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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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.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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.

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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…

Book Review: ‘Star Wars Art: Posters’

October 28, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Abrams, Art, Books, Movies, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars, Video Games | Leave a comment
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If you love the artwork of the Star Wars movie posters, then Star Wars Art: Posters is a must have. This beautiful collection of artwork presents the posters of the original trilogy in stunning detail. But it does more than that. It covers the entire six film saga, the Ewok films, the televisions series, promotional posters and even concept treatments that were never released. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release: ‘Razor’s Edge’ Paperback

October 28, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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razors-edge-paperbackRazor’s Edge by Martha Wells is out today in paperback.

Random House Link

You can also check out our review in case you missed it, as well as our interview with Martha Wells.

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Our ‘Tarkin’ Interview with James Luceno

October 24, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Interview, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Front cover of 'Tarkin'Tarkin will be hitting book stores soon and for those looking forward to the release, we have an interview with author James Luceno. James talks about the title character, his similarities to the Sith, the use of surnames, and some very fun insight into the novel without spoiling anything.


What drew you to choosing Tarkin as the focus of your next Star Wars book?

James Luceno: Actually, Tarkin was pitched to me. I worried at first that while Peter Cushing is immediately recognizable in the role, casual fans might not recall the name of the character who commanded the Death Star. Even so, I jumped at the chance. I always viewed Tarkin as being as emblematic of the Empire as the Death Star itself. I loved his casually sarcastic comeback to Princess Leia’s line about recognizing Tarkin’s “foul stench” when she was first brought aboard the battle station. “Charming to the last,” he replies. “You don’t know how hard I found it signing the order to terminate your life.”  Equally intriguing to me was Tarkin’s relationship with Vader, who in the first film we know only as the Dark Lord of the Sith. I didn’t see Tarkin so much as holding Vader’s leash as being his equal in the Imperial chain-of-command, and I wondered how that came to be. Finally, for all Tarkin’s ruthless self-assurance, he is shocked that Leia would lie to him about the location of the Rebel base, and in his final moments he refuses to acknowledge—openly, at least—that the Death Star, as much his project as it was the Emperor’s, is also fatally flawed.

Continue Reading Our ‘Tarkin’ Interview with James Luceno…

Around the Web

October 24, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Interview, Marvel, Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers, Video Games | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • StarWars.com has a small preview of Star Wars Art: Posters. Having just gotten a copy of the book, this is a really cool collection of Star Wars poster art. It’s definitely worth checking out.
  • IGN has a sneak peek at Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy (which will be out October 28).
  • And The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight by Tony DiTerlizzi and Ralph McQuarrie came out this week (Amazon link).
  • Edelweiss now has a listing for Jedi Academy 3. Release date is slated for July 28, 2015. Price is listed at $12.99, hardcover, 176 pages. Here’s the blurb for it…

After last year, Roan will attempt to redeem himself, avoid the Dark Side, be a better student, and a better friend. But as he and his friends deal with substitute teachers, new aliens, more robots, vegan food, braces, final exams, and more middle school awkwardness, will Roan be able to stay the path of the Jedi?

  • They also have listings for a new series of illustrated Star Wars movie trilogy books for younger readers. There’s Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: Being the Story of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and the Rise of the Rebellion by R.J. Palacio with illustrations by Iain McCaig (release date: June 23, 2015, $17.99, hardcover, ages 8 to 12, Disney Lucasfilm Press, 224 pages); Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Tom Angleberger and illustrations by Iain McCaig (release date: August 18, 2015, $17.99, hardcover, ages 8 to 12, Disney Lucasfilm Press, 224 pages); and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want To Be A Jedi? by Adam Gidwitz and illustrations by Iain McCaig (release date: July 21, 2015, $17.99, hardcover, ages 8 to 12, Disney Lucasfilm Press, 224 pages).
  • Drew Karpyshyn also updated that he’s completed Chaos Unleashed (which won’t be out until July). Drew also revealed he’ll be heading to the Lucca Comics and Games convention in Italy.

Comic News

  • Newsarama has an interview with Kanan: The Last Padawan comic writer Greg Weisman.

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‘Tarkin’ Excerpt #3

October 23, 2014 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has released a new excerpt for James Luceno’s Tarkin.

“Governor, your presence is required on Coruscant,” Amedda said after a moment. Tarkin moved to his desk and sat down, centering himself for the holocam. “I’ll certainly try to make time for a visit, Vizier.”

“Permit me, Governor, but that will not suffice. Perhaps I should have said that your presence is urgently required.”Tarkin waved a hand in dismissal. “I’m sorry, Vizier, but that doesn’t alter the fact that I have my priorities.”

“Priorities of what sort?”

Tarkin returned Amedda’s mirthless smile. There was probably no harm in sharing with Amedda information about the expected ship¬ments of matériel from Desolation Station to Geonosis—including vital components for the battle station’s complex hyperdrive generator—but he was under no obligation to do so.

“I’m afraid my priorities are on a need-to-know basis.”

“Indeed. Then you are refusing the request?”

Tarkin glimpsed something in the thick-skulled Chagrian’s pink-rimmed cerulean eyes that gave him pause. “Let’s say that I’m reluctant to abandon my post at this time, Vizier. If you wish, I’ll provide the Emperor with my reasons personally.”

“That’s not possible, Governor. The Emperor is presently engaged.”

Tarkin leaned toward the cam. “So engaged that he can’t speak briefly with one of his Moffs?”

Amedda affected a bored tone. “That’s not for me to say, Governor. The Emperor’s concerns are on a need-to-know basis.”

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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.
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