|So I've read I, Jedi awhile back, and I'm thinking of getting the Jedi Academy trilogy, however, I heard that I, Jedi was written in order to retcon some things in the JA trilogy. If that is the case, is reading the JA trilogy worth it? Oh, and I also plan to pick up the entire NJO series on Thursday or Friday.
Compared to most EU, my impression of the Jedi Academy series when I tried re-reading it was that it reads like it's targeted more toward a young adult audience. YMMV.
I'm really hesitant to make recommendations on certain books I think are great, because it seems that a lot of them are contingent upon whether the reader likes certain ideas, like the noir elements in Coruscant Nights. Same with Shatterpoint. It's a SW take on Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now, and I know some people are turned off by that. It's a lot more serious and dark that most Star Wars stories are. Some people even dislike Traitor, which I think is probably the best SW novel in existent, because it's light on action and cast, and very cerebral.
For instance, I personally am not overly fond of Dark Rendezvous. I recognize it's a quality book, but for some reason that dog won't hunt for me, so to speak. Can't place my finger on why.
So with that caveat, my must-reads are (in chronological order):
Cloak of Deception
Revenge of the Sith
Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor
Heir to the Empire
Dark Force Rising
The Last Command
Specter of the Past
Vision of the Future
Destiny's Way (Sorry Mara and Padme)
The Unifying Force
If you enjoyed Shadow Hunter, I'd suggest following up with the Medstar duology and the Coruscant Nights trilogy. If you enjoyed Revenge of the Sith, Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, and Traitor, I'd recommend Shatterpoint. If you enjoyed Cloak of Deception, I'd recommend Labyrinth of Evil, Hero's Trial, and Jedi Eclipse. If you enjoyed the five Zahn books I listed, I'd recommend Survivor's Quest, Outbound Flight, and Allegiance.