Lit The X-Wing novels. How good are the last ones?

Discussion in 'Literature' started by JediMasterKeno, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. JediMasterKeno Force Ghost

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    I've only read the first 4 of the X-Wing novels years ago. They were alright. Almost like reading sci fi versin of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six or something.

    What are the last 2-3 X-Wing novels that include Isard's Revenge or whatever. Were the last couple any good?
  2. mnjedi Jedi Master

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    Yes, they are all good, very very very good.
    Here are the names past #4
    #5 Wraith Squadren
    #6 Iron Fist
    #7 Solo Command
    #8 Isard's Revenge
    #9 Starfighters of Adumar
    #10? Mercy Kill (set after FotJ, relativly new book..)
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    IMO they are all great and are all worth picking up and reading.
  3. DarkEagle Jedi Grand Master

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    Yes, they are all very good; some would ever say they're better. Slightly different tone though- whereas the first 4 are more serious, Allston adds a more humorous touch (while keeping most of the serious). Starfighters of Adumar is one of the best books ever written.
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  4. cdgodin Jedi Grand Master

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    Yes. Starfighters of Adumar is the greatest EU book ever written.
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  5. GrandAdmiralJello Community and Lit moderator person

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    Yes, you should read them.


    And then read them again.
  6. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    They are frigging awesome.
  7. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    Yep they are great. I actually bought Iron Fist 3 times because two copies have been destroyed be rereading.:)
  8. Mechalich Force Ghost

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    The Wraith Squad trilogy (Wraith Squadron, Iron Fist and Solo Command) are extremely good. Isard's Revenge is alright, probably the weakest in the series though. Starfighters of Adumar is hilarious, it's greatness is largely anchored in one's enjoyment of Allston's humor since the actual storyline is fairly thin (now I'm with those above in greatly enjoying Allston's humor so...yeah).

    Mercy Kill is good, but the storyline is again somewhat thin, and the 'X-wing' part of the title something of a misnomer, since hardly any time is actually spent in starfighters.
  9. DarthApprentice Jedi Grand Master

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    All the X-Wing series are fantastic, IMO. I second what Jello said.
  10. Mirax Terrik Chosen One

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    Starfighters of Adumar have some of my favorite scenes and dialogue to date. You're really shooting yourself in the foot if you don't read the entire X-wing series.
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  11. aeods Jedi Knight

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    Yeah X-Wing is my favourite Star Wars series, very very well written, Stackpole and Allston both adding different elements to it. Allston in particular is very well written, but Stackpole has some gripping plots.
  12. DarthApprentice Jedi Grand Master

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    Allston is one of my favorite SW writers. He makes me laugh everytime I read one of his novels....
  13. ShanOffirin Force Ghost

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    If Michael A. Stackpole did do an X-wing novel with the Rogues, they should have a completely new list of new characters trying to live up to the legacy of Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles, led by Syal Antilles.
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  14. my kind of scum Force Ghost

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    Probably my favorite SW novel series as well. Actually just started rereading the series after reading Mercy Kill and realizing how much I missed the x-wing novels.
  15. Zorkel567 Jedi Grand Master

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    Only read Mercy Kill so far, but own 7 of the nine earlier ones and hopefully shall read them someday. Mercy kill was really good, though the ending kind of fell apart a bit. The build up was good, the ending was just off a little.
  16. Mirax Terrik Chosen One

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    Read them now. I'll wait.
  17. Zorkel567 Jedi Grand Master

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    I plan to eventually, I really do. Mercy Kill got me really intrigued in the characters. Right now, though, I am hoping to finish Rogue Planet soon, and then I was planning to move on to Outbound Flight.
  18. Mirax Terrik Chosen One

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    Mercy Kill was really different from the rest of the series. Just a heads up.
  19. Robimus Force Ghost

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    I thought Iron Fist and Adumar were terrible. That said I enjoyed Wraith Squadron and Solo Command, as well as Isard's Revenge. Haven't checked out Mercy Kill yet.
  20. aeods Jedi Knight

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    That's cool. Not everyone has a good taste in books.
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  21. ShanOffirin Force Ghost

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    I haven't got my hands on Mercy Kill yet. I just recently got Starfighters of Adumar and the entire Black Fleet Crisis trilogy plus Clone Wars Seasons 3 and 4 and I need to get thru those first. Not to mention Apocalypse and most of the post-ROTJ.
  22. RC-1991 Force Ghost

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    Allow me to add my voice to the "Starfighters of Adumar is an awesome-sauce sandwich topped with bacon" chorus. It's Allston in peak form, and also contains perhaps the best deconstruction of the Holy Noble Warrior trope that I have ever encountered.
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  23. ShanOffirin Force Ghost

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    And lots of fun references relating to stuff like how to spell Hobbie's name, the four X-wing pilots dressing as women and noble battles with a Mon Cal Star Cruiser involved (from what I've read on Wookieepedia anyway)
  24. Havac Some Guy Who Moderates Lit

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    Isard's Revenge is okay, but the weakest of the series. All the other ones are some of the very best Star Wars books of all time.
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  25. GrandAdmiralJello Community and Lit moderator person

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    I remember disliking Krytos Trap the most when I was younger, but I've not reread it in the last... decade, at the very least. Kind of sad actually. I've re-read RS a lot (most of the time, again, when I was young but I started a recent reread a while back), and re-reading the Wraith books (esp. Adumar) used to be a frequent thing.

    I'll have to see how Krytos Trap stands up when I'm interested in more than just the battles (and actually, am now quite bored by the battles).