Favorite Star Wars Novels that are not the Thrawn Trilogy

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Favorite Star Wars Novels that are not the Thrawn Trilogy

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We've clearly got some opinionated Star Wars Literature fans over in the Sequel Trilogy thread. Let's change the tone. What are some of your favorite Star Wars novels? Nobody is allowed to say the Thrawn Trilogy.

Some of my favorites:

Legends:
Splinter of the Mind's Eye
Darth Plagueis
Kenobi
Scoundrels
Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
The New Jedi Order: Traitor
The New Jedi Order: Dark Journey

Canon:
Dark Disciple
Ahsoka
Lords of the Sith
Thrawn(Only the first book)


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Bloodline, Leia of Alderaan, and Tarkin were all very good.

Master and Apprentice and Dooku Jedi Lost were pretty good. Same with Most Wanted. Thrawn books were also pretty good (but haven’t read the third one yet).

Phasma was okay. Half of Legends of Luke Skywalker was great and half was so bad it makes it only “okay.” (Which is a shame- it explains why his mechanical hand is exposed and Debra onto how he survives on ahch-to.)

Queen’s Shadow and From A Certain Point Of View were bad (some stories in CPOV were okay, I suppose).

Last Shot was the worst book of the new canon I’ve read so far.

Legends-wise: I liked Shadows of the Empire.

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January 4th, 2020, 10:49 am
Bloodline, Leia of Alderaan, and Tarkin were all very good.

Master and Apprentice and Dooku Jedi Lost were pretty good. Same with Most Wanted. Thrawn books were also pretty good (but haven’t read the third one yet).

Phasma was okay. Half of Legends of Luke Skywalker was great and half was so bad it makes it only “okay.” (Which is a shame- it explains why his mechanical hand is exposed and Debra onto how he survives on ahch-to.)

Queen’s Shadow and From A Certain Point Of View were bad (some stories in CPOV were okay, I suppose).

Last Shot was the worst book of the new canon I’ve read so far.

Legends-wise: I liked Shadows of the Empire.
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Master and Apprentice, Dooku Jedi Lost, and Most Wanted are all on my list of stuff to read. I'm glad to hear they're decent.
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Bane Trilogy
Plagueis
Shadows of the Empire

There was a good one about Darth Maul in prison which I enjoyed.
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Corran wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 10:10 am
We've clearly got some opinionated Star Wars Literature fans over in the Sequel Trilogy thread. Let's change the tone. What are some of your favorite Star Wars novels? Nobody is allowed to say the Thrawn Trilogy.

Thrawn(Only the first book)
I assume you mean no one can say the original EU thrawn trillogy, seeing the new one is also a trilogy (at least so far).
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Wraith Squadron
Iron Fist
Solo Command
Isards Revenge
Starfighters of Adumar
Mercy Kill
Specter of the Past
Vision of the Future
MedStar Duology
Survivor's Quest
Outbound Flight

I could name a lot of others, but those are among my favorites.

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fungineer wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 11:31 am
Corran wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 10:10 am
We've clearly got some opinionated Star Wars Literature fans over in the Sequel Trilogy thread. Let's change the tone. What are some of your favorite Star Wars novels? Nobody is allowed to say the Thrawn Trilogy.

Thrawn(Only the first book)
I assume you mean no one can say the original EU thrawn trillogy, seeing the new one is also a trilogy (at least so far).
Yeah. Historically, whenever I ask for EU fans' favorite books, they always say Heir to the Empire, and I wanted people to dig a little deeper. Initially I was going to say favorite under rated/obscure novel. Then I realized that I live under a rock and don't even know what people think of as obscure any more.

Also, I remember really enjoying Darth Maul Lockdown, particularly because it has a complete EU timeline in the front since it was the second to last novel to be released and Honor Among Thieves had already been announced.
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I loved the Boba Fett trilogy of books The Bounty Hunter Wars where he's pulled from the Sarlic and it deals a lot with Black Sun and the Bounty Hunter Guild. I enjoy these stories involving more these type of Bounty Hunter types - Might be why I like the Mandalorian so much.

The pre-Episode 1 books like Darth Plagueis and Cloak of Deception were great.

