Suvudu Fifty Page Friday: Annihilation

November 17, 2012 at 11:30 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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If you’re wondering whether or not to pick up Drew Karpyshyn’s Annihilation, Suvudu is offering a fifty page preview to convince you.  Here’s what author Karpyshyn has to say about his character, Theron Shan:

Theron was a really fun character to write; he’s not as grim or serious as Bane or Revan. He knows the stakes are high, but he’s got an irreverant vibe about him that sets him apart from some of my other characters. As much as I loved writing about all-powerful Sith and Jedi, I honestly think this book is my best Star Wars work to date because the character has to work so much harder to succeed.

And, yes, Theron is the descendent of famous Jedi-turned-Sith-turned-Jedi Revan.  You can find the preview here on Suvudu’s site.

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New Release: ‘Fable – Edge of the World’ by Christie Golden

August 21, 2012 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy | Leave a comment
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Today Christie Golden’s latest novel hits book stores. Fable: Edge of the World is a fantasy story based on the popular video game franchise and serves as a prequel for the upcoming Fable: The Journey.

It’s been almost a decade since the events of Fable 3, when the Hero vanquished the threat across the sea and claimed his throne. As king he led Albion to an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity. But on the night of his wedding to his new queen, ominous word arrives: The darkness has returned.

Beyond a harrowing mountain pass, the exotic desert country Samarkand has been overrun by shadowy forces. Within the walls of its capital city, a mysterious usurper known only as the Empress has seized control. To protect his realm, the king must lead his most trusted allies into a strange land unknown to outsiders. As they forge ahead along Samarkand’s ancient Great Road, populated by undead terrors and fantastic creatures once believed to be the stuff of legend, the king is drawn ever closer to his greatest challenge yet.
But soon Albion is engulfed in a war of its own. As the darkness spreads, town by town, a treacherous force has infiltrated the queen’s circle. Now the fate of all that is good rests with a faint flicker of hope . . . that somewhere, somehow, heroes still do exist.

You can read the first 50 pages online for free right here. Fable: Edge of the World is out in both paperback and digital formats.

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Suvudu Fifty Page Friday: Mercy Kill

August 3, 2012 at 11:08 am | Posted in Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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As a pre-release treat, Suvudu has dedicated this Fifty Page Friday to Aaron Allston’s Mercy Kill.  After a 13 year absence from the X-wing series, Aaron had this to say about adding an addition to the popular X-wing series.

“Imagine attending your first family reunion in 13 years — or maybe it’s 37 years, you’re bad with numbers. You’re very anxious to attend, but the prospect of getting to reacquaint yourself with long-lost relatives, to get to know their kids, to catch up on their lives, just to remember all their names, is daunting.

That’s sort of what it was like to write the opening chapters of X-Wing: Mercy Kill. Most of the novel is set 37 years after the last time Wraith Squadron was the genuine center of action of a book, making me the person in charge of introductions at that long-awaited family reunion.

I chose to kick things off with a caper set only six years after the events of X-Wing: Solo Command — at nearly the same time X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar was taking place, in fact. The first chapter would serve to reacquaint longtime readers with and to introduce new readers to the original Wraiths, plus demonstrate their methods. Then I could jump forward to the “modern,” post-Fate of the Jedi era to bring original and new Wraiths together, to showcase the new members of the unit, and to reveal the new challenges they face. Continuity, discontinuity, family, conflict, all at once.

Writing it was difficult, challenging, and fun.

Did everyone remember to bring a covered dish to pass? Good. Here we go…”

You can read the Mercy Kill excerpt over on Suvudu.

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Suvudu Fifty Page Friday: Scourge

April 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Books, News, Reviews | Leave a comment
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With Jeff Grubb’s book debuting next Tuesday, the logical pick for this week’s fifty page Friday is Scourge.  You can read the excerpt here, and you really should give it a try.  I can promise you that Scourge is a blast of a Star Wars book to read.

If you’re still wondering about whether to give Scourge a shot, check out Pete Morrison’s non-spoiler review on LightSaber Rattling.

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Suvudu 50 Page Friday

March 9, 2012 at 9:47 am | Posted in Books, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Surprise, surprise.  It’s Apocalypse.  In case you’ve missed all the other excerpts, you can check out the excerpt here.  And just for a change of pace, here’s a look at the back cover of Apocalypse.  That’s Jag an Jaina in case you’re wondering.

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New Release: Shadow Games by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Plus a Huge Excerpt!

November 29, 2011 at 10:25 am | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Today Star Wars: Shadow Games hits stores. Written by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Shadows Games brings back Dash Rendar for another adventure. The novel is available in paperback and digital formats.

Update: And for those of you who are undecided about getting the book, Suvudu has posted the first 50 pages online! You can read them here.

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Massive Excerpt for The Old Republic: Revan

November 13, 2011 at 7:22 am | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars: The Old Republic | Leave a comment
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Suvudu has posted the first 50 pages of Drew Karpyshyn’s The Old Republic: Revan. This includes the prologue and chapters one through four. Click here to read the massive excerpt. You can also check out all the previous excerpts here.

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Greg Keyes New Book Lord of Souls

September 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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UPDATE: Nearly missed this – Suvudu also posted a 50 page excerpt from Greg Keyes latest novel which you can read here.

Greg Keyes has a new book out this week called Lord of Souls and it’s out now. Many Star Wars fans will remember Greg Keyes contribution to the NJO era with his three books Conquest, Rebirth, and The Final Prophecy. Lord of Souls is his second Elder Scrolls novel taking place 40 years after the Oblivion crisis and centers around the floating city of Umbriel and it’s undead army. As part of their Take Five promotion series, Suvudu asked Mr. Keyes to share five facts about his latest novel.

When playing Oblivion as research for this book, I was really taken with the city of Anvil. I’m not sure why – it just felt like home.

Be sure to head over to Suvudu to read all five of the interesting facts, including his inspiration for Umriel, tips for poisoning someone, his biggest difficulty with the series, and a rare Southeast Asian fruit that made it into the novel.

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New Release: Choices of One by Timothy Zahn

July 19, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Today Choices of One hits stores. Written by Star Wars author Timothy Zahn, Choices of One comes in at 384 pages and is in hardback format.

The fate of the Rebellion rests on Luke Skywalker’s next move.
But have the rebels entered a safe harbor or a death trap?

Eight months after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebellion is in desperate need of a new base. So when Governor Ferrouz of Candoras Sector proposes an alliance, offering the Rebels sanctuary in return for protection against the alien warlord Nuso Esva, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie are sent to evaluate the deal.

Mara Jade, the Emperor’s Hand, is also heading for Candoras, along with the five renegade stormtroopers known as the Hand of Judgment. Their mission: to punish Ferrouz’s treason and smash the Rebels for good.

But in this treacherous game of betrayals within betrayals, a wild card is waiting to be played.

And in case you missed it, you can also get a preview of chapters 1-4 here.

UPDATE: Suvudu conducted a mini-interview with Timothy Zahn that you can read here. Zahn talks about Choices of One and the upcoming Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition.

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