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July 18, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Conventions, Episode VII, Events, Interview, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, 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 posted some updates. He’s currently working on a fantasy novel called A Plague of Giants. He also revealed the title for the next Iron Druid Chronicles book, Staked. IDC fans can also look forward to a new short story he has written called “A Prelude to War” which is set after the events of Shattered.
  • Star Wars fans interested in checking out some non-Star Wars books by Star Wars authors might be interested in the Humble Sci-Fi Bundle which includes eBooks by Timothy Zahn, Barbara Hambly, William C. Dietz, Alan Dean Foster, Greg Bear and others.

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Podcasts in Review

July 17, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:Avoid Transformers & 250 Great Geek Moments” begins with a very odd discussion of the latest Transformer’s movie given that none of the hosts have seen it yet. Regardless, they discuss the reactions of critics and fans and lament the daunting runtime of the movie (a whopping 2 hours and 45 minutes). Afterwards they rundown the latest geek news including the appearance of the pilot episode of The Flash online, Pacific Rim 2, the Phineas & Ferb Star Wars episode trailer, and then dive into SFX magazine’s 250 greatest moments in sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Sadly a lot of the top ten is dominated by very recent films which seems like a poor way to form the list, but the hosts chime in with their picks and it makes for a good discussion.

Bombad Radio: Episode 155 has a bit of an intro with Jeremiah and Nick before going into an interview with actor Doug Jones. The Doug Jones interview is really good. He talks about working with Guillermo Del Toro, his roles in Hellboy, Hellboy II, Mimic, Pan’s Labyrinth, Falling Skies, Batman Returns, and Warriors of Virtue. As primarily a suit actor, he talks about how his background as a mime and listing himself as a contortionist has helped him get roles. However, the best parts are probably his impressions of Del Toro. It’s a very fun interview. Capping off the show is some more commentary from Jeremiah and Nick. Worth noting, the intro and extro audio quality isn’t the best but the interview portion is good, so you might want to skip ahead when listening. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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July 11, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Del Rey, Episode VII, Movies, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Toys | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Art News

Books News

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Podcasts in Review

July 10, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:The Fandom Strikes Back” covers a lot of stuff including Video Game: The Movie, The LEGO Movie, a study on kids to see if they would tell the truth, a case of a child getting bullied over a Spiderman lunch box, the Rian Johnson Star Wars news, Daniel Radcliffe wanting to be in a new standalone Batman movie, and more. Excellent podcast to check out for all the latest geeky news and lots of great discussion.

Bombad Radio: Episode 154 features a very entertaining interview with Mark Meer. Mark is probably most well known as the voice of Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect games. What I didn’t realize was that Mark’s normal speaking voice is the same one he used for the games, thus for the entire episode you get to hear Commander Shepard. Mark talks about his comedy work, improv, how he got started with Bioware, his other work like Dragon Age, playing D&D, and perhaps the biggest highlight of the show, he does his Vorcha voice. I didn’t realize Mark did a bunch of the voices of the aliens in the game, and it was pretty amazing to hear him do the Vorcha as it’s spot on without any extra effects. Great episode for Mass Effect fans.

Episode 156 is another interview episode, this time with game creator and author Jeff Grubb. Let me just say that this interview is awesome. Jeff talks about how he was tasked with meeting Ed Greenwood to buy Forgotten Realms, working with Ed in those early days, and writing the novel Cormyr with him. He talks about leaving TSR and how he wound up with WOTC later on. He covers his Star Wars novel and how he was originally tasked to write a videogame tie-in novel, but the game was cancelled. They then asked him to write a The Old Republic MMO tie-in novel, but he couldn’t since he was working on another MMO, Guild Wars. Thus they asked him a third time if he would do an original novel. After tossing out his pitches for a Jaxxon novel and a Jar Jar novel which would have ended with his death, surrounded by his children with a heroes farewell, they decided to go with a Hutt book. Jeff talks about writing for Magic the Gathering and The Brothers’ War. They cover all of that and a lot more. A must listen to for Jeff Grubb fans, he has some great stories.

