Archive for October, 2011

Star Wars: The Old Republic Prima Official Game Guide

Random House has a new publication listing up: Star Wars The Old Republic (Web Access) Prima Official Game Guide. There’s not a cover at this time, but we do have a release date and synopsis.

• Find the location of every hidden Datacron to augment your stats
• Hundreds of maps packed with critical information to guide you through your adventure
• Custom-made world maps including every taxi, bind point, vendor, and more
• Tactical readouts on enemy locations, from Korriban’s deserts to Ilum’s icy plains
• Planetary survival guides for all 8 classes: Jedi Consular, Jedi Knight, Smuggler, Trooper, Bounty Hunter, Imperial Agent, Sith Inquisitor, and Sith Warrior
• Comprehensive atlases for all planets: Alderaan, Coruscant, Hoth, Tatooine, and more
• Page through tons of exclusive concept art
• Beautifully bound, hardcover book

Current release date: December 20, 2011.

Massive Star Wars: Riptide Excerpt

We’ve been treated to plenty of teases from the upcoming Riptide by Paul S. Kemp. From his Twitter excerpts, to the excerpts released the past month; and now via the famous Del Rey 50 Page Fridays! That’s right, you now have access to 50 more pages of Riptide before its release next week. Click here to be taken to the excerpt. Enjoy!

Star Wars Riptide Eight Page Excerpt
Star Wars: Riptide Four Page Excerpt
Star Wars: Riptide Cover, Blurb Released

Book of Sith Product Info

The Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side Amazon page has additional details about the upcoming publication.
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The Clone Wars Review: Nomad Droids

The Clone Wars
Episode 4.06: Nomad Droids



After returning to the Jedi Star fighter after a long adventure last episode, C-3PO and R2-D2 are forced to escape after General Grievous attacks the craft. They leave in a Y-wing fighter, and crash land on the planet home to the Patitite after being shot down. They then have a brief encounter with the small creatures known as the Patitite, who tie them up on the spot and bring their leader to them for punishment as intruders. The selfish leader, Hay-Zu, (who looks like a mini hutt to me), ordered them to be freed after 3-PO explained their situation. R2 approached the stuck-up leader, and after 3-PO patted him on the back, R2 toppled over and squashed the leader, resulting in his death. The Patitite cheered for the death of their horrible leader, and argued 3-PO to take over his job, but the droid refused, telling them to vote for a fair person in charge from their own race.

The Y-wing was repaired and they flew off, only for the ship to run out of power and crash again on the planet Balnab. There, they were captured again by the race living there and again taken to an unfair leader. This leader was in fact a group of pit droids sick of not getting any attention, and who set up a holographic image to trick the race into following them. R2 figured it all out and the droids left in the chaos that followed the revealing. They ran out of power under a large mushroom-like plant and were left there.

After a small while a group of space pirates found them and brought them to their ship. They recharged them and threw them into a pit with another big droid, KO-5D, programmed to dismantle other droids for the pirates entertainment. Just as things looked bad, Grievous’ ship turned up with the captured Adi Gallia, and shot open the ship for target practice, per Grievous’ orders. 3-PO and R2 were flung out through the hole and into space.
R2 acts quickly and flies into Grievous’ ship, only to be captured yet again. Then, another battle commences where Master Plo Koon and Clone Commander Wolffe lead the attack on Grievous to free Gallia. In the battle the droids join the Republic forces and, much to Wolffe’s dismay, 3PO rambles on about their great new adventures.

This episode I found was alright, but could be better in a few ways. In the first few moments where the droids and the Patitite people met, it reminded me of the movie Gullivers Travels, because 3-PO was all tied up with little people scurrying around on top of him. Very cute. I also loved the music that the little Patitite band made. Apart from this, the encounter between the droids and the tiny people was a short, sped up one, and I think that this could have been elongated or fed more plot, maybe even made into a whole episode.

