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

July 26, 2018 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.

Blast Points: Episode 132 they talk Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Solo Blu-ray bonus features, and then they talk about Count Dooku for their main discussion. They go over his role in Attack of the Clones, and how he’s the Steven Seagal of Jedi. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Epsiode 134 is a live from SDCC episode as Dan talks about what the con has been like, he goes over the Solo Blu-ray details, talks with some of the people at Topps about Star Wars and the Topps trading cards. They don’t just talk Topps cards, however, as they do get into some interesting Star Wars conversations.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 48 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Editing: Excellent
Host: Dan
Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

New Release: ‘The Force Awakens’ Paperback

September 27, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Alan Dean Foster’s novelization of The Force Awakens is out in paperback today and includes two short stories: “The Perfect Weapon” by Delilah S. Dawson and “Bait” by Alan Dean Foster.

Official Product Page.

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Book Review: ‘The Force Awakens’ Novelization

January 19, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Alan Dean Foster has returned to Star Wars, but with such a momentous task as novelizing The Force Awakens, it comes as a sad blow that it falls short of the mark. Click here to read our full review.

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New Release: ‘The Force Awakens’ by Alan Dean Foster

January 5, 2016 at 6:35 pm | Posted in Books, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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The Force Awakens novelization by Alan Dean Foster is out in hardcover today. Click here to check out the official product page.

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New Release: ‘The Force Awakens’ by Alan Dean Foster

December 18, 2015 at 10:03 am | Posted in Books, Episode VII, Movies, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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You’ve seen the movie, now read it! Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization by Alan Dean Foster is out in digital formats.

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New Books Announced at NYCC

October 11, 2015 at 9:18 am | Posted in Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | 1 Comment
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Being revealed at New York Comic Con, there’s some cool news regarding upcoming Star Wars books.

  • The titles for the next two books in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy are Life Debt and Empire’s End. The second book will be out Summer 2016 and the final book in 2017.
  • Lost Stars author Claudia Gray will be writing another Star Wars novel, this one called New Republic: Bloodline. Note that this will not be a sequel to Lost Stars but a brand new story set six years before The Force Awakens. The book will be out in Spring 2016.
  • Delilah S. Dawson will be writing an eBook short called “The Perfect Weapon” which will focus on a character named Bazine (who was featured in the Vanity Fair alien photo shoot, the one in the lap of that bulky Bossk looking guy). It’ll be out in November. Delilah is new to Star Wars, so this will be her first story in the galaxy far, far away. To find out more about her, you can check out her official website and peruse some of her novels.
  • Landry Walker, also new to Star Wars, will be writing a series of novelettes: “High Noon on Jakku”, “All Creatures Great and Small”, “The Face of Evil”, and “The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku.” They’ll be released on December 1st. Walker is mostly known for his comic work and landed on the New York Times Best Sellers List for his graphic novel Odd Thomas.
  • Alan Dean Foster will be writing a short story called “Bait” which ties into The Force Awakens and will be appearing in Star Wars Insider #162 (on sale December 23). It stars Grungar, the bulky looking Bossk guy in the Vanity Fair photo shoot.

Best of all, you can listen to the audio for the Star Wars books panel from NYCC over on The Wookiee Gunner.

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Happy Birthday, Alan Dean Foster

November 18, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday | Leave a comment
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alan-dean-fosterToday we wish a happy birthday to the first Star Wars author, Alan Dean Foster. Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker (aka the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novelization) may not bear his name, as it was ghost written and still says by George Lucas, but he still gets the credit. And as if being first wasn’t good enough, he was also second with Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, which to this day is still one of the weirdest Star Wars novels out there with Luke’s creepy love interest in Leia, a swamp planet intended as a cheap way to make a sequel movie, and a giant worm that tries to eat everyone. If there’s one book truly worthy of being placed under the Legends banner, it would be that one.

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New Release: ‘Into Darkness’ Novelization

May 21, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek Into Darkness has hit theaters and today it hits bookshelves with the novelization by Alan Dean Foster. The Star Trek Into Darkness novelization is available in both paperback and digital formats. One has to wonder if Alan Dean Foster will also be chosen for the Star Wars Episode VII novelization. Fans will just have to wait and see.

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The DM Zone Interview with Alan Dean Foster

May 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Interview, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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While surfing the web for Alan Dean Foster interviews, I came across this recently uploading video courtesy of The DM Zone.

For more interviews you can check out Telkur Station’s Alan Dean Foster page.

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