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What is the best material source for the oldest (earliest timeframe) stories of Star Wars available? I really enjoy the Old Republic stories (Darth Bane Novels) and was wondering if the Tales of the Jedi comics were the next best thing for stories on that timeframe.--Jrsenkbe 18:46, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
Knights of the Old Republic video games would be the best source of the info I think. TOTJ is a classic series that laid foundation to the abovementioned media, although personally I didn't find them as interesting as KOTOR stories. There are lots of people who think otherwise though. Besides TOTJ and KOTOR the only storiis available in the Old Republic era are short stories and non-fiction media. In the future give your topics more meaningful titles and sign your comments with 4 tildes. MauserComlink 17:29, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the info. I was hoping for some new books. I havent checked out the games yet because I am not an Xbox fan; staunch SONY and Nintendo supporter since day 1. I dont like playing games on my PC, but maybe for these I will. --Jrsenkbe 19:22, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
I've read Path of Destruction and I'm currently reading Darth Bane: The Rule of Two which is the sequel. The third book which is called Dynasty of Evil comes out this December. They are the only books I know from around that Old Republic time frame. 15:35EDT, 11 June 2009
I have read both of those books actually. They are what turned me on to reading Star Wars and everything else, rather than the movies. I love the movies, however reading just gives so much more and there is so much more. I guess I will have to check out the games and the comics until more novels are released. I am trying to read all of the novels in order.—Unsigned comment byJrsenkbe (talk • contribs).
It might be interesting for you to know that reading SW novels in chronological order is not the best idea. There are many reasons not to do that:
The novels are usually being publised out of chronological order (with the exception of series): if you choose to wait until the release of Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil it will take a long time, during which more novels will be published, taking place after (and possibly even before) that novel.
Because novels are being publised out of chronological order, you may find yourself in a situation where the author (or the characters) refer to locations, species and concepts originating in the novels which were published earlier, but take place later in the timeline.
The novels differ in quality greatly. Drew Karpyshyn's Darth Bane novels are considered among the best by the fanbase (no kidding). However, the next book series from chronological point of view is the Jedi Apprentice series, which is orientired towards young readers and, though some find it enternaining, does not deserve a 1% of attention Darth Bane novels do.
Thanks for the help. About a year ago is when I started reading the books (ran out of other books at the time I wanted to read). I usually read a SW novel and then something else to keep it fresh. I have not read any of the young adult novels. However I have read every book in order with the first Darth Bane novel to Republic Commando: Hard Contact, my next book being Wild Space. As new books come out that took places in time periods I have passed I go back and read them ASAP.--Jrsenkbe 17:48, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
The Darth Bane novels are amazing. How are the new Legacy novels? I appreciate all of your help, I am taking Shatterpoint with me on my cruise.--Jrsenkbe 17:48, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
I'm going to disagree with the post above about not reading the books in Chronological order. I've read pretty much everything in order up to Episode 3, and have yet to run into a situation where I didn't understand what was going on. In fact, it was quite the opposite. It's given me a great deal more insight as to what was actually happening in all facets of the universe. And yes, even the young reader novels! While they're not written to the standard of the Bane series, they're quick, easy reads that have good stories (A lot of the young reader books are series that continue book to book, so even though each book is only 250 pages or so, the story is quite long) and give a LOT of background to your favorite characters. The only think I'd agree with is that it's annoying to read so far, then realize a new book has been released. But that's mostly because it's hard to keep track of what you've read! AdmiralKnight 05:07, 12 June 2009 (UTC)
I have to agree with you about the order. The books that took place just before or after Episode 1 and 2 really expanded on the story. Maybe I will try the young reader books, but right now I am going to go with the Tales of the Jedi and Knights of the Old Republic comic series along with the next book in order I need to read. How would you rate the young reader books? The Bane series and clone wars books seem the best so far.--Jrsenkbe 11:39, 12 June 2009 (UTC)
As far as young readers books, I would highly recommend the Jedi Apprentice series to readers of any age. Over the course of twenty books, the series really shows how Obi-Wan develops as a Jedi, as well as how he develops his bond with Qui-Gon—something that no other source shows. The series is also IMO one of the best sources as to what the life of a Jedi was like before the Separatist Crisis and the Clone Wars turned the galaxy upside down. —Master Jonathan(Jedi Council Chambers) 21:18, 12 June 2009 (UTC)
just picked up Wild Space and Tales of the Jedi Omnibus for my cruise.