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    HoloCanon: An unofficial Star Wars canon tracker review [App]  2019-8-12 13:32

    This is super helpful for keeping track of all starwars media in a collection. Freaking love it.

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    HoloCanon: An unofficial Star Wars canon tracker review [App]  2019-8-12 13:32

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    The Star Wars (Star Wars: The Star Wars) review [Book]  2017-12-15 18:1

    This is an absolutely essential and awesome adaptation of George Lucas' rough draft screenplay, showing an necessary evolutionary scene to a classic work. It shows just how much was in Lucas' head from the start, and Rinzler's adept handling gives it a compelling life all its own. Mayhew's art is wonderful. This is a must-have for any fan of Star Wars, Comics, Sci-Fi/Fantasy or Movie as a result. A fan of all of them? Even better.

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    The Star Wars (Star Wars: The Star Wars) review [Book]  2017-12-15 18:1

    Based on a rough draft of Star Battles you see elements from the original and prequel trilogies showing that Lucas had characters and scenes from the very beginning. This ver also shows the very stilted dialogue that Lucas is also know this ver Han Solo is a green ewie isn't connected to Solo, and has to be taught to fly.Darth Vader isn't a e Sith is named Valorum.And in this ver Chewie gets his medal at the end. Yeah!

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    The Star Wars (Star Wars: The Star Wars) review [Book]  2017-12-15 18:1

    I'm not the largest Star Battles fan, but I search this book interesting, because it shows how huge George Luca's ideas were. He had to chop and edit his ideas so that they could fit within the limits of budget, unique effects technology, and time. I'm still in the process of reading this comic. Very good. I highly recommend this.

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    The Star Wars (Star Wars: The Star Wars) review [Book]  2017-12-15 18:1

    Book is definitely worth the $20 or so dollars. JUST BE WARNED: if you are going to buy it from a third party source, just create sure you are getting all of the issues. I bought this book from a third party source and they only sent me problems #1 and #2 as separate paper back copies, not all e largest draw to this graphic novel is the awesome artwork. It's probably the most stunning out of any comic book I've read. As for the story, it's not as amazing as the original films (better than the prequels for sure), but it's still worth a read. The cool factor of having read an adaptation of George Lucas's original draft is to amazing to pass e characters are beautiful underdeveloped and the dialogue is beautiful cheesy, but honestly it never really bothered me. If the book was a bit longer to create up for the fast pacing and hero development it would be a true solid graphic novel.I would also recommend to hardback edition, since it has really nice binding and comes with a "making of" section. This graphic novel is amazing for even mild Star Battles fans.

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    The Star Wars (Star Wars: The Star Wars) review [Book]  2017-12-15 18:1

    This is the 'what could have been' entry in the Star Battles universe. Yes, it's not as fully formed as the movies; Hence, it's an early draft. Though that seems to be one of the major arguments versus this graphic novel, the artwork is attractive and if you are a real fan even if you don't like it you can at least appreciate what it means as a stepping stone to what was to become. My partner has been a Star Battles fan (make that MAJOR Star Battles fan) since he was a small boy and the films first hit the huge screen and he was able to have fun this thoroughly. Take it for what it is, comes recommended.

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    The Star Wars (Star Wars: The Star Wars) review [Book]  2017-12-15 18:1

    A must have for any Star Battles Fan! This really illustrates how a filmmakers vision changes over time. Here familiar characters look completely different. If you like Star Battles then you’ll love The Star Wars!!!!!!

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    The Star Wars (Star Wars: The Star Wars) review [Book]  2017-12-15 18:1

    This graphic novel is something that I never knew existed for a while and it honestly surprised me. The art is beautiful damn amazing and the story, while very simple, is fascinating to me. This is probably what could have been had the current one not been made. While it ends on the promise of another story, I doubt we will obtain it. Still, I enjoyed this graphic novel and I highly recommend it to any long time Star Battles fan.

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    The Star Wars (Star Wars: The Star Wars) review [Book]  2017-12-15 18:1

    Very interesting.

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    The Star Wars (Star Wars: The Star Wars) review [Book]  2017-12-15 18:1

    As some other people have said, it's an interesting look into the development process George Lucas went through, but the story is bloated, full of plot holes and some characters, in particular Darth Vader, don't do much of anything.

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    The Star Wars (Star Wars: The Star Wars) review [Book]  2017-12-15 18:1

    Interesting interpretation of the first draft of the script.

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    Star Wars Jokes: Unofficial Jokes for Star Wars Fans review []  2019-12-30 18:42

    My 10 year old grandson will like it, but forewarning....the jokes are beautiful lame and some don't even create sense!

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    Star Wars Jokes: Unofficial Jokes for Star Wars Fans review []  2019-12-30 18:42

    Absolutely lousy excuse for a "joke book".

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    Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-22 21:23

    As a lot of are aware there is kind of a mess with the Star Battles novels in terms of what is and is not canon material. Every novel that was place out before Disney acquired the rights to Lucasfilm is relegated to Legends/Expanded Universe non-canon material (aside from the novel Tarkin which was grandfathered into the fresh canon storyline). Anything place out after the Disney acquisition, regardless of format (novel, TV series, movie, comic, video android games etc are considered canon). However, the young adult novels, such as this and novels like Ashoka are not included in the main official timeline. So while it is a part of the canon material, it is considered ancillary to the main storyThis book is set about 3-4 years before A Fresh Hope when Leia is 16, and undergoing the trials to be named the heir to Alderaan. The back cover claims it includes clues to the fresh film The Latest Jedi. It really has no clues, more like tie-ins, such as how she met Laura Dern's hero and learned of the base on the planet Crait. It is really the story of how she learned about and became involved with the Rebellion. The book also has the most in-depth look at her parents. Of course, her father Bail has shown up since the prequel films in the canon material, but this book really established who he was and his thoughts on the Rebellion more than any of the other books, shows, and films ven when it was set, the book includes, or at least mentions a lot of things that would bear out in the original trilogy. For example we learn about the mercy missions that Vader refers to when he captures her ship in A Fresh Hope, we see how she met Tarkin, and of course, the Emperor is referred to a lot. There is no mention or inclusion of Darth Vader in the book. There is also a amazing tie back to a hero from the prequels that occurs putting Leia in danger that she is not even remotely aware of. And, Artoo and Threepio create an appearance as well.Overall the book does a amazing job of making Leia not quite the hero she was in A Fresh Hope but showing how much of that person was within her. We obtain tips to that yes, she is force sensitive even if she is not aware of it, and as I said above there are several nice tie-ins to the original movies, the prequels, and the current trilogy. It also leaves begin the chance of another novel (whether another young-adult main storyline adjacent novel or even main storyline novel) set before A Fresh Hope to flesh out her backstory even more. Even though it is a young-adult book, it is written well enough and tells a amazing enough story that it can easily be enjoyed by adults. I highly recommend it.

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    Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-22 21:23

    This was the Star Battles book I’ve been waiting for.When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2014 and effectively rebooted the canon, allowing for a complete narrative overhaaul of the novel line, I was beautiful psyched. For years, I had longed to jump into the Star Battles novels, but had always found the sheer size of the EU’s canon simply to be too overwhelming. A new reset allowed me the opportunity to jump in from the beginning, and ever since the release of the first new-canon novel “A Fresh Dawn,” in August 2014, I’ve more or less read everything that’s been e downside to reading every “Star Wars” book published? Most of the novels, with a few notable exceptions, have fallen closer to the ‘eh’ side of the spectrum than the ‘OMG that was amazing’ side, at least for me. Especially over the latest year, I’ve found that most of the fresh “Star Wars” novels that have been published have been diverting at best, outright cash-grabs to other, “more important” Star Battles media at worst. “Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel.” “Ahsoka.” “Rebel Rising.” “Thrawn.” “Guardians of the Whills.” All of these are books that were well-written enough…but none of them, at least for me, left close to any when I tell you that “Leia, Princess of Alderaan” DOES leave an impression, and currently stands as one of the very few “Star Wars” books published post-2014-reboot that I unabashedly loved…believe me when I tell you that, for me, that was a beautiful huge deal, not to mention also a beautiful huge relief. I had honestly begun to wonder if I would ever read another Star Battles book that I truly loved…and would ya look at that: Claudia Gray came to the rescue and delivered just that.What makes this book work is the same thing that created “Lost Stars” (also written by Gray) so good: the focus on characters. Rather than getting bogged down in stories that just feel like rehashes of happenings we’ve seen or read countless other times across other Star Battles media, Gray puts the focus first and foremost on developing the relationships between young Leia and those around her: her mother Breha. Her father Bail. Her mate Amilyn Holdo. Her love interest Kier. These relationships, and all of the complex emotions that come with them, are the basic things that fuel this book and give it the energy that it has; they’re also what create it such a compelling read: you as a reader are invested in the plot not because you’re expected to, but because Claudia Gray actually gives you a REASON to. It’s unbelievably refreshing, not just to see that in a Star Battles novel, but to read it in ANY novel, period, and if “Lost Stars” or the beautiful amazing “Bloodline” hadn’t already done it, then “Leia, Princes of Alderaan” completely solidifies Claudia Gray as THE best Star Battles author currently working today.“Leia, Princess of Alderaan” is the definition of a “breath of new air”: it’s well written, has characters you care about, and rarely if ever drags. It’s the type of Star Battles novel that you want every Star Battles novel could be like, ones that values the relationships and development of its protagonists over lightsaber wars and starship battles. Here’s hoping this is far from the latest time Claudia Gray pays this far, far away galaxy a urney to Star Wars: The Latest Jedi: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: the Latest Jedi)

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    Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-22 21:23

