Retro Reviews: ‘Empire’s End’ by Chuck Wendig

November 25, 2020 at 11:19 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Aftermath: Empire’s End is the final book in the Aftermath trilogy, written by Chuck Wendig and released in February 2017. 

It seems like each Aftermath book has a different genre or story style, while still having the same underlying themes and tones. Aftermath is a kind of a heist book where a ragtag group comes together to rescue someone. Life Debt is more of a traditional star wars book with a hint of political thriller added to the mix. Empire’s End is more of an epic war book with some smaller stories happening inside it. I like those aspects of all three, but because they are each so different, it makes it harder to like Aftermath as a cohesive trilogy.

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Retro Reviews: ‘Aftermath: Life Debt’ by Chuck Wendig

October 5, 2020 at 8:24 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Aftermath: Life Debt is the second novel in the Aftermath trilogy written by Chuck Wendig and released in July of 2016. 

When I first read Life Debt, I liked it a whole lot more than the first Aftermath book. I think that this has the effect of being more popular because it includes major characters like Han and Leia, but it also kind of explains what’s happening to the greater galaxy at large. While those are things the first book was lacking, I still had several problems with this book, many of which were present in the first book.

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Retro Reviews: ‘Aftermath’ by Chuck Wendig

July 14, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Aftermath is the sixth novel in the canon, and was the first adult novel to explore the Post-Return of the Jedi era in the canon. It was written by Chuck Wendig and was released in September of 2015.

Aftermath is a very polarizing book. There are people who love it and people who hate it. Rightly so, as there is a lot to hate in this book, but also a lot to love. I personally had a lot of problems with this book, but overall really liked it and enjoyed it. If you want a different (and yet really informative opinion), I recommend you go back and read Skuldren’s review, which poignantly outlines a lot of the problems of the book. I’ll cover some problems here, but that review is much more in depth. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Aftermath’ by Chuck Wendig…

Podcasts in Review

October 5, 2017 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.

Beltway Banthas: Episode 40 covers Abrams directing Episode IX, they get into some current affairs with the similarities between Roger Stone and Palpatine, they talk Russia, and for their main discussion, they speak with Star Wars author Chuck Wendig. That discussion leads to politics, Star Wars, the Aftermath trilogy, a few spoilers, his ideas for Mon Mothma and her decisions, and how The Force Awakens has shown some things that are currently going on in the world. Afterwards the interview they talk a little about The Night Of and Kubo and the Two Strings. For those who have read the Aftermath trilogy, this one is definitely worth a listen. I really enjoyed the interview with Wendig.

Podcast Network: Retrozap, Runtime: 52 minutes, Rating: Good

Blast Points: Episode 93 starts with news as they talk about The Last Jedi wrapping, Ron Howard tweets, runtime for The Last Jedi, and new Forces of Destiny trailer. For their main discussion, they talk about the weird relationship between MTV and Star Wars. There’s plenty of audio clips as they cover the progression as MTV covered the prequels, and they cap things off with the Master P interviews.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 56 minutes, Rating: Good

Bright Tree Radio: Thought Bombs with Mike Moriarty is hosted by Sophie and Phil and features special guest Mike Moriarty (Home One Hangout) as they drop some thought bombs on him. They talk about whether Qui Gon was the best example of a Jedi, whether Anakin was a good example of a Jedi before his fall, does Star Wars need an enemy like the Yuuzhan Vong, does Snoke fill that role, and whether we will we see Chiss. Nice episode with a lot of fun discussion. Note this was my first time checking them out and I was impressed. Good hosts, good audio quality and an interesting guest.

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SWCO: Chuck Wendig Panel

April 28, 2017 at 4:15 am | Posted in Conventions, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here’s the audio for Chuck Wendig’s panel from Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

‘Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View’ Revealed

April 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Posted in Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Del Rey revealed the details for their upcoming Star Wars anthology which is entitled From A Certain Point of View and will feature 40 stories by 40 authors! The book not only celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars but it’s also supporting the First Book nonprofit organization. The book will be out this October and will include the following authors (more to be announced)…

  • Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
  • Renee Ahdieh
  • Tom Angleberger
  • Meg Cabot
  • Rae Carson
  • Adam Christopher
  • Zoraida Cordova
  • Delilah S. Dawson
  • Paul Dini
  • Alexander Freed
  • Jason Fry
  • Christie Golden
  • EK Johnston and Ashley Eckstein
  • Paul Kemp
  • Mur Lafferty
  • Ken Liu
  • Griffin McElroy
  • John Jackson Miller
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Daniel José Older
  • Mallory Ortberg
  • Madeleine Roux
  • Gary D. Schmidt
  • Cavan Scott
  • Sabaa Tahir
  • Glen Weldon
  • Chuck Wendig
  • Gary Whitta

You can check out StarWars.com for the full announcement.

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Book Review: ‘Empire’s End’ by Chuck Wendig

February 28, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig wraps up the Aftermath trilogy with a whole lot to enjoy. It all comes down to what happens to the Empire after Return of the Jedi, and the battle of Jakku. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release: ‘Empire’s End’ by Chuck Wendig

February 21, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig is out today in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats and marks the end of the Aftermath Trilogy.

EVERY END IS A NEW BEGINNING.

As the final showdown between the New Republic and the Empire draws near, all eyes turn to a once-isolated planet: Jakku.

The Battle of Endor shattered the Empire, scattering its remaining forces across the galaxy. But the months following the Rebellion’s victory have not been easy. The fledgling New Republic has suffered a devastating attack from the Imperial remnant, forcing the new democracy to escalate their hunt for the hidden enemy.

For her role in the deadly ambush, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane is the most wanted Imperial war criminal—and one-time rebel pilot Norra Wexley, back in service at Leia’s urgent request, is leading the hunt. But more than just loyalty to the New Republic drives Norra forward: Her husband was turned into a murderous pawn in Sloane’s assassination plot, and now she wants vengeance as much as justice.

But Sloane, too, is on a furious quest: pursuing the treacherous Gallius Rax to the barren planet Jakku. As the true mastermind behind the Empire’s devastating attack, Rax has led the Empire to its defining moment. The cunning strategist has gathered the powerful remnants of the Empire’s war machine, preparing to execute the late Emperor Palpatine’s final plan. As the Imperial fleet orbits Jakku, an armada of Republic fighters closes in to finish what began at Endor. Norra and her crew soar into the heart of an apocalyptic clash that will leave land and sky alike scorched. And the future of the galaxy will finally be decided.

Official Product Page

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Around the Web

October 14, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, News, 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

  • StarWars.com has an interview with Ahsoka author E. K. Johnston.
  • For fans of ABC-3PO, Katie Cook will be illustrating a new kids book called Obi-1, 2, 3. The book is being published by the Disney Book Group and will be out February 14, 2017.

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Book Review: ‘Life Debt’ by Chuck Wendig

August 2, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Sometimes it pays off to have an open mind. Going into Life Debt, I put behind me all my thoughts on Aftermath, and went in hoping this time Chuck Wendig could ensnare me with a fun story. Thankfully, he did just that. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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