Book Review: ‘Mass Effect: Retribution’ by Drew Karpyshyn

December 31, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Drew Karpyshyn’s Mass Effect trilogy comes to an end in Retribution. Anderson, Sanders and Grayson all face off against the Illusive Man in a desperate gamble of survival. Set prior to the events of Mass Effect 3, this novel wraps up the character arcs with a satisfying conclusion while preparing gamers for the next chapter of the franchise. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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New Release: ‘The Vastalimi Gambit’ by Steve Perry

December 31, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Steve Perry’s new book The Vastalimi Gambit is out today in paperback, audiobook and eBook. This is the second book in the Cutter’s Wars series.

At the close of the twenty-fourth century, a series of revolutions has caused the galaxy to descend into chaos. With the Galactic Union Army stretched thin, mercenary units have arisen for those who have the need—and the means—to hire them…

Kay, the alien member of the Cutter Force Initiative, has returned to her brutal home world of Vast on a mission of mercy. Before she joined the merc team, she was a great healer. And now her skills are sorely needed. Hundreds of Vastalimi—including her blood-kin—are dying mysteriously.

But is the plague a work of nature? Or is it a bioengineered virus, purposefully unleashed? Kay and Doc Wink will have to find out the hard way.

With the Cutter Force light-years away, the two find the odds against them—and on a planet like Vast, where violence abounds and life is cheap, they may be facing a foe they can’t defeat…

Click here to check out the official product page for excerpts and purchase links.

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The Inquisitor Action Figure

December 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Posted in News, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Toys & Collectibles | Leave a comment

StarWars.com has unveiled a first look at Hasbro’s Inquisitor action figure for Star Wars Rebels.

The figure — the first to be seen from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends line — features five points of articulation, show-accurate accessories, and is sculpted in the art style of the series. Look for the Inquisitor and the Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends line to hit store shelves in fall 2014, and stay tuned for more Star Wars Rebels toy news from Hasbro at international Toy Fairs and here at StarWars.com.

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Sword of the Jedi Update

December 30, 2013 at 11:31 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Knights Archive spotted a comment made by author Christie Golden over on Facebook regarding the Sword of the Jedi series. The trilogy was announced back at Star Wars Celebration VI and Christie Golden was set to be the author.

“The very talented Shea Standefer wearing the art that was used to announce my Jaina Solo trilogy which may or may not happen (don’t know yet.) I think I better get one of these shirts…” -Christie Golden

So, we can now official add Sword of the Jedi to the unknown pile along with Kemp’s mysterious duology. Hopefully will get some more news early next year on what we can expect in the way of new Star Wars books, especially as the script for Episode VII is completed.

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New ‘Maul: Lockdown’ Excerpt

December 30, 2013 at 11:20 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Random House has posted a 65 page excerpt for Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber over on their catalog page. Just follow the link and click on the orange “Look Inside” banner.

Maul: Lockdown will be out on January 31, 2014 in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats.

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TFN Interview with ‘The Star Wars’ artist Mike Mayhew

December 30, 2013 at 11:16 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Interview, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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TheForce.Net has an interview with Mike Mayhew, the artist behind Dark Horse Comics eight issue mini-series The Star Wars.

You’re responsible for the majority of the work that goes into designing the entirety of this alternate Star Wars galaxy. What does that process look like?

Well, that was something that was so daunting. And, the book was basically solicited before I came on, so any “extra” time I took to take the care and attention one would imagine that this project might need from a design standpoint was not a luxury. Pages were needed from day one. So, in essence, I needed to design everything, while doing penciling and inking chores on a monthly book. It would be like George designing Star Wars while he filmed it with the actors.

To make matters worse, I came on the book and agreed to a schedule, under the instructions that an “army” of artists was designing everything for me! This fell flat quickly for several reasons, some beyond anyone’s control, and because I actually wanted to control the design process, mainly so I wasn’t “stuck” drawing something that was difficult for me.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Monday Funny: Raccoon Wars

December 30, 2013 at 9:00 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny, Star Wars | Leave a comment

A long time ago in Raccoon war far, far away…

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via icanhascheezburger.com

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Happy Birthday, James Kahn

December 30, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday | Leave a comment
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Today we wish a happy birthday to James Kahn, author of Return of the Jedi, World Enough, and Time, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, PoltergeistGoonies and more. Be sure to wish him a happy birthday on Facebook and Twitter. If you’d like to find out more about James, you can check out his official website.

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Matt Kindt Talks ‘Rebel Heist’

December 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Cover by Adam Hughes

Comic Book Resources has an interview with Matt Kindt who talks about his upcoming Star Wars mini-series Rebel Heist. The four issue series will be launching in April and published by Dark Horse Comics. The series will feature artwork by Marco Castiello (who was a penciller for Knight Errant: Escape and Purge: The Tyrant’s Fist).

Matt had some interesting things to say about the new series, including the fact that he said ‘no’ at first.

I got myself into such a busy schedule this summer, so I told them no. Then, the next day, I was taking a shower or something, and I just had an idea. “That’s what I could do!” I wasn’t trying to think of an idea for it; an idea just popped into my head. So I called them back the next day. “If it can’t be this, I don’t know if I have time to think of another thing.” They were really great about it.

As well as the premise… Continue Reading Matt Kindt Talks ‘Rebel Heist’…

Around the Web

December 27, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Fantasy, Regular Feature, Rumor, Star Wars, 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/Comic News

  • It’s not quite a book, a comic or a magazine, but Star Wars Fact File is returning!
  • Paul S. Kemp‘s anthology Ephemera is currently on sale for 99 cents.
  • The kickstarter for Athena’s Daughters is amping it up with a new stretch goal for “Apollo’s Daughters”, a companion piece written by Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, John Jackson Miller and others with a cover by Joe Corroney. While “Apollo’s Daughters” has met its stretch goal, they need to hit $31,000 for the special Joe Corroney cover.
  • Kevin J. Anderson posted his short story “Santa Claus Is Coming To Get You” online.
  • Dark Horse Comics has some mega bundle deals going on for Alien, Predator and Alien vs. Predator for a limited time.
  • Dark Horse also has a three page preview of Star Wars #13.
  • The Star Wars Hardcover collection now has a cover, though it won’t be out until July.

Convention/Event News

  • Darth Vader actor David Prowse will be in Langenthal, Switzerland tomorrow for the Winter Cinema.
  • Star Wars writer Abel G. Peña will be doing a Reddit AMA on January 8th.
  • UK fans may want to keep their fingers crossed as Star Wars author Drew Karpyshyn is thinking about attending WorldCon in Lodon next year.

TV/Movie News

  • There’s a rumor going around that Tim Curry may be returning to voice Palpatine…for Star Wars Rebels.
  • Matthew Stover‘s movie work is finally seeing the light of day. Over on Amazon Studios, you can see a trailer for “Terminal Kill” which Stover wrote the script for.
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