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Title Announced for New Princess Leia Novel

Del Rey just announced on Twitter and Facebook the title for the upcoming Princess Leia novel.

STAR WARS: EMPIRE AND REBELLION: RAZOR’S EDGE

Here is their announcement from Facebook. Continue reading

Why Star Wars novels should all be E-Books

Right before Christmas I decided that I was going to give my 1st generation iPad to my mom for Christmas. She was going to use it more than I and I felt like being generous. The only downside for me was that I would be losing my E-Reader. Now I still had my smartphone that would allow me to access my Nook App but it just is not the same on the phone.

We took a trip to Barnes and Noble and I decided what the heck why don’t I just get a basic Nook. They are cheap enough and just for reading. Well I finally settled on the Nook Glow Light just in case I ever need the light feature. The nice saleswoman found me a great cover and I was off.

I was not 100% sure that this would solve my iPad woes but I had hope that the Nook would allow me the ability to read more books. My skepticism of the dedicated E-Reader was completely unfounded. In the coming days I found myself using it more than I ever had used my iPad for reading. It became something that I put in my purse or backpack whenever I leave the house. It is what I do during my lunch at work and I have read more in the past month than I have in a long time. I truly believe this is because of the technology of an E-Reader. The screen refresh is not the same as a tablet and it is so much easier on the eyes. I will never again use my tablet for a reader now that I have seen how amazing a dedicated reader is.

The only complaint I have in the Star Wars universe is that not ALL my favorite books are available on it. While a lot of them are I think going forward any Star Wars book that is released needs to have an E Book. I am not saying that the Nook is better than the Kindle or any other E Reader because I have never had one all I am saying is that the E Book is fabulous. As much as I love Books and I really do, I love the smell, the feel and the look of a real book for convenience sake I would never trade in my e reader. So for all the publishers out there that have ever published a Star Wars novel. Please please please give us an E Book version.

This was just an idea I had and maybe not a lot of people will agree. How neat would it be that if you bought a hard copy of a book there was a code to put in online that would also give you the E Book? I think that would be so awesome because then BookWorms like me could have both!

What do you guys think? Do you have an e reader? What do you read?

If you have a nook and you want to be my nook friend let me know on twitter I will add you and we can lend each other books! You can also find me on Goodreads.

May the force be with you,

TeresaD2

@icecoldpenguin

Star Wars at New York Comic Con 2012

 


The place to be this week if you are a fan of sci-fi, comics, pop culture, and general geeky goodness is New York Comic Con which starts on Thursday, Oct 11th.  Of course there will be plenty of Star Wars represented at the 4-day con.  If you are planning to go to the con, here is your guide to things related to The Galaxy Far Far Away.

Celebrities

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in the films) will be at the convention on Friday thru Sunday.  She will be doing autographs, photo ops and will even be moderating a panel.
Autographing

Friday, October 12th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Hall 1B
Saturday, October 13th 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Hall 1B
Sunday, October 14th 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Hall 1B
Photo Ops
Friday, October 12th 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM, Hall 1B
Saturday, October 13th 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Hall 1B
Sunday, October 14th 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Hall 1B
Panel
Carrie Fisher will be moderating a panel about an upcoming film called Violet and Daisy.  Saturday, October 13th12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Room 1A10

Ian McDiarmid
(Emperor Palpatine in the films) will be at the convention on Saturday and Sunday.  He will be doing photo ops and there is a spotlight panel featuring him.

Photo Ops
Saturday, October 13th 1:05 PM – 1:50 PM, Hall 1B
Sunday, October 14th 12:20 PM – 12:50 PM, Hall 1B
Panel
Ian McDiarmid Spotlight: Sunday, October 14th 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1E13

Seth Green (voice actor in The Clone Wars and producer of Star Wars Detours) will be at the convention on Friday and Saturday.
Autographing
There will be a special autographing ticket giveaway to meet the creators of Robot Chicken.  It will be very limited and on a first come first served basis.  Plan to line up early if you want to get Seth’s autograph.  Saturday, October 13th 8:00 AM, Queue Hall 1C
Panel
There will be a Robot Chicken panel featuring Seth Green.  Friday, October 12th 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, IGN Theater.

Matt Senreich (producer of Star Wars Detours) will be at the convention on Friday and Saturday.
Autographing
Just like Seth, Matt will also be part of the special autographing session.  Remember to line up early to get your autograph pass.  Saturday, October 13th 8:00 AM, Queue Hall 1C
Panel
There will be a Robot Chicken panel featuring Matt Senreich.  Friday, October 12th 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, IGN Theater.

