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From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi (Star Wars)

By Olivie Blake & Saladin Ahmed &
From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi (Star Wars) by Olivie Blake & Saladin Ahmed &  digital book - Fable

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Celebrate the lasting impact of Return of the Jedi with this exciting reimagining of the timeless Star Wars film featuring new perspectives from forty contributors.
 
On May 25, 1983, Star Wars cemented its legacy as the greatest movie franchise of all time with the release of Return of the Jedi. In honor of its fortieth anniversary, forty storytellers re-create an iconic scene from Return of the Jedi through the eyes of a supporting character, from heroes and villains to droids and creatures. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors and trendsetting artists:
 
Olivie Blake provides a chilling glimpse into the mind of Emperor Palpatine.
Saladin Ahmed recounts the tragic history of the rancor trainer.
Charlie Jane Anders explores the life and times of the Sarlacc.
Fran Wilde reveals Mon Mothma’s secret mission to save the Rebel Alliance.
Mary Kenney chronicles Wicket the Ewok’s quest for one quiet day on the forest moon of Endor.
• Anakin Skywalker becomes one with the Force in a gripping tale by Mike Chen.
 
Plus more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from:
Tom Angleberger, K Arsenault Rivera, Kristin Baver, Akemi Dawn Bowman, Emma Mieko Candon, Olivia Chadha, Gloria Chao, Adam Christopher, Paul Crilley, Amal El-Mohtar, M. K. England, Jason Fry, Adam Lance Garcia, Lamar Giles, Max Gladstone, Thea Guanzon, Ali Hazelwood, Patricia A. Jackson, Alex Jennings, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Sarah Kuhn, Danny Lore, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Kwame Mbalia, Marieke Nijkamp, Danielle Paige, Laura Pohl, Dana Schwartz, Tara Sim, Phil Szostak, Suzanne Walker, Hannah Whitten, Sean Williams, Alyssa Wong
 
To celebrate the launch of this book, Penguin Random House and Disney/Lucasfilm will each make donations to First Book—a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. In recognition of both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House will donate at least $100,000 worth of books to First Book and Disney/Lucasfilm will donate 100,000 children’s books to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education.

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“This is gonna be a long one. Super light spoilers--but all of these stories take place, largely chronologically within Return of the Jedi, so... you should get the gist. Also, not going to go through all stories, just hitting what really stuck with me. First of all, this is a very good, very healthy collection of 40 stories with well established authors contributing. When it's an anthology, especially one of this size, not all are going to be winners. That being said, there were very, very few where I was speed reading, groaning, saying to myself, "Get to the point." That being said, in the beginning like 11 stories, I started to do that toward the 9th, 10th, and 11th ones. With the exception of "Any Work Worth Doing," the first in the collection, the 2nd through the 11th stories in this collection all take place in and around Jabba's palace and the rescue of Han Solo. Maybe that's consistent with run time, I don't know... but as someone who has always been a more "struggles with the Balance of the Force" kind of girl... this started to wear on me. The first story, above mentioned, deals with that opening scene of Vader arriving on the second Death Star, focusing on Moff Jerjerrod's POV. Very interesting, and had a moment where Jerjerrod was like, "Just walk with me," with Vader, and then they just strolled around the DSII. Thought that was funny. Then, of the rescue time period stories, my favorite had to be Dune Sea Songs of Salt and Moonlight, with focus on some of the entertainment girls--Oola and Jess--from Jabba's palace. This is one of the few stories later tied in to another story toward the end of the collection. Very good story, and loved that it wasn't forgotten. The Light that Falls was so interesting, seeing as it was through a Dagobah creature POV, that was noting the change in the vibe of the place because Yoda was dying. This one struck me as one of the more creative stories. From a Certain Point of View, which was Obi-Wan's POV as he spoke with Luke on Dagobah was really emotional for me, for some reason. Like, I shed a couple of tears. It helps that it was written as up-to-date with the events revealed in the Obi-Wan limited series. Of all the stories, this one ranks third in my top three, easy. The Man Who Captured Luke Skywalker just stuck with me largely because of the ending, of the POV Trooper hearing Luke say, "I know, Father." And all I could think was of that TikTok sound of "What did he saaayyy?" and I laughed. Probably wasn't supposed to. I usually don't bother with quotes in reviews, since I do usually try to stick very spoiler free. But this next story I have got to share a line out of, because I'm STILL thinking about it. For context, it's Olivie Blake's story, Then Fall, Sidious. (My second time ever reading from this author, and I'm digging the vibe.) The entire story is a character study of Palpatine, as he's killing Luke with Force Lightning. It's an inner monologue kind of thing, but he's mentally addressing his thoughts toward Darth Vader. It's broken into ten scenes (they're numbered), and scene 4 has only 1 line... and it haunts me. "When he is gone you will carry the body." Chills. This story was my number one spot on my top three. The Emperor's Red Guards was interesting just for answering the question of what the hell those guys did after being dismissed. But also, the whole Luke and Vader walks by them because of course they would listen to Vader thing cracked me up more than it should have. And finally, and strangely out of ranking order, my number 2 spot of my top three favorite stories would be Brotherhood by Mike Chen. I had read his prequel era novel of the same title, and I highly recommend doing that before reading this one. Doing so makes this short story feel like a delicious little epilogue, and I shed a few tears here too. This one follows Anakin's POV as he joins the Force. Enough said. The TL/DR of this is, this collection is well worth your time.”

