Book Review: ‘The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark’

September 8, 2020 at 8:44 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark is a short story collection, edited by Jennifer Heddle, and released in August of 2020.

I am taking time out of my usual bi-weekly reread through the canon to review the newest short story collection from Disney-Lucasfilm Press. As a huge fan of The Clone Wars series, I had high hopes for this book. And the authors involved *mostly* delivered. Below I very briefly review every story (including a letter rating), followed by an overall review at the end. Continue Reading Book Review: ‘The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark’…

Podcasts in Review

September 3, 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. Force Material: Episode 100
  2. The Steve Austin Show: Jim Cornette Pt. 1
  3. The Steve Austin Show: Jim Cornette Pt. 2
  4. For the Nerd: Battle of the Hogwarts Houses
  5. Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 299

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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.

Podcasts in Review

August 27, 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. University of Coruscant: 3:1 Marka Ragnos
  2. Talking Bay 94: Silas Carson: The Man Behind Nute Gunray, Ki-Adi-Mundi and Droid Attacks on Wookiees
  3. Skytalkers: E. Anne Convery On The Clone Wars, Myth, & Fairy Tales
  4. Scavenger’s Hoard: Episode 140
  5. The Living Force: Episode 72

Honorable Mentions

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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…

Podcasts in Review

August 20, 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. Podcast Stardust Episode 138
  2. Star Wars 7×7 Episode 2236
  3. Star Wars 7×7 Episode 2235
  4. Blast Points Podcast Battle Beyond the Stars
  5. The Nerd Byword Episode 011

Honorable Mentions

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Podcasts in Review

August 13, 2020 at 12:20 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. For the Nerd The Back to the Future Trilogy
  2. Grand Moff Talkin’ Episode 147
  3. Blast Points Podcast Episode 230
  4. The Steve Austin Show Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura Pt. 1 | SAS Classic
  5. TechnoRetro Dads Conspiracies R Us

Honorable Mentions

  • The Living Force Episode 69 features an interview with the author of Poe Dameron: Free Fall

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Retro Reviews: ‘Twilight Company’ by Alexander Freed

August 11, 2020 at 5:42 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Battlefront: Twilight Company is an adult novel written by Alexander Freed. It was released in November of 2015.

Depending on who you ask, this can either be considered a fantastic story, or a rough and terrible story. I happen to think it’s somewhere in the middle. I personally love the plot of the book, and Alexander Freed does a good job writing his main character, Namir. However, for being an ensemble book, it does have difficulty fleshing out the other major characters.

That being said, Gadren is one of my favorite characters in the book, despite his few pages of “screentime”. He takes the place of the tough, big guy who’s really a softy at heart. I think that there are ample opportunities to use him more, whether it be comics, novels, or short stories. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Twilight Company’ by Alexander Freed…

Podcasts in Review

August 6, 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. The Last Missions (Doing Talking\Friends of the Force): Lauren Mary Kim Interview
  2. The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 442
  3. What The Force?: Interview with Sarah Kuhn
  4. The GALactic Podcast: GAL Chat with Chris from Star Wars Friends Podcast
  5. Blast Points Podcast: Episode 229

Honorable Mentions

  • Tarkin’s Top Shelf Episode 108 features their review of Doctor Aphra.
  • Tarkin’s Top Shelf Episode 109 features their review of Free Fall.

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New Release: ‘Free Fall’ by Alex Segura

August 4, 2020 at 5:48 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura is out today in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats. You can read our full review here.

Learn more about the dashing hero from the new Star Wars films! Telling a story hinted at in The Rise of Skywalker….

It’s been a few years since Poe’s mother passed away, and Poe and his father, who was a pilot for the Rebellion, have had more and more trouble connecting. Not sure what he wants to do with his life, teenage Poe runs away from home to find adventure, and to figure out what kind of man he is meant to be.

Click here for the official product page.

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