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Initial post: Feb 26, 2012 7:29:13 PM PST
Arrowriter says:
I was going to start my Star Wars reading frenzy with the Prequel Trilogy and the the Original Trilogy, a.k.a. the novelized versions of the Star Wars episodes I-VI. However, I do not know where to go after that. What order do you recommend reading the various Star Wars books, and more importantly, which ones do you think are worth reading? Thank you for your help!

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 10:45:12 PM PST
C. J. Vasta says:
As far as the expanded universe goes, a good place to start is

Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Vol. 1) Timothy Zahn's trilogy kicked off the Bantam/Spectra Star Was novels. It's set 7 Years after RotJ, but even books set earlier presume you've read and are familliar with the events in these books. Mara Jade is one of the most important and popular characters in the expanded univese and she's interested here. Admiral Thrawn is generally regarded as one of the best villains.

Among those you might consider, Shadows of the Empire (Star Wars) is set between ESB and RotJ and attempts to depict the events between the nove faturing Dash Rendar ("Doesn't he remid you of Han?) and Crimelord Quix Zizor, who's essentially a Bond villain in space. Accordng to this book, Luke did not return to Dagobah to resume his training, but instead was able to complee his training on Tatonnie base on old books Ben Kenobi had left lying around(!) Luke Skywalker autodidact of the force.

Tales from Jabba's Palace (Star Wars) (Book 2) details events that take place during RotJ, focusng on a different minor characters in the movie. There are several vignettes told in short story form, Each focusing on a different minor character. THere are some lisubplots linking he narratives paricularly a series of mysterious death investigated by a dimwitted Gamorean guard. Apparently, more people survived the destruction of Jabba's skiff then generally thought although some wound up as brains in jars. Of particular note is the story of Bobba Fett in the belly of the Sarlaac. Things take a different path from what RotJ led us to believe leading us into The Mandalorian Armor (Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars, Book 1).

Personally I think you can skip the Truce at Bakura.

Up Next, we have the X-Wing series which focuses on Wedge Antilles and the battle to take Corcuscant. Later books concern the Wraith Squadron and have Han Solo joining in the fray against the Warlord Zsinj.

Leading us intoThe Courtship of Princess Leia (Star Wars) which details howHan finally wed Leia.

Oh and there's a trilogy of books that details Han Solo's early life beginning with The Paradise Snare (Star Wars, The Han Solo Trilogy #1) (Book 1). I can't speak for books set in the Prequelverse.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 9:05:38 AM PST
C. J. Vasta says:
Continuing on, we have Star Wars: Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson with Luke Skywalker finding young force potential and setting up an academy to train them. This series has gotten a lot of flack and the handling of the character of Kyp Durron is particularly wince inducing. Nevertheless there are lot of good moments in the trilogy among them some clever bait and switch as to who the ultimate villains are.

After this comes the Calista Trilogy: Star Wars 2-Volume Set: Children of the Jerdi/Planet of Twilight, Darksaber (Star Wars) The Barbara Hambly books serve as bookends with Kevin J ANderson's Darksaber in the midlde. The Hambly books both feature R2 and C3P0 trapped in a nightmare landscape and have more horror overtones than the usual Star Wars Novel. The first story which is set in a nightmarish cyberlandscape introduces Callista who becomes Luke Skywalker's first serious love interest. Next we have Darksaber in which Luke's relationship with is a subplot . Darksaber concerns an attempt by a Hutt to build a streamlined Death Star focusing on the planet destroying cannon. Plot threads from the Jedi Academy trilogy continue and the characters are handled better. this leads into PLante of Twilight,one of the creepiest Star Wars books ever written.

I, Jedi (Star Wars) follows one of the protoganists of the X-Wing series as he undertakes Jedi Training.

I'm not sure when Star Wars: Dark Empire Trilogy HC (Star Wars (Dark Horse)) takes place but I beleive it's considered in the NOvel Continuity as well. This is the story about the clone emperor.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2012 9:20:54 AM PST
Arrowriter says:
Thank you so much C.J. for your help! I greatly appreciate it, and will definitely look into these books.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 11:25:40 AM PST
Chance says:
You might want to check out these two guides by Susan Somers:

Read Star Wars Novels in Order - Vol. 1:
Read Star Wars Novels in Order - Vol. 2

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2012 4:22:22 PM PST
Arrowriter says:
Thank you, I will take a look at those as well.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 6:45:14 AM PST
I second CJV's recommendation of starting with the Thrawn trilogy. I would also suggest Zahn's "Outbound Flight" (even though he artificially crowbars Anakin and Kenobi into the plot) and "Survivor's Quest." Those five books in that order, even though "Outbound Flight" takes place first. You should be introduced to the Thrawn of the trilogy before you see him when he was younger.

I haven't read "Darksaber" myself, since people usually dis-reccomend that one. It has 80 5 star reviews, and a lot of them look a lot like this:

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

By A Customer

Kevin J Anderson provides readers with classic Star Wars stories. It stays away from far out unbelievable plagues, clones, and ghosts which do not belong in Star Wars. Instead it returns to warriors, smugglers, and the Empire.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

By A Customer

I found myself giving up sleep and food in favor of reading,this book. Every page is filled with wonderful writing and action. A must-read for anyone. Even non-Star Wars fans. Kevin J. Anderson, is, by far, the best Star Wars writer.

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

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I loved this book, and I would recommend it for any Star Wars fan. Lots of action, and the Callista/Luke relationship was well handled. Well done!


They won't even sign them with their Amazon alias. 1 or 2 sentences long, practically devoid of content. Suspicious, no?


Karen Traviss is a controversial writer in that she doesn't like the Jedi very much, but I'm in the middle of "Republic Commando: Hard Contact" and it's pretty good so far. At some point, I'll probably read the Zahn books I haven't read yet. "New Jedi Order" is a huge series, also controversial, and has better books ("Traitor" for example) and not so good books ("Force Heretic").

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2012 9:54:39 AM PST
Arrowriter says:
I noticed that they weren't signing in myself. Very suspicious indeed. I did hear the "Republic Commando" books were pretty good. I'll definitely take your advice into consideration. Thank you!
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