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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (27 Jun. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OVVLJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,663,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Splinter of the Mind's Eye 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 ... Full description

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 29 Nov. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
After the success of Star Wars in 1977, Alan Dean Foster was commissioned to write a sequel and whilst we ultimately saw the very different 'The Empire Strikes Back' on screen, this tale provides a fascinating insight into the early years of Star Wars.

This book does not feature the super weapons or space battles of the films and many of the current 'expanded universe' books, but does give us a gripping adventure staring Luke, Leia and Vader.

Unlike many of the modern books, the author gets the Star Wars feel bang on. The locations and "adventure" elements slip easily into the galaxy we know and principle & supporting characters are written very well. Action is non-stop from start to finish and for serious fans, it's fascinating to see elements and signposts from the book which did carry forward into the later films.

I first read Splinter when released (1978?) and still come back to it every few years.
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When a science fiction novel opens by discussing the inherent beauty of the universe, you know you are in for a good solid read. When a Star Wars novel opens in such a fashion, the reader knows the journey into the expanded universe they have begun is one they will never forget. SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE is like this. The title alone is intriguing and compelling but when you discover it is set just after the cataclysmic events of the legendary Battle of Yavin, and given that it also features a young and naïve Luke Skywalker (still head over heels in love with Princess Leia) and of course Darth Vader, well you can’t go wrong. Allan Dean Foster has written an early but classic work of Star Wars literature.

On the way to a secret confab with the Circarpousians - to convince them to join the Rebel Alliance - Luke and Leia are forced to land on a neighbouring planet, which as a short amount of reading time reveals, is being secretly mined by the Empire. At this stage of the book the reader does not know what is being mined but it really is beside the point. The empire is there, and that can only mean one thing. Big Bad Darth.

The writing of tis novel really is outstanding. The pacing is excellent and even early on, the reader can feel the suspense begin to build and of course long term fans of the saga (which is about two thirds of the world's population) cant wait for Vader to grace our kindle screens with his presence. Characterisation is perfect. Reading is book really is like having a bonus episode of the saga to enjoy. Threepio and R2 have a strong presence in the book, even early on, and the first appearance of storm troopers are bound to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. That really should be a money back guarantee.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "ltsticks" on 10 Feb. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are a few SW fans, probably canonists, that hate this book. I don't see why. Although it doesnt fit with the chronology of the Expanded Universe, Alan Dean Foster has done a nice job of this. The story is a fairly gripping one, a race against time to get to a Force powerful crystal, before evil Vader does. A cool ending, and with a fair bit of humor and good characterisation, ensures that Splinter will always be fondly remembered to me as the greatest SW book that didnt fit in right :p
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Before there was an "Episode IV" subtitle to Star Wars; before the Empire Strikes back, this book was the only continuation of the franchise apart from the comic book. As such it sits somewhat uneasily with concepts that followed but is none the less a good tale. If it was designed as a cheap filmable sequel it succeeds admirably. Its a lot smaller in scale than the movies either side of it but its insular feel adds to the drama. Its got a 70s feel to it that the later spin off books lack and here thats a good thing.

The story centres around the search for a crystal that channels the Force and those who pursue it - including Darth Vader. The cover gives away that Luke and Vader meet in the story and whilst it possibly contradicts what was to follow its not too hard to slot into a timeline.

As its available cheaply its recommended. Its certainly better than many later spin offs.
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What I enjoyed most about Splinter Of The Minds Eye was the whole idea of it. This whole new alternative storyline. This story was possibly going to be a closing to Lucas' original Star Wars film should it have flopped at the box office. This was to be the low budget sequel in place of Empire. & its shows. Although I cannot fault the writing and storytelling, rumours are that Lucas even edited this story furthermore to be even more 'low budget' than what it was. & it is in this I find the story somewhat lacking. It could have been a truly great epic but that was not its intention. As the header reads, its good reading for the fan-boy, a new chapter to the fantastic world Lucas has created. In an alternative universe somewhere this book was the sequel made. & it is that excitement itself what carried this fan and reader through to the end of the story.
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By Mr. J. B. I. Allen on 2 Mar. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you're a REAL fan of the originals, and have read the original novelisations, you'll love this. It's a great story with all the atmosphere of STAR WARS that you remember as a kid (although this book isn't aimed at children - it's a proper novel) where your imagination is dying for more adventures of Luke Skywalker beyond the films.
Set after STAR WARS and before Empire, it explains how Luke managed to develop his knowledge and ability in the Force enough that he could call his lightsaber to him in the beginning of Empire when all we had seen was his short training with Ben Kenobi in the Falcon. There's more to it than this though..
I'd recommend this along with the three original STAR WARS novelisations that came out with the films, and also the Han Solo Adventures.The Han Solo Adventures (A Del Rey book)
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