Posts Tagged ‘Books About Star Wars’

Fun Stuff To Buy

February 20, 2016

Need to show your allegiance to the Separatists or the Republic?  Check out these vinyl decals you can buy on eBay:

Separatists

Republic

Today the delivery guy brought the Star Wars English-Japanese Dictionary For Jedi Masters ordered from JBox.com in Japan.  Unless you can read Japanese, you won’t learn a thing but it has scores of amazingly cute illustrations from the prequels (along with regular photo stills) as the films are used to teach English.  While you’re at it, the Dictionary for Padawan Learners has similar cartoons and lessons from the OT.

Nickel Review: Art of Coloring Star Wars: 100 Images To Inspire Creativity and Relaxation

December 22, 2015

I ordered a copy of this new Star Wars “adult” coloring book, which is some kind of new trend. The book is actually a hardcover, not the soft heavy paper covers you normally find with kiddie coloring books.

As the title says there’s at least 100 line art images of characters and symbols from Eps I-VI. Some are kind of simple, others are really elaborate and getting some of those colored with regular ol’ Crayolas or markers would be kind of challenging. A lot of the pieces are unique, while others are older line art mixed in with new elements. Art nouveau and mandalas seem to be the most common styles.

A lot of the art is beautiful. An enterprising and skilled fan could photocopy one of the images, color it, and scan it to use on “personal” items like t-shirts or mugs or whatever. I think there’s a fair representation of the prequels in the book. After all, it’s probably the only place you can find an art nouveau rendition of Sebulba or Jar Jar.

Art supply stores like Michaels or Aaron Brothers might have it in stock. Otherwise you can order it from Amazon, Walmart, and other fine retailers.

Book Report: Little Golden Books Prequel Trilogy

August 24, 2015

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Zulily was selling the new Star Wars Little Golden Books in bundles of three–one set for each trilogy–at a good price, so I ordered away. The books arrived today and they are really adorable.

Each book has different writers and artists yet the books are consistent in style throughout. As you might expect, it’s an illustrated rundown of each movie. The adaptations hit every highlight of the films and do an admirable job of accurately summarizing them in a few bedtime story pages.

These are great for introducing little kids to Star Wars who might not yet have the attention span to sit through a two-hour-plus movie. But even if you don’t have kids or they’re long since out of kindergarten, they make for a fun collectible.

Book Report: The Clone Army Attacketh

August 22, 2015

Ian Doescher’s Shakespeare-Meets-AOTC parody “The Clone Army Attacketh” came out last month but it took a while before I was able to get to it. I have to say I enjoyed it even more than the TPM one. AOTC seems weirdly very suited to a Shakespearean take on the film. Doescher has fun with Anakin and Padmé’s courtship for one thing (lots of soliloquies about how they really feel about each other). I also enjoyed the action scenes. Even the reek, nexu, and acklay get dialogue.

Jar Jar isn’t as self-assured as he was in TPM and I wonder if that was by design, after all he decided to vote for Palpatine’s emergency powers, or whether Doescher wasn’t sure what to do with him in his diminished role. We’ll have to see how it pans out in ROTS.

The book has some nice illustrations and if you’re not a huge Shakespeare geek, there’s a section at the end that explains how Doescher structures the dialogue. Even a non-expert like me caught the lines and devices used in other plays I’ve actually read. For example, Anakin quotes the famous soliloquy from “Macbeth.” For those of you more familiar with modern pop culture references, Doescher drops references to Samuel L. Jackson’s films, i.e. “Die hard, with a vengeance!”

Thankfully Doescher seemed even less inclined to poke fun at the movie as he did a little in the TPM one.

Go check it out!

The Most Amazing Book You Never Saw

August 14, 2015

starwars.com’s Jason Fry wrote about the mostly unpublished AOTC Expanded Visual Dictionary, a book meant to coincide with the canceled AOTC 3D re-release.

Look for a peek of what has been denied to us!

Book Report: Dark Disciple

August 11, 2015

Warning: This review contains spoilers.

Christie Golden was tasked with putting together a novel based on eight (!) Clone Wars scripts originally written by Katie Lucas, Dave Filoni, and Matt Michnovetz. Think about it, this was basically two months’ worth of Clone Wars episodes. This was going to be HUGE. While concept art and such exist the episodes were never completed due to the show getting the ax. So the fates of some characters are left to Golden’s book.

