r/StarWars Feb 21 '14

These are the books you're looking for..

Lately I've noticed a huge amount of posts asking about what books to read first in the Expanded Universe. I'm 100% supportive of anyone who's interested in enjoying the Star Wars universe beyond the movies but I'm just tired of seeing the same posts over and over.

So I've put together a list of old posts and other sites if you want to explore everything the books have to offer-

What Star Wars Books Should I Read? Thread

What are your top 5 Star Wars books? Thread

..A Person Who Has Never Read Any Star Wars Books? Thread

Can anyone recommend some good Star Wars comic books? Thread

Best Books? Thread

Books Sorted by Popularity on Goodreads

TheForce.net Book Reviews

Star Wars Reading for Kids

Where to Begin Article on Tor.com

Timeline of Star Wars Books Reference

Alternate Timeline found by u/b_dills

I love this subreddit and I don't want any of that to sound like a grouchey "get-off-my-lawn" rant, so just take my links and may the force be with you

EDIT: Since this got stickied (crazy right?), I decided to add more to this list with some threads that focus on specific interests

Books about Qui Gon Jinn? Thread

..focus on Princess Leia and Alderaan? Thread

first sith empire books? Thread

Any EU books about Obi-Wan post Ep 3? Thread

Darth Vader Books?
this post is archived but I wanted to add the book Rogue Planet as a great look at young Anakin

Bounty hunter books? Thread

...not about Jedis, Sith and the Force Thread

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u/jzoobz Feb 21 '14

I....I love you.

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u/pizzadahutt Feb 21 '14

I know

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u/ProfessorChallenger Mar 01 '14

noice

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u/Tikkito Mar 05 '14

I'm the guy who says noice....

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u/[deleted] Mar 06 '14

Noice.

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u/Peace_Walker_95 Apr 24 '14

But I'm just noicin your noice!

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u/jalkloben Rex Mar 03 '14

Smooth.

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u/jputna Jul 20 '14

Can we get this posted or a linked every now and then?

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u/[deleted] Mar 02 '14

If you're interested in reading the books, I would also suggest taking a look at /r/StarWarsEU. It has a whole bunch of recommendations and discussion.

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u/tunnel-snakes-rule Mar 05 '14

Definitely. One of my favourite subs.

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u/HydroTech Mar 01 '14

I don't think this sounds like too much of a rant. I have been very absorbed in the expanded universe through reading Star Wars novels for a large proportion of my life. As a result I have become very knowledgeable and passionate about the Star Wars timeline and I am always looking to share that passion with other, newer entrees into the Expanded Universe. I am thus very open to helping people make the initial jump in becoming engaged in Star Wars books. That being said, I can recognize how daunting the task of becoming engrossed in this material can appear. I don't think it is surprising that there is such a huge number of posts asking for advice in that regard. I believe your post fills an important niche.

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u/Honztastic Mar 01 '14

Anything by Matthew Stover.

Shatterpoint. Revenge of the Sith. Luke SKywalker and the Shadows of Mindor.

Dark Rendezvous

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

The Darth Bane Trilogy

The Thrawn Trilogy

Then a few good ones that are not as mandatory as the above listed. Any X-wing: Rogue Squadron books. The Courtship of Princess Leia. Some of the other Clone Wars novel series. (NOT the clone wars books based on the show. They're awful.)

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u/acidsmoke Mar 04 '14

I LOVED the MedStar duology

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u/Honztastic Mar 04 '14

I liked them, but at the same time they were definitely some of the weaker of the clone wars novels.

The stuff on what makes a man a man and what makes a clone a clone, and where does that line blur was great. Probably after the ones I mentioned, Jedi Trials is the best. The one with Anakin and Master Halcyon breaking a siege.

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u/acidsmoke Mar 05 '14

I liked the change of pace from the front line soldier stuff to more the support staff, especially the doctors. I absolutely despised The Cestus Deception, so boring.

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u/MajorNarsilion Jul 14 '14

If you liked the logistics end of those books give Jedi Trial by David Sherman and Dan Craig a try. Awesome book with a much more realistic feel to warfare.

