Book Review: ‘Rise of the Empire’

October 20, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Rise of the Empire is two books for the price of one with three new short stories to boot. So is it worth getting? Click here to read our full review and find out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release: ‘Rise of the Empire’

October 6, 2015 at 4:27 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Rise of the Empire is out today in paperback. This collection combines John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn with James Luceno’s Tarkin along with three all new short stories by Melissa Scott, John Jackson Miller and Jason Fry. If you haven’t picked up A New Dawn or Tarkin yet, this one is definitely worth getting with 703 pages of Star Wars goodness.

Official Product Page including excerpts and purchase links.

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Book Giveaway: Signed Hardcover ‘A New Dawn’

August 28, 2015 at 4:33 am | Posted in Books, Contest, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 12 Comments
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We’re giving away a signed hardcover copy of John Jackson Miller’s novel A New Dawn. To enter, just leave a comment in this post letting us know what you’re looking forward to most in season two of Star Wars Rebels. We will randomly pick a winner Monday evening. Note: to be eligible you must live in the United States. Sorry, no international shipping.

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‘Rise of the Empire’ Update

August 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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StarWars.com has revealed the names of the three new short stories that will be appearing in the Rise of the Empire collection along with some details on each.

MERCY MISSION by Melissa Scott

Years before she led the crew of the Ghost, Hera Syndulla was a young pilot looking to make a difference in the galaxy. Hera sets out with Goll — a close ally of her father, Cham Syndulla — on a dangerous mission to help the citizens of her homeworld, Ryloth, now languishing under the might of the Empire.

BOTTLENECK by John Jackson Miller

When Grand Moff Tarkin is tasked by Emperor Palpatine to investigate a dispute slowing Imperial production on a backwater planet, he expects an easy mission. Instead, Tarkin must forge a tense alliance with Count Vidian, the Empire’s newest rising star and a most capable rival. Matching wits and risking betrayal at every turn, the two powerful Imperials duel to gain the upper hand…and elude, at all costs, the price of failure.

THE LEVERS OF POWER by Jason Fry

As Imperial and Rebel forces clash on and above the Forest Moon of Endor, Admiral Rae Sloane commands from the bridge of the Star Destroyer Vigilance. At a time where the stakes could not be higher, Sloane works to protect the Death Star and ensure Imperial victory, all too aware of the uncertain future for the Empire that may lie in the aftermath of the battle.

Rise of the Empire will be out October 6 in paperback and digital formats.

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A New Dawn Brazilian Cover

July 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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John Jackson Miller shared the Brazilian cover by the Editora Aleph team, and a very cool cover it is.

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Book Giveaway: Signed Copy of ‘A New Dawn’

June 26, 2015 at 1:00 am | Posted in Books, Contest, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 9 Comments
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Want a free autographed paperback copy of John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn? Then leave a comment on this post telling us who your favorite Star Wars Rebels character is. Contest is open to all United States residents and the winner will be announced Monday June 29th.

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Our Celebration Anaheim Interview with John Jackson Miller

May 5, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in Books, Celebration, Conventions, Events, Interview, Sci-Fi, Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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While at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, we had the chance to interview Star Wars author John Jackson Miller. We talked about not just Star Wars, but also his recent work with Star Trek and his work in his original sci-fi setting Overdraft.


This may be taboo but I’d like to ask you first about your latest novel Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown. What kind of prep work did you have to do for this novel?

Well I certainly needed to be aware of where the characters were relative to the other novels that Pocket Books had out. I also needed to get some sense of the specs of Enterprise relative to Aventine, which is the ship that they’re chasing throughout the book. I also got out my copy of Star Trek Star Charts and got a good idea of where all of the locations were in my story. So basically ever place that they go is some place they could reasonably get to.

Character voices can be hard to capture, but Senator Bretorious really leaps off of the page. How did he come about?

