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July 2008

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during July 2008:

Free The Clone Wars short story:
Posted: 31st July
Grosset & Dunlap, publisher of many The Clone Wars children's books, have released a free downloadable (PDF) short story titled The Clone Wars: Out Foxed by Rob Valois. Although strictly a children's story, this PDF does allow you to sample the the style of Grosset & Dunlop's The Clone Wars books.
You can download/view Out Foxed here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Rise of the Sith coming January:
Posted: 31st July
The latest instalment in Dark Horse Comic's excellent Omnibus collection has been disclosed by StarWars.com. Rise of the Sith, set around the events of The Phantom Menace, will include The Auroient Express, Last Stand on Ord Mantel (both stories never before published as a graphic novel) and Darth Maul, plus more.
It is due for publication in January 2009.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Imperial Commando on the horizon:
Posted: 28th July
In an interview on Del Rey's website, New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss has intimated that her four-book Republic Commando series will not end with Order 66, because "I'm continuing the Republic Commando series in Imperial Commando books [and] there are a few other Star Wars books in the pipeline too, including a Boba Fett one."
The Clone Wars novelisation author has a very busy schedule for the foreseeable future as she is currently working on Gears of War (about a squad of soldiers in a post-apocalyptic world); a political thriller series about mercenaries; some comics work; and at least another two The Clone Wars tie-in books. We may not see her first Imperial Commando book or her Boba Fett novel until late 2009.
You can read the interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: Del Rey[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: The Clone Wars unleashed today:
Posted: 26th July
Three weeks ahead of its cinematic release, The Clone Wars are unleashed, at least in book form, from today in the US. There are a total of fifteen tie-in books including Karen Traviss's The Clone Wars novelisation (even though Karen has previously warned that her book is "loosely based" on the movie"); The Clone Wars junior novelisation by Tracey West; The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide from DK; and more.


Book News: Have you your The Clone Wars book checklist?
Posted: 24th July
Although The Clone Wars movie isn't released till next month, this Saturday will see the release of 15 tie-in books in the US including Karen Traviss's The Clone Wars novelisation (even though Karen has previously warned that her book is "loosely based" on the movie"); The Clone Wars junior novelisation by Tracey West; The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide from DK; and more.
(UK release date for most of these books is 7th August.)

(Source: Rebelscum.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Del Rey to promote The Clone Wars in stores:
Posted: 24th July
Affiliate EU Cantina have received a press release from Del Rey publishers detailing special events being held at selected US bookstores on Saturday 26th July to promote the release of The Clone Wars novel by Karen Traviss. They are offering the chance to "Pose for pictures with Sith Lords, Stormtroopers and others, and pick up a clone trooper tattoo (while supplies last)!".
For a full list of participating stores visit EUCantina.net
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: EUCantina.net
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Media News: The Clone Wars on Blu-Ray by Christmas?
Posted: 24th July
Affiliate EU Cantina are reporting the discovery of a listing on Amazon UK
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for a Blu-Ray edition of The Clone Wars movie (Region 2) with a release date of December 8th. Rebelscum.com have recently reported[External site - opens in a new window/tab] a US DVD release for The Clone Wars on November 18th, but Amazon's listing also appears to be the first Star Wars film to be released in a high-definition format. However, Amazon UK's accuracy history in these matters is open to question.
(Source: Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Affiliates News: SDCC, TCW, 501st all at Undercity Portugal:
Posted: 24th July
Head over to Affiliate Undercity Portugal
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for latest news from San Diego Comic-Con[External site - opens in a new window/tab], their attendance at Lisbon's Toys'R'Us The Clone Wars Midnight Madness[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (supported by the 501st Legion: Lusitanian Outpost (the official Portuguese Branch of the 501st)); and coming 27th July Issue 2 of Undercity Fanzine[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Click on the links or visit Undercity Portugal
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for full details.


Book News: "Collector's Edition" of DK's The Clone Wars Visual Guide available in October:
Posted: 26th June (UPDATED 18th July, 24th July)
Affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com have informed us of a listing on Amazon UK for a "Collector's Edition" of Dorling Kindersley's The Visual Guide to The Clone Wars. There is currently little information as to the actual details of this "Collector's Edition" other than it is more than two and-a-half times the cost of the normal edition (£40 compared to £14.99), appears to have 16 more pages (160 compared to 144) and will be published two months after the normal edition (1st October rather than 1st August (UK)).

