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IlyaP

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  1. IlyaP

    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    And there's more to come. My local bookstore received word of a Lando novel coming out at some point this year, which makes me happy (unclear if Young Lando or Contemporary Lando).
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_books Well, Dune is presently at approximately 20 million copies sold. I've found a bit of research that suggests StarWars.com had at one time claimed that the Heir trilogy sold near 15 million copies - but their current site doesn't make any such mention, and I've not had any luck finding any research that supports that number. Is there anyone who's research-fu can corroborate or deny the numerical assertion? Certainly, Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker books are around 14 million and counting. It'd be interesting to see the numbers on this. Maybe something that we could politely get El Commander Werthead to research and write about? Does he accept candy as bribes? Maybe cookies?
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    The books coming out in 2018

    Do we know what's officially happening with William Gibson's 'Agency'? I was under the impression it was due out in April, but April's come and gone.
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    Given that they wanted to let new writers and storytellers have a clean slate, I can understand why they would want to jettison the old material. Especially Crystal Star. Besides, a pretty impressive number of elements from the Legends timeline have been brought over into the New EU. None of which include Luuke Skywalker. Yet.
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    The books coming out in 2018

    The new Gibson novel's been pushed back to December? My understanding was that it was due out in April. (Can't recall where that date is from - perhaps something I saw on a publisher's site?)
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    Guh. Had a look in the Entertainment Forum. Not even sure where to look on there for anything book-related! That said - NJO was, honestly, an interesting undertaking. I've really enjoyed listening to/reading those involved talk about it. From an organisational, author-wrangling, and stylistic departure point of view, it's a vastly interesting project. To me at least. I've really enjoyed reading about all the interesting meetings and discussions that took place, and imagining all those authors sitting in a room together bouncing ideas and jokes off one another. It's the kind of room I'd have loved to have been able to sit in and observe, undisturbed. And as a nice bonus, it gave work to a staggering number of authors whose books I love - Sean Williams, Shane Dix, Walter John Williams, Matt Stover, Greg Keyes, James Luceno, Mike Stackpole, Bob Salvatore, all names that elicit many warm and fuzzy feelings in the cockles of my heart (or maybe the sub-cockle area). I understand it was not everyone's jam, and no artistic endeavour ever is, can, or will be to everyone's liking. But what an astonishing group of talented writers to hire! I love books and supporting authors no matter what the undertaking. I am absolutely shameless in my love for the authors I enjoy. (Totally unrelated: I have a Bluetooth keyboard, and the n key does not always work. Is this due to it being a faulty keyboard, or due to the signal? Does anyone know?)
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    Darth, is that actually the case? That's really fascinating. I was led to believe it was a storygroup decision, and one that was partly based around the problematics of Vector Prime. Are you privy to any interviews or features that cover this topic in more depth?
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    It wasn't a Rian Johnson decision, it was a Lucasfilm Story Group decision.
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    There is no indication that the book was delayed to "fix" issues raised by critics. There is always a bit of a disparity between what's on screen and what's in the book. TFA certain had its share of changes and it came out at the same time as the film. Given how close its release was to the DVD release, I suspect that it may have been a bit of a publishing experiment, as well as a means by which to avoid having any leaked spoilers in advance of the movie's release due to galley or ARC leaks. These are the conclusions that I have, as someone who has worked in publishing.
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    The film was released in December, but the novelisation by Jason Fry was held back until 15 March. Am unclear as to why that decision was made, as the novelisation by Alan Dean Foster of The Force Awakens was released within a few weeks of the release of the film. Speculation on business decisions isn't my jam, so I will refrain from offering up any suggestions, and instead suggest that someone go straight to the source.
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    A part of me suspects that such approaches are for people such as me, who don't have a head for weaponry and are likely to quickly forget anything *remotely* technical.
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    March 2018 reads: share your latest books read

    Plowing through Matt Stover's excellent Test of Metal when time allows. Ye gods this guy is terrific to read. Love his books and hope to see more new material from him in the future.
  13. IlyaP

    Pet-Peeves in Novels?

    Not so much bad - just...jarring.
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    Pet-Peeves in Novels?

    Gods. Does he actually do that? I've yet to read the King Killer books, even though I own books 1 and 2, as I am waiting for the 3rd book to be published before I sit down and read them. (Don't know why, but if the series features huge books, I wait till it's done, if the series has relatively thin books, I don't mind waiting.)
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    Pet-Peeves in Novels?

    In reading The First Book of Lankhmar, Leiber references imaginary currencies. Recall another book, just trying to recall which, where there is a similar instance. Suspect it was in a Magic the Gathering novel, if memory serves.
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