Things I Do To Avoid Blogging

October 31, 2014 at 11:37 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Clean out blog spam while playing solitaire.

Really important thing I found while on the internet not blogging

Pretend I’m reading io9 for blog-pertinent stuff.

Search Youtube for videos I can post.  Yeah, right.

Get in discussions with random people on the internet who I absolutely have to set straight because THEY ARE WRONG.

Attempt to organize the media file on the blog.  Still not organized.

Go back to playing solitaire.  I mean cleaning out spam.

Decide to come up with better idea than the one I’m supposed to be working on.  Waste 15 minutes on that.

Suddenly find it absolutely crucial I check out author blogs.

Run over to Netgalley to see what’s new.

Back to solitaire.  Not even pretending now.

Call my kids to impart some critical life advice.  Kids, who are grown adults, reply with, “Avoiding the blog again, are you?”

Decide I’m finally going to knuckle down and start that will-shake-up-the-fantasy-world book.  I can string this one out for a good 30 minutes.

Realize it’s Wednesday, 6:59 PM.  Time for Steve Amell’s abs.  Kill another hour.

Oh, look, no more spam.  Damnit, what am I going to do now?

Go to Netflix.  Because verifying that Dean told Sam he tried to get him out of hell is super important, right?  Get lost in Castiel-centric episodes.

Look at time and decide downtime with a book & sleep are essential for the blogger brain.

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Around the Web

October 31, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Interview, Movies, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Toys, Video Games | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Alan Tomkins has written a memoir that will be out in August next year. It’s entitled Star and Wars: The Film Memoirs and Photographs of Alan Tomkins. Alan was the art director on The Empire Strikes Back. His memoir looks like Star Wars will be heavily featured, judging by the cover at least. It’s already up on Amazon if you’d like to pre-order.
  • Heir to the Jedi and Lords of the Sith have both been pushed back a little.

Just a heads up everyone; the publishing dates for our next two STAR WARS novels have moved a few weeks due to scheduling decisions.

STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE JEDI by Kevin Hearne – will now publish 3/3/2015
STAR WARS: LORDS OF THE SITH by Paul S. Kemp – will now publish 4/28/2015

Comic News

  • Jedi News has a preview of the inside of Marvel’s Star Wars #1.
  • Kevin J. Anderson‘s Stalag-X #1 is out now digitally.

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Happy Birthday, Colin Wilson

October 31, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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colin-wilson-2014Today we wish a happy birthday to Star Wars artist Colin Wilson. Be sure to check out his official website and swing by Facebook to wish him a happy birthday.

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Happy Halloween

October 31, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st | Leave a comment

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Last ‘Tarkin’ Excerpt

October 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Tarkin by James Luceno will be out next week, so to tide you over, Star Wars Books has released one more excerpt.

“Obliteration.”

“Whatever you deem necessary, my lord. Force is the only real and unanswerable power. Oftentimes, beings who haven’t been duly punished cannot be reasoned with or edified.”

The Emperor repeated the words to himself, then said, “That has the ring of a parental lesson, Governor Tarkin.”

Tarkin laughed pleasantly. “So it was, my lord—though applied in a more personal manner.”

The Emperor swiveled his chair toward the light, and Tarkin glimpsed his sepulchral visage; the molten skin beneath his eyes, the bulging forehead. After all these years, he was still not accustomed to it.

“When one consorts with vipers, one runs the risk of being struck,” the Emperor had told Tarkin following the attack on him by a quartet of Jedi Masters.

There were many stories about what had occurred that day in the chancellor’s office. The official explanation was that members of the Jedi Order had turned up to arrest Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, and a ferocious duel had ensued. The matter of precisely how the Jedi had been killed or the Emperor’s face deformed had never been settled to everyone’s satisfaction, and so Tarkin had his private thoughts about the Emperor, as well. That he and Vader were kindred spirits suggested that both of them might be Sith.

Tarkin often wondered if that wasn’t the actual reason Palpatine had been targeted for arrest or assassination by the Jedi. It wasn’t so much that the Order wished to take charge of the Republic; it was that the Jedi couldn’t abide the idea of a member of the ancient Order they opposed and abhorred emerging as the hero of the Clone Wars and assuming the mantle of Emperor.