    She just at much was evident when I read BLOODLINE latest year, which quickly turned into one of my favorite novels of the fresh canon. In BLOODLINE, we got a gorgeous and nuanced portrayal of an older -- though no less sharp -- Leia. And in this novel we obtain yet another gorgeous and nuanced portrayal of Leia -- this time in her youth. Both of Gray's portrayals are remarkable in that they are distinct enough to signify growth, while still remaining very much real to the voice that Carrie Fisher helped make for the character. It's a delight to Carrie Fisher's latest book, THE PRINCESS DIARIST, there were included some entries from a diary she kept during the filming of Star Wars, when she was barely 21 years old. Her voice in these entries is melodramatic and highfalutin and emotionally honest, in the method only young writers can be, but it is no less poetic and beautiful. It's safe to assume that Gray read the book, and that it only helped to shape her portrayal of the Leia-in-the-making that appears in this novel -- some of the passages manage to evoke that raw energy Fisher's early writings e story itself is relatively straightforward, although it is not without nuance (if Gray does anything well in her work, it is nuance). The plot is tense and thrilling enough to satisfy the action-adventure aspect of the Star Battles franchise -- but this a story that is more emotional than anything. Knowledge of the subsequent stories casts a huge shadow over the happenings in this novel, and the effect is that you read this as a tragedy, despite the fact that the story we are currently reading is a largely hopeful one. "Your home will always be here," Leia's mother, Breha, tells her at one point. And we just know. Moments like this one are scattered throughout the novel, and the result is ter LOST STARS and BLOODLINE, I knew that I was going to read anything and everything Gray wrote in this universe. LEIA, PRINCESS OF ALDERAAN only strengthens that commitment.

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    Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-22 21:23

    One of cinema's most beloved characters, Princess Leia juggles a lot of roles. In the original Star Battles film, we are introduced to a 20-year-old who is a senator, a princess, and a rebel. To her credit, Carrie Fisher created viewers believe that the woman on screen could encompass all of these titles and more. However, I (and I assume a lot of others) were curious as to how Leia Organa earned and balanced all these mantles. Princess of Alderaan chronicles her claim to the throne of Alderaan, her first forays into the arena of galactic politics, and her increasing involvement with the nascent Rebel audia Gray imbues Leia with the same strength and grace that fans have come to expect from her through the years. Even when Leia is unsure of her next steps, the reader never doubts that she has the capability to live up to her legendary status. Writing in the voice of an iconic hero must be difficult, especially in a novel where the hero is still coming of age. Gray proves that she is more than up to the task.I recommend this book to anybody who has been inspired by Princess (or senator... or rebel... or General) Leia. (And for those who can't wait for The Latest Jedi, there are several nuggets of info for the sharp-eyed reader!)

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    Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-22 21:23

    I read the Kindle ver of this book.We know Leia, we've known her for 40 years. She's feisty, fast witted, beautiful, teenaged leader of men. The latest Princess of Alderaan and Imperial Senator. We also know she's the daughter of Darth Vader and Queen Amidala. But what do we know of her pre-A Fresh Hope.I've enjoyed Claudia Gray's Star Battles books, and I think this is my favorite so order to be recognized as the real Princess and heir to the Alderaan throne, Leia must undertake three challenges, of the body, mind, and heart. Through the book, Leia succeeds, fails, has her first love and first kiss. She also learns about politics, treachery, and is is a amazing book for Star Battles fans. Yes, young women will love it, but middle aged men will as well (at least I did).

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    Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-22 21:23

    Claudia Gray is one of the best authors writing Star Battles right now. And that's saying a lot, because there have been some unbelievable Star Battles books in the past few years. If you haven't read Lost Stars (the YA forbidden love story that takes put over the original trilogy ending in the War of Jakku) or Bloodline (Leia between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens) you need to go read them NOW! It is not important for reading this book, but there are some is book shows Leia when she is going through her coming-of-age rituals on Alderaan. I really enjoyed learning about Alderaan's culture. Queen Breha is such an amazing character. This book does so well filling in gaps in the Star Battles universe. Since this is one of the books created leading up to The Latest Jedi, there are references to locations and people featured in the movie. You obtain to meet Holdo when she was a junior senator just meeting Leia. I'm hoping for a Holdo book that explains her absence from the original ere is so much heart in this book. The relationship between Leia and her parents is written so well. There are things that create Leia the woman she is in the original trilogy. There's also some amazing moral dilemmas that arise. Claudia Gray portrays galactic politics so well in her books.I obviously give this book a 5/5. If you're a Star Battles fan like me, this is definitely worth picking up. Even if you've never read a Star Battles book before and just wish a YA book about Leia, this is it!

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    Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-22 21:23

    Another solid contribution to the Star Battles by Claudia Gray, and a book that further helps define fan-favorite (and often under-represented) Leia. This book focuses on Leia's coming of age, as she deals with struggles with several traditional themes of the genre, expertly styled to fit the Star Battles setting and Leia's special audia Gray does a unbelievable job of once again pulling from inspiration from true life to create a timeless story, but can also hit additional hard given current event. Leia is torn between her loyalties to the greater galactic community and her own peaceful home world, and is caught between the tyranny of the Empire and the prospect of a bloody and violent rebellion, as she attempts to maintain her honor and integrity while growing up to become the beloved hero we know from the original trilogy.Just because you think you know how this story ends doesn't [email protected]#$%!'s power as a moving and emotionally charged narrative about coming into adulthood during tumultuous and uncertain times.

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    Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-22 21:23

    This book is WHY books are meant to be physically held and read! The cover is attractive and dreamy, while the weight of the book tells you to not rush reading it, because it promises a unbelievable adventure worth savoring. I love My Star Battles books and appreciate that the book reviews don't give away any spoilers so I'm simply going to say that you are instantly pulled into the story, into fearless Princess Leia whose wit and charm are unique, and uniquely written in a method real to the character-- Claudia Gray perfectly captures Princess Leia with writing which flows from beginning to end, and I look forward to reading more of her work! I'm happy to have purchased a couple of copies to give as bonuses since it really is a amazing read at an unbeatable price--absolutely the sort of bonus I love receiving. If you like it as much as I did, you won't wish this book to end.

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    Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-22 21:23

    Claudia Gray's "Leia, Princess of Alderaan" beings with Leia Organa's Day of Demand, when she asserts her claim as heir to the throne of Alderaan. Following this, she begins developing the skills that will lead her to become the Rebellion leader we meet in "Star Wars: A Fresh Hope". She joins the apprentice legislature to take an active role in galactic politics, takes survival courses to develop her physical strength and confidence in her abilities, and undertakes charitable missions to support those in need. Alongside this, Leia learns of her parents' role in the nascent Rebellion and negotiates her desire to support war versus Palpatine's oppression with her parents' goal of protecting her from the coming ay successfully blends elements from the original and prequel trilogies in this story. At one point, Leia undertakes a charitable mission to one of Naboo's moons, where she meets with the local moff, Quarsh Panaka, who served Queen Amidala in "The Phantom Menace". When he sees Leia, he stops short, "eyes wide with shock" (pg. 156). He suspects her parentage, but an attack from Saw Gerrera's partisans prevents him from following up on his suspicions. This recalls the stage in Marvel Comics' "Princess Leia, Part II." In foreshadowing later events, Leia's mother, Queen Breha, offers the dating advice, "Sometimes it does a girl amazing to fall for a bit of a scoundrel, now and then" (pg. 217). Later, when Leia has to save a classmate in the pathfinding program, she makes a leap reminiscent of that on the Death Star while possibly drawing upon the Force (pg. 260). She and one fellow apprentice legislator Amilyn Holdo also explore a senator selling quadanium to an imperial known as Director, likely Orson Krennic from "Rogue One" (pg. 320-321). In tying this novel to the forthcoming "Star Wars: The Latest Jedi", Gray makes the planet Crait a major plot point as an early Rebel base and Leia becomes amazing mates with Holdo, who will be a grand admiral in the eighth film. Gray writes that they become "friends for a lifetime" (pg. 394).This is Gray's third "Star Wars" novel and each is amazing. She previously wrote "Star Wars: Bloodline", which focused on Leia following the happenings of "Return of the Jedi". Being able to go back to Leia's early years allows Gray to discover the development of those characteristics she focused on in her previous novel. Though Gray writes for a young adult audience, she never panders and tackles some serious problems about ethics and morality in a method that will hold even the oldest "Star Wars" fan riveted.

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    Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-22 21:23

    This book has my heart! I was scared to pick it up because you never know with books about best-selling franchises if they’ll be amazing (it’s why I don’t read Star Trek novels). This book blew me away. Leia isn’t my most favorite hero from Star Battles (don’t hate me!), but I loved getting to see a bit of her origin story. This starts out with Leia turning 16 and getting ready to take on challenges to officially be the Crowned Princess of Alderaan. You obtain an in depth look at what happened leading up to her joining the rebellion, and you even see how she became a part of it. You also got to see a lot more of her parents which was intriguing because everyone (or at least I did) kind of wondered about what her parents were like. This book had a bit of everything. Some humor, some romance, some drama, some tragedy. Also I got to see C3PO and R2D2… okay mostly I cared about R2, but this explains how Leia had those two droids. This created Leia more of my favorite hero than she was before. Now I understand her a small bit better, and I love her a bit more. Definitely pick this up if you’re a fan of Star Battles or just of Princess Leia!

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    Journey to Star Wars The Last Jedi: The Legends of Luke Skywalker (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review [Book]  2017-10-31 18:1

    I've been waiting for this book and it didn't disappoint. If you're fans of Timothy Zhan's star battles EU, you'll message that Zahn did a very amazing job of portraying Luke's character, particularly in the Hand of Thrawn duology and Survivor's Quest. Ken Liu continues to capture the essence of Luke's hero but he delves in deeper in only a series of short stories, a remarkable feat. Three stories (an imperial's pov, the Tide and exogorth) , stood out to present the depths of compassion and wisdom Luke is learning in his journey to understand the force, more so than being a Jedi. If the EU spend more time to present Luke's masterful role as a Jedi master, this book turns the tide a bit by showing that Luke's destiny is more than what happened on ROTJ. Although I do love the heriocs of Luke depicted in EU, this series shows a deeper side of Luke and the farmboy integrity that he upholds to treat all beings of the force with respect. I give it four stars as there were two stories (the myth buster and the mote) which feel a small flat. Other than that, can't wait to see Luke in The Latest Jedi.

