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  1. September 2018 update: New books published since September 2017 shown in bold. New canon paperbacks/Kindle published to date: Dark Disciple Ahsoka Catalyst Lords of the Sith Tarkin A New Dawn Rise of the Empire (Tarkin & A New Dawn combined edition) Leia: Princess of Alderaan Thrawn Thrawn Alliances Rebel Rising Guardians of the Whills (young adult novel) From a Certain Point of View Smuggler's Run (young adult novel) Battlefront 2: Inferno Squad Heir to the Jedi The Weapon of a Jedi (young adult novel) Battlefront: Twilight Company Moving Target (young adult novel) Aftermath Aftermath: Life Debt Aftermath: Empire's End Lost Stars Last Shot Bloodline Phasma The Perfect Weapon Before the Awakening (young adult novel) Canto Bight Cobalt Squadron (young adult novel) New canon comic TPBs published to date: Darth Maul Obi-Wan & Anakin Mace Windu Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir Dark Lord of the Sith Vol 1 Dark Lord of the Sith Vol 2 Kanan Vol 1 Kanan Vol 2 Princess Leia Chewbacca Star Wars Vol 1 Darth Vader Vol 1 Star Wars Vol 2 Darth Vader Vol 2 Vader Down Darth Vader Vol 3 Star Wars Vol 3 Darth Vader Vol 4 Star Wars Vol 4 Doctor Aphra Vol 1 Star Wars Vol 5 The Screaming Citadel Star Wars Vol 6 Doctor Aphra Vol 2 Star Wars Vol 7 Doctor Aphra Vol 3 Star Wars Vol 8 Lando Han Solo Shattered Empire Poe Dameron Vol 1 Poe Dameron Vol 2 Poe Dameron Vol 3 Poe Dameron Vol 4 Captain Phasma Both lists are as close as I can get to chronological story order. ------------------------------ Original post & updates: If there's one thing we don't have enough of, it's Star Wars threads! I've been posting a bit about the new canon novels and comics in the Force Awakens thread, which seems to be the default place for general Star Wars chat at the moment. But I think the new canon fiction deserves a thread of its own, partly because most of it has nothing to do with the Force Awakens, partly because soon the Rogue One thread will become the main Star Wars thread for a while, and partly so that people who are interested the films but not the spin-off fiction don't have to put up with my rantings on maps, Threepio's arm, or any other trivial minutiae. And also because there is already a decent library of books and comics in the new canon, and it's only going to keep growing. So, let's start with a definition of the new canon. From Wookieepedia: (I will leave it for the reader to decide whether me starting this thread exactly two years after its subject arose is (a) the will of the Force, (b) proof of how anal I am about this stuff, or (c) just a coincidence.) Basically, anything published since May 2014 is part of the new canon. Anything published before that isn't, but are now "Legends" that may or may not prove to be "true". Two years on, that new canon so far consists of: Books A New Dawn Tarkin Heir to the Jedi Lords of the Sith Dark Disciple Lost Stars Aftermath Battlefront: Twilight Company Comics Ongoing series: Star Wars Darth Vader Poe Dameron Obi-Wan & Anakin Completed series & one-shots: Kanan Princess Leia Lando Shattered Empire Chewbacca C-3PO So this thread is for discussion of any of the above, and further new titles as they are published. And inevitably, the old Legends too. And puns. If you don't like puns, leave now, via the Rear Windu. What have you read, what did you think, and what are you looking forward to? --------------------- I ought to start the ball rolling, I suppose. I'm trying to read all of the new canon, but without breaking the bank, so I'm buying the comics when they are collected into Trade Paperbacks rather than the individual issues. Similarly, I'm waiting for the paperback versions of the novels. This means I've read all the completed comics series listed above, and the first two volumes each of Star Wars and Darth Vader. I was a lot slower starting on the novels, so the only one I've finished so far is Lost Stars, but now I've started reading all of them in story chronology order, and I'm rattling though Dark Disciple. I've found the comics so far to be generally very good, with some excellent (Kanan and Princess Leia) and a couple of disappointments (Shattered Empire and C-3PO). The two main ongoing series (Star Wars and Darth Vader) are definitely both worth reading. I loved the way Volume 1 of both series linked together, and especially their endings, which added so much in a few panels to a relationship we all thought we fully understood for over thirty years. With the novels, I think I've been lucky. I started with Lost Stars, which (it turns out) is widely regarded as the best of the lot, and I can see why. It's a love story with the events of the original trilogy happening in the background but don't be put off by that description! It's really a fantastic way of seeing the Galactic Civil War through