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Tycho
11-15-2006, 06:36 AM
Pick a favorite era from:

Golden Age of the Sith (Naga Sadow, etc.)
The Sith War (Ulic Qel Droma, Exar Kun, Nomi Sunrider, etc.)
Knights of the Old Republic (video game and comic era)
Darth Bane & Jedi vs. Sith

The Rise of Chancellor Palpatine and training of Obi-Wan
TPM era and training of young Anakin
AOTC and Clone Wars era
ROTS and rise of the Empire era (also including Jabba's ascendancy)
Droids in action: R2D2 and C-3PO, their lost years
Young Han Solo and birth of the Rebellion era

Post-Yavin, the rise of Luke Skywalker
Post-Bespin and Shadows of the Empire
Post-Endor and pre-New Republic (Rogue Squadron era)
New Republic era (Thrawn, Jedi Academy, marriage of Luke and Mara)

Young Jedi Knights era - training of Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo

New Jedi Order - the Yuuzhan Vong invasion
Post Zonoma-Sukot - the Dark Nest era
Legacy of the Force era - the betrayal of Jacen Solo

Legacy Comics era - the adventure of Cade Skywalker

I'm going to have to think long and hard over this myself. I'll leave the list posted without my own pick for the moment. See what you choose.

Darth Jax
11-15-2006, 07:25 AM
TPM - ANH.

you do realize you'll get plenty of responses that all EU is trash.

Rocketboy
11-15-2006, 09:29 AM
Shadows of the Empire, followed by the Droids era.

El Chuxter
11-15-2006, 10:10 AM
Prequel-era, from the training of Obi-Wan to Dark Lord.

Least favorite: I'd say Legacy, but I don't even acknowledge it as existing, so Tales of the Jedi era.

Tycho
11-15-2006, 12:51 PM
you do realize you'll get plenty of responses that all EU is trash.

I'm writing a non-Star Wars novel, and becoming an author is incredibly difficult. But meanwhile, I think that really, mostly folks that read and enjoy Star Wars books will participate in this thread. It's not really for folks to come in and bash the EU when they've never really read a book or comic. Rather it begs the experienced Star Wars reader to acknowledge what they've liked best.

I'm narrowing it down for myself:

I really liked....

The Sith War era with Ulic Qel Droma, Exar Kun, etc.
AOTC and the Clone Wars era
Young Han Solo and the birth of the Rebellion
New Republic Era (Thrawn, Jedi Academy, etc - but there are some turds here)
Young Jedi Knights era - training of Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo

I'm not sure about the future Jacen Solo eras yet. I'll have to give that some time.

You know, honestly, the Sith War era was epic, it featured a full cast of relevant characters that were all well-utilized, and the story peaked and resolved well, contained in 5 series of comics that made a point for themselves.

If I compare that to the Clone Wars, a lot of "struggles for the day" added bit-players that were really only used in their small circle of interest.

Meanwhile, Han Solo was going somewhere, but his legacy is over a lifetime and his days as a drug smuggler are tantamount to his character development, but not the epic parts of his life that the Battle of Yavin through Endor might be, or his role as a prisoner of war during the Black Fleet Crisis and facing off with his own son during the Legacy era.

The Young Jedi Knights' training era is on a similar par. The Solo twins were shaped into the young adults they'd become in this time frame, but it was not the pivital point of their life.

Finally, the New Republic era contained some gems like Heir to the Empire, but Children of the Jedi, Planet of Twilight, The New Rebellion, The Crytsal Star, all of that crap came into this time frame and I can barely stomach re-reading it.

Nah. I'll go with Ulic Qel Droma and Exar Kun - the Sith War was some very series stuff and much less confusing than the Yuuzhan Vong invasion.

pbarnard
11-15-2006, 01:11 PM
I like the Pre-New Republic and the NJO. The Pre-New Republic showed you can have Star Wars without having any or much main character involvement. The NJO has to be taken in context. Read the last (second?) chapter of Vector Prime. It is all about how lucky have been, how little they've apreciated the danger they were in, and how little they've grown as people. It showed that change needed to come and it did. Now if Lucas didn't insist on the killing of Anakin Solo, we'd be having a whole different debate where Legacy of the Force/Legacy are going. Of course, the Yuuzhan Vong were more interesting as Satan in either Pardise Lost or The Divine Comedy.

2-1B
11-15-2006, 08:21 PM
The period between ESB and ROTJ where we get to learn more about 2-1B.

figrin bran
11-16-2006, 02:17 AM
i liked the Republic comic series and so Clone Wars would be one of my picks.

i also like the Sith War and once it gets flushed out more, i'll probably pick the Knights of the Old Republic era as well.

