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Discussion in 'EU Community' started by jedi_john_33, Jul 21, 2004.

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  1. Isbeth

    Isbeth Jedi Master star 4

    Aug 28, 2001
    Shouldn't this go in Lit? :confused: I didn't like anything by Lucano and Zahn, except Zahn's Insider stories.
  2. Handmaiden_Rabe

    Handmaiden_Rabe Jedi Master star 5

    Nov 2, 2003
    Personally, I loved The Crystal Star. I've tried to read Hambly before, but I just couldn't get into it. I really want to read Rebel Dream, Rebel Stand and Dark Journey, so would you guys mind telling me about those? And as soon as I finish the Force Heretic trilogy, I'm picking up Rogue Sqaudron. And I was wondering, is Jaina in those? :confused:

  3. DarthShenobi

    DarthShenobi Jedi Youngling star 2

    Aug 1, 2004
    I haven't read a lot of the EU, only the Thrawn Trilogy and NJO. And I don't really care what other people say about it, I loved NJO. Especially Traitor. IMO It was definitely the best book I've read.

    I liked the Thrawn trilogy but it seemed to go a little slow...maybe it's cause I was only 11. :p

    I didn't really like Agents of Chaos, I stopped reading NJO for about a while cause I thought the rest of the series would be like them.
  4. JainaPadmeJade

    JainaPadmeJade Jedi Youngling star 5

    Dec 20, 2002
    I liked most of the NJO books except for a couple in the beginning and a few at the end. I like most EU books when written by the correct author. Even in some of the best books I shudder at what they do to some of the characters.
  5. Barriss_Rocks

    Barriss_Rocks Jedi Youngling star 2

    Sep 13, 2004
    I literally had to force myself to finish "Planet of Twilight" and "Children of the Jedi."
  6. Thanos6

    Thanos6 Jedi Padawan star 4

    Apr 20, 1999
    The Crystal Star
    Han Solo's Revenge
    Children Of The Jedi
    Planet Of Twilight
    Dark Journey
  7. CanaceErinn

    CanaceErinn Jedi Youngling star 1

    Jul 16, 2004
    Planet of Twilight
    Rogue Planet
    Black Fleet Crisis
    Vector Prime

    GRAND_MOFF_KEVIN Jedi Master star 5

    Jul 4, 2004
    Crystal Star
  9. HanSolOKniser3

    HanSolOKniser3 Jedi Master star 4

    Dec 10, 2003
    I thought that Cestus Deception was, like, totally lame. It's the only SW book that I almost chose not to finish.



    GRAND_MOFF_KEVIN Jedi Master star 5

    Jul 4, 2004
    I liked Cestus
  11. Saturniia

    Saturniia Jedi Youngling star 2

    Feb 28, 2004
    Umm... haven't read most of the EU, but I dislike NJO except for:
    Vector Prime (Okay, I hated what happened, but I can see why it was important)
    and some of the language in Dark Journey

    I read the YJK, and liked it (maybe partly because I was just a kid myself at the time). I read Crystal Star when I was a kid, and liked it. I just hop around in the EU, I guess.
  12. -RebelScum-

    -RebelScum- Jedi Master star 6

    Feb 21, 2004
    Crystal Star, Rogue Planet, Planet of Twilight, Children of Jedi
  13. Ambassador Cara Jade

    Ambassador Cara Jade Jedi Knight star 6

    Oct 23, 1999
    I got over the NJO series really quickly, but for some reason I kept reading, God help me. It was like a train wreck!

    The Black Fleet Crisis was also terrible. I hated the whole idea of Luke becoming a hermit. It just seemed totally out of character.

    And if I heard one more reference to Jacen and Jaina's brandy-brown eyes in the YJK series, I thought I was going to go postal.

    Other than that, they've all been pretty good! I didn't really mind Crystal Star so much, it just seemed like too easy a read.
  14. Aquarius_1977

    Aquarius_1977 Jedi Youngling star 1

    Oct 18, 2004
    Courtship of Princess Leia was just a mess. I have never seen characters I love so mutilated.

    The Black Fleet Crisis books were also terrible. That author had a decent grip on Han, but I got tired of thinking, "...but Leia's not stupid!!" any time she had to make a decision or didn't see through the people or the scams she was facing.

    These books made me give up on the EU completely for a while, but Tatooine Ghost restored my faith.
  15. Nur_Ab_Sal

    Nur_Ab_Sal Jedi Youngling star 2

    May 12, 2004
    Definitively biggest crap I've ever read was Thrawn Trilogy by terribly overrated Timothy Zahn. Next is
    Michael Stackpole with his X-Wing series. Rest is wonderful (Shatterpoint Jay!) or can be tolerated.
  16. Geith_Jiseo

    Geith_Jiseo Jedi Youngling star 3

    Dec 26, 2004
    So far, I've only read up to Vector Prime (I will eventually get through the whole NJO, so help me!). For now, my least favorite EU books would have to be:

    1. The Black Fleet Crisis Trilogy: An utter snoozefest. I knew from the beginning that Luke was not going to find his mother, thus killing all interest in that subplot, and Akanah gets my vote for Worst EU Character Ever.

