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    Top All-Ttime SW Books (as of so far)

    I know we've covered this several times before, but there's been quite a lot of Star Wars stories out lately (and they've been pretty good for a change, too). So, what would you list as your top ten (give or take) SW novels that've been written? Try to watch the spoliers if they're recent releases, if you choose to explain why you like 'em. I'll go first.

    In no real order, and without explanantion right now:
    - Tales from Jabba's Palace, Anderson (editor)
    - Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina, Anderson (editor)
    - Illustrated SW Universe, Anderson
    - Dark Force Rising, Zahn
    - Courtship of Princess Leia, Wolverton
    - Dark Lord, Luceno
    - Yoda: Dark Revendous, Stewart
    - Rebel Dawn, Crispin
    - Han Solo & Lost Legacy, Daley
    - Lando Calrissian & Starcave of Thonbaka, Smith

    My choices are a little older books, but that's because the recent ones have had some pretty strong stories to live up to, and most fall short. I may elaborate later; just wanted to get the ball rolling.
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    I haven't even read 10 SW books (outside of the OT and PT books) but here goes.

    1. Shadows of the Empire. Best SW book ever.
    2. Tales From Jabba's Palace
    3. Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina
    4. Tales of the Bounty Hunters (I think that's what it's called)

    And that's the extent of my EU SW reading.
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    Zahn Trilogy
    Tales of the Bounty Hunters.
    The one about Maul right before EP1, Shadowhunter???
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    The Phantom Menace
    Attack of the Clones
    Revenge of the Sith
    A New Hope
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Return of the Jedi

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    Keeping in mind that any top ten list by El Chuxter can change at the drop of a hat, here's twelve:

    Labyrinth of Evil
    Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
    Cloak of Deception
    Medstar (I'll count 'em as one, because I don't recall one being remarkably better than the other)
    Republic Commando: Hard Contact
    Episode I Journal: Darth Maul
    Dark Force Rising
    Star by Star
    I, Jedi
    Dark Rendezvous
    Darksaber (ignoring the appearance by that intergalactic cow Callista, of course)
    Splinter of the Mind's Eye (ha, BCJ, get older than that! )
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    I'll assume we're talkin' Star Wars novel and not just Star Wars books.

    1. Shadows of the Empire
    2. Tales from Jabba Palace
    3. Tales of the Bounty Hunters
    4. Not really a novel, but I'm digging the Last of the Jedi series.
    5 - 10. The movie adaptions.
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    I was wondering if the Illustrated SW Universe was going to be allowed, I was gonna nominate it but it's really almost a reference book or collection, definitely not a novel. The Tales From... series are collections too though, but presented in novel form.

    I'd also agree to the Zahn Trilogy and maybe even SOTE, though it was pretty contrived it also was a pretty good shoehorning of a new story into a short on-screen off-time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter
    Keeping in mind that any top ten list by El Chuxter can change at the drop of a hat, here's twelve:

    Splinter of the Mind's Eye (ha, BCJ, get older than that! )
    Okay...

    - Journal of the Whills, by Falso Nom de Plume, Dec. 1977

    There are many others that I like, but had to miss the cut due to the STRICT NO-EXCEPTIONS policy of ten, and ONLY ten books, of which I have never given a "give-or-take" option previously in this thread.

    Others that came up a tad short are:
    Splinter of the Mind's Eye, Foster
    Shadows of the Empire, Perry
    Shatterpoint, uh, that author guy...
    Last of the Jedi #1, Watson
    Labyrinth of Evil, Luceno
    I, Jedi, Stackpole
    Other 2 in the Lando series
    Other 2 in the Crispin Han series
    Other 2 in the Daley Han series
    Many of the first 10 of the Jedi Apprentice series

    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks
    I was wondering if the Illustrated SW Universe was going to be allowed, I was gonna nominate it but it's really almost a reference book or collection, definitely not a novel. The Tales From... series are collections too though, but presented in novel form.
    I consider the Illustrated SW Univ. to be a "story book," rather than a reference book because it's written as a guide book for characters INSIDE the Star Wars galaxy.
    Last edited by Bel-Cam Jos; 02-13-2006 at 10:35 AM.
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    Really it's just words to sell a McQuarrie picture book.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

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    I'm glad to see James Luceno's work so well represented here. He's a great writer: Labrynth of Evil, Cloak of Deception, Dark Lord, etc.

    Ann Crispin's Han Solo books are truly amongst my favorites still (Paradise Snare, Hutt Gambit, Rebel Dawn!)

    Yoda: Dark Rendezvous was really good, too.

    So was Republic Clone Commando: Hard Contact. I'm looking forward to its sequel.

    Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter was something too.

    Jude Watson's Jedi Apprentice series should be mentioned as well, especially Defenders of the Dead and its sequel (Book 5 and 6 I think).
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