(Source: StarWarsTimeline.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: StarWars.com have posted details of the Limited Collector's Edition of DK's The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide. This will be a StarWarsShop.com exclusive featuring "a card pocket on the inside cover that includes special reproductions of the distinctive Republic gunship nose art and a six-page gatefold with details on the various lightsabers seen in The Clone Wars."
(Source: StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Amazon UK have removed their listing for this title.
(Source: Amazon.co.uk
[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Dark Horse reveal covers:
Posted: 17th July
Ahead of their promised reveal at Comic-Con, Dark Horse Comics have revealed cover images for the first two issues of both their forthcoming The Clone Wars Quarterly series and The Clone Wars comic series.
(Source: DarkHorse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Miller's book titled:
Posted: 17th July
According to Random House Inc., the title of Karen Miller's The Clone Wars novel will be The Clone Wars: Wild Space.
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: New Order 66 cover revealed:
Posted: 17th July
ClubJade.net have posted the new cover for Karen Traviss's last Republic Commando novel, Order 66. This hardback is due for release in the US on the 16th September and the UK in October.
(Source: ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Three more The Clone Wars TV series books discovered:
Posted: 12th July
Affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com has discovered another three The Clone Wars TV series tie-in children's books from Grosset & Dunlap (Penguin) on Amazon.com. They are Ambush by Zachary Rau, Bombad Jedi by Rob Valois and Grievous Attacks by Rob Valois, Veronica Wasserman and Tracey West. For the last title, Tracey West also wrote the junior novelisation (due for release on July 26th) and it appears to have the same page count as the junior novelisation (160 pages). Could this be more than just a children's book?
All three are penned for release on 5th February 2009 (US).
(Source: StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: The Clone Wars to be "a challenging series":
Posted: 11th July
Writing on her own website, Karen Traviss has indicated that her novelisation of The Clone Wars movie will be "loosely based" on the movie and "full of the gritty, off-message, character-testing, question-raising, grey-area, military-oriented stuff you've come to expect from me. And clones. Plenty of clones. And familiar characters from the movies that you won't see quite the same way ever again." She also warns that Karen Miller, her co-author for the five book The Clone Wars novel series, "doesn't write predictable books either" and that we should "stand by for a challenging series that will make you take another fresh look at the Clone Wars."

(Source: KarenTraviss.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: Dates for The Clone Wars TV series and movie DVD?:
Posted: 17th July
According to Rebelscum.com., the The Clone Wars TV series will begin on October 3rd while the DVD of the movie will be November 18th (both US release dates).
(Source: Rebelescum.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: StarWars.com reveal Penguin's The Clone Wars covers:
Posted: 8th July (UPDATED 9th July)
StarWars.com have published both the covers and brief synopsis for the forthcoming Penguin (Grosset and Dunlop) The Clone Wars children's books.

(Source: StarWars.com)

UPDATE: Affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com have discovered covers for two more Grosset & Dunlop books, Decide Your Destiny #1: The Way of the Jedi and Operation Huttlet at Amazon Canada.
(Source: StarWarsTimeline.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: New book series due in March '09:
Posted: 2nd July (UPDATED 9th July)
Affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com is reporting the discovery of what appears to be the first book in a new series on Amazon Canada. Simply titled SW Fate of the Jedi 1 (Hardcover), it is written by Aaron Allston, will be available in hardcover and due for release on March 24th 2009.
Is this the first book in a new series similar to Legacy of the Force? Or is it a new series by Aaron Allston? More news as we receive it.

(Source: StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Sue Rostini (Executive Editor, Lucasfilm Licensing) commenting on StarWarsBoards said: "They [Amazon] canít count the pages of a book that hasnít been written yet." A comment that neither confirms nor, more importantly, denies that this book is being written.
(Source: StarWarsBoards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Dark Horse confirm second The Clone Wars Quarterly digest-sized volume:
Posted: 9th July
In their October solicitations, Dark Horse Comics
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have confirmed a second digest-sized graphic novel titled Crash Course for release at the end of December.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: The Force Unleashed trailer video:
Posted 9th July
The launch trailer for The Force Unleashed is available to view at EW.com. Click here[External site - opens in a new window/tab] to view the trailer.
(source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Random House reveal The Clone Wars novelisation cover:
Posted: 5th July
RandomHouse.com have published what appears to be the cover for Karen Traviss's novelisation of The Clone Wars.

(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


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