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27 minutes ago, The Eagle Lord said:

So I had three audible tokens to use I didn't know I had. 


I have spent two so far on both:-

 

Lords Of The Sith.

Master and Apprentice.

 

Any recommendations on what to spend my final credit on please?

 

 


Lost Stars!

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Oh, that’s a shame. I think my next choice would be Leia: Princess of Alderaan. Or if you want something completely different, the first Battlefront novel (Twilight Company).

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7 hours ago, The Eagle Lord said:

 

It does not seem to be on audible it's the first title I looked for!

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Force-Awakens-Journey/dp/1405277882/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=lost+star+star+wars&qid=1580168781&sr=8-2

 

Any other suggestions?

 

 

Ask Darren nicely and he'll narrate it for you, using an assortment of different voices for the lead roles.

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2 hours ago, Boothjan said:

 

Ask Darren nicely and he'll narrate it for you, using an assortment of different voices for the lead roles.

 

:lol:

 

And sound effects for the spaceships!

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Just now, Darren said:

 

:lol:

 

And sound effects for the spaceships!

 

Oh I can do that! I'm good at voices, actually. I've been reading the Harry Potter books to my daughter:

 

Nailed: Snape, Hagrid, Dumbledore (Richard Harris version), Lucius Malfoy, Dobby, Mad-Eye Moody, Umbridge, McGonagall, Flitwick

 

Needs work: Sirius, Ron/Fred/George (1 set voice for all of them), Kreacher (I'm improving though), Draco Malfoy, Tonks, Lupin, Uncle Vernon

 

#onemanshow 

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Nine chapters into Master & Apprentice and I really like it, some good honest moments between Obi Wan and Qui Gon.

 

I quite like the reactions Obi Wan has to a certain event in the book, it's realistic and shows that this whole no emotion training just simply cannot work all of the time. 

 

9 hours left to go.

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They’re all good. I’ve not read Darth P but everyone who has seems to like it. Of the other two I’d say it depends which era you prefer: prequels/clone wars, go for Dark Disciple. New trilogy, go for Resistance Reborn.

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Death Troopers worth a go?

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Death-Troopers/dp/B002SQBBBG/ref=sr_1_78?keywords=star+wars&qid=1580240792&s=books&sr=1-78

 

And is this Maul book cannon at all?

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Maul-Lockdown/dp/B00HFANTBU/ref=sr_1_70?keywords=star+wars&qid=1580240792&s=books&sr=1-70

 

Sorry for all the questions im back on a massive star wars vibe and having these free credits is playing with my mind. 

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Darth Plagueis is excellent - well worth a go. Though not technically canon anymore. Should be though. I really enjoyed it - it was the first Star Wars book I read.

 

Otherwise, listen to Darren. 

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Can't get Lost Stars on Kindle in UK. Any other eBook version kicking around?

 

Also, when looking I got excited that Darth Plagueis is £1.99 on Kindle but I already got it languishing in my library somewhere. (seem to be a number of the more recent books that price today)

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4 hours ago, AK Bell said:

Can't get Lost Stars on Kindle in UK. Any other eBook version kicking around?

 

You can if you change your Amazon region. Just change to US, buy the US ebook, download it then change back. That's what I did. :)

 

It will break any family settings you have though, but you can just reapply these afterwards.

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On 29/01/2020 at 14:37, Mogster said:

 

You can if you change your Amazon region. Just change to US, buy the US ebook, download it then change back. That's what I did. :)

 

It will break any family settings you have though, but you can just reapply these afterwards.

It's a frickin pain that you have to do this though, why can't they just sort out whatever licensing and be done with it.

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HUGE Star Wars book news:

 

 

This could absolutely be what the whole franchise badly needs.  A complete departure from the Skywalker saga and more like the KOTOR series - a completely new age to explore, new heroes, new villains, new stories.

 

And CLAUDIA GRAY is on board!  Huzzah!

 

Ideally, this will take off and transfer to the screen so we'll see new series on Disney + as well as a new film series.  SOOOO much potential to unlock.

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That is good news. More Claudia is always good! Meanwhile...

 

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As the title suggests, this is the end of Doctor Aphra's story that started way back in 2015 in Darth Vader #3, and continued through two tie-ins with the main Star Wars comic series, and on into seven volumes of her own title. And as you all know if you read this thread, for me it's been one of the best things in the new canon, consistently excellent in a way that the many series based on the movie characters don't quite manage (the notable exception being the also excellent and also finished Poe Dameron comics). This is just as good as any of the earlier instalments, and does the extra job of tying up all the loose ends for a clean segue into The Empire Strikes Back. Over the years Aphra has built up quite an extended cast of supporting characters around her, and they all get a great send-off here.

 

Or do they? Because Marvel being Marvel, we already know that later in the year there'll be another series of Doctor Aphra, starting again from issue #1, and set, like the also-starting-again-from-#1 main Star Wars comic, after the events of The Empire Strikes Back. But with a series this good, who can blame them?

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This is a bit of an odd one. A mini-series named after Vader but not really about him, instead starring that Terminator-looking guy on the left. His name is Beilert Valance, and he's one of the oldest characters in the old extended universe, originally appearing in Marvel's Star Wars comic in 1978. He's now joined Thrawn and other fan favourites in making the transition into the new canon, and this is his chance to shine - and he gets his limelight stolen by the big guy in black. No wonder he's so angry. Well, that and previously getting blown up in service of the Empire and then having to fork out for his own bionic implants. If only there was an Imperial Health Service then all of this unpleasantness could have been avoided.

