04.20.2010

Star Wars Resume – Novels

Continuing my Star Wars Resume! Today I’m featuring my Star Wars novel collection.  I’m excited as I’m about to start the Fate of the Jedi novels (top left hand corner in the photo below).  The rest of these I’ve already read. My love for Star Wars novels started in 1991 with Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire.  My good buddy Ravenface sold me on the book when he explained that Wookies have claws.  That simple insight made me want to learn more about the Star Wars universe.  I’ve been reading ever since.  While there are very few New Jedi Order books below, I did get through those novels on audiobook.  Click the image below to enlarge.

Star Wars Novels

Like many readers of the novels, my favorite Expanded Universe (EU) characters are: Mara Jade Skywalker, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and Corran Horn.  While reading the Legacy of the Force novels, I’ve really started to like Jaina Solo and Ben Skywalker.  Both characters were great in these novels and they proved themselves worthy of their parent’s legacy.  My favorite Star Wars writers are Michael Stackpole and Timothy Zahn.  They were the pioneers of the EU and helped forge the New Republic, a fascinating era for our heroes continued adventures.  I had the chance to meet both authors at Dragon*Con a few years ago.  What super cool guys!

You’ll notice there are very few prequel era novels above.  That time period just doesn’t hold much interest for me. However, I’m considering trying the Republic Commando novels based upon a review I heard on the Two True Freaks Monthly Monday Star Wars podcasts.  They did a good job explained why the Order 66 novel was a solid and and compelling read.  Might be worth checking out.

Here is a complete list of the books in the photo above:

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks
  • Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn
  • The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno
  • The Han Solo Trilogy – Rebel Dawn by A.C. Crispin
  • The Adventures of Lando Calrissian by L. Neil Smith – Combines: The Mindharp of Sharu, the Flamewind of Oseon, and The Starcave of ThonBoka
  • The Force Unleashed by Sean Williams
  • Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley
  • Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire by William C. Dietz
  • Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina edited by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Star Wars Trilogy – A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi
  • Allegiance by Timothy Zahn
  • Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster
  • Tales of the Bounty Hunters edited by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry
  • Return of the Jedi Marvel Illustrated Book
  • Tales From Jabba’s Palace edited by Kevin J. Anderson
  • The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers
  • Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover
  • X-wing: Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole
  • X-wing: Wedge’s Gamble by Michael Stackpole
  • X-wing: The Krytos Trap by Michael Stackpole
  • X-wing: The Bacta War by Michael Stackpole
  • X-wing: Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston
  • X-wing: Iron Fist by Aaron Allston
  • X-wing: Solo Command by Aaron Allston
  • Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning
  • Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
  • Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn
  • The Last Command by Timothy Zahn
  • X-wing: Isard’s Revenge by Michael Stackpole
  • Tales From the Empire edited by Peter Schweighofer
  • Tales From the New Republic edited by Peter Schweighofer and Craig Carey
  • Jedi Academy Trilogy: Dark Apprentice by Kevin J. Anderson
  • I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole
  • X-wing: Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston
  • Planet of Twilight by Barbara Hambly
  • The Black Fleet Crisis: Shield of Lies by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
  • The Black Fleet Crisis: Tyrant’s Test by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
  • The New Rebellion by Kristine Rusch
  • The Corellian Trilogy by Roger MacBride Allen – Combines: Ambush at Corellia, Assault at Selonia, and Showdown at Centerpoint
  • The Hand of Thrawn Duology: Specter of the Past by Timothy Zahn
  • The Hand of Thrawn Duology: Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn
  • Survivor’s Quest by Timothy Zahn
  • The New Jedi Order – Vector Prime by R.A. Salvatore
  • The New Jedi Order – Dark Tide I: Onslaught by Michael Stackpole
  • The New Jedi Order – Dark Tide II: Ruin by Michael Stackpole
  • The New Jedi Order – Agents of Chaos by James Luceno – Combines: Hero’s Trial and Jedi Eclipse
  • Legacy Of The Force – Betrayal by Aaron Allston
  • Legacy Of The Force – Bloodlines by Karen Traviss
  • Legacy Of The Force – Tempest by Troy Denning
  • Legacy Of The Force – Exile by Aaron Allston
  • Legacy Of The Force – Sacrifice by Karen Traviss
  • Legacy Of The Force – Inferno by Troy Denning
  • Legacy Of The Force – Fury by Aaron Allston
  • Legacy Of The Force – Revelation by Karen Traviss
  • Legacy Of The Force – Invincible by Troy Denning
  • Fate of the Jedi – Outcast by Aaron Allston
  • Fate of the Jedi – Omen by Christie Golden
  • Fate of the Jedi – Abyss by Troy Denning
  • Fate of the Jedi – Backlash by Aaron Allston

