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Star Wars: Essential Atlas
Star Wars: Essential Atlas
by Daniel Wallace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.98

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing, 6 Sept. 2009
This book is quite simply stunning. Dan Wallace and Jason Fry among many other contributers have produced an amazing resource that is interesting to read and provides for long time fans answers to the locations of many planets and sectors. The book is much more than an atlas but it is not simply a retelling of The Essential Chronology and is vastly superior to the old Essential Guide to Planets and Moons in every way. It is split into three main sections the first explains the composition of the galaxy and the various regions contained within it, second is a large section focusing on individual planets and third is a section taking you though chronologicaly the key events in the Star Wars timeline with the aid of highly detailed galaxy maps showing goverments, fleets, character movements etc. The third section is interesting as the events of the six Star Wsrs films are plotted out which was something I had not though of before reading the book. I found it fascinating to see the events of the filsm mapped out like that. The next time I watch them I will have the book open following along.

The art in the book is great especially the amazing detail found in the maps but also in the potraits and depiction of events which are handled by Chris Trevas whose work can be seen in The Essential Guide to the Force. I can not recommend this book highly enough it is without question a must buy for any Star Wars fan.


Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi - Outcast
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi - Outcast
by Aaron Allston
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.51

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue from all sides, 30 April 2009
I picked this book up with great interest after having enjoyed the Legacy of the Force series. I was really anxious to see how the unexpected turn of events at the end of Invincible had effected the Jedi Order and if more links were going to be shown between the books and the cool Legacy comics. I was not disappointed. Outcast does all that and also sets up a great first chapter in its own story. There are pressures for the Jedi to be more under the control of the government led by ex imperial admiral Daala, Jedi Knights are having mysterious mental breaks and Luke and Ben Skywalker are starting their journey to discover exactly what Jacen learnt in those five years after the Yuuzhan Vong war. I really like the way Aaron Allston writes these characters and I thought the book did a good job of bringing more light hearted moments back into Star Wars books. I cant wait to see what the rest of the series has in store.


Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (Limited Edition) [DVD]
Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (Limited Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Hamill
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £22.71

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourtie Star Wars film in a really great package, 3 Oct. 2008
Return of the Jedi was my favourite film as a kid growing up when there was only the original trilogy and with the Star Wars saga now complete it still remains my favourite. The first part of the movie is in my opinion some of the past Star Wars adventure out of all six films covering the famous rescue of Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt with still impressive action sequences such as the rancor and sail barge battles. The second half really delivers a satisfying conclusion to the story on all front with the classic intercutting of three distinct battles all being crucial to the resolution of the story. Stunning effects still in this day and age and a really emotional stoyline make for in my opinion the best conclusion the Star Wars saga could have hoped for.

This release of the film in my opinion ids great. The main disc has the latest edition of the film which is of really good quality and as someone who has not got much of problem with the changes made with the DVD release of the classic trilogy this is the disc I usually watch. The second contains the original version of the film and is a great addition for fans who want to have this amzing film as it was when it was first released. Brilliant film in a very good package.


Star Wars: The Swarm War (Dark Nest III)
Star Wars: The Swarm War (Dark Nest III)
by Troy Denning
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.16

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit Squibs, squabbling Jedi Masters and yes some more bugs, 20 July 2008
The Swarm War, the final book in the Dark Nest Trilogy and it certainly delivers in my view a satisfying conclusion to the Killiks storyline. The issues of the Jedi Orders leadership structure is sorted out in this book also as well as a significant amount of work laid down for the direction of Jacen Solo. Plus who can ignore the epic coolness of Squib assassins sent to take out Jedi Knight Jaina Solo in the middle of a battle between the Chiss and the Killik nests.

This book takes place almost straight away after book 2 The Unseen Queen. The complex questions and choices that is the signature of this trilogy remain and continue to be a fascinating and refreshing part of the storyline. From the actions of the Galactic Alliances leader Cal Omas to the villains tactics to avoid getting beaten by Luke Skywalker The Swarm War is full of unusual and well thought out ways to tell a valuable story. In addition the Killiks actually stand out for me as a really great example of an alien species with a truly ALIEN mindset and for that Troy Denning deserves a big well done.

Overall the book and in fact the whole trilogy is one of my favorite Star Wars stories ever. It is exciting, funny and all the things that make Star Wars so popular and also its builds on and uses the huge expanded Universe mythos to create a great all round novel.


Star Wars: The Unseen Queen (Dark Nest II)
Star Wars: The Unseen Queen (Dark Nest II)
by Troy Denning
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hapan intrigue, an Ewok smuggler and still loads of bugs, 20 July 2008
The Unseen Queen continues the great Dark Nest story with more of what made the first book The Joiner King so good. It is full of difficult moral situations for our heroes as well as the action, adventure and humor that you would expect from a Star Wars novel.

The plot of the book picks up a year after the events of The Joiner King and deals with the crumbling of the shaky truce that was forged by the Jedi Order between the Chiss and the Killiks. The most interesting elements of this book were they depiction of the conflicting objectives of the Galactic Alliance and the Jedi Order that are usually working together against a major threat. Here in a more complicated situation cracks begin to show and illustrates the semi autonomous nature of the Jedi Order. Secondly the developments of Jacen Solos character that continues through the trilogy and beyond.

This is a great book full of interesting concepts for hardcore fans of the Star Wars books as well as the essential space opera elements that make these books so much fun. I particularly liked the continued inclusion of the Sullustan and Ewok smugglers from The Joiner King trilogy and Saba Sebatynes training of Leia Organa Solo as a Jedi. A great read.


Star Wars: The Joiner King (Dark Nest I)
Star Wars: The Joiner King (Dark Nest I)
by Troy Denning
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Jedi, Chiss and plenty of bugs, 20 July 2008
Having finished the massive New Jedi Order series there were a lot of things that I wanted to know. What was going to happen to the Galactic Alliance, the Jedi and what story could follow the total war monster storyline that was the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. This book gave me answers but not in a fan service way, The joiner King gives us as many challenging realities as simple fan friendly platitudes. It feature many, many retuning favorites from the New Jedi Order series as well as the film mainstays.

The Joiner King uses the Killik species created by Kevin J Anderson and weaves a tense and thrilling border conflict with the Chiss as the primary thrust of the plot. It is very interesting to see that this very small scale conflict is used as it allows the reader and the galaxy a break from constant masssive war and also because it uses the conflict to explore a number of post Yuuzhan Vong Invasion issues such as the Jedi Order views on the force, the Galactic Alliance state of affairs and many more. This I found was a riveting aspect of the book and the trilogy as a whole. I cant recommend it highly enough.


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