Early Book Review: ‘Tarkin’ by James Luceno

October 21, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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James Luceno’s Tarkin won’t be out until November 4, but we’ve got early, spoiler free review for fans to check out. If you’re wanting to get an idea of what’s in store for you, we’ve got you covered. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

October 17, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Interview, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars, Toys | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

Comic News

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Another New ‘Tarkin’ Excerpt

October 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has posted a new excerpt for James Luceno’s Tarkin.

Tarkin shook his head in aggravation. In part, the deep-space mobile battle station was meant to put an end to harassments of any sort, whether driven by greed, political dissent, or revenge for acts committed during the Clone Wars or since. Once everyone in the galaxy grasped the weapon’s capabilities, once the fear of Imperial reprisal took hold, discontent would cease to be a problem.

But just now—and notwithstanding the covert nature of the Geonosis project—the Imperial Security Bureau and Naval Intelligence were continually trying to quash rumors and prevent information leaks. In the three years Tarkin had been commanding Sentinel and hundreds of nearby supply and sentry outposts, as well as administering a vast slice of the Outer Rim, no group had been successful in penetrating Geonosis space.

The chance that that could change shook him to the core.

Tarkin landing page.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

 

‘Heir to the Jedi’ Synopsis

October 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 2 Comments
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Random House has posted the full synopsis for Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and—for the first time ever—written entirely from Luke Skywalker’s first-person point of view.

Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.

Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.

Random House Product Page

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Star Wars Reads Day 2014

October 11, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Chronicle Books, Del Rey, DK, Events, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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star-wars-reads-day-3Star Wars Reads Day is here! Below you’ll find an extensive listing for the participating 501st and author events. You can also check out StarWars.comStar Wars Reads Day Facebook and DK Books for more events and info.

501st Events


Arizona

  • Apache Junction, AZ – Dune Sea Garrison will be at Apache Junction Public Library from 1:30 to 4:30 PM
  • Chandler, AZ – Dune Sea Garrison will be at Chandler Public Library from 1:30 to 4:30 PM
  • Flagstaff, AZ – Dune Sea Garrison will be at East Flagstaff Community Library from 10:00 AM to Noon
  • Litchfield Park, AZ – Dune Sea Garrison will be at Litchfield Park Library from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Phoenix, AZ – Dune Sea Garrison will be at the Phoenix Public Library from 10:00 AM to Noon
  • Tuscon, AZ – Dune Sea Garrison will be at Bookman’s from 11:00 AM to Noon

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Around the Web

October 10, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Interview, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars, Video Games | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Author James Luceno did an interview with SciFiNow on Star Wars, Tarkin and the new EU.
  • If you missed the Google Hangout with The Sundering authors, you can check it out here. Lineup includes Star Wars authors Troy Denning, Paul S. Kemp and R.A. Salvatore.
  • Club Jade has an exclusive preview of the upcoming Imperial Handbook showing off some starfighters.
  • Random House has updated their product page for Ian Doescher‘s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Imperial Boxed Set. They’ve revealed an image which appears to the poster that will come with the box set, and a tease that the cover will be revealed on October 14th. The set itself will be out on October 28th.

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New ‘Tarkin’ Excerpt Plus Chance to Win Early Copy

October 9, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Posted in Books, Contest, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has posted a new excerpt from James Luceno’s Tarkin.

He turned his clean-shaven face to both sides and lifted his chin. He folded his arms across his chest, then stood with his hands clasped behind his back, and finally posed akimbo, with his fists planted on his hips. Drawing himself up to his full height, which was just above human average, he adopted a serious expression, cradling his chin in his right hand.

There were few beings to whom he needed to offer salute, though there was one to whom he was obliged to bow, and so he did, straight-backed but not so low as to appear sycophantic.

“Eliminate the top line collars on the boots, and lower the heels,” he told the droid.

“Of course, sir. Standard duranium shank and toes for the boots?”

Tarkin nodded.

Stepping down from the platform, out from inside the cage of laser tracers, he began to walk circles around the hologram, appraising it from all sides. During the war, the belted tunic, when closed, had extended across the chest on one side and across the midsection on the other; now the line was vertical, which appealed to Tarkin’s taste for symmetry. Just below each shoulder were narrow pockets designed to accommodate short cylinders that contained coded information about the wearer. A rank insignia plaque made up of two rows of small colored squares was affixed to the tunic’s left breast.

It’s not the most exciting excerpt from the book, but having already dived into an advance ARC, I can say there’s a lot more to look forward to. If you’ve been wonder if Tarkin knew who Darth Vader really is, just how much he knows about Palpatine, Vader, and the Sith, or even what Darth Sidious’ ambitions are now that he’s Emperor, then you’re in for a treat.

Click here to check out the special Tarkin landing page which includes a link to win an advanced copy.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Book Reviews: ‘Hellhole: Inferno’ by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

October 7, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Hellhole: Inferno brings an end to the series. A huge cast, a ton of plotlines, there’s a lot on the line in this one. The question is: did they pull it off? Click here to read our full review and find out if this is a series worth checking out or passing on.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Star Wars Reads Day Planner

October 6, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in 501st, Books, Events, Star Wars | 2 Comments

star-wars-reads-day-3Star Wars Reads Day III is October 11 and there will be Star Wars guests and 501st Legion members at events around the world. You can check out StarWars.com to get all the details on what will be happening that day and who will be participating, and you can check out Star Wars Reads Day on Facebook for more event details. Below you’ll find our roundup of where the Star Wars guests and 501st Legion will be, plus some early events that are planned.

Early 501st Events


  • October 7 – Southern California Garrison will be in Hacienda Heights, CA for an early Star Wars Reads Day event at Hacienda Heights Library from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, and in Los Angeles, CA at Junipero Serra Branch Library from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
  • October 8 – Southern California Garrison will be in Cypress, CA for an early Star Wars Reads Day event at the OC Public/Cypress Library from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
  • October 10 – Alpine Garrison will be in Springville, UT for an early Star Wars Reads Day event at the Springville Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
  • October 10 – Central Garrison will be in Sioux Falls, SD for an early Star Wars Reads Day event at Harrisburg Explorer Elementary School from 8:30 to 11:00 AM.
  • October 10 – German Garrison will be in Hagen, Germany for Star Wars Reads Day at Comic Centrum from 3:00 to 6:00 PM and in Speyer, Germany for Star Wars Reads Day at the Speyer Library.
  • October 10 – Southern California Garrison will be in Lemon Grove, CA for an early Star Wars Reads Day event at Lemon Grove Library from 2:30 to 5:00 PM.
  • October 10 – UK Garrison will be in Warwick, England for Newburgh School Star Wars Reads Day.

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Around the Web

October 3, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Interview, Marvel, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Trek, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Mike Stackpole fans have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming Athena’s Daughters anthology. Mike’s short story has now grown into a full length novella and he’s already planning on turning it into a full length novel at some point in the future. If you checked out our interview with Mike back in July, then you know this story will be set in his Crown Colonies series.
  • The Imperial Handbook is up for pre-order.
  • Star Wars Books released the opening crawl for James Luceno’s Tarkin.
  • Author Kevin Hearne posted an update including upcoming appearances, an Iron Druid eBundle, and a teaser for The Book of Five Meats.
  • Stories of the Raksura: Volume Two by Martha Wells is already up for pre-order over on B&N.
  • Chronicle Books is doing a book giveaway for The Bounty Hunter Code, The Jedi Path, and Book of Sith.
  • FANgirl Blog has an interview with Star Wars author Ryder Windham.

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