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August 2008

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during August 2008:

Book News: The Force Unleashed novelisation is #1:
Posted: 30th August (UPDATED: 6th September)
Sean Williams' novelisation of The Force Unleashed will go straight in at #1 on both The New York Times Best Sellers
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] list (for 7th Sept.) and on Publishers Weekly[External site - opens in a new window/tab] list (for 1st Sept.). Elsewhere, his book enters USA Today's Best-Selling Books Database[External site - opens in a new window/tab] at #15 (for 24th Aug.).
The Force is clearly strong with this book...
UPDATE: After only one week, it has slipped to #9 on The New York Times Best Seller
s[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (for 14th Sept.); #7 on Publishers Weekly[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (for 8th Sept.); and #35 on USA Today[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (for 31st Aug.).


Book News: Dark Horse rumours Crimson Empire III:
Posted: 29th August
Comic Book Resourses have published a video interview with Dark Horse founder and president Mike Richardson in which Mike says that Randy Stradley (Editor) and himself are looking at "revisiting the last chapter of Crimson Empire", with the possibilities of reworking Crimson Empire II: Council of Blood to fix "all the stuff that got left out" because of possible conflicts with the prequel films.
Elsewhere, the latest issue of Rebellion comic (#16) teases of a new digest-sized series titled Star Wars Adventures. Amazon UK
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have had a listing for this for the last couple of months, stating it is 80 pages long, published by Titan (the UK distributor for Dark Horse) and published on 19th December - however since this is a UK imprint, we may see it sooner in the US.
(Source: ComicBookResources.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Obi-Wan bio available early:
Posted: 29th August
Rebelscum are reporting that one of their visitors has spotted copies of Ryder Windham's The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi in their local Borders (US), as well as a Borders exclusive boxed set of the first three Young Boba Fett books.
Windham's bio of Obi-Wan wasn't due for release until October, but this isn't the first time that books from Scholastic have been released ahead of their expected dates. Amazon.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] are reporting this book to be in stock for immediate delivery.
(Source: Rebelscum.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: The Clone Wars #3 novel expected May:
Posted: 28th August
Amazon Canada have listed the audio CD release of Karen Traviss's second The Clone Wars novel as being May 19th 2009. As yet they no corresponding listing for the novel itself, but since both novels and audio CD's are usually released on the same day, we can assume that Karen's novel can be expected on or around 19th May.
(Source: Amazon.ca[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Affilates News: New Affiliate - Jedi Temple Archives:
Posted: 28th August
Jedi Temple Archives is a Star Wars collecting news and information site with a a very active discussion forum. The visual guides on the site are fantastic - a must see for any Star Wars collector.
Visit Jedi Temple Archives
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Media News: New DVD boxed sets coming soon:
Posted: 25th August
DigitalBits.com are reporting the existence of two new DVD boxed sets due for release in the US on November 4th. Aptly titled Star Wars Prequel Trilogy and Star Wars Trilogy, these repackaged DVD's are said to contain no new material. As of yet, no word on a UK release nor of Blu-Ray editions.
(Source: DigitalBits.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via JediTempleArchives.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: Yet more new Hyperspace fiction:
Posted: 23rd August
StarWars.com have published a short story by Christopher Cerasi, former Lucas Licensing editor. "Crossroads" is an original tale of Princess Leia set three months before the events of The Courtship of Princess Leia and is exclusive for Hyperspace members at StarWars.com here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Media News: New Hyperspace fiction:
Posted: 20th August
StarWars.com have published a short story by Jason Fry, author of The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide. "Deader than a Triton Moon" is set during The Rebellion era (the title taken from a line spoken by Han Solo from the novelisation of The Empire Strikes Back) and is exclusive for Hyperspace members at StarWars.com here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: New nine-book series to start next year?
Posted: 20th August
Commenting via StarWarsBoards regarding recent internet rumours claiming "Fate of the Jedi is a new book-series, comprised of nine volumes which take place after the Legacy of the Force-series. The books will be written by Aaron Allston, Troy Denning, and Star Wars newcomer Christie Golden", LucasBooks Managing Editor Sue Rostoni said: "You can expect information once the press release is prepared and approved and posted on StarWars.com. Then we can open a discussion that I can actually participate in!" and "We have quite a number of books planned for the near future, so I'm hoping that everyone's appetites will be somewhat appeased."
As for the Christie Golden rumours, Sue commented "I met her some time ago and she's very enthusiastic about the unnamed project I can't talk about. She's a team player and a good communicator."
Once again Sue is being coy about direct answers, neither confirming nor denying rumours, so could Sue's "unnamed project" be the speculated nine-book series entitled Fate of the Jedi?
(Source: StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: The Force Unleashed book release events:
Posted: 18th August
To coincide with the US release of the novelisation of The Force Unleashed tomorrow, its author Sean Williams, will be making only one public appearance in Malibu, CA. However, publisher Del Rey has scheduled a number of events across the US at various locations. Full details of Sean Williams appearance and Del Rey's events' locations are available at StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
In gaming news, a playable demo of The Force Unleashed for XBox 360 and Playstation 3 will be downloadable from August 21st via XBox Live Marketplace and Playstation Network.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: New Scholastic book has author:
Posted: 18th August
According to Amazon UK, the first book in the next Scholastic series, Rebel Force, will be written by unknown author Alex Wheeler. Although very little known about this book, it is expected to be the first in a new youth novel series set during The Rebellion era and is due for release in January 2009.
(Source: StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: First volume of Vector Graphic Novel to be released in January:
Posted: 18th August
Dark Horse Comics have added to their release schedule the trade paperback (Graphic Novel) of Vector Volume 1. As previously discussed by editor Randy Stradley, Volume 1 will contain parts 1 thru 6 of this storyline, with Volume 2 (release tbc) containing parts 7 thru 12.
(source: Dark Horse Comics[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: The Clone Wars UK book checklist:
Posted: 6th August
Although The Clone Wars movie isn't released until later in the month, the 7th August will see the release of 12 tie-in books in the UK including Karen Traviss's The Clone Wars novelisation; The Clone Wars junior novelisation by Tracey West; The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide from DK; and more.


Book News: First look: Star Wars - Millennium Falcon:
Posted: 6th August
StarWars.com have published the cover for James Luceno's upcoming post Legacy of the Force novel Millennium Falcon and reveal a little more about its plot.

(Source:
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: The Clone Wars online comic this fall:
Posted: 1st August
Although announced at Comic-Con last week, artist Grant Gould has updated his StarWars.com Blog
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] with more details of the planned The Clone Wars online comic that will accompany the TV series. As well as Grant, three other artists will contribute to the comic: Tom Hodges, Katie Cook, and Jeff Carlisle.
According to Tom (writing on TFn's forums): "each week, we'll be given a story leading into that weeks episode. This will NOT be "web-strip" format. It will be full color, comic format and each story will be 5 pages in length."
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: Exclusive Star Wars content at DK.com:
Posted: 1st August
Veteran Star Wars' books publisher DK, have launched exclusive content on their website. Included is a poster from the upcoming Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection and two exclusive images from The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide.
Visit DK.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] today and check out the exclusive content.


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