Today marks the release of The Making of Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler of Lucasfilm. I haven’t finished the substantial book yet, not for want of trying but because it delivers on substance. The first thing I did when the book arrived was just sit and stare at all the amazing pictures of the sets, locations, production staff, and of course the actors. That kept me busy for a few hours one evening before I dove into the introduction by Brad Bird, which was, in a word, perfect. This book is a story about the trials of making a cinematic masterpiece. It includes a lot of information ranging from lawyers posturing and licensing arm-wrestling to storyteller self-doubt and on-set hijinks. The sidebars of production notes and interviews offer fantastic insight. So, essentially I’m loving it so far and can’t wait for each stolen opportunity to keep pouring through it.
/Film calls the book a “must buy.”
On Twitter, Lucasfilm’s Chris Argyropoulos reminds us about Star Wars Reads Day this Saturday and Tracy Cannobbio teases that next week will be exciting for those waiting for Star Wars Rebels news. While we’re on the subject, Johnamarie at The Wookiee Gunner has been providing great coverage of the news.
While we’re on shout-outs, Eleven Thirty-Eight hosted a fabulous discussion between Jay Shah and Lisa Schap on Razor’s Edge.
Finally, if you’ve finished Kenobi and are ready to listen to some insightful discussion on it, RebelForce Radio roundtabled the book with Steve Glosson of Geek Out Loud, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi James Arnold Taylor, and Erich Schoeneweiss of Del Rey. Jimmy Mac also interviewed Jonathan Davis, who recorded the audiobook. Pull out your Kleenexes and listen to the end for an excerpt read by Taylor.
Tricia is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde – a military science fiction with a fantastical twist that features heroines Vespa and Gemini. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.