The plot begins with the Jedi deciding their lives would be a whole lot easier if one of them rubbed out Count Dooku. On the one hand, one could argue that such a move would end the war and destruction and save the lives of zillions. Who wouldn’t have wanted a crack at Hitler during WWII? On the other hand, it doesn’t seem to be “the Jedi way,” something that disturbs Obi-Wan Kenobi from the get-go. Besides nobody knows the Clone Wars (the actual conflict not the show) is basically a false flag, a Reichstag fire to enable Darth Sidious to take over the galaxy. The infinite wisdom of the Council chooses quite possibly the second-worst pick to do the job, Quinlan Vos. Vos is much more happy-go-lucky on the show than he was in the Republic comics but he still has a reputation as a maverick. Anakin waves his arm around going, “Pick me! Pick me!” but Obi-Wan basically says, “Oh hell no.” That would’ve been the worst and second-worst people for the job. So an outsider is suggested…Dooku’s former protege, Asajj Ventress. The reasoning is she knows a lot about Dooku, she hates his guts, and she is lethal. Obi-Wan has some apprehensions but he gives Vos some advice before Vos goes off to find her.

Once Vos and Ventress meet, she is working as a bounty hunter. He pretends to be one too at first. After annoying Ventress, they become partners in the bounty hunting business. The UST starts up right away and it’s not long before the second Jedi in a decade has abandoned celibacy as the wacky pair fall in love. It doesn’t take much either to convince Ventress to help Vos assassinate Dooku. While Vos eventually cops to being a Jedi, there’s still a web of deceit woven around the dangerous duo. Ventress tells Vos that it was Dooku who killed Vos’s beloved Master when in fact it was Ventress herself who did the deed. Ventress wants Vos to direct his anger and hatred at Dooku anyway but she also wants to protect their relationship. Worse yet, Ventress thinks Vos is too soft and must learn about the dark side in order to work up the nerve necessary to kill Dooku. No, that won’t corrupt him or anything.

While there’s plenty of action and adventure and twists and turns, the book is surprisingly sophisticated in how it treats the complexities of Vos and Ventress’s relationship. Ventress is untrustworthy and manipulative, she’s had a crummy life, and she doesn’t trust anyone. Vos’s affection for Ventress and his experience with the dark side pull him away from the Jedi. The lure of the dark side even threatens his relationship with Ventress. Moreover, we already know the vague future they have planned together isn’t going to happen. Vos is referred to in ROTS as still being involved in the war. Ventress’s fate is unknown until the end of the novel. Yet I think things conclude in a way that redeems both of them.

Vos’s corruption symbolizes the Jedi Order’s corruption, how it has abandoned what it supposedly believed in, and how that is sucking everyone into doing things and believing things they never would have before all of this started. This leads to where the reader is wondering for a good chunk of the book which side Vos is truly on and whether he’s really sincere. Ventress could be rather unpredictable in her own way. Poor Obi-Wan is suffering as he’s seeing all of this happen around him, unaware a similar fate will soon befall Anakin.

Golden has the advantage of having great ingredients and a recipe written by top chefs. But it still takes a good cook to put it all together in a way that really works. I’m certain Golden added a lot of things that you couldn’t address on a show meant for family viewing because “Dark Disciple” comes off as a tad more adult than the show. (Though it is also the same show where Hondo makes a joke about Boba Fett not being one of his, so who knows?) It’s a book that’s never boring. There’s humor, romance (even Anakin and Padme make an appearance), fights, dark magic, crazy plot twists, and some poignant moments. Bottom line: Best Star Wars novel since “Darth Plagueis.” If you read just one Star Wars book this year…yes I know even with some other big ones coming out soon…make it this one.

Saga To Get The Little Golden Books Treatment

July 9, 2015

Remember those Little Golden Books as kids? They’ve made something of a comeback in recent years and finally the publisher (Random House) is going to introduce a new generation of younglings to Star Wars and Little Golden Books.

Coming to a store near you July 28!

The Clone Army Attacketh Out Today

July 7, 2015

Ian Doescher’s Shakespearean take on AOTC, “The Clone Army Attacketh,” is also out today at fine bookstores, Amazon, Kindle, Apple Books, etc. everywhere!

Dark Disciple Out Today

July 7, 2015

If you are one of the few people on Earth who didn’t get a preview copy, Christie Golden’s Clone Wars novel “Dark Disciple” is finally here! Available at fine bookstores, Amazon, Kindle, Apple’s bookstore, etc. everywhere.

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Dark Disciple Excerpts Online

June 8, 2015

The Penguin/Random House website has posted the first 60 pages of the upcoming “Dark Disciple,” the Clone Wars-based novel by Christie Golden.

Among the pages available is an interesting introduction by Katie Lucas, who wrote the original scripts for the show.