Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels #64: The Novel Bracket Part I

by Starships Sabers and Scoundrels

On episode 64, the Scoundrels are out to determine the best Star Wars novel of the new canon with a little help from some friends.

In this episode of Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels, the Scoundrels seek the answer to the question of “what is the best Star Wars novel of the new canon?” Jay Shepard and Becca Benjamin help them out in Part I of the novel bracket challenge.

Welcome to episode 64 of Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: The Novel Bracket Part I. On this episode, Dennis, Jay, and Darth Taxus are out to determine the best Star Wars novel of the new canon. As usual, there is some news to get to first.

Star Wars Celebration Chicago News and Honors

The latest Star Wars news begins with a discussion of announcements concerning the hosts of Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Next, the news turns to a groundbreaking honor for Kathleen Kennedy. This show was recorded prior to the latest information from Bob Iger on the future of Star Wars films, and that will be covered in episode 65.

Hyperthetical – The Novel Bracket Part I

After the news, the Scoundrels dive into this week’s “Hyperthetical.” Since Lucasfilm reset the Star Wars canon prior to the release of The Force Awakens, a couple dozen novels have graced the shelves of bookstores that enhance, define, and compliment the Star Wars universe. Some, naturally, are better than others. The Scoundrels are out to determine which one is the best. Therefore, they have created a Star Wars novel bracket and are conducting a single elimination vote to determine which book is the best. Joining them for the discussion is Jay Shepard from Jedi JournalsAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Case Files, Green Justice, and Scarlet Velocity, and Becca Benjamin from Kanata’s Castle and Tarkin’s Top Shelf. This is the first half of the discussion, and the Scoundrels get through the first 18 match-ups.

Silence Fools!

As every episode does, episode 64 ends with “Silence Fools!” In this edition, Dennis, Jay, and Taxus read a listener email and then discuss the results of the last Twitter poll. Afterwards, they propose a new poll about what kind of Star Wars novel they would like to see next.

Thanks for tuning into episode 64 of Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: The Novel Bracket Part I.

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Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels is a bi-weekly show that features three first-generation Star Wars fans. Each episode, RetroZappers Dennis Keithly, Jay Krebs, and Darth Taxus offer their hot space opinions on Star Wars news. Then, they engage in Star Wars discussion in the “Hyperthetical” segment. Top ten lists, book reviews, Rebels discussion, and interviews are all on the table. After the Hyperthetical, each episode features listener feedback with Silence Fools!

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Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels #64: The Novel Bracket Part I

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