Star Wars Reads Day Held for the Second Time
Latest Posts / October 5, 2013

Star Wars Reads Day returns today, 5 October, for the second time. Various stores will hold events all over the country, these stores include Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million as well as independent book stores and public libraries.. The event, which was created in 2012, was founded by George Lucas who partnered with Dark Horse, Scholastic and other publishers.

Guest Review: X-wing: Rogue Squadron (Star Wars) by Michael Stackpole
Fiction , Latest Posts / July 20, 2013

Buy this Star Wars Book in paper or elec­tronic copy* Andrew: Orig­i­nally pub­lished at: 4/5 Rancors – Michael Stackpole’s first book in the X-wing series, Rogue Squadron, was an exciting breath of fresh air when it was published in 1996. Bantam Spectra had offered a variety of novels focusing on the main characters from the Original Trilogy, but Rogue Squadron brought us an almost completely new group to follow. The story begins as Wedge Antilles, the only survivor of both Death Star runs (Luke was preoccupied with his father and the Emperor during the attack on the Death Star II in Return of the Jedi), is reassembling Rogue Squadron two-and-a-half years after the Battle of Endor. Wedge has been touring around the New Republic as a political figurehead, helping convince worlds uncertain of their allegiance to join the new government founded by the Rebellion. The fledging diplomatic corps is anxious to assemble a Rogue Squadron that has broad representation among various key constituent worlds, meaning Wedge can’t quite assemble the exact team he would desire. Squadmates Hobbie and Janson from the Battle of Hoth are off training squadrons of new recruits, so Rogue Squadron’s new roster is comprised entirely of non-film characters. The…

Book Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 27, 2013

Article originally published as Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars’ by Ian Doescher on About: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher if a fun mashup, what would happen if the famed bard would write a well known story. Frankly, I don’t think it’s a far fetch, after all Shakespeare wrote crowd pleasers which somehow transition themselves into classic literature (my theory: a bored English professor). 176 pages Publisher: Quirk Books (July 2, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 1594746370 My rating for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – 4 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic format* Thoughts: I have to admit – I really don’t get William Shakespeare. I can certainly see the genius behind the writing and appreciate the stories but I view him more a bit different than most people. I see Shakespeare as someone akin to James Cameron, a genius who can make a crowd pleaser while knowing how to drive home a point. I also appreciate Shakespeare’s wicked sense of humor, however most of the jokes don’t translate well several centuries after they were written and need further, and sometimes in depth, explanation. The first rule about jokes: if you need to explain it, it’s not…

Guest Review: The Corellian Trilogy II: Assault at Selonia (Star Wars) by Roger MacBride Allen
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / April 20, 2013

Buy this Star Wars Book in paper or elec­tronic copy* Andrew: Orig­i­nally pub­lished at: 3/5 Rancors – Assault at Selonia, the second volume in Roger MacBride Allen’s Corellian Trilogy, picks up the pace considerably from the leisurely first book. The story opens with our heroes stuck in various predicaments. Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian have left the fringes of the interdiction field blocking all access to the Corellian system and are on their way back to Coruscant to report and formulate a strategy. Han Solo and Chief of State Leia Organa Solo are being held prisoner in separate facilities by Han’s treacherous cousin Thracken Sal-Solo. Han and Leia’s children have escaped along with Chewbacca and are on the run looking for a hiding hole. The New Republic is working to identify the true puppet masters behind the Corellian situation, on the theory that Thracken’s Human League and the other Corellian splinter groups simply don’t have the wherewithal to have put together such a large-scale conspiracy. There is quite a bit more action in Assault at Selonia than is found in its predecessor. The book opens with Thracken conducting an interrogation of Han followed by a forced fight pitting him against an intimidating Selonian named Dracmus. A great…

Guest Review: Ambush at Corellia (Start Wars The Corellian Trilogy Vol. 1) by Roger MacBride Allen
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / March 23, 2013

Buy this Star Wars Book in paper or elec­tronic copy* Andrew: Orig­i­nally pub­lished at: 2/5 Rancors – Roger MacBride Allen’s Ambush at Corellia is the first volume of the Corellian Trilogy and was published in the heyday of the Bantam Spectra Star Wars license in the 1990s. Set fourteen years after Return of the Jedi, this story sets up a conflict in the Corellian system, which comprises five planets and three distinct sentient species. Han Solo is a native Corellian and a trade conference brings him and his family back home after many years away. Overlooking an early warning of danger brewing in the Corellian system, Han and Chief of State Princess Leia, along with Chewbacca and their three children, all travel together to attend the summit. Events start building towards a crisis and by the book’s resolution, full-out war threatens the entire system. Despite the action implied by the plot summary, I found this book a slow read. At its core, it felt like an elongated setup for the next two books, one that could have been condensed into a few chapters. It’s mildly interesting learning more about Corellia, and the system itself is one of the more intriguing of the galaxy far, far away. Its mix of three…

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