Book Review: ‘Breakout Squad’ by Ryder Windham

April 22, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Ryder Windham is set to write Ezra’s Gamble, a Star Wars Rebels book which will be out in August. But what can readers expect from the book? Well, to get an idea, I’m checking out Ryder Windham’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars books. They’re both books based on animated Star Wars tv shows and they’re both aimed at kids. Thankfully, Breakout Squad is also a book adults can enjoy. Click here to check out our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

April 18, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Conventions, Events, Interview, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Books News

  • Star Wars author Kevin Hearne has finished off his untitled Luke Skywalker novel which will be the third book in the Empire and Rebellion series. So far, that book has a tentative January 2015 release date.
  • Author Tim Lebbon did a nice interview with SF Signal you can check out here. It covers his latest novel, Coldbrook.
  • Random House now has a new page for a William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Box Set. No details yet, but collector’s will definitely want to keep an eye out for this one.
  • And over on edelweiss and Rebels Report, they’ve revealed some covers for the Star Wars Rebels books.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

Around the Web

April 11, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Detours, Episode VII, Events, Fantasy, Movies, Rumor, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Television, Toys | Leave a comment

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

Books News

  • Suvudu has a 50 page preview of Troy Denning‘s latest book The Sentinel which takes place in the Forgotten Realms.
  • Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller has been nominated for the 2014 Scribe Awards Speculative Novel Original category.
  • The Dance Like A Monkey kickstarter is raising money to benefit author CJ Henderson. The anthology will include short stories by authors such as Timothy Zahn, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Michael A. Stackpole, and even Ed Greenwood.
  • Star Wars author Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff was interviewed as part of an article on religious themes in science fiction films. It’s kind of interesting and worth a look.

Convention & Event News

Here’s a list of upcoming conventions and events this month. Continue Reading Around the Web…

Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut Part 7

April 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Jason Fry and Paul Urquhart are continuing their twelve part series on the cut material from Star Wars: The Essential Guide to WarfareClick here to check it out part seven which covers The Grand Army of the Republic.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Podcasts in Review

April 10, 2014 at 12:00 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

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks: Their “Superman Dies and Kermit is Framed” episode covers a little bit of Superman as they talk about the 1992 graphic novel The Death of Superman and whether DC should use that in their next movie. From there, they delve into the idea of television shows with movie endings before getting into some serious Muppets talk with special guest Ryan Dosier. It’s an entertaining episode and I really enjoyed the Muppets discussion.

The “Getting Inside Batman’s Head” episode changes gears as they dive into the Dark Knight. This is a really meaty episode as they cover some very cool insights into the character that is Batman with their special guest Dr. Travis Langley. If you’re a Batman fan, you will not want to miss this one.

Bombad Radio: Episode 135 continues their EU book series by covering some of the more prominent tie-in books for the Original Trilogy era. This includes a book-by-book breakdown of the Han Solo Trilogy written by A.C. Crispin, an overview of Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry and some discussion of the Bounty Hunter Wars and Tales of anthologies. The Han Solo Trilogy gets focused on the most, and for good reason: it’s a great series. There are a few minor audio problems in this episode, but it’s still a good one to check out for those interested in the EU books set around the original films. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

New Star Wars Books from Becker & Mayer

April 8, 2014 at 7:12 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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While Random House has been very quiet, Becker & Mayer has made some new book reveals in their latest catalog.

Star Wars: Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide (Deluxe Edition)
by Daniel Wallace

As the Imperial Empire expands, high-ranking officials from each branch of the Imperial Military have set down tactical guidelines and procedures for all newly ascending commanders. Set in-universe, this compendium of ordinance, mission reports, and Imperial philosophy was intercepted by members of the Rebel Alliance, some of whom also left commentary scribbled in the margins. Housed in a deluxe case that opens with lights and sounds, this never-before-seen Imperial Handbook is perfect for Star Wars fans–no matter which side of the Civil War they’re on.

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Book Review: ‘Doctor Sleep’ by Stephen King

April 8, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Reviews | 2 Comments
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The master of horror goes back to his roots to bring readers a sequel to one of his most famous novels, The Shining. But can Doctor Sleep live up to its predecessor? Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Paul S. Kemp Update

April 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Paul S. Kemp’s third Tales of Egil and Nix novel was originally set for a summer 2014 release, but that was prior to Del Rey buying the series from Angry Robot Books. Paul posted an update on Twitter indicating A Conversation in Blood will be out next year, and in the interim, something else will be coming out.

Roqoo Depot: @Paulskemp is ‘A Conversation in Blood’ still on schedule for this summer?

Paul S. Kemp: @RoqooDepot Next year, because something else will come out in the interim. :-)

With the recent release of Paul’s Forgotten Realms novel The Godborn, which was book two in The Sundering series, I thought maybe that meant we would be getting a follow up book. Apparently not.

Roqoo Depot: @Paulskemp hmm, does that mean will be getting another Realms novel before Egil & Nix?

Paul S. Kemp: @RoqooDepot Not a Realms novel, no. WotC and I are having a family dispute.

So, Kemp fans can look forward to getting another book soon, but it won’t be Forgotten Realms or Tales of Egil and Nix.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Star Wars Reads Day III Announced

April 3, 2014 at 11:47 am | Posted in Books, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment has posted info on the next Star Wars Reads Day, and it will be October 11 this year.

Bookstores and libraries will once again feel the power of the Force.

Disney Publishing Worldwide and its publishing partners announced today the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, to be held October 11, 2014. Last year, Star Wars authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America and, for the first time, around the world. On October 11 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Disney Book Group, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing.

“With the debut of our new animated series Star Wars Rebels launching on DisneyXD this Fall, and the upcoming theatrical release of Episode VII in 2015, our third Star Wars Reads Day comes at an exciting time,” says Carol Roeder, Director of Lucasfilm Franchise Publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide.

The following authors are confirmed to participate in official Star Wars Reads Day events: Chris Alexander (Star Wars Origami), Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series), Jeffrey Brown (Goodnight Darth VaderStar Wars: Jedi Academy), Troy Denning (Star Wars: Crucible), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, William Shakespeare’s Empire Striketh Back, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return), Jason Fry (LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded, Star Wars in 100 Scenes), Daniel Lipkowitz (LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles), John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: Kenobi), Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas (Star Wars: Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual), Daniel Wallace (The Bounty Hunter Code, The Jedi Path), and Ryder Windham (Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Star Wars Rebels Junior Novel).

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Happy Birthday, Paul S. Kemp

April 3, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday, Books, Events, Fantasy | Leave a comment
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Today we wish a happy birthday to author Paul S. Kemp. Paul is making today extra special by throwing an online book party for his characters Egil and Nix. To participate, Paul is asking readers who have not read his two Egil and Nix books, The Hammer and the Blade and A Discourse in Steel, to go check them out.

For those who have already read them, Paul wants your reviews on Amazon or Barnes & Noble (you can check out our review of The Hammer and the Blade and A Discourse in Steel right here on Roqoo Depot). And for those die hard fans who have already bought and reviewed both books, be sure to share the word.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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