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[Recommend On]Star Wars books!

nefffffffffffnefffffffffff Registered User regular
edited April 2009 in Singularity Engine++
I have always loved Star Wars: I own all the movies, I've seen all the episodes of clone wars, I've played most of the games, I play the RPG, but for some reason I have never gotten into the books.

Is that weird?

For whatever reason, I recently felt compelled by forces unknown to begin reading them as if I had gone through some sort of nerd puberty. I checked out the book list on wikipedia, and was a bit overwhelmed. I turn to you for answers, because I don't know where else to go. Where the fuck should I start? Is it worth hunting down any of the comics/short stories/not novels?

Help me PA Forums, you're my only hope.

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  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    really? this couldn't have gone in the book thread?

    really? they're even talking about them in there!

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  • vsovevsove ....also yes. Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    The second last post in the book thread is about Star Wars books, and yet you chose to make a new thread. This seems like a very poor idea!

    People will be quite content to help you in there, I am sure.

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  • Bad-BeatBad-Beat Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    star trek is better.

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  • ThemindtakerThemindtaker Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I feel like this thread can stand alone simply because people seem to be spoilering the crap out of the SW books in the book thread, and I don't know about you but if I want a recommendation, I don't also want to know the ending. That said:

    I would recommend the "Tales of..." (Mos Eisley Cantina, Jabba's Palace) books, and the X-Wing squadron books above all else - they don't fuck with canon because they illustrate the back and future stories of all the minor characters, but they're very well-written. As a result of the Tales of Jabba's Palace, I actually feel bad when the Rancor dies.

    There are a couple other small one-offs I would highly recommend that actually do delve into the main characters: the Thrawn Trilogy, the Jedi Acadamy Trilogy, and I, Jedi.

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Yeah, probably better suited for the book thread, but anything written by Matthew Stover, especially Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, Mace Windu: Shatterpoint, and The Revenge of the Sith novelization.

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    STOP

    THIS ONLY LEADS TO FOLLY


    although the karen traviss books are alright I guess.

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  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I enjoyed the Thrawn Trilogy, and I've got a bunch of the X-Wing series lying around.

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  • vsovevsove ....also yes. Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    If it's written by Zahn or Allston, read it.

    Otherwise, tread carefully. Stackpole is a hack and Anderson is pretty much the worst person ever.

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Mysst wrote: »
    STOP

    THIS ONLY LEADS TO FOLLY


    although the karen traviss books are alright I guess.

    Fuck Karen Traviss

    "Blah blah blah Mandalorians are awesome and Jedi suck. Oh Boba let me suck you off for 200 pages. Did I mention Mandos are awesome. Let me teach you Mandalorian language. Did I mention how awesome they are? Shoot someone in the head. More Mando love. The end."

    There, I just summed up all of her books.

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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I read the whole Jedi: Apprentice series or whatever when I was like 12.

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  • potatoepotatoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    [ bracket thread ]

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator mod
    edited April 2009
    what they did to jacen solo was way worse than dropping a moon on a wookie

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Bloods End wrote: »
    Mysst wrote: »
    STOP

    THIS ONLY LEADS TO FOLLY


    although the karen traviss books are alright I guess.

    Fuck Karen Traviss

    "Blah blah blah Mandalorians are awesome and Jedi suck. Oh Boba let me suck you off for 200 pages. Did I mention Mandos are awesome. Let me teach you Mandalorian language. Did I mention how awesome they are? Shoot someone in the head. More Mando love. The end."

    There, I just summed up all of her books.
    all the other books are just jedi prostate-massaging

    jedi are lame as hell

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Bloods End wrote: »
    Mysst wrote: »
    STOP

    THIS ONLY LEADS TO FOLLY


    although the karen traviss books are alright I guess.

    Fuck Karen Traviss

    "Blah blah blah Mandalorians are awesome and Jedi suck. Oh Boba let me suck you off for 200 pages. Did I mention Mandos are awesome. Let me teach you Mandalorian language. Did I mention how awesome they are? Shoot someone in the head. More Mando love. The end."

    There, I just summed up all of her books.

    Helpful!