Bel-Cam Jos
11-17-2006, 06:54 PM
Pick a favorite era from:

Golden Age of the Sith (Naga Sadow, etc.) 1
The Sith War (Ulic Qel Droma, Exar Kun, Nomi Sunrider, etc.) 2
Knights of the Old Republic (video game and comic era) 3
Darth Bane & Jedi vs. Sith 4

The Rise of Chancellor Palpatine and training of Obi-Wan 5
TPM era and training of young Anakin 6
AOTC and Clone Wars era 7
ROTS and rise of the Empire era (also including Jabba's ascendancy) 8
Droids in action: R2D2 and C-3PO, their lost years 9
Young Han Solo and birth of the Rebellion era 10

Post-Yavin, the rise of Luke Skywalker 11
Post-Bespin and Shadows of the Empire 12
Post-Endor and pre-New Republic (Rogue Squadron era) 13
New Republic era (Thrawn, Jedi Academy, marriage of Luke and Mara) 14

Young Jedi Knights era - training of Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo 15

New Jedi Order - the Yuuzhan Vong invasion 16
Post Zonoma-Sukot - the Dark Nest era 17
Legacy of the Force era - the betrayal of Jacen Solo 18

Legacy Comics era - the adventure of Cade Skywalker 19

I'm going to have to think long and hard over this myself. I'll leave the list posted without my own pick for the moment. See what you choose.
Lists (like bears) make everything better
1 eh...
2 eh+...
3 :thumbs down:
4 when I get to read it... ?
5 pretty good
6 okay
7 pretty good
8 pretty good
9 okay
10 ah yeah!
11 pretty good
12 ah yeah!
13 okay
14 pretty good
15 pretty good to okay
16 :thumbs down:
17 :thumbs down:
18 so far, okay
19 :thumbs down:

So there! :lipsrsealed:

Slicker
11-17-2006, 07:21 PM
Shadows of the Empire, followed by the Droids era.
Same here.

SOTE rocks my socks off.

CaptainSolo1138
11-17-2006, 08:37 PM
The period between ESB and ROTJ where we get to learn more about 2-1B.
Same here.

2-1B rocks my socks off.

DarkArtist
11-18-2006, 04:10 PM
I'd have to say it's a toss up between the rise of Kyle Katarn in Dark Forces and the rise of Luke Skywalker between the Dark Empire era and the Crimsion Empire era.

Bel-Cam Jos
03-21-2012, 05:35 PM
Every day I'm shovelin'...

Well, now that the Fate of the Jedi series is over, there have been many "series" of SW EU (meaning two/three or more books in the same storyline) novels over the years. Here's a little Bel-Cam ranking, for those interested in reading them/avoiding them/disagreeing with them.

Thrawn Trilogy (3 books): excellent :thumbsup:
Thrawn Duology (2 books): very good :D
Jedi Academy Trilogy (3 books): very good :D
Legacy of the Force (9 books): not good :sad:
New Jedi Order (19! books): bad :(
Darth Bane Trilogy (3 books): very good :D
Last of the Jedi (10 books): very good :D
Jedi Apprentice (18 [or 20] books): very good/excellent at the start :thumbsup:
Jedi Quest (10 [or 12] books): so-so :o
Galaxy of Fear (12 books): okay :o
Corellian Trilogy (3 books): pretty good :)
Han Solo Trilogy (3 books): excellent :thumbsup:
Han Solo Adventures (3 books): excellent :thumbsup:
Lando Calrissian Adventures (3 books): excellent :thumbsup:
Boba Fett (6 books): okay :o
Bounty Hunter Wars (3 books): so-so :o
X-Wing (9 [or more?] books): very good :D
The Force Unleashed (2 books): bad :(
Clone Wars Gambit (2 books): pretty good :)
Fate of the Jedi (9 books): so-so :o
Junior Jedi Knights (6 books): okay :o
Young Jedi Knights (14 books): very good/excellent at the start :thumbsup:
Dark Forces (3 books): okay :o
Rebel Force (6 books): so-so :o
Coruscant Nights (3 books): pretty good :)
Secret Missions (4 books): okay :o
Black Fleet Crisis (3 books): bad :(
Dark Nest (3 books): bad :(
Prophets of the Dark Side (6 books): bad :(

El Chuxter
03-21-2012, 06:05 PM
You're being too generous with the "Prophets of the Dark Side" series, BCJ. :)

I don't know I'd say the whole NJO was bad. It was inconsistent, with some really high points and some really low ones. I think it averages out better than "bad."

bigbarada
03-21-2012, 10:07 PM
I read Shadows of the Empire back in 1996, when it first came out, and I didn't hate it. So I guess I would choose the period between ESB and ROTJ as my favorite.

Bel-Cam Jos
03-22-2012, 11:38 AM
You're being too generous with the "Prophets of the Dark Side" series, BCJ. :)

I don't know I'd say the whole NJO was bad. It was inconsistent, with some really high points and some really low ones. I think it averages out better than "bad."Hey, how else would we have learned about Hologram Fun World? And the b****** child Trioculus? :rolleyes:

Nineteen books to end the way it did? Too long, far too long. Yeah, there were some decent parts, but some were a waste of dead trees (or e-book Cloud space). :dead: :cry: And there were some direct connections to the LOTF series, which wasn't much better. :(

Bel-Cam Jos
03-17-2013, 02:58 PM
If you need a "quick" reference to all the EU eras, you just GOTS to read Pablo Hidalgo's brilliant compilation, SW:The Essential Reader's Companion; all 470+ pgs of it. There's a short, but very complete, summary of each story, with the main characters and planets featured, all divided by with chronologically presented (and current up to books written by 2012). A great resource, better than the SW Encyclopedia.