Archive for June, 2012

Star Trek designs coming to Her Universe

Making their debut July 11 with the Doctor Who apparel, Her Universe is also bringing out five cute tees of different styles and prints with a Star Trek theme about them. They include a tee with the Starship Enterprise made from opening monologue, a Vulcan polo shirt and a version of Uhura’s shirt.

Ashley made the announcement on her Facebook fan page, here, with the images:

BREAKING NEWS!!! You didn’t think we were done did you??? You have been asking for this for two years now and I am SO excited to tell you that we are FINALLY going to be making STAR TREK apparel for women!

You can get them here July 11th from Her Universe.

Doctor Who shirts set to release on Her Universe

On July 11, available for purchase on Her Universe, comes four all new Doctor Who designs. Two of which are Vnecks, the remaining two being Scoop tees. They have designs like the TARDIS and another that reads “Hell in high heels”, another Doctor Who reference. Ashley has said that her female fans requested new and unique Doctor Who apparel.

Ashely posted this on her Facebook fan page followed by the pictures:

GERONIMO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Silence will fall and I can FINALLY announce that Her Universe will be making DOCTOR WHO shirts!!!!!!

The shirts will be available here on Her Universe, July 11th.

The Clone Wars Season Four On Blu-ray

Our friend Pete over at Lightsaber Rattling spotted a listing for the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four on Blu-ray. Link

Current release date is October 23, 2012. Check out additional details on the Blu-ray.com forums. Link

Review: I, Jedi

- Minor Spoiler Review -

For several years now, I’ve been told that I, Jedi is an amazing read; a bright spot in the vast Expanded Universe timeline. Having read the X-Wing series, I had no reason to doubt this claim. Michael Stackpole and Aaron Allston created quite an exciting series full of memorable characters and fun adventures. After reading it, I am pleased to say that the fun and excitement continues in I, Jedi.

One thing I noticed immediately is that the entire novel is written in a first-person narrative. We follow the perspective of Corran Horn during his greatest challenge yet: Finding his wife who has vanished. Corran decides that the best way to do this is to take on Jedi training, because he does have a connection to the Force and the possibility exists for him to become a Jedi. Going to the newly established Jedi Academy established by Luke Skywalker is the obvious next step for Corran, but by no means is the training an easy task. The quest to find his wife takes Corran across the galaxy, as he journeys from one planet to the next, in an effort to become a Jedi, learn about his heritage, and track the kidnappers before they do any harm to Mirax.

The events in I, Jedi parallel those in the Jedi Academy Trilogy written by Kevin J. Anderson, though many of them are retold from a different perspective, which enhances the experience greatly. We learn much more about the Jedi training, and how it affects the students and Luke Skywalker himself. As the events of the Jedi Academy Trilogy are retold through the eyes of Corran Horn, more is revealed about the other students, including Kyp Durron, and the evil presence they must fight against, namely, the spirit of the Dark Lord Exar Kun.

With the paperback edition at nearly 600 pages, I, Jedi is no small read, but in this case that’s a great thing. The book starts with a bang and keeps the reader focused even though it does revisit the Jedi Academy Trilogy. I did feel that the final showdown between Corran and Leonia Tavira ended rather abruptly, considering the events of this long journey led up to that moment. I had a feeling of really, that’s it? But in my opinion, that’s a really small gripe for an overall satisfying book.

Are you a fan of action, adventure, intrigue, and surprises? Do you enjoy the fun and excitement from the X-Wing series? Does learning more about the techniques and ways of Jedi training interest you? If you answered yes to those questions, you should get yourself a copy of I, Jedi today.

Paperback Cover Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole presents a stirring new tale set in the Star Wars universe: the dramatic story of a heroic X-wing pilot on the razor’s edge between the Force—and the dark side.

