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Old September 4 2010, 06:53 AM   #1
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How far should I go with the Star Wars novels?

I've decided to go back to the Star Wars books after not readin them for quite a while, and I was trying to decide how far I should go.
I'm definitely planning on reading reading up to The NJO books, but I still haven't decided if I should go any farther after that.
If it matters I did read and enjoy the Dark Nest trilogy a while back when I thought I was going to jump into the LoTF books.
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Old September 4 2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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Re: How far should I go with the Star Wars novels?

I liked Dark Nest but still didn't enjoy Legacy of the Force. A lot of the individual LotF volumes are fairly good, but they don't really add up to anything worthwhile.
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Old September 4 2010, 07:39 PM   #3
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Looking back on it, towards a second read-through...

I can barely motivate myself to read NJO again. It's just too long, too dark, too depressing. I'm looking forward to re-reading Dark Nest and LOTF though. Aside from the last two books I enjoyed the hell out of those.

For the Bantam Era, I love to re-read the Zahn books, the Jedi Academy Trilogy, and the Origin of Han Solo Trilogy, but everything else is an absolute chore to go through a second time.
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Old September 4 2010, 08:06 PM   #4
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There were some parts about LOTF that I liked, but there was also a lot that I didn't like. The series really should have been a trilogy, instead of nine books. I've only read the first book of FOTJ so far, and thought it was okay, but the reviews I've heard have been pretty mixed.

I'm kind of to the point where I kind of feel like people can stop reading the books after NJO, then skip ahead to the Legacy comics (which were much, much better than LOTF).
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Old September 4 2010, 09:38 PM   #5
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I actually just read the Legacy comics and they're pretty good. Though the issues starring the side-characters and not Cade were vastly less interesting. I wish they just did those stories are sub-plots rather than devoting entire issues to them.

LOTF wouldn't have worked as a trilogy because spoiler's turn to the dark side would have been WAY too rushed then. I thought they handled that character evolution really well. It was just in the last two books that everything fell apart.
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Old September 4 2010, 09:57 PM   #6
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For the most part, I enjoyed LOTF. I thought the fall of one of the main characters was handled well, and especially liked the political machinations that character gets into. There is one thread within the series that I felt took too long to come to an end and I was somewhat disappointed by some of the actions (or non-actions) that the Jedi Order as a whole took. Overall, though, I did have a good time with LOTF. As for FOTJ, I haven't yet started it despite owning all of the books released so far because I'm currently working on getting caught up on the DS9 Relaunch, so I can't offer any thoughts there.
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Old September 4 2010, 10:00 PM   #7
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I must admit this has already been much more positive than I thought. I figured I'd get nothing but hate for the post NJO books. I must admit, I have been reading about the events of the LoTF and FotJ books on wookiepedia, and they do sound pretty interesting.

What about the Bane books, and Crosscurrent?

And didn't they announce that after FotJ they'll be going back to smaller trilogies and the like?
EDIT: Just found the answer to me question, and it is yes. They announced it at CV.
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Old September 4 2010, 10:08 PM   #8
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LOTF wouldn't have worked as a trilogy because spoiler's turn to the dark side would have been WAY too rushed then.
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Old September 4 2010, 10:09 PM   #9
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JD,

I loved the Bane books. I thought they painted a pretty good, at times chilling portrait of a Sith Lord. I also liked Crosscurrent. In a way it bridges the events of LOTF and FOTJ without relying heavily on either series. You can read Crosscurrent without reading either series and still enjoy it. If you want a non-Skywalker novel, then both the Bane series and Crosscurrent should suffice.

Though if you're into strong Jedi characters or Jedi as central characters, I would recommend Crosscurrent over the Bane books. In the Bane books, they are largely told from a Sith perspective. Though the most prominent Jedi characters are in the first Bane book, Path of Destruction. I believe this is so because the writer uses the characters from the graphic novel Jedi v. Sith which predated the Bane books.

I had heard they were going back to trilogies after FOTJ. So, there shouldn't be any mega-series for a while.
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Old September 4 2010, 11:46 PM   #10
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The Bane books were pretty interesting, though I felt each one was less important and less interesting than the one before it.

Crosscurrent I didn't really care for. Starred a bunch of no-name characters (one starred in a video game) in a standalone story that had nothing to do with any larger story.

Oh and the Coruscant Nights trilogy, from authors I usually like, was absolutely terrible!
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Old September 5 2010, 01:56 AM   #11
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I actually just read the Legacy comics and they're pretty good. Though the issues starring the side-characters and not Cade were vastly less interesting. I wish they just did those stories are sub-plots rather than devoting entire issues to them.
Those sub plot issues exist to give the ongoing artist time to catch up. Your average comic book artist is not capable of sticking to a monthly schedule.
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Old September 5 2010, 02:06 AM   #12
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The Bane books were pretty interesting, though I felt each one was less important and less interesting than the one before it.

Crosscurrent I didn't really care for. Starred a bunch of no-name characters (one starred in a video game) in a standalone story that had nothing to do with any larger story.

Oh and the Coruscant Nights trilogy, from authors I usually like, was absolutely terrible!
Well, with Crosscurrent I know it will at least get a sequel, Riptide. I got a feeling they are going to make a trilogy out of it. Because it starred no-name characters, that was appealing to some fans who were getting tired of Skywalker-Solo centric books. I thought the shift away from the Skywalker-Solos was good, IMO. And the potential fallout from what happened in Crosscurrent could have galatic repercussions if DelRay chose to go in that direction.

I do think that the novel portion of the EU has been lacking in developing characters that can be interesting and stand on their own without the Big Three of Luke, Leia, or Han. The comics have done a much better job in this regard with heroes like Zayne Carrick, Quinlas Vos, Das Jennir, and even Cade Skywalker.

I keep hearing bad things about Coruscant Nights. Dang, I bought the whole trilogy but haven't read it yet. I liked Darth Maul Shadow Hunter and was thinking it would pick up some characters, storyline from that book.
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Old September 5 2010, 02:12 AM   #13
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That's the problem. Coruscant Nights is a trilogy that is nothing more than a sequel to the little C list characters in Darth Maul and Med Star. And it has nothing to do with anything but what happens to them. And the story just isn't that interesting, or fast-moving, or relevant to a larger continuity. I don't know why it got three books. It was so padded.

Very few of the books not starring the primary characters are good for me, but I think it's more the fault of the writers than the lack of the movie characters. I thought the Darth Bane books were good. I liked "Death Troopers" and that starred nobody.
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Old September 5 2010, 05:40 AM   #14
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Crosscurrent I didn't really care for. Starred a bunch of no-name characters (one starred in a video game) in a standalone story that had nothing to do with any larger story.
Actually, the fact that Jaden Korr is the main character of Crosscurrent is the main reason I'm interested in it. I absolutely love Jedi Academy, and I was very curious to see what Jaden was like in the books. Same goes for Kyle in the LotF and FotJ books.

I'm actually a hug SW fan, I've played tones of the games, a few comics and quite a few of the books, I've read all of the pre-TV series Clone Wars book except Jedi Trial, the first 5 NJO books (2x in the case of Vector Prime, the second time I never ended up reading past it even though I planned to) Dark Nest, and the Thrawn, Jedi Academy, and Children of the Jedi novels. Of those the only one I remember not liking is Children of Jedi. I tried it twice, and both times I couldn't get past the 2nd or 3rd chapter.
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Old September 5 2010, 01:37 PM   #15
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Children of the Jedi was absolutely horrid. The only one worse than that is Planet of the Twilight or whatever it was called. Those are actually my all time least favorite SW books.
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