‘Rise of the Empire’ Update

August 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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StarWars.com has revealed the names of the three new short stories that will be appearing in the Rise of the Empire collection along with some details on each.

MERCY MISSION by Melissa Scott

Years before she led the crew of the Ghost, Hera Syndulla was a young pilot looking to make a difference in the galaxy. Hera sets out with Goll — a close ally of her father, Cham Syndulla — on a dangerous mission to help the citizens of her homeworld, Ryloth, now languishing under the might of the Empire.

BOTTLENECK by John Jackson Miller

When Grand Moff Tarkin is tasked by Emperor Palpatine to investigate a dispute slowing Imperial production on a backwater planet, he expects an easy mission. Instead, Tarkin must forge a tense alliance with Count Vidian, the Empire’s newest rising star and a most capable rival. Matching wits and risking betrayal at every turn, the two powerful Imperials duel to gain the upper hand…and elude, at all costs, the price of failure.

THE LEVERS OF POWER by Jason Fry

As Imperial and Rebel forces clash on and above the Forest Moon of Endor, Admiral Rae Sloane commands from the bridge of the Star Destroyer Vigilance. At a time where the stakes could not be higher, Sloane works to protect the Death Star and ensure Imperial victory, all too aware of the uncertain future for the Empire that may lie in the aftermath of the battle.

Rise of the Empire will be out October 6 in paperback and digital formats.

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Book Review: ‘Doomsday’ by Jack McKinney

May 19, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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There are many sci-fi franchises out there, and Robotech is one of them. Part of that universe is formed by the Robotech novels written by James Luceno and Brian Daley under the pen name Jack McKinney. As foolhardy as it might be, I dove into the series with book six, Doomsday. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Podcasts in Review

May 7, 2015 at 12:06 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Coffee With Kenobi: Freddie Prinze Jr. Interview features several podcasts as they interviewed Freddie at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. It’s a short interview, but Freddie covered some very intriguing topics from elaborating on Hera and Kanan’s relationship to giving out some details on Kanan and Rex’s relationship. He even gives a surprising yet compelling defense of risque fan art. Definitely worth a listen. The audio starts out a little hard to hear but picks up pretty quickly.

Coffee Chat with Jim Hill and Len Testa is a good one. In this episode Len and Jim dig in deep with some background and history on Disney and their relationship with Star Wars which is an intriguing and entertaining discussion. They talk about the plans Disney has for Star Wars attractions, and even touch on some of the differences between Disneyland and Disney World.

Dead Talks: Episode #37 discusses the episode “Try” with another excellent breakdown of the show and some great character analyzation. While it may be a long wait for next season, there’s plenty of time to go back and catch up on the podcast. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim James Luceno Panel

May 5, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Celebration, Conventions, Events, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Here is our audio recording of the James Luceno panel at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

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Star Wars: Rise of the Empire

May 3, 2015 at 10:07 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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StarWars.com has released more info on the Rise of the Empire bind-up. As previously revealed, the book will contain both A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller and Tarkin by James Luceno as well as three new short stories which will connect them all together. Now we know the three new short stories will be written by Melissa Scott (new to Star Wars), John Jackson Miller, and Jason Fry.

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Star Wars: Rise of the Empire will be on sale October 6th.

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Around the Web

May 1, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • TheForce.Net has interviews with Ultimate Star Wars authors Tricia Barr and Adam Bray.
  • Adam Bray also did a quick write-up for StarWars.com on Ultimate Star Wars.
  • And via Jedi-Bibliothek, there are some new DK titles for December with The Force Awakens in the title. This will certainly help us figure out that 20+ book equation. Among the titles revealed are a new visual dictionary, cross-sections, two sticker books and a kid’s book. While the last three are a bust, a new visual dictionary and cross-sections book on The Force Awakens will be very very cool.
  • Star Wars Bookworms Episode 41 includes interviews with Star Wars authors Christie Golden, John Jackson Miller, James Luceno and Jeffrey Brown.
  • Aside from Paul S. Kemp‘s new Star Wars novel Lords of the Sith, you can check out the eBook version of Blackguards for a new Egil & Nix short story by Paul.

Comic News

Celebration Anaheim Interview with James Luceno

April 30, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Celebration, Conventions, Fantasy, Interview, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 2 Comments
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Here is our Star Wars Celebration Anaheim interview with author James Luceno covering his latest book Tarkin, his novel Hunt for the Mayan Looking Glass, as wells as topics such as travel and villains.

