Tag: Chuck Wendig

Novel Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

Star Wars From a Certain Point of View

Minor Spoiler Review –

There have been short story collections in the Star Wars universe before, but nothing quite like this! From a Certain Point of View gathers together 43 authors for 40 stories giving us new perspectives on Episode IV: A New Hope, as a celebration of the film’s 40th Anniversary (bonus: all the author proceeds go to the charity First Book!). In short, the stories within had me crying, laughing, and filled me up with joyous wonder, much like A New Hope did and continues to do 40 years later, which is a pretty fitting way to celebrate the 40th anniversary, if you ask me! Continue reading “Novel Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View”

Star Wars University: LGBTQ+ in a Galaxy Far, Far Away and Chuck Wendig Writer Seminar (SWCO 2017)

At Celebration Orlando 2017, there were a new breed of panels on what was dubbed the University stage and each one had an eye on educating fans about a great many deal of different topics, whether it be how to write novels/comics or how inclusion and representation matters/still needs to be improved. I didn’t go to as many as I would’ve liked, but the two that I did were particularly interesting and sometimes eye-opening. I first saw Chuck Wendig’s class on writing characters in novels and shortly after saw the LGBTQ+ panel, where they connected in certain ways due to Wendig’s inclusive-minded writing and how most of the representation added to canon since Disney took over is something to be happy about, but could certainly be more and it all starts with characters. Continue reading “Star Wars University: LGBTQ+ in a Galaxy Far, Far Away and Chuck Wendig Writer Seminar (SWCO 2017)”

A Certain Point of View Celebrates 40 Years of Star Wars: A New Hope

Star Wars From a Certain Point of ViewThursday evening, Del Rey (at their @DelReyStarWars account) stirred up Star Wars fandom on Twitter by teasing the announcement of something called Operation Blue Milk. The hashtag, #OperationBlueMilk quickly blew up with speculation followed by various authors, some new and old to SW writing, revealing they were part of the project. While Amazon might have beat Del Rey to the official announcement, the details have finally been released and it’s a pretty exciting surprise: 40 different authors retelling events from A New Hope from random background characters’ points of view! Whether or not this is your cup of caf, you should probably pick this up because not only is the talent involved nothing short of spectacular, all author proceeds are being donated to charity (!!) so read on for the list and more details! Continue reading “A Certain Point of View Celebrates 40 Years of Star Wars: A New Hope”

Canon Novel Review: Aftermath: Empire’s End

Aftermath: Empire's End

Spoiler Review –

Just shy of one and a half years after the first book, Chuck Wendig brings not only the Empire to an end, but also his enjoyable Aftermath Trilogy, setting the stage and tone for the stories yet to be told in the 30 plus year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. As far as finales goes, Empire’s End is an excellent ending, rounding out fulfilling and memorable character arcs (for both new and old characters), answering several burning questions (which come with their own new questions for the future of Star Wars storytelling to unfold), and bringing its overarching trilogy plot to a satisfying conclusion. Continue reading “Canon Novel Review: Aftermath: Empire’s End”

Canon Novel Review: Aftermath: Life Debt

Aftermath Life Debt

Spoiler Review –

Aftermath: Life Debt, written by Chuck Wendig, is the middle piece of his Aftermath Trilogy. Life Debt‘s ability to give purpose to the first book’s randomness, provide the original characters more room to shine, deepening and answering several mysteries, and written with what seems like a less chaotic style (I quite like Wendig’s style either way) help make it better than its predecessor. Being the middle book has its drawbacks though, but the exciting set up for the coming finale prevents any of those drawbacks from truly affecting enjoyment of the novel. Continue reading “Canon Novel Review: Aftermath: Life Debt”

Canon Comic Review: The Force Awakens #1-2

 

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For a lot of people, The Force Awakens was a shot of fun and energy into the arm of Star Wars fandom, reinvigorating a love for the franchise with fresh new faces we’ve come to adore, the promise of new adventures, and the chance to revisit some familiar faces. Even the non-Star Wars world was charmed by the film, taking in about 2 billion in the box office. Interestingly enough, when Marvel announced a The Force Awakens comic adaptation, most of the response was lukewarm. Does the series deserve the lukewarm response?

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Upcoming Comic Releases Include Han Solo Miniseries, The Force Awakens Adaptation

Han Solo MiniseriesJune will hold the start of two upcoming Marvel Star Wars comics, one a Han Solo miniseries set between Ep. IV and V and the other an adaptation of The Force Awakens. Details for both projects below, including a look at the story and new alien created for the Solo miniseries. Continue reading “Upcoming Comic Releases Include Han Solo Miniseries, The Force Awakens Adaptation”

Canon Novel Review: Star Wars: Aftermath

Star Wars Aftermath

Spoiler Review –

Star Wars: Aftermath, sharply written by Chuck Wendig with a style that might be off-putting at first, is the most thrilling adventure of the new canon, stars a multi-dimensional and diverse cast, has an engaging character driven plot, sets a new tone and path for the expanded universe, and has a series of short stories begging (maybe too much) to be expanded.  Continue reading “Canon Novel Review: Star Wars: Aftermath”

Marvel’s Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser, Aftermath Author Revealed

Shattered EmpireThe cover (by Phil Noto) for Shattered Empire #1 (full series review!), one of Marvel’s contributions to the ‘Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ initiative, has been revealed. It’ll drop in September, which is the expected release month of Star Wars: Aftermath, Del-Rey’s first canon post-Return of the Jedi adult novel. It’ll be authored by Chuck Wendig, his first novel for the saga, who was uncovered by Florian of Jedi-Bibliotehek. The full image of Shattered Empire and Chuck Wendig’s reaction to the gundark being let out of the cage are below. Continue reading “Marvel’s Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser, Aftermath Author Revealed”