“Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow” by E.K. Johnston (Book Review)

Released today on 5 March 2019 by Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Queen’s Shadow is a young adult Star Wars novel by Canadian author E.K. Johnston (whose previous work in the Galaxy Far, Far Away includes the 2016 young adult novel Ahsoka, and the short story “By Whatever Sun” in the 2017 anthology From a Certain Point of View).

Queen’s Shadow has been the subject of a lot of positive buzz lately, and is long-awaited–the first information about the book leaked out in 2017, which allegedly led to some behind-the-scenes drama; it wasn’t officially announced until a panel at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, in July 2018–for good reason: It’s one of the very few Star Wars stories (especially in the Canon) to be centred around the character of Padmé Amidala Naberrie.

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Book Review: “Stranger Thing: Suspicious Minds” by Gwenda Bond

When I first heard about the expansion of the Stranger Things universe into the literary realm–probably last June, when the announcement was made–I got pretty excited. A large part of the appeal of the hit Netflix series (set to debut it’s third season later this year, in July) is that it is as much an homage as it is a pastiche of ’70s and ’80s films, not to mention a hefty dose of Stephen King-inspired monsters and situations, so as a pretty big fan of both I think it’s fair to say that I had some high expectations about what we were going to get.

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How to Nail a Character 101: Brian Daley & “The Han Solo Adventures”

I. Preamble & Introduction

Han Solo is one of the most popular Star Wars characters — he is, in fact, one of the most popular cinematic heroes period; in 2003, the American Film Institute honoured him with a placement at #14 in their list of “100 Greatest Heroes & Villains.” It should therefore come as little surprise that, in the wake of the original Star Wars film, it was Han Solo out of the “trio” of heroes that received a trilogy of novels (titled The Han Solo Adventures) in the then nascent “Expanded Universe.”

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The Man in the Bucket– Or, Why I Love Boba Fett (and Maybe You Should, Too)

(“The Hunter and His Prey,” Celebration V print by Chris Trevas)

I won’t pretty it up too much–when Jango and Boba Fett showed up in Attack of the Clones, twelve year-old Ian was…less-than-enthused. In truth, I was actually angry. I’d watched the original movies on VHS since the early-’90s, so I was aware of the Special Edition changes, but none of them bothered me when I was seven; not many of them bugged me when I was twelve, either. But this? The Fett that showed up in Attack of the Clones was the first time that a Star Wars retcon burned me–or, more properly, the first time George Lucas not being tied down to anything licensing published burned me.

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