the eyes of people caught up in it and swept along by it while they try to live their lives. The author Claudia Gray has another Star Wars novel coming out later this year, and if I wasn't planning to read them all anyway, I would definitely be reading that one. Then I read about a quarter of Aftermath, which I found both dull and confusing (too many unconnected storylines with characters I didn't care about) but which I will force myself to try again when I get back round to it in the chronology. I also read the novelisation of The Force Awakens, which was rubbish but also non-canon so we can ignore it forever. And now I'm coming to the end of the "first" of the new novels, Dark Disciple, which is set in the Clone Wars, and is based on a story written for the last series of the Clone Wars series, but never produced, as Disney pulled the plug when they took over. It's about a Jedi (Quinlan Vos) forging an alliance with an ex-Sith (Asajj Ventress) to overcome a mutual enemy, and their struggles with the dark side, and with each other. I'm finding it to be every bit as good as Lost Stars, just as much of a page-turner, and unless the ending is a huge letdown I will be recommending it just the same. ---------------------- September 2017 update: New books published since April shown in bold. New canon paperbacks published to date: Dark Disciple Ahsoka Catalyst Lords of the Sith Tarkin A New Dawn Rise of the Empire (Tarkin & A New Dawn combined edition) Rebel Rising Guardians of the Whills (young adult novel) Heir to the Jedi Smuggler's Run (young adult novel) The Weapon of a Jedi (young adult novel) Battlefront: Twilight Company Moving Target (young adult novel) Aftermath Aftermath: Life Debt Aftermath: Empire's End Lost Stars Bloodline Before the Awakening (young adult novel) New canon comic TPBs published to date: Darth Maul Obi-Wan & Anakin Kanan Vol 1 Kanan Vol 2 Princess Leia Chewbacca Star Wars Vol 1 Darth Vader Vol 1 Star Wars Vol 2 Darth Vader Vol 2 Vader Down Darth Vader Vol 3 Star Wars Vol 3 Darth Vader Vol 4 Star Wars Vol 4 Doctor Aphra Vol 1 Star Wars Vol 5 Lando Han Solo Shattered Empire Poe Dameron Vol 1 Poe Dameron Vol 2
  2. You lot are forever recommending titles to read and then I'm forgetting about them, and then I have to go trawling through the WAYRN thread in search of the good stuff. Inevitably I forget and miss that good stuff. I thought that it might be useful to have a single thread where we can recommend titles or series, but not just a list thread. What I'd like is a recommendation from everyone (just one for now) - and if you want to write a little spiel why, that's fine, if you don't, that's also fine - and I will collate them into a list in the first post. However, I'd then like to get you to recommend books that are already on the list. So, let's say I recommend The Blade Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. It gets put on the list. The Blade Trilogy - Joe Abercrombie (Danster) Someone else, say timmo, might come along and think, oh yeah, i like that series too! So say "+1 for The Blade Trilogy". I will update the first post to read thus: The Blade Trilogy - Joe Abercrombie (Danster, timmo) And so on. Try to keep it to one recommendation for now, but I'm not going to scoff too much if you want to add more than one. Then maybe add one a month. Should get a pretty good list. I'll highlight new entries and order them by number of votes, so our most popular titles are at the top. THE LIST The First Law series (7 books) - Joe Abercrombie (Danster, Timmo, Bushtopher, dreamylittledream, BitterToad, MarkN) The Lies of Locke Lamora (3 books) - Scott Lynch (Timmo, dremylittledream, JDubYes, Danster, lolly) Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (nayson, Scribblor, Danster, JDubYes, Norfolk Enchants) The Crow Road - Iain Banks (Geekette, Danster, ZOK, Norfolk Enchants) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (Scribblor, Wiper, JDubYes) Conqueror series (5 books) - Conn Iggulden (Bustopher, Danster, lolly) The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (MarkN, Bustopher, Bucky) Rivers of London series (5 books) - Ben Aaronvitch (dreamylittledream, Scribblor, Danster) The L.A. Quartet (4 books) - James Ellroy (Silent Runner, Danster) His Dark Materials (3 books) - Philip Pullman (Geekette, dreamylittledream) The Culture Series (10 books) - Iain M Banks (Danster, lolly) The Mars Trilogy (4 books) - K S Robinson (lolly, Scribblor) The War of the Roses series (4 books) - Conn Iggulden (lolly, Danster) Chickenhawk - Robert Mason (lolly, Norfolk Enchants) The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet (neverendingcircles, Timmo) Tales of the Ketty Jay series (4 books) - Chris Wooding (JDubYes) Emperor Series (5 books) - Conn Iggulden (Bushtopher) Silo Series (3 books) - Hugh Howey (BitterToad) The Mission Earth series (10 books) - L Ron Hubbard (Flub) Hunger - Knut Hamsun (Wiper) Holes - Louis Sachar (Geekette) The Dispossessed - Ursula Le Guin (Captain Novaforce) Nick Stone Series (17 Books) - Andy McNab (Danster) The Sot-Weed Factor - John Barth (Exidor) Blood Meridan - Cormac McCarthy (lolly) Brand Luther - Andrew Pettegree (Stevie) The Laundry Files - Charlie Stross (MeanElf) Strange Defeat - Marc Bloch (Stevie) The Dying Animal - Philip Roth (Bucky) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz (Naysonymous) A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry (neoELITE)
