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Splinter of the Mind's Eye: Star Wars Legends by Alan Dean Foster. Read an Excerpt. Buy. Look Inside Buy the Ebook: Kobo · Barnes & Noble · Apple · Books. Read "Splinter of the Mind's Eye: Star Wars Legends" by Alan Dean Foster available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. Jun 28, I'm not giving the physical book to someone else after downloading it. I have no problems . I own a copy of Splinter of the Mind's Eye (Score:2).
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Dark Disciple: Assault at Selonia: The Empire Strikes Back: Episode V. Donald F. Rating details. Sort order. Jun 28, Wealhtheow rated it liked it Shelves: This book is very basic, by-the-numbers sf--but with the added thrill of being written right after A New Hope came out.
Thus, the entire story is about Luke and Leia's sexual tension. Sure you always intended them to be siblings, Lucas.
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In , a little paperback book called Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker appeared on the mass market. A little blurb notified the readers that it was soon to be a motion picture from its author, George Lucas. You probably know the cinematic story from there, but the literary world of Star Wars is often overlooked.
To begin, Lucas did not pen that first novel; it was ghostwritten by noted science-fiction author Alan Dean Foster. No one knew whether the film would make any money, b In , a little paperback book called Star Wars: No one knew whether the film would make any money, but Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were already signed for a sequel. Lucas decided to work on an expensive script that became The Empire Strikes Back , but Foster was brought in to write a sequel story that would be far cheaper to produce if need be.
That was that genesis of Splinter of the Mind's Eye. Not much is known about the place, other than that it exists. In truth, the Empire has established a secret mining operation there, abusing the indigenous primitives.
The two protagonists encounter the elderly and potentially crazy Halla, who agrees to help them escape the planet in exchange for their help in locating the rest of the mythological Kaiburr Crystal. Leia is not convinced it even exists, or that on such a foggy, swampy planet that they would ever find it among the ruins of a long-gone civilization.
Once Luke lays his hand on the singular shard of it possessed by Halla, he knows it is not only real, but that it greatly enhances one's sensitivity to the Force. Were it to fall into the hands of Force-sensitive Darth Vader, it would be catastrophic. And so begins their quest.
As a novel, Splinter is fast-paced and full of tension and atmosphere.
This was the first non-canonical Star Wars story, so what makes it refreshing is that it is not full of self-aware references to things mentioned in the movies or other non-canonical works. Foster even describes one creature's sound as being "like a hog in heat. Unfortunately, he who lives by the sword also dies by the sword and what makes Splinter disappointing is its detachment from Star Wars. Taken exclusively in relationship to the novel and film, most of the inconsistencies are easy to accept.
There is, for instance, no reason to be found in that tale later re-titled Star Wars: A New Hope that would prevent the presence of sexual tension between Luke and Leia. What taints the story, though, is the climax.
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Darth Vader simply bears no resemblance to his previously established self. Even if we overlook the description of his lightsaber as blue instead of red as irrelevant, try not to notice the absence of any reference to his scuba-inspired breathing sounds and try not to hear James Earl Jones's voice speaking his lines, this is simply not the same character. Neither in prose nor on screen is the Dark Lord so wordy, sounding here more like a guy with a large mustache whose plan involves tying up the princess and leaving her on the train tracks.
Splinter of the Mind's Eye includes several scenes that today call to mind not only the subsequent film sequels in the series, but the Indiana Jones series as well. In fact, an alternate title of this novel could well be Luke Skywalker and the Kaiburr Crystal.
The relationship between he and Leia bears a striking resemblance to that of Indiana Jones and Willie Scott in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom , and their trek across Mimban feels more like an Indy adventure than a Star Wars tale. Still, it's fun, it's fast-paced and not self-conscious meaning this is one of the few Star Wars books I would actually endorse.
View all 4 comments. Apr 28, Gary Foss rated it it was ok Shelves: OK, I admit it: I read this.
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 Yeah, man. Let that wash over you for a minute. That album happened, and we all let it happen. It was the 70s. All manner of crimes against humanity were committed. The Empire slaughtering jawas is nothin' compared to the depravities that were unleashed. You think partying ewoks at the end of episode VI is cheesy? As a family. It was that album.
My point is that you can't put that kind of pressure on a thirteen-year-old. He's gonna turn to the Dark Side. Just the cover of the book It's too much for a young jedi to bear.
