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Are The Force Awakens novelizations coming out after the movie itself?

the-force-awakensAmong the Disney Lucasfilm Press books Jedi Bibliothek discovered earlier this week was one called ‘Telegraph Hill Movie Junior Novel,’ which the full Edelweiss listing reveals is “A junior novel tie-in to the film, Star Wars: Episode VII.” It’s set to release December 22, 2015 – the first Tuesday after The Force Awakens’ December 18th release. Granted, this is only the junior novelization, but could the adult novelization come out on the same date? It seems likely.

During the prequels, the novelizations – and other tie-in books – often appeared shortly before the movie release, which meant spoilers galore. Nothing is going to stop spoilers coming out before the actual film – the merchandise will simply have passed through too many hands for things not to leak – but at least the actual books may be hard to get hold of.

YA author Claudia Gray writing one of the Journey to Episode VII books

claudia-gray-evernightJedi Bibliothek found a description and an author for Journey to Episode VII: The Fall of the Empire/The Rise of the Rebellion. Claudia Gray will write the book, which sounds like it focuses on original characters:

Star Wars meets Romeo and Juliet in this epic YA novel that follows two best friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the war between the Empire and the Rebellion.

This thrilling YA novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe: from the purge of the Jedi in Episode III, to the beginnings of the rebellion in Star Wars Rebels, and through the fall of the Empire in Episodes IV-IV. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two best friends who grow up in these troubling times, and find themselves on opposite sides of the war.

As with other Journey to Episode VII titles, hints about the upcoming film will be included in the narrative, as well a original, post-Episode VI content that sets up the new film.

So these books may not be as full of potential spoilers as we may have originally expected. Later:

Chapters alternate perspectives between our two protagonists–one a Rebel pilot, the other an Imperial officer. By exploring these two different worlds, readers will experience many of the major moments in the original Star Wars trilogy–from the destruction of the Death Star, to the battle of Hoth–through these two characters’ eyes.

I’m not at all familiar with Gray’s previous work aside from recognizing a few of the covers, but she is described as “a lifelong Star Wars fan.”

Placeholders abound: Del Rey Star Wars novels and short stories for 2015 and beyond

Del Rey (logo)After finding books for young readers, Jedi Bibliothek (in English) now has the Del Rey listings.

There are short story ebooks from Jason Fry and John Jackson Miller for early 2015, which Florian thinks are 100% real.

However, keep in mind we don’t necessarily know that any of these will be Episode VII related, and both the titles and authors may be placeholders. There’s what appears to be parts of a trilogy called “The Duelist,” (#2 and #3) with Christie Golden listed as author. There’s also a single “Roundtable Trilogy #2,” with Troy Denning listed as an author. Only those three have authors listed – there are also three untitled novels. Again, both the titles and authors may be placeholders, as ISBNs can be reused, so don’t panic just yet. (For instance: What if ‘The Duelist’ ISBNs – and that title – were originally assigned to Sword of the Jedi? The same could go for Denning and that ’roundtable’ thing: Maybe they were originally assigned to another pre-Disney project that was planned but never announced.)

None of them are December releases – “Untitled Novel # 4″ has a date of November 3, which seems awfully early for the novelization, so it may be something else entirely. Looks like there’s some kind of nonfiction or reference book in there as well – “Untitled Novel # 33″ has a price of $38.00 and a January 2016 release date.

These are all fairly curious: I wonder when we’ll hear more? After that disheartening Stover fake-out, I’m wary of everything right now…

Journey to Episode VII: Kids books to get ahead of The Force Awakens

the-force-awakensThe folks at Jedi Bibliothek have discovered listings for our first Epiosde VII tie-in books for kids. The first batch is still fairly generic, but the second at least tells us that there will be four novels focusing on the era between the original and sequel trilogy:

Journey to Episode VII: Princess Leia Middle Grade Novel (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99 USD, 9781484724972)

Journey to Episode VII: Han Solo Middle Grade Novel (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99 USD, 9781484724958)

Journey to Episode VII: Luke Skywalker Middle Grade Novel (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99 USD, 9781484724965)

Journey to Episode VII: The Fall of the Empire/The Rise of the Rebellio (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $17,99 USD, 9781484724989)

Plus a Star Wars Episode VII Character Novel for December. (Daisy Ridley? John Boyega?)

No, it’s not anything from Del Rey that we’re hoping to hear about soon – like the film’s adult novelization – but it is a sign that we’ll at least know something of the state of the galaxy going into Episode VII as soon as next fall.

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Why the Emperor’s Hands need to be in Rebels. Nanci at Tosche Station lays out why she thinks the role should make the jump from Legends. I mostly agree, but I don’t think the actual title is necessary. But between the Inquisitor and Asajj Ventress, there’s certainly plenty of precedent in canon – even if the concept of Emperor’s Hand actually predates both of them.

Out this week: James Luceno takes on Tarkin

tarkin-cropToday, of course, sees the release of James Luceno’s Tarkin, our final novel for the year. If you’re on the fence, you can read the first fifty pages now, or Tosche Station has a Go/No Go.

The book seems to be receiving good reviews from the sort of folks who would enjoy a Luceno novel about Tarkin, but not being one of them, I shall abstain. I do, however, find that Mike Cooper’s review squares pretty well with my past experience of the author.

As for Wednesday, we even have a Dark Horse hardcover, the Dark Times Gallery Edition.

Out this week: Star Wars Costumes, Shakespeare Star Wars box set

It’s likely today is our last big release day of the year, with Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy dropping, along with two reprints: The ‘Royal Imperial Boxed Set’ of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy and the paperback of Martha Wells’ Razor’s Edge.

These aren’t our final release of the year – there’s still James Luceno’s Tarkin on November 4.

UPDATE: A trailer for Star Wars Costumes!