Corran Horn has distinguished himself as one of the best and brightest of Rogue Squadron’s elite fighting force. Then his wife, Mirax, vanishes on a covert mission for the New Republic, and Corran vows to find her. To do so, he knows he must develop the latent Force powers inherited from his grandfather, a legendary Jedi hero. He joins Luke Skywalker’s famed Jedi academy to begin training, only to quit in frustration at Skywalker’s methods. Now Corran is on his own. Using his Corellian undercover experience, he must infiltrate, sabotage, and destroy a ruthless organization in order to find his wife. But to succeed, Corran will have to come to terms with his Jedi heritage—and make a terrible choice: surrender to the dark side…or die.

A Look Inside The Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories

Random House has uploaded their Insight Book Preview for the upcoming Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories! Link (Click on listing image after the preview loads)

While the preview content itself may not be new, the front matter information does reveal that there will be an excerpt from the upcoming X-Wing: Mercy Kill, which is due out August 07, 2012.

SEE ALSO:
Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories Cover Art
Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories Synopsis

The Old Republic: Annihilation Cover Blurb Now Online

Random House has posted the jacket text for the upcoming The Old Republic: Annihilation, written by Drew Karpyshyn and due out November 13, 2012! Link

The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy.

But Karrid’s ruthless determination is more than matched in the steely resolve of Theron Shan, whose unfinished business with the Empire could change the course of the war for good. Though the son of a Jedi master, Theron does not wield the Force—but like his renowned mother, the spirit of rebellion is in his blood. As a top covert agent for the Republic, he struck a crucial blow against the Empire by exposing and destroying a Sith superweapon arsenal—which makes him the ideal operative for a daring and dangerous mission to end Ascendant Spear’s reign of terror.

Joined by hot-headed smuggler Teff’ith, with whom he has an inexplicable bond, and wise Jedi warrior Gnost-Dural, Darth Karrid’s former master, Theron must match wits and weapons with a battle-tested crew of the most cold-blooded dark side disciples. But time is brutally short. And if they don’t seize their one chance to succeed, they will surely have countless opportunities to die.

SEE ALSO:
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
Drew Karpyshyn Talks ANNIHILATION
Star Wars: The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION
Drew Karpyshyn To Write The Old Republic #4

The Old Republic: Encyclopedia Cover Art

New cover art has been revealed for the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia, due out October 15, 2012! Link

SEE ALSO:
The Old Republic: Encyclopedia
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

Review: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

Matthew Stover’s Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor succeeds by knowing exactly what it is. From the title alone we get the feeling that this is space opera with an emphasis on the operatic, with larger-than-life heroes and villains. It’s a battle between capital-letter Dark and Light, but Stover manages to also inject a human element, as well as a sharply satirical one that I couldn’t help but see as poking fun at the expanded universe itself.

Stover did the same in Revenge of the Sith, penning one of the greatest Star Wars books on the shelf by realizing that having a script in front of him meant he could focus on form and characters. Stover wasn’t lazy: he doubled his efforts, spinning both Anakin and Obi-Wan ever so slightly to make more convincing heroes than the movies themselves seemed to contain. His prose in both books flows well and can be dense in the best of ways, making rugged asteroid fields and monstrous possessed stormtroopers feel real with the proper placement of just a few words. Freed of a script, Stover does some of his best fight choreography in Shadows Of Mindor, featuring brutal brawls with everything from lightsabers to bare teeth and nails.

The closing and opening scenes serve as a framing device to show a Luke Skywalker searching for truth about himself, and unwilling to let that truth be hidden under a good story. This is where Shadows of Mindor contains its most pointed jabs at the Expanded Universe, from an aghast Luke telling an investigator that people are “making things up” about him, to his protestation that he “doesn’t even like red-heads”. Whether the farm boy raised on tales of Jedi and space warriors would be just a bit tempted to believe his own myth is a question the closing scene avoids: throughout the book Luke is shy and humble, if not from a natural aptitude for humility than because of Yoda’s teachings and his experiences in the recent Galactic Civil War.

It’s a bit surprising when Stover takes a page out of Michael Reaves’ book to introduce Nick, a character of his own making from the Star Wars novel Shatterpoint that took itself so seriously (and portrayed war very well). But Nick fits in, and I was happy to see him. Not knowing whether the events of Mindor are largely fabricated events and Nick is actually somewhere else or – more likely on Haruun Kal – dead, is part of the appeal.

