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Recommend and discuss your favorite Expanded Universe Novels or anything else you consider EU.

 

My Picks:

The Thrawn Trilogy (obviously)

The Dark Forces Audio Dramas

The Corellian Trilogy

 

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I couldn't care less about the EU.  But I approve of this thread, so that EU discussion doesn't clog up my General SW Thread.

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I like the complete visual dictionary.

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I am following the mini for the cancelled legacy, called legacy war.  pretty good so far.

The fate of the jedi novels on the other hand are hit and miss.  Mostly crap.

Waiting to see Crimson Empire 3 if its good or not since it was uncanceled by the head of dark horse who somehow got the Lucas folks on board.


Something to do with it will sell lots of copies and make a ton of money probably,lol.

I think its more like they owed the fans a wrap up of the story, but after dark empire III which became empires end was a piece of crap then i am not so sure its a great idea.

 

You could say fans of Kotor deserved a real third game and not an MMO spinoff set centuries later that does not tell the end of the first 2 games, but hey Lucasharts does not care and nor do bioware.

 

Lucas could have also have set the animated series in original trilogy territory or in an era not overdone like the prequels. You know like actually have the characters from the original films but then he would have to either pay the actors major cash for voice over work or recast the roles.

The only person i know who would do it justice is Hamill though i don't think he would want to revisit the role, after all he turned down the jedi radio play after doing star wars and empire.

What has not been done or tapped is Indiana Jones animated, and if they cannot do it well it best to stay that way, the dark horse comics were okay and the marvel ones a mixed bag but some really good.  Much better and more indiana jones like than Crystal Numbskull were both publishers comics.

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Darth Bane and the Republic Commando novels. They were my favorites.

I don't see why they don't make movies out of these novels.

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I actually meant Dark Forces Audio Dramas in the first post. I always get the title mixed up with dark empire.

I like Dark Empire as well but it got kinda irritating after the first installment. (I've only listened to the audio versions) Boba Fetts voice was really lame. and bringing back the emperor was a bad decision in my opinion.

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   After '86, I drifted away from SW works. The great exception, that I count as NF EU, is 'The Hero With A thousand Faces'. It provided tremendous insights into the original developement of the project.

   Other than that, it was just documentaries, web articles, and the bonus materials on the PT discs. I've never read the PT novelizations. 

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Ziggy Stardust said:

Don't give George any ideas!

 Who says he has to direct it?

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I've been into the EU since I was eleven. When the only films that existed were the three original films, the books and comics allowed to explore that universe further.

The bad and ugly of the EU may outweigh the good, but the good is good enough for me to keep me interested; I like roughly 50% of it.

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The Daley Han Solo adventures top all for me, but are they fully considered EU?

Thrawn trilogy, Han Solo trilogy, Dark Forces arc, Splinter of the Mind's Eye, Shadows of the Empire, Courtship of Princess Leia, Hand of Thrawn

as far as the prequels go:

Jedi Apprentice, Jedi Quest, Shatterpoint (yeah! Star Wars meets Apocalypse Now!!), Last of the Jedi.

I also quite like the "Tales from ..." books.

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"Tales from Bounty Hunters" and "Tales From the New Republic" were my favorites.

In the PT, i enjoyed the Clone Wars novels. I've found that any novel that depicts one of the clones as a main character, i really get into it. Part of the reason i enjoy the Republic Commando and Imperial Commando novels.

Sad that the clones die in twenty the thirty years.

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I consider anything that Lucas isn't heavily involved in as EU.

However the current EU didn't start until Heir to the Empire.

I just finished Red Harvest. I thought it was okay but not nearly as good as Death Troopers.

I'm now reading Knight Errant.

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I'm reading that too.

Death Troopers was Star Wars version of Dawn of the Dead. Still good though.

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I always enjoyed the rebel mission to ord mantel tape/record. It tells a nice  back story to han  telling leia about the bounty hunter they ran into on ord mantel in episode 5. His name was cypher. It is a well thought out story.

 

As a kid I also liked  droid world.

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haljordan28 said:

I always enjoyed the rebel mission to ord mantel tape/record. It tells a nice  back story to han  telling leia about the bounty hunter they ran into on ord mantel in episode 5.

Yeah I liked that too. you can't go wrong with anything by Brian Daley.

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i've always been a fan of the X-Wing series. Its a whole new cast of characters, save Wedge. Which, we learn more of Wedge and is origins.

 

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This is the extent of my interest in Star Wars novels because they all take place in the 1977 universe;

Splinter Of The Mind's Eye is my Spring\Summer read, the Han Solo Adventures by Brian Daley are my Autumn\Winter reads.  While the published NPR Star Wars (also by Brian Daley) isn't EU, a few chapters venture away from the film substantially in story & characters.  In that regard, it's definitely extended.

I've perused the EU section at Border's, but I've never come across anything that interested me.  I'll probably get the Lando books by Niel Smith because they're also set in the 1977 universe.

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I didn't know there's a book of the NPR dramatization. Still need to read the Lando books. I've got a copy somewhere in the Kessel mines...

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@Anchorhead The original star wars radio drama is probably my favorite object in my star wars collection. I've still not yet read the Han Solo adventures but they're definitely on my list for when I have time. I didn't really like Splinter or the original star wars novelization (also written by Alan Dean Foster) maybe Its just his writing style or the fact that splinter was written to be a low budget sequel to star wars. It just didn't rub me the right way.

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Anchorhead said:

This is the extent of my interest in Star Wars novels because they all take place in the 1977 universe;

Splinter Of The Mind's Eye is my Spring\Summer read, the Han Solo Adventures by Brian Daley are my Autumn\Winter reads.  While the published NPR Star Wars (also by Brian Daley) isn't EU, a few chapters venture away from the film substantially in story & characters.  In that regard, it's definitely extended.

I've perused the EU section at Border's, but I've never come across anything that interested me.  I'll probably get the Lando books by Niel Smith because they're also set in the 1977 universe.

 i've read all of those both the graphic novel and the novel. They are all good books. I found that there is more in the novels rather then the graphic novels.

More specificly Splinter of the Minds eye

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BloodnoseThePirate said:

@Anchorhead The original star wars radio drama is probably my favorite object in my star wars collection. I've still not yet read the Han Solo adventures but they're definitely on my list for when I have time. I didn't really like Splinter or the original star wars novelization (also written by Alan Dean Foster) maybe Its just his writing style or the fact that splinter was written to be a low budget sequel to star wars. It just didn't rub me the right way.

The Solo Adventures are nice for me because they are free of all things Lucas (except a few characters), which is something I grew tired of decades ago.

I could see where Splinter would be uninteresting to most people.  Because of the low budget aspect of a film they weren't sure they would be able to make, the story has almost nothing to do with outer space adventure.  It's a small story.  I like it because, again, it's free of Lucas' involvement, but more because it's a light read, a sort of breather, if you will. 

Oddly enough; An original fan, on board since the birth of Star Wars - and I've never read the Star Wars novelization.  I really need to remedy that.

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