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Old 02-06-2010, 02:24 AM   #1
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just finished the thrawn trilogy and want recommendations

just finished the thrawn trilogy (great read)
and want recommendations on what the best starwars books are?
so i can figure out what to read next

thanks
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Old 02-06-2010, 02:31 AM   #2
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The Darth Bane series by Drew, of course.



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Old 02-06-2010, 07:26 AM   #3
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I was about to say, I agree with Betrayer that you should read the Bane trilogy or the 501st books.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:47 AM   #4
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After the Thrawn trilogy? I've always said that it's best to read nothing else after the Thrawn trilogy.
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:04 AM   #5
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After the Thrawn trilogy? I've always said that it's best to read nothing else after the Thrawn trilogy.
I disagree!

There's lots of great stuff, and some not so great of course

Ive always recommended that anyone who really likes TTT should check out their comics adaptation....awesome stuff.

After that, I'd get started on the X-Wing Series.

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Old 02-06-2010, 11:17 AM   #6
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Some I liked best:

Han Solo at Stars' End by Brian Daley
Han Solo's Revenge by Brian Daley
Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley
The X-Wing series
I, Jedi
Spectre of the Past
Vision of the Future
Any of the "Tales of the..." books
The Mandalorian Armor by K.W. Jeter
Slave Ship by K.W. Jeter
Hard Merchandise by K.W. Jeter
Splinter of the Mind's Eye (very early EU)
The Dark Forces Trilogy by Dietz (I <3 Kyle)
Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu by L. Neil Smith
Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon by L. Neil Smith
Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka by L. Neil Smith
The Paradise Snare by A.C. Crispin
The Hutt Gambit by A.C. Crispin
Rebel Dawn by A.C. Crispin

And of course the Thrawn trilogy, which is my favorite. Haven't seen a better Imperial character than Pellaeon in any of the EU... and of course, Mara. <3

If you were wondering why there are no NJO-onwards books on the list, it's because I really dislike the NJO, its mother, its father, and all of its progeny. Actually, I only seem to like books from a very limited range in the timeline centered around the OT, so I might just be snobbish.


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Old 02-06-2010, 11:21 AM   #7
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And of course the Thrawn trilogy, which is my favorite. Haven't seen a better Imperial character than Pellaeon in any of the EU... and of course, Mara. <3
Captain Pellaeon was the only reason I kept reading through some of the NJO and later, LOTF books. His (and Mara's) death in LOTF is another reason I despise Karen Traviss, and it put me off reading any of the later books (i've tried reading the most recent series, but I like it at all.)

Although the NJO isn't the best series, there are a few gems in it - and the Legacy comic series (130 ABY) is pretty good.






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Old 02-06-2010, 11:24 AM   #8
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I have the collected (huge) Thrawn Trilogy. Awesome read. Just a new trilogy, that well written.

Anwyay, I'm no collector but I liked Rogue Planet. Describes Anakins first step into darkness, Obi-Wans first step into awesomeness and links into the Vong books.

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Old 02-06-2010, 11:26 AM   #9
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Oh, don't worry, I've read more or less most of the NJO. I just dislike it. To be fair I haven't read the Legacy books but from what I read I just don't want to. I haven't read any of the comics either, besides the adaptations of the Thrawn Trilogy. I'll have to find some big collections of them eventually.


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Old 02-06-2010, 12:36 PM   #10
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I'd say probably do the X-Wing series of books next. Is the New Republic the era you are most interested in?

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Old 02-06-2010, 03:19 PM   #11
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They aren't the best, but I really enjoyed the books on Oni-Wans apprenticeship under Qui-gon. I also enjoyed a little one shot called Rogue Planet in which Anakin and Obi-Wan check out a planet with living ships.

Not the best written stuff, but they passed the time.
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:21 PM   #12
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I think I agree with Prime on this. The X-Wing Series are a great read, with great characters, new and old. If you're willing to jump a few years into the timeline, Zahn wrote a followup to the Thrawn Trilogy, the Thrawn Duology. The books Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future continue storylines started in the trilogy, and while they are not as good as the Trilogy, they are a satisfying read.

The Thrawn trilogy is by far one of the best parts of the EU, but there are other must-reads out there as well.


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Old 02-06-2010, 04:44 PM   #13
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A nother good one is the Force Unleashed novel. Apparently it was the video game that was based on it. I have the audiobook on my ipod.
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:47 PM   #14
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Then theres individual books like "Truce at Bakura" that are good.

If you are interested in in-depth long novels, pretty much anything by Timothy Zahn, or the Bane series would be good.

If you want short stuff thats still good, theres the Boba Fett-Teenage years books, theres the Apprentice ones about Obi-Aan under Qui-Gon, and theres always The Old Republic comics.....
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:08 PM   #15
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I agree on the Bane trilogy. It's written by Drew Karpyshyn, who also worked on K2 and it shows in his writing.

I also really enjoyed Shatterpoint, Wild Space, and Dark Rendezvous. I'm reading in chronological order and haven't gotten to a lot of the post-ROTS era yet.


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Old 02-07-2010, 01:55 AM   #16
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Actually, if reading TTT has got you hankering for more Thrawn, you really should fill in that background story that gets hinted at through most of TTT.