An Even More Candid Moment: I always wanted to be Darth Vader, not Luke or Han. My family has photographic evidence to prove it. I wanted to be Vader until ep1 came out But we'll leave it at that. In this case, the Dark Side was controlled by Emperor A'landean, and he was a cruel master.
He subjected his young apprentice to many pages of illogical plot coincidences and inhuman dialogue. Plus, the whole thing was just meandering.
That's not entirely Lord A'landean's fault, though. Nobody really knew where anything was going. I'm personally convinced that the "master plan" that everyone talked about that Lucas supposedly had for the series was a bunch of flim-flam. Oh, I'm sure he had some vague notions and general ideas, but the impression everyone was given was that the films existed, fully formed in his head like Aphrodite waiting to jump out of Zeus' noggin?
So, when Foster picked up this particular nugget and ran with it, he was pretty much on his own. If anyone thinks I'm off on that, go ahead and explain the Star Wars Holiday Special, which came out ten months after this book in They just didn't have a handle on what they were doing back then.
You could pretty well just read the blurb for this book and get the book in its entirety, so I'll not relate a lot of detail here. I did like that the book introduced what would probably later be called a "Force Sensitive" character who was not part of either the Jedi or Sith "establishments" but still able to manipulate Force powers.
There are other tidbits of things that could have showed up in the canon or EU and not been out of place. Overall, though, I can't recommend it to anyone other than someone really trying to round out their Star Wars history. But I can't bring myself to give it a single star either. It's not the most horrible concept ever, and though it was clearly written to cash in on the hype, the same could be said of episodes , so if that's the kind of thing one has a problem with then one really isn't a Star Wars fan.
It's a goofy, endless elaboration of the universe, and that is part of its appeal. The Star Wars universe is, ultimately, an inclusive one. Some of that content is But that's what it is to be an aficionado. You have to embrace the "What the? Oct 24, Alex rated it it was ok Shelves: In some ways I feel a little bit like poor Alan Dean Foster got shafted here. The idea behind this book was to write a sequel to Star Wars that could be turned into a movie on a low budget and presuming that Harrison Ford wouldn't return as Han Solo.
It's clear that Lucas kept potential plot developments to himself since, beyond the inclusion of a swamp planet and a climactic face off between Luke and Darth Vader inevitable, anyway there's no thematic resemblance between the two. Foster had a tough remit, to follow up a brilliant, ambitious movie with something necessarily simple and scaled back. The very opposite of what Empire Strikes Back turned out to be.
Yet, much of the failure of this book is Alan Dean Foster's fault too. Sadly, the final product couldn't have been less intriguing or done a worse job of sucking me into the Star Wars universe if it had tried that is, one compatible with "A New Hope". The main problem is the fact that it's nothing more or less than an Edgar Rice Burroughs pastiche. ERB is not the most talented writer ever to bless bookshelves but he writes fun pulp novels full of action, action, action. ADF tries the same thing, thinking that the success of Star Wars was the action, action, action and the result is certainly a book full of action, action, action.
Luke and Leia crash land on a planet, Luke and Leia get in a fight, get captured, escape, hunt for a legendary crystal fight monsters, fight more monsters, fight more monsters, fight Darth Vader. Anything other than running and fighting has been excised as "not what audiences would want" and unfortunately that's a big mistake.
People love the action in Star Wars, but even more than that they love the characters, the atmosphere and the visual imagination. Characterisation here is reduced largely to moments of banter between Luke and Leia whilst pausing for breath. There's also a fair amount of Luke lusting after Leia sexually out of SW continuity that's perfectly logical, though strangely one-sided in the novel. Leia never seems to reciprocate and at certain points Leia recalls her experiences being tortured aboard the Death Star and turns to quivering jelly.
Beyond that, like in all good pulp novels, the author allows the reader to project his own wishes and desires onto the character's which are just little more than heroic ciphers, there's no experiencing and growing up here, no tough choices or depth of feeling.
There's simply fighting monsters. To be fair, it's mostly competent enough. The book is short and sharp and doesn't threaten to outstay its welcome and there's fun to be had in a slicin', dicin' kind of way. It's also fun being in the company of Luke and Leia and Darth Vader because you can play the Star Wars theme in your head while you're reading, and ponder the fact that Carrie Fisher was pretty sexy in the first movie before she became a bit rubbish later on.
