I've been consuming a large number of Star Wars books, and the process is, if nothing else, giving me great skills at quickly separating the crap from the gold. Far too many Star Wars books are crap, and I'm not sure who deserves the blame. A typical Star Wars book will have some hero on the front cover, like Luke or Vader, and it will be called something sensational, yet the bulk of the book is about some inconsequential plot featuring throwaway minor characters with brief cameos by the character we really want to read about. I mean, why feature these minor characters so prominently? It's like many authors are hesitant to deal with the characters we actually want to read. It's a slog when an author introduces tons of forgettable, bland minor characters who don't command my attention. This is a flaw in both the NEU and the EU.