what is the worst eu novel ever written?

Discussion in 'Literature' started by dark_jedi, Oct 18, 2001.

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  1. tmihah Jedi Youngling

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    Sep 26, 2001
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    THE WORST - the first children's books series that had the "Glove of Darth Vader" and other classic ideas. These were the absolute worst (I once tried to rewrite them to make them fit in the continuity but I couldn't get past C-3P0 flying an airspeeder off into space and then trying to save the whales. Mount Yoda and SPIN also sucked the big one.

    Next to the worst were the Bounty Hunter Books. What would have made a great short story was strung out over three books with very tiresome dialog and poor takes on popular characters.

    PLANET OF TWILIGHT- Here is where I realized that my enjoyment of Children of the Jedi was actually my joy at having Luke find someone. Once I got past this plot point, I realized Hambly wasn't a very good writer. It is very hard to visualize what is going on in the book and then, when you can, its some cheap attempt at linking modern culture with Star Wars (Like a variation of Cal Ripken's name matching his achievement at shock ball or something - blah).

    LANDO CALRISSIAN TRILOGY - just not very good. Didn't like them. Not really worth stating why. Just try to read them. Go ahead. You'll see.

    NEW REBELLION - "It's Dolph!" "Remember Dolph!" Dolph? We can't ever hear about Kyle Katarn but we get Dolph? Also the senate bomb killed all the cool senator characters from the Black Fleet Crisis series. A lot of those had some great potential.

    YOUNG JEDI KNIGHTS - Just the final "Return to" series, totalling three books. They were forced big time, like KJA was tired of the whole series already and wanted to be sure he wouldn't get the contract when Jedi Apprentice series came out. Who really cares if a spice junky can find herself? Furthermore, if this is Black Suns attempt to regain a foot hold in the galaxy they deserve to loose to a bunch of hormone driven spoon benders.

    There were other "poor" books but none that actually managed to tick me off like these. I walked away from these really angry that I spent my money and hating myself for being such a fanboy and slave to Lucas that even knowing how bad they were I'd still have plunked down money to add them to my collection.



  2. ShadesOfGrey Jedi Youngling

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    Sep 10, 2001
    Crystal Star, but I hear it was rushed and that was a big mistake. Planet of Twilight, it has nothing at all to do with Star Wars and Callista is in it, which will bring any book down, no matter how good. Black Fleet crisis was absolutly awful. The rest are all fairly good.
  3. LtSticks Jedi Youngling

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    Oct 15, 2001
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    The bounty hunter wars trilogy books were the biggest pile of c**p i ever had the misfortune to read! Are they even worthy to be called EU books?

    Oh yeah, and the YJK ones weren't top notch either. I HATED those stupid catchphrases of Tenel Ka and Jaina

    "This is a fact" AAAAAGH!
  4. wild_karrde Jedi Grand Master

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    Oct 8, 1999
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    Just noticed this thread, but here's my response to the topic:

    n00bie

    wk
  5. Jedi-Faith Jedi Youngling

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    Dec 21, 2000
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    I didn't like Crystal Star...

    Vector Prime was pretty bad too; I couldn't even survive 'til the end. As a result, I haven't tried to read another NJO book since.
  6. jawa_trader Jedi Youngling

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    Oct 23, 2001
    the truce at bakura is the worst
  7. Mecca-Don Jedi Youngling

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    Feb 28, 2001
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    The Crystal Star is the worst EU novel that I have ever read. It has almost no redeeming value whatsoever. Xaverri was the only person I liked in the book. I thought Waru was an idea straight out of a Star Trek book, hated Hethrir and the whole Empire Reborn and just about anything else associated with the book. The Bounty Hunter Wars is almost as bad even though Hard Merchandise isn't that bad. However it wasn't good enough to save the whole trilogy. The Black Fleet Crisis is also disappointing because it could have been so much better. If Kube-McDowell had stuck with the Yevetha storyline and skipped the whole White Current/Fallanssi and Quella Vagabond storylines the books would have been quite good but it didn't happen like that. Ahh Well, too bad.
  8. JediSilverstar Jedi Youngling

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    Aug 30, 2001
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    Rogue Planet?? Vector Prime?? I understand this opinion but those are two great books. Especially VP. Salvatore is a phenomenal writer and I think he did a better job than anyone could of introducing the Yuuzhan Vong. What I think most people have against it is that is saw the demise of the most beloved character of all pop culture history of all time... Chewbacca. And even his death was written in a poetic fashion worthy of the great Wookiee.

    Back on topic... Planet of Twilight sucked, but don't knock Barbara Hambly, her "Those Who Hunt the Night" vampire stories are very good.
  9. JediMaster Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 10, 1999
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    I would have to say I did not enjoy the X-wing series.
  10. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    Aug 6, 2001
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    Children of the Jedi and Planet of Twilight. Ugh Barbara Hambly is just horrible. Her writing is tedious and hard to follow. The books don't even feel like Star Wars and the characterizations are all wrong.

    Crystal Star is dumb too but not as bad as Hambly's hack work.
  11. UCLAJediMaster Jedi Master

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    Feb 16, 2001
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    can this topic be more over done!!!!

    i am so sick of people listing their favorite and worst novels.....
  12. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    Aug 6, 2001
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    Obviously people still want to discuss it. Don't wanna read about it? No one is forcing you to click on this thread. Move along... move along.
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