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January 2009

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during January 2009:
Comic News: Vector - an assessment:
Posted: 28th January
With the US release of the first graphic novel instalment of Vector today, Star Wars Books presents its assessment of Vector based upon the three goals that Dark Horse Comics set itself at the beginning of Vector...more

Book News: Released today:
Posted: 28th January
Released today in the US: Vector: Volume 1 (graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics).

Book News: Deathtroopers cover revealed:
Posted: 27th January
StarWars.com have revealed the cover
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for the first Star Wars horror novel, Deathtroopers. Cover art by Indika is a marked difference from the usual Star Wars covers. Deathtroopers is expected to be available from 27th October (US).


Book News: Released today:
Posted: 27th January
Released today in the US: Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force (paperback novel from Del Rey) by Michael Reaves.

Media News: Karen Miller interviewed by Lightsabre:
Posted: 26th January
Affiliate Lightsabre.co.uk have published their interview with Karen Miller, author of The Clone Wars: Wild Space. 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 Stars.
Don't forget you can also read our review of Wild Space here.


Book News: Titan Books' Encyclopaedia available now in UK?:
Posted: 24th January
We have received reports from visitors to Star Wars Books that The Complete Star Wars Encyclopaedia, as published by Titan Books, has been seen on sale in the UK. Titan Books, who have the UK license for The Complete Star Wars Encyclopaedia, aren't due to release this massive reference work until the 24th April. Visiting our local independent comic book store today, we did indeed find The Complete Star Wars Encyclopaedia by Titan Books on sale nearly three months ahead of its official release date. At present, major online retailers Amazon
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and Borders[External site - opens in a new window/tab], as well as Titan Books[External site - opens in a new window/tab], are still listing this with a release date of 24th April. More news as we receive it.


Media News: Matthew Stover interviewed by EU Cantina:
Posted: 24th January
Affiliate EUCantina.net have published their interview with Matthew Stover, author of Luke  Skywalker and the Shadows and Shatterpoint amongst others. This interview was conducted after the release of Luke  Skywalker and the Shadows and so contains spoilers for this novel.
You can read their interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: Released today:
Posted: 22nd January
Released today in the UK: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor (hardback novel from Century) by Matthew Stover.

Book News: No Prisoners to get hardback release in UK:
Posted: 20th January
While Karen Traviss's second The Clone Wars novel, No Prisoners, is to get a trade paperback release in the US, UK fans can look forward to a hardback release to match both her first novel, The Clone Wars, and Karen Miller's Wild Space.
The Clone Wars: No Prisoners will be available in hardback (published by Century) from 21st May in the UK.
(Source: Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor now available in UK:
Posted: 16th January
Four days ahead of its official release date of 22nd January, UK fans should be able to purchase Matthew Stover's latest novel Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor now. Amazon.co.uk
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have it in stock for immediate delivery and we managed to secure a copy from our local Waterstone's.
Also seen in Waterstone's ahead of their official release date (of 5th February) were the three new The Clone Wars children's books from Ladybird: Yoda's Missions, The Dark Side and Galactic Force.


Comic News: Miller, Ostrander, Stradley discuss Vector:
Posted: 16th January
With the final issue of Vector now available, the primary contributors: John Jackson Miller (parts 1 thru 4); John Ostrander and Jan Duursema (parts 9 thru 12); and Randy Stradley (series editor) discuss Dark Horse Comics' first Star Wars crossover storyline with ComicBookResources.com in a two-part interview. Part 1 is available here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and part 2 here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: via ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: The Clone Wars Season #1 on DVD in March?:
Posted: 6th January (UPDATED: 15th January)
As reported on TheForce.net, rumours abound that the first season of The Clone Wars TV series, well perhaps the first ten or eleven episodes, have a possible US release on 25th March from Warner Brothers. Whilst this is an unconfirmed rumour, the source was a copy of Previews magazine, the comic trade magazine from Diamond Comics Distributors, Inc. (scanned images available at TheForce.net
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]), it does also specify that this release would be restricted to the US, Canada and UK (standard industry practise for DVDs sharing common distribution), thus giving it some plausibility.
(Source: TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: StarWars.com have published details of the first US DVD release for The Clone Wars TV series. The Clone Wars: A Galaxy Divided, a single DVD, will contain the first four TV episodes and is penned for release on 24th March for $19.98. A full season multi-disc boxed set is still expected later in the year, as well as release on high-definition Blu-Ray.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: MTV get sneak peek at KotOR #37:
Posted: 15th January (UPDATED: 16th January)
MTV.com have an exclusive 9-page preview of Knights of the Old Republic #37, part 2 of Prophet Motive, thanks to editor Dave Marshall, who also explains "why
the series offers a foot in the door for anyone curious about Star Wars’ extended universe". You can view the preview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: MTV.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: The same preview of Knights of the Old Republic #37 is also available at StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Comic News: The Clone Wars comic series, and more:
Posted: 14th January
Updating Dark Horse Comics' website's editorial, editor Randy Stradley announced that their The Clone Wars comic series will be extended from its current 6 issues to 12 issues. A new 6-part storyline, In the Service of the Republic by Henry Gilroy and Steven Melching, will begin in issue 7 and will be available monthly rather than the current bi-monthly.
In other news, Randy also hinted that there will be "more fallout from Vector" in Knights of the Old Republic, Legacy and Dark Times as "events are transpiring in [...] those series that none of us dreamed of when we first began discussing the possibility of a crossover".
Randy also teased with "we have two more big announcements - which we’ll be making at the upcoming New York Comic-Con" (NY Comic-Con runs from 6th-8th February).
(Source: DarkHorse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Shadows of Mindor hits Best Sellers:
Posted: 12th January
Matthew Stover's latest novel, Luke Skywalker and the Shadows on Mindor, has entered the New York Times Best Sellers
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] list at #21 (for 8th January); and at #111 in USA Today Top 150 Best Sellers (thru 4th January); after only one week of release. Well, Matthew did predict that his novel would be a best seller!
(Sources: NYTimes.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] & USAToday.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Outcast cover:
Posted: 9th January
StarWars.com have posted the cover
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for the first Fate of the Jedi novel, Outcast, which is due for release in the US on 24th March.


Comic News: Dark Times - Blue Harvest now online:
Posted: 7th January
Part one of Dark Horse Comics' new Dark Times story, Blue Harvest, is now online at their MySpace site. Written by Mick Harrison with art by Doug Wheatley, the first part of this free two-part online comic story re-acquaints us with Jedi Knight Dass Jennir, still in hiding four months after Order 66. Dass has travelled to Cata Nemoida, heavily plundered since its former glory days as the capital of the Trade Federation and now a magnet for every scum in the galaxy, seeking work... read the full comic story
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]


Book News: Blood Oath's cover's up:
Posted: 7th January
StarWars.com have posted the cover for Elaine Cunningham's forthcoming novel Blood Oath. Artwork is by Dave Seeley (who also created the cover for Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor) and it features Jedi Knight Zekk and the Zel twins Trista and Taryn. They have also posted a short synopsis for this book (warning: may contain possible spoilers) which you can read here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Blood Oath is released in paperback in the US in December.


Media News: Joe Schreiber interviewed at BookSpotCentral:
Posted: 5th January
BookSpotCentral.com have a Star Wars related interview with Joe Schreiber, author of the forthcoming Deathtroopers. Although the interview contains little or no information on Deathtroopers (it isn't due for release until October) Joe still discusses his attitudes to Star Wars and writing a Star Wars novel. You can read the interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: via TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Released today:
Posted: 2nd January
Released today in the US: Crash Course (graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics) by Henry Gilroy et al.


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