"The Essential Chronology," by Kevin J. Anderson, Daniel Wallace, Bill Hughes [Del Rey, 2000]

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"The Essential Chronology," by Kevin J. Anderson, Daniel Wallace, Bill Hughes [Del Rey, 20

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  1. dp4m Chosen One

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    Nov 8, 2001
    star 9
  2. dp4m Chosen One

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    Nov 8, 2001
    star 9
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    Summary:
    When this book first hit print, many Star Wars fans felt a great disturbance in the Force. Not the bad, millions-of-voices-crying-out-in-terror kind of disturbance, mind you--more like a galactic sigh of relief as two Star Wars vets finally dared to compile a comprehensive chronology, a book ambitiously subtitled "The Definitive History of the Star Wars Universe." And Kevin J. Anderson and Daniel Wallace don't disappoint. Their accurately named Essential Chronology satisfies all but the most rabid fan-boy needs, cataloging every significant event from the Golden Age of the Sith (roughly 5,000 years B.B.Y., Before the Battle of Yavin) through to the exploits of the Young Jedi in 24 A.B.Y. (immediately preceding the events of Del Rey's New Jedi Order story arc).

    In encyclopedic style, the duo have compiled the periods and players from what's become a sprawl of comics, computer games, newspaper strips, "audio adventures," and paperbacks. Some niggling details, of course, slip through the cracks, but the end product succeeds admirably, proving to be both entertaining and useful. The icing on the cake? Solid illustrations by Bill Hughes, an era-by-era timeline (including every major book, comic, computer game, and movie), and--thank the Maker--an index.


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  3. TIEPilot051999 Force Ghost

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    Mar 27, 2002
    star 7
    It's a good book. Too bad that it, along with the other Essential Guides are REALLY out of date. :_|

    But they're getting updated! :)

    Oh, yeah.

    10.
  4. evanchester Jedi Knight

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    May 25, 2002
    star 2
    Perfect.
    I can't wait for the new one, whenever it comes out.

    10
  5. Jades Fire Jedi Master

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    Nov 8, 1998
    star 4
    I'm of two minds about The Essential Chronology. In some respects, it was a great reference for reading about parts of the EU I have not read.

    However, I absolutely HATED the forcing of events that should have been just ignored, plus some of the minor retconning. I'd give examples, but don't want to be set upon by a pack of completists.

    5/10
  6. evanchester Jedi Knight

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    May 25, 2002
    star 2
    "However, I absolutely HATED the forcing of events that should have been just ignored"

    I don't understand what you mean by this.
  7. TIEPilot051999 Force Ghost

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    Mar 27, 2002
    star 7
    He means some of the earlier EU stuff, such as the "Glove Of Darth Vader" series.
  8. evanchester Jedi Knight

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    May 25, 2002
    star 2
    Ah.

    Well, until they are marked as Infinities, the authors of things like these really have no choice but to include them.
  9. TIEPilot051999 Force Ghost

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    Mar 27, 2002
    star 7
    Well, I don't find them bad, and I'm really glad how they managed to work them into the whole canon thing with this book. :)
  10. SaberGiiett7 Force Ghost

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    Jul 2, 2002
    star 6
    I give this wonderful book a 9. :)

    I purchased this well before I even delved into the Expanded Universe and many of the parts confused me until I read such series as TOTJ and The Jedi Academy Trilogy. Nevertheless despite it leaving out pet peev details of mine and having obscure skeletal descriptions of the era between AOTC and Episode 3 (resulting in the 9) I thought it brought you through the GFFAs' history touching on induavidual stories and minor confilcts amzaningly.

    The Author's must of slaved to get all this infomation in chronological order regardless of the fact Anderson wrote about 30% of the history. The illustrations also where very handy.

    :)

    <[-]> Saber
  11. redleader92055 Jedi Youngling

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    Feb 9, 2003
    star 2
    i read that whole damn book and it was great i gave it a 10
  12. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Aug 16, 2002
    star 10
    10.

    It has everything that's essential in the SW timeline(before NJO and AOTC came out).

    -Evan
  13. Saint_of_Killers Jedi Youngling

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    Feb 18, 2001
    star 5
    8. It was good, but not comprehensive enough for my tastes.
  14. LordExar Jedi Padawan

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    Aug 25, 2003
    A very good history book. I voted 10.
  15. the-dork-knight Jedi Knight

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    Jan 14, 2003
    star 3
    I personally think this is an excellent jumping on point for people who are just starting to read EU. This came out shortly after the NJO started, and it's a great way for people who've never cracked a SW novel before to get up to date if the NJO was their first EU experience.

    9/10
  16. Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 9, 1999
    star 10
    10

    This book is great for newbies and oldbies alike. Newbies get summaries of most of the books they haven't read yet, while oldbies can pick up on new little tidbits of info scattered throughout, such as the Grand Admirals, how the Rebel Dream got captured, what happened to Daala, etc.
  17. burrie Jedi Master

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    May 27, 2000
    star 4
    10
    Recently purchased this book, and it's an excellent read. A great way to reread and remember what various stories were about and to see them all fit together in one gigantic story... just like the Star Wars EU is supposed to be.

    Although I still would've liked some more information about the 1000-3000 BBY era, but the authors can hardly be blamed for that.

    I wonder how KotOR is going to fit in the new Essential Chronology...
  18. YODA_SITH Force Ghost

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    Jan 11, 2003
    star 4
    A great book in fact I was reading it like 2 hours ago refreshing my memory on a few things.

    I cant wait for a new one to come out with the NJO in it and the clone wars.
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