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  1. Falconer

    Game of Star Wars: The Final Hope

    The Lion King, Aladdin, etc., etc., etc.!
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    Game of Star Wars: The Final Hope

    Disney has no qualms about redoing an existing animated story as live action, methinks!
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    Game of Star Wars: The Final Hope

    There were a few things I would have liked to see done differently with Solo: first and foremost recast the lead (he just wasn’t cool enough—sure, no-one is Harrison Ford, but, think of Nathan Fillion in Firefly, he had the swagger!). But by and large it is good, probably my #5 favorite SW movie after the OT and TFA. I think it was a victim of coming out so soon after TLJ, and even then I think it under-performed only relative to its exorbitant budget which was the fault of being reshot after Lord and Miller were fired. Nobody hated it; I think people would be happy to see sequels, or see it brought to TV. (Surely we’d see elements of it in the hypothetical Kenobi series?)
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    Game of Star Wars: The Final Hope

    Timothy Zahn, in his early 90s novels The Thrawn Trilogy, came up with the idea of the Unknown Regions as a mysterious place where Thrawn originated. He revisited this idea in the late 90s in The Hand of Thrawn, in which we finally go to the Unknown Regions (well, a base on the border of it, I guess) and meet Thrawn’s species, the Chiss, and we learn that the Chiss had allied with the Empire because they wanted to fight off a bigger, unnamed threat from within the Unknown Regions. The series ended with a “vision” of endless adventure, with Luke and friends exploring the Unknown Regions’ new threats and mysteries. In the early 00s, Del Rey in their New Jedi Order series ran with a different idea, of the New Republic being invaded from another Galaxy, called the Yuuzhan Vong, and they basically stated that they were the threat that Zahn was talking about (even though they were obviously not actually from the Unknown Regions). Well, later in the 00s, Zahn was brought back for a one-shot novel called Survivor’s Quest, in which he revealed that the actual threat in the Unknown Regions was something else, a species called the Vagaari. Unfortunately, this novel is rather lackluster, and Zahn obviously wasn’t given much leeway to do anything as epic as he had in the past. Or maybe his ideas had just been more evocative when they went unexplored. In the new canon, of course, in The Force Awakens we meet Snoke and learn that he is leading an Imperial-flavored faction from within the Unknown Regions. In last year’s novel Thrawn: Alliances, Zahn revealed that the big unnamed threat in the Unknown Regions is now a species called the Grysks. I’m guessing they’re a replacement for the Vagaari, and I’m guessing they are Snoke’s species, but… It is starting to get a little hard to care. Back in 1998 when Zahn made it seem like we were on the brink of something new, that Luke and friends were going to have endless adventures exploring a new region of space, it was thrilling, at least to imagine. In 2013, when the Sequel Trilogy started out, it seemed like a possible new direction they could take the story. They could have maybe done it in Ep.8, but Ep.9 can’t really get into a whole new thing. Maybe they’ll do a post-ST trilogy (movies or Zahn books) about it?
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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    Yeah, great stuff! Here is a great passage from ‘The Notion Club Papers’: The drama!
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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    Why the Second Age, I wonder? Is it because they want to test the waters with a property less valuable than the Third Age? I’d guess they are positioning the so-called Great Tales Trilogy to be made into movies, but IMO the First Age would do better as a TV series. (But I may be the odd duck, here; I would like to see The Hobbit + The LR redone as a TV series. Eventually!) But anyway, since it is the Second Age, is anyone other than me thinking or talking about ‘The Notion Club Papers’? It’s the best!!
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    Board Issues 4

    “Notable Releases” widget needs to be updated! :)
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    New book of ASOIAF Art by Gary Gianni.

    It looks to me like it collects artwork from all three of Gianni’s projects (that I know of) - the 2014 Calendar, AKotSK, and Fire & Blood.
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    New book of ASOIAF Art by Gary Gianni.

