Anyone read Star Wars books?

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Neria Hawke, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Dars al'Kaskade

    Dars al'Kaskade Recruit

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    I think that I read a little of a Jedi Apprentice book once.

    The Heir to the Empire graphic novel (comic adaption) is really good itself, IMO. At least, I really like the style of the artwork.
     
  2. Leira Galene

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    Ashlyn, I really liked the Jedi Apprentice books because I had a huge crush on Obi-Wan when Episode I came out. :D
     
  3. Ashlyn Sindal

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    That's totally fair. Ewan McGregor definitely made me look at Obi-Wan in ways Alec Guinness never did. :waggle
     
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    You really should read the follow on ones.
     
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    IDK Alec Guiness is pretty distinguished... ;)
    Hes like a slender Anthony Hopkins...RAWR!!!
    And I will have to look into those Axis Gaidin. :) Thank you! I honselty wasn't even aware there were more! I read the Heir to the Empire soooooo long ago! And While Im a decent Star Wars fan, I like traditional fantasy so much more that I think I wasn't paying attention! :)
     
  6. Axis m'Troutilas

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    They are well worth reading. I've not read too many Star Wars books, but Zahn's feel like the cream to me.

    The "core" trilogy is

    1. Heir to the Empire
    2. Dark Force Rising
    3. The Last Command

    There were couple more later, Specter of the Past, and Vision of the Future, and a prequel Outbound Flight and those are good to read as well. But start with the Core 3 above.
     
  7. Ashlyn Sindal

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    Allegiance is pretty good, too. It's sort of a prequel to the Thrawn trilogy, set after Episode IV. Definitely read the trilogy first, though.
     
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    X-wing 1-4 and I, Jedi would be in my core books to read too.
     
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    Yes, definitely Allegiance, and then its sequel, Choices of One.
     
  10. Ashlyn Sindal

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    I had totally missed that there was a sequel to Allegiance. I know what's next on my reading list!
     
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    I read the Jedi Apprentice books, and possibly a few others by the same author, 22 books in total, this year. Very easy books to read and very enjoyable.
     
  12. Kallarn Lo'Vosh

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    Sad that these books are all now confined to the 'legends' non canon. Hoping they might do some prequel novels for Force Awakens though like they did for some of the prequels.
     
  13. Ashlyn Sindal

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    I'm honestly a little bit baffled by people's reaction to the Legends announcement. Back in the day, before the prequels and when the EU was a relatively new thing, it was generally known that there was canon (the movies) and EU (everything else), and the two weren't the same thing. Officially declaring the EU "Legends" doesn't seem to be a departure from this. The real news, imo, is that the novels going forward are going to be canon, which is a significant departure from how things were in the past.
     
  14. Dars al'Kaskade

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    Yeah, even before the Legends thing was announced, the earlier EU books were often contradicted by the prequel films. But on the other hand, even if the books were not technically canon, they were the only thing occupying their space in the timeline. Now, they are being directly written over.
     
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    True. I guess maybe I'm just less phased by it because my introduction to the EU happened back when Lucas was still all "oh, I don't know, maybe someday" about a sequel trilogy, so there was this sort of hopeful assumption in Star Wars fandom that the EU could one day be overwritten by canon.
     
  16. Neria Hawke

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    All The Force Unleashed stories were supposedly canon back before Disney owned everything. That had potential but ultimately didn't turn out very well. The lack of cohesion and continuity to the EU has always been the biggest problem. The Yuuzhan Vong stories were probably one of the best over-arching storylines with multiple writers, as far as that goes. It did make quite a mess when they had to alter storylines and characters after the prequels came out.

    For those of us who grew up in the era after the OT, it does kinda suck to have that all thrown away. It makes me rather sad that Thrawn, Mara Jade and Kyle Katarn no longer exist.
     
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    I also loved this series, though I read it when it was age appropriate for me, hehe. It's the reason Obi-wan is my favorite character. Another book that really cemented him as my favorite was the novelization of Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover. That book got much more in-depth into character motivation and Obi-wan's connection with the Force than the movie could have done. It also had several absolutely hilarious lines that were sadly not in the movie. (My favorite being when Obi-wan was facing off against Grievous. Grievous: "You're no match for me. I was trained by Darth Tyranus himself!" Obi-wan: "Oh, really? I trained the man who killed him." )

    I haven't really read much that takes place past Return of the Jedi, although I have read a few. Some of my favorites are the Han Solo trilogy, the Bounty Hunter trilogy, and I, Jedi.
     
  18. Ashlyn Sindal

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    Except they do exist. They exist in the Legends universe, just like they previously existed in the EU. It's not like the Legends content is going away. A lot of the books and comics are still in print, as many as were before the announcement, and you can still buy both KOTOR games on Steam. And since SWTOR is still in ongoing development, including an expansion with more Revan story that comes out next Tuesday (omg so excite!), that suggests that Disney is open to continuing Legends content going forward, even if they're not interested in developing it themselves.

    I was talking to a friend about this, and she suggested that maybe the reason I have a different perspective on this is that I've also been a comics fan for ages, so I'm really used to multiple universes with varying levels of canonity. Compared to, for example, the hundreds of different Marvel universes, having two distinct Star Wars universes seems pretty tame.
     
  19. Neria Hawke

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    My sister and I were discussing this earlier today. I think for me it's perhaps more that once Disney acquired the franchise, they simply said "the EU doesn't exist anymore" and then went back on that a bit with the Legends universe. Star Wars has always been one, more or less cohesive universe for me. I've read quite a lot of comics and the multiverse thing doesn't bother me too much with that. It bothered me when they overwrote all the Clone Wars stories in favour of the TV series. It's just a personal feeling towards it, I guess *shrug*

    I have that book somewhere :) I really liked that he referenced a lot of EU material that lead up to that, which is quite uncommon. Apparently the writers who worked on the Clone Wars books published before Revenge of the Sith tried their best to get a cohesive storyline to the series.

    Have you read James Luceno's Labyrinth of Evil? It's the prequel to Episode III. That has some really great stuff, like Mace Windu chasing Grievous through Coruscant after Palpatine's been "kidnapped". My favourite part is when the Republic soldiers are searching the factory district and one soldier comes face to face with Darth Sidius.
    My sister and I collected or read quite a lot of the Republic and Clone Wars era books.
     
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  20. Leira Galene

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    Neria, my boyfriend feels the same way you do. Despite the Clone Wars show being reviewed as really excellent, he refuses to watch it because it upsets him that they overwrote the books. :cheese

    I hadn't thought of it in a comic multiverse perspective, that's a good way to think about it.