New ‘Tarkin’ Excerpt Plus Chance to Win Early Copy

October 9, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Posted in Books, Contest, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has posted a new excerpt from James Luceno’s Tarkin.

He turned his clean-shaven face to both sides and lifted his chin. He folded his arms across his chest, then stood with his hands clasped behind his back, and finally posed akimbo, with his fists planted on his hips. Drawing himself up to his full height, which was just above human average, he adopted a serious expression, cradling his chin in his right hand.

There were few beings to whom he needed to offer salute, though there was one to whom he was obliged to bow, and so he did, straight-backed but not so low as to appear sycophantic.

“Eliminate the top line collars on the boots, and lower the heels,” he told the droid.

“Of course, sir. Standard duranium shank and toes for the boots?”

Tarkin nodded.

Stepping down from the platform, out from inside the cage of laser tracers, he began to walk circles around the hologram, appraising it from all sides. During the war, the belted tunic, when closed, had extended across the chest on one side and across the midsection on the other; now the line was vertical, which appealed to Tarkin’s taste for symmetry. Just below each shoulder were narrow pockets designed to accommodate short cylinders that contained coded information about the wearer. A rank insignia plaque made up of two rows of small colored squares was affixed to the tunic’s left breast.

It’s not the most exciting excerpt from the book, but having already dived into an advance ARC, I can say there’s a lot more to look forward to. If you’ve been wonder if Tarkin knew who Darth Vader really is, just how much he knows about Palpatine, Vader, and the Sith, or even what Darth Sidious’ ambitions are now that he’s Emperor, then you’re in for a treat.

Click here to check out the special Tarkin landing page which includes a link to win an advanced copy.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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NYCC 2014

October 9, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Conventions, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

nycc-2014New York Comic Con 2014 is upon us. For those lucky enough to go, here is a rundown on all the Star Wars goodness at this year’s show.

Thursday

  • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Joe Corroney signing at Random House/Del Rey booth #2204
  • 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM – 501st Legion: Empire City Garrison’s Blast-a-Trooper, Location: Family HQ – 1C04
  • 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM – Dark Horse Builds Characters Panel, Location: 1A14, panelists include: Aub Driver, Gail Simone, Jim Calafiore, Brian Wood, Rafael Albuquerque, Fred Van Lente, Donny Cates, Matt Kindt, and David Mack
  • 5:00 to 5:45 PM – Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds, 1A18
  • 6:00 PM to 6:50 PM – Matt Kindt will be at the Dark Horse Comics booth (#1636) for a Hellboy/Mind Mgmt signing
  • 6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – Dark Horse and Sega Present: 35 Years of Alien, Location: 1A24, panelists include: Aub Driver, Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley, Paul Tobin, Joshua Williamson, and Chris Mooneyham
  • 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM – Kotobukiya Fall/Winter Preview 2014, 1A18

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Podcasts in Review

October 9, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 169 is a double interview with voice actresses Belinda Cornish and Alix Wilton Regan. They talk Mass Effect, Dragon Age, voice acting and working with video game projects. Both are good interviews and entertaining guests which makes for a fun discussion. Plus I like the new outro music. Very nice.

Disney Vault Talk: Make Mine Music episode starts out with a lot of listener feedback, their challenge to RebelForce Radio as they throw down the gauntlet to do a Rebels spinoff show, and their “Disney Watch” segment covering various Disney news items. The focus of this weeks episode is the Disney film Make Mine Music which turns out to be a pretty fast discussion as they quickly go through the history and fun facts for the movie and then plow through each of the shorts that comprise the film. I’ve never seen this particular movie, but I have seen a couple of the shorts that are in it. Afterwards they do some post-show Disney trivia.

Full of Sith: Episode LXXXIV includes discussion on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars pre-viz content recently released on StarWars.com. They also talk about Star Wars Rebels “Spark of Rebellion”. There’s some small spoilers but nothing too major. Guests include Riley and Bethany from the Star Wars Report. Interesting episode as I haven’t had a chance to check out the pre-viz arc for TCW, but after hearing their discussion of it, I’m now very intrigued to check it out.

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