  3. The story around this YA book might be more interesting than the book itself! This caught my eye a few days ago. http://nerdist.com/first-look-at-lani-sarems-handbook-for-mortals-cover-exclusive/ And the cover! It's quite striking. In fact I was sure I'd seen it previously. Sort of. Others picked up on it too. Oh dear. As for the other drama? http://www.cracked.com/article_25050_what-stupid-thing-trending-now-8272017.html Oh. No.
  4. I noticed on Rudy Rucker's blog the other day that he's released three of his nonfiction texts as free online editions: Infinity and the Mind The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul The Fourth Dimension The Fourth Dimension is particular is an amazing read that has blown my tiny mind on many occasions. It builds on the analogy of Edwin Abbott's Victorian 2D masterpiece Flatland to explore the concepts and practicalities of higher dimensions, both in mathematics and the real world. There are exercises, puzzles and illustrations alongside Rucker's grade-A gonzo science prose. If you do nothing else, build and play with the Neck-A-Cube. Rucker has many other free books available on his site - for fiction, his complete short stories is an obvious easy win. I paid good money for all of these and don't regret a penny of it, so it's great to see them released into the wild like this.
  5. Recently purchased the Superman Earth One series of graphic novels on the back of having enjoyed Batman v Superman somehow. I blasted through them rather quickly and really enjoyed them, although they are not perfect. Looking for other graphic novels more geared towards adults (ala watchmen) on the subject. Any recommendations?
  6. It's an interesting question and there's no one simple answer. Author Hugh Howey puts forward his ideas. They're pretty good too. http://www.hughhowey.com/dont-anyone-put-me-in-charge/ Some publishers are coping better than others but so far there's no real evidence of any coherent strategy from any of them. I as a customer personally have a number of issues. 1. I'd like all the books I want to buy available as ebooks (Assuming that's a suitable format. I realise it isn't for certain types of book. I'm mainly talking about fiction here). 2. Rightly or wrongly there's an expectation that ebooks should cost less than paper books. It's too late to change this now. The nuke has been dropped. Adapt and embrace it. Look to other industries for examples (Like PC Gaming). 3. Discoverability. One of the biggest problems I have is finding out that books are being published. Not only just finding stuff by new authors I've never heard of but even by authors I buy books from naturally. This is the difficult problem but there are many, many ways the publishers can start to tackle this. 4. DRM. Fuck off. It's pointless. If I want to download an ebook the pirate way I can. DRM just gets in the way of my paid for collection. 5. Like Hugh says. When it's done get the ebook out. No reason to wait. Print sales are dieing on their arse as more people switch to digital. Embrace it. Give people what they want. See also point 2. I'll probably think of more later but I've got to go to a guy's office to reset the password on his laptop. Back later One last thing though before I go. Publishers need to start realising that low prices combined with digital is the perfect storm for impulse buying. My pile of shame is currently a mountain of shame and I'm not slowing down.
  7. There doesn't appear to be one thread devoted to people helping each other out with book recommendations. Please delete this and point me in the right direction if there already is one though. So, I guess you tell people what you like and the rllmuk community barrages you with books similar to those you've enjoyed and that you might well take pleasure from reading. I'll start. I've been reading lots of Richard Yates lately. I thoroughly enjoy his brand of misery and dissatisfaction with life, cutting through all the tiresome bourgeois aspirations and reminding us of the quiet sadness in everything we do. Well, what else might I enjoy? I've got some John Cheever to dig in to, and am currently enjoying "Moviegoer" by Percy Walker. Recommend away, please! If it's on Kindle, even better.
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