Suvudu Fifty Page Friday: Scourge

April 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Books, News, Reviews | Leave a comment
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With Jeff Grubb’s book debuting next Tuesday, the logical pick for this week’s fifty page Friday is Scourge.  You can read the excerpt here, and you really should give it a try.  I can promise you that Scourge is a blast of a Star Wars book to read.

If you’re still wondering about whether to give Scourge a shot, check out Pete Morrison’s non-spoiler review on LightSaber Rattling.

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Roqoo Depot Reader’s Guide to Scourge

April 20, 2012 at 7:00 am | Posted in Art, Star Wars Books | 2 Comments
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Star Wars: Scourge will be out next Tuesday, and one thing that surprised me was just how much of the Expanded Universe showed up in the novel. For a first time Star Wars novelist, Jeff Grubb really showed a comfortable ease with using elements of technology, interesting species, and a wide range of Hutt lore. We here at Roqoo Depot thought it would be fun to create a reader’s guide for fans that would help prep them for reading the book. Want to know what the aliens in the book look like? How about the ships and droids? And no Hutt novel would be complete without some Huttese, so why not brush up on the lingo?

If you’re avoiding all spoilers, you’ll want to stop now. However if you don’t mind knowing what ships, species, planets, and technology show up, then follow below for our Reader’s Guide to Scourge. Continue Reading Roqoo Depot Reader’s Guide to Scourge…

Jeff Grubb Facebook Recap

April 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Today Scourge author Jeff Grubb did a live Facebook chat on Star Wars Books Facebook page. You can view the chat in its entirety here, or you can check out our edited transcript below.

How did you get involved in writing for the Star Wars Universe?

JG: I was recommended for the opportunity by Troy Denning (Thanks, Troy!). I’ve had a lot of experience in shared worlds and have worked with the Star Wars universe before, so it was a great opportunity.

How did the idea for SCOURGE come about?

JG: When this book was first being discussed, I pitched a number of ideas. One of them was based on an RPG adventure I had written for the Star Wars d20 Game from WotC.  That project was called Tempest Feud, and forms the heart of the novel. Continue Reading Jeff Grubb Facebook Recap…

Parella the Hunter: ‘Scourge’ Mini-excerpt #7

April 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has posted mini-excerpt #7 for Jeff Grubb’s upcoming novel Star Wars: Scourge.

“Hagwa doopee!”

Don’t move! Turning, Mander saw a strange form emerge from the shadows of an archway beyond the bridge. It looked like a Hutt wrapped in metal, its semifluid body covered with overlapping plates. Its neckless head was enshrouded in a dome of durasteel, with a narrow windows cut for the eyes and ringed with sensors. The entity carried a stun baton in its metal-shod hands. The armored Hutt barked again, and this time a translation voder squawked in Basic.

“Flee, you cowards!” said the translator. “Make this a good sport! For you are the prey of Parella the Hunter!”

“You have got to be kidding me,” said Reen, and opened up with her blaster.

Scourge will be out on April 24th. You can check out the previous mini-excerpts here: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6, plus the two Random House excerpts here and here.

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Jeff Grubb on Fictional Frontiers

April 19, 2012 at 10:08 am | Posted in Interview, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Fictional Frontiers did an audio interview with Scourge author Jeff Grubb. You can listen to it here.

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Fifty Ways to Leave a Hutt Dead

April 19, 2012 at 8:56 am | Posted in Events, Humor | 1 Comment
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Here at Roqoo Depot we strive to bring you the highest quality of entertainment. In our continuing celebration of Hutt Week, today we are going to take a look at how to kill a Hutt.

Hutts have a reputation for being hard to kill. After hours of strenuous research on Wookieepedia, and a moment of inspiration, we derived the perfect way to convey the information. We combined the tragic deaths of the Hutts in the Star Wars Expanded Universe with Paul Simon’s famous song “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover.” So kick back, hum along to the tune, and enjoy our revised lyrics.

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Jeff Grubb Talks Scourge

April 19, 2012 at 1:00 am | Posted in Events, Interview, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Geek Life posted an interview with Scourge author Jeff Grubb yesterday. Jeff talks about his first experience with Star Wars, working with continuity, his suggestion of a Hutt cover, his ideas behind Mander Zuma, and more. I also really liked his answer to this question because it mentioned a theme I spotted when reading about the Hutts and their family.

Other than Canon what were your influences for Hutt Space in the novel, Scourge?

JG: A big influence was another great movie from the 1970s – The Godfather. How I treated the Hutts was very much about the balance of family and business – even though it is extremely nasty business. It is a given that the Hutts are the gangsters of space. What this book does and examines how that fits together with the Hutt concepts of family, which can make them vulnerable.

Click here to read the full interview. It’s definitely worth reading.

And don’t forget, later today Jeff Grubb will be doing a live Facebook chat on Star Wars Books Facebook page at 4:00 PM EDT.

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A Look Ahead at Star Wars Insider

April 18, 2012 at 8:30 am | Posted in Star Wars Insider, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books posted a summary of some of the cool things we can expect to see in the upcoming issues of Star Wars Insider magazine. Here’s a quick rundown on the upcoming short stories.

  • Issue #132 (on sale now) features Jason Fry’s short story “The Guns of Kelrodo-Ai” and stars the “Rebel Destroyer” Shea Hublin (with some beautiful art by John VanFleet!).
  • Issue #133 will include the tale of Parella the Hutt, hunter extraordinaire, from Star Wars: Scourge author Jeff Grubb.
  • Issue #134 is your first taste of post Fate of the Jedi action as author Christie Golden brings you a story starring Jaina and Jag.
  • Issue #135 sees Karen Miller return to the SWEU with an exciting story starring Myri Antilles.
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‘Star Wars: Scourge’ Giveaway!

April 18, 2012 at 7:52 am | Posted in Contest, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Our final winner of our Scourge giveaway is…

Tom Remsky

Congratulations! Once again we want to thank everyone who participated. If you didn’t win, there’s still hope out there. Both Lightsaber Rattling and TheForce.Net are running Scourge contests so be sure to check them out.

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Notable Hutts in Star Wars History

April 18, 2012 at 12:11 am | Posted in Events, Opinion | Leave a comment
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There have been many Hutts in Star Wars, some more memorable than others. Today we are continuing our celebration of Hutt Week by taking a look at some of the notable Hutts in Star Wars (other than Jabba).

Queen Jool

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