This was the same with the encounter on the other planet, Balnab, and basically everything else in the episode. Rushed through or highly unlikely. What are the chances of being found under cover, or being saved by the bad guys? This time ‘round, the droids were just too lucky. I also wasn’t sure about the ship they took. 3-PO made it sound like the craft was damaged beyond repairs, but they fixed it themselves with the help of one of the Patitite. Of course, 3PO was just whining, which I found got very, very old and boring by the end of the episode.
I didn’t like this episode, I’m afraid to say, but am looking forward to non-3PO episodes in the future.

- super_redhead

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse Back Cover

Suvudu has posted the back cover art from Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse, due out April 2012. It features Jagged Fel and Jaina Solo.

Fate of the Jedi: APOCALYPSE Blurb
Fate of the Jedi: APOCALYPSE Synopsis
Fate of the Jedi: APOCALYPSE Front Cover

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Back Cover

Suvudu has posted the back cover from the upcoming Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, due out next year.

Darth Plagueis Among the Best in 2012 Science Fiction
Review: DARTH PLAGUEIS by Bry Dean
Review: Darth Plagueis by Andrew
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Audio Excerpt
Darth Plagueis Blurb Now Online
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Cover Art

Timothy Zahn To Write Han Solo Novel

Just announced at New York Comic Con: Timothy Zahn will write a new novel set in the classic films era that stars Han Solo! Source

A new smuggler novel, perhaps?

No additional details were given, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye on further updates!

Drew Karpyshyn To Write The Old Republic #4

Just announced by Del Rey at New York Comic Con: Drew Karpyshyn will write his 2nd The Old Republic novel, the fourth overall in the series! Source

No further details at this time, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for future updates!

Novel Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation by Bry Dean
Megan’s Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation
Read 27 Pages of The Old Republic: Annihilation Now!
The Old Republic: Annihilation Cover Blurb Now Online
The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION Cover
Drew Karpyshyn Talks ANNIHILATION
Star Wars: The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION

Star Wars The Old Republic: Signs of War

A return to war is inevitable. Two great armies mass their forces, readying themselves for the approaching battle. Meanwhile, the galaxy is rife with chaos and corruption. As the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire teeter on the brink of open warfare, a new generation takes charge; their actions will shape the future of the entire galaxy.

The Old Republic: Encyclopedia Cover Art
The Old Republic: Encyclopedia
The Old Republic Now Available For Pre-Order
The Old Republic Launch Dates Announced
The Old Republic RETURN Intro Cinematic Trailer
New SWTOR Trailer: Fate of the Galaxy

Choices of One Paperback Art

The Choices of One paperback edition, which is due out next summer, will feature new cover art. Suvudu has posted the cover, along with some original concept images. Check it out!

Review: Choices of One
CHOICES OF ONE Chapters 1-4 Now Online
Choices of One Receives Cover Art Revision
Choices of One Blurb Now Online
Tentative Cover For Choices of One

Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead

Established Star Wars writer Tom Taylor is back with another stunning Blood Ties series to be released in April 2012.

“Boba Fett is dead. The most infamous hunter in the galaxy has been hunted. He’s lying, broken, on the desert floor. He’s more blaster-holes than man. It’s the ultimate ending. However, this is just the start of our story. With the fall of Fett broadcast across the galaxy, someone rises to avenge him. But who would care about the death of a man like Fett? Bounty hunters aren’t exactly known for their enduring, close friendships but even a man like Boba Fett has family… and now a Blood Tie demands blood.” -Tom Taylor


The Phantom Menace in 3D Poster / Trailer

While fans await Darth Maul’s return to The Clone Wars, they’ll soon be able to experience the excitement of his original introduction to the Star Wars Saga when Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is released in theaters worldwide starting February 2012 in spectacular 3D!

The trailer for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in 3D will be attached to The Three Musketeers in the U.S. on October 21st and on select films around the world throughout the holidays


Star Wars in 3D Latest Announcements

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