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    Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-23 0:10

    As a lot of are aware there is kind of a mess with the Star Battles novels in terms of what is and is not canon material. Every novel that was place out before Disney acquired the rights to Lucasfilm is relegated to Legends/Expanded Universe non-canon material (aside from the novel Tarkin which was grandfathered into the fresh canon storyline). Anything place out after the Disney acquisition, regardless of format (novel, TV series, movie, comic, video android games etc are considered canon). However, the young adult novels, such as this and novels like Ashoka are not included in the main official timeline. So while it is a part of the canon material, it is considered ancillary to the main storyThis book is set about 3-4 years before A Fresh Hope when Leia is 16, and undergoing the trials to be named the heir to Alderaan. The back cover claims it includes clues to the fresh film The Latest Jedi. It really has no clues, more like tie-ins, such as how she met Laura Dern's hero and learned of the base on the planet Crait. It is really the story of how she learned about and became involved with the Rebellion. The book also has the most in-depth look at her parents. Of course, her father Bail has shown up since the prequel films in the canon material, but this book really established who he was and his thoughts on the Rebellion more than any of the other books, shows, and films ven when it was set, the book includes, or at least mentions a lot of things that would bear out in the original trilogy. For example we learn about the mercy missions that Vader refers to when he captures her ship in A Fresh Hope, we see how she met Tarkin, and of course, the Emperor is referred to a lot. There is no mention or inclusion of Darth Vader in the book. There is also a amazing tie back to a hero from the prequels that occurs putting Leia in danger that she is not even remotely aware of. And, Artoo and Threepio create an appearance as well.Overall the book does a amazing job of making Leia not quite the hero she was in A Fresh Hope but showing how much of that person was within her. We obtain tips to that yes, she is force sensitive even if she is not aware of it, and as I said above there are several nice tie-ins to the original movies, the prequels, and the current trilogy. It also leaves begin the chance of another novel (whether another young-adult main storyline adjacent novel or even main storyline novel) set before A Fresh Hope to flesh out her backstory even more. Even though it is a young-adult book, it is written well enough and tells a amazing enough story that it can easily be enjoyed by adults. I highly recommend it.

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    Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-23 0:10

    This was the Star Battles book I’ve been waiting for.When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2014 and effectively rebooted the canon, allowing for a complete narrative overhaaul of the novel line, I was beautiful psyched. For years, I had longed to jump into the Star Battles novels, but had always found the sheer size of the EU’s canon simply to be too overwhelming. A new reset allowed me the opportunity to jump in from the beginning, and ever since the release of the first new-canon novel “A Fresh Dawn,” in August 2014, I’ve more or less read everything that’s been e downside to reading every “Star Wars” book published? Most of the novels, with a few notable exceptions, have fallen closer to the ‘eh’ side of the spectrum than the ‘OMG that was amazing’ side, at least for me. Especially over the latest year, I’ve found that most of the fresh “Star Wars” novels that have been published have been diverting at best, outright cash-grabs to other, “more important” Star Battles media at worst. “Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel.” “Ahsoka.” “Rebel Rising.” “Thrawn.” “Guardians of the Whills.” All of these are books that were well-written enough…but none of them, at least for me, left close to any when I tell you that “Leia, Princess of Alderaan” DOES leave an impression, and currently stands as one of the very few “Star Wars” books published post-2014-reboot that I unabashedly loved…believe me when I tell you that, for me, that was a beautiful huge deal, not to mention also a beautiful huge relief. I had honestly begun to wonder if I would ever read another Star Battles book that I truly loved…and would ya look at that: Claudia Gray came to the rescue and delivered just that.What makes this book work is the same thing that created “Lost Stars” (also written by Gray) so good: the focus on characters. Rather than getting bogged down in stories that just feel like rehashes of happenings we’ve seen or read countless other times across other Star Battles media, Gray puts the focus first and foremost on developing the relationships between young Leia and those around her: her mother Breha. Her father Bail. Her mate Amilyn Holdo. Her love interest Kier. These relationships, and all of the complex emotions that come with them, are the basic things that fuel this book and give it the energy that it has; they’re also what create it such a compelling read: you as a reader are invested in the plot not because you’re expected to, but because Claudia Gray actually gives you a REASON to. It’s unbelievably refreshing, not just to see that in a Star Battles novel, but to read it in ANY novel, period, and if “Lost Stars” or the beautiful amazing “Bloodline” hadn’t already done it, then “Leia, Princes of Alderaan” completely solidifies Claudia Gray as THE best Star Battles author currently working today.“Leia, Princess of Alderaan” is the definition of a “breath of new air”: it’s well written, has characters you care about, and rarely if ever drags. It’s the type of Star Battles novel that you want every Star Battles novel could be like, ones that values the relationships and development of its protagonists over lightsaber wars and starship battles. Here’s hoping this is far from the latest time Claudia Gray pays this far, far away galaxy a urney to Star Wars: The Latest Jedi: Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: the Latest Jedi)

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    Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-23 0:10

    She just at much was evident when I read BLOODLINE latest year, which quickly turned into one of my favorite novels of the fresh canon. In BLOODLINE, we got a gorgeous and nuanced portrayal of an older -- though no less sharp -- Leia. And in this novel we obtain yet another gorgeous and nuanced portrayal of Leia -- this time in her youth. Both of Gray's portrayals are remarkable in that they are distinct enough to signify growth, while still remaining very much real to the voice that Carrie Fisher helped make for the character. It's a delight to Carrie Fisher's latest book, THE PRINCESS DIARIST, there were included some entries from a diary she kept during the filming of Star Wars, when she was barely 21 years old. Her voice in these entries is melodramatic and highfalutin and emotionally honest, in the method only young writers can be, but it is no less poetic and beautiful. It's safe to assume that Gray read the book, and that it only helped to shape her portrayal of the Leia-in-the-making that appears in this novel -- some of the passages manage to evoke that raw energy Fisher's early writings e story itself is relatively straightforward, although it is not without nuance (if Gray does anything well in her work, it is nuance). The plot is tense and thrilling enough to satisfy the action-adventure aspect of the Star Battles franchise -- but this a story that is more emotional than anything. Knowledge of the subsequent stories casts a huge shadow over the happenings in this novel, and the effect is that you read this as a tragedy, despite the fact that the story we are currently reading is a largely hopeful one. "Your home will always be here," Leia's mother, Breha, tells her at one point. And we just know. Moments like this one are scattered throughout the novel, and the result is ter LOST STARS and BLOODLINE, I knew that I was going to read anything and everything Gray wrote in this universe. LEIA, PRINCESS OF ALDERAAN only strengthens that commitment.

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    Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-23 0:10

    One of cinema's most beloved characters, Princess Leia juggles a lot of roles. In the original Star Battles film, we are introduced to a 20-year-old who is a senator, a princess, and a rebel. To her credit, Carrie Fisher created viewers believe that the woman on screen could encompass all of these titles and more. However, I (and I assume a lot of others) were curious as to how Leia Organa earned and balanced all these mantles. Princess of Alderaan chronicles her claim to the throne of Alderaan, her first forays into the arena of galactic politics, and her increasing involvement with the nascent Rebel audia Gray imbues Leia with the same strength and grace that fans have come to expect from her through the years. Even when Leia is unsure of her next steps, the reader never doubts that she has the capability to live up to her legendary status. Writing in the voice of an iconic hero must be difficult, especially in a novel where the hero is still coming of age. Gray proves that she is more than up to the task.I recommend this book to anybody who has been inspired by Princess (or senator... or rebel... or General) Leia. (And for those who can't wait for The Latest Jedi, there are several nuggets of info for the sharp-eyed reader!)

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    Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-23 0:10

    I read the Kindle ver of this book.We know Leia, we've known her for 40 years. She's feisty, fast witted, beautiful, teenaged leader of men. The latest Princess of Alderaan and Imperial Senator. We also know she's the daughter of Darth Vader and Queen Amidala. But what do we know of her pre-A Fresh Hope.I've enjoyed Claudia Gray's Star Battles books, and I think this is my favorite so order to be recognized as the real Princess and heir to the Alderaan throne, Leia must undertake three challenges, of the body, mind, and heart. Through the book, Leia succeeds, fails, has her first love and first kiss. She also learns about politics, treachery, and is is a amazing book for Star Battles fans. Yes, young women will love it, but middle aged men will as well (at least I did).

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    Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-23 0:10

    Claudia Gray is one of the best authors writing Star Battles right now. And that's saying a lot, because there have been some unbelievable Star Battles books in the past few years. If you haven't read Lost Stars (the YA forbidden love story that takes put over the original trilogy ending in the War of Jakku) or Bloodline (Leia between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens) you need to go read them NOW! It is not important for reading this book, but there are some is book shows Leia when she is going through her coming-of-age rituals on Alderaan. I really enjoyed learning about Alderaan's culture. Queen Breha is such an amazing character. This book does so well filling in gaps in the Star Battles universe. Since this is one of the books created leading up to The Latest Jedi, there are references to locations and people featured in the movie. You obtain to meet Holdo when she was a junior senator just meeting Leia. I'm hoping for a Holdo book that explains her absence from the original ere is so much heart in this book. The relationship between Leia and her parents is written so well. There are things that create Leia the woman she is in the original trilogy. There's also some amazing moral dilemmas that arise. Claudia Gray portrays galactic politics so well in her books.I obviously give this book a 5/5. If you're a Star Battles fan like me, this is definitely worth picking up. Even if you've never read a Star Battles book before and just wish a YA book about Leia, this is it!

