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For instance, starting off with the Thrawn Trilogy makes Outbound Flight and Survivor's Quest absolutely essential. The ROTS film makes Labyrinth of Evil essential, and the latter the same for Dark Rendezvous, Jedi Trial, and The Cestus Deception.

The Cestus Deception isn't essential. It's crappy. Razz
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YodaBauer2442 wrote:
For instance, starting off with the Thrawn Trilogy makes Outbound Flight and Survivor's Quest absolutely essential. The ROTS film makes Labyrinth of Evil essential, and the latter the same for Dark Rendezvous, Jedi Trial, and The Cestus Deception.

The Cestus Deception isn't essential. It's crappy. Razz


Yeah, The Cestus Deception doesn't add anything at all and can very easily be skipped.
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For instance, starting off with the Thrawn Trilogy makes Outbound Flight and Survivor's Quest absolutely essential. The ROTS film makes Labyrinth of Evil essential, and the latter the same for Dark Rendezvous, Jedi Trial, and The Cestus Deception.

The Cestus Deception isn't essential. It's crappy. Razz


Yeah, The Cestus Deception doesn't add anything at all and can very easily be skipped.


Jedi Trial is somewhat essential though, as it is an important and describes some cool facets of the Clone Wars that we never see elsewhere.

Yoda: Dark Rendezvous is not essential in the slightest, but it is very cool. Its point-of-view focusses heavily on younglings and Padawans, and shows facets of Jedi training we don't see elsewhere. But essential? No, I don't think so.
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Agree/disagree? Can anything be added? Basically, what I'm driving at by asking for input is this: As I said yesterday, I'm scaling back on my EU purchases. I can't buy it all, I'll certainly never be able to read/play it all, and there's so many glaring continuity problems that I don't want to end up with my head spinning. I would rather go for the good essential stuff.

Dawn of the Jedi is so isolated and came so late in the game that I'd as soon skip it entirely. Ditto the Empire and Rebellion books. I've tried to give The Clone Wars a chance, but its flaws **** me off so much that I don't care about any TCW material or any works, like FOTJ, that work elements from the show in.


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Agree/disagree? Can anything be added? Basically, what I'm driving at by asking for input is this: As I said yesterday, I'm scaling back on my EU purchases. I can't buy it all, I'll certainly never be able to read/play it all, and there's so many glaring continuity problems that I don't want to end up with my head spinning. I would rather go for the good essential stuff.

Dawn of the Jedi is so isolated and came so late in the game that I'd as soon skip it entirely. Ditto the Empire and Rebellion books. I've tried to give The Clone Wars a chance, but its flaws **** me off so much that I don't care about any TCW material or any works, like FOTJ, that work elements from the show in.


Are those what you have, or what you need?

FOTJ barely works in any TCW elements, really just mentions Mortis in book 9, so you really don't need to worry about that.
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GrandMaster wrote:

FOTJ barely works in any TCW elements, really just mentions Mortis in book 9, so you really don't need to worry about that.


Lol if I remember right it incorporated the entirety of the villainess into it, creating a backstory that all tied in and then setting up for a big tie-in novel that never happened because the EU got cancelled, but I remember the tie-in being rather significant.
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The Mother/Abaloth was not mentioned in Mortis/TCW. That's a retcon, so FOTJ really isn't crucial to any Clone Wars storywise.

It depends on what qualifies as "essential". Do you mean best books or books that share continuity?

We did an essential continuity thread some time ago, but I found that it almost never matters in SW EU outside of books in the same series. Nearly every mention of something from another book is trivial to the plot, or if it is important to the plot it's summarized into the current context, so you don't really even need to have read the original source to understand it.

I mean you can't exactly start off reading Dark Nest and expect to understand every thing that is mentioned, but you also won't miss much if you read every book in the NJO expect Agent's of Chaos part 2, for example.

Personally I've never read the Corellian trilogy, but I know what the deal is with Centerpoint from the books I did read in NJO and Legacy.
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OMG The Star Wars is the weirdest <expletive> I've ever read, and I've read The Crystal Star.
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The Mother/Abaloth was not mentioned in Mortis/TCW. That's a retcon, so FOTJ really isn't crucial to any Clone Wars storywise.


I've never gotten around to FotJ, honestly never finished NJO. But I read the Wookiee article about Abeloth because I was curious what she even was and it was some of the weirdest crap I'd attempted to understand. Granted, I think the Darth Bane novels are incredible but if I tried to explain that fight between Bane and Zannah I'd sound like a crazy person. So maybe it was better in context. But as a lover of the Mortis trilogy I am so glad that Abeloth is no longer canon.
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I recently read Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown. Fair warning, this is a straight up bedtime book for kids. The artwork is really nice, though. But reading wise, there's nothing to it for adults.

Also read Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown. Very fun read. Yes, it's meant for younger readers, but it has a lot of humor that still works for adults.

And I started reading the Star Wars Rebels Visual Guide. About halfway through. First part feels really kiddish. But I'm in the vehicle section now, and it's kinda cool.
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Finished A Dance With Dragons. I quite liked it. *Dances off to read ALL the spoilers and links that I wanted to click but couldn't*

Now reading Kenobi.
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Ok, so I've read the "Son of Dathomir" comics and now I'm listening to "A New Dawn". I think I'm going to try to keep up with the new canon...at least for a while. I don't know, if they completely screw up post-RotJ for me then I'll just pull away from SW altogether. But, for now, I'm reading the stories going forward.

That said, I'm only into chapter 2 of AND. I'm listening to the audio in my car as I drive to/from work. Interestingly, I had an idea after hearing chapter 1. I'll put it in Spoiler mode just in case...

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It's awfully tempting to give the new canon a try. I've never been caught up (or anywhere close) with Star Wars canon and if I read/watch everything that comes out now, I'll actually be able to stay caught up. I suppose if I don't have to pay for the books, I'd be open to giving it a shot. We'll see.
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I'm all too happy to follow the new canon, although I don't think I will buy any of the books just yet. I've developed an aversion to hardbacks, so must wait for the paperbacks.
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I'll be checking out much/most of the new canon. I want to ensure that I have the capability of watching Rebels before I buy A New Dawn (I'm not sure where online I'll be able to watch it; if Teletoon will be showing full episodes on its website, for example).

But I think I'll be buying Tarkin and the other novels, and I plan to try the three Marvel comics series.

The novels I'll buy on Amazon though, or I'll wait for paperbacks, just to keep the price down.
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