But what about the bulk of the book, between the opening and closing dialogues? Does it work as a straight-up story? Partially. After a slow start featuring Rogue Squadron and that classic Star Wars combination of witty banter and chopped-off hands, we get to Luke, Han, and Leia acting a lot like they do in the original trilogy. The characterization is often spot-on, and the casual tone of the dialogue helps: the three of them stop to talk about opinions and money in between missions. Stover makes a Star Wars universe that feels real, while keeping – in Shadows of Mindor, anyway – a sense of fun. It’s not a bloodless book, but the antagonists are larger-than-life and built literally out of stone. The masked villain Shadowspawn is a vehicle for interesting concepts – his desire to become Luke Skywalker (or a Luke Skywalker figure) plays well into the overarching theme of the see-sawing relationship between light and dark.

Some parts do fall flat: whether it was meant to make a point about the unlikeliness of heroes or not, R2-D2 performing some of the more important acts of the novel fell flat to me. The tough Jedi, even in pastiche, is more appealing to me than the cute, accidentally deadly droid. (Stover’s usually not so sentimental to the mechanical guys: in Revenge of the Sith he ascribed half of R2’s first-act battle tactics to Obi-Wan.) The climactic battle feels pretty short and sterile for being built up as a tragic massacre. A lot of the tragedy takes place inside Luke’s head, and seems to affect him more than it does the families of the people he’s killed. A longer denouement to show the personal and political fallout would be nice.

However, the lack of denouement and emotional closure is a flaw that Luke himself picks out in
the closing act. It’s hard to catch Shadows of Mindor out on flaws it hasn’t caught itself on. Existing somewhere between action story and pastiche, it entertains as well as making the reader think. I could praise every Stover book and story that comes out, and this one is no exception. The reader just has to go into it knowing what it is.

- Megan

Cover Synopsis…

Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader are dead. The Empire has been toppled by the triumphant Rebel Alliance, and the New Republic is ascendant. But the struggle against the dark side and the Sith Order is not over. Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and their faithful comrades have had little time to savor victory before being called on to defend the newly liberated galaxy.

Powerful remnants of the vanquished Empire, hungry for retaliation, are still at large, committing acts of piracy, terrorism, and wholesale slaughter against the worlds of the fledgling New Republic. The most deadly of these, a ruthless legion of black-armored Stormtroopers, do the brutal bidding of the newly risen warlord Shadowspawn. Striking from a strategically advantageous base on the planet Mindor, they are waging a campaign of plunder and destruction, demolishing order and security across the galaxy–and breeding fears of an Imperial resurgence. Another reign of darkness beneath the boot-heel of Sith despotism is something General Luke Skywalker cannot, and will not, risk.

Mobilizing the ace fighters of Rogue Squadron–along with the trusty Chewbacca, See-Threepio, and Artoo-Detoo–Luke, Han, and Leia set out to take the battle to the enemy and neutralize the threat before it’s too late. But their imminent attack on Mindor will be playing directly into the hands of their cunning new adversary. Lord Shadowspawn is no freshly anointed Sith Chieftain but in fact a vicious former Imperial Intelligence officer–and Prophet of the Dark Side. The Emperor’s death has paved the way for Shadowspawn’s return from exile in the Outer Rim, and mastery of ancient Sith knowledge and modern technology has given him the capability to mount the ultimate power play for galaxy wide dominion. Dark prophecy has foretold that only one obstacle stands in his way, and he is ready–even eager–for the confrontation.

All the classic heroes, all the explosive action and adventure, all the unparalleled excitement of Star Wars come breathlessly alive as the adventures of Luke Skywalker continue.

Star Wars eBooks Coming Soon

That’s right, more previously released publications will soon be available to purchase for your e-reader! As we previously reported, the original 9 X-Wing novels will be bundled into one package, with a newly released list price of $56.99. Titles are listed below; click on images for more info.