Clare Grant (voice actor in The Clone Wars) will be at the convention on Friday and Saturday.  She will take part in the autographing session and Robot Chicken panel with Seth and Matt that are mentioned above.

Phil LaMarr (voice actor in The Clone Wars)
Autographing
Friday, October 12th 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Autographing Table 7
Panel
Phil LaMarr will be appearing on a panel about a new digital comic called The Vision Machine.  Friday, October 12th 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room 1A21

Richard LeParmentier (Admiral Motti in A New Hope)
Autographing
Friday, October 12th 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM, Autographing Table 5

Authors/Writers

Tim Zahn – Author of the upcoming novel Scoundrels, he will appear on the Star Wars Books panel (look below for details).  He will also be signing at the Random House booth (#1120).
Friday, October 12th 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 14th 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Pablo Hidalgo – Author of the recently released Star Wars: Essential Reader’s Companion, he will be on the Star Wars Books panel.  He will be signing at the Random House booth (#1120).
Friday, October 12th 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 14th 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Dan Wallace – Author of the popular Book of Sith, he will be signing at the DK Publishing booth (#932).
Friday, October 12th 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, October 13th 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Jason Fry – Author of Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare, he will be signing at the DK Publishing booth (#932) and the Random House booth (#1120).
Friday, October 12th 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, DK Booth #932
Friday, October 12th  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Random House Booth #1120

Randy Stradley Star Wars comic writer and the VP of Publishing for Dark Horse comics, he will appear on the Brian Wood focused panel (see below for details).

Brian Wood
– Writer of the upcoming Star Wars comic series, he will appear on the Dark Horse Comics panel “Brian Wood & Dark Horse: From World’s End to the Galaxy’s Beginnings”.

Michael Stackpole
– Author of five X-wing novels, he will not be doing any Star Wars focused events but he will appear on one panel.
Blizzard Entertainment Publishing: Saturday, October 13th 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1A14


Star Wars Focused Panels

Star Wars Books: Friday, October 12th 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM, Unbound Stage
Official Description: Join New York Times bestselling author Tim Zahn, author of the upcoming novel Star Wars: Scoundrels, Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo, author of Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion, Jason Fry, author of Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare, and Del Rey’s Frank Parisi and Erich Schoeneweiss as they discuss the present and future of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Brian Wood & Dark Horse: From World’s End to the Galaxy’s Beginnings: Friday, October 12th 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM, Room 1A06
Official Description: Dark Horse turns the spotlight on creator, Brian Wood, to discuss both his creator-owned and licensed works at the largest independent publisher!

Ian McDiarmid Spotlight: Sunday, October 14th 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1E13
Official Description: Give in to the Dark Side of The Force! At least for an hour. Ian McDiarmid will be discussing his prolific career and his role as the most ambitious villain ever to grace a galaxy far, far away.

So there will be plenty to check out if you are a Star Wars fan going to New York Comic Con.  I hope to see you there!

- Aaron Goins

Star Wars Reads Day

FANS AND VOLUNTEERS GEAR UP FOR STAR WARS READS DAY

Over 1200 Bookstore and Library events throughout the US to be held October 6, 2012

NEW YORK, NY., September 18, 2012 – On Saturday, October 6, 2012, over 1200 bookstores and libraries across the United States will host events in celebration of a national Star Wars Reads Day.  Star Wars Reads Day is an initiative of Lucasfilm and its publishing partners to celebrate reading and Star Wars.  Participating publishers include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, DK, Klutz, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.

At Star Wars Reads Day events, officially participating bookstores and libraries will offer a range of activities such as raffle prizes; promotional giveaways; trivia; and more.  Sponsors for various raffle prizes include Thermos, Kotobukiya, Uncle Milton, Mimoco, and Comic Images.  Select events will feature appearances by the more than 30 Star Wars authors and artists located throughout the United States.  Participating authors include Chris Alexander, Aaron Allston, Tom Angleberger, Jeremy Barlow, Haden Blackman, Charles Boyd, Jeffrey Brown, Troy Denning, Dave Dorman, Ashley Eckstein, Alexander Freed, Jason Fry, Henry Gilroy, Christie Golden, Jeff Grubb, Paul Gulacy, Pablo Hidalgo, Hall Hood, Drew Karpyshyn, Rick Leonardi, Steven Melching, John Jackson Miller, John Ostrander, Chris Reiff, Matthew Reinhart, Mike Richardson, Ian Ryan, Chris Scalf, Lara Starr, Randy Stradley, Marc Thompson, Chris Trevas, Daniel Wallace, and Ryder Windham.

