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1bigocb
jul. 31, 2006, 5:07pm

I am currently going back reading some of the very early Star Wars novels. I just finished the Original Trilogy and had some mixed feelings abou them. Has anybody else read these books?

What are some of the best Star Wars books in your estimation?

2Prest0 Primer missatge
jul. 31, 2006, 8:46pm

To me, Timothy Zahn's books are some of the best at capturing the personalities of the original Star Wars characters. His new characters are equally entertaining, and his writing is polished. Next are Michael Stackpole's books. His X-Wing series books really broke new ground. Up to that point the Star Wars books had centered around characters from the movies. His books were the first to create a whole new set of heroes instead of sidekicks to the old guard. (I don't think you can really count Wedge. The character barely had a speaking role in the films.) It was a BIG gamble on the parts of both Lucasarts and Stackpole, and but the gamble paid off big time. Aaron Allston followed not too far on his heels with his own set of characters, and he also rose to the occasion. I'd say those are my three favorite Star Wars authors.

Well, okay, I'll always be fond of Brian Daley's work on the old Han Solo books too.

3lampbane
ag. 10, 2006, 11:54am

I really like the young adult books by Jude Watson, even though they are for kids. Much better written than some of the adult fare, I think.

4bigocb
ag. 15, 2006, 11:03pm

Actually, I agree. Not all but a few of the New Jedi Order were very badly written and tough to get through. I find the Jude Watson book light and fun quiuck reads. Palate cleansers if you will.

5lampbane
ag. 18, 2006, 3:40pm

Come on, with the gazillion SW books on LibraryThing, someone's got to have something to say! (Or is there another SW group I don't know about?)

Has anyone been reading the post-New Jedi Order stuff? I'm afraid I haven't been keeping up. The NJO was enough work as it was, and I still haven't gotten through all the Clone Wars novels (last one I read was uh, Dark Rendezvous).

6bigocb
set. 5, 2006, 6:58pm

I am starting the Legacy of the Force line this week I hope. I'm very interested to see where they take it.

On another note, is there any interest in a kind of book club/ reading discussion kind of thing. We can pick a book and a time frame to read it in and then have a nice discussion afterwords. Perhaps, this will start off some discussion in here.

7wolfnotes
Editat: set. 6, 2006, 11:56pm

I'm a fan of the original trilogy mainly, episode III was good too, and I just started reading Heir to the Empire, which is entertaining so far; I'm definitely imagining the characters from the original movies as I read. I miss Darth Vader though.

I also borrowed The Essential New Chronology, which is mindboggling; it's fascinating but I'm frustrated by parts of it where jargon is used and not explained, no footnotes, no glossary. I had to look up midi-chlorians and bacta for example (in Wikipedia, by the way, where both are explained in detail!).

8Marjanah Primer missatge
set. 23, 2006, 11:16am

I'm definitely a bigger fan of the older Star Wars novels, those that are part of the wave that started in the mid nineties. I really enjoy Timothy Zahn's writing. He deals with really intricate plots. I find his characters get a touch repetitive after awhile, but the characters he creates work well for Star Wars. I definitely enjoyed the first trilogy he wrote.

I agree that Michael Stackpole is also pretty good. I always thought his characters got a little more demonstrative and cheesy with one another than quite seemed Star Warsy...but maybe the galaxy needed a bit more of that.

I've kind of fallen down on my Star Wars reading lately since the newer books really haven't excited me much but I still pull out the older ones regularly to read through my favourite parts.

9lampbane
nov. 28, 2006, 12:54pm

dhalgren: Did you block out the memories of midichlorians from Episode I? Because that's where they were mentioned, and it was truly one of the more atrocious things about that movie.

10sithlord3737 Primer missatge
des. 13, 2006, 11:31am

Timothy Zahn is really an awesome author. I like how there are a million subplots at once, and when they converge it's great! I absolutely loved Episodes 7-9, and the Hand of Thrawn series was pretty good, too.

I never read anything by Michael Stackpole, but I plan to.

11Tarkeel
des. 14, 2006, 10:33am

sithlord3737: By episodes 7-9, do you mean the Thrawn Trilogy? Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command? These aren't offically ep 7-9, and last I bothered to look, Lucas was very unsure about what (if anything) ep 7 would be.

12sithlord3737
Editat: des. 25, 2006, 7:41pm

Yeah, I meant those books.
Tarkeel, I actually did not know that they weren't official. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure where I got the idea. Maybe someone told me and I did not bother to check.

