Archive for July, 2011

Review: Death Troopers

Death Troopers
Author: Joe Schreiber
Release Date: October 2009

Death Troopers is an EU novel that does not feel like an EU novel. Instead, it reads the way the novel was marketed, as a Star Wars/zombie mash up. It offers a stand alone story, something that is welcome to even the most enthusiastic fans. It is refreshing to have a Star Wars novel that does not have to concern itself with continuity. The novel, at under three hundred pages, is a quick read with great action scenes, scenes that are very different than what we’ve seen before in a Star Wars novel.

The story takes place shortly before A New Hope on an Imperial prison barge, Purge. The Purge is transporting criminals and Rebel sympathizers when it breaks down in isolated space. The crew is relieved when they run across an abandoned Star Destroyer. A party is sent over to recover parts and supplies to get the Purge running again. It is on the deserted Star Destroyer that members of the Purge encounter the zombie virus. Upon the party’s return the disease spreads and most of the Purge’s crew and inmates die quickly. Soon, though, they rise and the few survivors aboard the Purge are in for the fight of their lives.

Joe Schreiber does an excellent job of setting the mood and atmosphere of the story. The novel works well as both a horror novel and a Star Wars novel. It’s clear what we’re reading is a part of the Star Wars universe, yet it’s much different than what we’ve ever read in the EU. The EU is filled with a wide variety of Star Wars related stories, but there never a horror story. It is also nice having a novel in the EU that is not dependent on back story. A reader can make their way through Death Troopers with even the most minimal knowledge of Star Wars.

The novel does have its problems, and the major problem of Death Troopers is its lack of characterization. The main survivors on board the Purge are Trig and Kale Longo, two young brothers and prisoners, Zahara Cody, the medical doctor on the Purge, and Jareth Sartoris, the cruel captain of the guard. As fun as it is to see them interact with two fan favorites, who appear in the story, the survivors are never fully fleshed out. It would’ve been nice to have known more about them, so that the audience could relate to them more, and, in turn, care about them more. This problem can be attributed to the length of the book, though. At two hundred and seventy one pages it’s difficult to include both an action filled plot and strong characterization.

Death Troopers is not an essential read for fans, though it is a fun one. It is not an integral work but it does represent an interesting addition to the EU. It is an action packed and unique look into the Star Wars universe. It is a look at a familiar universe through a grotesque and odd kaleidoscope, and the result is an engaging novel. Death Troopers will appeal to the most casual fan and the most ardent fan.

Death Troopers receives a 4 out of 5.

- Andrew

Star Wars Blu-ray Deleted Scenes Teaser Video

Just released at the 2011 Comic-Con is a quick look at some of deleted scenes that will be released with the upcoming Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray. Link

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Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Console

Newly announced at Comic-Con: Link

Xbox and LucasArts unveiled the first custom Xbox 360 console with Kinect featuring a limited edition Star Wars theme inspired by the beloved duo, R2-D2 and C-3PO, as well as the brand-new Podracing mode featured in the upcoming title Kinect Star Wars.

This first ever custom Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle includes an R2-D2 blue-and-white themed console, a custom Xbox 360 Wireless Controller inspired by C-3PO and the first ever white Kinect sensor. The bundle is set to debut alongside Kinect Star Wars, but is available now for pre-order through participating retailers.

Twitter 500 Follower Giveaway

Thanks to you, our followers, we’ve reached another milestone: 500 followers! To again show our appreciation, we will have another giveaway, and this time, 5 winners will be chosen! Here’s how it will work…

The prizes are:

Fate of the Jedi: Outcast by Aaron Allston
Fate of the Jedi: Omen by Christie Golden
Fate of the Jedi: Abyss by Troy Denning
Fate of the Jedi: Allies by Christie Golden
The Clone Wars by Karen Traviss

- All hardcovers.

The giveaway will begin once we post the designated tweet. You must be a follower and RT the designated tweet. The giveaway will remain active for 3 days. We will post one reminder tweet each of the 3 days; if you’ve already retweeted, you don’t have to again.

