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October 2008

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

Book News: More The Clone Wars TV series tie-in books from Grosset & Dunlap for next summer:
Posted: 29th October
Amazon.com have listed another three The Clone Wars books from children's publisher Grosset & Dunlap: The Battle for Ryloth by Zahary Rau (paperback, 96 pages); Captured by Rob Valios (paperback, 48 pages); and The Lost Legion by Tracey West (paperback, 160 pages). The latter book may be another youth novel (rather than a children's storybook) similar to the junior adaptation of The Clone Wars movie by Tracey West and the forthcoming Grievous Attacks. All three titles are listed for US release on 23rd July 2009.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com)


Book News: Outcast... Omen... Abyss:
Posted: 29th October
Updating her StarWars.com Blog, Sue Rostoni (LucasBooks' executive editor) has announced the title of the third Fate of the Jedi book will be Abyss. Written by Star Wars veteran Troy Denning, Abyss will be released in the US in August 2009.
(Source: StarWars.com Blogs[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Title for Jaden Korr novel:
Posted: 28th October (UPDATED 1st November)
Updating her StarWars.com Blog, Sue Rostoni (LucasBooks' executive editor) has announced the title of Paul S. Kemp's 2010 novel as Crosscurrent. Crosscurrent will feature Jedi Knight Jaden Korr (last featured in Fury) and is set after Legacy of the Force but the story originates nearly 5,000 years before during The Great Hyperspace War.
It is due for US release in January 2010.
(Source: StarWars.com Blogs[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Paul has given an interview to BookStopCentral.com in which he discusses his first Star Wars book. You can read the interview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: The Clone Wars help boost Dark Horse's sales:
Posted: 28th October
According to Diamond Comic Distributors, Dark Horse Comics' The Clone Wars: Shipyards of Doom achieved #3 position in their Top 100 Graphic Novels and TPB's for September. Measured on total unit sales invoiced to comic book speciality shops (US), Shipyards of Doom was only beaten by DC Comics' Watchmen and 100 Bullets - Vol. 12.
(Source: Diamond Comic Distributors[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Released today - The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide - Limited Collectors' Edition:
Posted: 26th October
StarWarsShop.com, in conjunction with DK, is making available an exclusive Limited Edition of The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide, with bonus content: a card pocket on the inside cover that includes special reproductions of the distinctive Republic gunship nose art. Also inside this edition is a six-page gatefold with details on the various lightsabers seen in The Clone Wars.


Book News: Rebel Force covers and change of title:
Posted: 24th October
While we await an official announcement on Scholastic's new youth series Rebel Force, Aamzon.ca and Amazon.com have published cover art for the first two books, Target and Uprising. Interestingly the cover for second book, Uprising, has the title Hostage - perhaps a change of title or an error by Amazon.ca when it first listed the title Uprising on 20th September (or even the cover for another book in this series).
Both Target and Uprising are expected for release in the New Year.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Star Wars: The Old Republic novel coming soon?:
Posted: 24th October
With the recent announcement of LucasArts latest MMO game Star Wars: The Old Republic, LucasBooks executive editor Sue Rostoni, was asked on the StarWars.com Boards: "Sue, are there any chances that [the] Untitled Game Novel (see our news story of 20th June 2008) is somehow connected with [the] just announced The Old Republic?" and her reply, never giving too much away, was coy: "There is some chance of that, yes. There’s also some chance it’s connected with some other secret game title."
So perhaps just as Star Wars: Galaxies had its tie-in novel Ruins of Dantooine, Star Wars: The Old Republic may also get its own tie-in novel, or perhaps a Battlefront III novel?!!
(Source: StarWars.com Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Synopsis for Outcast:
Posted: 24th October
StarWars.com have just published a summary for the first Fate of the Jedi book, Outcast: After violent civil war, and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis -- and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds. But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi.
In a shocking move, Chief of State Natasi Daala orders the arrest of Luke Skywalker for failing to prevent Jacen Solo's turn to the dark side and subsequent reign of terror as a Sith Lord. But it's only the first blow in an anti-Jedi backlash fueled by a hostile government and suspicious public. When Jedi Knight Valin Horn, scion of a politically influential family, suffers a mysterious psychotic break and becomes a dangerous fugitive, the Jedi become the target of a media-driven witch-hunt. Facing conviction on the damning charges, Luke has only one choice. He must strike a bargain with the calculating Daala: his freedom in exchange for his exile -- from Coruscant and from the Jedi Order.
Now, though forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is determined to keep grim history from being repeated. With his son, Ben, at his side, Luke sets out to unravel the shocking truth behind Jacen Solo's corruption and downfall. But the secrets he uncovers among the enigmatic Force mystics of the distant world Dorin may bring his quest -- and life as he knows it -- to a sudden end. And all the while, another Jedi Knight, consumed by the same madness as Valin Horn, is headed for Coruscant on a fearsome mission that could doom the Jedi Order . . . and devastate the entire galaxy.

