Lit GENERAL QUESTION THREAD (What to read? Where to start? What's canon? What's not? Duros, etc.)

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Master_Keralys, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Daneira Jedi Knight

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    Do we know whether the Han Solo comic takes place before, during, or after the Star Wars ongoing? What is the Rebel base he goes to at the beginning of the first issue?
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  2. Commander_Andersen Jedi Master

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    From memory, I think he just rendezvouses with the rebel fleet, so his conversation with Leia and Cracken appear to take place on one of the cruisers - potentially the Nebulon-B Frigate we see.
  3. Gamiel Force Ghost

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    Beside the serp, do there exist any SW culture that is inspired by medieval Europe?
  4. Daneira Jedi Knight

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    the planet Weik is very medieval, at least technology-wise


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  5. Gamiel Force Ghost

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    Thanks but I am looking for culture-wise, especially the trappings.
  6. Anakin 99 Jedi Padawan

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    I finished Dark Empire Trilogy what I should read Next Crimson Empire or Jedi Search
  7. Daneira Jedi Knight

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    Crimson Empire


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  8. JackG Jedi Grand Master

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  9. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod

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  10. SpecForce Trooper Jedi Knight

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    I just finished the Thrawn Trilogy; I'm not quite sure where to go next. What book should best be read after the Trilogy. I'm making my way to the NJO, so I'd like to read what builds up to it. I wouldn't want to skip any good reads, though. Thanks for answering, in advance!
  11. Todd the Jedi Mod and Soliloquist of SWTV - ON VACATION

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    If you care more about lore, read the Jedi Academy trilogy, I, Jedi, The Corellian trilogy, and the Hand of Thrawn duology.

    If you care more about quality, read I, Jedi, Starfighters of Adumar, The Black Fleet Crisis trilogy, the Hand of Thrawn duology, Survivor's Quest, and Scourge.

    If you don't care and want to read as much as you can, read the above plus The Crystal Star. And maybe Darksaber.
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  12. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    Also Union. For all choose-your-own-reading-adventure options.
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  13. Taalcon Force Ghost

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    I'm somewhat in the process of the same thing, having done half of the Bantam Era when they came out, and then never going forward.
    There's kind of 4 categories, and if you're not hung up on doing a strictly Chronological reading, and want to follow the Big Narrative Beats, here's one path:

    • Dark Empire Trilogy (comic) - A bit of an important story beat in the lives of the Skywalkers. Referenced often in coming books.
    • Jedi Academy Trilogy + Darksaber (Kevin J Anderson) -While Darksaber also wirdly serves as the middle of another trilogy of sorts following the character of Callista, it also serves more as the finale to the 'Kevin J Anderson Universe' in this era. It's tonally consistent with the JAT, and follows up on some stuff that happens in it. These books were really what cemented the Bantamverse as being a consistent, lore-building thing. They're fun and a bit silly, but kind of key for getting the Bantam Era.
    • X-Wing Novel Series, X-Wing Comics, + I, Jedi (Stackpole/Alston) - Starts a few years before Heir to the Empire, and really adds new layers and truly expands the expanded universe. I Jedi follows a character from the X-Wing novels during the events of the Jedi Academy Trilogy, and beyond, giving a whole new perspective on that story. (It also makes a lot more sense if you've already read the JAT).
    • Hand of Thrawn Duology (Zahn): The Capstone and Finale of the Bantamverse, kind of taking into consideration and working in the key elements of all the stuff listed above, but the closest thing to a direct sequel to The Thrawn Trilogy in the lot.
    As said before, there are others you may enjoy. While they have some interesting ideas, I personally found the other 'Callista Books' (Children of the Jedi, Planet of Twilight) a bit, well, boring, and hard to slog through. Other series may also have interesting ideas, and be fun in their own way, but they really don't seem to be key in the progressing narrative. The tend to be stories that, "Sure, also happened", but don't really have big ramifications either in the progression of the overall story, or on the individual characters' arcs.
    At least, that's my impression as I've been pushing along with the material i've missed, and selectively revisiting material I'd read decades ago!

    For Extra Credit, read the Tales of the Jedi comics run by Tom Veitch and Kevin J Anderson. These were also written during this time, and serve as Ancient History touchpoints to both Dark Empire and the Jedi Academy Trilogy stories respectively.
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  14. Gamiel Force Ghost

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    I would ad the Young Jedi Knight series where we follow Han and Leia's children + friends as they train to be Jedi.
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  15. Outbound Myth Jedi Youngling

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    I'm in a similar boat. I read the Thrawn trilogy and enjoyed it very much. Then I heard that Zahn wrote a prequel about the mysterious Outbound Flight project, and so I read that and thought it was great! So now I'm rereading the Thrawn trilogy in preparation for the Hand of Thrawn books. But I've heard that those two are a sort of "finale" of the Bantam books. Will I be super confused if I just go into them, though? I plan to read the Hand of Thrawn, Survivor's Quest, and then Outbound Flight again before reading the new Thrawn book.
  16. darthzac14 Jedi Knight

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    Does anyone know where I can read the Tales of the Jedi series? I've looked on Comixology and all the issues are sold individually. Is there a way to get them collected?
  17. vncredleader Jedi Master

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    No. I mean sure there are trades......which have been out of print since the 90s and early 2000s. There are two omnibi.......which are about $100 a piece now cause they are out of print. You can get them individually on comixology or buy them in singles via ebay or going to as many comic shops as possible but no real collection to buy sadly.
  18. darthzac14 Jedi Knight

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    That's weird being that some Omnibus collections are on Comixology but not the TotJ Omnibus volumes
  19. Kylun Jedi Knight

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    I've got a Marvel Unlimited subscription, and I just checked: they're all available. TotJ, DLotS, Redemption, FotSE, FNU, GAotS, and TSW. As well as every other Dark Horse SW series, it looks like. Subscription is $10 a month, or $70 for a full year, if you want to check it out.
  20. SpecForce Trooper Jedi Knight

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    As you can tell from my username, I'm a big special forces nerd (Ever since RepCom.), and one major question has proved impossible to answer: Which branch of the Empire do Storm Commandos belong to? Shadow Troopers are apart of Intelligence, and Intelligence is the rival organization of the ISB; Since Storm Commandos are are separate from Shadow Troopers, this has me to believe Storm Commandos serve the ISB. Is this plausible? Which organization do you think Storm Commandos report to.
  21. Iron_lord Force Ghost

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  22. Valryk Jedi Padawan

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    Knight Errant

    Which comes first? The comics or the novel?
  23. spicer Jedi Master

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    The first arc (or first five issues), then the novel and then the remaining two arcs (i.e. all remaining issues) of the comic.
  24. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    It's amazing. You'll love it.

    Well, if you like zany characters that is. But isn't that why we're all here anyway?
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  25. Valryk Jedi Padawan

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    Thanks, I couldn't find a timeline order anywhere.