Star Wars Episode VII: Shadows of the Sith

July 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Books, Episode VII, Lucasfilm, Movies, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

An interesting piece of news floating around is a picture from the book Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts. The image in question shows the logos of 20 LucasArts games that were cancelled. Included among them is a game titled Star Wars Episode VII: Shadows of the Sith.

It’s tantalizing to think that this game title might have been influenced by George Lucas, and may play some part in the story treatments he handed over to Disney after the sale of Lucasfilm. Keep in mind that this book was published back in 2008, so the information certainly isn’t breaking news, but it’s still fun to wonder.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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Review: The Darwin Elevator

July 30, 2013 at 8:36 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, scifi/fantasy | 2 Comments
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The-Darwin-Elevator-USIn the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity. (Cover blurb)

What happens when you present zombies, (relatively) hard science, and post apocalyptic dystopia to a reviewer who likes none of the above?  Well, you get a shocked reviewer who is happily wrong about all of that when this so right book comes along.  I know, I know it sounds like every hot genre of the moment mashed together so how can it be good?  Trust me, it’s not just good.  It’s fantastic — because Jason Hough can write a kick ass story in a world with characters that jump right off the page, and spring to life right before your eyes. What starts off feeling like an abrupt drop into the middle of things turns into a thumping good adventure, one with enough twists and turns to keep you page turning for hours. Continue Reading Review: The Darwin Elevator…

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