Any Pre-loved, unwanted Star Wars fictions Welcomed and WANTED!

Huds

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Hi guys!
I've spent a lot of time researching Star Wars books and questions I've needed answers for.

- where do I start?

- do I do the sensible thing of reading these novels in chronological order of publication?
or any recommendations on where I should start? (n.b: as much as I don't want it to, my struggles with ocd also affects my reading. not being fussy, but not understanding a reference/line/quote(s) etc from a previous book/series will -without being dramatic- ruin the experience for me).

- And last but importantly: if anyone has any pre-owned books from any series of Star wars, they no longer need, I would Love to accept any you kindly would give away! Any condition.. an old book is very much over over here! =) anyway, I said enough hehe. Thanks x
 

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i read them in film order, as the films came out, with the extra ones ( Splinter in the Minds Eye etc) as they became available. Worked for me, not that there was any other option.
 

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i read them in film order, as the films came out, with the extra ones ( Splinter in the Minds Eye etc) as they became available. Worked for me, not that there was any other option.
So you read the books as they were released? Would you have done it any other way if you had the choice?
 

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There are a lot of them and I'd read the better ones first.

The early ones were pretty good and i have a very soft spot for the Han Solo and Lando Calrissian trilogies.

The Heir to the Empire Trilogy books were great fun and the Darth Bane series are supposed to be quite good. I rather enjoyed the Yuuzhan Vong "New Jedi Order" series of books and i thought they tried to do something different in the Star Wars universe and move away somewhat from the repeated Jedi vs Sith Stories. I stopped reading Star Wars books shortly after that.

I haven't read any of the Disney books, but i hear they're not great.
 

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There are a lot of them and I'd read the better ones first.

The early ones were pretty good and i have a very soft spot for the Han Solo and Lando Calrissian trilogies.

The Heir to the Empire Trilogy books were great fun and the Darth Bane series are supposed to be quite good. I rather enjoyed the Yuuzhan Vong "New Jedi Order" series of books and i thought they tried to do something different in the Star Wars universe and move away somewhat from the repeated Jedi vs Sith Stories. I stopped reading Star Wars books shortly after that.

I haven't read any of the Disney books, but i hear they're not great.
I....have some of the Disney books looool.
My hearts been set on the heart to the empire trilogy.. thanks for the tips
 

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I'll be interested to see how you get along with the books as you go through them.
 

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I'll be interested to see how you get along with the books as you go through them.
I shall be updating you soon :) im veryy new to this site, so ill either come back on here with an update or we shall see. btw i've chosen The Heir to the Empire trilogy. A very late night for me tonight lol. thanks x
 

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I shall be updating you soon :) im veryy new to this site, so ill either come back on here with an update or we shall see. btw i've chosen The Heir to the Empire trilogy. A very late night for me tonight lol. thanks x
You made a great choice. I read a lot of these 20 years ago and Zahn's trilogy was easily the best and created some of the more iconic characters particularly Mara and Thrawn). I believe there have been other series after I stopped reading that were also good, especially if you're interested in the Sith/Old Republic from the prequels. The books with Han/Luke/Leia are more of a mixed bag.

I have Betrayal and the first 4 Legacy of the Force books on my shelf and can pass them along once I'm done. You have a lot of books to read before that though, as it's one of the last of the non-Disney series!
 

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Zahn's new canon Disney-era books are great. Not for everyone, obviously, because no book ever is, but I loved them. Just throwing that out there. Zahn's writing style has much improved since Heir to the Empire--it's very deliberately well-crafted now--and more than that, you can tell from the way he writes that he just genuinely enjoys playing in that world and with those characters. Especially the characters. Often the strength of the books is at least as much with the supporting cast as it is with Thrawn. Which I suppose was true for Heir to the Empire, too.

@Rodders, if you loved Heir to the Empire, you might want to give Zahn's Disney books, at least, a try. I can't recommend any others, since I haven't read any, although I did start in on Master and Apprentice and gave up because it just wasn't Zahn's quality. (Mainly, I think I just have a low patience for large descriptive paragraphs of our main characters. :giggle:)

Also, pre-Disney, there were a few more standalone Star Wars books that Zahn wrote after HTTE, like Outbound Flight and Scoundrels and Allegiance and Choices of One, two of which I've read and I can safely say are very worthwhile reads. (Choices of One is an underrated massive team-up of all Zahn's main characters/supporting cast so far, including his rogue stormtrooper team from Allegiance, Mara, the Luke/Leia/Han trio, Thrawn, Jorj Car'das from Outbound Flight, and then Darth Vader even makes an appearance--and I'm probably forgetting a couple of other people, like maybe Pellaeon? It's a long book and they basically all get perspective time (aside from Thrawn, obviously).

Yeah, I'm a Zahn fan. :p Plus, his work beyond Star Wars is well worth looking into, too.

Anyway, my point was just that there are some Disney-era books very much worth reading. What you heard might be right in general, though; I haven't read enough of them to find out. I think it all depends on the author.
 

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It's been a while since I've read any Star Wars titles. Let me know what you're reading as i might read-along with certain titles. Specifically the Zahn books as they're what got me back into Star Wars in the nineties.
 

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Zahn's new canon Disney-era books are great. Not for everyone, obviously, because no book ever is, but I loved them. Just throwing that out there. Zahn's writing style has much improved since Heir to the Empire--it's very deliberately well-crafted now--and more than that, you can tell from the way he writes that he just genuinely enjoys playing in that world and with those characters. Especially the characters. Often the strength of the books is at least as much with the supporting cast as it is with Thrawn. Which I suppose was true for Heir to the Empire, too.

@Rodders, if you loved Heir to the Empire, you might want to give Zahn's Disney books, at least, a try. I can't recommend any others, since I haven't read any, although I did start in on Master and Apprentice and gave up because it just wasn't Zahn's quality. (Mainly, I think I just have a low patience for large descriptive paragraphs of our main characters. :giggle:)

Also, pre-Disney, there were a few more standalone Star Wars books that Zahn wrote after HTTE, like Outbound Flight and Scoundrels and Allegiance and Choices of One, two of which I've read and I can safely say are very worthwhile reads. (Choices of One is an underrated massive team-up of all Zahn's main characters/supporting cast so far, including his rogue stormtrooper team from Allegiance, Mara, the Luke/Leia/Han trio, Thrawn, Jorj Car'das from Outbound Flight, and then Darth Vader even makes an appearance--and I'm probably forgetting a couple of other people, like maybe Pellaeon? It's a long book and they basically all get perspective time (aside from Thrawn, obviously).

Yeah, I'm a Zahn fan. :p Plus, his work beyond Star Wars is well worth looking into, too.

Anyway, my point was just that there are some Disney-era books very much worth reading. What you heard might be right in general, though; I haven't read enough of them to find out. I think it all depends on the author.
Thank you for your detailed recommendations, man I knew I asked the right place! Coz I got those books :D and the pre canon Timothy zahn heir of the empire thrown trilogy I got those, that's my starting point. But I will continue to visit here when I'm looking to continue or check out more.
 

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It's been a while since I've read any Star Wars titles. Let me know what you're reading as i might read-along with certain titles. Specifically the Zahn books as they're what got me back into Star Wars in the nineties.
Sorry for the late reply, my phone smashed and although I enjoyed being phoneless for a few days, I knew I had to return to the internet someday, lol.

Have you started anything yet? I think that'd be really cool to read along and come back sharing ideas. :)
 

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