[Special] Star Wars Tag – Leseliste

Eine fröhlichen Star Wars-Tag wünsche ich euch! Star Wars nimmt schon lange einen besonderen Platz in meinem Herzen an. Ich wurde zum Fan als ich 11 oder 12 Jahre alt war und damals mit meiner Familie Episode II im Kino gesehen habe – ja, ich wurde tatsächlich mit der Episode II zum Fan! Mein junges Ich fand die Geschichte um Anakin und Padme damals sehr schön, heute sehe ich das ein bisschen anders. Jedenfalls habe ich danach möglichst schnell alle anderen Filme nachgeholt und alles hat seinen Lauf genommen.

Star Wars zieht ein ganzes Universum mit sich, so auch in der Bücherwelt. Ungelogen – das gesamte Bücherregal meines Bruders ist mit Star Wars Büchern gefüllt. Über 100 Bücher mindestens! Diese wurden jedoch alle vor den von Disney produzierten Filmen geschrieben, weshalb sie heute nicht mehr in die Timeline passen. Ich habe vor kurzem bei einem Amazon Sale zugeschlagen, bei dem ausschließlich Bücher aus der neuen Timeline angeboten wurden. Diese Bücher möchte ich euch einmal vorstellen, auch wenn sie leider noch ungelesen sind. Und wenn ihr noch mehr Vorschläge habt, welche man unbedingt gelesen haben sollte – immer her damit!

Bloodline – Claudia Gray

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.

Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.

As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing… (Quelle)

From A Certain Point of View

On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the 40th anniversary, more than 40 contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the 40 short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by best-selling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars:

Gary Whitta bridges the gap from Rogue One to A New Hope through the eyes of Captain Antilles.
Aunt Beru finds her voice in an intimate character study by Meg Cabot.
Nnedi Okorofor brings dignity and depth to a most unlikely character: the monster in the trash compactor.
Pablo Hidalgo provides a chilling glimpse inside the mind of Grand Moff Tarkin.
Pierce Brown chronicles Biggs Darklighter’s final flight during the Rebellion’s harrowing attack on the Death Star.
Wil Wheaton spins a poignant tale of the rebels left behind on Yavin.

Plus 34 more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from Ben Acker, Renée Ahdieh, Tom Angleberger, Ben Blacker, Jeffrey Brown, Rae Carson, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Paul Dini, Ian Doescher, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Fraction, Alexander Freed, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Christie Golden, Claudia Gray, E. K. Johnston, Paul S. Kemp, Mur Lafferty, Ken Liu, Griffin McElroy, John Jackson Miller, Daniel José Older, Mallory Ortberg, Beth Revis, Madeleine Roux, Greg Rucka, Gary D. Schmidt, Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, Sabaa Tahir, Elizabeth Wein, Glen Weldon, Chuck Wendig (Quelle)

Dieses Buch ist auch erst heute bei mir eingezogen, weil es im Angebot war. Ich habe schon sehr lange ein Auge darauf geworfen. Schaut euch nur mal die Autorenliste an! Und Wil Wheaton? Hell ya!

Darth Plagueis – James Luceno

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master–but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death.

Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, target the galaxy for domination–and the Jedi Order for annihilation. But can they defy the merciless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to rule supreme, and the dream of the other to live forever, sow the seeds of their destruction? (Quelle)

Catalyst: Rogue One – James Luceno

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself. (Quelle)

Ich habe Rogue One geliebt und würde diesen auch als einen meiner Lieblingsfilme bezeichnen. Deswegen musste ich auch bei diesem Buch zuschlagen um noch mehr über die Hintergrundgeschichte des Filmes zu lernen.

Battlefront II: Inferno Squad – Christie Golden

After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire—no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire? (Quelle)

Natürlich haben auch die Spiele Bücherableger bekommen. Battlefront habe ich zwar nie gespielt (Shooter waren nie meins, ich war eher Fan von Knights of the Old Republic), aber der Klappentext hat sich durchaus interessant angehört, weswegen es auch einziehen durfte.

Thrawn – Timothy Zahn

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again—even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics, where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.

All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy—and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy. (Quelle)

Episode IV: A New Hope – George Lucas

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away . . .

Luke Skywalker was a twenty-year-old who lived and worked on his uncle’s farm on the remote planet of Tatooine…and he was bored beyond belief. He yearned for adventures that would take him beyond the farthest galaxies. But he got much more than he bargained for… (Quelle)

Ich bin eigentlich kein großer Fan von Bücher, die auf Grundlage der Filme geschrieben wurden. Hier habe ich aber mal eine Ausnahme gemacht. Zum einen ist es nicht besonders lang, zum anderen ist es die Anniversary Edition, von der ich mir auch das ein oder andere Extra erhoffe. Sobald ich es gelesen habe, werde ich natürlich berichten.

Welche Bücher habt ihr von Star Wars gelesen oder besitzt ihr?

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    • Anja

      Hallo Nicci,

      ach wie cool, ich bin gespannt was du darüber denken wirst 🙂 Im englischsprachigen Raum habe ich auch schon so viel positives über Blutlinie gehört, dass es langsam aber sicher auch bei mir an die Spitze meines TBR-Stapels rutscht!

      Liebe Grüße

  • Ümran

    Liebe Anja,

    ich kenne noch gar keine der Star Wars – Bücher, lese aber gerne die Comics (sowohl zu den Filmen als auch andere Geschichten aus der Welt). Vielleicht ändere ich das mal und schaue mir auch mal ein Buch an. Du hast ja eine schöne Auswahl zusammengestellt 🙂

    LG, Ümi

    • Anja

      Danke, vielleicht findest du ja auch ein Buch aus der Auswahl für dich 🙂 Die Comics lese ich hingegen gar nicht, aber ich schaue immer mal, wenn ich am Bahnhof bin, was die Buchhandlung so hergibt. Nur weiß ich da halt nie wo ich anfangen soll, deswegen durfte noch nie ein Comic bei mir einziehen. ^^”

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