Archive for April, 2012

Rancho Obi-Wan Giving Away 4 Memberships!

That’s right, Rancho Obi-Wan, the museum devoted to Star Wars memorabilia and to fandom, is giving away 4 Initiate memberships in honor of the upcoming unofficial Star Wars holiday, May the 4th Be With You!

From the press release:

To have a chance to win, simply sign up to be on the ROW mailing list, with no obligation except to receive occasional emails from Rancho Obi-Wan. Fans under the age of 16 need to get permission from a parent to sign up. Simply go to www.ranchoobiwan.org, click where indicated, and fill in the blank!

Or you can celebrate May the 4th by purchasing a membership for you or other big fans in your life. Be one of the first to receive the now-mailing Charter Year Membership Kit including an exclusive patch and membership card.

The 4 lucky fans will be randomly chosen from everyone who signs up for the ROW mailing list between now and 4:44 pm PDT May 4th. All fans worldwide are eligible if the laws in your country, state, province, or region don’t ban such random giveaways.

Winners will be announced May 5th on the Rancho Obi-Wan Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RanchoObiWan, twitter @RanchoObiWan, and www.ranchoobiwan.org. May the 4th and the Force be with you!

Review: Scourge

NON SPOILER REVIEW

While author Jeff Grubb has an extensive background in Star Wars media, this is his first novel of the Expanded Universe. How is it? In a few words: A good read.

Star Wars: Scourge is a standalone book set before the New Jedi Order, and it contains action, danger and mystery. As mentioned on the cover blurb, a Jedi is killed, and his former Master Mander Zuma tries to find answers. His investigation quickly turns perilous as it leads him straight into the heart of a Hutt family and the dangers that lie within.

For me, the book starts slow. In fact, it wasn’t until after halfway did I start to gain interest. It wasn’t slow enough for me to put the book down, obviously, but it took some effort to keep reading. On the flip side, Scourge will keep you guessing to the end, as the ultimate perpetrator’s identity is occasionally teased yet carefully concealed until the final pages.

I thought the characters were well crafted, with a minor exception: Jedi Master Mander Zuma. I was as bored with him as some of the characters were in the book. And I fully agree with NJOE’s opinion about him. His overall issues and insecurities doesn’t seem to befit a Jedi Master. Perhaps a making him Knight would have been a better choice.

A last critique is about the cover. I’m puzzled about the simplicity of it. For a book that’s been repeatedly dubbed a “Hutt novel”, why have just Master Zuma on the cover and nothing else? To me it would have made more sense to feature the Hutts on the front and perhaps the Zuma image on the back. As it stands now the cover does nothing to describe what’s within, other than another Jedi.

Despite these things, I do recommend reading it. Scourge may not be the kind of book you’ll read more than once, but it’s worth a try.

SEE ALSO:
Read 27 Pages of Star Wars: Scourge Now!
Star Wars: SCOURGE Cover Art
Star Wars: SCOURGE Blurb Now Online
Star Wars: SCOURGE

Blurb:

In the heart of crime-ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.

While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secret, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed—and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery. Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi. What Mander gets is immersion into the perilous underworld of the Hutts as he struggles to stay one step ahead in a game of smugglers, killers, and crime lords bent on total control.

Darth Vader In A Box

Chronicle Books has posted their Fall 2012 catalog, and among the entries is the upcoming Darth Vader in a Box, due out August 8, 2012. Link Pretty sweet!

This one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Darth Vader statue in a classic Force-choke pose, complete with a customizable display stand and a booklet of the Sith Lord’s most chilling and inspirational quotes, is an essential totem for Star Wars fans or anyone wishing to master the dark side of the Force.

Sneak Peek: The Essential Reader’s Companion Images

Del Rey has posted a few images from the upcoming The Essential Reader’s Companion, currently due out October 02, 2012. Link Click on the images for larger sizes.

Scene from the Del Rey novel Darth Bane: Path of Destruction written by Drew Karpyshyn.
Sergeant Dessel, Bane before he becomes a Sith Lord, and the Gloom Walkers.

Scene from the Del Rey novel Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter written by Michael Reaves.
Darth Maul crosses lightsabers with Jedi Padawan Darsha Assant.

Scene from the Scholastic young reader novel Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive written by Terry Bisson. After the death of Jango Fett, young Boba meets with Count Dooku.

A scene from the Del Rey novel Labyrinth of Evil written by James Luceno. Jedi Stass Allie and Shaak Ti protecting Chancellor Palpatine from the menacing General Grievous.

SEE ALSO:
Preview 28 Pages of The Essential Reader’s Companion!
Sneak Peek: The Essential Reader’s Companion Images 2.0
The Essential Reader’s Companion Blurb
The Essential Reader’s Companion Cover Art
The Essential Reader’s Companion Preliminary Cover

Star Wars Art: Illustration

Amazon has posted the cover art for the upcoming Star Wars Art: Illustration, and it is simply stunning. Link

Current release date is October 1, 2012.

The Old Republic: Encyclopedia

DK has posted their Fall 2012 catalog, and among the entries is the upcoming The Old Republic: Encyclopedia due out October 1, 2012. Link

The listing includes the tentative cover, posted above, and five illustrations from the publication. Click on each image for a larger size.

Created in full collaboration with LucasArts, this in-depth companion covers the spectrum of characters, weapons, vehicles, events, and planets of Star Wars : The Old Republic. More than just an encyclopedia, it is the ultimate guided tour of the dangerous and mysterious universe found in a galaxy far, far away.

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

Star Wars Weekends 2012 Celebrity Hosts

Disney Parks Blog has announced the hosts for the Star Wars Weekends 2012 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida! Link (See article for additional details)

Ashley Eckstein and James Arnold Taylor – who provide the voices of Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi, respectively, for the popular animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars – will join us for the duration of the 2012 event in their host roles.

SEE ALSO:
Star Wars Weekends 2012 Promotional Videos, Posters
Catherine Taber To Attend Star Wars Weekends 2012
Star Wars Weekends 2012 Dates Announced

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