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


Book News: Synopsis for No Prisoners:
Posted: 24th October
StarWars.com have just published the synopsis for Karen Traviss' No Prisoners, due for release in May 2009: A training session turns into a full-scale hostile action when Anakin asks Rex to get Ahsoka out of his hair for a while. Rex, Ahsoka, and a squad of young clone troopers new to Torrent Company join Captain Gilead Pellaeon's assault ship Leveler, fresh out of refit, for a 72-hour acquaint. But an emergency tests their training as Leveler responds to a call for support from Master Djinn Altis -- leader of a dissident Jedi sect. The Leveler crew must rescue a captured Republic agent, whose undercover mission has been compromised. And for the first time, Ahsoka learns that war against the Separatists isn't just clone troopers against battle droids, and that sometimes the enemies are real living beings.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: More books for younger readers next year:
Posted: 22nd October
StarWars.com have published details for more books next year, especially for younger readers. They have also confirmed a Rebel Edition of the Ultimate Blueprints Collection due in August 2009 as well as at least two new The Clone Wars books from Ladybird UK due in May.
Full story at StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Media News: The Clone Wars on Sky Movies Premier:
Posted: 21st October
Sky Movies Premier will screen the first two episodes of The Clone Wars, Ambush and Rising Malevolence, at 5.30pm on Saturday 25th October. They will be repeated at 10am and 7pm on Sunday 26th October.
(Source: SkyMovies.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Millennium Falcon week at StarWars.com:
Posted: 20th October
To celebrate the US release of James Luceno's Millennium Falcon novel, StarWars.com are presenting a week's worth of Millennium Falcon content. First up is an extract from James' novel. You can read the extract here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Affiliates News: New affiliate - MouseDroid.com:
Posted: 20th October
We are proud to welcome our latest affiliate member MouseDroid.com. MouseDroid.com is a central website for Australian based Collectors and Fans to read the latest 'local' news regarding official Star Wars Merchandise. News items ranging from the latest Random House Novels, Dark Horse Comics, Hasbro 3 3/4" figures and vehicles, local High-end collectible releases from Sideshow and Gentle Giant, the best in videogame action from Lucasarts, Wizards of the Coast card and role-playing games, Fan Club Events and Conventions, plus heaps more.
Visit MouseDroid.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] today.


Media News: The Clone Wars episodes 3 & 4:
Posted: 17th October (UPDATE: 18th October)
Episode 4, Destroy Malevolence, debuts tonight at 9pm (E/P) in the US on Cartoon Network.
While Episode 3, Shadow of Malevolence, can be viewed online at StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. For non-US residents, Shadow of Malevolence can be watched at CartoonNetwork.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

UPDATE: Cartoon Network's online stream is now only available to US residents.


Book News: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader in paperback:
Posted: 17th October
Ryder Windham's Darth Vader bio, The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader, could be available in paperback next year. Affiliate StarWarsTimeline have discovered a listing on Amazon.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for this title with a proposed US release date of 15th April 2009.
The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader tells the "full story of Anakin Skywalker, from his birth in slavery to his death as the powerful Darth Vader. Spanning all six Star Wars movie and including the pieces of the story that fill in the gaps."
(Source: Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Affiliates News: Henry Gilroy interviewed at Galactic Binder:
Posted: 16th October
Affiliate Galactic Binder have published their interview with The Clone Wars writer Henry Gilroy.
You can read the interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: Title for first Star Wars Adventures:
Posted: 14th October
Amazon.co.uk have updated their listing for the first volume in Dark Horse Comics' anticipated Star Wars Adventures series. According to Amazon.co.uk the first volume will be titled Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya. This new series, similar in size to the Clone Wars Adventures series, will be set during The Rebellion era and the first volume is due for release next year.
(Source: Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: New Fate of the Jedi introduction:
Posted: 14th October
Although not yet released, Millennium Falcon, the new post Legacy of the Force book by James Luceno con-
tains a short introduction to the forthcoming Fate of the Jedi series:
"It has been two years since the death of Darth Caedus. Chief of State Natasi Daala has ushered the Galactic Alliance into a time of unprecedented calm, and now the entire galaxy stands poised to freely embrace the same enduring peace that Jacen Solo once sought to impose as a Sith Lord.
"In this new era, Luke Skywalker finds himself battling for control of the very order he founded. After Jacen’s fall to the dark side, much of the galaxy sees Jedi Knights as rogue soldiers too dangerous and unstable to leave unfettered. It is a view shared by Chief Daala, who has sworn to bring the order under government control–or disband it entirely.
"But the greatest threat to the Jedi remains unseen, a faceless menace even more lethal and insidious than the Sith who have plagued the Jedi for millennia. Awakened by Jacen Solo during his five-year odyssey, this hidden peril is reaching out from the darkest corner of the galaxy, assaulting Jedi Knights in ways that Luke has yet to perceive–but which he must quickly thwart if he is to have any hope of redeeming the New Jedi Order.
"Don’t miss the further adventures of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa Solo and Han Solo in the brand new epic series Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi beginning with Outcast by Aaron Allston in bookstores April 2009!"
(Source: NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Affiliates News: Eddie van der Heijden interviewed:
Posted: 12th October
Affiliate Lightsabre have published their latest webmaster interview and features the webmaster of fellow affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com - Eddie van der Heijden. Visit Lightsabre[External site - opens in a new window/tab] to read the full interview - click on Interviews at the top of the page, then click on Webmaster.