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    Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-23 0:10

    Another solid contribution to the Star Battles by Claudia Gray, and a book that further helps define fan-favorite (and often under-represented) Leia. This book focuses on Leia's coming of age, as she deals with struggles with several traditional themes of the genre, expertly styled to fit the Star Battles setting and Leia's special audia Gray does a unbelievable job of once again pulling from inspiration from true life to create a timeless story, but can also hit additional hard given current event. Leia is torn between her loyalties to the greater galactic community and her own peaceful home world, and is caught between the tyranny of the Empire and the prospect of a bloody and violent rebellion, as she attempts to maintain her honor and integrity while growing up to become the beloved hero we know from the original trilogy.Just because you think you know how this story ends doesn't [email protected]#$%!'s power as a moving and emotionally charged narrative about coming into adulthood during tumultuous and uncertain times.

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    Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-23 0:10

    This book is WHY books are meant to be physically held and read! The cover is attractive and dreamy, while the weight of the book tells you to not rush reading it, because it promises a unbelievable adventure worth savoring. I love My Star Battles books and appreciate that the book reviews don't give away any spoilers so I'm simply going to say that you are instantly pulled into the story, into fearless Princess Leia whose wit and charm are unique, and uniquely written in a method real to the character-- Claudia Gray perfectly captures Princess Leia with writing which flows from beginning to end, and I look forward to reading more of her work! I'm happy to have purchased a couple of copies to give as bonuses since it really is a amazing read at an unbeatable price--absolutely the sort of bonus I love receiving. If you like it as much as I did, you won't wish this book to end.

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    Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-23 0:10

    Claudia Gray's "Leia, Princess of Alderaan" beings with Leia Organa's Day of Demand, when she asserts her claim as heir to the throne of Alderaan. Following this, she begins developing the skills that will lead her to become the Rebellion leader we meet in "Star Wars: A Fresh Hope". She joins the apprentice legislature to take an active role in galactic politics, takes survival courses to develop her physical strength and confidence in her abilities, and undertakes charitable missions to support those in need. Alongside this, Leia learns of her parents' role in the nascent Rebellion and negotiates her desire to support war versus Palpatine's oppression with her parents' goal of protecting her from the coming ay successfully blends elements from the original and prequel trilogies in this story. At one point, Leia undertakes a charitable mission to one of Naboo's moons, where she meets with the local moff, Quarsh Panaka, who served Queen Amidala in "The Phantom Menace". When he sees Leia, he stops short, "eyes wide with shock" (pg. 156). He suspects her parentage, but an attack from Saw Gerrera's partisans prevents him from following up on his suspicions. This recalls the stage in Marvel Comics' "Princess Leia, Part II." In foreshadowing later events, Leia's mother, Queen Breha, offers the dating advice, "Sometimes it does a girl amazing to fall for a bit of a scoundrel, now and then" (pg. 217). Later, when Leia has to save a classmate in the pathfinding program, she makes a leap reminiscent of that on the Death Star while possibly drawing upon the Force (pg. 260). She and one fellow apprentice legislator Amilyn Holdo also explore a senator selling quadanium to an imperial known as Director, likely Orson Krennic from "Rogue One" (pg. 320-321). In tying this novel to the forthcoming "Star Wars: The Latest Jedi", Gray makes the planet Crait a major plot point as an early Rebel base and Leia becomes amazing mates with Holdo, who will be a grand admiral in the eighth film. Gray writes that they become "friends for a lifetime" (pg. 394).This is Gray's third "Star Wars" novel and each is amazing. She previously wrote "Star Wars: Bloodline", which focused on Leia following the happenings of "Return of the Jedi". Being able to go back to Leia's early years allows Gray to discover the development of those characteristics she focused on in her previous novel. Though Gray writes for a young adult audience, she never panders and tackles some serious problems about ethics and morality in a method that will hold even the oldest "Star Wars" fan riveted.

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    Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) review []  2020-1-23 0:10

    This book has my heart! I was scared to pick it up because you never know with books about best-selling franchises if they’ll be amazing (it’s why I don’t read Star Trek novels). This book blew me away. Leia isn’t my most favorite hero from Star Battles (don’t hate me!), but I loved getting to see a bit of her origin story. This starts out with Leia turning 16 and getting ready to take on challenges to officially be the Crowned Princess of Alderaan. You obtain an in depth look at what happened leading up to her joining the rebellion, and you even see how she became a part of it. You also got to see a lot more of her parents which was intriguing because everyone (or at least I did) kind of wondered about what her parents were like. This book had a bit of everything. Some humor, some romance, some drama, some tragedy. Also I got to see C3PO and R2D2… okay mostly I cared about R2, but this explains how Leia had those two droids. This created Leia more of my favorite hero than she was before. Now I understand her a small bit better, and I love her a bit more. Definitely pick this up if you’re a fan of Star Battles or just of Princess Leia!

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    Star Wars Vol. 6: Out Among The Stars (Star Wars (2015-)) review [Book]  2017-12-7 18:1

    And with that, Jason Aaron’s storied run on Marvel’s flagship “Star Wars” title comes to an end. Volume 6 – “Out Among the Stars” collects problems #33-37, the majority of which are one-shot problems featuring individual adventures with the usual gang of heroes, as well as Sana Starros and Lando Calrissian. While these problems may not represent the pinnacle of either Aaron or artist Salvador Larroca’s talents, this final volume still stands as a decent enough farewell for Aaron, before Kieron Gillen comes aboard next month to steer the is usually the case with comic one-shots, the stakes for most of these problems feels low. That’s okay, though because Aaron mostly does enough fun items with hero dynamics and dialogue exchanges – pairing Luke and Leia together in problem #33, Lando and Sana together in #34, and Han and Chewie (shocker) in #35– to create up for his stories’ lack of “importance.” He also, finally, gets around in problem #36 to resolving the long-dangling plot thread that is C-3PO’s capture by Scar Squadron, which we witnessed all the method back at the end of Volume 4, “Last Flight of the Harbinger.” Although it’s hard not to want that we’d gotten a bit meatier of a follow-through to this story after waiting so long for it to be resolved – problem #25, which depicted C-3PO’s capture, was published all the method back in November 2016, pre-“Rogue One”s release - it’s still nice to see Aaron dot all of his i’s and cross his t’s before walking out the door.If there’s a major disappointment in this latest Volume, and really, in the latest two volumes of the series as well, it’s Salvador Larroca’s art. Like a lot of people, I really enjoyed his style on “Darth Vader,” but for some reason, his time on the main “Star Wars” title has been marred by an overreliance on photorealism and tracing, which – at least for my cash – is distracting at best and at worst, downright [email protected]#$%!&’s hard not to want that Aaron’s final problems on the series had been accompanied by artwork that was as powerful as that of his first, second, or even third arc, but hey - you can’t have everything.

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    Star Wars - Han Solo: At Stars' End (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2017-12-30 18:1

    ONe of the few EU books I have been unable to collect over the latest 20 years. Very excited to finally have it to read.

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    Star Wars - Han Solo: At Stars' End (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2017-12-30 18:1

    Perfect add to my collection, thank you

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    Star Wars - Han Solo: At Stars' End (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2017-12-30 18:1

    Well, that dashing,daring, and devoius Han Solo has done it again. More excitement, more adventure! Being an avid Star Battles fan, I've spent most of my free time reading and re-reading this book. I love it! I would recomend this to any Star Battles fan, young or old. I tried to obtain multiple opinions in this book by my friends, and it seems that if you don't know a lick about Star Wars, you probably won't understand some of this book. But if you are familiar with SW, Hang On!! You're on for a beautiful wild ride. Now, I will admit it, there are a few parts in there where I felt kind of. . . uh. . . sleepy. ..(Maybe I stayed up longer than I thought reading it. . ) but the abundance of action and suspence quickly [email protected]#$%! away. All in all, I would say this is a very amazing me might say Han is just to brave (or to stupid) to be realistic. But, as Han would say, "Hey, its Me!"

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    Star Wars - Han Solo: At Stars' End (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2017-12-30 18:1

    This is a combined review of The paper back book and the comic from Dark horse, Classic star battles - Han Solo at stars end - Volume 5. This comic is based on the stand alone novelette written by the late Brian Daley. For those who had read AC Crispens Han Solo Trilogy (my favorite of the entire EU), Crispen left time in his story to accommodate Daley's stories about Han and Chewy taking a trip to the corporate sector. Virtually nothing is known about the corp sector except what Daley told us in his 3 novels about his favorite character, Han. One of those 3 stories is HS at is comic has amazing inking and binding but the pencil and artwork is of comic strip quality. I give the story a 5, inking a 3 and pencils a 2, then I round up because the stars are Han and chewy for 4 stars

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    Star Wars - Han Solo: At Stars' End (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2017-12-30 18:1

    This is a review of Classic star battles - Han Solo at stars end - Volume 5. This comic is based on the stand alone novelette written by the late Brian Daley. For those who had read AC Crispens Han Solo Trilogy (my favorite of the entire EU), Crispen left time in his story to accommodate Daley's stories about Han and Chewy taking a trip to the corporate sector. Virtually nothing is known about the corp sector except what Daley told us in his 3 novels about his favorite character, Han. One of those 3 stories is HS at is comic has amazing inking and binding but the pencil and artwork is of comic strip quality. I give the story a 5, inking a 3 and pencils a 2, then I round up because the stars are Han and chewy for 4 stars.