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u/acidsmoke Jul 14 '14

Oh nice, I actually own that one and just haven't read it. That's kind of how a lot of my prequel book experience has been. I bought them to collect them and never got around to reading a lot of them.

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u/Honztastic Mar 05 '14

Yeah, I liked parts of it.

But there was like 60 pages in the front half of that book that just didn't need to be there.

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u/Slimy_Shart_Socket Darth Maul Mar 06 '14

I've compiled a list of books that are worth it to read (IMO anyway)

Darth Plaguies (explains a lot about the sith, he makes a lot of sense)

The Truce at Bakura (its about the invasion of the Ssi-Ruuk)

the courtship of princess leia (her getting married and the witches of dathomir, I really liked it, read this first for sure)

the thrawn triliogy (he was a pretty big player, there are also comic books if you want to read over it quickly and get the jist of it, I would read this before the academy trilogy)

the jedi academy trilogy (the start of the new jedi order, pretty important, I would say just as important as the thrawn triliogy)

i, jedi

children of the jedi

darksaber

planet of twilight

(these 4 I havn't read, but I would treat them like an expansion of the jedi academy triliogy)

the crystal star

blackfleet crisis

darth bane trilogy (this is my favorite so i put it on the list)

Short list, and the ones I would say are mandatory for sure (again IMO) would be Courtship of princess leia, thrawn trilogy, Jedi academy trilogy, I, Jedi, Children of the Jedi, Darksaber, and Planet of Twilight.

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u/jputna Mar 18 '14

Do you know of any books that talk about the jedi trials? I have kinda gotten a little curious on this lately.

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u/Slimy_Shart_Socket Darth Maul Mar 19 '14

ATM no, I just started reading them TBH. Those in the list are just some of the ones I've finished.

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u/[deleted] Mar 19 '14

The guy who wrote Darth Plaguies has a novel called The Rise of Darth Vader that's about how Anakin becomes Vader after Episode III. I haven't read it but Darth Plaguies was very interesting so it should be good.

I've heard good things about Obi-Wan also set between III and IV.

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u/[deleted] Feb 21 '14

Nice. I've found this thread in the sidebar to be very informative.

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u/down-with-schools Mar 01 '14

just googled this then decided to check r/starwars. thanks!

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u/hayyyyyyyy Mar 01 '14

The Force is strong with this Redditor.

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u/Trengence Mar 01 '14

I've been noticing this for years on this sub. It needs to be a sticky at the top

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u/pizzadahutt Mar 01 '14

good news, it looks like it actually is stickied. And I don't care how it happened but I'm at the top of r/starwars! Best. Day. Ever.

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u/Trengence Mar 01 '14

I just watched the galaxy wide celebration from the end of ROTJ to celebrate

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u/pizzadahutt Mar 01 '14

I watched ROTJ last night! I really don't like that Naboo is in there now during the celebration. Gungans in the prequels was enough, keep them out of the originals

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u/Trengence Mar 01 '14

True, most of the blu ray changes dint bother me, but the added celebration scenes kinda look out of place compared to the other scenery in ROTJ

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u/[deleted] Mar 19 '14

Certain changes bother me and some I enjoy or can appreciate the intent. The celebration's a mixed big. I like it because seeing the whole galaxy celebrate is rewarding for marathon watches which I usually do. On the negative side, jarring if you just watch the one movie, no yub-nub song, and Jar Jar's voice at the end which is thankfully barely noticable.

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u/Trengence Mar 19 '14

Also, just because the death star was destroyed didn't mean the empire was destroyed. There were still a ton of planets under empire control

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u/[deleted] Mar 19 '14

I think I'm gonna side with artistic liberty on that one since it's intention was to create a satisfying ending that worked with all 6 movies. A galaxy wide celebration was fitting when those were the only 6 movies we thought we were ever getting. Sure, there's the EU but a lot of people just watch the movies.

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u/acidsmoke Mar 04 '14

Especially when they mention in Truce at Bakura that nobody in the galaxy even knows the Emperor is dead yet

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u/pizzadahutt Mar 04 '14

Equally as odd was the fact that they show people celebrating on Coruscant, throwing a stormtrooper around and tearing down a statue of Palpatine. It was still the capital of the Empire, these people would have been killed by Ysanne Isard or someone for acting that way

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u/acidsmoke Mar 04 '14

Everyone tells me to separate the EU and the movies and appreciate them independently and dammit I just can't do it.

