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post Jan 17 2004, 02:26 AM
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On this board, there have been several topics posted of Star Wars fans wanting to know where to start reading the Star Wars books. I've decided to make one official board for this, so that people can give their own input about what books they think are best to start with, and to encourage people who come in here feeling lost because they've never read any of the books to post.

To begin with, a list of all the Star Wars books in reverse chronological order can be found here: http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/starwars/timeline.html The timeline goes by years before or after Star Wars: A New Hope.

When people ask what book they should start with, my usual suggestion is the trilogy usually called The Thrawn Trilogy, written by Timothy Zahn (who happens to be one of my favorite authors.) The trilogy contains the books Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command. It begins 9 years after A New Hope (translation: 5 years after Return of the Jedi) and, while it's pretty easy to figure out what's going on, you'll have to make some assumptions as to what's happened since ROTJ. (Leia and Han are already married in this book.) While it doesn't pick up right where ROTJ left off, it's worth considering as a first book because it's very well-written and all three are some of my favorite Star Wars books.

However, if you don't feel up to the challenge of guessing at bits of the plot, or feel like starting right where ROTJ left off, the book to start with is The Truce at Bakura, which is the first book after the movies that focuses on the central characters.

If you don't mind going on a tangent from the main Star Wars plotline, the X-wing books are also great, and they also pick up right after ROTJ. I've only read a few of these, but the ones I've read (particularly the ones by Aaron Allston) are very entertaining. I read Wraith Squadron after only reading one other book from the series and understood it fine (it's a highly entertaining book, by the way. wink.gif )

If you've seen the New Jedi Order books and have the urge to get right into those, that's also a possible path to take. Some of those books are less interesting than others, but on the whole they've got a great (although sometimes depressing) plot. The only problem with starting with them, of course, is that you'll probably get very confused at first if you really know nothing about the previous books. If you're determined to start there, it would probably help to get someone to give you a basic summary of who's who and such before you start.

Those are my four suggestions, and any other ones are welcome. There are lots of ways to go about reading the books, but don't be intimidated by all the possibilities--they're all very addictive once you get started. smile.gif


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post Jan 20 2004, 04:23 AM
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Actually I suggest reading SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE, then moving on the the THRAWN TRILOGY!!!

Those are the 3 best books ever written for the Expanded Star Wars Universe. IMHO.


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post Jan 20 2004, 05:55 AM
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I didn't really like Shadows of the Empire very much, personally. confused.gif I don't remember much about it any more, but Leia bothered me in it. She went on complaining about how Han hadn't told her he loved her, and kept flirting with that what's-his-name guy. eyeball.gif


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post Jan 20 2004, 06:46 AM
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oh you mean xizor? (or however his name is spelled)

i personally would start with tales from the mos eisley cantina...while it's technically not "expanded universe", it's still a book! wink.gif it's a collection of points of view of the bar scene where han kills greedo. also gives you some background info on the characters in the bar.

after that, i'd go with tales of the bounty hunters, which is pretty much the same thing as the other book, but it's telling about all the bounty hunters whom vader tells "no disintegrations".

then i'd read tales from jabba's palace, which is from the POV of people in...jabba's palace...

the first true "expanded" book i'd read is shadows of the empire, which is between ESB and ROTJ


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post Jan 20 2004, 06:51 AM
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The books like those with multiple views are interesting... I've only read parts of a few of them (the parts by Zahn, mostly) but they're fun.

I should try reading Shadows of the Empire again. eyeball.gif


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post Jan 20 2004, 06:58 AM
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yes you should

and i didn't know zahn wrote in those...how spiffy!


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post Jan 20 2004, 07:54 AM
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Well, I know he wrote in the Jabba's Palace one... I think he had something in one of the others, but I'm not sure about that.


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post Jan 20 2004, 06:53 PM
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i didn't pay attention to who wrote them, really...since i was only like, 10 at the time, it didn't matter


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post Jan 20 2004, 09:39 PM
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QUOTE (Sabé @ Jan 20 2004, 12:55 AM)
I didn't really like Shadows of the Empire very much, personally. confused.gif I don't remember much about it any more, but Leia bothered me in it. She went on complaining about how Han hadn't told her he loved her, and kept flirting with that what's-his-name guy. eyeball.gif

She couln't help it. It was the Pheremones taht he was producing. Very seductive!


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post Jan 21 2004, 06:52 PM
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that's true...xizor's species are supposed to release pheromones


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post Jan 22 2004, 07:57 AM
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True. I'm not blaiming her--I'm blaiming the author who decided that Xizor should produce pheromones! tounge.gif


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post Jan 22 2004, 08:20 PM
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Actually there is a book which takes place between ANH and ESB.
"Splinter of the Minds Eye" It was perhaps the first SW book written. Then you have Shadows of the Empire which takes place between ESB adn ROTJ.

With so many books out now I would probably sugest that you read them in Chronalogical (sp) order.


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post Jan 22 2004, 10:07 PM
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This is a very good suggestion. But for most who began reading the books already.... I suggest that you read from the book you started on up to the last book written, then go back and read the prequel books.


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QUOTE (master_palin @ Jan 22 2004, 09:20 PM)
Actually there is a book which takes place between ANH and ESB.
"Splinter of the Minds Eye" It was perhaps the first SW book written.

It was the first Star Wars book writen

[random trivia fact]
One of the things that Star Wars and Star Trek have in common is Alan Dean Foster, famous for his "movies-made-to-books" making.
He wrote the first book for Star Wars, and he also wrote a book for Star Trek. I'm not sure if he wrote the first book for Star Trek, though
[/random trivia fact]

And it was the first Star Wars book I read...
I agree, it's a good thing to start with, cause it's pretty simple, and yet it has something that makes it valuable...

The action takes place after ANH, and it is written before ESB, I think, so ignore the fact that, in the end of the book, Luke mentions that Han has already left the rebels. And it also includes Leia fighting with Vader smilesmall.gif

Oh, how I laughed, knowing she is his daughter, and realizing Alan Dean Foster probably didn't smilesmall.gif


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That would be pretty entertaining to read! I'll have to pick up that novel post-haste!


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post Jan 23 2004, 07:35 AM
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Hey what a coincidence ... I just started reading Splinter of a Mind's Eye yesterday. I didn't know Leia fights Vader in it ... COOL! Thats something to look forward too.

And yeah it was the first Star Wars book ever written. It was released just before Lucas started writing ESB.


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post Jan 23 2004, 07:38 AM
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Oh and I would start reading from the bridge books (i.e. the book in between the ANH, ESB and ROTJ) and then read the rest in chronological order, then read the prequels, then read all the books that were released while you were reading all the others heheh ...


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post Jan 23 2004, 06:59 PM
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ya those are pretty good for someone who hasn't read any expanded stuff yet...they're still star wars books, but they don't delve right into the stuff that happens after


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QUOTE (queeeeeeen @ Jan 23 2004, 07:59 PM)
they're still star wars books, but they don't delve right into the stuff that happens after

Nad that even makes them more entertaining, reading them and thinking how wrong the author was when he came up with an idea that wasn't taken by the next author laugh.gif

They remind me of shysmilz actually - the wy each of us wants to make the things into one plot, and it happens, but if you read only parts of it, you wold laugh so hard that the plans you intended some 10 lages ago, never became true smilesmall.gif


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post Jan 25 2004, 02:55 AM
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i meant like, if someone new to sw books was reading the njo, they'd be like "hey when did THIS happen??? eyeball.gif "


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