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From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back

(Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,849 ratings  ·  358 reviews
From a Certain Point of View strikes back! Celebrate the legacy of the groundbreaking Star Wars sequel with this exciting reimagining of the timeless film.

On May 21, 1980, Star Wars became a true saga with the release of The Empire Strikes Back. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, forty storytellers recreate an iconic scene from The Empire Strikes Back, through the eyes
Hardcover, 561 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Del Rey
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Jeremiah Ware Yes as most Star Wars stories are. Many of the stories are also written by YA authors as well so very suitable.
Jeff Nylander 80% of the stories you can get just by watching the movies. The characters they refer to only appear there. The rest are definitely more for the obses…more80% of the stories you can get just by watching the movies. The characters they refer to only appear there. The rest are definitely more for the obsessed Star Wars fans, but are still enjoyable.(less)

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Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To think I almost missed this book, I kept seeing a Certain Point of View and thinking it was the Star Wars (The New Hope) version, days before it came out I realised I realised it was the Empire Strikes Back reciving the FACPOF treatment.

Like the first book it is difficult to give an overall rating as there are some stories I enjoyed more then others. I found I really like probobly 35 out of 40 stories so 5 stars it is. Unlike the first book, the stories are not in completely sequential. Some
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yasss!!! *claps energetically*

Disturbance by Mike Chen is my absolute fave!!!
I just adored the Whills Strike Back!!! They are so cute and their witty banter is everything!!!
Jun 11, 2020 added it
Spent waaaaaaaay too long on Hoth. May do a full review later.

[3.5 stars]
MissBecka Gee
3.5 ⭐Rounded up.

While I did enjoy the first book more, that in no way means this was disappointing.
My favourite stories were:
A Good Kiss by: C.B. Lee
The Truest Duty by: Christine Golden
Wait For It by: Zoraida Córdova
Standard Imperial Procedure by: Sarwat Chadda
Faith In An Old Friend by: Brittany N. Williams
The Witness by: Adam Christopher
The Whills Strike Back by: Tom Angleberger
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Want to Relive the Best Star Wars Film from Certain Unheralded Points of View
I'll hide my thoughts on specifics stories under a spoiler tag, in general terms I don't think I enjoyed this anthology quite as a much as the first one, it felt like there was a higher proportion of mediocre stories although, as before, there were a few truly excellent standouts.

(view spoiler)
Jim C
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a collection of forty short stories to celebrate that Empire Strikes Back is forty years old. Each story takes place during the time frame of that movie and incorporates a scene from that movie. Also, each story tells the perspective of a character who is not widely known and might not be a part of the greater scheme.

Disney did the same thing for the forty anniversary of A New Hope and I wasn't a big fan of that collection. Unfortunately, I had the same result from this collection. I lik
Wow what a great collection of short stories!! I will have a detialed review of my rating for all 40 stories that are in here so I will come back later in the week and update this reivew. As of now I would give it a 4/5 stars!(:
Wee Lassie
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, a perfect follow up to the previous book.
Neil R. Coulter
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
This is the second collection of Star Wars stories that take the reader through a whole movie, start to finish, through the eyes of minor characters. I enjoyed the first one and found it a fun way to relive A New Hope. This volume, however, for The Empire Strikes Back, didn’t work nearly so well. Some reasons? The second film in the trilogy is a more tightly focused narrative, so there’s much less room for interesting (or even amusing) side plots happening just outside the frame. Also, ESB is mo ...more
Eva B.
Nov 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: star-wars
I heard this has Canon Siri Tachi and ahhhhh I NEED IT!! Jedi Apprentice was my catnip as a kid (might do a full-series reread if I'm extremely bored or something) and she was always a favorite! ...more
❐ Overall Rating 3¾| Narration 5
❐ Star Wars
❐ Anthology
❐ Side Stories from a certain point of view

Some were good, a few were really good and some I tuned out completely. I'm glad I rewatched The Empire Strikes Back before starting this...I didn't realize how long it had been since I last watched it. I had forgotten a lot of it.

My favorites were:

Disturbance by Mike Chen, which was superbly narrated by Sam Whitwer. Darth Sidious/The Emporer/Palpatine...he senses a disturbance in the force.

She Wil
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
this one was better than the short story collection for "a new hope" (might be biased bc "the empire strikes back" is probably my favourite), but including Hank green and letting Mackenzie Lee write Obi-Wan should count as a hate crime ...more
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Some fantastic stories here but also some pretty average ones. I tell you one thing the Star Wars Universe owes Gary Whitta and his "Rebellions are built on hope" line from Rogue One because every author writing a story about the rebellion uses it. I did enjoy getting to see more behind the scenes stuff in regards to the empire. Vader killing off his Admirals and how it feels to work in that sort of environment, a Tie Fighter pilot who knows she is flying the cheapest product on the market and w ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
A sequel to the amazing "From a Certain Point of View: A New Hope", this book is forty short stories celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back. Unfortunately, lightning doesn't quite strike twice here. Whereas the stories in that first volume make the story seem deeper and richer, most of these seemed silly or superfluous.