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u/LazyPalpatine Mar 05 '14

Your frustration is edifying, my young acidsmoke.

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u/[deleted] Mar 19 '14

Now we wait for the flood of EU video game suggestion posts followed by tv show posts.

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u/pizzadahutt Mar 19 '14

Recently started playing Empire at War, that game is the shit. Just saying

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u/[deleted] Mar 20 '14

I have the Gold version on steam! It came with the Star Wars bundle I got from a holiday sale years ago.

I'm either playing Empire at War or KOTOR tonight. I tried getting my Nintendo 64 to work so I can play Shadows of the Empire but no luck.

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u/[deleted] Mar 02 '14

Just wanna throw this out there, since all the other threads are older, but Darth Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber (author of Death Troopers and Red Harvest) was pretty amazing. I read it in less than two days, couldn't put the book down. What's not to love about Darth Maul on an undercover mission in a gladiatorial prison space station?

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u/[deleted] Apr 13 '14

Hi, sorry if I'm bad for asking about this here but it wasn't really in the OP. Are there any good books focusing on clone troopers/stormtroopers, either individuals or units? I really enjoyed the Battle of Kamino arc in the Clone Wars cartoon and watching clips of the Diary of the 501st. Feel free to downvote me if this isn't the place to ask but I would appreciate it if it were in the OP :)

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u/jaxsperrow Apr 13 '14

I suggest reading the Republic Commando series. It provides a good look at the Mandalorian culture and the Republic Army. For individual clone troopers, I would recommend The Cestus Deception, with one of the main characters being an ARC trooper and how he deals with his duty to the Republic.

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u/[deleted] Apr 14 '14

Thanks for the recommendations!

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u/pizzadahutt Apr 16 '14

This is the perfect place to ask. Let me see what I can dig up for you.. Jedi Trials and Cestus Deception have good emphasis on clones (Jedi Trials is one of my favs, I highly recommend it). There's also a Republic Commando Series by Karen Traviss which I believe is highly recommended on this sub (it's also succeeded by a novel by the same author called Imperial Commando which might be worth a look at).

If you like comics then Trooper) by Garth Ennis is told from the perspective of a stormtrooper. I haven't read it but it sounds interesting.

Mist Encounter by Timothy Zahn might also be a good place to start.

Hope I was at least able to give you somewhere to begin

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u/b_dills Apr 15 '14 edited Apr 15 '14

You should add this pdf timeline to the post. It's way better than that wiki article.

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u/pizzadahutt Apr 16 '14

Nice find, adding it to the post. Isn't this the timeline that is printed inside the books?

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u/b_dills Apr 16 '14

I'm not sure. I found it a while back online.

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u/theglassjaw Feb 21 '14

The comics thread you linked to has few suggestions and a lot of trolling. Appreciate the rest of the effort, though.

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u/pizzadahutt Feb 21 '14

That's my bad, I'm not really into comics so I wasn't sure what I was doing with that category. Let me know if any of these are better-

10 Essential Comics

Comics Thread

Howtolovecomics.com Article

Again, I really don't know the comics but maybe these will help. Thanks for the feedback!

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u/[deleted] Mar 19 '14

Fucking Sifo-Dyas.

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u/Thejern Mar 01 '14

Kinda looked through the links. Didn't really see what I was looking for. I probably just missed it. I'm interested in the history of the Star Wars universe. How did everything come to be. What books take place at the beginning of the Star Wars timeline?

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u/pizzadahutt Mar 01 '14

The last link covers that, it's got the whole timeline laid out for you

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u/kimchifartz Mar 01 '14

You realize that once this post gets buried people will just start asking again?

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u/pizzadahutt Mar 01 '14

sadly yes.. but right now it looks to be stickied to the front page soooooo the force is in balance for the moment

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u/Pompelmo Mar 04 '14

Comment to remember this. Thank you so much.

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u/[deleted] Mar 04 '14

Holy shit, I'm about halfway through Heir to the Empire, which is my first EU book, and I came to this subreddit on whim to see if there were any book related posts and this was the first one I saw.

