Grand Admiral Thrawn Steps into Canon on STAR WARS Rebels

I’m going to guess I’m not the only person my age who did an unusual thing for them and sat around waiting for a live watching of an episode of a cartoon. I did so in the name of Thrawn.

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Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels starts in the middle of action with Steps into Shadow but I won’t be touching on any of that.

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STAR WARS Bloodline – Claudia Gray’s Shadows of the Empire

Up until recently only two new canon STAR WARS novels were books that I thought both captured what this thing of ours is and just added something potentially valuable to the mythos or how we understood it. Also, and this is important, were cool. The rest, of which I have read all off (excluding those aimed specifically at young kids), were in various degrees problematic.

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They were also both surprises.
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Interludes Are Our Only Hope – Reviews of both Star Wars Aftermath + Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

Below are reviews for both Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars:  Empire’s End, the first and third (and final) book in Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars book series that reintroduced fans to new canon post-Return of the Jedi.

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I did both reviews when each book came out but I’m just combining them below. Yeah, I didn’t write one for the second book but I do think these progressively got better with each book but as you will see there’s close to 7000 words below, so I hope enough context is offered. Enjoy!

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Vos and Ventress Golden in Star Wars Dark Disciple and… We Need to Talk about Jedi

I want to get the basics out of the way first. If you don’t like or want spoilers don’t read on. I will tell you the point of a person reading a book and then sitting down to write up about what they didn’t just read when there is one. Seems like a waste of time to me, so go read the book and watch Thrawn return to new canon like any good Star Wars fan this week and come back here.

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Dark Disciple is one of the better new canon STAR Wars novels. It is so by a healthy margin and I was aware of it probably 1/3 of the way through my reading of it which is a great feeling to have but in turn allows entry for trepidation as you become aware of your desire to not be let down by the conclusion.

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Paul S. Kemp Gets The Star Wars Call – I Tapped the Line + A Review of Lords of the Sith

This is another combining of related content for me. In this case it’s a brief chat I had with Paul S. Kemp a little bit after it broke he was going to be writing Star Wars novels combined a review I wrote of his Star Wars: Lords of the Sith.

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Paul wrote some really great Forgotten Realms novels featuring Erevis Cale that honestly may be the best I’ve read in Realms. 

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What the Sheev? – Star Wars Tarkin/Vader Buddy Cop

Let me get out of this way, I role with James Luceno and I always will because he was 1/2 of the team that brought me Robotech in novel form in the ’80s. That said, there is good James Luceno and bad James Luceno. Good James Luceno is Labyrinth of Evil which combined with Matthew Stover’s kick ass novelization of Revenge of the Sith is the Star Wars prequel as it should have been told, not whatever it was that happened on to the screen.

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Good Luceno is Darth Plagueis. Bad Luceno, and I know perhaps the majority does not agree with this, is Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader.

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Deathtroopers? Star Wars Horror Chat w/ Joe Schreiber

Another 10-question, topic specific, interview format, and today we have horror novelist Joe Schreiber. Schreiber is writing the forthcoming Deathtroopers, a Star Wars horror novel scheduled for a late 2009 release. Schreiber is the author of two previous novels, Chasing the Dead and Eating the Dark.

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This is my shorter form interview feature that’s topic specific that you’ve seen here before with the likes of Jeff VanderMeer, Chris Roberson, Paul S. Kemp, and other.

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