 

Reading this I realised I'd encountered Valance more recently than back in the dim and distant late 70s. He was Han Solo's classmate and rival in the comic series Han Solo: Imperial Cadet, although I didn't join the dots when I read it. But it's a nice indication of the way all these stories tie in with one another/a horrible example of small universe syndrome (delete according to preference).

 

The story itself is pretty good, full of action and lots and lots of double-crossing, hidden identities, flashbacks and secret agendas. It's almost like a Doctor Aphra story but without any of the humour. It's best in the action sequences, of which there are many and which are all beautifully illustrated. It's not a top tier comic in the way Doctor Aphra is, but as an interesting side story that connects the new canon with the very oldest of the old canon, it's pretty good.

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Right, so this thread seems to have more Star Wars canon knowledge in it than your average intergalactic encyclopaedia, so maybe you could answer a question that's always bugged me?

 

In the first Star Wars Luke wants to run off and join the Academy with Biggs. What Academy??

 

Either the ruling Empire have an academy, and it seems unlikely Luke and Biggs would want to go there, or the Rebels have an academy, which if it was commonly known about to your average farm-boy then why haven’t the Empire blown it to pieces? 
 

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In-universe explanation: it's the Imperial academy, they live in a galaxy that's been under Imperial rule for 20 years, if you want to be a pilot that's where you go. Biggs joined earlier but by the time the droids land on Tatooine, he's (unbeknown to Luke) defected to the rebels.

 

Real explanation: it's a bit of throwaway dialogue that Lucas included which has caused no end of retconning type problems over the years.

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@Darren Thanks! I always thought it was the latter but it’s interesting to know the retcon. What book/comic explains it?
 

A lot of the new canon seems to exist to retcon the gaps in the movies. RoS has enough plot-holes to keep us in comics and novels for decades.

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I think (but this isn’t my specialist area so someone else can confirm or deny) that there’s an episode of the Rebels cartoon that features a defection of a group of cadets from an academy class, including Biggs. I don’t think it’s in any of the books explicitly.

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On 29/02/2020 at 19:57, Matt Defis said:

Yeah it's in rebels, I think it might be Wedge rather than Biggs though. 


Just browsed through Wookipedia and Wedge attended, then defected from, the Empire’s SkyStrike Academy and Biggs went to the Imperial Academy.

 

Not sure If they are one and the same, but for my own sanity I’m hoping they are.

 

https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Skystrike_Academy


https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Imperial_Academy

 

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Yeah they are, there are lots of Imperial Academies (like universities or military colleges I suppose) all over the galaxy. But each individual institution is part of the same whole. There's even a pecking order and specialisations, with Coruscant Academy being the Oxbridge/Ivy League equivalent and others being excellent for pilot training or whatever. Biggs probably went to the equivalent of Mos Eisley Polytechnic to do a City & Guilds in Droid Maintenance.

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This one took me quite a while to read, and I think there are a few reasons for that. Some are nothing to do with the book at all - I just happened to start reading it just as the Coronavirus crisis really ramped up over here, and so I've spent a lot more time over the last few weeks following the news than normal. Plus other things get in the way, not least Animal Crossing! So in many ways I've just had less free time for reading lately.

 

But still, this book really didn't do a very good job of persuading me to read it. I was really looking forward to it for two reasons. Firstly because it's by Alexander Freed, who previously wrote the excellent Star Wars novel Battlefront: Twilight Company, and secondly because it directly ties in (ho ho) with the also excellent Marvel comic series TIE Fighter. So it had everything going for it, and to be fair, by the end it almost lived up to expectations, but it was really hard going for the first quarter or so.

 

So I'll get that criticism out of the way first. The first I don't know how many chapters are a confusing slog, each introducing a different bunch of brand new characters, so just as you start to get an idea of who these guys are, you leave them behind and start reading about another unconnected group, and when characters from earlier chapters eventually reappear you've pretty much forgotten who they are and what they were up to. (To be fair to the author, if I'd been reading at my usual faster pace I might have remembered more, but real life got in the way.) And because this was connected to the TIE Fighter comics, I was expecting either characters to cross over or some of the same incidents to be covered but from the opposite perspective. In fact, one of this book's main characters made a fleeting appearance in the comic, while a couple of the comic's minor characters make occasional appearances as minor characters here. Even more confusing, this novel starts several months after the end of the comic (which ended on a cliffhanger!) with the gap only filled in towards the end, in flashback. So apart from not knowing who anyone was, I spent a lot of the novel baffled by the disconnect between the two supposedly linked stories. In retrospect, it would probably have been better to read this novel first, then the comic to fill in some backstory. But I didn't, and so it really wasn't an easy read for a long time.

 

But it's definitely not all bad. Once that first chunk of the book is out of the way, and the huge cast of characters coalesces down to a much smaller core group - the titular Alphabet Squadron - then things improve massively, and suddenly we're back into the kind of thing Freed did so well in Twilight Squadron and his Rogue One novelisation: a story of imperfect, compromised individuals making unenviable choices in impossible situations, and living with both the consequences and their consciences. It's Star Wars not as mythical heroes doing legendary deeds guided by cosmic forces, but as real people doing the best they can despite their flaws. There's room for both I think, and I'm glad that Freed is able to write these kind of stories in this universe. And so, despite all my problems with the way this book started out, by the time I reached the end I wanted more. Which is why I was then delighted to find that this is in fact just the first part of a proposed trilogy. And now that the difficult set up is out of the way, I expect the next two parts to be among the top tier Star Wars novels.

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