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Current Release Date: July 30, 2012

The X-Wing/Wraith Squadron adventures are one of the most popular series in the Star Wars universe. Through nine thrilling novels, this handy eBook bundle features the action, the intrigue, and the entire evolving story of these unique space corps—units that are comprised of a diverse group of pilots determined to fight the good fight. This bundle includes the following titles:

ROGUE SQUADRON
WEDGE’S GAMBLE
THE KRYTOS TRAP
THE BACTA WAR
WRAITH SQUADRON
IRON FIST
SOLO COMMAND
ISARD’S REVENGE
STARFIGHTERS OF ADUMAR

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Current Release Date: December 11, 2012

Title: The Essential Atlas: Star Wars
Author Display: Daniel Wallace & Jason Fry
Date: On Sale: 12/11/2012
ISBN-10: 0345542754
ISBN-13: 9780345542755
Division: Ballantine Group
Format: eBook

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Current Release Date: October 2, 2012

Title: The Essential Guide to Warfare: Star Wars
Author Display: Jason Fry with Paul R. Urquhart
Date: On Sale: 10/02/2012
ISBN-10: 0345542746
ISBN-13: 9780345542748
Division: Ballantine Group
Format: eBook

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Current Release Date: October 2012

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Current Release Date: August 1, 2012

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Current Release Date: June 1, 2012

SEE ALSO:
Novel Review: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron
Star Wars: X-Wing Series (9-Book eBook Bundle)

Star Wars: Scoundrels Full Cover Art

Del Rey has posted the entire cover art for the upcoming Star Wars: Scoundrels, due out December 26, 2012! Link

Now you get your first look at the full back cover as well featuring from left to right Kell Tainer, Winter, Zerba Cher’dak, and Bink Kitik. The jacket painting is by Paul Youll and designed by our own Scott Biel.

SEE ALSO:
Megan Sits Down With Timothy Zahn
Knights’ Archive Exclusive: Timothy Zahn
Novel Review: Scoundrels by Bry Dean
Megan’s Review: Scoundrels
38 Pages of Star Wars: Scoundrels Now Online
Star Wars: Winner Lose All: A Lando Calrissian Tale
Star Wars: Scoundrels Cover Blurb
Star Wars: Scoundrels Excerpt!
Star Wars: Scoundrels
Untitled Star Wars Stand-Alone by Timothy Zahn Blurb

We Want You! Novel Reviewer

UPDATE: POSITION FILLED

Love Star Wars books? Enjoy talking about them? Want an easy way to get your opinions online, to be read by fans all over the world? Join us!

We are once again sending out a request for a Star Wars novel reviewer. You will be joining Andrew, super_redhead and I as we strive to review all things Star Wars.

Why review for Knights Archive?

  • We love Star Wars!
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  • Once a review is posted, it’s sent across the internet via our blog, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Reddit, The Forcebook.com, Port Haven Forums, our LiveJournal account and is also submitted directly to Del Rey or DK Publishing.
  • Posting reviews is a great way to increase your enjoyment of Star Wars. You know you’ll be heard, you’ll likely meet new people across the fandom, and who knows, an author or other VIP may acknowledge your review (happens here all the time). That in itself is an awesome privilege.
  • You’ll also have posting access to our Archive Entries section, which is a collection of staff essays about anything Star Wars.

How does it work?

You pick what you want to read from the entire Expanded Universe timeline. Posting one review a month is a great goal, but no worries if things get in the way. Once you post a review, move on to the next book! As I mentioned, reviews are submitted to Del Rey or DK Publishing (newly released publications).

If you are interested, send us an email at knightsarchive@hotmail.com. You’ll be asked to send a sample review. We’ll select a reviewer from all entries posted. May the Force be with you!

The Clone Wars Season 5 Trailer

Entertainment Weekly has posted a trailer that was previously teased then first played in its entirety at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Star Wars Weekends. Click here to watch, and check out their breakdown of the video!

SEE ALSO:
The Clone Wars Season 5 Premiere Screening
The Clone Wars Season 5 Celebration VI Trailer
The Clone Wars Season 5 Teasers
Introducing: Clone Commander Thorn
The Clone Wars Season 5 Teaser

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