Coruscant Nights 1: Jedi Twilight

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A striking point of this book is the style it is written, one that predominates the series, that of being the old detective black and white television shows but with a Star Wars spin. It’s something I don’t think has been approached before with a Star Wars book and it does take a while to get used to. There are some good things and a lot of bad about that and I’ll get to it in a bit. First though, I’d like to actually review the story of the book rather than it’s style.

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Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Novelization

Matthew Stover’s novelization of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith tells the tale of the Clone Wars’ end, the fall of the Jedi and Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader.  Stover takes the story of the movie and turns it into a tale of his own; is this a good thing? Read on to find out! Continue reading

Clone Wars Gambit: Siege

Still stranded on the obscure planet Lanteeb, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are forced to take refuge in a town whose villagers are struggling to even survive.  At the same time, they still are faced with the daunting task of finding a way to destroy Lok Durd’s devastating bioweapon.  But they will face many obstacles on their journey, their boundaries being stretched to the very limit…

Does Karen Miller’s Siege live up to her previous two books?  Let’s find out as I review the last book in the Clone Wars series.

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Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth

Having recently finished a violent battle on the Separatist-controlled planet Kothlis, Obi-Wan Kenobi receives word from a trusted source that a remote planet, Lanteeb, is under Separatist control for an unknown reason.  However, he and the few other people who know of the news soon come to realize there is only one logical explanation for the Separatists’ interest in the planet; they’re making a bioweapon to use against the Republic.  Now, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are tasked with traveling to the planet under the guise of simple settlers to destroy the bioweapon once and for all.

Did Karen Miller, still relatively new to the EU, deliver with her recent novel?  Read on to find out!

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Man in Black Rant: Cleavage Square

Star Wars has revealed the latest look for The Clone Wars character Ahsoka Tano.  I don’t mind it, but does it reveal a startling look at how LucasFilms may just be a little bit out of touch with reality? Continue reading

Shatterpoint

A few months into the infamous Clone Wars, Mace Windu travels to his home planet of Haruun Kal after hearing disturbing evidence that his former Padawan, Jedi Master Depa Billaba, has gone insane after being stationed on the planet. After he arrives, however, Mace soon discovers that what is really happening on the planet is far worse than he could ever have imagined…

Does Matthew Stover deliver with this Mace-centric novel? Read after the break to see my review of Shatterpoint!

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Outbound Flight

Desiring to further expand their territory and explore the Unknown Regions, the Republic starts a revolutionary expedition, Outbound Flight, to colonize new worlds and build settlements.  Led by Jedi Master Jorus C’baoth, the group of roughly fifty thousand Republic citizens face problems almost as soon as they take off on the journey.  However, not only is Darth Sidious intent on destroying Outbound Flight, but they will cross paths with a species previously unknown to them: the Chiss.  Their problems are just beginning…

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Why the Force Unleashed II Was Inevitable – Recap and Commentary

The Force Unleashed II is right around the corner, the inevitable result of mucking around with the genetic fabric that is Star Wars.  I’ve showed you why but read on for the recap and commentary.

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Return to Tatooine

Inspired by The Clone Wars, set some time between the Han Solo Adventures and A New Hope.

Darth Vader, one of the most powerful beings in the galaxy by almost any form of measurement, stood once again in the sands of Tatooine. The planet repulsed him. The sand interfered with his life support systems, going so far down as to irritate what remained of his skin. He hated it. He loved it. This world, so far from civizilation and home to some of the most vile life forms he would ever be likely to meet, made him strong in the Dark Side. And so, he tolerated it. Continue reading

Review Commentary: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash

The fourth of what will be nine spoiler-free reviews of Fate of the Jedi is ready. For those of you like me who hear “spoiler” and run as far in the other direction as possible, you can finally find out if Aaron Allston’s Backlash– beset as it was with struggles from which we’re glad our author has emerged- is any good or not.

This is the first time I’ve ever considered doing a commentary of a Spoiler Free review. Now that Allies has come out, I can actually take a look at and explain some of the things I talked about in Backlash.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

Directed by Dave Filoni
Written by Henry Gilroy

Starring Matt Lanter and Ashley Eckstein

The Galactic Republic finds itself in the dire position of needing to help vile gangster Jabba the Hutt regain his kidnapped son, while convincing him of a Separatist plot to turn him against the Jedi.  Failure means that the Republic loses any chance of winning the Clone Wars.

The somewhat awaited, surprise 7th addition to the Star Wars cinematic saga, this movie could have been a steaming pile of bantha droppings and I still would have been at the first showing.  Well, good news: it was not.
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Yoda: Dark Rendezvous by Sean Stewart

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I started reading these books…

The Star Wars Expanded Universe is a big place, and one that’s easy to get lost in. To the extent that my bookshelf allows, every Tuesday I or another reviewer will be guiding you through the EU with (generally) chronologically placed reviews of Star Wars novels. Today I will be reviewing Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, a unique little book by Sean Stewart.

Yoda: Dark Rendezvous follows two very different Jedi apprentices with very different trials, their respective Masters, and legendary Jedi Master Yoda embark on a mission so secret that only one of them knows its true purpose: to seduce the infamous Count Dooku to return to the Jedi Order. The mission is far from easy, and not every Jedi is going to make it home… reported, even Yoda’s death is.

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Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I started reading these books…

The Star Wars Expanded Universe is a big place, and one that’s easy to get lost in. To the extent that my bookshelf allows, every Tuesday (if I ever start doing them on time again) I will be guiding you through the EU with (generally) chronologically placed reviews of Star Wars novels. Today I will be reviewing Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss.

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The sole survivors of four clone commando squads on Geonosis have been reformed into Omega Squad. Now that they’re a motley group of adventurers, they’re now powerful enough to take on the Separatists. Okay, really, this is just a routine mission and they’re the commandos picked for the job, but they really are a motley group learning their way around the first new people in their lives. Jedi Etain Tur-Makan, likewise, is getting to know some non-Jedi for the first time in her life. All of these new experiences are nothing compared to the threat that they face in Mandalorian warrior Ghez Hokan and thedeadly biological threat he’s sitting on.

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The Clone Wars by Karen Traviss

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I started reading these books…

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The Star Wars Expanded Universe is a big place, and one that’s easy to get lost in. To the extent that my bookshelf allows, every Tuesday I will be guiding you through the EU with (generally) chronologically placed reviews of Star Wars novels.

Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are in the midst of a perilous battle for the fate of a distant world when, instead of the supplies they need, they receive a headstrong young girl and a mission that it’s all Skywalker can do to accept: risk the lives of his troops to save the son of gangster Jabba the Hutt. But as usual when Skywalker is involved, there’s more than one obstacle and more than one powerful being determined to see him die before this mission ends.

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