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Bel-Cam Jos
07-26-2008, 12:07 PM
I saved up some coupons, and it was 20% off, too, so I bought Karen Traviss' hardcover of the upcoming film (I wasn't aware it was based on the film, but I suppose I should have been). Her style's pretty decent, and it's only 256 pages long (explains the cheaper cover price of $20). Since I don't care about spoilers for the film, I'll read it now, but only post details as spoilers until after the August film release.

Anyone else picking this one up? I'm normally a read-the-hardcover-from-the-library-then-wait-to-buy-the-paperback kind of SW EU reader, but it was a good deal. And, my local libraries have been tardy about SW books lately. :(

General_Grievous
07-26-2008, 07:11 PM
To be honest, I had no idea that there was such a novel for "Clone Wars". I thought they were only releasing a children's novel. Either way, I'll probably wait until I see the movie. I'm not dying to know what happens in it. I can wait.

Darth Jax
07-27-2008, 08:39 AM
i got the email from Borders reminding me that it was coming out on saturday. i go into the store and it's not there and their computer system says that it isn't available and they have no idea when it will be coming out. i'm starting to really hate Borders and may have to start doing my book purchasing at Barnes & Noble. it took me an extra month to get the last Last of the Jedi and that was because i finally broke down and had them special order one for me.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-27-2008, 09:20 AM
i'm starting to really hate Borders and may have to start doing my book purchasing at Barnes & Noble.I've found that B&N has better service and selection than B (which gives you more coupons and discounts), but I refuse to use B&N's online service due to past frustrations (long story). There was no display in the front of my local B&N, but there were a couple standing cardboard displays in the back by the children's section. There is a junior novelization (about the size of a Last of the Jedi/Jedi Apprentice/Jedi Quest book), a sticker book, coloring book, activity book, hardcover Visual Dictionary-type (I'm debating getting this one or not), and a thin softcover book (kind of like the old record/cassette readers). I'm disappointed there's no folders, binders, school items (yet? :lipsrsealed: :hinthintwinkwink: ), clothing, etc. but maybe those'll come closer to the movie's release.

TeeEye7
07-28-2008, 11:49 PM
...but I refuse to use B&N's online service due to past frustrations (long story).

I wish I would have read this sooner. I ordered a couple of items from B&N online nine days ago (and counting). It seems they can't live up to their promised window of delivery time. :frus:

Am I getting close, BCJ?

Bel-Cam Jos
07-29-2008, 10:20 AM
I wish I would have read this sooner. I ordered a couple of items from B&N online nine days ago (and counting). It seems they can't live up to their promised window of delivery time. :frus:

Am I getting close, BCJ?I'll give you the 11pm news teaser:
"Your package gets sent to another state, and they say they'll charge you twice to cancel the order, since it's within their window to deliver it to your home? More later in the broadcast."

I finished this novel. If it follows the film script closely, the movie will do well with kids and the parents with their kids, maybe not so much with nitpicker fans. Traviss does a good job of writing for a tweener audience: appeal to the long-time EU readers, but also for teenagers who need a slightly dialed down style (but not writing down to a lower level; not easy to pull off for many authors). Overall, I'd give it an 8.4 on my non-scientific scale. Semi-spoilers below.



SPOILERS




- no Grievous, eh? Interesting that he is only mentioned, but not seen. His Magna Guards are.
- fair amount of death, usually clone troopers (some with names) and a droid.
- Palaptine gets to think as Sidious, which doubtfully would be featured in the movie (maybe a look or tone of voice change).
- Padme appears (perhaps a cameo by Threepio).
- Dooku's gonna be good here, Ventress is okay, Capt Rex plays a big role.
- quite a bit of Anakin's reflections about his slave days on Tatooine.
- a few famous SW lines, as well as some allusions to what happens in later (E3-E6) films.

OC47150
07-29-2008, 10:56 AM
I forgot to check out the book section when I went to WM Friday night and haven't had a chance to go back.

I do like Traviss's style, at least in the Republic Commando novels.

I got a couple of gift cards to B&N for my birthday so I might use one of them and get the book. Or I might check Target, WM or Sam's and see what the prices are.