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Podcasts in Review

October 30, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 171 begins with some tv discussion on Marvel versus DC (Gotham, Flash, Arrow and cross-overs) then heads into a great interview with Star Wars artist Joe Corroney. Joe and Jeremiah talk about the GI Joe movies, Transformers, Star Trek, Star Wars, the difference between art for comic covers and book covers, depicting characters, and going to cons. Lot of great topics and well worth checking out. After hearing the interview with Joe, I really hope they interview some more Star Wars artists like Chris Trevas or Dave Dorman.

Far Far Away Radio: Episode 24 reviews Star Wars Rebels and includes some generally commentary on Star Wars and Disney. I have to say, they do a great job of juggling a large number of hosts and pulling it off without it being an issue. The payoff is a diversity of viewpoints. They each offer up their favorite characters from the show so far, their hopes for what the show we’ll do, who we might see next, and more. The show also has really good production quality which is always a plus…except for the terrible (yet slightly funny) impromptu rendition of Star Wars that’s partially hummed and ab libbed by one of the hosts :)

Full of Sith: Episode LXXXVI starts with a discussion of Star Wars Rebels, digging into episode three “Droids in Distress” and sharing what did and did not work for them. Ending the show, Mike talks about going to New York Comic Con, being inducted into the 501st Legion,  and Ania getting to wear Darth Vader’s helmet. Very cool story. Also, somewhere in there they talk about the fun possibility of an Obi-Wan trilogy. While a remote possibility, it’s an intriguing idea. All in all, great show.

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Nice Look at ‘Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy’

October 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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StarWars.com has a nice video showing off Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy. From what they show, this book looks like a must have for all fans.

Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy is already out in hardcover from Chronicle Books. Be sure to check it out.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

MTFBWY, John

October 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Comic Books | Leave a comment
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john ostranderJohn Ostrander, one of our favorite comic book writers (Star Wars: Legacy), is having triple bypass surgery tomorrow.  Our thoughts are with John and his family.  Have a great outcome and a speedy recovery, John.  MTFBWY

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An Author Behaved Badly…Very Badly

October 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Books, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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speshul snowflakeDisclaimer: I do not review YA books, post reviews on Goodreads or use a pseudonym for my reviews.  Also, I have cordial-to-great relationships with authors.  So there’s that.

 Last week a corner of the internet blew up.  Short version: YA author, Kathleen Hale, read a one star review of her first novel on Goodreads, became obsessed, did some online and real life reviewer stalking over a number of months, then got a piece about it published in the Guardian.  Some people, who have their own issues — I’m looking at you, Anne Rice —  drank the Hale kool-aid, tweeted support for Hale and applauded her for standing up to bullies.

Which would be all well and good if Hale or her supporters had a grasp on how the internet really works.  And by “how the internet really works” I mean that if you piss off enough people in a really public way, those people are going to start digging around the internet. Of course, that’s what Immediately happened because, by stalking a real, live person who happened to review books in a snarky manner, Hale angered a lot of book blogger/reviewers and, incidentally, a number of authors.  The fact that, in her article, Hale cast Stop the Goodreads Bullies in a favorable light did not go unnoticed either.  Using STGRB in conjunction with your bad author behavior is a major red flag to reviewers.  You might as well paint a target on yourself, jump up and scream, “Come and get me.” Continue Reading An Author Behaved Badly…Very Badly…

New Release and Review: ‘Aliens: Fire and Stone #2′

October 29, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Reviews | Leave a comment
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Aliens: Fire and Stone #2 is out today from Dark Horse Comics. Click here to read our full review.

Aliens: Fire and Stone #2

After crashing their clunky mining ship on a strange planet, a group of human survivors face both xenomorph attacks and friction among themselves—which could spell doom for everyone! The stranded and desperate group has a single chance: one of their scientists, who seeks the key to their freedom.

Click here for a six page preview.

Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Patric Reynolds
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: David Palumbo

Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.50

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