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April 8, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Regular Feature, Star Wars | Leave a comment

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

Book News

Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier
On Sale Date: December 20, 2016
$12.99 USD, Hardcover, Ages 8 to 12, Disney Lucasfilm Press, 64 pages

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Podcasts in Review

April 7, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. Warning, Star Wars Rebels spoilers below.

Aggressive Negotiations: Issue 009 is the second part of their Breaking Anakin discussion. They talk about why Yoda should have trained Anakin, Anakin living a lie, whether giving him a padawan was a good idea, Padme’s role in Anakin’s fall, and whether Obi-Wan was to blame. Great discussion.

Blast Points: Episode 13 is devoted to the Star Wars Rebels finale “Twilight of the Apprentice.” They talk about the great use of Maul, why Yoda sent Ezra to Malachor, the look of Vader’s face, Kanan being blind, and where the series will go from here. Great mini-episode with fun discussion and some humor.

Brews and Blasters: Episode #64 dives right into the Star Wars Rebels season two finale “Twilight of the Apprentice.” They talk about punches being pulled with deaths off screen, Kanan now being Ram Kota, listener feedback on the finale, Maul being there, where his lightsaber came from, what happened to the Darksaber, Mike Audette joins them as they get into Maul being over Kenobi, Vader battle damage. Dengar Dan jumps in and they talk helicopter lightsabers, Ezra’s lightsaber being destroyed, the temple guard connection, and is Ahsoka alive. Courtney joins them as they discuss whether Ahsoka’s story should have come to an end, what did Yoda send them after, Yoda and bad advice, Ezra and the Sith holocron, Vader’s eyebrow, and there’s one more guest, Mike McDonald. It’s a fun roundtable discussion. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

March 31, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Aggressive Negotiations: Issue 008 begins a multi-episode on the fall of Anakin Skywalker. In this episode they talk about his conception in the Force and whether that was caused by Palpatine, whether Anakin should have been taken or left on Tatooine, choosing Jedi masters for him, his relationship with Padme and the Jedi’s knowledge of it, whether giving him an apprentice was a good idea, and whether his fall is even sadder after Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It’s a good discussion of all things Anakin.

Bantha Fodder: Episode 6 starts out with some miscellaneous topics, from drones to kidney stones, but things get pretty good when the main discussion kicks in. They talk about whether Rey caused Han to die in The Force Awakens. Did she push Kylo Ren into having to prove himself or did Snoke motivate him to take the leap? They throw down their arguments as each host tries to convince the other. Good one to check out. While there is a good argument for Rey leading to Han’s death, I think she’s more of a catalyst than a cause.

Beyond the Vote: Episode 002 is a solo episode with just Riley following the Carolina debate. I have to admit the podcast just doesn’t have the same dynamic without Scott. Together, they make a great team, but the solo episode wasn’t as good. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

March 24, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in 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 93 covers the Star Wars Podcasting Awards, fan films, troop reports, trooping with Weird Al, and The Force Awakens Blu-ray releases.

Aggressive Negotiations: Issue 007 covers their favorite Jedi with an excellent character analysis on Jedi like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Aayla Secura, Kanan, Luke and some great observations. If you’re looking for a discussion driven Star Wars show with great sound quality and good hosts, give this one a try.

Beyond the Vote: Episode 001 is hosted by Riley Blanton (Star Wars Report) and Scott Ryfun (My Star Wars Story). It’s an interesting podcast as Riley and Scott talk politics, politicians and voters as they cover the US presidential race. They’re both conservative and provide some great commentary not just on politics, but some of the factors around the politics. In this episode they start with how they came to their own political beliefs, they talk about Hilary, Bernie and Trump. They tackle the idea of voting for a personality rather than an ideology. They also talk a little about immigration. It’s interesting episode, and if you’re into politics, I recommend giving this one a listen. I really enjoyed it. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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March 18, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Dark Horse, Events, Interview, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Becker & Mayer is coming out with a new Star Wars book called Stormtroopers: The Ultimate Guide.

Star Wars: Stormtroopers is the definitive guide to these imposing soldiers
from the galaxy far, far away—from their creation and design to their many
roles and iterations as well as their resonance in popular-culture fandom. This
book explores the world’s endless fascination with these elite warriors and
celebrates all things stormtrooper, featuring replica memorabilia and interviews
about their evolution in the new chapter of Star Wars history.

Details: $45.00, Hardcover, 23.5 cm x 33.65 cm, 176 pages (6 gatefolds)

  • You can also catch a preview of Claudia Gray‘s Bloodlines by checking out the preview for the paperback version of Aftermath on Amazon. Just scroll down to the end.
  • There’s some new info out on the Star Wars Propaganda book by Pablo Hidalgo (coming October 5, 2016).

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Podcasts in Review

March 17, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Aggressive Negotiations: Issue 005 delves into why the Jedi formed, being inherently good or bad, and the Force seeking balance. Ultimately they question whether the galaxy far far away would be better off without the Jedi. If you’re looking for a discussion focused Star Wars show, this one’s worth a listen.

