Help a recovering Star Wars addict with his relapse. That is, update me on what's worth reading the Expanded Universe.
I seriously considered posting this as Anon, given how nerdy -- even among Internet people -- it makes me seem.
As an introverted nerd pre-teen and early teenager, I was way
into Star Wars novels. I'm not sure if time has made them seem better than they were, but dang if I didn't love everything I could get my hands on. Evidence: I even had the technical manuals for the SW universe's vehicles, weapons, and droids.
I recently chanced upon a spoiler-filled Wikipedia page for a major character (spoilers, duh)
, and thought, Hey, I'd like to find out the story behind those events. They sound even darker and more interesting than I remember.
But I have 10+ years of novel releases between my last foray and present day, and I have very little time to read, so I'd like to pare it down to just the quality stuff, if there's any to be had.
This is where I need your help.
Here's what I've read, in fictional-chronological order, taken from this list:
Probably some others too, but these are the titles that jump out at me.
- Shadows of the Empire
- Truce at Bakura
- The X-wing Series (Yes, all 9. They're still on my shelf at my parents' house.)
- Courtship of Princess Leia
- Thrawn Trilogy
- I, Jedi
- Jedi Academy Trilogy
- Callista Trilogy
- Crystal Star
- Hand of Thrawn
I never read any of the comics/graphic novels. Not really a fan of the format. I think I might have picked up one of the young adult novels at some point by mistake... and never finished it.
So, fellow SW nerds-- what else should I read to catch up on the story, published either since I stopped paying attention, or something I missed?
Are there specific authors to watch out for?
And yes, "Nothing from the expanded universe is worth reading." is a valid answer, as long as you're speaking from experience. In that case, feel free to tell me the least-bad installments.