Heir to the Jedi and Lords of the Sith Release Dates Pushed Back

Lords of the Sith Heir to the JediDel Rey announced on their Star Wars Books Facebook page today that the release dates for the next two adult-targeted Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, Kevin Hearn’s Heir to the Jedi and Paul S. Kemp’s Lords of the Sith, have been pushed back, though, happily, not by much. Heir to the Jedi will now be released on March 3 while Lords of the Sith will be coming out on April 28. You can read their announcement here.

(via Club Jade)

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New Tarkin Audiobook Clip

tarkinTime for another Tarkin excerpt, though this time in a different format. The official Star Wars blog has posted a preview from the audio version of James Luceno’s upcoming novel, read by Euan Morton. Listen to it here and check out Bria’s of the book here.

Tarkin will be released in hardback, ebook, and audiobook formats on November 4.

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Tosche Station Radio #96: Ratings and Timeslots

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It’s the news, ratings, and Rebels on this episode of Tosche Station Radio.

Kicking off the show, the hosts highlight what’s New on the Blog. Shoshana gave us her recap of Geek Girl Con 2014. Bria reviewed Tarkin by James Luceno. This week’s installment of Nanci’s Heir to the Empire retrospective visited Bpfassh and Dagobah. Brian reviewed Fighter Flight, the latest episode of Rebels. Shoshana live tweeted the Pink Five saga. Nanci reviewed Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy by Jason Fry

Fixer’s Flash sees Nanci reading Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy, a new series by Jason Fry. Brian wrote a Rebels fanfic.

This week’s Deak’s Dirt starts with some new Tarkin excerpts on the Star Wars Books Facebook page, and Issue 153 of the Star Wars Insider will contain another excerpt, as well as some artwork. Marvel solicits Star Wars #1 with a fantastic variant cover, which is an homage to the original Marvel Star Wars #1. There’s a sneak peek of Vader’s appearance in ABC’s airing of Spark of Rebellion. And finally in the most anticlimactic rumor ever, Matthew Stover is not writing a new Star Wars book.

Biggs’ Bull$#@* hears rumors that Episode VII is wrapping up filming shortly.

Rebels is the theme for Camie’s Concerns this week. The hosts discuss the ratings issue and wonder if the timeslot and channel may have something to do with it. Later they review the episodes that have aired thus far.

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of Tosche-Station.net. You can find Nanci on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants and you can find Brian with @LaneWinree.

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Another Tarkin Mini-Excerpt Posted

tarkinIt’s that time of the week again and Del Rey has posted another mini-excerpt from the upcoming novel Tarkin on their Star Wars Books Facebook page. You can find the excerpt here and you can check out Bria’s review of the book here.

Tarkin by James Luceno will be available in hardback and ebook formats on November 4.

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Go/No-Go: Star Wars Rebels: Servant of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy

nasa-mission-control-3Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy is the first installment in a new young reader tie-in series to Star Wars Rebels. Told from the perspective of a teenage boy named Zare Leonis, it chronicles his final year in AppSci school before following his sister Dhara to the Imperial Academy on Lothal.

Jason Fry is no stranger to writing Star Wars, and he does a great job with Zare’s character arc. Zare starts out the story a teenage boy whose only concerns are succeeding in grav-ball and proving himself to be just as good as his sister, but due to the year’s events he starts to question the Empire he’d basically been born to serve. It gives a good insight into what causes some people to want to rebel against the Empire, and why others would be more resistant to speaking out. Despite it being set in a different universe, it’s a very relatable issue.  Do you do what you feel is right and in the process risk your life and the lives of your loved ones, or do you keep quiet about wrongdoings and not cause any trouble? It’s easy to say what you’d do in that situation until you’re actually in it. And Zare’s problems start small, from issues with a school administrator, but eventually become much larger than he could ever imagine.

One thing I found interesting is that the Imperial Academy was actually located on Lothal, and not on a more populated world. I always had the impression from A New Hope that there was just one Academy, but upon reflection I realize that would be unrealistic in a universe as big as Star Wars. It makes me wonder which Academy Biggs attended, and which one Luke would have gone to.

SotECoverEdge of the Empire has great little nods to the Legends EU, including mentions of caf, hot chocolate, and use of the swear words stang and kriffing. I was also glad that Dhara mentioned women going through stormtrooper training at the Academy. Fry also invents a new sport called grav-ball, which is a combination of soccer, football, basketball, and Quidditch (the sport in Harry Potter, for all you Muggles out there). I’m not a huge sports fan, but those scenes were well-written and tied into the plot and Zare’s character arc very well.

If you’re a fan of Rebels, definitely pick this up. Don’t be put off that its meant for younger audiences. It’s a fun, fast read and does a great job at depicting everyday life in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. And, as I’m sure was the intention, I’m now really looking forward the Academy episodes of Rebels–not to mention the future installments in the Servants of the Empire series. This book gets a GO from me.

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Review: Star Wars Rebels: Fighter Flight

rebels logoFighter Flight is a pretty self-contained bottle episode. That in and of itself is pretty unremarkable. What is remarkable, however, is that it was a bottle episode that was thoroughly entertaining and fun. If this is what Rebels is going to do with even episodes that may not have the biggest bearing on the overarching story, we’re in for a great ride.

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The Bad Guys Live in that Basketball: A Pink Five Liveblog

pink five logoNo Star Wars fan films are closer to my heart than Pink Five, a fan film project following the adventures of Stacy, a less than attentive X-Wing pilot, as she navigates her way through the events of the original trilogy.  So when I recently managed to obtain a copy of the Kickstarter DVD of the complete Pink Five saga, I did what any typical person would do in such a situation: liveblog it on Twitter.

The results are what follows.

Please note that I have previously seen all of Pink Five except for the very last installment, Return of Pink Five, Volume III.

And be warned: here be spoilers.
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