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Updated: 30th September 2009

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September 2009

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during September 2009:
Book News: Alex Irvine hints at Nomi Sunrider novel:
Posted: 30th September
In a recent interview with Patrick of the blog Stomping on Yeti
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], author Alex Irvine, currently writing a as yet untitled Nomi Sunrider novel due for release in February 2011, hinted at the book's content: The story develops the relationship between Nomi and Vima Sunrider and involves a resurgent threat from Sith and Mandalorian forces. Plus I introduce a new character that I’m really enjoying, a sort of interstellar scavenger who runs across some artifacts that are a little more than he can handle.
You can read the full interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Book News: Paul S. Kemp to pen second Star Wars novel:
Posted: 28th September (UPDATED: 29th September)
Writing on his own blog
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Paul S. Kemp author of the forthcoming Crosscurrent novel, has announced that he is to write a second Star Wars novel: I am allowed to announce that I'll be writing another novel in the Star Wars EU, the story for which will build off of the events of Crosscurrent. Unfortunately, I can't speak at all to the plot, characters, etc. Sorry about that. Still, I hope you're as excited as I am.
(Source: Paul S. Kemp[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Writing on StarWars.com's Message Boards, Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' Executive Editor, has confirmed that Paul S. Kemp is indeed writing a Crosscurrent sequel and it is scheduled for a paperback release in June 2011. It will replace Karen Traviss's cancelled Boba Fett novel.
(Source: StarWars.com's Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] & Sue Rostoni's Blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Essential Atlas authors interviewed:
Posted: 29th September
Affiliate EUCantina.net have published their interview with The Essential Atlas authors Jason Fry and Daniel Wallace as well as contributing artist Chris Trevas. You can read their interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Plus affiliate Lightsabre.co.uk have also published their interview with Daniel Wallace. To read this interview visit Lightsabre.co.uk
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and click on Interviews, then on Star Interviews.

Book News: Sansweet discusses 1,000 Collectibles:
Posted: 29th September
StarWars.com have published an interview with Stephen Sansweet, co-author of the forthcoming 1,000 Collectibles, in which he answers a few questions on this new reference title and shares a dozen full-page spreads from the book. You can read the interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Book News: New The Clone Wars UK releases:
Posted: 29th September
Now shipping in the UK are the paperback release of The Clone Wars novelisation by Karen Traviss; Breakout Squad by Ryder Windham, the first title in the new Secret Missions youth novel series; Ambush, a graphic novel adaptation of the TV episode for younger readers; and Press Out'n'Build, an activity book for young people.

Media News: The Clone Wars Season 2 on Sky Movies Premier:
Posted: 29th September
Sky Movies Premier have announced that they will be screening the second season of The Clone Wars animated series from Saturday October 24th (5.30pm) in the UK.
(Source: via JediNews.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #16 now online:
Posted: 26th September
The sixteenth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
The sixteenth issue of Threat of Peace sees Braden’s vengeance achieved against the Republic Commander who wounded him on Dantooine. Meanwhile, even as Jedi Grand Master Zym visits the ruins of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant to learn more about the attack on the Envoy, a bomb rips through the Senate Tower...
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: Two short stories online for Hyperspace members:
Posted: 24th September
StarWars.com have published online for Hyperspace
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] members two short stories first published in Star Wars Adventure Journal in the mid-1990s. They are The Longest Fall by Patricia A. Jackson (reprinted in Tales from The New Republic) and Betrayal by Knight by Patricia A. Jackson & Charlene Newcomb. Both online stories can be accessed via their respective entries on Star Wars Books or via StarWars.com short story index[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Comic News: Invasion #4 & #0 previewed:
Posted: 22nd September
Dark Horse Comics have released three-page previews for the fourth and one-shot (#0) issues of Invasion.
You can read #4 here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and #0 here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #15 now online:
Posted: 22nd September
The fifteenth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
The fifteenth issue of Threat of Peace takes us to the chaotic conflict on Balmorra where Republic military forces have failed to make the deadline for withdrawal. Lieutenant Tavus and Master Orgus land on Balmorra where the Republic general makes it clear that his forces are unable to withdraw—they’re been drawn back into battle with the Imperials after the heroics of Jedi Knight Fortris Gall. Master Orgus confronts his former Padawan even as Lieutenant Tavus and Satele Shan set out to visit another world where the war still rages...
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Death Troopers excerpt at StarWars.com:
Posted: 17th September
With less than a month to the US release of Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber, Star Wars' first horror novel, StarWars.com have published a short excerpt which you can read here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Death Troopers is due for hardback release in the US on 13th October and paperback release in the UK on 22nd October.


