Posts Tagged ‘Books About SW’

Because I’m Too Tired…

July 21, 2017

The irony of being at a con is that you have less time to report on what’s happening at the con than the people who are 2500 miles away at home or at work.

I didn’t go to the Star Wars publishing panel, but Naboo News nicely summarized some upcoming prequel releases from Star Wars.com’s announcements.  Keep an eye out for the upcoming Mace Windu comics series from Marvel (Mace Windu:  Jedi of the Republic), “Tales of Hope & Courage” from the Forces of Destiny line, some kids-related stuff in the “Journey to The Last Jedi” line, and “Star Wars:  Creatures and Aliens” from Abrams.

By the way, if you’re keeping up with the Star Wars Little Golden Books, the new wave (stuff like “I Am A Pilot” and “I Am A Princess”) features prequel stuff galore.

Hasbro also unveiled some new products in the pipeline, including the Padmé doll from the Forces of Destiny line and a 6″ Black Series Captain Rex:

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15 Years of AOTC: Novels & Comics

May 15, 2017

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Novelization by R.A. Salvatore, released April 2002.

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Junior novelization by Patricia C. Wrede, released April 2002.

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AOTC comics adaptation (trade paperback), Dark Horse 2002.

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AOTC Movie Storybook.

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AOTC Photo Comic Book.

Book Report: “Ahsoka”

November 7, 2016

“Ahsoka” by E.K. Johnson

In many ways, Ahsoka Tano is the Harley Quinn of Star Wars. Sure, she’s nothing like the psychotic villainess who’s in love with the even more psychotic Joker but the trajectory of their characters are very similar. Both weren’t part of the original “mythology” but were created for an animated television series where each took a life of her own and quickly built up a devoted fan base. Ahsoka is as much a part of Star Wars now as Quinn is part of Batman and the DC universe, though if “Ahsoka”’s book sales, popular appearances on “Rebels,” toy sales, etc. are anything to rely upon, it won’t take 24 years for the spunky Togruta to make the leap to live action as it did for Harley Quinn.

Publishing this novel was a smart move for the Lucas Books department then, knowing Ahsoka’s vast popularity. I figure a lot of people will love this book because they love Ahsoka and Johnson does a decent enough job characterizing her. A lot of people will love this book because there are prequel references aplenty as well as references to “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels,” as you might imagine. There are times when Johnson knows how to produce the feels. However as a novel, it’s good but doesn’t quite reach “great.”

Spoilers ahoy!

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Popular Character From Canceled Show Inspires #1 NYT Bestseller

November 3, 2016

E.K. Johnson’s “Ahsoka” has scored its third week at the top of the New York Times’ YA hardcover list.  Of all of the new canon books, I think this the only one that has reached the top of any NYT list much less one that has had a 3-week staying power at the top.

Time and again cold hard facts have proven fans still love The Clone Wars and if this doesn’t make Disney sit up and take notice, nothing will.  The book is also heavy on prequel-era references and the suits should take notice of that too.

I’ve got about 80 pages to go and as soon as I’m done I will post a review.

Book Author (Mostly) Defends PT

June 7, 2016

Cass Sunstein, the former head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs wrote a book called “The World According To Star Wars.”  I have to admit I only knew of Sunstein as one of President Obama’s policy wonks and I was really surprised he decided to delve into pop culture, especially since in this interview with The AV Club (groan) he admits he wasn’t into it all of that much when he started out writing it.

The even more surprising part of it is how Sunstein mostly sticks up for the prequels:

VC: That folds into your larger defense of the prequels, a cause that you’re passionate about in the book. You argue the commonplace view, of “original trilogy = good, prequels = bad,” is oversimplified. It’s almost part of what you’re talking about—this idea that we want to streamline narratives to retrofit the conclusions we come to.

CS: Yeah. I think it’s not politically correct to like the prequels. If you say you like the prequels in polite company, you kind of mark yourself as not quite right. There are a couple reasons I want to say some nice things about the prequels. One is that they are visually spectacular. The start of Attack Of The Clones is really tremendous. Many of the scenes in Attack Of The Clones are tremendous. I think that’s the most underrated of the seven. Revenge Of The Sith, that’s a good movie. Scenes in which Anakin turns to the dark side are both really good in themselves, and they eerily mirror what happened to Luke. That’s very cleverly done. I think there’s a lot to be said in favor of them.