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    Star Wars - Han Solo: At Stars' End (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2017-12-30 18:1

    While the plot and the script follow the perfect book upon which this is based fairly well, the end results fall short of the ssa looks kinda like she's described in the book, but the other characters aren't really recognizable, even Han and Chewie. While the ship renditions are fairly good, the only thing they got right was the Falcon -- there weren't any TIEs in the novel, and those small warriors in the comic aren't e art is too childish, and the words are too big, and the coloring and detail is a bit dull. Still, all of this is somewhat overcome by a fairly exciting story and a quick pace.Another plus is the low price. If you're into Star Wars, it's worth the money.

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    Star Wars - Han Solo: At Stars' End (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2017-12-30 18:1

    this was the worst i have ever read. i never caught the point of the whole story, yet i created myself read the whole thing to test to obtain the point. I never did. it had a not good plot, moved slowly, and to me was too boring.

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    Star Wars - Han Solo: At Stars' End (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2017-12-30 18:1

    A amazing book that sheds some light on Han Solo's life before the happenings of Star Wars: A Fresh Hope. A good, cheap read

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    Star Wars - Han Solo: At Stars' End (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2017-12-30 18:1

    It wasn't as amazing as I remebered.

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    Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Captain Phasma (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Captain Phasma (2017)) review [Book]  2017-11-22 18:1

    Amazing cap and also introduction on an intriguing hero we met in Episode VII. This comic showed us a ruthless hero who was willing to do anything to advance her put in the First Order. Got to wonder how intelligent she really is though. Snoke, Ren, and Rey will all see right thru her. However, it’s cool to see what an ambitious and brutal Stormtrooper might do in the Star Battles Universe. This comic series showed us that clearly and if nothing else gets the reader excited for Episode VIII in just under a month!

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    Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret War (Star Wars (2015-)) review [Book]  2017-11-3 18:1

    It was nice to see some of the things that Yoda did between the Clone Battles and the first time he is seen in Episode 5.

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    Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret War (Star Wars (2015-)) review [Book]  2017-11-3 18:1

    Amazing collection, hold the Marvel stories coming.

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    Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret War (Star Wars (2015-)) review [Book]  2017-11-3 18:1

    Not as amazing as the previous entries but amazing story none the less.

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    Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret War (Star Wars (2015-)) review [Book]  2017-11-3 18:1

    So I finished this one the other day after reading the negative reviews. And while I will say it isn't a poor comic, I will say it wasn't entirely important either.Spoilers ahead:The book picks up at the end of The Latest Flight of the Harbinger with C-3PO in the hands of the Empire. R2 takes off to rescue him and Luke continues to read Ben Kenobi's journal. The rest of the story deals with Yoda feeling a call from the Force that leads him to a strange Lord of the Flies like e story isn't terrible, but it doesn't really do anything either. It doesn't advance the current story closer towards Empire Strikes Back (which is probably why they did it so they can hold the comics going) and the only purpose that I can search for the Yoda story is to present that Jedi must be humble in their abilities. But we already saw that out of Yoda in his three part series at the end of The Clone e artwork is really amazing though. So there's that.If you wish to read an ok side story, go for it. Or if you're like me and collect a lot of the expanded canon then still go for it. But if you wish to just hold going in the show story and not read Yoda, wait for The Screaming Citadel. All you miss here is Scar Squadron is planning to use 3PO as bait for our heroes.

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    Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret War (Star Wars (2015-)) review [Book]  2017-11-3 18:1

    This is a tough review for me to write. On the one hand, the book looks great. Perfect art. And, how often do you read a story about Yoda? I give Marvel large props for attempting something different. This isn't a story about the Rebels vs. the Empire. It's something e issue is that I felt like a fresh Pink Floyd album, where you feel like there's a notice there, but you're not quite sure what that notice is saying. All the time reading this story, I kept thinking to myself that the end of this--this interesting story--is going to come together and blow my mind. But, it didn't quite do that. And, if it is there on the page, I sure didn't obtain "it" on my first pass through the the end, I judge a book by how much I wish to go pick it up again once I lay it down. With this book, I wasn't as intrigued as I should have been. I really just wanted to obtain it read and done. It's a laudable effort on Marvel's part to attempt such a story, but for me, it just didn't e story does tie in a bit with the original trilogy, but my guess is that you could skip this collection and not miss much in the on-going Marvel series.I will note though that this collection also contains the second Star Battles Annual. You obtain the Yoda story plus the Annual. And, that's the bright side, as the story in this second Annual is quite good. It's a easy story, contained in the one issue. But, it's a story I found compelling, and it features a fresh character, Pash, that I hope we see again.

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    Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret War (Star Wars (2015-)) review [Book]  2017-11-3 18:1

    A huge cup of "meh".I am a large fan of SW, and I have enjoyed what Marvel has done with the franchise since they reacquired the license, but I gotta say, this was their first misstep, in my opinion. Its not that it was bad; it was just kind of pointless. It was an unnecessary delay of the main storyline that we could have done without. And while Yoda is a favorite, IF this story had to be told, it could have been done in half the time. Not a poor trade, just pointless.

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    Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret War (Star Wars (2015-)) review [Book]  2017-11-3 18:1

    r my money, this is the weakest story yet–not just from Aaron's "Star Wars" run, but in all of Marvel's Star Battles output since acquiring the license in 2014. I'm usually a huge fan of both Aaron's writing and Salvador Larroca's style, so the thought of the two of them pairing up for an arc–let alone an arc focused specifically on freaking YODA–really had me jazzed. Color me surprised and disappointed that neither writer nor artist seemed to operating at their full potential here.I could go on and on about all of the things that didn't work here, whether it be the plot itself–which proves definitively that there is such thing as a Star Battles story that is TOO out there–Larroca's linework, which seemed oddly unfinished here, or even just the method the arc sits rather uncomfortably alongside the broader Star Battles lore (no spoilers, but if you've read, you know of what I speak). In fairness, there were moments here and there that worked, particularly early on, when it felt like Aaron had a better grasp of the type of tale he wanted to spin. But the longer this arc dragged on, the more eager I was for it to wrap up. And now, mercifully, it Battles Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret Battle (Star Battles (2015-))

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    Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret War (Star Wars (2015-)) review [Book]  2017-11-3 18:1

    The fresh Marvel SW comics have, for the most part been great. The Vader books are, for me, the top tier but the SW run has been beautiful amazing as well. Unfortunately there is only so much storyline to fill between Ep IV and V and it feels like we've filled that gap sufficiently. Now we have filler such as this 's not poor but there is nothing memorable about it either other than the artwork which is great.

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    Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret War (Star Wars (2015-)) review [Book]  2017-11-3 18:1

    I was intrigued when I learned Marvel was departing from the main story arc for this one like they have with the Obi-Wan stories (which have been beautiful great). This story, however, was not. It felt like Yoda was plunked into the second half of Angry Max: Beyond Thunderdome in a rather pointless and frankly, kind of dumb, story. The only enjoyable moment, for me, takes put on the latest page of the latest issue. Even then it was a bit of a forced reach back to the Star Battles we know and love. You're really not missing much if you skip this volume. After volume four, I really feel like there's nothing more that needs to be told in this period of Star Battles history.

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    Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret War (Star Wars (2015-)) review [Book]  2017-11-3 18:1

    Up until now, Jason Aaron hasn't place a foot wrong in the Star Battles line. The plotting, characterization, and just the general feel of his run have been great, a true pleasure to read. Unfortunately with volume 5, things go off the rails. Focusing on an untold tale from Yoda's history, this story is a complete side-step with no true impact or bearing on the larger story. For the first time I found myself pushing impatiently through the pages in an attempt to obtain to the end, which is resolved in a less than fulfilling way. You also obtain an unrelated Princess Leia story at the end which is mediocre at best. Here's hoping that things return to normal with the next volume.

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    Star Wars Omnibus: At War With The Empire Vol. 1 (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2019-11-25 18:0

    This book collects a lot of of the early problems from Dark Horse's "Empire" comics from the mid 2000'e art varies between issues, but I found most of it to be beautiful good. The writing was also consistently amazing throughout, though admittedly not a lot of of the stories really broke any fresh ground on the Star Battles front. Most of them were your fairly standard action stories with a bit of internal politics mixed in. This has come to be expected from a post-prequels Star Battles story, so while it was a really fun read, very small surprised at said, there were a couple of stories which really stood out to me and bumped this up to a higher grade. "What Price Loyalty?", a story about a aging clone trooper serving in the Empire was a particular gem. Seeing the inner workings of a dictatorship from the perspective of a person literally programed to be loyal to the regime was quite interesting, especially when his previously held beliefs about the Empire are challenged by not only the rebels, but by his own commanding officer. The following story, one about Darth Vader right ofter the destruction of the Death Star, is a lot less talkative, but gives us a more introspective look at Vader as he is forced to survive in the harsh l in all, your fairly standard Star Battles fare, but with a few standout pieces here and there.

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    Star Wars Omnibus: At War With The Empire Vol. 1 (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2019-11-25 18:0

    As you might expect 'At Battle with the Empire' collects several stories set during the original trilogy from both the Imperial and Rebel point of view. The stories are set just before and after the happenings of the first Star Battles movie and are all e opening story 'Betrayal' is the true standout. Weeks before the Death Star goes online a group of Imperial officers attempt a coup to replace Vader and the Emperor. It's densely written, with memorable characters and exciting battles.'Princess...Warrior' tells the story of Princess Leia's missions of mercy and how she learned the price of war.'The Short, Satisfied Life of Roons Sewell' tells the story of a Rebel general. Based in part on Citizen Kane (Roons Sewell is an anagram for Orson Wells) it quickly paints a memorable picture of the title character.'What Sin Loyalty' is the story of cloned and programmed Stormtrooper trying to protect his commander.'The Savage Heart' is a ruthless Darth Vader story.'A Small Piece of Home' is a bit dull but has some nice scenes for Princess Leia.'Target Vader' has Vader taking on the underworld.'Alone Together' shows some early developments in Han Solo and Princess Leia's relationship.'Idiot's Array' has an early try of Han's loyalty to the Rebellion and more underworld ly 'The Price of Power' introduces a race of sentient Raptors and a complex war between the Rebels and Empire for their is book has 400 pages of amazing to amazing stories set during my favorite era of Star Wars, I recommend picking this up.

