Discussion in 'Literature' started by Aaron Dowding, Apr 24, 2013.
hi guys need advice
Heir to the Empire (set 5 years on) is one of the best places to start- and its sequels, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command- they're called the Thrawn trilogy. Though there are books set between RoTJ and it, they work fine read after it.
Agreed. Though I found them pretty boring reads.
Truce at Bakura, literally starts the day after Luke's fight with Vader and Palpy.
Heir to the Empire, 5 years later and basically kicked off the EU.
I wouldn't really recommend any other place.
Heir to the Empire is the logical place, but Courtship of Princess Leia would be nice too.
Truce at Bakura I found a little boring.
Yep the Thrawn Trilogy is good. if you want to read about Luke right after the events of ROTJ, read Truce at Bakura. The only parts that are boring are the hapans.
Hapans aren't in Truce at Bakura, they're in The Courtship of Princess Leia.
Do you mean the Bakurans?
The Truce at Bakura, The Courtship of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor and the Thrawn trilogy are all good places to start.
Agreed, altho I would leave Shadows of Mindor for after the others.
sorry i meant bakurans. i always get them confused with his novel
You could always start with http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/X-Wing:_Rogue_Squadron
and then just keep going with the X-Wings until #7, then read Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command and then keep going X-Wing
Don't listen to anyone who tells you to start with anything other than Heir to the Empire.
Production order, eh? What about all the books before that?
Of all the EU set after ROTJ that I have read, I had the most fun with the Dark Empire trilogy. Those aren't novels, though, so I don't know if they count for your purposes.
Why not Truace at Bakura is chronologically the first novel of ROTJ. Nothing wrong with it. But the first series that ever came out in Star Wars was the Thrawn Trilogy and it may be the best. So i get it if you want to start there.
Truce at Bakura, X-wing 1-4, Courtship of Princess Leia, the Thrawn Trilogy, Dark Empire I, II & Empire's End, Crimson Empire I & II, I, Jedi, Darksaber, Planet of Twilight, the Hand of Thrawn Duology, Jedi Shadow, Jedi Sunrise...
... and that'll neatly round-off everything essential you need from this era, in my opinion.
I second starting with the X-Wing series.
Courtship is also good. If you read that, you should follow up with Tatooine Ghost
As people have mentioned, the X-Wing series is REALLY good for galaxy-wide plot development information. It fills in a lot of information that other novels take for granted/establish (e.g. how Coruscant went from being the capital of the Empire to capital of the New Republic).
Taking the novels people have mentioned above, if you're trying to read things in a timeline fashion, you'd go:
1. Truce at Bakura
2. Shadows of Mindor
3. X-Wing novels #1-#7
4. Courtship of Princess Leia
5. Thrawn Trilogy
6. X-Wing novel #8
7. I could say X-Wing #9 here, but there are actually other stories in-between #8 and #9, I think, that I have not read so I can't really comment on them. Still, #9 is hilarious and a favorite of mine.
Planet of Twilight
hahahhahaha. planet of twilight??? You need planet of twiight!!! This is only the worst book ever written. i say ditch darksaber and planet of twilight, and instead read The New Rebellion and The Corellion trilogy. Now yes, the Corellion trilogy isn't real great, but it does have some humersous moments with Lando and Luke and Han is pretty good in it. New Rebellion was a great book. I could care less about any of the later x-wings books. once they shifted from Rogue Squadron to Wraith Squadron, i lost all interest.
Darksaber and Planet of Twilight re-unifies the Empire, deals with Daala and Callista, hands power to Pellaeon, introduces the Death Seed Plague, the Throne vision, Antemeridia and the Chorios systems, all of which are key to FotJ and the overall saga. I confess it's not the best book, PoT, but it works for what it does.
The Corellian Trilogy introduces Centerpoint and Sal-Solo, both of which only become relevant in much later sources, and are explained at the time in as much detail as necessary.
The New Rebellion, for all its enjoyment factor, contributes zero to the overall arc and plot beyond 'here's another of Luke's fallen students achieving very little'.
You would be remiss to neglect the Black Fleet Crisis, although admittedly it doesn't have that much influence on the overall plot and setting.
An unfortunate turn of events, IMO, as it was A) good in its own right and B) was a Fleet Junkie's dream come true.
Heir to the Empire. It was the first novel published that took place after RotJ, therefore you don't need to have read anything else to understand it.
Also, it's the best.
Absolutely agreed. Even if not all are guaranteed to like it (there isn't a book written that all are guaranteed to like), I'd argue that any other answer only needlessly complicates the issue. Most people forget how big and scary the EU is to someone who has only seen the movies. When I was first starting, the fact that there was such an easy answer made it a lot easier to get into: start with the Thrawn trilogy. Very glad I did, too. Pretty much everything else written in that era is taking some cue from it.
Gorefiend, I gotta agree. As a child I had gotten the Glove of Darth Vader series and that turned me away from reading Star wars for a few years. Then When I was 12 my Grandfather got me The first X-wing novel and two of the Tales of the Jedi Tradepaperbacks when I was stuck in the house for half the summer with a broken le. and they started what has become a life long interest in the Eu.