Reader’s Companion, Scoundrels, Scourge Updates

Expanded Universe fans received a special treat today. To celebrate having 30,000 likes on their Facebook page, Star Wars Books posted three sneak peeks as a thank you to fans. First on the docket were four sketches from Pablo Hidalgo's The Essential Reader's Companion: Darth Bane; Darth Maul fighting Darsha Assant; Count Dooku and Boba Fett; and Stass Allie and Shaak Ti defending Chancellor Palpatine from General Grievous. The essential guide is scheduled for release October 2. Del Rey also posted a short excerpt from Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn, scheduled for release on December 26, in which Han does not shoot first.
One shot was all Falsta got. An instant later his blaster was pointed harmlessly at the ceiling, frozen in place by Chewbacca’s iron grip around both the weapon and the hand holding it. That should have been the end of it. Falsta should have conceded defeat, surrendered his blaster, and walked out of the cantina, a little humiliated but still alive. But Falsta had never been the type to concede anything. Even as he blinked furiously at the ale still running down into his eyes, his left hand jabbed like a knife inside his jacket and emerged with a small hold-out blaster. He was in the process of lining up the weapon when Han shot him under the table. Falsta fell forward, his right arm still raised in Chewbacca’s grip, his hold-out blaster clattering across the tabletop before it came to a halt. Chewbacca held that pose another moment, then lowered Falsta’s arm to the table, deftly removing the blaster from the dead man’s hand as he did so. For a half dozen seconds Han didn’t move, gripping his blaster under the table, his eyes darting around the cantina. The place had gone quiet, with practically every eye now focused on him. As far as he could tell no one had drawn a weapon, but most of the patrons at the nearest tables had their hands on or near their holsters. Chewbacca rumbled a warning. “You all saw it,” Han called, though he doubted more than a few of them actually had. “He shot first.”
Rounding up the sneak peeks, Del Rey posted a much more substantial excerpt for Scourge by Jeff Grubb, set for release April 24.  You can find the full excerpt here.

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