This mistake would be: Has DR made a strategic error in deciding that only the major events will happen in the hard-covers? First, please don't think that I didn't enjoy the PBs so far because I enjoyed each one of them--except for HC which I found to have been a sleeper except for what the Vong were up to--far more than VP. My only concern is that the HCs set the tone that the PBs will be following. NR gets defeated in VP. NR gets defeated in Onslaught. NR/Empire get defeated in Ruin. NR gets defeated in HT, although the Vong plan against the Jedi is foiled. NR gets defeated in JE, although this defeat resets upon the shoulders of a single person--Jacen Solo. Defeat, defeat, defeat. Enough of it already! Also, an entire YEAR has elapsed since VP and the NR seems to have learned absolutely nothing about the Vong. This whole storyarc has just been so poorly planned its pathetic. The idea behind it is certainly interesting but I'm getting tired of seeing the hero's--and yes I now consider Luke & Co. to be hero's since the NR and Empire are on the same side--acting like idiots. We have consistently seen that all of our heros are capable of thinking. Unfortunately, this quality seems to be absent in the NJO so far. Luke & Co. brought Thrawn down in 3-4 months (if I remember the little hints that Zahn provided for time elapsing in the Thrawn Trilogy correctly) and they've been facing the Vong for a year and are no closer to beating them. Why are they paralyzed to such a large degree by indecision? They've never been indecisive before. I'm all for character development and I believe that that is what the PBs are mainly for. However, we all have our own likes and dislikes when it comes to characters. For example,I don't care about Han. HT was such a struggle for me to get through--I eventually just skipped all the Han/Droma stuff since it wasn't connected to the major plot till the end. I found myself skipping the Han/Droma scenes again in JE for the very same reason. Basically, if you don't care about a character you won't enjoy a book that is centered around him/her/it. For example, I'm sure that some or perhaps most of you would dread having to read through books that center upon characters I care about: Imperials and Kyp. I want to see a novel entirely from Pellaeon's POV or perhaps Moff Saretti's or even Daala's and something from Kyp's POV is essential since we're only hearing one side of his views: from the "holier-than-thou" Skywalker/Solo camp.