I'm a teacher. My students know I'm really into reading, and Star Wars, and so they automatically assume I'm into the Star Wars novels. I'm not. I think they're pretty awful, to tell you the truth. When I mention that, I'm always asked "well have you read them?" My usual reaction is "Yes, I don't knock something without trying it." I was about to get down this road again recently, and then I realized - "have you read them?" is a loaded question. I'm guessing very few people have read them ALL. I bring this up because, any time I do mention one I have specifically read, the reply is always "Well that one isn't very good, you need to try this one." Today I say, fine. Convert me. Go ahead. If this thread can come to a consensus on what the absolute best EU novel is, I'll go out and read it as to be better informed. I'm asking those of you who are into this kind of thing to show me what the fuss is all about. So that you may know my tastes in literature, my absolute favorite novel is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. And for point of reference, the last SW novel I read was Fatal Alliance, and oh man, it was like slugging through internet fan fiction. Sorry, that's an insult to internet fan fiction.