The NJO was my first EU experience. "Destinies Way" in fact. I was fortunate to come in during the turning of the tide. Really wonder how my EU path would have taken if the book had ended on a downer. I haven't read the entire thing, I read from DW until TUF, and then I read STAR BY STAR. So I really can't comment on whether or not it lasted to long. If I were to give an opinion, I'd say the peopel who feel it lasted to long were probably right. However, NJO was definitly something different, and took the EU places it hadn't gone before. It gave us great character moments, tragic loses, triumph and new ideas about the force and such. The New Jedi Order, for me, works best if you look at it as the end of the Star Wars story. It was a big huge adventrue that I felt said everything that needed to be said about family, the force, death, and so on in the Star Wars U. And to me I give lots of praise to James Luceno. For everyone who thought NJO was to un-Star Warsy, TUF, took this Trek idea( as some called it) and made it pure Star Wars. TUF was the most thrilling and most Star Wars books I've ever read. Sure I give props to the Thrawn Trilogy, but there was somethign about that book that made me feel that I could have watched TUF on the big screen and it would have felt like the OT. Not only was TUF a great book, but it was the perfect ending for the EU. And even if you continuie telling stories after, it was an even better passing of the torch. Not only that but being a good ending it also gave the final word on the force. After all those years of light and Dark, we learn it's not the force that is light or Dark, it's the people who use it. I thought that was a great idea. Obviously many don't see it that way, and I'm glad you got your reward and punishment for not being as open minded. Oh, and lastly NJO created the best villain since THRAWN, NOM ANOR. Vergere too. Vergere is probably the biggest reason why I don't give a rats ass about the EU. You read about a character who is obviously a Jedi no matter what, and then you get told she's a Sith and that's that. It made me angry at fans, and it made me see how silly this whole retconing thing was, and how damaging it could be.