Comic News: New Year's Comics:
Posted: 10th October
StarWars.com have posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for January 2009. They are Knights of the Old Republic #37 - Prophet Motive (part 2 of 2) and Legacy #32 - Fight Another Day (part 1 of 2).
Prophet Motive continues Zayne Carrick's adventures a long, long time ago, while Fight Another Day is the first post-Vector story for Cade Skywalker.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book news: Some small details on Fate of the Jedi #1 storyline and release dates moved up:
Posted: 10th October
Updating her StarWars.com Blog, Lucasbooks Executive Editor Sue Rostoni, has given some small details regarding the storyline for Fate of the Jedi #1: "Luke and Ben attempt to follow Jacen's previous journey in the hopes of discovering what and how various Force-using groups influenced him to accept and use dark side powers."
Sue also updated the release dates for the first four Fate of the Jedi books: #1 moves up from April 7th to March 24th, #2 moves up from 7th July to June 23rd, #3 moves up from October 6th to August 28th, #4 moves up from February 2010 to December 30th 2009.
(Source: Sue's StarWars.com Blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Revised release schedule from Sue Rostoni:
Posted: 9th October
Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks executive editor, has amended her previous release schedule for 2009-2011. Although most changes are mostly immaterial, some 2010 books being released earlier or later than was previously expected, the biggest shock was that the third The Clone Wars TV series tie-in novel (after Wild Space (December 2008) and No Prisoners (May 2009)), Karen Miller's second novel, will not be released until March 2010. Responding to some concerns, Sue commented: "you can read other things in the meantime...", well with the plethora of new Star Wars books announced recently, there will be no shortage of reading material.
(Source: Sue's StarWars.com Blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Wild Space cover revealed:
Posted: 9th October
StarWars.com have posted the cover for the next The Clone Wars novel, Wild Space. Written by Karen Miller this book promises "never-before-revealed insights into
the characters of Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padmé, Yoda, Count Dooku and many other Star Wars favourites". Wild Space is due for release in the US on 25th November and in the UK in December.
Full story at StarWars.com.

UPDATE: The US release date for Wild Space has moved to 9th December.
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: The Clone Wars TV Series will be online:
Posted: 3rd October
Each episode of The Clone Wars TV Series will be available to purchase from iTunes Store the day after its broadcast on Cartoon Network for $1.99. Secondly each episode will also be available to watch (via stream-
ing) on both StarWars.com and CartoonNetwork.com one week after it's broadcast on TV. As yet there is no information if this will be available globally or just for US residents.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Video streaming content from StarWars.com and CartoonNetwork.com is only available to US residents.


Media News: The Clone Wars TV Series tonight:
Posted: 3rd October
Just a reminder that The Clone Wars TV Series begins tonight in the US on Cartoon Network at 9pm (E/P) with a double bill of the first two episodes. To get you in the mood and to enhance the storyline of the first two episodes, StarWars.com have published an online comic book featuring two stories that precede each of tonight's episodes. Both stories have been written by Pablo Hidalgo with artwork by Thomas Hodges and lettering by Grant Gould.
You can view/print the comic book here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

UPDATE: The online comic book will now be weekly and "will serve as an introduction to that week's episode of The Clone Wars".
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: Holonet News returns:
Posted: 3rd October
Holonet News
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] was once an important source of news information for the galaxy's citizens, but was forced to shut down at the outbreak of the Clone Wars. So it is surprising and pleasing to learn that it has returned as The Clone Wars TV Series begins on Cartoon Network, albeit in an audio format: "regular instalments will keep galactic news junkies abreast of news and opinions from the far-away galaxy, but rather than read the news, you can hear it".
You can listen/download the first episode via StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: Fate of the Jedi timeframe revealed:
Posted: 2nd October
Sue Rostoni writing on StarWars.com Boards has indicated that the timeframe for Fate of the Jedi will begin 43˝ years after the Battle of Yavin (two years after Invincible) and almost immediately following Millennium Falcon. Also Blood Oath will be set immediately after Legacy of the Force's Invincible.
(Source:
StarWars.com Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Books News: Fate of the Jedi updates:
Posted: 2nd October
Sue Rostoni has updated her StarWars.com Blog
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] indicating that Christie Golden's first book will now be entitled Omen rather than Enigma.


Books News: Next batch of children's books released:
Posted: 2nd October
One day before The Clone Wars TV series premiers on Cartoon Network tomorrow night, children's book publisher Grosset & Dunlop release five new titles today: Operation Huttlet, Meet Ahsoka Tano, The Way of the Jedi, Sticker Storyteller and Paper Modelling Kit.


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