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Caspian_Rho
03.24.2012 , 08:18 AM | #11
Alan Dean Foster's Splinter of The Mind's Eye was really good. And I'd also recommend Kevin J. Anderson.
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Aximand
03.24.2012 , 08:21 AM | #12
You're going to get as many different opinions as there are books. Personally I think the X-Wing series is one of the best in the ExU with a couple of weak points.
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Mongrul
03.24.2012 , 09:22 AM | #13
Tom Veitch : Tales of the Jedi and Dark Lords of the Sith. my favorite audiobooks

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Toonimator
03.24.2012 , 01:36 PM | #14
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Although, Tim is a pretty funny guy, and he does know how to construct a plot, I don't care for his writing and over-use of some of his favorite words of the month).
He used "beckon call" so often in the first couple Thrawn books that I started doubting whether the phrase "beck and call" was legit.

But his books are still among my favorite of the EU.

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TheBentOne
03.24.2012 , 02:37 PM | #15
Quote: Originally Posted by TKMaster View Post
Anyone but Troy "i like lightsabers up my bum" Denning, all he does is worship jedi, he's to the Jedi what Traviss was to the Mandaorians ('Tatooine Ghost' the only exception).
This has to be the best thing i have ever read on these forums.

On topic. Stover! Shatterpiont was amazing. Shadows of Mindor was amazing. Trator was amazing. His ROTS novelization was better than the actual movie.

of corse Id mention Zahn as well. but everone else already has for me.
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ErikModi
03.24.2012 , 04:15 PM | #16
Personally, I would read anything by Tim Zhan, Kathy Tyers, or Michael Stackpole.

If you're thinking of reading anything by Kevin J. Anderson, just put a cigarette out in your eye. You'll get to the same level of agony and save yourself a LOT of wasted time.

I'd also avoid Karen Traviss. I haven't actually read any of her stuff, but after reading reviews of her treatment of characters (especially poor Jaina Solo), her views on Jedi (and everything else, for that matter), I just think she's a pretty distasteful person and I choose not to go there.
Jedi vs. Sith, Page 97, column 2, paragraph 4, line 1:

Prior to the Battle of Ruusan, the Jedi used crystals from many different sources, and ignited lightsabers in every known hue, including purple, orange, and gold.

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Toonimator
03.24.2012 , 04:33 PM | #17
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If you're thinking of reading anything by Kevin J. Anderson, just put a cigarette out in your eye. You'll get to the same level of agony and save yourself a LOT of wasted time.
Gotta agree... I was super-excited by The Jedi Academy Trilogy when it first debuted, and read the first installment quickly. There were some concepts in it I liked--having the Academy on Yavin IV? Awesome!--but others, not so much.

He was like a rabid fanboy whose peculiar ideas on what he wanted for the Galaxy Far, Far Away didn't go beyond "wouldn't it be cool if...?" to any sort of 'critique' stage, self-critique or otherwise.

"Hey, how about a lightsaber where if you push another button or twist something on the hilt, the blade jumps from 3-feet long to 6-feet long? Wouldn't that be AWESOME?!" /facepalm

"Hey, how about we have a secret installation hidden away for years & years where the Death Star was built--and they have a working prototype of the Death Star there, along with a tiny ship that doesn't just destroy planets, it blows up stars! And there's a an Imperial admiral who's a LADY and was in love with Grand Moff Tarkin! And there's some weird alien bird-chick who's young and naive and thought she was building a giant ice-cream maker instead of a Death Star and she falls in love with Wedge Antilles! COOOOOOOOL!"

"Hey, so, we're all agreed Yavin IV is a great place for the Academy, right? Right. Let's have those old temples be tributes to ancient Sith Lords, and the spirit of one of them is trapped in one of the pyramids and starts influencing Luke's students. Neat, huh?"

...and then when you get BEYOND the Jedi Academy Trilogy, KJA goes bananas. And while the idea of Jacen & Jaina Solo having adventures while training isn't necessarily bad, they seemed rather silly. I only read the first one as an actual book, but you've got Yavin IV, former Rebel base, home to Luke's academy for over a decade...and there's still an old TIE Pilot living there as a hermit, stranded back when the first Death Star blew up. And of course Jacen, Jaina, and Chewie's nephew Lowbacca all find him.

KJA basically was handed the reins of the EU for a time (he even wrote an illustrated guide to the galaxy), and it seemed every new book by another author was trying to out-silly his work.

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Kona-FU
03.24.2012 , 04:38 PM | #18
Zahn or Stackpole, one of my fav books of the whole series has been "I, Jedi".

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CelstialFury
03.24.2012 , 05:46 PM | #19
Timothey Zahn is an egotistical ***. He specifically stated that Star Wars was "his" universe and not Lucas'.

That said, he is the guy who wrote novels based off the Episode 7, 8, and 9 screen plays, so if you want to figure out what Lucas intended to happen in those, you have to read his stuff.

There is also Micheal A. Stackpole who is pretty good. His stuff is for a more mature audience, but it's still my favorite books in the Star Wars universe

There is also that Anderson guy, don't remember his full name.
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ErikModi
03.24.2012 , 06:07 PM | #20
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Oh, and don't forget the whole thing with the Spice Mines of Kessel. Spice giving people psychic powers, and its the byproduct of a dangerous predator unique to the planet. . . where have I heard this before?

Hint: He went on to write the prequels to the Dune books.
Jedi vs. Sith, Page 97, column 2, paragraph 4, line 1:

Prior to the Battle of Ruusan, the Jedi used crystals from many different sources, and ignited lightsabers in every known hue, including purple, orange, and gold.