Monday, January 30, 2017

Two New Rogue Stories

A pair of cool looking new novels were just announced- a Young Adult backstory for Jyn Erso from when she was 5 and left in the care of Saw Gerrera, and a Middle-Grade Novel (I don't exactly know what that means) that deals with Baze and Chirrut's adventures after the Empire arrived on Jedha and took over (and destroyed) the Kyber Temple, but before they destroyed Jedha itself (spoiler alert!). Both are set for a May 2 release. Interesting!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Rebellions Are Built On Hope

Wow! What a story. Great movie, great book. I love the new characters: Jyn, Cassian, K-2SO, etc. Krennic is a suitably evil and interesting bad guy. We get glimpses of Vader and Tarkin, Mon Mothma and even Leia.

As I suspected, this novelization was superbly written by Alexander Freed (he of recent Twilight Company fame). Astounding action; wonderful drama; gut-wrenching decisions; heroic sacrifice, over and over again. So good. I hope some of this quality can rub off on Episode VIII and the Han Solo movie. If so, we're going to be very pleased, indeed.

Stupendous book!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Adventure Journal 6

Finished reading Star Wars Adventure Journal, Vol. 1, No. 6 (WEG, May 1995). A nice story about shooting Ranats, written by Kathy Tyers. The conclusion, I think, to Charlene Newcomb's story of Alex Winger, young rebel. Some material about Swoop Gangs. a couple of nice short stories, and the Galaxywide NewsNet feature.

A number of decent adventure ideas. I like the focus of this issue on New Republic stuff (in the adventures and stories and whatnot). Nods to the Thrawn trilogy abound, and building on the OT, of course. It is interesting to hear snippets (in the letters to the editor) about the upcoming prequel movies, and the ban on writing about the Clone Wars. What a different time in Star Wars history. As Nate's earlier post suggests, WEG was keeping the dream alive during the 1990's, along with the novels and comics. Still much to like about this era in SW gaming. I particularly enjoy the care and attention to detail that results in a more fleshed-out fictional world.