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Hey, this is my first post so I apologize for any beginner mistakes. I've been a fan of Star Wars for as long as I can remember, but I have only recently found an interest in the novels. I had planned to start reading them, but I was overwhelmed by the selection. Does anyone have a suggestion on which series I should start with? DarthAwesome 18:57, 20 February 2008 (UTC)
I would start with the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. For the most part these books started the novelization of the Expanded Universe(I know Splinter of the Mind's Eye was the real beginning, but it didn't take off until after Thrawn). After those you can then go in a number of directions. I initially tried to go with in-universe chronological order, but as new novels are released you end up having to go back and forth anyway. Or you could go by publication date, that makes it somewhat easier to follow along with the overall canon but it can be disconcerting to shift time periods and characters so often. Another way would be to follow certain authors as they all have specific styles and favorite characters to write about, however some series have several authors contributing novels. I guess it really depends on what aspect of the Star Wars universe you personally are drawn to, maybe it's the main characters from the movie, or Old Republic stories, or the timeframe beyond the movies like the New Jedi Order. For what it's worth, my opinion is to pick a series of novels and stay within that series until it's completed, then move on to another one.
My personal favorite collections are the Thrawn Trilogy, the Hand of Thrawn Duology, and the X-Wing series by Stackpole/Allston. But that's not to say that any of the other dozens of novels aren't worth picking up. And you can be sure that you'll find certain particular stories or authors that you won't ever want to read again.
Good luck. You're going to have a lot of fun.Sgt. Hulka 20:40, 20 February 2008 (UTC)
I remember several years ago, there was a similar question in the Q and A section of Star Wars Insider. They suggested starting with the Thrawn trilogy. And if you get any of the newer paperback novels, they have a list of the books in in-universe chronological order, so you could keep them in track that way. Of course, they don't have the younger reader novels, but all the others are listed, along with many of the e-books.--Hobbie 04:50, 24 February 2008 (UTC)
These book choices that have been given to you so far are great places to start. The SW universe is huge and ever expanding. It is always good to keep an eye out for not only books, but video games, comics, and so on. The one major suggestion I would make is look into getting some of the Essential Guides books. There very helpful if you lose track on something. Take the Essential guide to Alien species, for example. Its a quick and easy way to recall details on a species you've forgotten.
I wish you the best of luck, and welcome to a wider view of the Star Wars Universe. SN99 03:36, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
Star_wars_mania||(Talk) 16:07, 1 March 2008 (UTC)Hey if you feel like it I would read the original books the movies are based on.
The books are based on the movies, the movies are not based on the books. Kyp 21:29, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
I think that you should read the Legacy of the Force :) Darth Benny
Don't make the same mistake I did. DO NOT start with the Legacy of the Force. Because of it's position in the time line, there are alot of spoilers. i recommend starting with the New Jedi Order. That is were the big changes happen, such as the deaths of main characters. And, for the most part, they do not reference previous books. They were written well, and was designed as a launching point for new readers. if that is still too far into the time line for you, I,Jedi is always a safe choice. Like Sgt. Hulka said, it all depends on what you're interested in. Movie characters, or if you dislike a set of characters, read books that are not too heavy on them. personally, i don't like Liea, so New Jedi Order was perfect. If focused on new characters. Reference books will be your friend tho. It's easy to get lost in the Universe.
The best choice is to start somewhere were you have a large interest in that are not from the newer books. If you love, say, the empire more than anything in the series, start with books that cover order 66 and move through it slowely to the end of the war, and possibly beyond to the imperial remnant, and once you get through it pick the next topic you love, lets say, the KotOR games, head and get the comics around that time and work through it, so on and so forth. Also, as I said above, the essential guides will be a tremendous help, along with this site. Good luck. The almighty Ninja 02:49, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Shadows of the Empire definately. It's right between episodes five and six so you know what between them, and its a stand alone novel. JediNTT307 18:20, 19 March 2008 (UTC)