Zahn has always said there is a Thrawn 'Septology' of sorts.
Outbound Flight>>TTT>Thrawn Duology(Spectre of The Past/Vision of The Future)>>Survivors Quest

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Old 02-07-2010, 09:26 AM   #17
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I mainly recommended the X-Wing series because it is around the same point in the timeline as the Thrawn trilogy. If we are talking about any era, one I enjoyed was Cloan of Deception. It covers events leading up to TPM. It has a lot of background info that I enjoyed, included why the Trade Federation had a droid army, and so on. It has a far amount of politics, but I enjoyed that part. It also has a lot of Jinn and Kenobi. Frankly, I can always use more Jinn.

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Old 02-07-2010, 01:54 PM   #18
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you could also read the essential atlases. Those are really interesting.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:15 AM   #19
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I agree with Astro - Outbound Flight was very interesting. I had forgotten about that one.


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Old 02-09-2010, 03:56 PM   #20
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Another recommendation is the Revenge of the Sith novelization. It gave a lot of excellent internal monologue and background information that should have been in the film IMO.

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Old 02-09-2010, 04:07 PM   #21
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I also heard the Labyrenth of Evil was good! They should make a CW episode based on it. I haven't read many SW books besides the ones I listed. You could also read some of the KOTOR comics.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:45 PM   #22
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thrawn trilogy pps

Hi Thrawn freaks!

Some 2 years ago in my desperation that i might never see this great SW piece on screen I created a powerpoint presentation of the whole Thrawn trilogy by cutting up the comic books and the corresponding audio books just for myself as a substitution for the movies I wish for so badly. I am well aware that this is a copyright violation but I guess but...what the hack! If anybody wants it or has the nerv to sit through cca. 9 hrs of Thrawn trilogy .pps ask me for sharing it here .....Thuulou@zoznam.sk.....oh yes and with detailed instruction how to do so cos I am kinda new to this. So far in my life all my wishes have come true sooner or later mostly after I stopped caring about them so the odds for me look favourable that someone sometime will actually film this excellent story for all strawars fans to see....I hope for this wery strongly. I wouldnt even care if Mr. Lucas had nothing to do with it....might also do some good....who knows?
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:04 PM   #23
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Any book that has Zahn or Stackpole's name on it. NJO....I'm kind of split on it. But like Astor said, there are a few gems - Destiny's Way is actually among my favorite books. I wouldn't recommend Traviss; she pretty much portrays the Jedi as Nazis for no reason. She also likes to compare fans who disagree with her to the Taliban, which is another reason why I do not like her.


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Old 08-15-2010, 11:24 PM   #24
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The X-Wing books... Rogue Squadron and Wraith Squadron ftw!

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Old 12-02-2010, 10:09 PM   #25
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Any book that has Zahn or Stackpole's name on it. NJO....I'm kind of split on it. But like Astor said, there are a few gems - Destiny's Way is actually among my favorite books. I wouldn't recommend Traviss; she pretty much portrays the Jedi as Nazis for no reason. She also likes to compare fans who disagree with her to the Taliban, which is another reason why I do not like her.
Just to clarify, Traviss compares Kaminoans to the Nazis. She portrays the Jedi as their ignorant cronies and the unwitting victims of Palpatine. Of course most of her characters have an irrational hatred of Jedi... -and she has a penchant for killing off main characters-

Also Timmothy Zahn has some other books he wrote that were centered on a young Mara Jade and some defecting stormtroopers. Though it wasn't anywhere near the pedigree of the Thrawn trilogy, it was still more well written than most Star Wars books.

I also recommend the three book story arc of The Mandalorian Armor, Slave ship, and Hard Merchandise by Jeter. They are the best perspective given on how Boba Fett operates -and how he's the best there is- I digress

The Truce at Bakura is also a great standalone story of the rebel alliance after the fourth movie.

Of course, the Knights of the Old Republic comics are very well written and they look phenomenal.

I also recommend the Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno. It gives some great perspective on what happened immediately after episode three.

In my opinion, Stackpole's books are a bit of a longer read than Zahns, and can get a bit slower in plot progression. ( I know, BITE YOUR TONGUE!) I just figure it would be worth mentioning since Zahn really knows how to keep even the most mundane part of a story interesting more so than any author that I've read.
Of course, once you get into them, Stackpole's books are filled with intrigue and revelations. (with some action sprinkled in)
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:58 AM   #26
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The Darth Bane series by Drew, of course.
Seconded with enthusiasm.


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Also would recommend the newest series of "the old republic" currently being released as we speak. Have fatal alliance which I need to get back to.

Looking to get Deceived when it is released. While Darth Malgus looks like a fusion of Vader and Malak, I am curious as to what makes him unusual and one-apart amongst his Sith colleagues.

Sean Williams isn't too bad a writer. His novels of force unleashed do a good job. I'd say if you have not already bought the Force unleashed games, don't buy them. There's enough imagery and lore for your imagination, the books are almost always better.

Clone wars era...I'd recommend anything Matthew Woodring Stover wrote if you don't mind some slightly technical martial artist embellishment.
(ROTS novelization, Shatterpoint) Personally I like it.

I'd also read works by James Luceno. (Darth Vader, rise of the dark lord, and Unifying Force)

I'm also getting into the Jax Pavan trilogy.


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