Borders is good with the coupons, I have to admit, but not as good as it once was. I haven't signed up for B&N's club

Darth Jax
07-29-2008, 10:24 PM
picked up the young adult version as well as the hardcover Traviss version. both are short so should be able to crank them out this weekend.

El Chuxter
07-29-2008, 11:12 PM
I thumbed through it today, and the bit about "Snips" was enough to kill the tiny shred of hope I had for Clone Wars.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-30-2008, 10:13 AM
I thumbed through it today, and the bit about "Snips" was enough to kill the tiny shred of hope I had for Clone Wars.So, then you won't like the other* "pet" name? (see * below if if want to know, ignore it if you want to remain information free)




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* Skyguy. This bugged me, too.

Darth Jax
07-30-2008, 06:59 PM
i'll be able to start on the novel soon. finished the young reader version in a couple hours today.

OC47150
07-30-2008, 07:27 PM
Target has the hardback for $14, if anyone is looking.

jedibear
07-30-2008, 09:35 PM
I was surprised and delighted to see that Traviss was tapped for this...I'll read it over the weekend.

I love her "Republic Commando" books and am anxiously awaiting the final one. Order 66" in September...

...and I also read that she's continuing the series next year, with an "Imperial" influence...sounds good!

El Chuxter
07-30-2008, 11:06 PM
I'm sick of Traviss. I liked her for about a book. Then I got sick of her strange fetish for making up Mandalorean words to litter throughout her books.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-31-2008, 11:17 AM
Traviss stayed away from the Mando-speak in this one, which I prefer. There still was the clones-as-brothers aspect, but toned down much more than her Republic Commando books. I could handle her style from this book more.

TeeEye7
08-02-2008, 10:41 AM
I'll give you the 11pm news teaser:
"Your package gets sent to another state, and they say they'll charge you twice to cancel the order, since it's within their window to deliver it to your home? More later in the broadcast."


I've learned to speak B&N-ese. When they say your order will be delivered in 3-5 working days, they really mean eleven working days (my stuff finally got here). I guess that's metric, or sumpthun'....:cross-eye

Bel-Cam Jos
08-02-2008, 10:52 AM
TI, the state to which my purchase was sent was Washington. You yourself know why that's wrong.

JediTricks
08-03-2008, 04:21 AM
So, I sat through the Clone Wars books panel at Comic-Con last week, and Karen Traviss was there talking about the novelization, and in the moments I wasn't finding myself noticing the beautiful rep from Penguin Books (I couldn't help it, Erin Dempsey is stunning and I tried not to keep glancing at her but it's impossible), I caught that Traviss writes from psychological profiling, and that this novelization isn't really an adaptation but a reimagining since she was given a script and ZERO footage to go on, and was allowed to make stuff up that wouldn't be incorporated into the movie. She said she knows she'll hear from a few fans about the incongruities.

Bel-Cam Jos
08-03-2008, 01:51 PM
She said she knows she'll hear from a few fans about the incongruities.As if! We SW fans realize that this phenomenom [sp?] is based on fantasy and creativity, and naturally, after 30+ years, there's bound to be some inexact details, but that such things can't detract from the purely fun aspects of the series.






[insert] Some picture/image that reveals the above statement is ironic in nature. If only there was something. Oh, well. Have a nice day.

OC47150
08-07-2008, 07:03 PM
I picked it up tonight at Barnes and Noble. Boy, it's gonna be hard to wait a week but I think I can do it. :yes:

OC47150
08-18-2008, 04:16 PM
Started reading it Friday night, after I saw the movie. I'm on page 60 or so, and am enjoying it so far. I like the background on some of the scenes from the movie, i.e., Rex and Ahsoka's little talk.

OC47150
08-24-2008, 07:09 PM
Finished the novel this weekend. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Fast paced. Held my attention.

I want to read more about Rex!!!!!!!!!! Great character. Traviss offered some great insight what it's like to be a clone trooper. I hope he gets some decent screen time with the cartoon, and hopefully, a separate story.

I liked the detailed background into why Rotta was kidnapped.

I really liked the character development for the major characters: Anakin, Ahsoka, Ventress, Dooku and Rex.

One of the biggest complaints about the movie was Ziro. Ziro didn't bother me, but I like that Traviss turned him into more of a character, not a carciture. The Padme/Ziro encounter reduced to just a couple of pages was fine with me.