- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Del Rey; Auflage: New. (3. April 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9780345477620
- ISBN-13: 978-0345477620
- ASIN: 0345477626
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,6 x 1,5 x 27,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 50.181 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Essential Guide to Warfare: Star Wars (Star Wars: Essential Guides) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. April 2012
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Jason Fry is a writer in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his wife, son, and about a metric ton of Star Wars stuff.
Paul R. Urquhart is a pseudonym. He was born in Scotland between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and has been a Star Wars fan since he bought his first toy X-wing at the age of three. Although occasionally mistaken for a larger-than-life Ewok, he is in fact a historian, specializing in medieval society.
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Das beschriebene Bild ist eines von vielen im neuen 'Essential Guide to Warfare' von Jason Fry ('The Essential Atlas' uvm.) und Paul Urquhart. Nachdem das Projekt erstmals 2008 unter dem Namen 'The Essential Guide to the Star Wars Military' von Karen Traviss ('Republic Commando') angekündigt worden war, erlebte der dritte Essential Guide der dritten Generation unzählige Aufschübe, einen Autoren- und Titelwechsel und noch einen und noch einen Aufschub. Doch was lange währte wurde nun doch endlich gut ' hat sich das lange Warten gelohnt? Meine Antwort: Ja, aber'
Was man erwarten konnte'
'oder sollte ' und was ich erwartet habe: verfolgt man Äußerungen vor allem jüngerer Mitglieder des Fandoms stößt man nicht selten auf ein gewisses ' selten befriedigtes ' Bedürfnis nach Messbarkeit und harten Fakten. Flottengrößen, Hyperantriebsklassen, Kommandostrukturen, technische Spezifikationen' Genau das hätte man sicher von Karen Traviss erwarten dürfen. Von Jason Fry konnte man hingegen, ist man ehrlich, kaum ein solches Buch erwarten, das bestätigten sowohl die Änderung des Titels als auch Interviews im Vorfeld der Veröffentlichung.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Starting with the artwork, there is some truly gorgeous scenery. This is easily the best illustrated Star Wars guide book to date. Images vary from people to places to ships. From a meeting with Dooku showing off the plans for a Scorpenek droid to the Separatist leaders, to Palpatine and a convocation of the Grand Admirals. The artwork is as pleasing to the eye as it is surprising.
Inside The Essential Guide to Wafare, you'll also find some really nice highlight features. There are special war portraits for notable individuals, armory and sensor profiles focusing on the weapons, ships, and technology involved in each conflict, some awesome maps by Modi showing the Alsakan Conflicts, major shipyards of the galaxy, and the Imperial Remnant. There are also features that focus on military ranks, rosters, unit sizes, ships classifications and sizes, and even a list of fighter pilot slang. All of them are very useful reference material. My one gripe would be there's not an easy way to go back through and find them because those special extras aren't specifically listed in the table of contents and they are scattered throughout the book. Still, it's very nice to have them.
Comparing The Essential Guide to Warfare to the guides that have come before it, it has both it's pros and cons. On the plus side, Guide to Warfare has some great illustrations, maintains a good entertainment value, and still packs in a healthy dose of reference material. The cons are mostly trade offs. To increase the entertainment value, a bit of the reference value was lost. The fun narratives take up page space that could have gone to more informative yet dry text. It would have also been nice to see more, but it's so easy to ask for more and never be content with what you have. As large as the Star Wars Expanded Universe is, it's impossible to fit it all into one book. Nevertheless, the authors did an outstanding job of cramming the EU into this one guide in a way that collects existing info and presents new material. As a book that both experienced and inexperienced Star Wars geeks can enjoy, this is a great book for all fans.
This book has long been in development originally planned to be the Essential Guide to the Star Wars Military was announced in 2008 and to be authored by Karen Traviss before her Ba'slan shev'la from the galaxy far, far away.
Image from Starwars.com
I have been a constant reader of the Star Wars Expanded Universe since it's modern rebirth under Timothy Zahn in the early 1990s, but early in the EU the Essential Guide line was something that while I read felt rather shallow. This first generation of EG's as defined by Wookieepedia ended with the EG to Alien Species, later we saw a second generation of books along the same subject lines updated and re-branded as "new." I didn't pay close attention to this second generation as it largely came during the Dark Times of my personal fandom. My return to the Essential Guide line came with 2007's Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force by Ryder Windham.
The addition of new original content as well as a gigantic leap forward in the artistic illustrations in the books really began for me with the Essential Guide to the Force. This book was by the breathtakingly geeky Essential Atlas by Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry, which took fictional stellar cartography to unparalleled heights.
As a Star Wars book nerd, my most anticipated EG book is Pablo Hidalgo's forthcoming The Essential Reader's Companion. That being said, Del Rey's Star Wars Facebook page has been releasing sneak peaks of The Essential Guide to Warfare's artwork for awhile now and my excitement has been slowly building.
What authors Jason Fry and Paul Urquhart deliver in this book far exceeded my expectations and sent my inner fanboy into fits of giggles.
The Essential Guide to Warfare reads like an exceptionally well done college history seminar textbook. You have a mixture of secondary source accounts, primary source excerpts along with a historical narrative and technical discussion. It is the synthesis of all these elements that comes together so well.
Before I go any farther it would be a shame not to mention the many artists who contributed some really imaginative and fun pieces of art to this book. Much of this books impressiveness is do to the work of;
Drew Baker, Tommy Lee Edwards, Ian Fullwood, Ansel Hsiao, Stephan Martiniere, Modi, Jason Palmer, Chris Scalf, Dave Seeley, Darren Tan, John Vanfleet, Bruno Werneck, and Paul Youll.
Image from Star Wars Books Facebook
The book covers the entire span of conflict in the Star Wars universe from its earliest beginnings to the events in Dark Horse Comics' Legacy series. Mixed into the overall historical narrative there are detailed break downs of the ships and technology of war, profiles of important military leaders, detailed campaign maps and a bit of gallows humor thrown in for fun.
There is a tremendous amount of character depth and world building going on in this book, by creating in-universe primary source documents and secondary source accounts we get facts that had previously been created in various sources from role-playing guides to novels coalesce to give you what feels like the author's where sitting between the stacks of the Celebratus Archive at Obroa-skai juggling sheets of flimsi and data-tapes.
Without giving away all the goodies in the book, there were a few sections that made me totally geek out; the inclusion of D'harhan, Han Solo, the Ewoks, and Kal Skirata made this a tremendously enjoyable read.
Hardcore Clone Trooper, Mandalorian and Republic Commando fans will be most happy, we may not have gotten Omega Squad, the Null-ARCs or the Mando training sergeants in The Clone Wars animated series yet, but .... Go buy The Essential Guide to Warfare and you may still be grinning like this impressed fanboy.
~Peter for LightsaberRattling.com
I cannot believe the depth this book furnishes. While reading this, I could not comprehend the imagination and time the author put into this work. A definite must read for Star Wars lovers and those who want to familiarize themselves with Star Wars. I guess there's a reason they call it 'Star Wars'.
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