Well Blake, I wish I could remember where I saw that interview I referred to (was it here?), so that I could post it here. If anyone else read the interview I'm talking about, then you know what I mean. Unfortunately, all I can do is tell you that, as a response to a direct question, Lucas said that he has NOT read any of the spinoff novels. No ifs, ands or buts. If I find the interview, I'll be sure to post it.