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Old July 14 2011, 05:37 PM   #34
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Re: Star Wars novels: What to read?

Set Harth wrote: View Post
Anyone planning to read Coruscant Nights: if you get to a point where you think you're missing something because the timeline references don't seem to make sense, it's not you. That series is a trainwreck when it comes to mistakes, timeline and otherwise. Obviously the initial responsibility for these falls on the author, but it doesn't help that the editors are idiots. The quality control in these books has been atrocious of late. Part of the problem seems to be that the prequels are so hated and "uncool"; authors and editors apparently don't ever watch them and thus don't notice when a manuscript gets something wrong.
I bought the first CN book a while ago but still haven't gotten around to it. Based on your thoughts here, I might not bother ever reading it at this point. Such issues would frustrate me quite a bit. Hell, some ambiguous timeline phrasing in the "Lost Tribe of the Sith" eBook series was annoying me, and those are free!

(If anyone hasn't read those and is curious to what I'm referring, it sometimes seemed in the first couple eBooks that the Great Hyperspace War was a longer conflict than portrayed in its original appearances in Tales of the Jedi.)

For the thread, my recommendations:

Rise of the Empire Era
  • Rogue Planet (if you plan to read The New Jedi Order; I don't recall liking this book all that much back when it was released)
  • Republic Commando series (you better like Mandalorians, though - also, Imperial Commando 501st is the last novel featuring these characters)
  • Shatterpoint
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • The Han Solo Trilogy
  • The Adventures of Lando Calrissian
  • The Han Solo Adventures (Brian Daley's works, which I recall as being fun as hell, though I haven't read them since my early teens - there's also, if I recall correctly, a point in A.C. Crispin's Han Solo Trilogy where its story takes a sort of "break" where one could then easily read these books)
Rebellion Era
  • Splinter of the Mind's Eye (this was the first non-novelization SW novel; it may not be a great novel by itself, but I think it's interesting to read based on that alone)
  • Shadows of the Empire
New Republic Era
  • X-Wing series (keeping in mind that the last two books - Isard's Revenge and Starfighters of Adumar - take place following books outside this series)
  • The Courtship of Princess Leia (I don't recall much about the quality of this one, but it is pretty important as far as the future of the EU goes from this point on)
  • The Thrawn Trilogy (pretty much a must - the first post-ROTJ novels published, though some time has passed since ROTJ)
  • The Jedi Academy Trilogy (not great stuff, but pretty important for the establishment of Luke's new Jedi Order)
  • I, Jedi (just fantastic, and a great companion piece to both the X-Wing series and the Jedi Academy Trilogy)
  • Darksaber (again, no recollection on quality, but some important characterizations here for later works - at one point, I had a copy signed by Kevin J. Anderson but no clue where it's at these days)
  • The Corellian Trilogy (I do recall enjoy these books, and some events here are important in later books as well)
  • The Hand of Thrawn Duology (more Zahn work, based on his earlier Thrawn Trilogy - good stuff, as I recall, plus important in later books)
  • Young Jedi Knights series (I echo Lindley's opinion that they are "surprisingly good" for YA books, though I've only read the first six; also, they introduce and flesh out many characters who are important in the NJO and beyond)
New Jedi Order Era
  • The New Jedi Order series (some of it is average, some is good / very good, some is great; my favorite SW novel period - Traitor - is in this series)
  • The Dark Nest Trilogy (I enjoyed it well enough, plus some events are very important in LOTF)
Legacy Era
  • Legacy of the Force (I enjoyed most of it, but I do agree with some criticisms that I've seen that parts of it feel as if the series was too long, too drawn out)
  • Crosscurrent (pretty fun; worth noting that it focuses on a Jedi introduced in the Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy video game, and features none of the original and/or other popular EU characters)
  • Millennium Falcon (pretty fun, plus worth it to spend some time "alone" with Han & Leia following the tragic events in LOTF)
  • Fate of the Jedi (read the first five so far, and enjoying it; worth noting that one might want to consider reading the "Lost Tribe of the Sith" eBooks either prior to or in conjunction with this, as they spell out some of the history of the Sith in this series)
If I haven't mentioned a post-ROTJ book above, then odds are it wasn't worth reading (if published back in the Bantam days) or it was published after I wasn't reading SW novels quite as voraciously as I once did (i.e., some of Zahn's newer stuff, Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, etc.). As for books set in the Clone Wars, I haven't read most of those, nor have I read any of the books in the Old Republic Era yet.

For some examples of those that I consider not worth reading: Children of the Jedi; Planet of Twilight; The Crystal Star; The Black Fleet Crisis Trilogy; and The New Rebellion. Unfortunately, there is a rather important mention during the FOTJ series of one character who is in a few of those books, but one would probably be okay to still skip those. Of course, she also appears in Darksaber, so it could be odd to have her show up in that one without the context of her first appearance and the ones after Darksaber...

For comic recommendations (out of the many comics series that have been published, I have unfortunately read very few, so I'm not going to bother separating these into eras):

  • Tales of the Jedi (nicely collected in two Dark Horse Omnibus editions)
  • X-Wing Rogue Squadron (chronologically take place prior to the X-Wing novels, and introduce some characters important in those novels - collected in three DH Omnibus editions)
  • Dark Empire Trilogy (Dark Empire, Dark Empire II, Empire's End)
  • Legacy (currently up to trade paperback #4 and enjoying it)

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