Cover For Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company Revealed

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in books, Star Wars: Battlefront | 0 comments

On November 3, 2015, Del Rey will publish Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed, a novel inspired by the highly-anticipated video game Star Wars: Battlefront. This action-packed adventure follows a squad of soldiers caught in the trenches of the ultimate galactic war between good and evil. Here now is the exclusive reveal of the book’s cover as well as a special patch designed for the members of Twilight Company....

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See What Star Wars Could Have Been Like

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in books | 0 comments

Like any work of art, Star Wars went through a number of versions before it become the story we all know and love. And if you’ve ever wondered what Star Wars was like when it was first born in George Lucas’s imagination, you’re in luck. The Star Wars is a graphic novel interpretation of Lucas’s rough draft vision of what would be A New Hope (it was originally published as eight Dark Horse comics). You’ll see a lot of the characters you’re familiar with—Luke, Han, Leia, 3PO, R2, Darth Vader—but in drastically different versions. Luke is in his 60s. Han is an alien. R2 can talk. The story itself is quite different, as well. Although some parts of the plot remained unchanged into the final form of the movie, there are some that were cut completely, and a few that were significantly changed. Lightsabers are all over the place in this version—even some of the stormtroopers carry them. One of the things that I found most interesting was how a lot of the names, both of people and planets, didn’t make it into A New Hope, but showed up later (Utapau, for example, is seen in The Star Wars). And some of the characters that didn’t make it into the movies do seem to have influenced the later stories. I also greatly enjoyed the section that contains notes on how the authors and illustrators took what was in the draft script and turned it into the final graphic novel. There was a lot of information missing, especially on what characters and ships looked like. They did a great job, and it’s clear that they put a lot of hard work into the final product! It’s a quick read, and quite enjoyable—if you’re a Star Wars nerd, you should definitely read The Star Wars to gain an appreciation for the history of the series. There’s more than you might have realized! Buy The Star Wars from Amazon ($26) Have you read The Star Wars? What did you think? Which parts really stood out at you? Share your thoughts...

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in books | 0 comments

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything. Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for. What would Star Wars sound like if William Shakespeare wrote it? Well, that’s a mighty fine question, especially for a fan of both Star Wars and Shakespeare like myself. It’s fun, it’s funny and it also would make a great gift idea for someone on your list. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars (Verily, A New Hope) is a non-canon book by Ian Doescher. See what other reviewers are saying: “Ian Doescher has reimagined the entire first Star Wars film as an Elizabethan play, complete with iambic pentameter and elaborate illustrations. It’s geekception.”—The Mary Sue “…the book is so brilliant you’ll wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner.”—Paste Magazine “..another smart tribute fans will enjoy.”—The Star-Ledger   “If you are looking for a neat way to get acquainted with Shakespeare or you are a teacher whose students are having a rough time accessing the genius of the Bard of Avon, I highly recommend you give William Shakespeare’s Star Wars  a try!”—GeekMom “Is it all a great, geeky, inter-galactic goblet of literary fun? Verily!” —AmericanProfile.com “…a quirky addition to the genre-busting canon…”—Entertainment Weekly “…what Doescher made is delicious.”—Charleston City Paper “…brilliant…”—Deseret News “This is a great read. Author Ian Doescher may not have bested Shakespeare, but he’s certainly one-upped Lucas.”—Asbury Park Press Here is an excerpt:   It is a period of civil war. The spaceships of the rebels, striking swift From base unseen, have gain’d a vict’ry o’er The cruel Galactic Empire, now adrift. Amidst the battle, rebel spies prevail’d 5 And stole the plans to a space station vast, Whose pow’rful beams will later be unveil’d And crush a planet: ’tis the DEATH STAR blast. Pursu’d by agents sinister and cold, Now Princess Leia to her home doth flee, 10 Deliv’ring plans and a new hope they hold: Of bringing freedom to the galaxy. In time so long ago begins our play, In star-crossed galaxy far, far away. Author Biography Ian Doescher – author of the William Shakespeare Star Wars series – has loved Shakespeare since eighth grade and was born 45 days after Star Wars Episode IV was released. He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. Ian lives in Portland, Oregon, with his spouse and two sons. Visit Ian online at...

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Alexander Freed confirmed as writer for Comming ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ Tie-in Book

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in books, Star Wars: Battlefront | 0 comments

We all know by now that Star Wars: Battlefront will not have space battles, more than five planets, a single-player campaign, or even setting from the prequel trilogy, but it does have something that no other games in the series has: a tie-in novel. After Disney took over Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, they decided to remove the “Expanded Universe.” This includes every novel, comic book, TV show, and other non-film Star Wars material that was made over the years. This media will be published still, but it shows up as part of the “Legends” line. Lucasfilm is started from scratch and building up the Star Wars franchise with a fresh start. As of now, the new Star Wars canon includes a few comic books by Marvel and a line of books from Del Ray books. Two books have been published and half a dozen are still waiting to be published. At the 2015 Star Wars Celebration, a new book- Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company- is based off of the new video game, was announced to the public. Battlefront: Twilight Company is written by Alexander Freed and many hardcore Star Wars fans are familiar with his name. Mr. Freed worked for BioWare for six years before he set off as a freelancer. He is responsible for a few comic books that are placed in The Old Republic’s setting. Battlefront: Twilight Company is set after the destruction of the first Death Star and its main focus is on the continuing struggle between a squad of rebels and the elite Stormtroopers. The official summary states: Under the direction of the Emperor and Darth Vader, an army of highly trained, single-minded stormtroopers quashes dissent and destroys resistance. But on worlds like Sullust, Coyerti, Haidoral Prime, and untold others, Rebel forces fight in the trenches, determined to maintain hope against the unrelenting Imperial war machine… Star Wars: Battlefront is the very first AAA video game that will join Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars franchise. The Old Republic will continue, so you don’t have to worry about that aspect. During the Star Wars Celebration, Pablo Hidalgo, Star Wars Story Group member, stated that BioWare has created a “fantastic” universe but said that the game is not canon....

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The Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Books Available for Pre-Order

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in books, Star Wars: Episode VII | 0 comments

We were pretty excited to hear that there were going to be at least 20 new Star Wars books, ranging from novels to sticker books, coming out this fall. And now they’re here—the first pre-orders are available! Not all of the books have been announced yet, but it’s clear that Disney is placing a heavy emphasis on filling fans in on what happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. In addition to the Marvel comic series we discussed earlier, Shattered Empire, we can now see a few more titles. Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath presents an intriguing cover, with “The war is not over” emblazoned on the cover. Looks like Disney’s rewriting the canon quite a bit (we had some idea that this was the case when we saw Stormtroopers in the trailer, but this lends even more credence to the idea). The book’s description also contains the line “And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a lone Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting. . . .”, setting the stage for more Alliance–Empire conflict. In addition to Aftermath and the Marvel series, the other announced books are Lost Stars, Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure, Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure, The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure, Droid Factory, and Ships of the Galaxy. The books have a range of release dates from September to November, and seem to be pretty reasonably priced (which, because they’re hardcover, might mean that they’re quite short). Which books are you looking forward to most? Have you placed a pre-order yet? What are you hoping to see in the other Journey to the Force Awakens...

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