Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Some time ago, while searching for Star Wars short stories, I was directed to Suvudu.com. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of short stories the site provided, including an exclusive Mara and Luke tale written with Valentine's Day in mind. But for some reason, I didn't look much into what the site was about. At the time, I had no idea that Random House had anything to do with the site or that it had more to offer than just Star Wars short stories. Well, I recently found out that Suvudu is much more than a Star Wars fan site.
Created by Random House in 2008, Suvudu was intended to be a genre site in which folks could flock to get information regarding science fiction, fantasy, gaming titles, comics and graphic novels from the company's divisions and imprints. And information this site definitely supplies.
The main sections available to fans are as follows: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Paranormal, Star Wars, Graphic Novels & Manga, Gaming and Universe. In each section are interviews from authors of each genre, excerpts from books, editor comments, discussions and news regarding new releases, live chats with authors, readings, artwork and more.
Also available to the fans is a free Library where you can read stories by some of your favorite authors, sneak peeks and new books, and more. Head on over to the Video section and you can check out trailers of movies based on novels, author interviews, spoofs and more. The Audio section provides readings from the authors themselves, news about audio books, podcasts, exclusive audio excerpts and more.
Suvudu is also interactive - you can sign up for newsletters, post events on the calendar and post comments in each and every entry on the site. A Suvudu Merchandise store is scheduled to open soon - wonder what kind of stuff will be available there!
Special events at Suvudu include 50 Page Fridays in which you can peruse fifty pages of your favorite author's novels like Star Wars: Crucible by Troy Denning, Witch Wraith by Terry Brooks, Hexed by Kevin Hearne, Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison, Disclosure by Michael Crichton, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein and more; contests; news about Comic Cons; and Cage Matches featuring characters from the screen and novels against one another. One comical Cage Match featured Leia from the Star Wars films versus Leia from the Star Wars novels. The Cage Matches are fought via a video game called Minecraft. The video of the matches can be funny, but the actual match's final write up is much funnier.
There is just so much at Suvudu to enjoy that I can't possibly tell you about it all. If you are a fan of science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comics, manga or the like, Suvudu is simply one website experience that you won't want to miss.