CWK Show #92: “Why does a vacuum cleaner need Wi-Fi?”, with Marcus Dohring and Kristin Baver (187)

Dan Z is joined by 501st member and 501st Cast co-host, Marcus Dohring, and StarWars.com, Star Wars Insider, and Coffee With Kenobi blogger, Kristin Baver. They start the show with a brief discussion on the trailer for The Last Jedi. Nick Dico shares his experiences on the Beta for Star Wars Battlefront II, and Tom brings us up to date on news.  For the Coffee Chat, CWK co-founder, Cory Clubb joins Dan Z to discuss The Last Jedi movie poster. This the podcast you’re looking for!

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Leia and Good Intentions

As I was reading Claudia Gray’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan I was struck by the following exchange between Leia and her friend Amilyn Holdo:
Amilyn: “The Force gains strength from our intentions as well as our actions.”
Leia: “Good intentions aren’t enough. They’re not meaningless, but – that’s where we have to start. Not where we end.”

The Star Wars galaxy would be a much different place if not for a lot of good people acting on their good intentions. Most of us have probably heard that the pathway to Hell is paved with good intentions, but good intentions aren’t the problem and they aren’t themselves bad things. The problem comes when we are satisfied with our good intentions and don’t act on them. What would have happened if our favorite Star Wars characters would have been content with simply having good ideas?

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Star Wars Book Review – Leia: Princess of Alderaan

A Guest Book Review by Amy Wishman Nalan

(This review may contain minor spoilers)

To Me, She’s Royalty

When a young-adult Leia novel written by Claudia Gray was announced, I was as full of anticipation as the next fan. Having loved Gray’s previous Star Wars novels, I was eager to see a young Leia novel. And Claudia Gray did not disappointment. Leia: Princess of Alderaan is the Leia book fans have been wanting for decades.

Leia: Princess of Alderaan begins with Leia standing before her parents declaring her intention to someday rule Alderaan and her plan for tasks to test her heart, her body, and her mind. Her transformation and growth in each of these areas is the subject of the book. What unfolds in the story is a year in the life of Leia Organa.

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Leia | “You’ve Always Been Strong”

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“Luke, run away, far away. If he can feel your presence, then leave this place. I wish I could go with you.” – Princess Leia

“No, you don’t.” Luke said, “You’ve always been strong.”

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“The Bridge” Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

This conversation, between the newly united (in a manner of speaking) brother and sister duo, speaks volumes to me, so much more now since the recent events of Claudia Gray’s newest novel Star Wars: Bloodline. As I wrote in my ‘Book Review’ for The Cantina Cast: Luke was definitely right about that! When have we ever known Leia to run away from danger? On the contrary, it seems as though she has always ran toward it.

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Marvel’s Han Solo Mini-Series Captures the Corellian’s Sense of Adventure, Racing and Touch of Espionage, Too

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If the advance look at three pages of the first issue of Star Wars: Han Solo #1 are any indicator, readers are going to get an adrenaline-packed thrill-ride tale of racing and espionage that draws not just references to the Kessel Run in A New Hope but to the more mature Han in Claudia Gray’s recent novel Bloodline, too.
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Home is Where You Hang Your Armor – The Concept of Home for Those Who Have Served in the Armed Forces

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Somewhere in Iraq during the 2003 invasion

Lattes with Leia Show #4: Going Home discussed the concept of “home” in Star Wars. One of Andrea and Amy’s topics was how characters viewed different locations or ships as home. They also talked about the millions of Imperials stationed aboard the two Death Stars at the times of their destruction. The two hosts asked if people who are currently serving, or veterans of, the (real world) military thought of their bases or places of duty as home. As a veteran of active duty and a currently-serving Reservist myself, I’m eager to share my thoughts on the matter. I am limiting the scope of my post to “home” while deployed to a combat zone.

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Review of Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

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This is a review of Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray. It contains only minor spoilers.

Fed up with the stagnant Senate of the New Republic, and on the verge of stepping away from it all in favor of spending more time with her husband, Leia Organa, princess and senator, decides to undertake a new mission — Investigating reports of a criminal enterprise rising to fill the power vacuum left behind by the once-dominant Hutts.

Leia is joined in her mission by a senator from across the aisle, Ransolm Casterfo. The deeper they dig, suspicions arise that the criminal operation they are investigating is being controlled by a larger and more powerful entity — One with a dark purpose.

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Audiobook Review: Bloodline

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There’s much that’s been said and written about the story Claudia Gray has penned about Leia Organa in the few days since the novel’s release May 3.

Be it revelations of the Huttslayer or the examination into the warrior and strategist or deep dive into the political machinations of the New Republic and her role in its founding, the novel has struck a near-unanimous chord among readers, Star Wars fans and historians for whom charting the Saga’s lore is an almost full-time affair.

Very Minor Spoilers follow below … you may wish to read Bloodline before proceeding.

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Book Review: Bloodline

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Claudia Gray brings her gifted pen back to the Star Wars universe with the much-anticipated book, Bloodline. The Princess Leia centered novel focuses on her role as a significant and powerful senator in the New Republic, and takes place years before The Force Awakens. Bloodline manages to do something exquisite and rare: it exceeds the anticipatory nature of the genre and truly enhances the Star Wars canon. It operates on a sublime level of pacing, intensity, and suspense that will leave you eager to discover more. Expertly crafted, beautifully written, and full of dramatic tension, Bloodline is the book we’ve been waiting for.

Very Minor Spoilers follow below … you may wish to read Bloodline before proceeding.

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Vader’s Shadow: A Curse of Concealment

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With the recent embargo [from advanced copies being distributed] of ‘Star Wars: Bloodline’ by Claudia Gray, and all the built-up hype surrounding it, I can’t help myself but to be swept-up in it too.

This upcoming novel holds so much promise when it comes to plot-holes or gaps where the Skywalker lineage is concerned. Even Claudia Gray told USA Today that, “In this book we find out just how far Vader’s shadow falls.” So, as an ‘Anakin Apologist’ and a huge Vader fan, my anticipation of what ‘key elements’ this story may or may not include is barely containable.

So, for the sake of creative thinking and to hopefully spark some innovative discussion, let’s explore Vader’s “shroud of darkness” aka shadow.

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