Book Review: ‘The Redemption Engine’ by James L. Sutter

September 30, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Reviews | Leave a comment
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Some books are good and some are great. But it’s always a nice surprise when you pick a new author and get deeply imaginative story filled with fully fleshed out characters and a exciting plot that doesn’t let up. Thus I have to give a big recommendation for James L. Sutter’s The Redemption Engine. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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Monday Funny: Alien Humor

September 29, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

What if aliens went to a theme park…

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Around the Web

September 26, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Conventions, Events, Interview, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | 1 Comment

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

Book News

  • Courtesy of the hard work over on Star Wars Upcoming Books & Comics, there’s some new Star Wars titles coming our way including: Star Wars Art: A Poster Collection from Abrams, Ultimate Star Wars by Ryder Windham and published by DK (Amazon link), Darth Vader and Friends by Jeffrey Brown (April 2015 release), and William Shakespeare’s The Phantom Menace by Ian Doescher via Random House.
  • Drew Karpyshyn‘s third Chaos Born book has a cover image up on Amazon. Feel free to pre-order while you’re there. Pre-orders help the authors out a lot.

Convention & Event News

  • Vampire Ball is September 26 to 27 in Birmingham, England. Star Wars guests include James Marsters.
  • Courts Celebrities FanFest is September 26 through 27 in Burbank, CA. Star Wars guests include Kathleen Gati.
  • Alamo City Comic Con is September 26 through 28 in San Antonio, TX. Star Wars guests include Tom Kane, Hal Rayle, George Takei.
  • The Pittsburgh Comicon is September 26 to 28 in Monroeville, PA. Star Wars guests include Orli Shoshan, Christian J. Simpson.
  • Wordfest is September 26 to 28 in Waco, TX. Star Wars guests include author Martha Wells who will be at the Fiction Writing panel on Saturday.
  • Stoke Con Trent is September 28 in Stoke-On-Trent, England. Star Wars guests include Paul Blake, Chris Bunn, Laurie Goode, Garrick Hagon, Alan Harris, Barrie Holland, Derek Lyons, Cathy Munroe, Chris Parsons, Toby Philpott, Marc Silk.
  • Star Wars Day is October 4 at Discovery World in Milwaukee, WI. Star Wars guests include Dave Dorman.

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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Happy Birthday, Roger MacBride Allen

September 26, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Today we wish a happy birthday to the author of the Corellian Trilogy, Roger MacBride Allen. Author of over a dozen novels, you can find out more about Roger by checking out his website.

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The Clone Wars Legacy and ‘Dark Disciple’ Title Reveal

September 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm | Posted in Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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StarWars.com has launched a new page and this video talks about telling the untold stories of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Of great importance to readers, they reveal the title for Christie Golden’s upcoming Ventress/Voss novel as Star Wars: Dark Disciple (at 4:36).

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The Black Series: Stormtrooper

September 25, 2014 at 12:02 am | Posted in Reviews, Star Wars, Toys & Collectibles | Leave a comment

The Hasbro 6-inch Black Series Stormtrooper is part of wave four and is marked as figure #09. The Stormtrooper is very similar to the Sandtrooper figure. Of course the Stormtrooper doesn’t come with the backpack or shoulder pauldron. Accessories include an E-11 blaster rifle and a DLT-20A blaster rifle. The armor is clean with no dirty wash like the Sandtrooper. There are a few minor differences in the armor. Continue Reading The Black Series: Stormtrooper…

Podcasts in Review

September 25, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Episode VII, Episode VIII, Interview, Movies, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

501stCast: Episode 84 goes over all the fun ALS Star Wars videos, they talk about the Star Wars fan film awards, the cover the Green Cross droid renovation, and go through all the con and mission reports for the 501st garrisons. One report that caught my attention and was pretty neat to hear about was a troop they did to an even for the blind. It was interesting to hear about the kids’ reactions to the 501st members.

Bombad Radio: September Free-For-All episode features James and special guests Scott Murray (Assembly of Geeks) and David Gremillion (Get Your Geek On). As always in the free-for-alls, they cover a lot of topics, this one focusing on all things Star Wars. They talk about the possibilities for Star Wars rides and attractions at Disney theme parks, merchandise options, and much more. They also dig in a little into Star Wars Rebels and Jake Lloyd.

Episode 165 is a live report from Salt Lake Comic Con 2014. Jeremiah runs down all the people he’s talked to. Kind of a random and inconsequential episode, so you can skip this one if you like.

Episode 166 features their audio from the Sam Witwer panel at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014. Sam talks about Being Human, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, and lots of Star Wars topics. He dives into Maul, out geeking Dave Filoni, the selfish side of the dark side, and the proper viewing order for Star Wars. The panel was moderated by Bryan Young and the audio turned out pretty good. You can hear Master Bruce there in the beginning but he naps through most of the panel so it’s interruption free (for those who don’t know, Master Bruce is Jeremiah’s baby boy who is aptly named Bruce). Best of all, Sam tells lots of fun stories, so you won’t want to miss out on this one. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Happy Birthday, Mark Hamill

September 25, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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mark-hamill-2014Today we wish a very happy birthday to actor Mark Hamill. Soon enough, we’ll be seeing him once again up on the big screen when Star Wars Episode VII hits theaters in December 2015. Until then, be sure to wish Mark a happy birthday on Twitter.

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Databurst From the 501st

September 24, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from September 24 through 30th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

September 26

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Mission, KS for the Rushton Elementary FUNdwalk from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and in Overland Park, KS for SOAR Parents Night Out at Grace Church from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.
  • Badlands Garrison will be in Edmonton, AB for the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo from September 26 to 28th.
  • Garrison Carida will be in Charleston, WV for ShockaCon Horror Sci-Fi Convention from September 26 to 28th.
  • Mountain Garrison will be in Greenwood Village, CO for Family Fun Night from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.
  • Redback Garrison will be at Surfer’s Paradise Kids Week.
  • UK Garrison will be in Hastings for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

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New Release and Review: ‘Aliens: Fire and Stone #1’

September 24, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Reviews | Leave a comment
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Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 is out today from Dark Horse Comics with two covers. Click here to read our full review.

Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

During a vicious xenomorph outbreak, terraforming engineer Derrick Russell leads a desperate group of survivors onto a rickety mining vessel. They hope to escape the creatures overrunning their colony—but they’ll face horrors both in space and on the strange planet they crash on. Ties in with the Prometheus and Aliens films!

* First issue in an exciting direction for Aliens!
* From critically acclaimed writer Chris Roberson!

Click here for an eight page preview.

Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Patric Reynolds
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artists: David Palumbo (regular cover), Fiona Staples (variant cover)

Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.50

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