Someone wrote in [community profile] starwarskinkmeme 2016-01-16 02:44 pm (UTC)

When it comes to Legends, definitely the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn (Heir to the Empire; Dark Force Rising; The Last Command). Set some time after Return of the Jedi, it reads like a perfect sequel trilogy - it's got the spirit, the adventure, and the cast are all perfect. It also introduces several characters that become big parts of the EU, like Mara Jade, as well as Leia and Han's twins. Honestly, it almost feels redundant to recommend it, because 99% of EU rec lists you'll find will have the Thrawn Trilogy at the top, it's THAT popular. You could read anything by Timothy Zahn and it would be worth it, he's a great Star Wars writer.

In the prequel era, I'm really fond of the Jedi Apprentice books, focusing on Obi-Wan's time as a Padawan with Qui-Gon. There's lots of them, but they're for younger readers so it's easy to breeze through them. Be warned, though, they tend to roll into one big story, meaning as soon as you finish one you'll want to read the next!

As for the new canon, I've only just started getting into it, but so far my favourite has been Before The Awakening by Greg Rucka. It's another younger reader book, split into three short stories focused on Finn, Rey and Poe before the new movie. It's really cute and provides some interesting back story that could be really useful for fic writers. I've just picked up Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, which I've heard really good things about, so that's what I'm reading next.

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