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    The Jedi are at least portrayed as characters in other books. Instead of essentially being white people in a Spike Lee movie. And it would bother me less if the people talking about how bad they are weren't a bunch of mercenaries with a history of trying to conquer the universe.

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    until someone writes a good lando novel I probably won't read star wars books again

    blood I am sorry that you are a big pussy that likes to fingercuff with lightsabers while real men take care of business

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  • vsovevsove ....also yes. Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    The worst thing about reading Anderson is you are suddenly struck with the knowledge that this asshole is somehow a widely recognized author who no doubt makes decent money from his abominations posing as books. And that's when you realize that talent means nothing when it comes to getting published and being successful.

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Mysst wrote: »
    until someone writes a good lando novel I probably won't read star wars books again

    The Lando Calrissian Trilogy was pretty good, if a bit out there.

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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Lando is a jerk.

    Also I know a black guy named Landon who is a constant dissapoint to me with his one letter too long name.

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  • vsovevsove ....also yes. Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Bloods End wrote: »
    Mysst wrote: »
    until someone writes a good lando novel I probably won't read star wars books again

    The Lando Calrissian Trilogy was pretty good, if a bit out there.

    HE FOUGHT A SPACE WIZARD.

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
  • World as MythWorld as Myth Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I don't care what you guys think, grand admiral thrawn rules

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    For the sake of Space Whales.

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  • TheidarTheidar Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I don't care what you guys think, grand admiral thrawn rules

    hi5
    He is the best.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    So Allston and Zahn have already been mentioned.

    I found the "Tales of" books to be quite good. Just short stories of unknown or background characters. Good stuff.

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    the lando trilogy was weird. it was ok, and pretty much had lando doing cool stuff, but it was way fucking out there

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I don't care what you guys think, grand admiral thrawn rules

    I liked him in the the original Zahn trilogy. Then when every other book he wrote decided to white wash his character as being a huge intergalactic hero who did everything right, then I started getting annoyed with him.

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  • vsovevsove ....also yes. Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I don't care what you guys think, grand admiral thrawn rules

    Thrawn was so awesome, there was absolutely no way any of the heroes could beat him, so it had to be essentially a huge sequence of coincidences that led to his death.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Ahh there they are.

    1-3

    and

    4, 5

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    also, who wrote the corellian trilogy where mara jade was all of a sudden bereft of force powers for some unexplained and unmentioned reason?

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Roger McBride Allen.

    Also famous for having a subplot where Lando goes hunting for a rich wife.

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  • WhippyWhippy Moderator, Admin Emeritus Admin Emeritus
    edited April 2009
    anything written by michael reaves

    seriously

    i am an expert on these matters

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Mysst wrote: »
    also, who wrote the corellian trilogy where mara jade was all of a sudden bereft of force powers for some unexplained and unmentioned reason?

    that is the kinda shit that is status quo in star wars books so.....

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  • thorgotthorgot Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    vsove wrote: »
    I don't care what you guys think, grand admiral thrawn rules

    Thrawn was so awesome, there was absolutely no way any of the heroes could beat him, so it had to be essentially a huge sequence of coincidences that led to his death.

    pretty much

    great books though

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  • WhippyWhippy Moderator, Admin Emeritus Admin Emeritus
    edited April 2009
    the coruscant nights trilogy is jedi noir

    jedi noir

    JEDI NOIR

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  • WhippyWhippy Moderator, Admin Emeritus Admin Emeritus
    edited April 2009
    (it is awesome)

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  • RabidDeathMooseRabidDeathMoose Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Whatever else you take from this thread, know this.

    All of Kevin J Anderson's work notwithstanding...

    Under no circumstances should you read Truce at Bakura or The Courtship of Princess Leia.

    Ever

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I've liked everything Reeves has done so far, but I haven't started his Jedi noir books yet. Although I love the first ones cover so much.

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    if anything was going to get whippy back, it would be star wars books

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  • Volucrisus AedriusVolucrisus Aedrius Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    vsove wrote: »
    The worst thing about reading Anderson is you are suddenly struck with the knowledge that this asshole is somehow a widely recognized author who no doubt makes decent money from his abominations posing as books. And that's when you realize that talent means nothing when it comes to getting published and being successful.

    He's the guy Brian Herbert teamed up with to write the rest of the DUNE books.

    Yeah.

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