    2. The Crystal Star: I like the parts involving the Solo kids. Everything else...blech. Worst villain ever, and worst characterization of Luke ever (like the real Luke would ever accuse Han of cheating on his wife. Yeah, right).

    3. The Glove of Darth Vader series. I read these books when I was ten, and even then, I knew they sucked.

    4. Splinter of the Mind's Eye. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

    5. Vision of the Future. Completely ruined the characters of Luke and Mara. I was especially disappointed when Luke proposed to Mara. Zero buildup, and zero payoff.

  17. Sniper_Wolf

    Sniper_Wolf Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Nov 26, 2002
    Anything by Zahn/Stackpole/Allston has left a very bad taste in my mouth.
  18. Adalia-Durron

    Adalia-Durron Former RSA/EUC Empress. star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 3, 2003
    Hated 'Crystal Star' and also 'Planet of the Twilight'.....

    SPARKSIII Jedi Youngling star 1

    Oct 13, 2004
    I'm a newbie. I don't have a literary background so I'm just expressing my feelings on just impressions of just a few authors. 1) Timothy Zahn's The Thrawn trilogy? I hope I got that right. Well, anyway, the Admiral Thrawn character to me was not something I felt is something that felt not of Star Wars. Including Mara Jade. Too derivative of Han Solo/Skywalker. I am not of fan of this creation. 2) Alan Dean Foster's The Approaching Storm: ADF has a style of writing that I find increasingly ANNOYING AND IRRITATING! his continaul usage of broken down alien speech! I think Jar Jar Binks and Tooqui should have a verbal bout to see who would win! Also, those post Jedi spin offs I am tired of the usage of imperial stormtroopers and lame counterparts that were best left in that era. These authors NEED to stop using x-wings, tie-fighters, star destroyers or their generic counterparts and come up with something entirely new and or different. EPIII is showing the way. Why can't these authors do the same. I'm SICK AND TIRED OF ANOTHER rogue Han Solo type. It's played out!!!
  20. Protege-of-Thrawn

    Protege-of-Thrawn Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Mar 14, 2001
    The Galaxy of Fear novels always made me role the eyes a bit, although to be fair they were aimed at a young audience and don't have to be considered at the forefront of canonical importance.

    GODV as strict literature is horrible, and I've had friends in university who could cobble together a better story from the SW franchise: in fact, the FanFiction forum here is full of such examples. But that said, GODV is responsible for Moffel(TM), and as such, is a centrepiece of EU literature. ;)

    I was never a big rap of the YJK series either, but that's more because of an aversion to KJA's writing style.

    Then again, one of my favourite trilogies was the Black Fleet Crisis, which has been widely panned so far in this thread, so my opinion might not count for much. :p
  21. Chancellor_Ewok

    Chancellor_Ewok Force Ghost star 7

    Nov 8, 2004
    Yeah, I'm not sure why people keep trashing the BFC. I liked it. It was very much in the vien of the NJO, very dark.I agree with your thoughs on GOVD. It had the potential to be actually quite a cool story, but it was so badly written, and by people who knew virtually NOTHING about Star Wars that it ended up being a total joke.
  22. Selina_Moonfire

    Selina_Moonfire Jedi Youngling star 1

    Jan 30, 2005
    Anything by KJ Anderson
  23. Chancellor_Ewok

    Chancellor_Ewok Force Ghost star 7

    Nov 8, 2004
    I don't really, agree with that. I though that the JAT was good and Darksaber was so-so and would have been much better if it hadn't had the near destruction of Admiral Gilad Pelleaon as character, along with the totally pointless death of Crix Madine. I mean Pelleaon, just randomly decides to throw in with Daala and Madine get taken out by the HUTTS, come on.
  24. Jedi_Master_Gollum

    Jedi_Master_Gollum Jedi Youngling star 2

    Jul 16, 2002
    I have to begin by saying that The Crystal Star was the WORST SW book I've ever read, except for The Glove of Darth Vader which doesn't count because it was written for, like, 6 year olds. But beyond that, the books I dislike are: everything except Zahn and the X-wing books. I think Stackpole is really smart to center around a minor character and lots of new ones, because then nobody can accuse him of messing up already established characters, when everyone has his/her own interpretation of them. And Zahn is just generally awesome. Thrawn=Holy cow. Plus his Conqueror Trilogy (non-SW) is good, too. Beyond that, I liked KJA back in junior high when Star Wars was the only sci-fi I'd ever read...then I read some GOOD sci-fi, and KJA just seemed so inadequate after that.
  25. MarcusP2

    MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper star 6 Staff Member Manager

    Jul 10, 2004
    Planet of Twilight took 2 weeks to finish. Considering my average time is 2 days, that's an indication of what I thought of it.
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