And okay, they don’t have the kind of joyful giddiness of the original three. That’s fair. I think I want to say it a little bit with respect to George Lucas: Give the guy a break. You know? He took real risks in the prequels. He thought really hard. They’re very ambitious movies. If you watch the first one, The Phantom Menace, a little bit with the feel of being a kid, I can’t say it’s a great movie, but it has greatness in it. Again, Lucas did some amazing things visually.

Second Site Calls For More Padmé Fiction

May 5, 2016

This time, it’s Catrina Dennis on Blastr:

From dedicated comic book runs to feature-length novels, characters throughout the Star Wars universe are seeing their stories expand in countless ways. But, despite being thrown to the wayside and sometimes discarded as weak, Padme possesses a history as a defiant freedom fighter who was wise beyond her years. So, why should her story be limited to being told in scattered episodes of The Clone Wars, or through the eyes of other characters, such as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi? Much as she was in the journal that started it all for me, Padme deserves to be given her own voice to tell her story, expand upon the intrigue of her political career, and detail the relationships of the characters who stood alongside her throughout her life.

Yeah!

“Propaganda” Book Coming In October

March 14, 2016

Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo has a propaganda art book coming out in October, featuring stuff from all eras of the saga.

Jedi-Bibliothek has more info and images.

In Other News From NYCC

October 10, 2015

Disney Press plans on unleashing a YA novel called “Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku,” which I think is about one of the minor characters in TFA.

Greg Rucka, who is writing Marvel’s Shattered Empire series, had some stuff to say during a panel that we’ll all find refreshing:

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Wow!

Review: “Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge”

October 5, 2015

Ian Doescher wraps up the SW prequel trilogy with his Shakespearean take on ROTS. The really interesting thing about this adaptation is that since ROTS is so dead-on as classic tragedy, this book almost completely plays it straight. There’s not a lot of inside joking around aside from the two Jedi characters who provided commentary in all of the prequel adaptations; in this case they’re wondering why their handbooks go from Order 65 to Order 67 and if it’s anything they should be concerned about.

Where some of ROTS’s most compelling, innovative, and fascinating moments are at least in part visual, Doescher had to improvise how to present them in literary form meant for a stage. You get some interesting results like Palpatine staging a fake play for Anakin’s benefit that dramatizes the legend of Darth Plagueis. The “ruminations” scene is replaced with long soliloquys. The silent coda at the end of the film is changed to Yoda delivering a speech at Padmé’s funeral. Other scenes that relied on intercutting are divided so that one whole scene plays out before it goes to the other scene. For example, Yoda and Sidious battle before Anakin and Obi-Wan do. Padmé dies first, then Vader’s transformation occurs.

Other than that you really do get the feeling this isn’t so much a Shakespeare spoof on Star Wars as it is Shakespeare’s ROTS screenplay circa 1599. The inside baseball stuff is almost exclusively for English/Shakespeare geeks who can recognize the way Doescher is playing around with verse depending on the characters and situations, which he helpfully explains to some degree at the end.

For me one of the highlights is how he handles Anakin and Padmé, not only in this book but in the previous ones. Instead of taking the cheap way out of making fun of them and their romance, Doescher takes them seriously and it probably helps they fit that Shakespeare template to a tee. The charged dialogue in “Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge” as they reunite for the first time captures the tension between them on film.

The only real criticism I have of “Tragedy” is how Doescher’s reimagining of Jar Jar as a highly intelligent being with his own agenda had no payoff. Granted Jar Jar did not have much of a presence in ROTS but in this adaptation, Jar Jar’s not there at all. So what happened? It’s almost as though Doescher forgot to tie up his own arcs.

Now that I’ve read all of these, I’ll probably have a break for a while and at some time in the future read the adaptations done for Eps IV-VI. I’m sure there will be a TFA one done sometime in

Dark Disciple Synopsis

March 21, 2015

Random House posted a full blurb/synopsis of its upcoming Clone Wars-related novel, “Dark Disciple.”

Golly, I hope nothing happens to Count Dooku ;).