Aggressive Negotiations: Issue 006 covers Force powers from coolest to lamest to whatever is needed to move the story forward. They also talk about masking Force your presence and the possibility of becoming too reliant on Force powers. My one complaint in listening to the show so far is there is a little bit of EU hating going on. Now I might just be overly sensitive to good ole Legends as I seem to be one of the few people who would say they like the whole thing rather than just liking parts of it, but to each their own. On the plus side, it’s not like they’re making EU hating a central focus of the podcast, it just creeps in here and there.

Blabba the Hutt: Episode 16 starts with iTunes reviews, then they get into Episode VIII and Rogue One news. They talk a little about Toy Fair, the stormtrooper who banged his head, Ewan doing a Force ghost and more. This was my first time tuning in. Basically it’s a news coverage format show where they add their commentary and thoughts on the news topics. The hosts are fun and they’be got good audio quality. Unfortunately I’m not really looking to add more news coverage shows to my regular playlist, however I would be interested to know if they stick to the news format or if they ever do discussion topic focused shows as I do like the hosts and would like to hear them talk about things other than just the news. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

March 10, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in 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 92 covers all the latest 501st news with troop reports and 501st Legion guests. They talk about the new Legion elections, recent charity work and spotlighted events, as well as chats with fellow members to find out about their garrisons and what they’re up to.

Awards Chatter: Jennifer Jason Leigh episode features an interesting conversation with said actress as they go over her career and the myriad roles she’s played. I’ll admit I haven’t seen very many movies that she’s done, but the lengths she’s gone to for the roles is impressive. She takes her work seriously. If you’re looking for celebrity interviews, I highly recommend Awards Chatter. It’s a good podcast.

Blast Points: Episode 8 was fun, and at times, hilarious. In this one, Jason and Gabe talk about Attack of the Clones. It’s not a hate fest or dissection picking the movie apart, but a genuine love for the film and all it’s entertaining quirkiness. As they say, this is the most outrageous Star Wars movie ever made. From Christopher Lee on a space motorcycle to the forbidden fruit and the rollicking in the field, it’s a positive discussion holding up the enjoyable and crazy elements of this Star Wars classic. Afterwards they wrap up with some questions from kids, and all in all, it’s a great episode. Give this one a listen. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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March 4, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Abrams, Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by J.W. Rinzler now has a entry up on edelweiss. The release date is set for October 25, 2016 at 368 pages and 500 color illustrations (10.4 in H | 11.3 in W) from Abrams publishing.

The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the ultimate eyewitness account of the film’s complete production history—the fantastic work of the conceptual art team, the commitment to creating a new story in a saga that is loved around the world, J. J. Abrams’s helming of the massive production, and the post-production finesse of Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound—with exclusive reflections from George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, as well as Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and many others.

A must-have for Star Wars fans, this authorized, all-access book—perhaps the most comprehensive documentation of an in-progress production ever written—will be an indispensable work for all movie fans and devotees of popular culture.

  • Iron Druid Chronicles fans can stop by Kevin Hearne‘s store and use the discount code WOOHOO to get two hardcovers and a digital audiobook for just $18 (Staked, Shattered and “Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles”).

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Podcasts in Review

March 3, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 2 Comments
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

The 602 Club: Band of Beings covers the Star Wars book Twlight Company. They don’t go into too many spoilers, so this one is pretty safe for all listeners. They talk about the book, the characters, some of the highlights, and interestingly enough, how the book actually ties into The Force Awakens. Now I read this book before I saw the movie, so I didn’t get to make any of those connections, but hearing them talk about it, I can definitely see how the book would fit in. Good episode and definitely worth checking out for Star Wars book fans.

Aggressive Negotiations: Episode 3 covers their favorite Star Wars ship designs. They talk about the design of the Millennium Falcon and the Rebel Blockade Runner, how one was almost the other and what that would have been like, the lack of whimsy with The Force Awakens‘ ships, and their favorite ship designs. Interesting episode.

Aggressive Negotiations: Episode 4 dives into a fun topic – Jedi training. They ponder about Jedi training in the sequel trilogy and what Luke’s Jedi Order would have been like. They analyse Yoda’s training, Obi-Wan’s training and even delve into the Jedi and sex. There’s lots on the Jedi philosophy and insightful observations on all the various training we’ve seen in Star Wars. Good episode. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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February 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Couple interesting new additions on edelweiss.

Star Wars: Rogue One: Character Story
October 25, 2016
9780794437879
0794437877
$9.99 USD, $11.99 CAD
Hardcover, 96 pages, 8.3 in H | 5.8 in W
Juvenile Fiction \ Science Fiction
Ages 9 to 12, Grades 1 to 4

A band of rebels is uniting together to steal the plans for the Empire’s dreaded Death Star! Follow along in this replicated journal from one of the main characters in Star Wars: Rogue One.

Star Wars: The Women of the Star Wars Galaxy
October 25, 2016
9780794437077
0794437079
$16.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
Hardcover, 20 pages, 10.5 in H | 9 in W
Juvenile Fiction \ Science Fiction
Ages 6 to 12, Grades 1 to 6

Discover details in the exciting lives of all the women from the Star Wars universe! Fold-out flaps and more create an interactive experience as fans learn all about Rey, Princess Leia, Maz Kanata, Padme Amidala, Captain Phasma, and other fan favorites! Continue Reading Around the Web…

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