Nearly 1,000 volunteers from the international fan-based costuming organizations, the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs, and the R2 Builders Club will also participate at select Star Wars Reads events around the country.

To help extend the celebration to readers everywhere, NBC’s The Today Show Charitable Foundation has signed on as the official charitable partner for Star Wars Reads Day. Each participating publisher will donate Star Wars books from their respective libraries, and The Today Show Charitable Foundation will distribute the books to their affiliate organizations nationwide.

“Star Wars Reads Day is the perfect way to celebrate with our Star Wars fans” says Carol Roeder, Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm. “Our publishing program has always been an essential component of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, as there are so many more stories to tell than what we experience in the films, TV series, and games.  We at Lucasfilm are proud to be a part of initiatives like Star Wars Reads Day and hope that it will encourage more young people to read.”

There are currently over 120 million Star Wars books in print and more than 110 Star Wars titles have been New York Times bestsellers.

For a list of Star Wars Reads Day events visit the following link: www.starwars.com/reads

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Top 10 Standalone Star Wars Novels

Lately I have been hearing concern from fans of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. They say the universe is too big and bogged down in continuity for new fans to jump in.

I disagree.

Yes, there are A LOT of novels and many of them are a part of a LONG series, but there are many standalone novels as well. When a new fan comes to me and asks me where to start in the EU I don’t point them to the Thrawn Trilogy (gasp!) or the New Jedi Order. I instead point them to one of the many standalone novels. A single story with a defined beginning and end that is not directly connected to a series. When you are new to the EU even a three book series can be intimidating. Starting someone out with a single novel gives them a chance to test the waters of the Expanded Universe to see if it’s for them. If they come back to you after finishing the novel excited for more, then it might be time to move them onto the Thrawn Trilogy.

Here is a list of 10 standalone Star Wars novels that could be a jumping on point for someone new to the EU. If you have seen the movies you can pick up any one of these novels and enjoy it.

10. The Courtship of Princess Leia
Author: Dave Wolverton
Release Year: 1994
It’s eight years after the Battle of Yavin and Han Solo still hasn’t married Princess Leia?? Thus begins the story of The Courtship of Princess Leia.  A story where Han kidnaps Leia to prevent her from marrying another man.  Han is such a romantic.  Original Trilogy fans will be happy to hear that this story features Han, Leia, Luke, and Chewbacca.  It is also the book that introduces the Witches of Dathomir who have recently been spotlighted in The Clone Wars TV series.  Released early in the EU revival, this book is still trying to find its footing with Luke’s Force powers and such, but it is a fun read and introduces many elements that are core to the future of the Expanded Universe.

9. Shadows of the Empire
Author: Steve Perry
Release Year: 1996
Ever wonder what happened in the time between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi?  Then Shadows of the Empire is the book for you.  This book introduces one of the great EU villains in Xizor, the Falleen leader of the Black Sun criminal organization.  Rumor has it that we may even see his species in the upcoming season of The Clone Wars.  With Han in carbonite at this time we are also introduced to his replacement character, Dash Rendar, who also just happens to be a Corellian smuggler with a cool ship.  The rest of the usual OT cast is here as well including Vader, Luke, Leia, Chewie, and even Lando Calrrisian.

8. X-wing: Mercy Kill
Author: Aaron Allston
Release Year: 2012
Although this book is a continuation of the X-wing book series it is for the most part a standalone story.  Fan-favorite author Aaron Allston brings back the Wraith Squadron for another adventure.  This is a good book to read if you are interested in a story that is set in the Star Wars universe but is not about the principle characters that you are used to.  In fact, with the exception of a quick cameo, I don’t think any character in this book has been in a Star Wars film.  It is a fun book about a secret group which is trying to uncover a conspiracy in the Galactic Alliance military.  It is kind of a mix between Mission Impossible and Ocean’s Eleven.  Expect great characterization and a lot of humor.
Read my full review of X-wing: Mercy Kill here.