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    Star Wars Omnibus: At War With The Empire Vol. 1 (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2019-11-25 18:0

    As a long time Star battles expanded universe fan, I had greatly enjoyed the Empire Series when it had been around, though alas I hadn't been able to secure every issue. However, Dark Horse's brilliant Omnibus compilations is the god-send for us die hard fans who can't search every obscure copy. And being a deployed soldier, I appreciate being able to read as much as possible. I can't wait for Vol. 2. A amazing read and will definitely be in my collection of Star Battles Omnibus'.

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    Star Wars Omnibus: At War With The Empire Vol. 1 (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2019-11-25 18:0

    I'm a star battles fan, so I'm biased. I got this one since one of the comics included has a reference to Sabacc and I was trying to read about that game. I read through all the stories though (including the one about my card game) and never lost interest.

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    Star Wars Omnibus: At War With The Empire Vol. 1 (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2019-11-25 18:0

    All though this time table is my least favorite of the universe, this still is an awesome story. The art work is amazing and the story line is very good.

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    Star Wars Omnibus: At War With The Empire Vol. 1 (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2019-11-25 18:0

    Some stories within are excellent, some are fun, others mundane. The art is uniformly good. You'll never know unless you read this.

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    Star Wars Omnibus: At War With The Empire Vol. 1 (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2019-11-25 18:0

    Just plain old fun. Fills in the gaps between the movies. Amazing shortie with Vader after Yavin . Will buy the next one.

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    Star Wars Omnibus: At War With The Empire Vol. 1 (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2019-11-25 18:0

    A amazing compilation of Marvel Star Battles comics focusing in huge part on Vader as he casts the shadow of the Sith across the Galaxy. Will take you some time to blaze through them but it's a blend of colourful side stories that help my favorite zone opera.*** It was called to my attention that this was originally published by Dark Horse Comics. However all the branding on the pages as well as the Amazon description now list it as Marvel. ****

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    Star Wars Omnibus: At War With The Empire Vol. 1 (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2019-11-25 18:0

    I bought this knowing very small outside the films and Clone battles animated series. This book is a amazing buy and contains several of the Dark horse graphic comics, i accidentally purchased those too only to search the same stories in this book. I highly recommend for any Star Battles fan.

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    Star Wars Omnibus: At War With The Empire Vol. 1 (Star Wars: The Rebellion) review [Book]  2019-11-25 18:0

    Amazing reading room reading.

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    Star Wars - Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) review []  2020-1-25 6:38

    There was something about Boba Fett that attracted audiences as far back as his first introduction into the (reportedly) not good Star Battles Holiday Unique in 1978. That carried on into his film debut in Empire Strikes Back. Ever since, Boba Fett has been a highly regarded character. It makes sense that his father--or better, clone source--would be as unt Dooku is on the find for the excellent clone source. So he begins investigating the latest of the Mandalorians: Jango Fett. Here we learn Jango Fett began his life on Concord Dawn until a splinter group form of the Mandalorians and led by Vizsla murder his family. He is taken into the shelter of the Mandalorians and raised to become the best.I loved the art in this graphic novel. It is, without a doubt, gorgeous. Count Dooku, Jango Fett in all stages of life, and the Mandalorians are realistically drawn. Moreover, the style was excellent for the highly action packed novel.I enjoyed the glimpses of Jango Fett's life, his father-son relation to Jaster Mereel, Count Dooku's find for the clone material, and the demise of the Mandalorians.I felt the story was a small choppy. It seemed to strain at the edges of believability in some locations (how Vizsla continued to be behind so a lot of of the happenings in Jango's life--Jaster's death, Jango's parents' deaths, and the Mandalorians' deaths). It was still a amazing story, interesting snippets into Jango's life. A amazing read and solid 4 ought to you by*C.S. Light*

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    Star Wars - Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) review []  2020-1-25 6:38

    Nothing really mind blowing but for Star Battles fans it's good. It is a solid read but not reaching the level of a classic that might appeal to casual fans. Good, not great. Art is great, story is good. I bet 99% of the people reading this review will have fun the book.

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    Star Wars - Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) review []  2020-1-25 6:38

    Very interesting look at the man himself seriously knocked off my feet by this one in depth too highly recommend

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    Star Wars - Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) review []  2020-1-25 6:38

    Amazing story, not crazy about the art. Fills in a lot of Mando back history and prequels lore. Would recommend.

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    Star Wars - Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) review []  2020-1-25 6:38

    It is amazing to know the backstory of Jango Fett! Dark Horse did a amazing job on this one. Interesting to see the Mandalorians and where they came from.

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    Star Wars - Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) review []  2020-1-25 6:38

    This collection is a amazing backstory for those who've read the Republic Commando series by Karen Traviss. It highlights the beginnings of Jango Fett and his reasoning for becoming the clone template for the Republic Army. Would recommend for anyone interested in the Jango and Boba and the Republic clone story.

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    Star Wars - Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) review []  2020-1-25 6:38

    Love this book. Another amazing edition.

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    Star Wars - Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) review []  2020-1-25 6:38

    Since the premier of Episode 2 I have been interested in Jango Fett's Origin as well as how his life continued to affect Boba's after his death. This is a amazing read to establish Jango's hero as well as set the scene for his introduction in Episode 2 as well as add a chapter to the Legacy Boba was trying to live up to. The art was excellent as well as the dialogue. One of the better star battles dark horse one shots from this period.

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    Star Wars - Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) review []  2020-1-25 6:38

    Book received earlier than expected and in perfect condition. Book helps fill in gaps about the elusive Jango Fett, the prototype for the clone army. Not poor reading, amazing graphics a graphics novel that is a amazing read. Enjoy.

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    Star Wars - Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) review []  2020-1-25 6:38

    Gives the history of the Mandalorions and how Mango came to be alone and the reasons he wanted a clone. Also why he was chosen. Fun backstory.

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    Thrawn (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Thrawn) review []  2020-1-6 18:53

    The down side of the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm was that books like Timothy Zahn's the Thrawn Trilogy were relegated to a status dubbed "Legends." And while some of the fresh material has been enjoyable (notably James Luceno' s "Catalyst") mostly the books have been middling-quality afterthought to the fresh movies and cartoons."Thrawn" rectifies om a only-barely modified origin story that will be very familiar to those who read the short "Mist Encounter" to bringing Thrawn days before his debut in "Rebels", we see the journey an alien has to take to rise to the pinnacle of military rank in the xenophobic Empire. There are familiar notes including hero and ship names readers of Zahn's Legends material, fresh material including Thrawn's young protege, and for those who require an Imperial villain, we have Arhinda Pryce and her ruthless climb to political power that also explains a amazing deal about her hero on Rebels and how she and Thrawn became allies of a sort. There's also a surprise twist to Thrawn's backstory that should catch even longtime readers off guard. And for the first time ever, we're permitted a glimpse into Thrawn's mind rather than seeing him filtered through a human -canon only fans may search things like the explanation of the "civilian casualties" on Batonn strange or not in keeping with the so-far almost simple-minded insistence in fresh canon on black and white morality, but readers familiar with Zahn's work recognize this is a design feature, not a bug. If the book had any true flaws, it was a somewhat underwhelming antagonist in "Nightswan", and some of the war sequences obtain VERY long-winded as Eli (the narrator) talks through analyzing them. But overall the book is the high quality and characterization we have come to expect from Zahn. Other than Catalyst this is, thus far the only must read fresh Star Battles thus far, and the only one which is a must read for its own sake.

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    Thrawn (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Thrawn) review []  2020-1-6 18:53

    Grand Admiral Thrawn, a.k.a. Mith'raw'nurodo, has captivated readers of the Star Battles books ever since he was first introduced to us in Heir to the Empire back in 1991. Despite his ultimate fate in what has become known as the Thrawn Trilogy, fans have begged for more Thrawn ever since, and we celebrate justifiably every time Timothy Zahn graces the pages of another prequel book or short story with presence of this cool, calculating Imperial villain.Why? Why do we love this guy, this "bad guy" that the general Star Battles fan should be rooting AGAINST since we should wish the Rebels to win?Because he isn't like ANY other villain in the SW universe. He is not evil for the sake of being evil, like we have gotten used to seeing. He is not in it to simply increase the Empire's power because he is power-hungry, and he's not manipulating or scheming his method up the military ladder to Lord power and influence over others. He has earned every promotion, and sought none of them. He believes in justice, in the rule of right and in this book we see him openly criticize the policies that hold his aide, Eli Vanto, from achieving the rank he deserves. And while he does feel anger and frustration, he does not let these negative emotions to overrule his judgment or drive him to reckless actions. He does not over-commit his resources or throw huge forces at impossible targets just for the sake of being able to say he succeeded where others failed. He is not afraid to concede a war as lost. He rarely has to do so, since he is a master tactician, and he spends a amazing deal of time learning about his opponents' strengths and weaknesses in order to minimize his potential losses. Not because he wants credit for succeeding with higher marks than someone else, but because--and this is important--he cannot abide the wasteful loss of life so prevalent under the command of other high ranking officials. He will take a life if he thinks it is needed, particularly as an object lesson that will prevent future deaths, but that is a rare occurrence. He prefers to teach, to inspire his crew, and is begin to suggestions. He is not afraid to accept a suggestion just because he didn't think of it rawn was basically swept away along with the rest of expanded universe characters after the fresh Star Battles films came to life and changed the latest 25 years of "history", much to the grief of a lot of a fan. However, with this book, which ties in to the “Star Wars: Rebels" animated series, Thrawn has come back to the SW universe. His origin has been slightly tweaked in order to tie him more fully into the canon, but under Mr. Zahn's deft craftsmanship, he is still the brilliant, thoughtful, resourceful Imperial officer we have come to admire. This time around, we obtain a glimpse into how he managed in Imperial Academy training, his early service under other officers (most of whom are not superior to him in tactical planning and execution), and how his sense of honor and justice sometimes gets in his method in a fleet which does not necessarily live by the same rules.Even better, with the journal entries at the begin of each chapter, we obtain a glimpse into his thoughts in a direct method for the first e hero of Ahrinda Pryce, from the animated series, is better understood if you watch that series since she is not a Zahn creation, but he manages to create her sympathetic enough in the beginning that by the end you can and should be revolted by the path she took as opposed to the one Thrawn takes.I highly recommend this one for anyone who knows and lives Thrawn, and ask those who wish to know what all the fuss is about.

