The big problem with those novels is that NOTHING CHANGES. There is zero risk to the main cast, and we all know their fates. They can't even learn anything especially new that will change their outlook on life.
That's why my favourte part of the novelverse is the post-Nemesis
24th century stuff, where change both personal and to the rest of the galaxy can and does happen.
This reset is really the only way we can do anything truly meaningful with the original characters.