Book Review: ‘Chaos Rising’ by Timothy Zahn

September 1, 2020 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Chaos Rising kicks off a new trilogy with Thrawn at the helm and Zahn reminds us why we love this character so much. Click here to check out our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release: ‘Chaos Rising’ by Timothy Zahn

September 1, 2020 at 8:03 am | Posted in Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Timothy Zahn’s latest book Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising is out today.

Discover Thrawn’s origins within the Chiss Ascendancy in the first book in an epic new Star Wars trilogy from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.

Beyond the edge of the galaxy lies the Unknown Regions: chaotic, uncharted, and near impassable, with hidden secrets and dangers in equal measure. And nestled within its swirling chaos is the Ascendancy, home to the enigmatic Chiss and the Nine Ruling Families that lead them.

The peace of the Ascendancy, a beacon of calm and stability, is shattered after a daring attack on the Chiss capital that leaves no trace of the enemy. Baffled, the Ascendancy dispatches one of its brightest young military officers to root out the unseen assailants. A recruit born of no title, but adopted into the powerful family of the Mitth and given the name Thrawn.

With the might of the Expansionary Fleet at his back, and the aid of his comrade Admiral Ar’alani, answers begin to fall into place. But as Thrawn’s first command probes deeper into the vast stretch of space his people call the Chaos, he realizes that the mission he has been given is not what it seems.

And the threat to the Ascendancy is only just beginning.

Publisher’s link.

Retro Reviews: ‘The Force Awakens’ by Alan Dean Foster

August 25, 2020 at 5:25 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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The Force Awakens is the novelization to the blockbuster of the same name from December of 2015. The original screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, and the novelization was written by Alan Dean Foster.

First off, this is going to be a controversial review. I personally loved The Force Awakens movie when I first saw it, and I still love it. It’s one of my favorite Star Wars movies. However, I did not like the novelization of the film at all. I believe that this is a textbook case of how not to write a novelization. But I will blunt my criticism off the bat by saying that there are some great things in the novelization, well worth your read.

I’ll start with the positives. There are some great, short insights about Leia and her work with the Resistance and her search for Luke that are really good. It adds to the film for me and makes me appreciate Leia. I also love how Foster included several of the deleted scenes/dialogue for Leia and Han’s scenes, some of which actually was repurposed for The Rise of Skywalker, which I didn’t realize until this reread. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘The Force Awakens’ by Alan Dean Foster…

Cover Reveal: ‘Victory’s Price’ by Alexander Freed

August 14, 2020 at 10:50 am | Posted in Art, Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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The third book in the Alphabet Squadron trilogy now has a cover.

Victory’s Price will be out March 2, 2021.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

August 7, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Marvel, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Video Games | Leave a comment

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

Book News

Comic News

Fandom News

  • Star Wars By the Numbers released a video for every ship in the sequel trilogy.

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Audiobook Review: ‘Doctor Aphra’

July 22, 2020 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Audiobooks, Books, Random House, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Doctor Aphra was released this week and I’ve finally finished listening to it. Click here to check out my review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release: ‘Doctor Aphra’ by Sarah Kuhn

July 21, 2020 at 5:12 am | Posted in Audiobooks, Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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The Doctor Aphra audiobook by Sarah Kuhn is out today from Random House.

Dr. Aphra teams up with Darth Vader himself in this audiobook original—an expanded adaptation of the critically acclaimed Marvel comics series, performed by a full cast.

Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra, rogue archaeologist, is in trouble again.

A pioneer in the field of criminal xenoarchaeology, Aphra recognizes no law, has no fear, and possesses no impulse control. To her, the true worth of the galactic relics she discovers isn’t found in a museum, but in an arsenal. This viewpoint has led to a lot of misunderstandings. After her latest plan goes horribly wrong, her roguish ways are on the verge of catching up to her, when suddenly Darth Vader, terror of the galaxy, swoops in with his lightsaber ignited, and…saves her life?

Don’t get her wrong—it’s not like she’s ungrateful. Sure, her new boss is a lord of the Sith. And OK, she may have just become a pawn in a deadly game being played by him and HIS boss, who happens to be the Galactic Emperor. And yes, the life expectancy of anyone who disappoints Vader can be measured in seconds.

But she’s back doing what she does best. She’s got a ship to fly, a heist to pull, and two unorthodox but effective metal buddies: Triple-Zero, a protocol droid specializing in etiquette, customs, translation, and torture; and BT-1, an astromech loaded with enough firepower to take down a battlecruiser. Together, they might just find a way to get the job done and avoid the deadly performance review that waits at its conclusion.

Just kidding. She’s doomed.

Cast:
Emily Woo Zeller as Doctor Aphra
Jonathan Davis as Boba Fett
Sean Patrick Hopkins as Luke Skywalker
Sean Kenin as Triple-Zero
Nicole Lewis as Sana Starros
Carol Monda as Maz Kanata
Euan Morton as The Emperor
Catherine Taber as Leia Organa
Marc Thompson as Darth Vader

Click here to check out the official product page.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Retro Reviews: ‘Aftermath’ by Chuck Wendig

July 14, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Aftermath is the sixth novel in the canon, and was the first adult novel to explore the Post-Return of the Jedi era in the canon. It was written by Chuck Wendig and was released in September of 2015.

Aftermath is a very polarizing book. There are people who love it and people who hate it. Rightly so, as there is a lot to hate in this book, but also a lot to love. I personally had a lot of problems with this book, but overall really liked it and enjoyed it. If you want a different (and yet really informative opinion), I recommend you go back and read Skuldren’s review, which poignantly outlines a lot of the problems of the book. I’ll cover some problems here, but that review is much more in depth. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Aftermath’ by Chuck Wendig…

The Mandalorian Publishing Program

July 2, 2020 at 7:17 am | Posted in Books, DK, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Television, The Mandalorian | Leave a comment

StarWars.com revealed details on The Mandalorian publishing program which will kick off “this Fall” but it looks like the main books won’t hit till December.

  • The Art of The Mandalorian (Season One) by Phil Szostak; cover by Doug Chiang (release date December 15, 2020)
  • The Mandalorian: Original Novel (adult novel, Del Rey) by Adam Christopher (release date December 1, 2020)
  • The Mandalorian: The Ultimate Visual Guide (DK) by Pablo Hidalgo
  • The Mandalorian: Allies & Enemies – Level Two Reader (DLP) by Brooke Vitale
  • The Mandalorian: 8×8 Storybook (title to be revealed later) by Brooke Vitale
  • The Mandalorian: Junior Novelization by Joe Schreiber
  • Marvel comics for The Mandalorian
  • IDW comics for The Mandalorian

On Facebook, Del Rey hinted that his is just the first novel coming down the pipeline, so if all goes well, we’ll see more.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

June 26, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Celebration, Conventions, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys & Collectibles | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • IGN has an excerpt from the delayed High Republic novel by Charles Soule called Light of the Jedi.
  • Alexander Freed did an interview with StarWars.com for his latest book Shadow Fall which came out this week.
  • Author J.W. Rinzler will be doing a Star Wars webinar on July 1st so if you have any Star Wars questions, send them his way.

Convention & Event News

  • The Star Wars Celebration refund and exchange program is up now.

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