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Lit Your First EU Experience

Discussion in 'Literature' started by HipsterChewie, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. Starwarsranterman

    Starwarsranterman Jedi Youngling

    Sep 17, 2012
    My first EU book was betrayal from the legacy of the force series. Possible one of the worst places to start, but it made me fall in love with star wars and the EU.
  2. JediMatteus

    JediMatteus Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Sep 16, 2008
    my first star wars book was the second star wars book ever written in the eu. I never read "Splinters" I read the Thrawn trilogy the moment it came out.
  3. Lazy Storm Trooper

    Lazy Storm Trooper Jedi Master star 4

    Sep 18, 2012
    Vision of the Future, at age 7. I had no clue what was happening or who half the characters were. I still need to re-read it.
  4. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 29, 2005
    Probably The Essential Guide to Characters. Or The Paradise Snare. Or Shadows of the Empire. Or Wraith Squadron. Or Before the Storm.

    I know a lot of the stuff I got early on, but hell if I know a specific order.
  5. DarthApprentice

    DarthApprentice Jedi Knight star 1

    May 17, 2011
    I read most of the Bantam-era novels when I was much younger. When I hit high school, I took a break from SW and read some other stuff. I actually thought for a while that SW novels had ceased to be made, don't know why. Then for Xmas one year, I received Betrayal and Force Heretic 2, LotF and NJO respectively, and was thrown a curveball when I found out what was going on....
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  6. Sith93Apprentice

    Sith93Apprentice Jedi Youngling star 1

    Sep 7, 2012
    Uhm, 5 years ago I lost my sight and was forever exiled from my happy world of Star Wars Galaxies. I meandered into a store with my wife and she plucked 2 audio books off a clearance rack. These were Legacy Of The Force 6 & 7. I thought the production quality was great and this guy, mark Thompson was amazing but at first I put off because of Jayna. I thought she acted too juvenile and sassy and later it became clear she was really cast as a SW version of the new Starbuck from the 2003 version of Battle Star Galactica. I wanted to hear more about the story though and it was actually incredibly frustrating to piece together what books preceeded or followed those books. You know, they're not numbered and that's a deliberate sales gimic. I started surfing and iTunes for others and there they were. I still had no clue where they feel in the timeline and this really a royal pain the ass. I eventually completed the series and started collecting other ones but it took some work. The audio versions are really good, at least the ones with mark Thompson doing the voice acting, but it would really, really help shoppers if they bothered to index them or classify them by era or something. I passed up buys several times simply because I didn't know where to fit it in. Most people here seem to use the New Jedi Order series as the standard, but actually, I never read it. I guess the fims are the best starting point. Get the film novelizations and move forward. Use the guide here to help pick them. If you run into enough questions then read everything before the prequels. You probably know everything in SW is dated before or after the Battle Of yavin (BBY) it makes sense to use that as your reference.
  7. DarthLazious28273

    DarthLazious28273 Jedi Youngling

    Jan 19, 2013
    Mine was the The Thrawn Trilogy back in the early 1990's. I was kinda of hoping they would be made into movies since they were just that good. I even listened to the audio books as well. I would totally reccomend these books to any noobs to the EU.
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  8. General Immodet

    General Immodet Jedi Master star 4

    Dec 5, 2012
    I agree! The Thrawn Trilogy is perfect starting off point for new readers.
    I never got why people who had not read it could even follow what was going on in the EU.
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  9. Kyris Cavisek

    Kyris Cavisek Jedi Knight star 4

    Nov 12, 2012
    There are other logical jumping on points, X Wing (you don't need to know what is going on), Vector Prime (you kind of have to accept certain things, Mara being Luke's wife, Solos married with 3 kids, Chewie dying) It is a lot to accept so quickly if you are expecting something set directly after RotJ, once you realize there is a time gap you are ok and most enjoy it. Needless to say, In EP 7, seeing elder versions of Luke, Han, and Leia will quickly explain, alot of time has passed
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  10. AdmiralSteven

    AdmiralSteven Jedi Knight star 1

    Dec 23, 2010
    My first EU book was "Heir to the Empire," followed closely by other two in the trilogy.
  11. Nom von Anor