7. Outbound Flight
Author: Timothy Zahn
Release Year: 2006
Timothy Zahn is considered by many to be the father of the modern Star Wars Expanded Universe because he brought us the great Thrawn Trilogy which continued the story of Star Wars after Return of the Jedi.  Mr. Zahn has written a number of standalone Star Wars novels as well, one of them being Outbound Flight.  Don’t let the boring title fool you.  This is an exciting novel featuring Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the time between Episode I and Episode II.  It is a novel that shows us some of the machinations of Palpatine as well as what can happen when a powerful Jedi loses his way.  It also features popular EU character Thrawn before he was part of the Empire.

6. Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
Author: James Luceno
Release Year: 2005
This book would eventually be bundled with Labyrinth of Evil (see below) and the Revenge of the Sith novelization and sold as The Dark Lord Trilogy, but it is a standalone story.  It ,maybe better than any other story, captures what it was like to be Anakin Skywalker trapped inside the suit of Darth Vader.  The novel is set directly after the events of Revenge of the Sith.  It tells the story of a group of Jedi who escape Order 66 and their fight to survive.  The Jedi Purge has begun and it’s probably best to stay out of Vader’s way.

5. Shatterpoint
Author: Matthew Stover
Release Year: 2003
If you thought Mace Windu was cool in the movies but you just didn’t get enough of him, read this book.  Windu is sent to his home planet to rescue his former Padawan Depa Billaba.  There he confronts war and turmoil all around him as well as inside of him.  This is one of the more dark and gritty of the Star Wars novels which is fitting considering it is set at the height of the Clone Wars.  It is a story that really highlights the differences in philosophy among the Jedi.  What is more dangerous than a Jedi who has gone astray?

4. Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
Author: Michael Reaves
Release Year: 2001
Darth Maul has recently been thrust back into our Star Wars consciousness with his appearance in The Clone Wars TV series, and we are promised even more of him in the upcoming season.  But can you ever really have too much Darth Maul?  Back in 2001 Darth Maul was still surrounded by mystery and we just did not know that much about him.  Shadow Hunter gave us the chance to see things from his perspective.  This is a book set right before Episode I and is about Maul’s hunt to kill a man and his Jedi protector before the man can deliver vital information to the Jedi Counsel.  You will find yourself on the edge of your seat and at times even rooting for the bad guy.  And of course with Palpatine involved there will always be some unexpected twists.

3. Labyrinth of Evil
Author: James Luceno
Release Year: 2005
This book is really a thing of fanboy dreams.  As we were patiently waiting for the release of Revenge of the Sith this book came out to give us the perfect lead-in story.  It had everything you could want in a prequel era novel including clones, General Grievous, Mace Windu, Shaak Ti, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Dooku, Kit Fisto, Yoda, and Darth Sidious.  The Jedi are tired of these Sith messing everything up and have decided to hunt them down.  We all know that Sidious can’t be revealed, but Luceno does a great job of weaving a story that keeps you guessing even though you already know the outcome.

2. I, Jedi
Author: Michael Stackpole
Release Year: 1998
I was never really interested in reading the X-wing novels.  Not enough Jedi.  And then the author of the X-wing series went and wrote a book about an X-wing pilot becoming a Jedi and I was sold.  This novel, told entirely from the first person perspective, tells the story of Rouge Squadron pilot Corran Horn and his attempt to find and rescue his kidnapped wife.  The novel actually takes place at the same time as Kevin Anderson’s Jedi Academy Trilogy and covers some of the same story.  If you have already read that trilogy this book is a great view from a different perspective.  Corran Horn and his family have become central characters in some of the latest Star Wars novels and he is one of my personal favorite characters.

1. Darth Plagueis
Author: James Luceno
Release Year: 2012
This is a book that had been in development since 2007.  It was well worth the wait.  Luceno brings us an intriguing tale about Palpatine and his rise to power under the tutelage of the mysterious Darth Plagueis.  All we had known about this character before was a few lines from Revenge of the Sith. “Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?” This novel reveals all.  It takes an interesting look into Sith philosophy and sheds light on many of the mysteries of the Prequel Era.  Once you read this novel you will never see the Prequels, especially The Phantom Menace, the same again.
Read my full book review of Darth Plagueis here.

So there are ten books that you can pick up with no prior knowledge of the Expanded Universe.  That should keep your reading schedule pretty busy.  And if you enjoy them maybe you will enjoy more of the EU.  Maybe a trilogy or a nine book series or maybe even a 19 book series…  Baby steps.

- Aaron Goins