Book Review: The Rebel Files (Deluxe Edition)

Star Wars is all-encompassing, an aspect that’s been part of the Saga since the first film’s 1977 release. Star Wars: The Rebel Files (Deluxe Edition) adds to that allure

From comics to novelizations to additional stories, Star Wars has always lent itself to print medium. This holds true even more now, in an era of virtual and augmented reality, app-based game, extensive massively multiplayer online role-playing games and of course online, almost-interactive games for consoles and computers.

But it’s the accompanying books that help add layers of context and detail to the Star Wars Saga and, frankly, that’s a needed thing, given the complexity of the characters, stories and more that population the Star Wars Galaxy.

Which is why Daniel Wallace’s The Rebel Files (Deluxe Edition) from publisher becker&mayer! is an edifying and entertaining dive into the history of the Rebel Alliance, from its jerky formative start to polished and regimented cohesion in the struggle against the Empire.

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The Last Jedi Review

NOTE: While this is a review of The Last Jedi, it does not contain any spoilers regarding plot or characters. However, the tone and atmosphere are discussed at length. If you wish to remain 100% spoiler-free, feel free to come back and read this review after you have seen the film.

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Star Wars Book Review: ‘Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor’ by Ryder Windham and Adam Bray

Official Synopsis:

Features a Foreword by John Boyega

Just in time for the next blockbuster, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this unique and beautifully designed compendium with removable features traces one of the franchise’s most iconic characters—the stormtrooper—from initial development through all nine Star Wars movies to their many iterations in TV, comics, video games, novels, and pop-culture.

Star Wars: A New Hope, the very first installment in the beloved science-fiction series, introduced the Imperial stormtroopers—the army of the fearsome and tyrannical Galactic Empire. Charged with establishing Imperial authority and suppressing resistance, these terrifying, faceless, well-disciplined soldiers in white have become a universal symbol of oppression.

Star Wars Stormtroopers explores these striking warriors and their evolution in-depth for the first time. Ryder Windham and Adam Bray trace the roots of their creation and design, and explore how these elite troops from a galaxy far, far away have been depicted in movies, cartoons, comics, novels, and merchandising.

Filled with photographs, illustrations, story boards, and other artwork, this lavish officially licensed book comes complete with removable features, including posters, stickers, replica memorabilia and more, making it an essential keepsake for every Star Wars fan, as well as military, design, and film aficionados.

Review:

Honestly, I was never one to give too much thought to stormtroopers. Which is one reason why I wanted to read Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor by Ryder Windham and Adam Bray. As a Star Wars fan of a certain age (ahem), I try to explore all aspects of the saga when chance arises, especially ones I never really looked into before. Much to my pleasure, Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor examines every iteration of the iconic trooper, from Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept up to the present day, in an engaging and informative manner.

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Core Worlds Couture: Sperry Topsider A/O Darth Vader Review

Core Worlds Couture with Jay Krebs

Welcome back, Core Worlders!

Recently, I was fortunate enough to receive a pair of Sperry Topsider’s new Darth Vader A/O boat shoes. These shoes are truly exquisite. The attention to detail is impressive (most impressive), and the quality is exactly what one would expect from a pair of Sperry shoes – top-notch!

Check out my unboxing video for all the specs and details, and also read on for more information about these shoes, as well as the others in the line, which was launched December 7, 2017.

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Rebel Assault” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “Rebel Assault.”

One thing that Star Wars has always done exceedingly well is subvert expectations. “Rebel Assault,” this week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels follows that tradition with a story that shatters assumptions from the outset. With this first half of the season seemingly building toward an epic clash against the Empire, “Rebel Assault” instead takes the narrative on a downward trajectory much faster than many probably expected.

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Audiobook Review: ‘The Legends of Luke Skywalker’ by Ken Liu, Narrated by January LaVoy

The Legends of Luke Skywalker is the latest offering in the long list of, Journey to the Last Jedi, books. To be honest I am not sure what the point was when commissioning the writing of this book. I know every novel can’t be a life changer but giving the reader some nugget of purpose would be helpful. I don’t necessarily blame the author here because I feel like the book was well written. It’s the vision or concept of the book that is….confusing? Discouraging? No, frustrating!

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Kindred” and “Crawler Commandeers” Reviews

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episodes “Kindred” and Crawler Commandeers.”

Star Wars Rebels returns this week with another pair of episodes that continue with what looks to be a season-long arc focusing on our heroes’ return to Lothal and an impending massive clash with the Empire. The first episode, “Kindred,” at first feels to be a simple continuation of last week’s “Flight of the Defender” with Ezra returning to the site of the TIE Defender crash to find the downed ship’s hyperdrive, but it soon escalates into something much more dire.

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Audiobook Review: ‘Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View’ by Multiple Authors, Narrated by Various Voice Actors

I am old enough to remember the Dream Team Olympic Basketball squad that represented the United States in 1992. A collection of the best professional players in U.S. at that time represented their country and put on an exhibition of talent that none of us had ever seen. In a way it was a snapshot of sport and culture all wrapped up into one. As a Star Wars fan I also remember the series of short stories penned by every amazing author at that time and was published, later compiled, into collection call, Tales From The Mos Eilsey Cantina. I know this is a stretch but I feel that a dream team of a sort has been put together to write and perform the title, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. Written in the Tales From style format, this book brings together some our favorite Star Wars authors in recent history thus providing the scripts, or playground rather, for the most amazing narrators the Penguin Random House has to offer, to do their thing. The only spoiler I will give you is this: I will not wait until the end of this post to give you my opinion of this project….. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender” Reviews

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episodes “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender.”

It’s hard to believe that Star Wars Rebels is already in its fourth season, as the flurry of new Star Wars content since 2012’s Disney purchase of Lucasfilm can sometimes cause one to forget about the show that established how the two enormous companies would interact. But in many ways, Rebels has been the standard-bearer for this new era of Star Wars as it pioneered the methods in which stories across media would interact and established the precedent for incorporating “Legends” material into canon. And now with the show having an end date that its writers can plan for, the final chapters of Star Wars Rebels seem to be methodically filling in the gaps, tying off loose ends, and bringing a logical conclusion to the series.

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Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Volume Two Review

These reviews of Star Wars Forces of Destiny will contain spoilers. Reviews for Volume One can be found here.

At long last! The latest batch of Star Wars Forces of Destiny shorts are here. As with the previous collection, this collection of shorts features a mix of old and new. Four of the shorts aired over the summer: “The Imposter Inside,” “Beasts of Echo Base,” “BB-8 Bandits,” and “The Padawan Path.” They are joined by four new shorts, with wrap-arounds by our storyteller, Maz Kanata — this time cooking up some delicious stew to go with her tea. And it looks like she’s made a new friend, too!

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