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Cockopotamus
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Star Wars books
I'd like to read some of the star wars books but know nothing about them.

What are the ones worth reading and what order should they be read?
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StrongBackWeakMind
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Just work your way down the list.

I'm partial to the books about the Old Republic.

ETA: If you want to go in chronological order, you can find lists out there putting them in order.
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TigerFanatic99
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If you want fun, easy reads, look at the X-Wing series. Its 10 or 11 books. I've read through them at least 4 or 5 times. Just fun reads that cover the immediate post Palpatine era. Wedge Antilles and Tyco Celchu centric.


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pilsnerpusher
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Start with Heir to the Empire by Zahn and then work your way through the rest of his trilogy.

You'll love it and then find yourself bitter about what might have been with the new trilogy. They are very well done.


PJinAtl
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Do you want to read things that are considered canon now that Disney owns the franchise, or do you want to read the older stuff that is no longer considered to be a part of the SW universe?

I read the first book of the Aftermath trilogy earlier this year and liked it. It is set not long after the end of Return of the Jedi, and apparently the third book contains information on the battle of Jakku, so you know why there are so many wrecked ships and other pieces of equipment in The Force Awakens.


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boxcarbarney
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The Yuuzhan Vong storyline and the Thrawn Trilogy.


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Green Chili Tiger
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If you've only seen the movies and never read any books, Shadows of the Empire (takes place between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and the Thrawn Trilogy (1st book is Heir to the Empire) are great starting points.


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Tigris
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re: Star Wars books
Heh - I read the original Star Wars book by Alan Dean Foster before the movie came out. Honestly, it was awful. When I saw that there was going to be a movie "Star Wars" I knew it would be a flop.



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LSUintheNW
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re: Star Wars books
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Heir to the Empire by Zahn and then work your way through the rest of his trilogy.


Read that....a long time ago.

Loved it.



pilsnerpusher
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Yeah, they were good enough that I read them more than once and I can't say that about many series. I may scrounge around in my son's room and reread them to get the bad taste of TLJ out of mouth.


meeple
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Lost Stars was fantastic. Came out a couple of years ago.


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Cockopotamus
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Thanks for all the advice y'all! I'm gonna get Heir to the Empire for Christmas and go from there

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get the bad taste of TLJ out of mouth.


This is exactly what I'm trying to do


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Master of Sinanju
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re: Star Wars books
Splinter of the Mind's Eye is an interesting read for Star Wars fans. It was written before ESB, so Leia is still a love interest for Luke.


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TheCorelton
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re: Star Wars books
Can’t believe no one has mentioned the Darth Bane trilogy.

My favorite Star Wars books by far. Highly recommend you checking them out.


TheTideMustRoll
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I haven’t read the Darth Bane books. I’ll have to check them out.

I second the Thrawn books. Those were awesome. About eleventy billion times better than the shite currently being churned out.


Oxford Ways
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If your'e looking for canon books, I would highly recommend Thrawn that came out earlier this year. It also ties in nicely with the Rebels show.


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LSUintheNW
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Yeah, they were good enough that I read them more than once


Not only did I read them more than once when I discovered the trilogy all 3 were out. I skipped school and read all 3 in a row in 2 days I was hooked from jump.

My dad read them in a few days after me.
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StrongBackWeakMind
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Darth Bane books
These are my favorites. Currently listening to the audiobooks again. No idea how many times that is.


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Fast Eddie
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If you’re into comics, Marvel has been killing it with their new Star Wars and Darth Vader series. They’re considered canon and have a cinematic feel. If you have a Kindle, you can get the trade paperbacks for 2-3 bucks a pop.

The old Dark Horse anthologies are also available and pretty inexpensive adaptations of a lot of the older novels, as well as a slew of original stories.
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The Johnny Lawrence
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I recently started reading Star Wars books. I've stuck mostly with the new Disney Canon. In that category, if rank the ones I've read as follows:

Thrawn- Zahn wrote the Thrawn trilogy which isn't Canon anymore. He brought back the character for the new Canon and gave his origin story. It is really good and Thrawn will be one of your favorite characters.

Lost Stars- much more of a love story than anything in the Stars Wars universe I've seen or read. I'd like to see this get a spinoff movie one day. They will probably make a bunch of other movies first, but I'm sure Disney will try to expand the market place to women a little more and make this a movie. Think Ender's Game in the Star Wars universe.

Catalyst- precursor to Rogue One. Explains the back story of Galen Erso, Orson Krennic, and to some extent, Saw Gerrera.

Phasma- this book is Phasma's origin story. It is really good and explains a lot of how she got to be the character in the movie. It'll also make you pissed they didn't do more with her, knowing who portrays her.

Dark Disciple- Buddy cop film in space.

Rebel Rising- Jyn Erso's origin story. Her time growing up with Saw.

Takin- Tarkin's origin story with the Empire.

Heir to the Jedi- Post Yavin Luke story. Pretty solid book overall. Some good and bad things which would be considered spoilers if I told you.

Lords of the Sith- Vader and Palpatine centric story. Think a book long chase scene. But a better chase scene than TLJ.

Smugglers Run- Han Solo and Chewy on a mission between Episodes 4 and 5. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

Aftermath- This is the first book in a series that explains The First Order. I haven't been able to get to books 2-3 because there was so much going on in 1. It was almost disjointed. But at least explains how we got from Episode 6 to Episode 7.

Bloodline- Leia post Endor in the Senate. Also a precursor to understanding The First Order.

Ashoka- Jedi hiding out after Order 66. Interesting and was a decent read.




I also read the Thrawn Trilogy and it is as good as advertised. It's tough knowing it isn't Canon, but I took it as a random story, not Star Wars.






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