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Review: Droids In Distress by Michael Kogge

Review: Droids In Distress by Michael Kogge (or, Something Meta This Way Comes)

Droids In Distress, by Michael Kogge, is an odd one. For me, that is, as a reviewer. The book itself is good, don’t worry about it. Droids In Distress is a direct translation – from the perspective of Ezra – of the TV series Star Wars: Rebels. Which puts me in a rather odd position. Should I review the story of the episodes? Should I review how the book conveys the story of the episodes? Should I review just the book as its own entity?  And there’s the meta aspect of it all: since the book is an adaptation of a TV show, I’m essentially reviewing a synopsis in a book of a TV episode that’s on TV. Okay, I’m slightly confused now. Is this what it’s like to be in the Matrix?

That’s nice, Morpheus, but have you got any headache tablets?

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Review: Ezra’s Gamble by Ryder Windham

Review: Ezra’s Gamble by Ryder Windham (or, The Bossk Show feat. Ezra Bridger)

Ezra’s Gamble by Ryder Windham sees the very first appearance of one of our new characters, Ezra Bridger, from Star Wars: Rebels. As such, I went into the reading of this book thinking it would be a sort of coming-of-age story. One where we see a young(er, for this book takes place just before the video short Property of Ezra Bridger. We even get to see that clip in the book) Ezra get his first taste of danger, which sets him on the path to wanting to be a rebel. Instead, we don’t get that in this book. Which makes sense, I realized much later (I’m a little slow on the uptake, you may gather), because that’s what the TV show is for. With all that in mind, it makes for an odd introduction, so it’s best to not think of it as that. It is, at its heart, an adventure story. Also it has Bossk, the famed bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back. So there’s that.

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A New Dawn with Vanessa Marshall – SWBW #33

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If you could get any guest to help review the novel A New Dawn, who would it be? Vanessa Marshall, right?

We did that.

Vanessa Marshall, the voice of Hera Syndulla, joined us for the entire episode and we were crazy excited.

  • NYCC. We talk with Vanessa about her experience at New York Comic Con and give our own favorite moments.
  • A new Kanan comic is coming from Marvel! And will we ever get Teresa’s wanted Wicket/Kitwarr team-up comic?
  • The Emperor’s new name. We know it and we talk about it.
  • We save the best for last. A full review of the novel A New Dawn with Star Wars Rebels actor, Vanessa Marshall!

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Solo’s Gamble – SWBW #32

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After travels to Dragon Con and some great times talking to Star Wars authors, Aaron and Teresa are back to reviewing books and comics… and talking about some other fun stuff too.

  • They welcome guest Megan from Blog Full of Words and Den of Geek who sticks around with them for most of the episode.
  • Emails! They read a few listener emails and get into a discussion about the portrayal of women in Star Wars. Well Teresa and Megan discuss. Aaron pretty much sidesteps. They also answer the question of which upcoming novel each are most excited for.
  • New York Comic Con is just a few days away and Aaron, Teresa, and Megan will all be there. They talk about the convention, Star Wars panels, and what other things they are most excited for.
  • Aaron and Megan review the comic volume Legacy: Wanted Ania Solo. Teresa attempts to derail them and is somewhat successful.
  • Megan says goodbye and Teresa and Aaron get to talk some Rebels. They get into a detailed discussion and review of the junior novel Ezra’s Gamble.

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Honor Among Jawas – SWBW #24

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This episode we don’t have any major discussion topics but we do have two great guests to help us review the novel Honor Among Thieves.

  • We were thrilled to have first time guest Shazbazzar from the Techno Retro Dads podcast.
  • Returning for the first time since our 3rd episode we also have James Floyd from Club Jade and Big Shiny Robot.
  • The Star Wars Bookworms book club is going strong and now has close to 90 members. Join us over at Goodreads.com.
  • Teresa will be at Star Wars Weekends all weekends and Aaron will be there the weekend of May 23rd. Let us know if you are going. We would love to meet you!
  • Is Legends a separate universe? Can it still fit? Our guests weigh in on how they will view the “Expanded Universe” going forward.
  • The most thorough podcast review of Honor Among Thieves you will find anywhere! We talk about everything including Han’s characterization, Scarlet Hark, colorful pirates and smugglers, one underused Wookiee, and Indiana Jones.


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