Eyes of the Empire: Told from the perspective of the operator of the probe droid that found the rebel base on Hoth. I enjoy her arc from Imperi
Jaime K
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- I absolutely love how many of these stories focus on Leia’s work, and how helpful she is. She’s a great leader and person, and this book exemplifies that.
- I don’t like how often inappropriate language is used (even ‘ass’ and ‘pissed’--Star Wars should be friendly for all ages).
- I’m tickled, from “Ion Control” on, how the Rebels find entertainment (and betting) in Han’s approaches to Leia. And later, it humors me as well that so many on Cloud City didn’t realize Vader was a real person.
- It b
Eric Linnell
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I definitely enjoyed this volume more than the New Hope version. I think that may have been that the background characters in Echo Base and Cloud City were more appealing to me. Plus we get multiple Bounty Hunter chapters which was fantastic!
Maggie Lovitt
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars celebrates forty years of The Empire Strikes Back with forty stories that bring to life new points of view during a pivotal moment in galactic history. 


Over the past few years, Star Wars has excelled at ambitious anthologies that bring new tales to the forefront of familiar stories. Greg Rucka tackled the Before Awakening anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View brought together forty authors to e
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fall-2020
I am convinced that there is untapped potential for provocative and exciting literary experiences within the confines of pop genre material like Star Wars.

This book doesn't help.

A fun concept. Impressive dedication to theme. Not well executed. Two back-to-back stories by Jason Fry and Seth Dickinson stand out as being fun and nicely done. There rest is forgettable.

Some day...
Para (wanderer)
ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When I read the first anthology, I knew I will be going for the others if I get the chance. I loved the idea of Star Wars seen from the POV of minor, unimportant characters, I especially hoped for more Stormtrooper (or better, imperial guard) POVs.

Unfortunately, even accounting for the fact that whatever anthology you take, not all the stories are going to be good, this one still felt lackluster in comparison.

My favourite stories w
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The author line-up for this book still blows my mind and it’s been SO much fun to see what some of my favorite authors did with these characters. Plus this short story collection really does an awesome job diving into side characters (including some that I would never have guessed would be included!) and really fleshing out this world. Also, the first half of this book got me through election week, which is really a testament to how excellent some of these authors are at writing short stories.

Ola G
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, sw, fantasy
5.5/10 stars

Full review on my blog here.

From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back is a collection of 40 short stories commissioned for the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back's memorable debut long long ago. It’s a second such venture, after a collection of stories centered around New Hope met with fans’ enthusiasm and quite solid approval – and we all know what a rowdy and unruly and spoiled bunch SW fans usually are 😉.

I haven’t read the first collection, but buoyed by the f
Casey the Reader
Thanks to Del Rey Books for the free advance copy of this book.

📚 This was so fun to read! Lots of authors I already loved, and I discovered a few new-to-me favorites.
📚 These stories are all so nuanced and thoughtful about what life for peripheral characters in the movie might be like. Some we already know, like Wedge Antilles, and some are completely fabricated, like a scientist studying ice slugs on Hoth.
📚 My favorites were the stories from the points of view of animals - I never expected to fe
Andrew Powers
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Star Wars is really dumb and really amazing at the same time and this book perfectly illustrates that by wildly switching from being incredibly good to incredibly stupid every few pages.
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
My favorite Star Wars books as a kid were the “Tales of…” series edited by Kevin J. Anderson. Those books imbued the Galaxy Far, Far Away with the sense that Greedo, Dengar, Bib Fortuna, and the hundreds of minor background characters from the films each had stories of their own. Those books – and the fan hunger for more stories – are a major part of the reason why the Star Wars franchise has been able to grow beyond the Skywalker saga through shows like The Mandalorian.

The “From a Certain Point
Jordan Anderson
Hard to believe it’s already been 3 years since the first From a Certain Point of View randomly showed up in the middle of Star Wars canon and showed that despite many of its failings, Disney (and Del Rey) could still produce decent stories in the franchise.

Now the Disney/Del Rey team strikes back (ha! Get it?) with yet another group of 40 short stories, all set in and around the same time and locations of The Empire Strikes Back and the question is, can lightning strike twice and can the Disney
Man, this was disappointing. It honestly made me question my earlier review of the similar A New Hope novel, as I distinctly remember enjoying that a whole lot.

This movie doesn't really lend itself to "40 random short stories from other characters" as well as A New Hope does. It only really goes to Hoth (which I never found the most exciting part) and Cloud City, and neither setting's side characters are really fascinating enough to write about, and the book struggles to make them interesting.

Gary Fisher
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get the Audible version if you can.

I love, love, love this series. “Behind the scenes” stories told from the point of view of innocent bystanders, lookers on and the occasional slightly-more-intelligent-than-we-thought alien animals.

You know, one of those extras in the background in Cloud City. Or a less-than-enthusiastic Storm Trooper. Or the next in command to the guy who was just force choked.

I bought this and the previous book in the series on both Kindle and Audible, but from here on in I
Patrick Casebeer
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun book. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I liked the layout. The side stories followed the plot so you knew exactly what scene they were at during the stories. The writers did a great job almost making it flow like one writer by referencing parts of other stories and such.

I will say I liked the first 30 or so better. The last ones were ok, but the first ones were awesome!

I’ll have to get the A New Hope version now!
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Overall a stronger (if less tonally-diverse) collection of short stories than the ANH entry. My personal favorite has to be Seth Dickenson's utter deconstruction of the Empire - and by extension, fascism - in his story revolving around the captain of the Star Destroyer what gets smashed by that asteroid. The stories contradict themselves less this time around, which is simultaneously relieving and a bit of a bummer, keeping in mind the mission statement outlined by the title of the collection it ...more
Kyle Larson
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful new way to experience a classic story.
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