Check back here tomorrow for more of my Star Wars Resume.

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13 Responses to “Star Wars Resume – Novels”

  1. Luke Says:

    You know, I have never read a Star Wars novel. Read plenty of Star Trek ones but never a Star Wars one. Is that weird?

    I have a local used book store with a huge selection of Star Wars novels. Any you would recommend to start with?

  2. Shag Says:

    Luke – Thanks for the comment. Two ways to look at it… If you want to follow the adventures of the main characters (Luke, Han, Leia, etc), then start with “Heir to the Empire” by Timothy Zahn. If you want to follow the adventures of minor characters (like Wedge) and new characters (like Corran Horn), then start with “X-Wing: Rouge Squadron” by Michael A. Stackpole. You should be able to find either in bookstores or your local library.

    Let me know if you try them out! Thanks again for commenting!

  3. E. Peterman Says:

    It’s probably best that I don’t know your home address, because some of your stuff might turn up “missing.” I’m just saying.

  4. Harold Says:

    Hello!

    Great collection. I just have a question. Why there is in the picture, hardcovers with different sizes? I thought were all the same.

  5. Stuart Renton Says:

    I cannot believe you typed that whole list of novels!

    :)

  6. Shag Says:

    E – LOL! You’re welcome to borrow anything anytime. :)

    Stuart – That’s the beauty of Wikipedia’s entry on “List of Star Wars Novels”. Cut and paste my friend, then edit. That’s my motto. :)

  7. Shag Says:

    Harold – Good catch. I’m a member of the Science Fiction book club (SFBC). Nearly all their books are in hardback format (even if the mass market edition is paperback), and slightly smaller than a typical hardcover. The size is what differentiates them from regular mass market editions. I don’t mind the slightly smaller size given the savings I get through SFBC (even if they resell value of SFBC versions is practically zero).

  8. Luke Says:

    Does “Heir to the Empire” pick up after Jedi?

  9. Shag Says:

    Luke – Yup. “Heir to the Empire” picks up about 5 years after “Return of the Jedi”. “Heir to the Empire” really kicked off the Expanded Universe in novels. The “X-Wing” books were published afterward, but actually take place prior to “Heir to the Empire”. However, I’d still recommend “Heir to the Empire” is the best place to start. Just keep in mind it was written prior to the Prequels, so there are no mentions of Prequel items.

  10. Luke Says:

    @Shag: I picked up Heir To The Empire today at Mr. K’s/. They also had several copies of Dark Force Rising, but oddly, no copies of The Last Command. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it I guess.

    Also picked up an Iron Man novel but that’s for another post I think!

  11. Jamie Says:

    I read about 10 of these novels back in the day, and i thought the ones by Timothy Zahn stood out far above the rest… the rest were not nearly as good and some were downright bad – the one where Luke is in love with some woman and she ends up trapped inside a computer? and then the computer gets blown up or something…? lame.

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  13. Yaru Korsin Says:

    Why not start with Lost Tribe of the Sith? if we are talking about Expanded Universe.

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