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    Thrawn (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Thrawn) review []  2020-1-6 18:53

    This was honestly the best novel in the fresh canon - hands down. Thrawn reads incredibly well, with a real Sherlock Holmes feel to it. Zahn proves why he should always be the go to in the Star Battles Universe.I won't spoil this for you, but if there is a have to read in the fresh canon this is it! Unlike other latest novels in the SW Universe, the characters are fresh, appealing, and very memorable. You actually search yourself rooting for the Empire every step of the way. Highly encourage old EU fans and those just starting out alike to take time out and have fun this one! Just finished my second time through it!Of what I've read, Catalyst was a close 2nd place, Tarkin with 4 Stars, and Lost Stars 3.5 stars in my book. Ashsoka was 2.5, and I won't even bother rating the Aftermath trilogy, which was a large waste of paper and time!

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    Thrawn (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Thrawn) review []  2020-1-6 18:53

    I’ve been a fan of Timothy Zahn since reading Heir to the Empire and the original Thrawn Trilogy in high school. I personally considered (and might still consider) it the official third trilogy of the Star Battles Skywalker family saga. So I was beautiful upset when Disney bought the franchise and immediately relegated every existing Star Battles book to the expanded universe, with The Thrawn Trilogy “earning” “Legends” that Disney has canonically introduced Thrawn in their Star Wars: Rebels series, I was excited to read Thrawn to see what Zahn could add for the character. I was not disappointed. Thrawn is a sweeping history of the origins of Grand Admiral Thrawn, from when the Empire first stumbles upon him –I won’t go into any info in this review- through his meteoric rise to the Admiralty. Along the method we meet fantastically flushed out supplemental characters by method of Thrawn’s aide and a lowly political aide, and have revealing encounters with stalwart presences such as Emperor Palpatine and Grand Moff hn proves that even two decades after penning his magnum opus: Heir to the Empire, he still knows his most popular hero better than anyone alive. His familiarity with the Star Battles universe allows him to fully immerse the reader in the story and setting in a method that honestly makes the reader feel like they are watching a Star Battles movie. His pacing, fully rounded characters and interesting moral and social dilemma creation create Thrawn one of the best novels I have read recently. Not just Star Battles novels mind you, novels of any genre have a hard time standing up to this caliber of writing in my mind.

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    Thrawn (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Thrawn) review []  2020-1-6 18:53

    After years of waiting, Thrawn has returned into the official Star Battles canon, and it's everything I could've hoped for. His role in Star Battles Rebels was already a amazing re-introduction for the famed character, but thanks to this book––which follows Thrawn from his first days in the Empire up until his promotion to Grand Admiral––the hero is richer and more realized than ever before. The plot is beautiful thin, which is somewhat of a disappointment, but observing through the eyes of young soldier Eli Vanto––who serves as Thrawn's ally through the entirety of the novel––gives the story a richness of hero that makes up for any lack of compelling bably the best part of the book is, quite simply, the fact that Timothy Zahn got to write it. Reading Zahn write Thrawn again is a treat, and seeing him flesh out the mysterious alien's backstory is an even better experience than I had expected. Yes, Thrawn is, at his most primary level, a Sherlock-inspired trope, but Zahn takes the hero beyond that original archetype and paints Thrawn as more "human" and sympathetic than I thought possible.I relished every moment of the book, and Zahn masterfully paces the multi-pronged story so that, even as the plot seems to stall, I was never once bored. Quite the opposite, in fact. The political and social angles of the story are incredibly compelling, and it really is impressive how Zahn is able to not only tell a amazing origin story for Thrawn, but also for two other characters who we are mostly unfamiliar with. Both Eli Vanto and the future Governor Pryce are fascinating characters, and Zahn weaves their special stories in with Thrawn's in a unique method that is a treat to watch e bottom line is, if you've ever enjoyed Zahn's writing, or have waited, as I have, to see Thrawn brought back into the Star Battles canon, then this is very much the book for you. It's ripe with character, conflict, and depth, and Zahn's writing is concise and endlessly compelling. It ranks up there as one of the best books in the fresh canon, and I can't wait to see where Thrawn's hero is taken next.

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    Thrawn (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Thrawn) review []  2020-1-6 18:53

    Rating: 4.5 StarsGenre: Science Fiction/ FantasySeries: Star Wars: Thrawn Series 1"War is primarily a android game of skill. It is a contest of mind matched versus mind, strategies matched versus tactics. But there is also an element of possibility that is more suited to android games of cards or dice. A wise tactician studies those games, as well, and learns from them."So…This was my very first Star Battles novel (I've read some graphic novels in the past- but this is my first actual novel) and it was spectacular. I was a small nervous going into this because even though I love Star Battles the thought of books created from films just sounds scary. I am a neurotic OCD perfectionist who refuses to watch shows or films until I read the book. And a book based on fan fiction… that sounded like a recipe for disaster.But in a state of desperation for something various I took the recommendation of one of my cousins and gave it a go.I read the first chapter and then…. nothing… FOR MONTHS!Seriously, I started this book in the beginning of November 2018 and didn't pick it up again till the beginning of January 2019. Only this time when picked it back up I used my long time hack for finishing books I have problem with… Audible. And Audible did not allow me down- this ended up being hands down the BEST AUDIOBOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!! Most audiobooks have an extremely talented voice actor and if you are really lucky a cast of voice actors. This audiobook is complete with blaster fire, explosions, aliens, Star Battles music, and the best voice actor I have ever was like listening to a film and I was completely is book takes put in between Episode 3 and 4 of the films (for the die hard Star Battles fans- it takes put after the Clone Wars…), provides background info regarding characters brought up in the TV series and previous Zahn books, and all the main characters are supporters of the Empire (…welcome to the Dark Side). Even though going into this novel I had absolutely no idea who Thrawn, Arihnda Pryce, and Eli Vanto were I had no problem understanding or enjoying the story.I found myself (quite horribly) wanting Arihnda and Thrawn (with the assistance of Vanto) to succeed in their different plots and loved seeing the perspective of Empire loyalists. Thrawn himself was an awesome main hero as he is an evil genius with an IQ on par with Sherlock Holmes (or perhaps he is more of a Moriarty). The sections where he is analyzing hero reactions and plotting devious war tactics were extremely well written and were a very fun aspect to the novel overall. Arihnda's hero was special as she was primarily written as a damsel-in-distress/ victim type hero in the beginning yet her actions and deeds tag her as a villain (which as a avid reader was a fun twist).This book convinced me to dive into more Star Battles novels and not just be a large Star Battles fan… but to jump off the cliff and leave my mundane life behind and be a part of the dark side and join the Star Battles fandom.

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    Thrawn (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Thrawn) review []  2020-1-6 18:53

    I will admit I haven't enjoyed Disney's EU. I miss the old characters and old stories. This novel was a very amazing example of what Disney could do with the Fresh EU and how they can merge the old with the fresh if done right. A amazing twist about Thrawn is found at the end of this novel that changes his character's history but it is great. Old EU fans will search that this story does not change Thrawn and what we know of him but enhances his story. I couldn't support to wonder if Zahn is hinting with a force, more not good than the Empire is out in the galaxy, the Vong invading force or if it is some fresh threat that we will see later down the line. A amazing story that for me renewed the fun in reading Star Wars. I hope the ball keeps rolling and doesn't stall out like the latest few novels have.

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    Thrawn (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Thrawn) review []  2020-1-6 18:53

    I really enjoyed this read. It's nice to see Thrawn back in canon (although I still enjoyed the original Thrawn series more!). Thrawn and Vanto have a very Sherlock/Watson relationship, but it works. I can even imagine Benedict Cumberbatch taking on Thrawn in a movie only problem with the book, really, was the seemingly random focus on that other female hero (I honestly can't even remember her name off the top of my head), and her governorship and essential descent into corruption. I really didn't care about her, and her whole story just seemed to be there to fill pages.I hope that we obtain to see more from Thrawn and his wars versus the Republic and rebels, ect. What created the original trilogy so amazing was seeing Thrawn draw his net continually around the protagonists, so often even when they thought they were winning, they weren't. He makes a amazing villain so I'm looking forward to seeing more of that.

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    Thrawn (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Thrawn) review []  2020-1-6 18:53

    Zahn always writes amazing stories, and he did a superb job at creating Thrawn. I really only read Star Battles novels that have Thrawn in it, and this one was another amazing story. A few things are slightly modified from the original EU such as Thrawn's back story, but some EU material and characters are absent such as Outbound Flight, Cardas, and Nuso Esva. The reason I mention Nuso Esva is that in Choices of One, Thrawn was a Captain at the time between A Fresh Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, whereas in the Disney cannon he is already an admiral before A Fresh Hope, so I assume that much of what happened between Nuso Esva and Thrawn in Choices of One from the EU will not be included in the fresh cannon since I did not see wiggle room for it to fit unless Zahn figures out how to create it work. As for Cardas, he could still become cannon in the future since Thrawn did mention that he learned Primary from smugglers, but that is still begin for debate like the Snoke Theories that abound. There are other things that differ such as the nature of his exile from the Chiss Ascendancy, but I don't wish to ruin it by saying much on that since that might constitute as a spoiler. I just hope that Zahn keeps it up and pumps out more novels with Thrawn because Thrawn is my favorite Star Battles hero and is the reason I have fun reading Star Battles books.

