Well, opinions will vary greatly on most SW books (ie: I have much love for the Dark Nest Trilogy, while some really don't like it and others fall somewhere inbetween). And there are some that might be more important reads than actually good reads (for example, IMO, Courtship of Princess Leia is a grimace-inducing read, but is necessary to wrap up the Zsinj plotline as well as establish various elements that make several appearances down the road). Others are bad in unique ways (such as The Crystal Star). I'd put The Approaching Storm, The Ruins of Dantooine, Truce at Bakura, Children of the Jedi, Planet of Twilight, The Crystal Star on the "probably avoid them" list (but then, for example, there's the question of Darksaber, which is the middle book of a trilogy of stand-alone books (alongside Children and Planet), so it's kinda nebulous [though DS's reputation falls under one of lesser quality but being of more importance overall] even though you can read DS and follow along pretty well). At least as far as pre-NJO titles go (it's a little more difficult to skip single books from that era onwards). The Cestus Deception and Courtship fall into the weak category for me as well. Of the books I haven't read yet, Jedi Trial has a pretty terrible reputation, and The New Rebellion doesn't seem to be favored much, either. We do have a series of "JC Reviews Special" threads for many books with an averaged review ranking by our userbase. Here's the one for Mercy Kill- in the opening post there is a list of links to the past threads. Skip to the most recent post by Havac (or other Mod) in each thread to find the most recent average. There was also a "JC Reviews Retrospective" series that dealt with older titles, but it wasn't as extensive (we should try to bring that back, I think, though). Here's the one for Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter which has links to 7 others. You might have to do a forum search for any others.