The New Jedi Order (NJO) is long and greuling, but it's worth it. Oh, and I played Shadows of the Empire on N64. I wasn't crazy about it there, so I didn't bother reading the book. I know Mandy has read it though, and lists it among her favorites. And I read the entire Thrawn series. I think you mean Hand of Thrawn duology. The reason I haven't read the second one of that is simple: I never bought it. I guess I wasn't impressed enough with the first one, although it wasn't because it was bad writing. I was just bored with Star Wars EU at the point. In case I haven't told all of you, I took a four year break from Star Wars EU, and that came out around that time.