About Olivie Blake

Saladin Ahmed is the Eisner Award–winning writer of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and The Magnificent Ms. Marvel. His novel Throne of the Crescent Moon was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. He lives with his children near Detroit.

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the Unstoppable trilogy, beginning with Victories Greater Than Death. She’s also the author of the short-story collection Even Greater Mistakes, and Never Say You Can’t Survive, a book about how to use creative writing to get through hard times. Her other books include The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky. She’s won the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Lambda Literary, Crawford, and Locus awards. She co-created Escapade, a transgender superhero, for Marvel Comics and wrote her into the long-running New Mutants comic. And she’s currently the science-fiction and fantasy book reviewer for The Washington Post. Her TED Talk, “Go Ahead, Dream About the Future” got seven hundred thousand views in its first week. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.

Olivie Blake is the New York Times bestselling author of the Atlas series and Alone with You in the Ether. As Alexene Farol Follmuth, she is also the author of the young adult romcom My Mechanical Romance. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, goblin prince/toddler, and rescue pit bull.

Mike Chen is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Brotherhood, Here and Now and Then, Light Years from Home, and other novels. He has covered geek culture for sites such as Nerdist, Tordotcom, and StarTrekdotcom, and in a different life, covered the NHL. A member of SFWA, Mike lives in the Bay Area with his wife, daughter, and many rescue animals.

Mary Kenney writes critically acclaimed videogames, books, and comics. She works at Insomniac Games, where she was on the writing team for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and she was a lead writer on Telltale’s The Walking Dead series. Her first book, Gamer Girls: 25 Women Who Built the Video Game Industry, was released in July 2022 to glowing reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. Before making games, she studied in the game design master’s program at New York University, and she teaches narrative design at Indiana University. She was an award-winning journalist with bylines in The New York Times, Salon, and Kotaku. When not writing or gaming, she can be found buried in a book, running a tabletop RPG, or trying to keep her forest of indoor plants alive.

Fran Wilde won a 2015 Nebula Award for her first novel, Updraft; she completed the trilogy with Cloudbound and Horizon in 2017. Her debut middle-grade novel Riverland won a 2019 Nebula Award and was named an NPR Best Book of 2019. The middle-grade novel The Ship of Stolen Words appeared in 2021 and books in her Gemworld series with tordotcom have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards. Wilde’s short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Tordotcom, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Uncanny Magazine, and multiple year’s best collections. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, Tordotcom, and elsewhere. The manag­ing editor of The Sunday Morning Transport, Wilde holds an MFA in poetry and an MA in information architecture and interaction de­sign. She teaches for Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been waiting her whole life to write a Mon Mothma story.

Mary Kenney

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