Around the Web

January 23, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Conventions, Events, Interview, Regular Feature, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Cover reveal for Jeffrey Brown’s next Star Wars book The Phantom Bully.

Award-winning author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown returns for the third installation of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series Star Wars: Jedi Academy!

It’s hard to believe this is Roan’s last year at Jedi Academy. He’s been busier than ever learning to fly (and wash) starships, swimming in the Lake Country on Naboo, studying for the Jedi obstacle course exam, and tracking down dozens of vorpak clones — don’t ask. But now, someone is setting him up to get in trouble with everyone at school, including Yoda. If he doesn’t find out who it is, and fast, he may get kicked out of school! Why can’t middle school just be easy. . .

This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school — all told through one boy’s comics, journal entries, letters, sketches, e-mails, and more.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

Book Review: ‘The Deep’ by Nick Cutter

January 20, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Reviews | Leave a comment

Nick Cutter is an author who captured my attention with his last book, The Troop. It was an impressive horror novel. On that basis, I was happy to hear he was diving into another book and I was eager to dive into it. The Deep has a great premise and starts out with an engrossing story and characters. It gets creepy and it gets good. But unfortunately, this is a train that goes off the tracks. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Brazil Gets More Star Wars Covers

January 13, 2015 at 5:31 am | Posted in Art, Books, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Artist Chris McGrath shared a new Brazilian cover for John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi utilizing the alternate cover art he did for the book’s original release.

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With this following the release of a new Brazilian cover for Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire, collectors might want to keep their eyes on Brazil.

Update: The new cover for Heir to the Jedi is up on Amazon Brazil, and they mention that there will be 17 new books in 2015 and 2016 with Kenobi being the next one in February. Looking forward to seeing the new covers.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

January 9, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Celebration, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Dark Horse, Fantasy, Interview, Marvel, Movies, Star Wars Books, 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

  • Author Kevin Hearne has opened Oberon’s Treat Shop, an online store where you can get autographed books from him, and he’ll even personalize them. Use the coupon code GRAVY this month and you can get 10% off.
  • Stories of the Raksura: Volume 2 has a new cover!
  • Random House has launched their landing page for Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi which is now up for preorder. The book will be out on March 3rd, and having already read it, let me tell you, it’s worth the wait: fun, tight-knit story focusing on Luke and a new female character who is well crafted and enjoyable. It packs laughs and drama.

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New Release: ‘The Tejano Conflict’ by Steve Perry

December 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment

the-tejano-conflictAuthor Steve Perry has a new book out today in paperback and digital formats. The Tejano Conflict is book number three in the Cutter’s Wars series.

At the end of the twenty-fourth century, war is fought in a civilized manner: Each side hires mercenaries to engage in combat in specifically designated areas. To the victor go the spoils—whatever they may be…

After a couple of assignments involving more intrigue and skulduggery than the Cutter Force Initiative ever wanted, the unit is looking forward to being part of a straight-up, short-term industrial war on Earth.

Cutter agrees to a support role offered by an old Army comrade who’s now a general in a larger military force. The pay is good, the unit happy. All they have to do is basic ranger stuff: sneak and peek, shoot and scoot.

But what starts out as a corporate fight to occupy a valuable piece of contested territory quickly goes sideways, and once again Cutter and crew find themselves in the middle of situations in which things aren’t as they seem, and the unit must determine the truth—or lose more than just a battle.

Publisher’s official book page.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Posted in Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Movies, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

santa-yodaWith the holidays upon us, everyone is scrambling to get their gift shopping done. For those looking for some quick ideas for those Star Wars and sci-fi fans in your life, we’ve got some ideas that just might help.


Star Wars Books

This year has been a little light on Star Wars books with the change from the Expanded Universe to Legends. Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber (5/5) and Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey (5/5) both came out this year, however both fall  into the Legends category. For some fans, that makes a difference.

For those sticking only to canon, there’s A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller (5/5) and Tarkin by James Luceno (4/5). Those two mark the first Star Wars books considered official canon (ie. on par with the movies themselves).

