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Star Wars Splinter of the Mind's Eye

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Classic Star Wars at its very finest

This book is a great read.

posted by Anonymous on April 11, 2004

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Takes you WAY back into the time before the classic sequels were even born

If you are all about experiencing the very early years of the 'Star Wars' universe, then 'Splinter of the Minds Eye' fills that quota. Written by science fiction expert writer Alan Dean Foster, this novel was intended to be a sequel to 'A New Hope' if consumer reaction...
If you are all about experiencing the very early years of the 'Star Wars' universe, then 'Splinter of the Minds Eye' fills that quota. Written by science fiction expert writer Alan Dean Foster, this novel was intended to be a sequel to 'A New Hope' if consumer reaction to the first film wasn't good and George Lucas wouldn't be able to make any sequels. However, obviously Lucas' first film amazed people worldwide, and he got his sequels. So where does this now place 'Splinter of the Minds Eye' in the realm of 'Star Wars' canon and continuity? On the very fringes. Among fans it is heavily debated whether this book deserves to be canon because film sequels indeed were conceived. However, despite the debates over its legitimacy in the canon, it is really interesting to read the first-ever novel, or form of media period, that expands upon the movies. Most of the story could be part of canon, but some parts near the end of the book- like where Luke cuts off Vader's right arm- are debatable since that was meant to happen in following sequels. In addition, Luke gets badly injured while fighting Vader and Leia picks up his lightsaber and actually holds her own against the Dark Lord of the Sith. Continuity problems? Probably. This was simply meant to show that Leia had abilities in the Force in a quick and physical way, as opposed to the way it was revealed in a long and drawn-out process in the original trilogy. The plot during the novel is up-and-down with regards to its pace and ability to grip the reader. But with this said, if you want to go really retro in the 'Star Wars' expanded universe, then check out this book. If you'd rather follow more established and defined continuity, then read a different 'Star Wars' novel.

posted by Anonymous on February 18, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    Takes you WAY back into the time before the classic sequels were even born

    If you are all about experiencing the very early years of the 'Star Wars' universe, then 'Splinter of the Minds Eye' fills that quota. Written by science fiction expert writer Alan Dean Foster, this novel was intended to be a sequel to 'A New Hope' if consumer reaction to the first film wasn't good and George Lucas wouldn't be able to make any sequels. However, obviously Lucas' first film amazed people worldwide, and he got his sequels. So where does this now place 'Splinter of the Minds Eye' in the realm of 'Star Wars' canon and continuity? On the very fringes. Among fans it is heavily debated whether this book deserves to be canon because film sequels indeed were conceived. However, despite the debates over its legitimacy in the canon, it is really interesting to read the first-ever novel, or form of media period, that expands upon the movies. Most of the story could be part of canon, but some parts near the end of the book- like where Luke cuts off Vader's right arm- are debatable since that was meant to happen in following sequels. In addition, Luke gets badly injured while fighting Vader and Leia picks up his lightsaber and actually holds her own against the Dark Lord of the Sith. Continuity problems? Probably. This was simply meant to show that Leia had abilities in the Force in a quick and physical way, as opposed to the way it was revealed in a long and drawn-out process in the original trilogy. The plot during the novel is up-and-down with regards to its pace and ability to grip the reader. But with this said, if you want to go really retro in the 'Star Wars' expanded universe, then check out this book. If you'd rather follow more established and defined continuity, then read a different 'Star Wars' novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    Good but not Great

    Good action but sometimes the book got a little slow. The battle with Vader should not have been as close as it was.

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