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Star Wars Read-Through Part 15: Interquel: Standalone Stories

Not all stories can be grouped thematically. Sometimes I am forced to combine novels and comics that do not fit together into one blog post. It provides variety at the expense of cohesion.  The era between Episodes I and II were full of odd stories. The Phantom Menace had provided us with a setting, explaining how the galaxy worked in this time period. The film and its tie-in stories also offered hooks for telling more tales across the Republic. Furthermore, several novels written in the 1990s made reference to this era, which could now be explored more fully.  This post covers a handful of novels and comics that do not fit thematically in with earlier stories. They do not pertain to bounty hunters. They are not in the immediate years following Episode I. They do not feature Quinlan Vos or any one other unifying character. They are not direct prequels to Episode II.  Nym on the cover of Starfighter: Crossbones 1 . Image from Wookieepedia. For this post, I consumed the following storie
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Star Wars Read-Through Part 14: The Story of Quinlan Vos: The Jedi in Darkness

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Star Wars New Canon: Rebels: The Beginning of Disney Star Wars

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Star Wars Read-Through Part 13: Prequel Era Bounty Hunters: The Seedy Side of Star Wars

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Beds Needed in Shelter for Homeless RPG Bloggers

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Star Wars New Canon: The Force Awakens: Starting Anew

I remember in 2012 hearing the announcement that Disney was purchasing Lucasfilm and all of its properties, including Star Wars. This included an announcement that they were going to produce new films. I was excited! The last Star Wars movie (not counting The Clone Wars) was more than seven years behind us. We were certain there would be no new films, and suddenly now there would be. I remember making a point to avoid spoilers. I watched the trailers, but kept off social media in the weeks and months leading up to the movie's release. I bought books marketed as "Journey to The Force Awakens", but refused to read them until after I had seen the movie (in hindsight, none of those spoiled anything). Movie poster for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens . Image from Wookieepedia. I missed opening night, as I was traveling for work that week. But I managed to get tickets to see it with my wife and her sister closer to Christmas. For this post, I consumed the fo

Star Wars Read-Through Part 12: Post Episode I: Jedi Adventures

Episode I: The Phantom Menace established the status quo for the prequels going forward. We have Obi-Wan Kenobi, recently graduated Jedi Knight. His apprentice, young Anakin Skywalker, who just won his freedom from slavery on the desert planet Tatooine. A Republic plagued with corruption. We don't know much about where the story is headed. But we do know Anakin and Obi-Wan will have more adventures, as will countless Jedi and other heroes and villains. For this post, I consumed the following stories: Republic 7-12: Outlander (comic arc by Timothy Truman , 1999) Republic 13-18: Emissaries to Malastare (comic arc by Timothy Truman, 1999-2000) Republic 27: Starcrash (comic issue by Doug Petrie , 2001) Rogue Planet (novel by Greg Bear , 2000) I read the novel in the hardcover format. Republic 7-18 were collected in the graphic novel Omnibus: Emissaries and Assassins . Issue 27 was collected in Omnibus: Menace Revealed . Cover of "Rogue Planet" by Greg Bea