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vader68
01-19-2006, 02:53 PM
I am an old school Star Wars fan. I have never read anything that has to do with the EU. I have recently read a few articles about some EU books that sound interesting. I can't remember off hand what the books were, but what I am looking for is some good books that might give the history of the Jedi. Or at least some kind of backround on the rise of the Jedi. Without getting to involved in to many other aspects of the EU, does anyone have any suggestions.Thanks for the help:yes: :thumbsup:

El Chuxter
01-19-2006, 03:03 PM
Your best source for a quick overview would probably be The Ultimate Visual Guide (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0756614201/qid=1137701202/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/102-8286756-7721749?s=books&v=glance&n=283155), which provides the full EU history in capsule form with a lot of pictures. In fact, it has so many pictures, you'll probably want to get The New Essential Chronology (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345449010/qid=1137701299/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/102-8286756-7721749?s=books&v=glance&n=283155), which is mostly text and covers everything up through this fall.

Another good resource for info on the Sith is Secrets of the Sith (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375810420/qid=1137701404/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-8286756-7721749?s=books&v=glance&n=283155), which appears to have unfortunately gone out of print. :(

Obviously I've not read it yet, since it comes out next week, but The Star Wars Comics Companion (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593073127/qid=1137701458/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-8286756-7721749?s=books&v=glance&n=283155) will focus on the Marvel and Dark Horse comics, many of which take place over a thousand years prior to TPM, and should be worth picking up as well.

Rocketboy
01-19-2006, 03:07 PM
I think the only real books that deal with Jedi history would be the Tales of the Jedi comics from Dark Horse, and they take place thousands of years before A New Hope. They all should be available in collected editions.
And there will be a new comic series starting soon called "Knights of the Old Republic."
I don't think there have been any books that take place anymore than a few years before The Phantom Menace.

El Chuxter
01-19-2006, 03:10 PM
I don't think there have been any books that take place anymore than a few years before The Phantom Menace.

Not yet, but there's supposed to be a novel that clears up all the contradictory stories about Darth Bane coming out this year or next.

jedi master sal
01-19-2006, 05:02 PM
you'll probably want to get The New Essential Chronology (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345449010/qid=1137701299/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/102-8286756-7721749?s=books&v=glance&n=283155), which is mostly text and covers everything up through this fall.


I have this book and it's great. I deliberately haven't read much of the EU prequel and Yuzaan Vong (sp?) stuff, mostly because I don't think it fits with continuity. But the The New Essential Chronology is great. It give BRIEF synnopsis of the stories without all of the muck. It seems to tie things in nicely without too many details that you get lost. Eventually I'll read all of the EU books, but at least I'll know what things are being referred to what and already have a bigger picture on things.

I HIGHLY reccommend getting this book. (It was a present for me for Christmas)

-Sal

vader68
01-19-2006, 05:12 PM
Thanks guys, I saw the Essential Chrono in the book store, but I didn't buy it. I think I will definately go out and get it now. Or maybe just get it on amazon, where it is cheaper.

El Chuxter
01-19-2006, 05:27 PM
If you're going to get it from amazon.com, I'd pick up the Visual Guide at the same time. They go well together, and that way it'll qualify for free shipping.

I've read about 90%-99% of the books that have been released, and probably about 50%-75% of the comics, and both have a lot of info that's new to me. (A few storylines were actually made up for The New Essential Chronology, like the Jedi Knights K'krukh and A'Sharad Hett surviving Order 66, and will hopefully be explored more in the future.)

QLD
01-19-2006, 10:31 PM
I am a huge fan of the EU. In fact, I find it much superior tothe actual prequels.

InsaneJediGirl
01-20-2006, 09:30 PM
I agree QLD :D EU has to be better than the prequels,even if it does have some non-shining moments (The Crystal Star :crazed:). Check out Jedi Apprentice while you are at it.Not so much the history of the Jedi,but has some good backround info with Old Republic during the time Obi-Wan was young.

QLD
01-21-2006, 08:59 AM
Crystal Star does make excellent joke fodder for me now though. Anything written by Barbara Hambley does, really.

El Chuxter
01-21-2006, 12:30 PM
While we're talking about the bad, avoid anything that mentions Callista. Unless it's a reference book.

Rocketboy
01-21-2006, 03:57 PM
I'd say avoid EVERYTHING post-Jedi. That crap is...well, crap.

vader68
01-21-2006, 05:19 PM
While we're talking about the bad, avoid anything that mentions Callista. Unless it's a reference book.

I agree, Callista Flockhart should be avoided at all costs.:D To bad Harrison Ford didn't listen.:whip: