Unlike Bob Jingle, I love Star Wars! OK, so maybe George Lucas can’t write the best dialogue and some of the movies have some cheesy parts (e.g., when C-3PO says “This is such a drag…I’m beside myself”. Ugh!). But, Lucas has definitely written a great science fiction saga. It’s a great story, simple as that. Not to mention the fact that Lucas has created some kick-ass movie making technology that’s now used in all kinds of films. And, the Star Wars saga lives on in the books, films, video games and the like that comprise the Star Wars “expanded universe”. Other than Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, what else even comes close?
I’ve begun digging into the Star Wars “expanded universe”. Since the party, I have purchased a bunch of Star Wars novels (15 or so) and have begun reading them. I also read one novel that I have had since 1978 and one from the local library. So, here’s where I’m at as of today:
Except for Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, I’m trying to read these in essentially chronological order in the Star Wars saga. I’ll probably skip a few of the books since there are a ton of them. On deck is The Thrawn Trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command) by Timothy Zahn and then The Jedi Academy Trilogy (Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice, and Champions of the Force) by Kevin J. Anderson. I’m trying to buy (used) all of the books for The Black Fleet Crisis trilogy (Before the Storm, Shield of Lies, Tyrant’s Test) by Michael P. Kube-McDowell (already have book 1), The Corellian Trilogy (Ambush at Corellia, Assault at Selonia, Showdown at Centerpoint) by Roger McBride Allen (already have book 2). Those would essentially come next. Then I’ll attack The Hand of Thrawn duology (Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future) and then Survivor’s Quest, both by Timothy Zahn. I’d also really like to get all nine of the X-Wing series, but I can’t find them used or in the library.
After reading all of the above from the New Republic Era, I want to delve into the New Jedi Order books, of which there are currently 21 by assorted authors. Then I’ll probably backfill with anything I can get my hands on. It would probably be kinda cool to see some of the storyline from before the Star Wars movies in the saga’s timeline (The Old Republic and The Rise of the Empire Eras).
Also, I have been taking notes as I read each book so I can keep track of characters, planets, alien species, interesting things that occur, etc. I’ve been toying with the idea of starting an online Star Wars encyclopedia or maybe a wikipedia. I dunno. I don’t want to duplicate anything that’s already out there, but some of the stuff I have seen is difficult to use. We’ll see.