So who is ready for the Star Wars movie!? Also check out my Star Wars Book Challenge https://nerdylifeofmine.com/category/star-wars-book-challenge/
So who is ready for the Star Wars movie!? Also check out my Star Wars Book Challenge https://nerdylifeofmine.com/category/star-wars-book-challenge/
So we have Bloodline (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)….. I wanted to like this novel.. There were a number things I could get behind. The story over I liked, it’s just the writing style seemed off putting..
Witness the birth of the Resistance
When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.
Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.
As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing.
The Stilted awkwardness of the prequels and lacking charisma… Is what almost killed the whole thing for me. I mean this story line puts Leia in the more badass light. But everything about the story is rather flat and the author (at least to me) didn’t take the time to flesh out the people within the book.
Hammertong: The Tale of the “Tonnika Sisters” is a short story written by Timothy Zahn for the short story Anthology Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina. Perhaps most significant for establishing that the Tonnika sisters seen in A New Hope were in fact Shada D’ukal and Karoly D’ulin in disguise. *Spoilers*
A group of Mistryl Shadow Guard—an ancient sect of women warriors—has been hired by Kellering to transport “Hammertong”, a mysterious top-secret Imperial project. The women go to the research facility to guard the transport as additional security. They are attacked by the Imperials and Team Prime Manda D’ulin and Pav D’armon are killed. Shada D’ukal and Karoly D’ulin find Hammertong ready to transport inside a Strike-class medium cruiser. Angry by death of Manda and Pav, they decide to steal the Imperial project and fly to Tatooine. They evade the Imperials and crash-land in the Dune Sea; in order to transport Hammertong off-planet, they need to hire a freighter. Shada and Karoly disguise themselves as the Tonnika sisters, professional con artists, and go to Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina in Mos Eisley, where they are arrested by an Imperial officer, who believes they truly are the sisters. In jail, a guard named Riij Winward knows they’re impersonators and as proof tells them he knew about the crash-landed Strike cruiser, and where the real Tonnika sisters are. He frees them in exchange for leading him to the crash site before the sand conceals the entrance to the already half-buried cruiser. They go to the Dune Sea, and Riij tells them what the Hammertong really is: part of the Death Star II’s superlaser. He reveals also he is member of the Rebel Alliance, asks for the weapon, and gives them an offer to join the Alliance. They refuse to give him Hammertong and are ready to return to their home planet, until they learn Riij took their droid with the blueprints of Hammertong inside it. They decide not to go after him and Shada seriously considers joining the Rebels on her own if Karoly refuses.
I rather enjoyed it for what it was.. It did it’s job of answering questions and adding a new spin on certain scenes. One part I thought was funny, was they still called Docking Bay 94 as Docking Bay 97.
SO!!! Yeah…. When I started this Challenge I may have kinda read this trilogy out of order…. Yeah I know… So here I am reading the first in the Thraw Trilogy, Heir to the Empire! If you would like here is a link to the post I made about Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2) I kinda made a OOPS there hahaha SORRY!
“But you must never relax your guard. The Emperor is gone, but the dark side is still powerful. Never forget that.”
It’s been a while since I read Heir to the Empire, and, to be honest, I was afraid it wouldn’t be as good as I remembered. Well, nothing to fear! Zahn truly captivate my mind all over again with this novel! If George Lucas could take advice from him, maybe the Star Wars prequels would have turned out better! Maybe… But I feel the prepuels are getting to much hate now a days. I’ve re-watched them and I do rather enjoy them, specially watching with my kids. To see their faces light up when the Wars comes on is great. BUT! Not Jar-Jar! F’in HATE that guy! The only time I enjoyed him was in Robot Chicken where the killed hi off and his ghost hunts Vader hahaha!!
Sorry got off topic there for bit.. Heir to the Empire!! Yes, Anywho. A reviewer, at the time of the book’s first appearance in 1991, wrote that Heir to the Empire “captures the spirit of the movie trilogy so well, you can almost hear John Williams’ soundtrack.” I would almost have to agree with him on this. Zahn does a superb job rendering the personalities from George Lucas’ films that one can almost hear Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee “Hello, what have we here?” Williams when reading their characters’ dialogue. The pace of the book is brisk and the action sequences are so well done that one can swear they are cinematic. Although there are many Star Wars authors whose novels are spellbinding, Zahn stands head and shoulders above the crowd.
But with the war seemingly won, strains are beginning to show in the Rebel Alliance. New challenges to galactic peace have arisen. And Luke Skywalker hears a voice from his past. A voice with a warning. Beware the dark side….
