This month, we continue our Alan Dean Foster extravaganza with the first spin-off novel ever using the Star Wars branding. Wizard! So, Splinter of the Mind's Eye is pretty curious little book. It's one of the first elements of EU ever created, but at the same time it's some kind of pre-EU creation, as well. Even a pre-saga creation, since it's doing its own thing and might look a bit superfluos next to The Empire Strikes Back. I'd like to start with a few general questions and ask for details later on: - Honestly, how does this hold up as a sort-of sequel to a blockbuster movie as huge as Star Wars? How much of the SW formula was kept? If the book doesn't stick to the formula enough, where do you see the fault - on Foster's side, who didn't "get" SW? Or do you think that there were too many limitations? - As for the characters, it's about Luke and Leia. Vader infamously returns, as well. Han and Chewie don't. Did this have anything to do with the Han backstory books that came out around the same time? If so, who invented the rule that you have to divide franchise characters between books (see the CW books that go out of their way to create a solo Obi-Wan adventure and a solo Anakin adventure)? - Historically, I think this book was a bit apocryphical (because of some elements colliding a bit with Empire and later developments) until Zahn conjured the SW tie-in revival. After spending some time in continuity, there was a pretty heavy retcon (Obi-Wan posessing Luke during the duel). What do you think about that? How do you enjoy revisiting an old source when your canon-focused mind knows that it's kind of outdated and "wrong" about what it shows? - And a bonus question for the first batch of starters... If you know the earliest comic books that were released right after the ANH adaptation, do you see any parallels in how the further adventures of Luke Skywalker were envisioned? Do you prefer one version over the other? If so, why?