Besides the first three Zahn wrote, I loved things like Outbound flight and the two book Hand of Thrawn and Survivor's Quest. I loved how they wove so much into the cannon. It was cool that the Emperor had all these plans upon plans including knowing a big threat was coming from deep space.

I enjoyed Jana Solo as a character and the later book series before they rebooted it.

The Tales series were a lot of fun if not always cannon.

There are tons of comics from Dark Horse and I enjoyed almost all of them to varying degrees. I used to have all the Dark Horse books and wish I still did.
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I rarely touch the new books because I just stopped caring nearly as much once they rebooted it but here's what I've gotten into so far.

The Tarkin book was good - he's my favorite character so a fun read.

A New Dawn - terrible, I didn't get far into it and left me little hope with the future of the SW books if this is what we were getting.

Dooku Jedi Lost - feels like a kids book, I'm about halfway through and I'm not sure if I want to even bother finishing it.

That's it from these new books, they just don't have the depth and intricate details the classic books did.
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It's been almost a decade since I read a SW novel, but if the "Tales From..." collections count those would be towards the top.
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CategoryOneGames.com wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 1:11 pm
I rarely touch the new books because I just stopped caring nearly as much once they rebooted it but here's what I've gotten into so far.

The Tarkin book was good - he's my favorite character so a fun read.

A New Dawn - terrible, I didn't get far into it and left me little hope with the future of the SW books if this is what we were getting.

Dooku Jedi Lost - feels like a kids book, I'm about halfway through and I'm not sure if I want to even bother finishing it.

That's it from these new books, they just don't have the depth and intricate details the classic books did.
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Canon:
1 - Bloodline
2 - Ahsoka
3 - Master & Apprentice
4 - Lost Stars
5a - Aftermath: Empire's End
5b - Resistance Reborn

Legends:
1 - NJO: Star By Star
2 - Revan
3 - Cloak of Deception
4 - Hand of Thrawn Duology
5a - Bane Trilogy
5b - Darth Plagueis

Incidentally, this whole topic has convinced me to revisit some old EU favorites.

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Favorite Star Wars Novels
Oooh!
that are not the Thrawn Trilogy
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imrahil327 wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Favorite Star Wars Novels
Oooh!
that are not the Thrawn Trilogy
Ah.

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Nothing against the Thrawn Trilogy, just trying to get people to dig a little deeper.
hanotsri wrote:
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Canon:
1 - Bloodline
2 - Ahsoka
3 - Master & Apprentice
4 - Lost Stars
5a - Aftermath: Empire's End
5b - Resistance Reborn

Legends:
1 - NJO: Star By Star
2 - Revan
3 - Cloak of Deception
4 - Hand of Thrawn Duology
5a - Bane Trilogy
5b - Darth Plagueis

Incidentally, this whole topic has convinced me to revisit some old EU favorites.
The Star Wars Literature group that I alienated myself from was obsessed with Lost Stars. I never read it. All this talk of NJO stuff makes me want to enter some sort of time warp and magically read all of the NJO novels. I wish they were available in unabridged audio form...
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Think the only one I've read was the one telling the stories of the other bounty hunters (other than Boba Fett) that were in The Empire Strikes Back. Anyone know the name?

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OrehRuoy wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Think the only one I've read was the one telling the stories of the other bounty hunters (other than Boba Fett) that were in The Empire Strikes Back. Anyone know the name?
Tales of the Bounty Hunters? That's another favorite of mine, although it does have a tale of Boba Fett.
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Corran wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 3:42 pm
OrehRuoy wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Think the only one I've read was the one telling the stories of the other bounty hunters (other than Boba Fett) that were in The Empire Strikes Back. Anyone know the name?
Tales of the Bounty Hunters? That's another favorite of mine, although it does have a tale of Boba Fett.
Oh maybe I remember wrong. I was in Jr High when I read it.

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All those Tales books are great. Cantina, Bounty Hunters, Jabbas Palace, New Republic(?), empire, etc.

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arebelspy wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 4:20 pm
All those Tales books are great. Cantina, Bounty Hunters, Jabbas Palace, New Republic(?), empire, etc.
I read the first three; had no idea they had continued the series. There's also another book of short stories that I own but haven't read called "From a Certain Point of View"
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All the x-wing novels, but especially the ones written by Aaron Allston.
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