Reveal: ‘Tempest Runner’

June 30, 2021 at 9:14 am | Posted in Audiobooks, Books, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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New audiobook from Cavan Scott, Tempest Runner. It’ll be out August 31, 2021.

Delve into the cutthroat world of one of the #StarWarsTheHighRepublic’s greatest foes, the merciless Lourna Dee. Cover art by Katerina Balikova.

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New Releases: ‘The Weapon of a Jedi #2’, ‘Doctor Aphra #11’ & ‘The High Republic #6’

June 30, 2021 at 7:07 am | Posted in Comic Books, IDW, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Three new Star Wars comic releases today.

Star Wars Adventures: The Weapon of a Jedi #2

Writers: Jason Fry, Alec Worley, Artist: Ruairi Coleman

The Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Empire’s dreaded Death Star, but the Imperial Starfleet continues hunting the rebels throughout the galaxy. Luke Skywalker now seeks to support the Rebellion as an X-wing fighter. But as he flies with the pilots of the Red Squadron, Luke feels the stirrings of the Force. And this farm boy turned fighter pilot begins to suspect that his destiny lies along a different path.

Details: $5.99

Doctor Aphra #11

Writer: Alyssa Wong, Artist: Minkyu Jung, Cover Artists: Sara Pichelli (standard cover), Jan Bazaldua and Rachelle Rosenberg (Pride variant)

MYSTERIES ABOUND ABOARD A DURGE-ANGED SHIP! DOCTOR APHRA and SANA STARROS discover an eerie abandoned ship while on a new mission from DOMINA TAGGE. But on board they will come face-to-face with a nightmarish horror not seen in the galaxy for untold eons. And then there’s….THE FEARSOME BOUNTY HUNTER DURGE!

Details: $3.99

The High Republic #6

Writer: Cavan Scott, Artist: Georges Jeanty, Cover Artists: Phil Noto (standard cover), Javi Garron (Pride variant)

THE GALAXY UNITES AGAINST THE DRENGIR. A frontier in crisis. The Jedi of Starlight Beacon have joined forces with a feared enemy to face the terror of the unstoppable Drengir Horde. While Avar Kriss and her new allies fight nightmarish creatures on the lava world of Daivak, can Keeve Trennis save her former master from complete absorption? And, who or what is the Great Progenitor?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

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New Release: ‘The Rising Storm’ by Cavan Scott

June 30, 2021 at 6:54 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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The Rising Storm is out today in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats.

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This Week in Star Wars

June 25, 2021 at 12:53 pm | Posted in News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

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Next Wave of Essential Legends Collection

June 24, 2021 at 10:15 am | Posted in Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Del Rey revealed the next wave of the Essential Legends Collection.

  • Rule of Two (by Drew Karpyshyn) new cover by Simon Goinard
  • Rogue Squadron (by Michael A. Stackpole) new cover by Doaly
  • Dark Force Rising (by Timothy Zahn) new cover by Tracie Ching
  • The Last Command (by Timothy Zahn) new cover by Tracie Ching

Plus Rogue Squadron will be getting an “all-new unabridge audiobook.” They’ll be available September 7th.

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Book Review: ‘A Time to be Born’ by John Vornholt

June 23, 2021 at 5:13 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to be Born is the first book in the “A Time to” series, published by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster and was written by John Vornholt and released in February of 2004.

Media tie-In books can be hit or miss, depending on which franchise and time period you are reading. Star Trek is no exception. I’ve found that most of the Star Trek books written post-Nemesis are significantly better than their counterparts written while the movies and television series are running. This book is in kind of a precarious situation as it straddles the difference between the two eras, at least in the feel and length of the story.

What needs to be established first and foremost is that this is book one in a nine book series spanning the timeframe between the events of Insurrection and Nemesis.  This book does not provide all of the answers, nor is it meant to. This book serves as a glimpse as to what the rest of the series will do – pit the Next Generation crew against a difficult galaxy spanning task, and begin to bridge the gap in an unknown portion of Star Trek literature.

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New Releases: ‘Tales of Villainy #5’, ‘Darth Vader #13’ & More

June 22, 2021 at 8:23 am | Posted in Comic Books, IDW, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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IDW and Marvel have four new Star Wars comic releases today.

Star Wars Adventures: Tales of Villainy #5

Writers: Katie Cook, and Casey Gilly, Artists: Cara McGee, and Ethen Beavers, Cover Artists: Francesco Francavilla (Cover A), and Ethen Beavers (Cover B)

Padme and Anakin have grand plans to have a romantic night celebrating a recent victory. But before they get a chance to get together, Anakin is Jedi-napped by a group of outlaws with their sights on a holocron in the Jedi temple! Now it’s up to Padme to use all of her cunning to infiltrate the outlaw base and rescue him.