They’re all good stories. Maul: Lockdown is a action packed, suspenseful, prison-escape type story focusing on Darth Maul. Honor Among Thieves focuses on Han Solo and brand new female character as they go on a mission for the rebellion. A New Dawn ties-in with the Star Wars Rebels tv show, and Tarkin focuses entirely on Grand Moff Tarkin from the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope. Continue Reading Last Minute Gift Ideas…

Around the Web

December 19, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Episode VII, Marvel, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Toys | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • The kickstarter for Athena’s Daughters 2 is up and running. Authors in this anthology include Tiffani Angus, Antha Ann Adkins, Sarah Brand, Elizabeth Bridges, Megan Chee, Liz Colter, Janice Croom, Ellen Goodlett, Emily Lavin Leverett, Alison J. McKenzie, Megan O’Russell, Tish Pahl, Carrie Ryan, Rori Shay, and Tess Tabak with a line-up of additional authors as part of their stretch goals.

Comic News

  • Based on Barnes & Nobles upcoming titles, Marvel will be re-releasing Star Wars comics in digital formats this January (via Jedi News).
  • StarWars.com has a preview of some of the interior art for Princess Leia #1.
  • And while Dave Dorman might not be heading to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, he’s still canon, this time adding his talents to the array of Marvel Star Wars #1 cover variants. M&M Comics is even running a 50% off sale for pre-orders.

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New Cover for ‘Heir to the Empire’

December 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Posted in Art, Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars author Timothy Zahn is hanging out in Brazil and over on Facebook he posted some pictures from Sao Paulo. Lo and behold there are pictures of Legends cover for Heir to the Empire, be it in Portuguese. After a little snooping I discovered that artist Marc Simonetti had been commissioned by Aleph Brazil to do a cover for the Heir to the Empire Legends version. As of yet there are no details on whether an English version will be out any time soon and whether it will sport the new cover, but it’s pretty cool looking.

Continue Reading New Cover for ‘Heir to the Empire’…

Podcasts in Review

December 11, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Audiobooks, Books, Episode VII, Movies, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Trailer, Video Games | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:OMG! Star Wars Trailer” surprisingly doesn’t cover the trailer as much as the title of the episode would lead you to believe. They do however touch on the trailer and some of the controversies people are making a fuss over. Aside from the trailer, they also talk about the Jurassic World trailer, some comments Christian Bale made about playing Batman again, and some anniversaries for Star Trek and the Ewok movies. If you’re burnt out on TFA trailer discussions, this one is still worth checking out as Scott, Tricia and guest Jeff Roney talk a lot more about stuff outside the content of the trailer than say a scene-by-scene dissection. For fans of Assembly of Geeks, Tricia announced that she’ll be leaving the show soon do to time constraints. As a fan myself, it will be sad to see her go. Tricia has been a great part of the show and her, Scott and Jeff make a great trio.

Bombad Radio: Episode 174 features an interview with Star Wars composer Jesse Harlin who worked on Republic Commando, The Force Unleashed, Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Galaxies, The Old Republic and Star Wars 1313. He talks about composing, editing and arranging video game music, some of instruments he’s worked with, and even discusses some of the stuff he did for the cancelled Star Wars 1313 game. Sadly that music won’t be coming out, but they were able to share a snippet. Jesse teased that the game would have included Hutt gangster rap. For fans of Star Wars games or RebelForce Radio’s Star Wars Oxygen series, this is an episode worth listening to.

Episode 177 starts out with a live recording of Jeremiah and his wife watching The Force Awakens trailer and giving their initial thoughts, which I have to admit I haven’t heard anyone else do. But the real fun kicks in with Jeremiah’s interview with voice actor Corey Burton who talks about getting into the business, the voices and shows he’s done, coming up with the voices for Ziro the Hutt and Cad Bane, as well as his work for Disney and DC Comics. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Cover Reveal for Christie Golden’s ‘Dark Disciple’

December 10, 2014 at 5:29 am | Posted in Art, Books, Del Rey, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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StarWars.com has revealed the cover for Christie Golden’s upcoming Asajj Ventress/Quinlan Vos novel Dark Disciple. Cover art is by Matt Taylor.

StarWars.com is thrilled to reveal the cover art for the upcoming novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden! Based on a series of scripts originally written for the unaired seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and starring ex-Sith bounty hunter, Asajj Ventress, and the unorthodox Jedi Quinlan Vos, this new Star Wars tale of love and loss, betrayal and redemption is being produced in creative collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group and Dave Filoni, supervising director of The Clone Wars and executive producer of Star Wars Rebels. Star Wars: Dark Disciple hits the shelves on July 7, 2015.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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