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I was wondering what happened to the book club? Slash why don't we bring it back? Did it work well in the past? There is just a couple of good books coming out in the next few months and wanted to get everyones opinion on it.
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 PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:51 pm Reply with quote  
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I would love to be a part of a boom club if you are looking to bring it back.


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The hardest part is always picking a book. Can you do a book club for new releases, like say the upcoming Annihilation? Would probably be easier to get people involved in new releases.
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Given the uncertainty that now exists with future novels -- plus I think the time between releases is too long -- you could go chronologically, either by publication or through the in-universe timeline, starting at a particular juncture. If I had to choose, I'd go with the flagship through line of following the adventures of Han, Luke, and Leia. But even that presents the choice of whether to start following Episode IV or Episode VI.

I'm definitely interested in doing a book club type deal if other people are, as I was considering doing a solo blog about more esoteric selections of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and not limited to simply novels, but also short fiction, comics, radio dramas, and video games. I don't know that this would be conducive toward a book club format, as my collection is eclectic compared to most fans, and I doubt that many people have old copies of Star Wars Adventure Journal or the Dark Forces Saga radio drama.

When I was going to do a podcast with my friend that discussed the novels, we were going to start with Vector Prime and go through the New Jedi Order series in order 1-19, and then jump around afterward.


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I would love to do a book club.
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 PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:41 pm Reply with quote  
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I'm tempted to do a read-through of the following books/comics:

"Restraint"
Jedi Council: Acts of War
Darth Maul: Saboteur
Cloak of Deception
Darth Maul miniseries
Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
"End Game"
Darth Plagueis

It's the material surrounding Episode I that really fleshes it out, and reading all those stories will probably make a lot more sense of the references in Darth Plagueis for those unfamiliar. "Restraint" and Darth Maul: Saboteur are collected in the 2012 reprinting of Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, "End Game" is collected in the 2012 reprinting of The Phantom Menace novelization, and Jedi Council: Acts of War and the Darth Maul comic miniseries are collected in the Rise of the Sith omnibus.


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I don't honestly remember why the Book Club section of the forums was closed. In addition to Skul's good point I'd say the other thing you guys would need is to have some sort of "Vice President" of the book club who can take the reigns in the event that life prevents the primary organizer from being very active in a given month. Or at least some agreed upon way you'll keep things going that doesn't have the whole thing hinging on one person.
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I'm curious what people think about the reading list above. When it comes to SW continuity, you have to read multimedia to get the full picture, and I think short fiction and comic arcs and miniseries break up the monotony. The most rewarding part of SW continuity IMO is the ability to take a bulk of proximate multimedia stories and see how they all tie together.

Or after that list, Rogue Planet could be next, and used as a jumping off point for the NJO.


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Crash Override wrote:
I'm curious what people think about the reading list above. When it comes to SW continuity, you have to read multimedia to get the full picture, and I think short fiction and comic arcs and miniseries break up the monotony. The most rewarding part of SW continuity IMO is the ability to take a bulk of proximate multimedia stories and see how they all tie together.

Or after that list, Rogue Planet could be next, and used as a jumping off point for the NJO.


I think it's a good list, but I wouldn't skip right to Rogue Planet. Might as well do TPM in some manner. The novel and the comic, at least. Maybe throw on the Episode I Adventures comics (the ones in Omnibus: Emissaries and Assassins). For a full exploration, do the Episode I young reader book too.

I did a book club type thing for Episode II a while back, reviewing the movie, novel, young reader book, comic, video game, and related materials, and it was really cool. You see some plot elements that are skipped over in some sources, but expanded in others.
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I mentioned Rogue Planet as an example of a jumping off point for NJO, but you could certainly do stuff like Emissaries to Malastare, Outlander, and the Ep I novelization (which you would need for End Game anyhow).

Instead of going to NJO you could do Jedi Quest, Outbound Flight, Open Seasons, and The Approaching Storm. There's a lot of ways you can go.


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Since I'm new here I don't really know how the old book club operated so could anyone explain to me how the book club would work? Is there a certain time we will get together on the forums to talk about the books?


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PadawanSparkles wrote:
Since I'm new here I don't really know how the old book club operated so could anyone explain to me how the book club would work? Is there a certain time we will get together on the forums to talk about the books?


AFAIK, it was out of operation when I started posting almost three years ago, so I have no clue. I figure I'm just going to start reading the stuff and posting my thoughts and hopefully other people join in!

It will be interesting to read "Restraint" because I have never read it. It's a shame that Lockdown won't be out until next year, as that would fit in this book list nicely.

Edit: So I did some research, for my above list, you only need five books:

Star Wars Omnibus: Rise of the Sith (Jedi Council: Acts of War, Darth Maul miniseries)
MSRP: $24.99, @ Amazon $21.68, Kindle $12.31

Episode I: The Phantom Menace (includes "End Game")
MSRP: $7.99, @ Amazon $7.19, Kindle $7.99

Darth Maul, Shadow Hunter (includes Darth Maul: Saboteur, "Restraint")
MSRP: $7.99, @ Amazon $7.19, Kindle $7.99

Darth Plagueis
MSRP: $7.99, @ Amazon $7.19, Kindle $7.99

Cloak of Deception
MSRP: $7.99, @ Amazon $7.19, Kindle $7.99

Not sure if libraries carry omnibuses, but I'm sure a lot of libraries would have the other books, although they may not carry the more recent printing of Episode I: The Phantom Menace or Darth Maul, Shadow Hunter which contain the two new Luceno short stories.


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PadawanSparkles wrote:
Since I'm new here I don't really know how the old book club operated so could anyone explain to me how the book club would work? Is there a certain time we will get together on the forums to talk about the books?


Given the diverse locations of our membership we'd probably set an agreed upon date (or dates) in which to talk about the books in a thread devoted to either that book or the book club in general.

While we do have our chatbox instant messaging on the home page of the forums that wouldn't be ideal since, unlike a thread, eventually with enough messages the earlier ones would get erased making it difficult for someone late to the party to see how a conversation got started. That being said if you guys wanted to get permission to use the chat box for such purposes there's no harm in asking the admins if it'd be ok.
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Perhaps set a weekend or certain period of time for discussion in a thread, before moving onto the next story?


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I like Salaris' suggestion. Does anyone want to be V.P. of the book club? (thus in charge of selecting which books will be read and organizing the discussion)
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