Here is the science fiction publishing event of the year: the exciting continuation of the legendary Star Wars saga. Picking up where the movie trilogy left off, Heir to the Empire reveals the tumultuous events that take place after the most popular series in motion-picture history—masterfully told by Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn.
In spring 1977 a film called Star Wars was released—and a cultural phenomenon was born. Its epic story, about a young man named Luke Skywalker, whose destiny was to save the galaxy from conquest, caught the imaginations of millions and broke all box-office records. Today Star Wars and its sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, are acknowledged as the most popular series in movie history, and rank among the top ten films of all time.
The three Star Wars films form a spectacular saga of bold imaginations and high adventure. But the stories of its characters did not end there. Now for the first time, Lucasfilm Ltd., producer of the Star Wars movies, has authorized the continuation of this beloved story. In an astounding three-book cycle, Timothy Zahn continues the tale of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and the other characters made world famous by Star Wars, as he brilliantly expands upon George Lucas’s stunning vision, “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”
Heir to the Empire begins five years after the end of Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet back into barely a quarter of the territory that they once controlled. Leia and Han are married and have shouldered heavy burdens in the government of the new Republic. And Luke Skywalker is the first in a hoped-for new line of Jedi Knights.
But thousands of light years away, where a few skirmishes are still taking place, the last of the Emperor’s warlords has taken command of the remains of the Imperial fleet. He has made two vital discoveries that could destroy the fragile new Republic—built with such cost to the Rebel Alliance. The tale that emerges is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale—in short, a story that is worthy of the name Star Wars.
So far we have these book covered in this Challenge:
ROGUE ONE IS OUT NOW!!! WHO IS GOING TO SEE IT?!? I normally push out challenge post a few days apart. But with Rogue One out, I figured this would be the perfect time to release it. We’ll be in line currently wait to see this movie. I’ve been looking forward to this movie for awhile now, I did hear some news that it’s not getting a sequel.. I understand the time line will pick up where New Hope is. But that doesn’t you have other random adventures with this group. What are you thoughts on this new movie and also them “maybe” not doing a sequel?
Greedo… Poor, poor Greedo. Finally tracks down high profile bounty, only to be shot in the dick under a table… Yeah I said it and yes I believe Han shot first! Greedo has become somewhat of a legend in the Star Wars universe and also spawned a rather heated debate between fans. I talking about the “who shot first” debate.. The “Han shot first” is a phrase referring to a controversial change made to a scene in Star Wars (1977), in which Han Solo is confronted by the bounty hunter Greedo in the Mos Eisley Cantina. The change was made for the 1997 Special Edition re-release of Star Wars, and has since been altered twice more. The phrase “Han shot first” is meant to express that “Han was the only one who shot”, and is a colloquial retort to series creator George Lucas’s explicit cinematic assertion that Greedo shot first. The actor Paul Blake indicated that Greedo shooting first made the character appear inept (in that he would have missed Solo from very short range), and that “it does give Greedo a little more glory if he’s just blown away.”
Now the film’s 2004 release, the scene was altered again, with new timing so that the shots are fired at nearly the same time and so that Solo dodges Greedo’s shot. In an article titled “The Star Wars George Lucas Doesn’t Want You To See”, The Atlantic summarized that “in the original versions … it’s clear that Han Solo pulled out his gun and shot the bounty hunter Greedo. In the 1997 version, Greedo shoots first. In the 2004 version, they shoot at the same time”. Then they changed it again! Only this time in 2011 Blu-ray release, the scene of Solo and Greedo firing at each other was shortened by several frames. Yeah… So if you raised on the 1977 version of the movie, you know Han shot first.. Han always shoots first.
So with that aside I want to talk about the short story of A Hunter’s Fate: Greedo’s Tale by Tom and Martha Veitch. Giving a backstory to the bounty hunter Greedo. It was later adapted into a webstrip by Pablo Hidalgo for Hyperspace.
A teenage Greedo and his younger brother, Pqweeduk explore the various caves inside the jungles of their adopted home world. They discover the remains of three old Rodian starships inside one of the caves. Greedo returns to his hut and asks his mother, Neela, about the ships. Neela explains that many Rodians made a pilgrimage to this planet to escape the clan wars that had taken Greedo’s father away from them.
Shortly after this event, a Rodian warlord of the Chattza Clan named Navik the Red finds the jungle colony and begins slaughtering as many of the pacifist Rodians as he can. Neela takes her children and along with her brothers, Nok and Teeku, they board one of the starships and escape. Nok pilots them to a heavily populated area in the hopes that they can start a new life for themselves. He takes them to the smugglers’ moon—Nar Shaddaa.
