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Best Star Wars Books (And Books about Mandalorians)

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Best Star Wars Books (And Books about Mandalorians)

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Chromatican
08.06.2014 , 09:26 AM | #11
Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson
"Shadows of the Empire" by Steve Perry
"The Mandalorian Armor" and "Slave Ship" by K.W. Jeter
Anything by Timothy Zahn
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Kremsau
08.06.2014 , 04:07 PM | #12
Skewer me and put me over the fire...but I enjoyed Revan most.
I have a severely limited perspective as I've only read from Darth Plagueis and prior (in regards to the timeline found at the beginning of the novels)

It was most likely because I was familiar with the characters. When I first started with Deceived, I felt like I was getting half the picture due to the references to Star Wars characters/worlds/items I'd never heard of.
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DarthDymond
08.06.2014 , 04:21 PM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by Selenial View Post
Karen Traviss is a horrendous writer, unless you have a love of Mandalorians that is enough to blind you to all the reasons everyone else hates her. If you are that fortunate, more power to you.

But yeh, she's pretty much the most hated Star Wars Author.
She certainly gets no shortage of hate thrown her way for her Mandalorians>Jedi preference, but what is it about her writing itself that's so bad? Setting aside the "my fictional warriors can beat up your fictional warriors" pissing contest, the underlying writing quality seemed on par with most other SW authors.

All I've personally read of hers are the three books she did in LotF, and those didn't stand out as significantly better or worse than the others. The worst I can say about them is that her Mando-love led to inconsistencies in the characters when compared to the other books in the series. But that is (A) hardly a problem unique to her among SW authors, and (B) something I would imagine is far, far less of an issue in all of her other books since those are focused primarily on new characters.
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Nalathemaster
08.06.2014 , 06:33 PM | #14
Quote: Originally Posted by Kremsau View Post
Skewer me and put me over the fire...but I enjoyed Revan most..
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JeffrenBrek
08.06.2014 , 07:28 PM | #15
Quote: Originally Posted by DarthDymond View Post
She certainly gets no shortage of hate thrown her way for her Mandalorians>Jedi preference, but what is it about her writing itself that's so bad? Setting aside the "my fictional warriors can beat up your fictional warriors" pissing contest, the underlying writing quality seemed on par with most other SW authors.

All I've personally read of hers are the three books she did in LotF, and those didn't stand out as significantly better or worse than the others. The worst I can say about them is that her Mando-love led to inconsistencies in the characters when compared to the other books in the series. But that is (A) hardly a problem unique to her among SW authors, and (B) something I would imagine is far, far less of an issue in all of her other books since those are focused primarily on new characters.
LotF is a good example. The entire Mandalore-arc was utterly pointless and had absolutely nothing to do with the overall plot of the series until Revelation.
Likewise, she got completely lost in the Republic Commando Series. The first one is a seriously awesome book (one of the best SW novels imo) but then the second one already starts to have less to do with the Republic Commandos and more with "Mandalore good, Jedi bad". And from that point on, it just turns completely unbearable.

That said:
She does get a lot of hate for being the author that killed off Mara Jade, which in my opinion isn't entirely fair.

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psandak
08.06.2014 , 07:31 PM | #16
Quote: Originally Posted by JeffrenBrek View Post
As for the books, I still think New Jedi Order series is probably the pinnacle of the books, but of course very long.
/shudder

I stopped reading the EU because I could not stand the NJO books. I forced myself to book six or seven and just stopped...I just could not take it anymore.

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And it took me YEARS to start reading Star Wars again.

My long time favorites are:
Thrawn Trilogy (I read it when it was first published and was completely hooked on the EU for a LONG time after)
X-wing series (warning no Jedi)
I, Jedi (first person perspective of the events of the Jedi Academy Trilogy)
Han Solo Trilogy (life of Han Solo before ANH)
Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy (Boba Fett is the protagonist)

More recently:
Lost Tribe of the Sith (nine ebook short stories; first 8 free)
Labyrinth of Evil & Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (pre and post RoTS; they add information missing from the film)
Darth Bane Trilogy
Darth Plagueis
Allegiance and Choices of One (early lives of Thrawn Trilogy characters)
Outbound Flight
The Ortzid Legacy on The Harbinger
Car'beerd (Guardian) Dalkery (Scoundrel) Blairnah (Sage) Ulunnes (Commando)
Zaggema (Sin) Daellia (Merc) Carrud (Marauder) Quith'edi'ata (Operative)


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JeffrenBrek
08.06.2014 , 07:48 PM | #17
Quote: Originally Posted by psandak View Post
/shudder

I stopped reading the EU because I could not stand the NJO books. I forced myself to book six or seven and just stopped...I just could not take it anymore.

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Opinions differ, I suppose. I absolutely loved the fact that it made Star Wars a bit darker, grey and that it was (still is) the only time the enemy wasn't Imperial/Sith. The character development was superb, I thought and the best part was the fact there wasn't anymore "main character invincibility" (Luke being in serious trouble, the Falcon barely escaping and the Solo kids getting captured did get a bit boring after a while)

But I am curious, you said you read until book six or seven...

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StarSquirrel
08.06.2014 , 09:26 PM | #18
Quote: Originally Posted by Selenial View Post
Karen Traviss is a horrendous writer, unless you have a love of Mandalorians that is enough to blind you to all the reasons everyone else hates her. If you are that fortunate, more power to you.

But yeh, she's pretty much the most hated Star Wars Author.
Drew Karpyshyn kinda got "worst SW writer" after the Revan novel so please Sel...

Just because you dislike what she wrote about doesn't make her a bad writer. Her actual writing (as in the stories she told) was good, thought provoking, and enjoyable reading. Unlike a lot of Star Wars writers she brought more passion and morally grey dilemmas that Star Wars is actually well known for avoiding. Not only that, she did so in the context of a society with entirely different cultural views and perspectives to many modern societies.

Like one dude said earlier, aside from the Mando-Jedi pissing contest she and Allston got into how exactly is her work bad? People don't like her from dragging Jedi through the mud, not because her actual writing was bad...

I have what I enjoy, yes, but at least I'm somewhat objective about it. I understand why people dislike her work.

I disagree with them, I don't pretend they don't exist or that they don't have any valid points. I just disagree.
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Nalathemaster
08.06.2014 , 09:42 PM | #19
Quote: Originally Posted by StarSquirrel View Post
Drew Karpyshyn kinda got "worst SW writer" after the Revan novel so please Sel...

I like Drew Karpyshyn...Never read a Travis book, Going to read Republic commando though.Honestly, there is no star wars book I don't like (besides THESE ones that are obviously for kids :http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_...Life_of_Droids http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_...eware_the_Sith
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_...es_of_the_Jedi
Theres also a crappy clone one)

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Nickious
08.06.2014 , 09:47 PM | #20
Quote: Originally Posted by JeffrenBrek View Post
She does get a lot of hate for being the author that killed off Mara Jade, which in my opinion isn't entirely fair.
Who's decision was that? I hated that decision. Killing off Mara Jade was a mistake.