Details: $3.99

Darth Vader #13 (War of the Bounty Hunters)

Writer: Greg Pak, Artist: Raffaele Ienco, Cover Artists: Aaron Kuder, J.J. Kirby (Pride Variant), Chris Sprouse (Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Variant)

DARK LORD VS. DARK DROID! DARTH VADER and OCHI OF BESTOON embark upon a search for the carbonite-frozen body of HAN SOLO. Get ready for intrigue, betrayal and action in the heart of HUTT SPACE with the explosive reappearance of EVERYONE’S FAVORITE ASSASSIN DROID, IG-88! …And a shocking cliffhanger brings the shadows to life!

Details: 32 Pages, Rated T, $3.99

Darth Vader Vol 02 – Into the Fire

Writer: Greg Pak, Artist: Raffaele Ienco, Cover Artist: Inhyuk Lee

Darth Vader failed to turn his son, Luke Skywalker, to the dark side. Vader sought revenge against those who hid Luke from him for all these years…and in doing so nearly betrayed his master. It did not go unnoticed by Palpatine…and now it is time for Vader’s next lesson. Now, left battered and broken by his punishment, the Dark Lord drags himself across the scorched surface of Mustafar with vengeance on his mind! But as Vader closes in on the key to Palpatine’s greatest secret, the deadly assassin Ochi of Bestoon stands in his way. Vader and Ochi are in for the fight of their lives, with the fate of the Emperor in the balance – but how much of this deadly scenario is Palpatine’s grand plan? Collecting STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #6-11.

Details: Rated T, $17.99

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Old Republic Vol 04

Writers: Rob Chestney and more, Artists: Alex Sanchez and more, Cover Artist: Benjamin Carre

The Sith Empire has returned to the galaxy! Determined to crush the Republic that sent them into exile, the Sith launch an attack on the galaxy’s Outer Rim – with their sights set on the Core Worlds, the heart of galactic unity. The Sith’s Dark Council claims to want peace – but both sides have unleashed spies that could turn the tide of war! And on a frozen world, a lost tribe of Sith cut off from the galaxy is about to have its fate changed forever, as a rebellious outcast discovers ancient secrets that will lead him and his allies to the stars – and beyond! Collecting STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC #1-6, STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC – THE LOST SUNS #1-5, STAR WARS: LOST TRIBE OF THE SITH – SPIRAL #1-5 and material from STAR WARS TALES #17 and STAR WARS VISIONARIES.

Details: Rated T, $39.99

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Max Reebo’s Pick of the Week: “Remember to Breathe”

June 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment

This week’s pick is “Remember to Breathe” by Sturgill Simpson.

Sturgill Simpson has been around for awhile, but when I first heard him he was doing some serious country music. With his latest album, Sound & Fury, his diverged to something very different but equally impressive. It’s a great album and worth checking out.

If you’ve got Netflix, they actually did a sort of anime movie to the whole album. It’s the same name as the album so just look up Sound & Fury. The anime portions are really good. Bit violent and such, so not kid friendly.

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New Releases: ‘The High Republic #5’ & ‘Star Wars #14’

June 16, 2021 at 8:50 am | Posted in Comic Books, IDW, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Two new Star Wars comic releases today.

Star Wars Adventures: The High Republic #5

Writer: Daniel Jose Older, Artist/Cover Artist: Harvey Tolibao

The Nihil have launched an attack on Burundang. The Republic sends Yoda and his Padawan learners, along with other Republic and Jedi ships, to try to stop them from escaping. Zeen and Lula pursue Krix, hoping for a final confrontation between the two friends.

Details: $3.99

Star Wars #14

Writer: Charles Soule, Artist: Ramon Rosanas, Cover Artist: Carlo Pagulayan, Variant Covers: Stephen Byrne (Pride Cover), John Tyler Christopher (Action Figure Variant), Chris Sprouse (Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary)

WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS TIE-IN! The REBELS finally have a lead on the location of HAN SOLO! It’s time to save the captain of the MILLENNIUM FALCON from his frozen carbonite tomb! A general, a Jedi and a Wookiee will mount a desperate rescue mission… But they have no idea what actually awaits them.

Details: 32 Pages, Rated T, $3.99

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Book Review: ‘Kahless’ by Michael Jan Friedman

June 8, 2021 at 5:00 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Kahless, is a standalone novel by Michael Jan Friedman which was released in July of 1996.

For the last several months I’ve been focusing on big series such as the Destiny Trilogy, the Fall series, and the Prey trilogy. I thought it might be worth picking up a standalone and that’s exactly what I got in Kahless. However, reading this book made me realize why I appreciate reading series so much. 

This book is essentially two stories in one book that alternate back and forth. The main story in the modern age focuses on Kahless the Clone and his goals to unmask a plot to assassinate Gowron, the current leader of the Klingons. Kahless is joined by his friends Captain Jean Luc Picard and Worf, son of Mogh, as well as some other important characters. This feels like a standard Star Trek political thriller story, albeit a very small one. This plotline was somewhat predictable, but it allows the reader to learn about Klingon culture by visiting with various Klingons. All too often, stories focus on Worf or other main Klingons who just provide exposition about Klingons, but we rarely get to just spend time in the Klingon culture. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story.

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