself. The stories are different in that they focus on the side characters, some of whom you like don't know exist. From the views of Stroomtroo ...more
Jay Kennedy
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books, sci-fi
My video review:

2.5 star-ish

From a Certain Point of View is an interesting anthology. The stories act as a behind the scenes look at events in A New Hope from the perspective of 40 side characters. Some of these characters are completely unexpected. Take for instance, characters like: R5-D2 (the red droid sold with R2-D2 by Jawas), a female Tusken raider, MSE-6-G735Y (a mouse droid), or heck, even the trash compactor monster (btw her name is Omi). Of course there is
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
Debated between 4 and 5 stars, because some of the stories in this are, sadly, not all that great. But the ones that are good are great and all combined together make this a perfect love letter to the film that started it all. Sometimes I was left a little sad because I wanted shorts to be longer, to see more through the characters POV, whereas others felt just long enough, an important moment from the movie from a new perspective.

As well as some stories not being that good, my other main critic
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review on my blog here!

In celebrating the 40 years of Star Wars, Penguin Random House has reunited different authors and asked them to write stories from the perspective of the side characters. The story starts out right after Rogue One Movie and the story is about Star Wars: A New Hope (duh). It was fun for me because it’s a fresh take on the movie since we have different people’s perspective who come from different planets. I’ve learnt a lot about the world of Star Wars in those page
What a fun ode to one of my favorite movies.

Seriously, who came up with this idea? It's great. For the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars (now ponderously titled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), forty authors who are Star Wars- or nerd-adjacent take side or peripheral characters from the original film and write short stories from their perspectives. These stories are all told in chronological order, from the death of the captain of the Tantive IV all the way to the awards ceremony at the end of
Unabridged Bibliophile
Nov 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-reads, 2017
If I could give a half star for effort I would. This thing should have not even been written. The concept is there and it’s great. The execution however, is not. So many cringe inducing moments and eye rolls. I’m a huge fan of the older EU books and that honestly might be my problem. There is a reason why Lucas Films had strict rules and guidelines to writing a book based in the Star Wars world as well as using a lot of the same authors over and over. They got it. They got that you can’t describ ...more
Jim C
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating is 2.5 stars.

This is a collection of short stories from people who witnessed events that happened in A New Hope.

I was intrigued by the concept of this novel as I like the idea of seeing well known events through new eyes. Unfortunately that did not last long as there is a reason that these characters do not have their stories being told. They are not exciting. Most of the short stories did nothing for me. There were a few terrific stories but they were too few in number. Also, I f
I honestly saw this book coming out and thought, 'okay, but why do we need ANOTHER retelling of ANH? haven't we had enough of them?' Turns out we were absolutely, 100% missing this one. It's by far the most interesting and refreshing retelling of the much-loved, oft-repeated Star Wars story we all know and love. These 39 stories (I hesitate to call Jeffery Brown's one-page, one-panel comic a story) were all incredibly well-done, crafted by authors who were clearly excited to be part of such a pr ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, short-stories
This review can also be found on my blog:

I love Star Wars! I love short stories! Together this anthology was a win-win for me.

Forty authors celebrated forty years of Star Wars by contributing a story of a minor or supporting character from the ending of Rogue One to the finale of A New Hope. I listened to these stories on audio, but also had a copy of the book to refer to when I wanted to double check a detail or if I didn’t like the way a story was voice
Jun 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
If it's not broke...don't fix it!

Since getting into Star Wars literature in 2005, I have come across three different novelizations of A New Hope, as well as two graphic novel adaptations. I've also read and seen other books that retell either the same story, such as a book/CD read-along for younger kids, or parts of it, such as some of the writings of Ryder Windham.

All this for a movie that's been around for over forty years, and one that pretty much everybody who wants to see it has already see
Brandon St Mark
This was a really good entry into the new canon. I skimmed maybe 66% of the stories, however a lot of them weren't bad, they were just focused on characters I didn't care about. Most of this book just follows really obscure side characters, and as I've said before, I pretty much am just here for the Force-users.

My favorite stories where: The Red One (Rae Carson), Master and Apprentice (Claudia Grey, what a shock honestly), Eclipse (Madeleine Roux), Time of Death (Cavan Scott), There is Another (
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Full review to come??? But here's a quick run-down of my favorite stories in the collection:

-"The Sith of Datawork" by Ken Liu: So good, so hilarious....I love watching characters run the world in ways besides the usual action-hero shoot-em-up, fly-around-em ways.
-"Born in the Storm" by Daniel Jose Older: Stormtrooper protag with SO MUCH SASS.
-"Beru Whitesun Lars" by Meg Cabot: LOVED this short monologue from our dear space-aunt
wanderer (Para)
“Terrible things will always happen. They happened on Kiffex and they happen on Naboo and they happen on Tatooine. There will always be a war, and there will always be someone who wants us locked up. But the only thing we can do is survive, Sen. Survive until they won’t let us.”
When I heard the words "Jawa POV," I instantly knew that From a Certain Point of View is something I simply must read. It's no secret by now that I'm madly in love with Star Wars. And my obsession with slice of life a
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you really love Star Wars, then this is the book for you. For everyone else, eh....

Most of these stories are fine, I suppose, but honestly almost none of them need to exist. They’re well written for the most part, yet they bring almost nothing new to the overall Star Wars universe. Mostly we get scenes from the first two movies as told from the point of view of secondary characters. In that regard this collection basically ranges from decent fan fiction to Writing Prompts 101. “Take a backgro
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a ride, if you are a Star Wars fan this book is definitely for you, a must read for long time fans.
This book contains 40 stories by 40 different authors, many of them are perfect additions for the time line and all of them are tale from the point of view of a character during the fourth story of the saga, the a are a lot of entertaining stories and quite a few pointless ones but overall is a formidable book, i will always have in my star wars knowledge the story of the red droid,
I never know how to rate anthologies so let’s go with a 3.75-4 stars for this one! I really had a great time reading it, I flew through it and it made me want to rewatch A New Hope so badly. 💗
Evan Morgan
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5. My favorites being "The Red One" by Rae Carson, "Master and Apprentice" by Claudia Gray, "Time of Death" by Cavan Scott, "There Is Another" by Gary D. Schmidt, "Desert Son" by Pierce Brown, and "Contingency Plan" by Alexander Freed.
Neil R. Coulter
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars, fiction
I knew that From a Certain Point of View was a collection of short stories about minor, background characters from Star Wars. But I didn’t realize that these 40 stories take the reader from the end of Rogue One through the end of A New Hope, in order—reliving the whole story of Episode IV from very different perspectives. It’s a clever, but risky, concept, and it works beautifully. The stories aren’t all great (probably 20 stories would have made one of the best Star Wars books ever), but a high ...more
Scott Foley
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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