Book News: Amazon release plot summary for Gambit - Siege:
Posted: 15th September
Amazon.co.uk have published a plot summary for Gambit - Siege, the second instalment of Karen Miller's Gambit duology and the final The Clone Wars TV series tie-in novel. [CONTAINS SPOILERS - HIGHLIGHT BETWEEN ARROWS TO READ]>>>Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are trapped on the Separatist controlled planet Lanteeb, on the run from General Lok Durd and his droid army. After being forced to abandon their jerry-rigged groundcar they continue on foot, hunted, as they try to find a safe place to hide and regroup before escaping the planet altogether. Eventually they seek shelter in a remote Lanteeban village, but the Separatists track them down. Now they're under siege...and the little time they've bought themselves is running out.<<<
Gambit - Siege
is due to be released in May 2010.
(Source: Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: Clone Commandos DVD released in US today:
Posted: 15th September
Clone Commandos showcases four episodes of the TV series: Rookies, and the three-episode "Ryloth" story: Storm over Ryloth, Innocents of Ryloth and Liberty of Ryloth. It is released today in US.


Book News: Death Troopers marketing campaign begins:
Posted: 11th September
Del Rey have begun their marketing campaign for next month's release of Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber, Star Wars' first horror novel, with a series of survivors' messages released by "The Imperial Corrections Service", that have been posted on various Star Wars websites intended to tease readers. They are DeathTroopers.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; SWActionNews.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; RebelScum.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Also released was a revised and updated book tour list by Joe Schrieber which you can read on our Death Troopers page.
Death Troopers is due for hardback release in the US on 13th October and paperback release in the UK on 22nd October.


Book News: Character Encyclopedia from DK next summer & Secret Missions #2 named:
Posted: 9th September
Amazon.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have listed a new reference book from Dorling Kindersley titled Star Wars The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia. This 200 page hardback is penned to be published on 21st June 2010 (US) and while little is known of this title it is possible it could join The Visual Guide and Ultimate Battles books as a third reference title.
Affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have notified us that the second title in the new youth reader series, The Clone Wars: Secret Missions, is to be Curse of the Black Hole: On their first official assignment to a distant world in the Unknown Regions, the young Jedi Nuru Kungurama and the newly-formed Breakout Squad take an unexpected and very dangerous detour. Suddenly overwhelmed by space pirates, the members of Breakout Squad become convinced that a traitor is in their midst. Meanwhile, far across the galaxy, the Sith Lords attempt to enlist a Jedi to help them with their dark schemes. As yet no date for release has been announced.


