Bit of a baffling one this – it takes the chronological run of Star Wars (or, if you’re hung up on such things, “Episode IV: A New Hope”) and then each chapter of this book is a short story written from the point of view of a bit-part character. A sort of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” type arrangement, perhaps. The incongruousness is that because each story is by a different author there’s a wild variance in the execution… so some stories cover the few moments before that character’s involvement in the story. Some cover the aftermath. Some are about the weeks and years leading up to that moment. Examples from memory are:
- the Imperial functionary who saw what they thought was an empty escape pod taking off towards Tatooine, and their subsequent manipulation of Empire red tape to try to avoid having their arse handed to them for missing such a key piece of intelligence
- a Jawa’s story of the things they collected and stashed away in a hidden compartment in the sandcrawler
- back story on the Bith musicians in the Mos Eisley Cantina
- a life-perspective on the tentacled creature living in the Death Star’s trash compactor
Such a mixed bag. Mildly interesting.