    Nom von Anor Jedi Knight star 2

    Oct 7, 2012
    A children's version of the ANH novel, back when I was struggling to learn English. I remember disliking it immensely, because I sucked at foreign languages :p
  12. Grievousdude

    Grievousdude Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 27, 2013
    I think it was Heir to the Empire.
  13. Iron_lord

    Iron_lord Force Ghost star 8

    Sep 2, 2012
    Dark Force Rising & The Last Command, at about 12 or so. Didn't get to read Heir to the Empire until later.
  14. MillionthVoice

    MillionthVoice Jedi Knight star 3

    Jan 28, 2013
    The newspaper strips by williamson that became Classic Star Wars and also the marvel comics, around the same time (about 1981?) I was 8 I think.
  15. DarthMane2

    DarthMane2 Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Sep 20, 2003
    Mine was the NJO: Destinies Way. I'm one who has no issue with jumping right into the middle of a story, and I was lucky enough to get the book that turned the tide in favor of the hero's.
  16. Rawne

    Rawne Jedi Knight star 2

    Jan 2, 2008
    The Mandalorian Armour

    Technically at least. I count Knights of the Old Republic as the first time I 'fell in love' with the EU. Before I played that I wanted to read/watch/play about characters and events I already knew from the films (i.e. I know that I got TMA because it had both Boba and Vader on the cover). After that game I wanted to read stories inspired by the films.
  17. Zane the Reaper

    Zane the Reaper Jedi Knight star 1

    Nov 5, 2012
    Heir to the Empire. I'd always enjoyed Star Wars, and happend upon the Zahn trilogy by chance. The Last Command had just come out on paperback, so it had to be like 1994, and all three books in the series where on display at the bookstore. I snatched up all three, read that first chapter of HTE with Pellaeon and Thrawn, and my casual enjoyment of Star Wars became an obsession. I rabidly consumed all Bantam books as they were released, but TTT is still my favorite. I had lost interest by the time NJO was starting up, though now that it's over and is a fan-favorite here, I think I'll give it another shot soon.

    side note: I'm halfway through Darth Plagueis and it is SICK. Might be taking HTE's place as my favorite SW novel (not that it's a competition)!
  18. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Immortal Mod-King of the EUC, RPF and SWC star 8 Staff Member Manager

    Nov 15, 2004
    Dark Force Rising.

    Random as hell a place to start, and I didn't go back and read Heir for several years afterwards.
  19. Zane the Reaper

    Zane the Reaper Jedi Knight star 1

    Nov 5, 2012
    Yes! I had a similarly ghetto 1st experience with X-wing: I did my first playthrough with a mouse and keyboard! It was ridiculous, but when I finally got a flightstick, I was amazing at the game from playing at a disadvantage for so long! :)
  20. Pearlsaber

    Pearlsaber Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 29, 2013
    Vector Prime. But I remember reading about 50 pages of it and not understanding what was going on. So I went back to Truce at Bakura to catch up!
  21. LordDlow

    LordDlow Jedi Knight star 1

    Jan 26, 2013
    Dark Empire
  22. The_Forgotten_Jedi

    The_Forgotten_Jedi Jedi Master star 4

    May 12, 2010
    A local bookstore was closing down when I was around 10. They had the entire X-Wing series on clearout. I bought them and won golden passes to go behind the scenes of the local Trek Expo, allowing me to meet Wil Wheaton. Thus I got to meet one of the most awesome scifi/nerd culture icons ever, but I also got nine of the best books in the EU that got me started on the path to total Star Wars and scifi nerdom.

    In conclusion, best nine dollars ever spent.
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  23. CT-867-5309

    CT-867-5309 Force Ghost star 6

    Jan 5, 2011
    So who did you get to meet?
  24. instantdeath

    instantdeath Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Jul 22, 2010
    X-Wing has quite a few references to the Thrawn trilogy in terms of foreshadowing. You don't need to have read it to enjoy the series, but it arguably makes it better.
  25. Karohalva

    Karohalva Jedi Knight star 2

    May 27, 2008
    Well, since you ask, there was this time on Nar Shaddaa when a one-armed female Twi'lek stripper and a male Trandoshan podiatrist in a wheelchair approached me about delivering a floral arrangement to a Ranat bouncer on Sluis Van whose child was goddaughter to Zorba the Hutt...

    (It was TIE Fighter for DOS.)
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