Read this knowing exactly what you're going to get and it's a reasonably diverting afternoon's entertainment; though in all honesty you'd be better off going back to a pulp master rather than bothering with this since ADF's writing is rarely evocative or imagination-inducing.
It does the job. Sadly though the thing I liked most about this book is the title. I find "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" to be a nicely poetic phrase.
Trust me, there's no more poetry inside the covers. Sep 19, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: I don't know what the story is behind this book. I read it well before the second Star Wars movie was released, thinking it would be it. But it wasn't. In fact, it's not part of the Star Wars story that I know of.
That alone makes it kind of interesting. Foster had to write this book as part of his contract for the novelization of Star Wars. I don't think it followed some of the story line that emerged later, either. I don't think Darth Vader was related to Luke in here, at least he didn't recognize Luke. Also, Vader says it was Luke who shot his ship on the last run at the Death Star when everyone knows it was Solo in the Millennium Falcon who came up behind while Vader was trying to get a shot at Luke.
Major goof. Other than that, it was an OK book. If you're a Star Wars buff, you should probably read it, if you can find a copy. View 1 comment. Nov 12, Mike the Paladin rated it it was ok Shelves: I read this when it came out. I remember it being a mildly interesting science fantasy read. Got to be careful when you write those early novels.
It was like a James Blish Star trek novel written back in the early I read this when it came out. It was like a James Blish Star trek novel written back in the early days where he had the Enterprise traveling at "near light speed" instead of using the "warp" idea and the crew was dealing with time distortion and taking years to travel May 12, Sue rated it it was ok Shelves: In it's day, this book would have gotten a higher rating from me--I was a big Alan Dean Foster fan.
However, since it was published prior to the release of The Empire Strikes Back, it does suffer plot- and characer-wise now. But if you're a fan, it's worth a read for old time's sake. 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. Mar 19, Karen Elizabeth rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I was forced to read this by a friend, and it was one of the worst books II have ever read. It starts off with Luke and Leia having to land on a planet due to "electrical storms" or some other similar nonsense. They crash-land, Leia gets pulled into some quicksand, and they sleep together under the stars I mean literal sleeping together, not sex while Luke thinks about how her "lips, mostly parted in sleep, beckoned to him.
They find themselves at a cantina, where they meet up with Halla I was forced to read this by a friend, and it was one of the worst books II have ever read. They find themselves at a cantina, where they meet up with Halla. Who's Halla? A mysterious Plot Device that enlists their help in finding a Mysterious Object- a red crystal. Why does she want the crystal? Because it enhances Force ability. Why would she need that? She doesn't. People get pretty suspicious soon enough, which results in Luke slapping Leia across the face for absolutely no reason and then telling people she's his servant.
Leia immediately quiets. They leave, Leia kicks him in the shins in completely justified realization, but things escalate for no reason, and some burly dues apparently take interest in a tiny girl fighting a small blond man outside. A guy with spikes on his boots like that guy from Spongebob fights Luke, and some dudes grab Leia and make creepy sexual advances to her until Luke slaps them away.
They all get arrested. A forgettable Imperial beats the crap out of Leia again for no reason, kicking her to the floor, kicking her hands out from under her, kicking her in the back almost hard enough to paralyze her- again, this is for no reason other than shock value- some guy's eyeball is torn out of his head, and then they get put in a holding cell with "Yuzzem," who are pretty much just bigger Wookiees.
They sit in jail for a while, Leia has a panic attack because she's terrified of being interrogated again and cries a bit. Understandable, seeing as she was just nearly paralyzed. Halla rescues them, but then they wind up being chased down by Random Evil Monster. They wind up in an underground cave, float across a lake on lily pads, Leia has another panic attack and screams her head off Which again, is understandable, because she's in a dark underground cave full of water, covered in bruises and injuries and still terrified of Imperials, not to mention she can't swim!
They fight some random aliens, meet up with Halla, and wind up in a temple where Plot Device Red Crystal is. Then Vader shows up. He spouts of some useless dialogue that feels nothing like Vader, Luke's leg gets trapped under a boulder, and Leia takes his saber to fight Vader.
She barely can defend herself, and of course, he gives her other nameless horrifying injuries and burn scars until she's unconscious and crying on the floor. A Yuzzem pulls the rock out from Luke, who is miraculously uninjured, and he fights Vader.