Coffee with Kenobi: Episode #20 features an interview with Bobby Roberts (Full of Sith) as they talk about the nature and role of rumors. It’s a good discussion and worth checking out, plus it wraps up their series of interview they’ve been doing with the hosts of Full of Sith. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Monday Funny: GoT Honest Trailer

July 7, 2014 at 10:23 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny, Regular Feature | Leave a comment
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July 4, 2014 at 12:02 am | Posted in Around the Web, Movies, News, Regular Feature, scifi/fantasy, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Television, Toys | Leave a comment
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Happy July the 4th! After last week’s vacation, I’m back and ready to dish out this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond. Enjoy!

Book News

  • Author Greg Keyes was interviewed by Michael Taylor over on examiner.com and talks about his latest book Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm.
  • Author Drew Karpyshyn showed up as a guest on this week’s Star Wars Bookworms podcast.

Convention & Event News

  • Florida Supercon runs July 3 through 6 in Miami, FL. Star Wars guests include Timothy Zahn, Bob McLeodCourtenay Taylor and Deep Roy.
  • FantasyCon runs July 3 through 5 in Salt Lake City, UT. Star Wars guests include Kevin J. Anderson, David Farland (Dave Wolverton), Simon Pegg, and Adrienne Wilkinson.
  • WesterCon 67 runs July 3 through 6 in Salt Lake City, UT. Star Wars guests include Kevin J. Anderson and David Farland (Dave Wolverton).
  • Kevin Hearne Shattered book tour will be in San Diego, CA at San Diego Comic Con from July 24 to 27th.
  • Kevin Hearne Shattered book tour will be in San Diego, CA at the Upstart Crow on July 26th.

For more events, be sure to check out Star Wars Actors Appearances. You can also find more of Timothy Zahn’s 2014 appearances on his Facebook page.

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Podcasts in Review

July 3, 2014 at 5:48 am | Posted in Disney, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:E3 and Star Wars Weekends” starts off with a lot of geek movie and tv news, some Gremlins trivia, the upcoming Phineas and Ferb Star Wars episode, and some story info on the cancelled Star Wars Underworld tv show. Later in the show, they talk with Justin Cavender (Geek Legacy) about E3 and the games showcased there, and Aaron Harris (Coffee with Kenobi) who talks about Star Wars Weekends and Mark Hamill. Great show as always.

Disney Vault Talk: Episode 1 covers Snow White. Now I’m not much of a Disney Fan, but when Steve Glosson and Teresa Delgado team up for a podcast, I’m onboard. Now this being their first episode, they’re still working out the kinkds, but it’s a good episode. They reveal how they first got introduced to Disney, how the idea for the podcast came about, Teresa’s talks a little about Walt Disney, and they cover current Disney news before diving into the main discussion: Snow White. Not only do they share their opinions on the movie, but they also share a lot of cool trivia that I really enjoyed. From the names of the rejected dwarves to why Dopey doesn’t speak, there’s a lot of cool info. So, whether you’re a huge Disney fan or just a fan of the hosts, this is an episode worth giving a listen.

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Podcasts in Review

June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 152 features yet another fantastic interview, this time with the creator of the Forgotten Realms, and author, Ed Greenwood. Jeremiah pulls out some excellent questions for Ed, and Ed does not disappoint with his answers. He shares some great stories about the Forgotten Realms, his part in it, and how things have worked out. If you haven’t read The Herald yet and you’re worried about spoilers, don’t be, this episode is completely spoiler free. A must listen to for Forgotten Realms fans and a good interview to check out for readers in general. The topics Ed discusses have a lot of merit in being applied in other franchises and in different mediums.

