Podcasts in Review

May 28, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and any honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Rebel Force Radio CAT & JAT talk Clone Wars
  2. The Skyhoppers Podcast Episode CLXXIX
  3. Blast Points Podcast Episode 220
  4. Geek Out Loud Episode 156
  5. Faking Star Wars Radio Clone Wars Finale!

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Retro Reviews: ‘Heir to the Jedi’ by Kevin Hearne

May 26, 2020 at 5:28 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment

Heir to the Jedi, by Kevin Hearne, is the third adult novel in the Disney Canon released in March of 2015. 

This is one of the most unique books in the canon. The reason behind its uniqueness is that it was originally written to be the third book in the “Empire and Rebellion” series that was written in 2014 for the Expanded Universe (some of the last EU novels). However, once the decision on “canon” was made, Lucasfilm and Del Rey decided to make some changes and plop this book into the canon. There are many differing views on this, but mine is that they absolutely should not have.

One good thing that I can say about this book is its pacing. While many Star Wars books try to be written like movies, this book really feels like a miniseries. I could envision Lucasfilm making a t.v. show on Disney Plus that was six episodes that followed this book’s plot. It moves from the Rodia plot, to the side trip to Fax, to the covert operation on Denon, to the escape from Denon, to the stop in Kupoh, to the final battle. I liked that pacing and felt that I could read about 50 pages at a time and feel like I was reading an episode of television. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Heir to the Jedi’ by Kevin Hearne…

Podcasts in Review

May 21, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Doing Talking Episode 85
  2. Fly Casual Episode 273
  3. Force Toast Episode 34
  4. Lipstick and Lightsabers The Siege of Mandalore Part 2 | Makeup and Mandalore Part 5
  5. Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 289

Honorable Mentions

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Podcasts in Review

May 14, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 288
  2. Rebel Force Radio Stephen Stanton and a Cast of Thousands!
  3. Blast Points Podcast Episode 218
  4. Blast Points Podcast Blast Points May 2020 – Disney Gallery Mandalorian 2 Legacy
  5. University of Coruscant Episode 2:9

Honorable Mentions

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Retro Reviews: ‘Tarkin’ by James Luceno

May 12, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

Tarkin, by James Luceno, is the second adult novel written in the canon, released in November 2014.

To start with, it should be noted that James Luceno is no stranger to Star Wars novels at the point of this book’s release. Luceno had already written eight adult novels for Star Wars, including the ever popular Darth Plagueis

James Luceno did a decent job with this book. As expected, this book focuses on the character of Tarkin. Not only is he the main character of the novel, but his backstory is also explained in-depth. I would not have expected his backstory to actually be so interesting, but James Luceno does an excellent job of weaving it throughout the main plot of the book. There are no chapters entirely of flashbacks, but rather short, one or two page long exposition dumps that adequately serve the purpose of the book. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Tarkin’ by James Luceno…

Podcasts in Review

May 7, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Pizza and Parsecs Episode 16
  2. Rebel Force Radio Matt Lanter & Last Call for Anakin Skywalker
  3. Blast Points Podcast Clone Wars S7 Ep9
  4. Blast Points Podcast Clone Wars S7 Ep10
  5. Blast Points Podcast Clone Wars S7 Ep11

Honorable Mentions

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Podcasts in Review

April 30, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Talking Bay 94 Episode 61
  2. Blast Points Podcast Episode 216
  3. Blast Points Podcast Bonus Episode – Interview With David Zaritsky, The Mind Behind Quest of the Jedi
  4. Brews and Blasters Episode 255
  5. Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 286

Honorable Mentions

  • Pizza and Parsecs Episode 14 new Star Wars podcast that came out this year that’s worth checking out.

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Retro Reviews: ‘A New Dawn’ by John Jackson Miller

April 29, 2020 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Greetings, my name is Jonathan Koan. The team here at Roqoo Depot has graciously allowed me to write some book reviews to put on the website. I am extremely thankful to Skuldren and the whole team for allowing me the opportunity.

Since we are now almost 6 years into the publishing process of the canon, I thought it would be prudent to go back and read through all of the adult and YA books released thus far. I’ll be analyzing how the book works on its own as literature, how the characters work, how it ties into the greater Star Wars universe and many other things. At the end of my reviews, I’ll be giving my personal rating on the book.

To start with, I am going to review A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, which was released in September of 2014. This book serves as a tie-in prequel to Star Wars Rebels and also serves as the first novel in the Lucasfilm canon. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘A New Dawn’ by John Jackson Miller…

Podcasts in Review

April 23, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Rebel Force Radio Dee Bradley Baker is All the Clones
  2. Fly Casual Episode 267
  3. Blast Points Podcast Episode 215
  4. Newcomers More Star Wars Fanfiction (w/ Betsy Sodaro)
  5. Star Wars 7×7 Episode 2116

Honorable Mentions

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Podcasts in Review

April 16, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Star Wars Sessions Episode 58
  2. Blast Points Podcast Bonus Episode – QVC 1996 Star Wars Collectibles Show Commentary
  3. Rebel Force Radio Master Yoda Tom Kane & Rey Says “Uggh”
  4. Blast Points Podcast Episode 214
  5. Blast Points Podcast Clone Wars S7 EP8

Honorable Mentions

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