    Kind of odd, isn’t it? $275 cheaper than Subterranean’s Fire & Blood, and shipping several months sooner?
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    Top 10

    The Book of Lost Tales, Tolkien The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien The Worm Ouroboros, Eddison Vision of the Future, Zahn Arthurian Romances, Chrétien Le Morte Darthur, Malory A Storm of Swords, Martin The Last Battle, Lewis A Princess of Mars, Burroughs The Dying Earth, Vance
  11. It’s such a shame they abandoned this jacket design. It was so distinctive and shiny! I was very disappointed with the final design of AFFC.
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    Folio Society Map

    Is anything known about the “The Known World” map that will be included in the Folio Society’s edition of AGoT? Will it be the exact map from The Lands of Ice and Fire, or is there any chance it will be redrawn by hand?
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    Folio Society Map

    Thanks. Looks like I’m not missing anything.
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    Folio Society Map

    Would you be willing to post a few photos, @SFDanny or anyone else?
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    Anyone know a good place to browse art?

    I’ve been able to snag almost all of the calendars in this past year, and I think the 2011 (Ted Nasmith) and 2014 (Gary Gianni) calendars are the must-haves. I got the latter from this seller https://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=131622076445 and am completely happy with it. I am very much looking forward to John Howe’s 2020 calendar, which is coming out soon. Those are my favorite ASOIAF artists so far, with honorable mention to Steve Youll (covers for US editions of AGoT/ACoK/ASoS) and Marc Fishman (endpapers for UK slipcase editions).
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    Folio Society Map

    Thank you. Sounds promising.
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    Small Questions v. 10106

    Did GRRM write Robb POV chapters (recently-ish)? I could have sworn I heard that he did, but I can’t find anything about it. This would be from while he was alive, eg., during ACoK.
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    Star Wars Thread: Don't Get Cocky

    Ohhhkaaaay, didn’t realize this was the sort of place where disliking a film earned you personal attacks.
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    Star Wars Thread: Don't Get Cocky

    They only have one trilogy on the schedule over the next decade. They’ve had to scale their ambitions WAAY back since Johnson’s previous disaster.
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    Star Wars Thread: Don't Get Cocky

    And that's what Kathleen Kennedy actually stated. source
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    Star Wars Thread: Don't Get Cocky

    This is from HBO president Casey Bloys. source
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    Star Wars Thread: Don't Get Cocky

    I’m guessing it’s the D&D trilogy, and the Johnson one will be put on hold indefinitely.
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    Tolkien 3.0

    Tolkien later decided that the two Blue Wizards came to Middle-earth much earlier, around the year 1,600 of the Second Age, along with Glorfindel (who had previously died in the Fall of Gondolin). So they could theoretically feature in the show. But, yeah, he still had Saruman, Radagast, and Gandalf not arriving till c. T.A. 1,000 (presumably S+R on one ship and G on a separate ship some time later).
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    Tolkien 3.0

    Without a doubt. In his lifetime, Tolkien accomplished or attempted three major cycles: The First Age Númenor The Lord of the Rings And if you avoid the posthumously-published writings, you can only experience The Lord of the Rings. The First Age is a very large and detailed cycle that Tolkien worked on throughout his early and late years (i.e., both before and after the other cycles). The First Age is naturally the backdrop of Tolkien’s other two cycles, and his three delightful children’s books* also mine this material. The First Age is my single favorite body of fiction. The First Age exists in many versions, long-form and summary, incomplete and complete. The original work, The Book of Lost Tales, benefits from being both long-form and almost complete. Only the final tale, that of Eärendil, was never fully written. So if you’re interested in this cycle, I recommend: The Book of Lost Tales (in two volumes) The Lays of Beleriand (expanded poetic versions of two of the tales) Unfinished Tales (expanded prose versions of two of the tales) Númenor (Tolkien’s name for Atlantis) was the product of Tolkien’s attempt at a time travel novel which was meant to tie in with Lewis’s space travel series. It seems that Amazon may be doing a TV series based on this. The most substantive and thrilling writings on the subject are published in Sauron Defeated. There is also a really striking story called Tal-Elmar, which is included in The Peoples of Middle-earth. Númenor overall is by far the least substantive of Tolkien’s three major cycles. The Lord of the Rings probably requires no explanation, though there are a ton of cool short works expanding on it, many of the most substantive of which are included in Unfinished Tales. * The three First Age-derived children’s books are: The Hobbit, The Father Christmas Letters, and Roverandom — again, only one of which is nonposthumous.
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    Small Questions v. 10106

    Makes sense. Thanks for the thoughts.
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