You could skip DJ and still figure out whats going on but you have to read the Aaron Allston books which do include everybody and are wonderful gems of humor in what had become a really dark story arc. Now I'm going to stand on my soap box pillar as an English Major and tell you that Traitor is the best SW book ever written. It is not my favorite, which is Truce at Bakura, but it is really the best, most complex, literary and Modern book written to date in the EU. (I mean Modern like James Joyce or Joan Didion Modern; not modern like weird black and white amorphous furniture modern. You may not enjoy Traitor as a SW atory but you must read it as an excellent peice of literature and since this is a readers club I feel fully justified in the security of my soap box.