Book Review: ‘Race to Crashpoint Tower’ by Daniel José Older

July 2, 2021 at 5:30 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older is the second middle grade novel in The High Republic series, released by the Disney-Lucasfilm Press in June 2021. 

If you’ve read my review of A Test of Courage, you know that I don’t particularly love middle grade novels, especially in Star Wars. The whole purpose of tie-in novels is to connect the universe together, and to tell a story that children will understand and appreciate. Most of the Star Wars middle grade books are able to tell stories for kids, but they rarely add much to the greater understanding of the universe. However, Race to Crashpoint Tower is much different from its counterparts because it tells a great story while tying in well with The Rising Storm, which is the adult novel from Del Rey which occurs at the same time. 

This story focuses on two main characters: Ram Jomaram and Lula Talisola. Older is able to tell a fairly complex story for middle grade by having the two stories be completely separate, and then weave together towards the end. This sets it apart from books like A Test of Courage which had basically one thread that occasionally branched but mostly stayed together.

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Project Luminous Revealed: The High Republic

February 25, 2020 at 7:49 am | Posted in Books, Comic Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, IDW, Marvel, News, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , has all the details on Project Luminous and the High Republic publishing initiative for this year. The main takeaway is that they’ve carved out a time period for the writers to play in that won’t be affected by the films. So we should get some good stories without any binders holding them back.

The books and comics are set to launch in August 2020 with the following titles:

  • Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray (Young Adult novel, Disney Lucasfilm Press)
  • Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland (Middle Grade novel, Disney Lucasfilm Press)
  • Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older (IDW Publishing comic book series)
  • Star Wars: The High Republic by Cavan Scott (Marvel comic book series)
  • Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule (Adult novel, Del Rey)
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Podcasts in Review

June 7, 2018 at 12:05 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 126 they talk a little Solo, new things they noticed on repeated viewings, then they dive into Teras Kasi. They talk about the mention in Solo, the Masters of Teras Kasi video game, the origin on Shadows of the Empire, the mention in Shadow Hunter, and the connection to the Praetorian guards. They talk about the story of the game and their experiences with it. Fun discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 47 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 170 kicks off with some discussion on grills and deals, then they get into Solo and feedback, they address the box office and media, then some Solo discussion with spoilers. They also touch on The Toys That Made Us. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 53 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
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Book Review: ‘Last Shot’ by Daniel José Older

April 24, 2018 at 6:44 pm | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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There’s lots of stories out there, and not every story works for every person. Last Shot by Daniel José Older is an ambitious tale that tries to tackle some big ideas, merge eras, and do some really fun things. While it isn’t perfect, it’s still an enjoyable read and worth checking out. Click here to read our full review which does get into a few light spoilers concerning the main plot of the book.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release: ‘Last Shot’ by Daniel José Older

April 17, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Last Shot by Daniel José Older is out today in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats.

Even the fastest ship in the galaxy can’t outrun the past. . . .


It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren’t your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize—first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device’s creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn’t interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge. . . .


It’s been ten years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn’t given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han’s doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s Fyzen’s assassins that he’s running from. And without Han’s help, Lando—and all life on Cloud City—will be annihilated.

With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more. They’ll have to journey across the stars—and into the past—before Gor uses the device’s power to reshape the galaxy.

Click here to check out the official product page for more info and purchase links.

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