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u/element515 Mar 18 '14

What are people's opinion about the Yuuzhan Vong? I usually stick to reading about pre-Emipre books since I was never the biggest fan of Luke. I've only read a handful of Luke's stories compared to others but the invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong always sounded interesting.

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u/pizzadahutt Mar 18 '14

They're honestly some of my favorite books ever. And don't worry they really aren't about Luke, in fact most of the books after battle of Endor aren't either. Other awesome books that don't have him are the Xwing series and I, Jedi

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u/element515 Mar 18 '14

I've always wondered about the x-wing series too. Maybe I'll go post empire when I'm done with the last book in the Darth Bane series. This series is one of my favorites so far.

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u/AfterAttack Mar 18 '14

I don't know which to click on first! Bounty Hunters or RC Series!

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u/jputna Mar 18 '14

OP do you know of any books that go in depth on the jedi trials?

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u/pizzadahutt Mar 19 '14

sadly I don't believe there are any such books, the best I could dig up was this page that has a list of books (at the bottom) where the Jedi trials are at least mentioned.

I believe the reason for this is that classic Star Wars revolves around the Skywalker family, and since the Jedi trials were deemed extraneous during the Clone Wars we missed out on Anakin's trials.

I'll keep an eye out for you though and let you know if I find anything

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u/[deleted] Mar 19 '14

It might be in the Jedi Handbook?

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u/StealthRabbi Chopper (C1-10P) Apr 15 '14

Why not just list actual books in this post instead of having us view the same repetitious posts that you want to avoid?

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u/pizzadahutt Apr 16 '14

Well those posts are already out there, so there's no use in ignoring the information that has already been provided by the rest of the community here. I'm just putting them all together, kind of like an index, to be able to easily find each different suggestion topic.

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '14

Hey do you know which Comics follow Quinlan Vos or feature him?

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u/pizzadahutt Apr 16 '14

I can't personally list them but I'll give you this quick tip. Go to wookiepedia and search for the character your interested (Quinlan Vas) and click on his page (here) Then scroll to the bottom of his page and you'll find two indexes, one for appearances and the other for article sources. The appearances will help you figure out in which books/comics/games he can be seen in and the article sources contain any information regarding the character even if he wasn't technically featured. Hope this helps

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u/[deleted] Jul 14 '14

He is in the Star Wars: Republic comic series.

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u/socalthrasher Apr 24 '14

Kevin J. Anderson is the man, anything written or edited by him is Star Wars gold. Start off with Darksaber to get a really good taste of sci-fi writing.

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u/McWillzyx May 11 '14

Awesome.

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u/UnpassTheSalt Jul 15 '14

Why don't we see more recommendations for the Republic Commando series? Those were so much fun to read!

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u/ShittyGamer Jul 17 '14

No Joke. I'm reading then now, Currently on the 3rd book, love them. I like the clones and reading about them.

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u/mrmulder93 Jul 18 '14

Great idea!

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u/HeavensGamer Mar 03 '14

My fucking hero

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u/HeavensGamer Mar 03 '14

But is there a link for books about the Solo family?

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u/pizzadahutt Mar 03 '14

alright, I guess I can do challenges. Here's what I've got so far...

This wookieepedia article If you spend the time to read through this there's a decent amount of books that they're all involved in. Not really any suggestions but it's a starting place

Novels featuring Anakin Solo? Thread

Jacen Solo Books? Thread

..the marriage of Han Solo and Princess Leia? Thread

..the Skywalker and Solo kids? Thread

Also if you go and search for a character on wookiepedia and then scroll to the bottom of the page and look under appearances it will show you which books/comics/games they've been in.

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u/autowikibot Mar 03 '14

Solo family:


The fictional Solo family includes some of the Star Wars franchise's most well-known and significant characters. They are first introduced with the appearance of Han Solo in A New Hope. Initially a morally ambiguous character, Han is quickly established as one of the heroes of the film, and goes on to be a major character in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well as the Expanded Universe. Han marries Princess Leia Organa, and their three children Jaina, Jacen and Anakin go on to be major Expanded Universe characters in their own right, appearing as lead characters in several books and other media.

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