I rather enjoyed this story and almost feel sorry for Greedo. He was used up in more ways than one. Now if you watch the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars, most of the events of Greedo’s childhood and early life have been contradicted by the TV series. In the episode “Sphere of Influence“, Greedo is depicted as a fully realized and active bounty hunter, years before the same events would have taken place as detailed in the “Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina” novel. Great story of a doomed character, give it a read sometime!!
X-Wing: Rogue Squadron (written by Michael A. Stackpole) would be the first installment of the X-Wing series, that was first published in 1996.
They are sleek, swift, and deadly. The are the X-wing fighters. And as the struggle rages across the vastness of space, the fearless men and women who pilot them risk both their lives and their machines. Their mission: to defend the Rebel Alliance against a still-powerful and battle-hardened Imperial foe in a last-ditch effort to control the stars!
Its very name strikes fear into enemy hearts. So when Rebel hero Wedge Antilles rebuilds the legendary Rogue Squadron, he seeks out only the best — the most skilled, the most daring X-wing pilots. Through arduous training and dangerous missions, he weeds out the weak from the strong, assembling a group of hard-bitten warriors willing to fight, ready to die. Antilles knows the grim truth: that even with the best X-wing jockeys in the galaxy, many will not survive their near-suicidal missions. But when Rogue Squadron is ordered to assist in the assault on the heavily fortified Imperial stronghold of Black Moon, even the bravest must wonder if any at all will survive.
This story line is filled with great memories from childhood. I remember reading it when it first came out and just loved it. Now after re-reading it, it’s still a great story line haha. But it has a Top Gun meets Star Wars feel to me. Gloriously cheesy at all the right moments, plus it give Wedge a massive spot light. It does feature a lot of characters from the expanded universe (RIP) which is nice. There are some down falls with this novel, mostly do to the story line slowing down to boring crawl. There are a few chapters that have no point in being there, beside space filler. BUT! If you can shoot past tho, it’s a great book.
So far we have these book covered in this Challenge:
So on Jan. 15ht 2017 we will have number 8 in this challenge Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1)!! Plus I’m sure I’ll post another “.5” story about Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina.
So with novel I thought I would break it up into different reviews and topics, do to it being 16 different stories. Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina it is the first in the series about minor characters from the original trilogy, all edited by Kevin J. Anderson, with cover art by Stephen Youll.
The basic plot of book or should I back-cover blurb goes as follows:
In a far off corner of the universe, on the small desert planet of Tatooine, there is a dark, nic-i-tain-filled cantina where you can down your favorite intoxicant while listening to the best jizz riffs in the universe. But beware your fellow denizens of this pangalactic watering hole, for they are cutthroats and cutpurses, assassins and troopers, humans and aliens, gangsters and thieves.…
I rather enjoyed this whole series of stories and Tales of the Bounty Hunters was my favorite out of the three. So the tale we’ll cover today is We don’t do weddings: The Band’s Tale!
Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina:
Is a short by Kathy Tyers in which was published by Bantam Spectra in August 1995 about Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes.
Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes are members of the Intergalactic Federation of Musicians specializing in a style of music known as Jizz. While working on the planet Tatooine, they enter into an exclusive contract to work solely for the crime lord known as Jabba the Hutt. Figrin however, wants to get out of his contract.
One of Jabba’s rivals, a Whiphid named LadyValarian, sends an E522 assassin droid to Jabba’s Palace to recruit Figrin D’an’s services. Valarian offers them 3,000 credits to perform at her wedding to the Whiphid hunter, D’Wopp. The allure of Valarian’s Sabacc tables notwithstanding, Figrin feels that this would present an excellent opportunity to earn enough money to book passage off of Tatooine and get out from under the thumb of Jabba the Hutt.
“When Jabba frowns… somebody dies.“―Doikk Na’ts
This was always a fun story and I rather enjoy the fact that they got a little more deeper in the Jabba the Hutt life. It really had a mod feel to it and it was a pleasure for the imagination. It’s a short short story, so it was a REALLY fast read and you don’t need to know the history to jump into this book.
Behind the Scenes:
This story is the first vignette featured in Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina.
The story ends right before Han Solo shoots Greedo the bounty hunter at Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
Razor’s Edge…. The first Novel in a loose trilogy of books commissioned in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Mostly designed to let bigger sci-fi authors play around with the characters in this world, and also to spotlight each of the ‘Big Three’ in their own novels. Each novel can stand on its own, but they all take place in the time between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, after the destruction of the first Death Star. Razor’s Edge is Leia’s novel. I liked it…. Kinda… I think it could have been better handled. I mean the over all story and idea behind it all was great. Just the author seemed to have trouble getting it out there or she used some really weird descriptive words. It’s a good read and I would recommend it to anyone, just be ready to go “WTF” from time to time.