Episode 153 is a doubleheader with authors Richard Lee Byers and David Farland (Dave Wolverton). Both authors give some really nice writing advice which is great for anyone who is thinking about or does writing, but it’s also very insightful for readers, giving them a deeper understanding of the tips and tricks of the trade. Plus there’s some discussion about their own books which readers will also enjoy. Really awesome episode and definitely worth a listen.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode #8 includes an interview with Star Wars Rebels voice actress Vanessa Marshall who talks about recording for the show, charity and fans, and what she doesn’t know about A New Dawn. Teresa and Tricia give a quick recap of Star Wars Weekends, and later on, Bethany from the Star Wars Report joins them as they talk about the characters of Star Wars Rebels and the actors of Star Wars Episode VII. Lots of good discussion on all things Star Wars, both television and the movies.

Full of Sith: Episode LXIX features special guests Amy Ratcliffe and ‘Jawa’ James Floyd as they join Bryan and his son at Origins where they talk a little about the convention, Aaron Allston, and Timothy Zahn. It’s pretty brief, and quickly kicks in to Bryan’s interview with Nick Gillard at Salt Lake Fan Experience (audio is courtesy of Bombad Radio, so if you’ve already listened to Bombad Radio’s podcast of the audio for that panel, you’re covered).

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Around the Web

June 20, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Conventions, Events, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, 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.

Book News

  • Star Wars Books has revealed the back cover for Tarkin (illustration by David Smit).
  • The Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut continues with Part 9: “Battlefields of the Clone Wars”.
  • The Jupiter Pirates by Jason Fry is now just a $1.99 for the eBook version on Amazon and B&N.
  • Fans of The Expanse series can look forward to three more books thanks to Oribit Books. This will be books 7-9 by James S.A. Corey.
  • You can win a copy of The Dark Between The Stars by Kevin J. Anderson over on SF Signal.
  • Readers interested in picking up a lot of stories may want to check out StoryBundle which currently has a set including Kevin J. Anderson, Michael A. Stackpole, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and many other authors.
  • Cover reveal for The Tejano Conflict by Steve Perry.

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Podcasts in Review

June 19, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:To Nerdrage or Not to Nerdrage” features special guest host Jen Rhodes (Anomaly Podcast) as they talk about the TMZ Star Wars photos, what they want to see return to Star Wars Episode VII, and what they don’t want to come back. Plus there’s the news that Billy Dee Williams will indeed be doing voicework for Star Wars Rebels. They also cover the news of the two new Star Wars actresses and explore how this reflects on the initial complaints of there not being enough women. Wrapping up their Star Wars coverage is the Leia campaign for more Leia Disney merchandise. Aside from Star Wars, they get into the Ant Man movie and change of writers, Ghostbusters’ theatrical re-release on August 29th, the She-Hulk controversy stirred up by David S. Goyer, and their spoiler free thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past. A great episode to listen to for well rounded coverage of all things cool.

Bombad Radio: Episode 151 marks third anniversary. They cover their murky origins, jump into some DC superhero discussion, compare some of the best and worst third movies in a trilogy, and then speak with special guest Diamond Dallas Page. DDP of course talks about wrestling, how he got started, hitting the big time, and also talks about how he got into the whole Yoga thing and the success he’s had with DDP Yoga. I’m a bit of a wrestling fan, so I really dug the interview.

Bombad Radio’s June Free-For-All has an awesome panel of hosts including Dan Zehr and Cory Clubb from Coffee with Kenobi and Juno Eclipse voice actress Nathalie Cox. As can be expected, they get into a lot of fun discussions. They talk (spoiler free) about Godzilla and director Gareth Edwards who is slated for the first Star Wars stand-alone film. They talk about his writer Gary Whitta, about J.J. Abrams and what they expect from him in Star Wars Episode VII considering all the good things he’s done so far. They touch on Cloverfield, Lost, and even lament the lack of The Force Unleashed III. I highly recommend checking this episode out for some great discussion.

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