13Tarkeel
gen. 3, 2007, 4:49am

They are official in the way that they represent canon. They are not officially labeled episode 7-9 anywhere though :) I think it's a rather common misconception that they are though.

14lampbane
gen. 4, 2007, 12:08pm

Wikipedia does a halfway decent job of explaining the whole matter of "official":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_canon

15soxfan364 Primer missatge
gen. 4, 2007, 12:16pm

The Zahn books are very good, but recently I enjoyed "Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader" which picks up where Revenge of the Sith left of. It starts off slow, but picks up if you stick with it.

16chefvb Primer missatge
gen. 29, 2007, 8:38pm

Yes, Timothy Zahn's books are among the best in the Star Wars EU. Other favorites of mine are the Jude Watson books (yes, even though they're for young adults), Shatterpoint and Revenge of the Sith (Matthew Stover books), and the Republic Commando books (Karen Traviss). I also really enjoyed Jedi Trial.

I have found that I can no longer read about Luke, Leia, and Han -- I much prefer Clone Wars era books.

17sithlord3737
març 8, 2007, 7:46pm

Oh, I didn't hear about the sequel to Revenge of the Sith. I'll have to look into it.

18sithlord3737
Editat: març 11, 2007, 3:51pm

I can't wait to read Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn -- Thrawn and Zahn? I can't resist!

19Marjanah
Editat: març 12, 2007, 6:56pm

Has anyone read Allegiance by Timothy Zahn yet?
I think it was supposed to come out recently. Any reviews?

20mujahid7ia
març 12, 2007, 11:33pm

I haven't, but I am planning to buy it. It is available to purchase now.

21araKnid
març 26, 2007, 6:59pm

Although I haven't joined this group, I had a question to ask (so I hope no one minds me posting here too much). My brother is looking for the Star Wars book with Luke having to fight an untrained sith with lightsabers attached to his elbows and knees, or something like that. He thinks it's a New Jedi Order book, but is trying to read through all of the books after Return of the Jedi again to find it. Anyone know which book it is?
I have just finished reading Allegiance, and really liked it. You probably won't know what I'm talking about unless you've read the book already or if this appears in another book (and I'm trying to not give anything away), but I liked the idea of The Hand of Judgement, and I also really like reading the Star Wars books with Mara Jade in them. Unfortunately, I haven't read the other Star Wars books recently enough to be able to connect this one to them very well... maybe I'll have to reread them all again sometime.

22lampbane
març 26, 2007, 9:18pm

That was Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand by Aaron Allston. According to Wikipedia, it's the fifteenth book of the New Jedi Order series.

It was... not so good. Which is a shame, because I normally like Aaron Allston.

23araKnid
març 27, 2007, 6:38pm

Thank you SO much. I didn't know you could look up books on wikipedia; I thought it was more of a dictonary...
Now I have to reserve Rebel Stand from the library for my brother...

24lampbane
març 28, 2007, 2:48pm

I typed in "New Jedi Order" and skimmed through the character list until I saw the character I was looking for (which let me know what book you needed).

That's vague as to not be spoilery. Even if it was a lame book, I don't want to spoil it.

25Cydon
Editat: maig 10, 2007, 3:26pm

Aquest missatge ha estat suprimit pel seu autor.

26xorscape
juny 20, 2007, 3:30pm

I don't know if any of you are interested, but thought I'd let you know...

The US Post Office has a special Star Wars sheet of stamps. I liked it. From the first movie (or 4th?). You can see (and buy) it online. The stamps are usable too.

27Havok1891
oct. 10, 2011, 2:18am

Is anyone reading the "Fate of the Jedi" series? I am half way through book 5 (Allies). Is anyone actually enjoying this? It is killing me. It's like they aren't even trying.

28AngelaB86
oct. 10, 2011, 4:29am

I'm still on just the second book of Legacy. No spoilers!

29saltmanz
Editat: oct. 10, 2011, 11:23am

I enjoyed LotF for the most part, but FotJ has been pretty much a mess.

30aratiel
set. 5, 2018, 3:51pm

I started reading Star Wars EU novels when I was in jr. high, right after I saw the special edition releases in the theater. For a long time my favorite novel was The Crystal Star, although I honestly have no idea why, since it's been so long since I read it, ha. I've also since learned that it is among the most unpopular of the EU books. I also really enjoyed Shadows of the Empire, The Truce at Bakura, and The Courtship of Princess Leia, along with the Jedi Academy Trilogy. Sadly, I have never read the Thrawn trilogy.