The second Novel will be written by sci-fi James S.A. Corey were released before Disney killed the EU. So technically the first two are no longer canon and are relegated to ‘Legends’ status, while Kevin Hearne’s book Heir to the Jedi is official in the new EU. I get the feeling it won’t matter, though. Hearne’s respect for Star Wars probably means it can be read with either canon in mind, although I have no idea what, if anything, was changed in his book after the EU was forcibly “retired”.
Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.
But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire . . . if they find out her true identity.
Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.
“This one I have watched a long time. All his life has he looked away…to the horizon, to the sky, to the future. Never his mind on where he was, on what he was doing. Adventure, excitement. A Jedi craves not these things!”
Luke, Han, and Princess Leia’s story didn’t end with the destruction of the Death Star—it continues in The Empire Strikes Back.
Though they had won a significant battle, the war between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire had really just begun.
Now, several months later, the Rebels had established an outpost on the frozen wasteland of Hoth. But even on that icy, backwater planet, they could not escape the evil Darth Vader’s notice for long.
Soon, Luke, Han, Princess Leia, and their faithful companions were forced to flee, scattering in all directions—the Dark Lord’s minions in fevered pursuit!
Excellent adaptation of the movie. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. At time is seem a little too simple.. Like it was written for a youth reader in a way, but that really doesn’t take away from the story at all. You still get everything you loved about Empire and more. Luke meets the mysterious and wise Yoda and begins his Jedi training. Han and Leia realize their feelings for one another. Luke is forced to face the truth about his father. There was some backstory added to the story that actually helped improved a bit. That being said there was a lot of little differences that happened through out. Some of them i didn’t understand why they were changes or that someone was being lazy? So as I sit here sipping out of my Boba Fett tea cup, I will make a list of changes for you :).
Han Solo never says, “And I thought they smelled bad… on the outside.” He does however mention that if he doesn’t get the shelter built in time, “Jabba won’t need those bounty hunters.”
After the Rebels’ shield generator is destroyed, Hobbie crashes his crippled snowspeeder into the head of General Veers’ AT-AT, killing himself, Veers and everyone aboard.
Admiral Piett goes down to Hoth with Darth Vader’s landing party instead of remaining aboard the Executor.
While training Luke, Yoda throws a metal bar into the air and Luke cuts it quickly into four sections with his lightsaber as a test of his reflexes.
There are only five bounty hunters aboard the Executor. 4-LOM is omitted, and Zuckuss is a “human type.”
Captain Needa’s death is not directly described. The scene merely begins with: “A pair of white-armored stormtroopers lifted Captain Needa’s lifeless form from the floor of Darth Vader’s Imperial Star Destroyer.” Another difference, as mentioned, is it is stormtroopers and not Imperial Navy troopers who carry him away.
When greeting the Millennium Falcon on the landing platform, Lando Calrissian’s entourage includes aliens. Also all of Lando’s men are armed, whereas in the film none of them have weapons drawn.
Han attempts to shoot Vader after Lando says “I’m sorry,” and he (Han) replies, “I’m sorry, too,” rather than immediately after the dining room door opens as in the film.
Boba Fett doesn’t enter the room as Vader says “We would be honored if you would join us.” (How dare they cut the Fett out!)Luke sleeps in Yoda’s house, and experiences his friends’ pain through the Force in the form of a nightmare that causes him to wake up.
During Chewbacca’s rampage in the carbon freezing chamber, the stormtroopers attempting to subdue him keep accidentally hitting Threepio, much to the droid’s distress and annoyance. (No… I wasn’t laughing at that…)
Han never says “I know” in response to Leia’s “I love you,” which was due to Harrison Ford ad-libbing the line. Instead, here, Han simply reassures Leia that he’ll be back. (Kinda lame really)
Vader’s alteration to his and Lando’s deal is different. Instead if insisting Lando take Leia, Chewbacca and Threepio to his ship, he sticks to the agreement that “they must never again leave this city,” however reveals he’s leaving Imperial troops behind to ensure Lando cooperates.
Vader briefly chokes Lando with the Force to demonstrate what his fate will be if he betrays him.
When Luke is attacked by stormtroopers in Cloud City, he returns fire with his blaster, unlike in the film, where he doesn’t fire a shot.
Vader has a blue lightsaber blade. (WTF?!? This is one of the many things I didn’t understand.. Why change it? RED! It’s RED!)
Luke falls from the weather vane at the bottom of Cloud City before the Millennium Falcon intercepts him.