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Around the Web

March 20, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Celebration, Comic Books, Contest, Conventions, Fantasy, Interview, Marvel, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Video Games | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

Comic News

  • Marvel announced that Stuart Immonen will be replacing artist John Cassaday on the Star Wars series starting with Star Wars #8. There will also be a special guest artist doing Star Wars #7 making Cassaday’s last comic Star Wars #6.
  • I missed this one last week, but Marvel revealed the cover for Shattered Empire #1 which will be out September 2015.

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Podcasts in Review

February 19, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Video Games | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:A-Force, Walking Dead, Star Wars Battle Pod & The Marvel Experience” covers a lot of stuff. First up, the announcement of an all female Avengers team called A-Force, discussion on whether John Diggle is John Stewart aka Green Lantern on Arrow, Teen Titan news and rumors and finally some coverage of The Marvel Experience (an interactive Marvel exhibit/roleplay). They also talk about The Walking Dead and Star Wars Battle Pod and throughout the episode they are joined by Pat Loika, Tony Kim, and Lauren Galloway.

Sci-Fi Psychology, Geeky Answers & Blood Elf Selfies” …goes into a pretty heavy discussion on Star Trek vs. Star Wars psychology. In this case they’re pulling a lot of stuff from an article on Yahoo News which in turn is based off a panel that was at Wondercon 2013. They give the panel and the panelists a bit of a rough time. Having heard Dr. Andrea Letamendi talk more in depth about the panel, and in general the psychology of different aspects of fandom, it’s actually a lot better than what they make it out to be. Aside from that, this episode dives into some planned Arrow books (though I wish they would have mentioned the authors involved), some comments Joss Whedon made about taking a break after Avengers: Age of Ultron, and some news on Supergirl and more.

Coffee With Kenobi: Rebels Reactions “Vision of Hope” episode includes guest Joe Tovano as they talk a little about his Padme article before heading into their thoughts on the show. They talk about Ezra’s training at the beginning of the episode and his acting on instinct, Senator Trayvis and the trap, the significance of Ezra trying to reveal his real name to Zare, Chopper taking out another droid and the success of Kanan and Ezra versus Obi-Wan and Anakin. Capping off the episode is their five questions for Joe. Good episode. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

November 27, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 175 features another one of their outstanding interviews, this time with Star Wars author Sean Williams. They talk with Sean about some of his last Star Wars books like Fatal Alliance and The Force Unleashed I and II. However, the real fun kicks in when Sean talks about his ideas for books he didn’t get to write. More than just sharing the pitch, Sean actually goes over a bunch of the ideas he and a fellow co-writer had in mind for a book called Jedi Asylum. He also touches on his thoughts for The Force Unleashed III which he is still hoping might happen, and gets into a fun brainstorming session. It’s a very fun episode and one EU fans might get a big kick out of. I certainly enjoyed it a lot.

Coffee with Kenobi: Book Chat with James Luceno focuses on the author’s latest Star Wars book, Tarkin. Now James has been doing the circuit on various podcasts, so you may have heard him interviewed elsewhere. Some of the questions and answers covers some familiar ground–his approach to the character, working with the story group, unveiling Palpatine’s name–but Jim also talks about focusing on the relationships. On one hand, there’s Tarkin’s relationship with Vader, and on the other is his relationship with Palpatine. He also talks about the Emperor and his ultimate goals. Overall it’s a very fluid discussion with good questions and enlightening conversation. If you’ve heard him on other podcasts, this one is still worth checking out.

Episode #26 kicks off with news, The Force Awakens title, Dave Filoni talking about Luminara, theme park news, and the Bearded Trio chimes in with their usual news segment. For the main discussion, they have special guest James Schron from Bombad Radio on to talk about the Jedi Order. They cover the significance of family and passion, bringing balance to the Force, and of course Anakin. What’s really fun is how they weave it altogether with the original trilogy, the prequels, TCW and Star Wars Rebels. It was also very amusing to hear James keep bringing up elements from the EU and the hosts constantly reminding him that none of that is canon. Us EU fans are a diehard bunch, and I have to admit it’s hard to let go of all that lore, especially when chances are high that authors will weave it back in with the upcoming novels. Aside from the Jedi Order, they also discuss lightsabers, the importance of their colors, and who welded what color blade. Ending the show off is some listener feedback, most of it focusing on Padme, which provides a nice examination of her character. Great show. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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