Well I think the notion was that I wanted to show that for a Romulan it was…it’s common for Romulans to have to try to claw over each other to become at the top level of their society. With Bretorious I wanted to show someone who had very limited prospects who had advanced as far as he was going to go and was on the way down. I wanted to show particularly, as the events of the story unfold, what happens when somebody of his limited abilities is put into the position that the opportunities of the book provide him. It’s difficult to get too much into this book without revealing some of the secrets, but certainly pitting Riker against Picard, they’re certain friends, but they’re on opposite sides of the situation. Riker, now being an admiral in the book chronology, provides some interesting story opportunities. Then of course pitting Riker against Bretorious, we got to see their two different personalities clashing there, too. I had a lot of fun with the book and it was very well received. Continue Reading Our Celebration Anaheim Interview with John Jackson Miller…

Podcasts in Review

September 25, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Episode VII, Episode VIII, Interview, Movies, 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 84 goes over all the fun ALS Star Wars videos, they talk about the Star Wars fan film awards, the cover the Green Cross droid renovation, and go through all the con and mission reports for the 501st garrisons. One report that caught my attention and was pretty neat to hear about was a troop they did to an even for the blind. It was interesting to hear about the kids’ reactions to the 501st members.

Bombad Radio: September Free-For-All episode features James and special guests Scott Murray (Assembly of Geeks) and David Gremillion (Get Your Geek On). As always in the free-for-alls, they cover a lot of topics, this one focusing on all things Star Wars. They talk about the possibilities for Star Wars rides and attractions at Disney theme parks, merchandise options, and much more. They also dig in a little into Star Wars Rebels and Jake Lloyd.

Episode 165 is a live report from Salt Lake Comic Con 2014. Jeremiah runs down all the people he’s talked to. Kind of a random and inconsequential episode, so you can skip this one if you like.

Episode 166 features their audio from the Sam Witwer panel at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014. Sam talks about Being Human, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, and lots of Star Wars topics. He dives into Maul, out geeking Dave Filoni, the selfish side of the dark side, and the proper viewing order for Star Wars. The panel was moderated by Bryan Young and the audio turned out pretty good. You can hear Master Bruce there in the beginning but he naps through most of the panel so it’s interruption free (for those who don’t know, Master Bruce is Jeremiah’s baby boy who is aptly named Bruce). Best of all, Sam tells lots of fun stories, so you won’t want to miss out on this one. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

John Jackson Miller Q&A

September 18, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Events, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Del Rey is running a John Jackson Miller Q&A on Twitter and Facebook. Just use the hashtag #AskJJM on Twitter or head on over to their Facebook page to leave your question. You have until September 24 to enter your questions. Whether it’s about his latest book A New Dawn or just a Star Wars question in general, it’s all fair game.

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Podcasts in Review

September 18, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:Star Wars Rebels and Rumors” has a lot of summer movie discussion as they talk about the best and worst summer movies this year. They also get into Avengers 2 and Ms. Marvel news and rumors. Then they talk with Pete Morrison (Rebels Report) to talk Star Wars Rebels. There’s a brief audio sample of their interview with A New Dawn author John Jackson Miller, and a segment with Jeremiah (Bombad Radio) on summer movie thoughts. If you like movies, this is a good episode to check out, though I still cringe every time Scott talks about Godzilla…some of us actually liked that movie ;)

Bonus Points with John Jackson Miller is a special mini episode featuring Scott’s interview with A New Dawn author John Jackson Miller. John talks about being filled in on season one, working with the executive producers, Dave Filoni, what he wanted to show in the book, and more. This is a spoiler free interview so feel free to give it a listen whether you’ve read the book or not.

Full of Sith: Episode LXXXI is a semi-live podcast from Salt Lake Comic Con as Bryan podcasts from there with an audience, and Mike and Bobby skype in. The audio is a little rough but there’s some good discussion and fan questions. Afterwards, Mike and Bobby wrap things up and, as a special treat, Ania joins them for a fun Star War conversation. She definitely steals the show on this one. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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