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Star Wars Splinter of the Mind's Eye

Star Wars Splinter of the Mind's Eye

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by Alan Dean Foster
     
 

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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

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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 find this treasure and find it fast....

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345320230
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1986
Series:
Star Wars Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
156,524
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Star Wars Splinter of the Mind's Eye 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Porfinicle More than 1 year ago
With this novel originally being a potential low budget sequel to Star Wars, many fans were aware that it did not take into account the lineage of Luke and Leia, among many other elements that were not developed until the actual sequel, The Empire Strikes Back. I assumed this would be an interesting look at what could have been. In reality it was not very interesting and even though it only had the original Star Wars as a guideline, all the main characters seem way off the mark. The book starts out with Luke in a very cynical state of mind, as if he has seen things, and has been from one side of the galaxy to the other. Based on the original film alone, Luke is new to the rebellion, yet the author decides to depict him as the leader, and more knowledgeable than leia on just about everything. Leia's portrayal as a strong female character in the original Star Wars does not carry over into this novel. In one scenario Leia is unable to get dirty and play the part of a miner without Luke's assistance. Leia, who was a member of the Imperial Senate, ran secret missions for the Rebellion, stood toe to toe with Darth Vader and Tarkin, but was not able to adapt to her surroundings. Around the same time, Luke was farming water and complaining about picking up power converters with his friends. One element regarding Leia I did appreciate was her coming to terms with the destruction of Alderaan, and her torture at the hands of Darth Vader. The only problem was that this experience was used to make her appear even weaker.  The true relationship between Luke and Leia was not known at this time, which makes their romantic feelings easier to swallow, but occasionally it was very uncomfortable and awkward. They give Anakin and Padme in Attack of the Clones a run for their money.  Darth Vader seems as ruthless as ever, but his dialog seems a little off. To be fair, the pace and delivery of some of his dialog in A New Hope is quite a bit different from what we see in the last two movies in the trilogy (bring me the passengers, I want them alive!). There were quite a few aspects from the novel I enjoyed due to the fact that they were how Star Wars was understood at the time, and provide a different outlook into what we actually see in the future five films. The use of the Kaiburr crystal was interesting, because for awhile we considered this to be a borrowed concept from an earlier draft of Star Wars, that no longer played a significant role in the saga. Now with the Kyber crystal becoming part of the new canon in The Clone Wars and Rebels we can look at this plot element from a another perspective.  Other interesting elements include the way in which Luke detects non force sensitives, Luke's knowledge of many foreign languages from his studies on his farm on Tatooine (hahaha), Leia's pirouette, Luke's unconscious use of the force, Luke encouraging Leia's anger, the use of a blaster power pack to charge a lightsaber, and Luke recommending Leia kill him and herself as a last resort. A couple elements in the book make you wonder if Lucas passed on information to the author in order to drop hints about things we don't learn until much later in the saga. At one point Leia confesses to Luke that she can't understand how Luke feels, because she is not force sensitive. Yet at the end of the book Leia is able to hold off Darth Vader for a short period of time. Was this a hint that George had already decided Leia had force sensitivity, but hadn't discovered it yet? During the showdown with Vader it is suggested that Ben Kenobi is working through Luke to fight Vader. In Empire it is clear that Ben Kenobi has learned this ability, but for whatever reason cannot interfere when Luke goes after Vader. Darth Vader knew the proper commands to shut down Threepio and R2. Could Lucas have already decided that Anakin was the was the creator of Threepio and previous owner of R2? I didn't have high expectations for this book, and unfortunately my expectations were still not met. There are some very strange things in this book, from Luke and Leia's mud fight, the writing, and descriptions that reference real world events (St. Elmos). If you are a fan that is interested in how the saga has evolved over time, than this is a must read. At the very least it will make you appreciate sequel we did get even more. 
Revan97 More than 1 year ago
Splinter of the Mind's Eye is the first "Legends" Star Wars novel I have read since the creation of the "Legends" books. Alan Dean Foster did a great job with the material with which he had to work. I enjoyed the story and surprised myself by reading the whole thing in two days. It was really an easy read and, although I was a bit surprised to find that Han Solo doesn't star in the book, I was intrigued by the whole idea of the Kaiburr Crystal. Having read newer material from the expanded universe, I found some of the content here to feel a bit 1970's comic bookie-especially the finale between Luke and Vader (that Force Orb is a biggie). Nevertheless, I recommend this one to the Star Wars enthusiast for two reasons: (1) The fact that it is the very first novel in the original Star Wars Expanded Universe, and (2) before it became a novel, it served as George Lucas' bale out plan for a sequel to the original Star Wars movie in the event that the movie didn't go over. I think these reasons make Splinter of the Mind's Eye a staple for every fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 15 and im not a big fan of reading but i liked this book a hole lot and i had to read cause im a huge star wars fan!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good book 1978 a classic
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And very good i might add
Justin_Lee More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago wen I was probably 12 or 13 and I thought it was good. Here are a few little known-but interesting- facts. Contrary to what another reviewer says about this book, they got a few of their facts wrong. First off, when george Lucas first wrote the the origional Star Wars script, this story was suposed to be the basis for the movie but as we all know, the plot eventually became the classic movie we all know and love. As to this book's place in the Star wars cannon, the story unfolds in the following order: A New Hope (EP 4) Splinter of the Mind's Eye, The Empire Strikes Back (EP 5) Shadows of the Empire, and finally Return of the Jedi (EP 6). This book was origionally released in 1986,(bettween episodes 4 & 5) so the prequils were still some 13 years away, so that (in my humble opinion) allows for a lot of wiggle room for some of the inconsistancies found in the overall story.
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Johnny3 More than 1 year ago
A great read for Original Trilogy fans!
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Summerlm99 More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book since it was first published, and when I saw it was available as an ebook I bought it immediately!
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ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
This book was written before Empire Strikes Back even came out in the theatres, so it is interesting to see where an author would go with the main characters without knowing what would happen in the next movie. This is strictly a Luke and Leia story, so do not expect Han Solo and Chewbacca to pop up in this one. However, it is very well written.
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