Comic News: Comics for December:
Posted: 9th September
StarWars.com have posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for their December releases. They include Dark Times #17, the conclusion to the Blue Harvest storyline. Also released in November is Knights of the Old Republic #48, the second of a four-part storyline Demon, that sees the origin of Demagol revealed!; while The Clone Wars #11 continues Hero of the Confederacy. Lastly Legacy #43 begins a new story Vongspawn in which Master Wolf Sazen decides it's time he look again for his wayward former Padawan Cade Skywalker.
Also announced was the confirmation of the next The Clone Wars Digest graphic novella, The Colossus of Destiny and the eighth graphic novel collection of Knights of the Old Republic comic series, Destroyer. Both are expected in February 2010.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Fangoria.com review Death Troopers:
Posted: 8th September
Star Wars' first horror novel, Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber, has been reviewed by Allan Dart at Fangoria.com. It would appear that although Death Troopers maybe Star Wars' first horror novel, according to Allan, it brings nothing new to the horror genre or does it take full advantage of the possibilities the Star Wars Expanded Universe offers as he writes: "when you get down to brass tacks, Death Troopers doesn’t really offer any improvements or upgrades to its derivative premise. There are a number of imaginative and resourceful directions and opportunities that Schreiber misses and/or ignores, and the upshot is a prosaically imitative zombie tale that doesn’t take enough advantage of the Star Wars Universe".
You can read the full review here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] [CONTAINS SPOILERS]
Death Troopers is due for hardback release in the US on 13th October and paperback release in the UK on 22nd October.
(Source: Fangoria.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab] & ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: New plot summary for Crosscurrent:
Posted: 5th September
Random House's UK website has published a plot summary for Crosscurrent, Paul S. Kemp's first Star Wars novel due in January that features Jaden Korr, and it differs slightly from the official summary published by StarWars.com: [CONTAINS SPOILERS - HIGHLIGHT BETWEEN ARROWS TO READ]>>>Thousands of years before the Legacy of the Force series, two Sith ships were sabotaged, resulting in the crash of one on a distant, isolated planet, and the loss of the other in a hyperspace anomaly. The survivors of the crashed ship evolved into the Lost Tribe of Sith introduced in our new Fate of the Jedi series. But the other ship was lost in a kind of time warp, finally exiting hyperspace far, far in the future--the time of the Legacy of the Force series, a very different galaxy from the one they left behind in what seems to be almost no time at all. Now Jedi Knight Jaden Korr--who will be introduced as a new Star Wars character in Fate of the Jedi: Abyss--must find a way to prevent these time-traveling Sith from asserting their horrific ambitions over a galaxy already reeling from the depredations of the control-hungry Jacen Solo.<<<
(Source: RandomHouse.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Pre-order your signed copy of Death Troopers:
Posted: 3rd September
TheSignedPage.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] are taking pre-orders for signed copies of Joe Schreiber's first Star Wars novel and Star Wars' first horror novel, Death Troopers. Each signed copy is $24 plus shipping[External site - opens in a new window/tab] with or without personalization, payment must be via PayPal. TheSignedPage.com also offer international delivery[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (up to a maximum of two copies) for non-US residents.
(Source: Death Troopers Twitter[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: The Clone Wars book releases for younger readers:
Posted: 2nd September (UPDATED: 3rd September)
Now available in the US is Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Bonnie Burton and Grant Gould and published by Klutz Books. This is one title that needs little description as it is packed with tips and techniques, practice space to draw right in the book, and translucent overlays that make tracing a snap! Also released in the US, and for the youngest readers, is Blast Them! from Dalmatian Press, a colouring book with added sound!
In the UK, young readers can enjoy The Clone Wars Annual 2010.

UPDATE: Now available in the US are two young reader books from Grosset & Dunlap: The Holocron Heist by Rob Valois features bounty hunter Cad Bane and his attempt to steal the Jedi Order's most guarded secret; whilst Secret Missions #1: Breakout Squad by Ryder Windham begins a new series of books for older children: immediately following the destruction of the Separatist battleship Malevolence, a small team of Clones and their Jedi General are sent deep into the dangerous Wild Space to uncover the secret of the mysterious ship’s origin. (Secret Missions #1: Breakout Squad will be released in the UK in October).


Comic News: Dark Horse's Halloween Bundle available now:
Posted: 2nd September
As well as the third issue of Invasion being released today, comic fans should also be able to get their hands on Dark Horse Comic's Star Wars Halloween Bundle. Each bundle contains 25 mini-sized comics featuring a reprint of Planet of the Dead (a story first published in Tales #17) where Han Solo and his best pal, Chewbacca, stumble upon something frightening when they become stranded on a planet shrouded in a deep and mysterious fog. The mini-comics are designed as an alternative to handing out candy on Halloween!


Comic News: Invasion #3 released today:
Posted: 2nd September
The third issue of Invasion is available from today: The forces of the New Republic, led by Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, are determined to prevent the Yuuzhan Vong from establishing a beachhead on the planet Rychel, but they are not prepared to face the monstrous living weapons of their enemy...more


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