I only read Book 6 of New Earth for that reason, and it worked just fine for me on its own.
And regarding the other SF references popping up (such as the sonic screwdriver), they always make me smile. But I'm the kind of fan who loves fanwank.
. It was okay. Not great but not terrible, and for a while I was wondering if it was ever going to connect to the Clone Wars at all.
I also read the New Teen Titans: Games
graphic novel. Nice to see a new tale with the Titans I grew up with, with good ol' Marv Wolfman and George Pérez at the helm.
Currently reading Deepsix
by Jack McDevitt. Up next is Rings of Time