At the end of the 3rd day, the winners will be chosen. Now, here’s how the prizes will be awarded: The first winner chosen will get to pick one of the five books. After the selection is made, the second winner will be chosen, to which they will choose one of the remaining four books. Then the third winner; they will pick one of the remaining three books; the fourth winner will choose one of the remaining two books, then finally the fifth winner will receive the last book.

Keep an eye on your timeline; the designated tweet will be posted sometime today. Thanks again for following Knights Archive!

The Clone Wars Season 4 Preview: Water War

Newly released at Comic-Con! Link To Preview

The Old Republic Now Available For Pre-Order

BioWare, LucasArts and EA have begun taking pre-orders for Star Wars: The Old Republic! Pre-Order now to get some pretty cool extras! Check out the official The Old Republic site for full details. Link

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The Old Republic: Revan Cover Art

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The Old Republic: Revan is due to be released November 15th.

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New The Clone Wars Season 4 Clip

Remember Katee Sackhoff? Well, we now have word about her role in the upcoming season 4 of The Clone Wars: a Mandalorian warrior!

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Sackhoff will be the first female Mandalorian warrior we’ve seen on not only the show but the Star Wars franchise in general. Her episode, set to air midway through the Cartoon Network series’ fourth season, reunites Padawan Ahsoka Tano with her Separatist friend Lux, who’s renounced Count Dooku’s galaxy spanning war against the Republic. To oppose Dooku, Lux has sought refuge with the Death Watch, a Mandalorian terrorist group.

Lost Tribe Of The Sith 7: PANTHEON

UPDATE (7.18.11)

  • Download PANTHEON now! [Link]

ORIGINAL ARTICLE (3.17.11)

The art for Lost Tribe of the Sith: Pantheon has been posted on Star Wars Books Facebook page.

When the Sith ship Omen crash-landed on Kesh two thousand years ago, the crew encountered native barbarism and superstition. Now a violent millennium has reduced the Lost Tribe of the Sith to a similar state. While Sith teachings are remembered, honored, and violently practiced, knowledge of the Lost Tribe’s true origins has all but vanished.

With a dark age imperiling the Sith, the future rests in the hands of the unlikeliest of people: Caretaker Hilts, the official keeper of lore. Mild-mannered by Sith standards, the aged Hilts hopes to use the wisdom of the ancients to reunite his people. But the truth he uncovers becomes anything but the Tribe’s salvation. Rather, he may have set loose forces leading to its destruction — and his own.

SOURCE: Star Wars Books on Facebook, StarWars.com

CHOICES OF ONE Chapters 1-4 Now Online

It will be released in a few days (July 19th), but you can read the first 4 chapters of CHOICES OF ONE now! Suvudu has posted a nice chunk of the book as part of their 50 Page Fridays. Head over there and download it now! Link

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Tentative Cover For Choices of One

Star Wars: X-WING: MERCY KILL

Aaron Allston’s upcoming Wraith Squadron novel now has a title:

STAR WARS: X-WING: MERCY KILL Source

In an interview with Suvudu last month, Aaron Allston talks EU and gives us a few details from his upcoming Wraith Squadron novel, which is currently slated for a July 2012 release. Link

Most of the action takes place in the same approximate period as Fate of the Jedi, but there are critical chapters that revisit the Wraiths in earlier years, starting just after they made the jump to become an Intelligence unit. The current-era story reunites some of the longtime Wraiths, introduces new ones, and even has second-generation Wraiths.

Not every subplot that arose in Fate of the Jedi will have been resolved by that series’ end, and it’s up to the Wraiths to clean up a big mess left behind. That’s about all I’m willing to say at this time.

SEE ALSO:
X-Wing: Mercy Kill 35-Page Excerpt!
New X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover Art
Star Wars: X-Wing: MERCY KILL Blurb
Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover and Blurb

LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace

Premiering on Cartoon Network on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. (ET, PT) in high-definition computer animation, the 30-minute original standalone special — LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace — will feature the charm, action and irreverent humor that have become the signature style of LEGO Star Wars animation collaborations.

Read more over at StarWars.com

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