ALTA Special Review: Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber

Zombies in Star Wars have existed a long time, with varying origins (8, according to Wookieepedia, unless some connection between the various “species” is identified).  It wasn’t until last October, however, that Joe Schreiber reminded us that zombies are best known not for a Fantasy/Adventure setting, but as a form of Horror incarnate. Continue reading

A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Blackest Night

In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night, no zombies shall escape my sight.  Let those who worship passion’s might, beware my power, Reviewer’s might! Continue reading

Meditations on Joe Schreiber’s Red Harvest

In two weeks, on December 28th, Joe Schreiber’s sophomore Star Wars novel will be published. Correction- what remains after the first six chapters will be published. The premise? Horror in the Sith Empire. Continue reading

A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Green Lantern: Rebirth

When the Man Without Fear becomes the darkest villain his allies have faced- and been defeated by- in centuries, what does it take to redeem him and save them all? Continue reading

Dark Quest: Coalescence Part 4

Ta'Chell Zrak

The force be with you

This is another collaborative story, this time involving Sith Jammies, MizzeeOH and Anonymous from NJOE.com! (Part 3 here)

Ta’Chell nodded to the Jedi Kenda as he walked up to Katanra’s ship. He had to wonder about his former teacher’s relationship with the human. True, his own position with Katanra was different than would be expected, but how a Sith and a Jedi could have gotten along well enough to consider a friendship was beyond him. Continue reading

A Long Time Ago: Star Wars: Darth Maul

When I sit down to review an unreleased comic- clouded, the future is, by the Dark Side of the Force- I settle for a different story about Sith assassins: one I’ve been meaning to read for a few years now.

Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith

The Tales of the Jedi comics are, to this day, the earliest point in Star Wars fiction. In the months leading up to Alex Irvine’s 2011 novel tying into this series, we’ll be guiding you through the series.

Following the conclusion of the events depicted in NJOE’s Fatal Alliance reviews

Once I thought I was safe, I was cut off from reinforcements. As Corax and Obi John battled their way to my rescue, I found myself cut off by a wall of stylish Sith soldiers. Obviously, time had done the Sith of the Great Galactic War well,and one of the best dressed warriors came at me wielding a bat’leth. My weapons trapped in my own time by the explosion that had brought me here, I was at a severe disadvantage, and battled him almost as a stalling dancer while I tried to come up with a plan. Continue reading

Dark Quest: Coalescence Part 1

This is another collaborative story, this time involving Sith Jammies and Anonymous from NJOE.com!  This continues after Dark Crucible lets off.

Ta’Chell had been meditating when his informant’s message hit him like a ton of durasteel blocks.

No, you said you were staying away from here! He pleaded.

Things have changed. Don’t worry, I’m not joining you and your little friends. Just get moving and tell them what’s coming.As you wish, my lady.

He opened his eyes and leaped to his feet. He had to find Lord Nemo. Bursting into Lord Nemo’s quarters a little breathless from the run, he stood panting.

“My Lord,” He said. “It’s time. The Vong are on their way and we need to get ourselves ready.”

He paused, “And there are some other things I need to tell you, privately.”

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Commentary: Path of Destruction

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 will be guiding you through the EU with (generally) chronologically placed reviews of Star Wars novels. This week, I kick the series off with Darth Bane: Path of Destruction (An Old Republic Novel) by Drew Karpyshyn.

The start of A Long Time Ago… imagine if i knew what I was going to be in for when I planned this review.  I must have written this in March, April, or at most May of 2009.  At the time, I was sure that once I created a 5 review buffer, I could maintain a bit of one forever.  I never thought that I’d be sitting down Monday night after work and rushing to complete the next entry by lunchtime- or worse, that I would be putting off reviews because seven days wasn’t enough time to post the previous review, read the whole book, and type up the next one.  Now I’ve gone to bi-weekly reviews, though I never thought I’d have help, either. Continue reading

Dark Crucible Part 1

The man who once thought he was a Sith pretender screamed in agony- then he realized it was just breath along exposed nerves that had touched nothing but the Embrace of Pain in over a month. He gritted his teeth, and searched his feelings for what has happening around him.

They were moving.

Finally, after a month dedicated to training exercises and torturing him, the Vong were moving on to take the world which was now his home.

They were stopping.

The shapers and warriors that had flayed and beaten him for every agonizing century he had been in the Embrace were gone. He was still in the Embrace of Pain, of course, but without them it was nothing but a paltry annoyance. His human flesh had grown strong enough with the Dark Side to disregard it, and his Yuuzhan Vong biotic organs didn’t even notice it.

They were dying.

That was in the future- but immediately forseeable. He tested his limits, certain he could break free of the Embrace in the Dark Side-rich atmosphere of Korriban.

Oh, there will be blood.
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My Feelings on Fate of the Jedi: Allies

I’m normally not one to look at a story as though it’s influenced by an overseeing power. I was the last person on Earth to see Neimoidians as Chinese; to see Jar Jar Binks as anything but a mentally retarded Gungan. I often raise an eyebrow at claims of comics depicting women as “sexualized”, knowing that certain emphases are often necessary if only to make it obvious that the character being depicted is a female (particularly an attractive one). When asked about a narrative’s themes, I often stare dumbfounded, wondering how a snippet of an alternate universe can possibly embody a theme. I would be the person to read a Frank Miller comic and remark, “Well, that’s interesting. I wonder how this future’s Bible Belt reacted to such changes in mainstream programming.” Up until recently, I even treated out of character moments as moments of deeper characterization.

So I hope this makes it more understandable when I say that when I am deeply touched by an overall theme of a novel, I believe this is not a man (or boy) looking for, and subsequently calling, “Wolf!”.

I’m not interested in targeting an author for an attack. I might make a statement of my impression of a piece of work in a review, but regardless, many things can look like other things. What I see as a piece negatively portraying women could very easily be a piece that simply negatively portrays everyone, with the difference being an attempt to pay homage to a large number of strong women, who are thereby negatively portrayed. I am writing this piece to support my opinion (stated here) of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Allies as demeaning to women, but it is more worthwhile to me to support the many variables that made up this equation. If you check my work, and agree with the variables, but disagree with the solution, well, if this were a high school Calculus course, I’d have gotten nine points out of ten. If I made it thus far, I’d be happy to leave well enough alone. There will, naturally, be spoilers following. Continue reading

Darth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn

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. This week, I continue the series with Darth Bane: Rule of Two, direct sequel to the last book by Drew Karpyshyn.

Through Lord Kaan’s thought bomb, Darth Bane has just succeeded in his goal of the destruction of the Brotherhood of Darkness and much of the Sith Order. As he searches for an apprentice, one lands in his lap, and he makes his decision to train Darth Zannah for a monumental task that neither Jedi Masters nor Sith Lords seem able to succeed in: killing him.

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Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn

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. This week, I kick the series off with Darth Bane: Path of Destruction (An Old Republic Novel) by Drew Karpyshyn.

A young man named Dessel, recently freed from his father’s abuse and the heir to his accumulated debt and life of working in the mines on Apatros, finds himself on the path to becoming one of the most celebrated Dark Lords of the Sith of all time.

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