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    Thrawn (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Thrawn) review []  2020-1-6 18:53

    My first Star Battles novel, which would literally change my life, was Dark Force Rising in 1992. I was twelve-years-old and it changed my view of how Star Battles and writing were supposed to work. It was darker (but not too dark), more serious (but not too serious), and had a focus on politics as well as military strategies (but without ending up like the Prequels of Honorverse's later books). I loved them so much I read every single one of Timothy Zahn's other Star Battles books and plan to read his original works sometime this year.I will admit, though, some of Timothy Zahn's novels haven't blown me away the same method the Thrawn Trilogy has. Choices of One was fun and I liked the Outbound Flight Project plus its companion novel in Survivor's Quest but they were just amazing rather than great. I loved the Hand of Thrawn duology but that had the benefit of being the grand finale to the "Bantam" Star Battles Expanded Universe. So, where does Thrawn stand? Especially since it is the first "canon" novel to star Grand Admiral Thrawn? Around the Hand of Thrawn duology and better than most but not up there with the Thrawn e premise is basically, "The Adventures of Lieutenant Thrawn, Officer of the Empire." It's kind of a weird Horatio Hornblower collection of adventures which chronicle his ascension from naive every Chiss to the 4th or 5th most strong man in the galaxy. It also expands on, more or less gives, a backstory to Governor Pryce from Star Wars: Rebels. The book doesn't deal with any amazing threats to the Empire. There's no superweapons, alien races, or possible origins to Snoke and the book feels a bit subdued to what I think of as typical Star Battles fair.I was a bit annoyed with the opening few chapters because they're more or less a retelling of a short story ("Mist Encounter", SWAJ 7#) which Timothy Zahn wrote for Star Wars: Adventure Journal back in the day. Given it was published in 1995 in a periodical no longer commonly available and was a beautiful amazing story, I don't keep this versus Timothy but it was re-rereading happenings I'd already read. The subtle changes also threw me, like the introduction of a fresh hero not in the original story but playing a vital role in Thrawn's e book proceeds to follow Thrawn as he goes to the Imperial Academy with Eli Vanto on the Emperor's orders, deals with several pirate groups, and then becomes involved in a massacre mentioned in Star Wars: Rebels that gets him promoted to Grand Admiral. I enjoyed these sections a amazing deal but they confused the heck out of me because I search it difficult to believe the Emperor would just place Thrawn in the general Imperial Navy. I would have assumed he'd have given him a Captainship or Admiralship to start with as he's such a valuable resource on the Unknown Regions. Also, I don't believe the Emperor wouldn't obtain every bit of info on them from Thrawn, including the zone of the Chiss. He's not a very accommodating e book also continues Zahn's portrayal of Thrawn as "The Amazing Imperial." This Thrawn is, with one exception where he returns Wookiee slaves to their captors, a thoroughly decent man who just so happens to be working for a tyranny. There's also a potential retcon to his motivations that he may not even be loyal to the Empire at all but just using it for his own purposes. I can't say I approve of this as while I like "decent people in poor service", I have to say I prefer Thrawn having a bit more edge and ruthlessness. Indeed, the book retcons his role in the Rebels massacre to being the fault of another.I was actually more interested in the story of Arihnda Pryce, the Colonel Spalko-esque villain of the Rebels cartoon. It's an interesting take to have her ve a little city girl in the Huge Town who ends up becoming a ruthless Zone Nazi but Zahn doesn't pull any punches in her corruption. Indeed, I felt she was a bit too quick in her corruption. Hypocritical as it may be, I want she'd been a small more redeemable by the end. Really, Arihnda's story shows why so a lot of Imperials would wish to join the Empire. It serves as an alternative to the heavy petty local corruption and can reward lavishly those who side with it over their home conclusion, this was a decent book all round and had a lot of Easter Eggs for the fans of the Rebels cartoon. I felt Thrawn was a bit too nice in the story and would have preferred to see him more willing to spill blood but enjoyed Pryce's humanization. It's probably my favorite canon book release after Lost Stars, Bloodline, and the Aftermath Trilogy.9/10

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    Star Wars - Tag & Bink Were Here (Star Wars Universe) review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    Best idea I have ever heard and as I read it, it got even better. These two guys create a large difference in the Galaxy. They fill in the gaps of why certain scenes happen the method they did. Its a worthy read for laughter.

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    Star Wars - Tag & Bink Were Here (Star Wars Universe) review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    I found out about this on Youtube and read it all in one sitting. I don't regret this choice. I only regret that I don't have more of it to read.

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    Star Wars - Tag & Bink Were Here (Star Wars Universe) review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    All of Mark and Bink's adventures in one book! SO worth it!

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    Star Wars - Tag & Bink Were Here (Star Wars Universe) review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    This is definitely Star Battles done silly. Mark and Bink manage to stumble through almost every necessary stage of the saga while they test to hold from getting blasted.While the story is humorous, it still has its own consistency that keeps it entertaining and manages to hold real (more or less) to the ere are plenty of small visual jokes drawn into the background. The artwork is a excellent fit for the story.

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    Star Wars - Tag & Bink Were Here (Star Wars Universe) review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    A slap stick comedy that really fills in the holes you didn't know were there in the Star Battles Universe. This is a must-read for die-hard fans of the saga. Or if you're just looking for a funny method to pass the time.

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    Star Wars - Tag & Bink Were Here (Star Wars Universe) review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    Mark and Bink-I heard about them reading a 'Best Of' list of the Dark House line of Star Battles comics and I had to check them out. I'm a fan of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and this is definitely along those lines, although a fun take on the underbelly of the Star Battles movieverse and what it takes to survive or not survive the Star Wars. With plenty of jokes and shout-outs to fan culture along the margins.

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    Star Wars - Tag & Bink Were Here (Star Wars Universe) review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    It is a funny story that makes a lot of of the sceans from the film possible. If i could i would watch the corresponding films along with the comic.

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    Star Wars - Tag & Bink Were Here (Star Wars Universe) review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    I really enjoyed this story, very funny.

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    Star Wars - Tag & Bink Were Here (Star Wars Universe) review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    I loved this book, a collection of all the Mark and Bink stories save for one that was published in Star Battles tales. Here we see two goofy Rebel troopers who escape Princess Leia's blockade runner by dressing as Storm Troopers end up in the background of almost every stage from episodes 4-6, and even a bit of 1 and 3!The writers manage to search ways to fit these two into iconic situations and even have them CAUSE some of the things. Who were the troopers on duty when Obi Wan crept in to turn off the tractor beam? Why didn't the red clad Imperial Guard intervene in the final war between Luke and Darth Vader and the Emperor?A amazing read for Star Battles fans with a sense of humor!

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    Star Wars - Tag & Bink Were Here (Star Wars Universe) review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    Really enjoyed this book, gave a lot to think about when watching the films from now on. If you like star wars, you should read this.

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    Star Wars: Vader Down (Star Wars: Vader Down (2015)) review [Book]  2017-12-12 18:1

    I read this in continuing the Darth Vader series, I have not read the Star Battles comic series yet, so it was a bit various going back and forth between Darth Vader and Star Battles between issues. All in all, this was a amazing crossover collection, but the art styles and even the writing styles seemed to clash a bit. I felt that the Star Battles writer didn't really capture the Aphra and Triple-Zero characters in quite the same method that the Darth Vader writer does, although it was very interesting seeing Triple-Zero in the realistic art style of the Star Battles comics. It was also a bit confusing to search this collection when Amazon does not contain it in the Darth Vader series page. If you follow what that says you will miss a huge chunk of the Darth Vader story.

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    Star Wars: Vader Down (Star Wars: Vader Down (2015)) review [Book]  2017-12-12 18:1

    This TPB takes put right after the happenings of Star Battles Episode IV: A Fresh Hope. Darth Vader comes out of hyperspace in his lone TIE Interceptor nose to nose with 2 squadrons of Rebel X Wings. Perfect action sequences ensue. This is my first acquaintance with the Star Battles Universe in Marvel comics (apart from the 80's books) and if Vader Down is an accurate representation of the quality of work, it's comparable to the unbelievable job Marvel did on Stephen King's Dark Turret prequels. This was also my first digital purchase of any comic for my Kindle. While having a hard copy of the comic would be a lot preferable, the $3.99 purchase price was a bargain to own the story.

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    Star Wars: Vader Down (Star Wars: Vader Down (2015)) review [Book]  2017-12-12 18:1

    I grew up with comics and Star Wars. I was 11 in 1977 and haven't lost my love for the characters. That being said until recently I hadn't read a lot of SW comics since the original Marvel run.I decided to check out the latest Vader comic after listening to the Star Battles Theory channel on YouTube. I'm glad I did.

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    Star Wars: Vader Down (Star Wars: Vader Down (2015)) review [Book]  2017-12-12 18:1

    As I've said elsewhere, Aaron and his squad do something that hasn't been done in 20 years in these books: they create Vader scary again. He's a force to be reckoned with, and this is one of the only stories series that brings him into contact with the original trilogy heroes, playing them off of the minor characters that we've been introduced to in the ongoing Vader books. Han, Chewie, and the droids all meet their doppelgängers in tremendously entertaining ways. The Vader series is far better than it has any right to be, and Vader Down is one of the best stories to come out of it.

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