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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2007, 08:38:27 PM »
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Does anyone have any Star Wars book recommendations that aren't Timothy Zahn's work?

Ooooh, oooooh.  It's a little later in the timeline than you're asking for, but when you get a chance, try the "Jedi" trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson, placed just after ROtJ (Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice, Champions of the Force).  They're the best "extended universe" Star Wars books I've ever read.  Couldn't put 'em down.   


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2007, 09:19:51 PM »
  I'm happy to see the love for Vonnegut and Heller.  Their collaborative book about Heller's bout with Guillian/Barre Syndrome gives a lot of insight into the friendship between them. I believe the title is "No Laughing Matter" but I might be wrong.
     For Vonnegut, don't forget Cat's Cradle.  I don't know if his creation of Bokononism is meant as a parody of Scientology or not, but the book is great.
    For Heller fans, you know what I mean about the amazing twists that Catch-22 takes that stick in your mind forever.  I forget how many years it took before his next novel, Something Happened, but those same kinds of timeless moments are in that novel.  I actually gave a copy of that to my boss at one time, since Heller's comments on how various levels of management relate to one another helped me realize that I wasn't going to stay in that job much longer. Doubt he ever read it.
    Not mentioned to this point are various short story collections by Harlan Ellison.  I hesitate to do so since mentioning Ellison seems to bring the haters out of the woodpile, but The Essential Harlan Ellison contains a ton of memorable stories.


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2007, 09:34:56 PM »
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Does anyone have any Star Wars book recommendations that aren't Timothy Zahn's work?

Ooooh, oooooh.  It's a little later in the timeline than you're asking for, but when you get a chance, try the "Jedi" trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson, placed just after ROtJ (Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice, Champions of the Force).  They're the best "extended universe" Star Wars books I've ever read.  Couldn't put 'em down.   

Now that you mention it, I believe I've heard Kevin J. Anderson's Star Wars novels recommended before. I'll have to try those out then. Thanks. :)


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2007, 01:09:23 PM »
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Does anyone have any Star Wars book recommendations that aren't Timothy Zahn's work?

Ooooh, oooooh.  It's a little later in the timeline than you're asking for, but when you get a chance, try the "Jedi" trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson, placed just after ROtJ (Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice, Champions of the Force).  They're the best "extended universe" Star Wars books I've ever read.  Couldn't put 'em down.   

I remember reading a trilogy about Han Solo that followed him from youth all the way up to that scene where he is introduced in the cantina. I thought it was good but I haven't read a star wars novel since 8th grade (coincides with the release of episode 1, coincidence?) anyone else read these? I remember enjoying a lot of Anderson's work as well.


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2007, 02:48:45 PM »
Yes, I've read all three, but can't remember the author.  We learn how he and Chewie meet, and it was a fun fleshing-out of the character.  Loved how the last book ended-- just as you said, catching sight of Obi-Wan in the cantina :)


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #35 on: February 12, 2007, 09:52:07 PM »
This seems like a general enough topic that people won't mind if I make a little off topic comment.  I noticed that in this category, the length of the titles of the different topics are substantially longer than the titles of the topics in the TV category.  Thought it was an interesting difference. 

Anyway, my favorite books as a kid were the Redwall series.  They were great adventure books, and I remember the food in them sounded so good, even though most of it was made up.  But just the way it was described always made me so hungry. 


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #36 on: February 13, 2007, 07:24:25 AM »
This seems like a general enough topic that people won't mind if I make a little off topic comment.  I noticed that in this category, the length of the titles of the different topics are substantially longer than the titles of the topics in the TV category.  Thought it was an interesting difference. 

Perhaps it's because we're more literary here...?  ;)


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #37 on: February 13, 2007, 07:39:40 PM »
Well, at least you're not bitter.  That's the important thing.


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #38 on: February 13, 2007, 07:54:05 PM »
I also liked the Han Solo Trilogy (The later one, not the old one.) and Darksaber, but I have a weakness for any story that involves the Hutts. I love those guys. :^)


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #39 on: February 13, 2007, 11:11:01 PM »
You're kidding, right?  This guy wouldn't know which end of a pen to insert in his anus, and which end to write with. Which is why he just shoved the whole thing up and excreted on paper.

These are the reason I stopped reading the Star Wars books.  I think I even got suckered in to buying the second one, which I never finished.

The best Star Wars books are just ones here and there. The original Brian Daley Han Solo books were good; the Thrawn books were OK; The X-Wing books were good, and the Republic Commando ones.

Now, now Imrahil. Don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel. :P  Just kidding. So you hated the Kevin Anderson star wars books eh? Those X-Wing books, are those the ones with Wedge and the rogue squadron? I vaguely remember someone saying those were good.

I still want some good Jedi vs. Sith stories from the Old Republic era though. Mainly because I'm actually playing in a Star Wars RPG campaign right now that's set in that time period. Yes, yes. I know. I'm a nerd. And I'm proud of it too! ;D


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #40 on: February 14, 2007, 10:45:48 AM »
Awesome, another Star Wars RPG player. BTW, I hear there's supposed to be new version of the Star Wars RPG coming out soon (like sometime in March I think), in case you haven't heard and are still interested.

So, who's the author of the X-wing books?


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #41 on: February 14, 2007, 03:24:30 PM »
Awesome, another Star Wars RPG player. BTW, I hear there's supposed to be new version of the Star Wars RPG coming out soon (like sometime in March I think), in case you haven't heard and are still interested.

So, who's the author of the X-wing books?


Oh, I haven't played in ages, Jint. I never even tried the new one (doesn't TSR own the rights now? And use the silly dice and everything?).  Michael Stackpole wrote #1-4 and #9 of the series; Aaron Allston wrote #5-8 (they're better books overall; better characters, better story, better writing--but you kinda need an intro via Stackpole's).

Have you played the game X-Wing (the one for PC from like...95 or 96? There are tons of references to it...)



No, I'm afraid I never did play the X-Wing. In fact, I think the last Star Wars based game I played was the one on the Atari 2600 based in The Empire Strikes back where you just flew around shooting AT-AT's.

As for the RPG, Wizards of the Coast owns it now (they bought out TSR or something like that), and they had already released a d20 Revised edition after the original West End Games version, but now there's going to be another release. (revised revised edition? no idea what they're calling it this time :P ) Can't really say much about it other than I've heard this new edition is coming out, and yes it still uses dice. That's all I know right now, heh.

Anyway, thanks for the author list for the X-wing series. :)


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #42 on: June 06, 2007, 01:58:50 PM »
The Last Temptation of Christ - Nikos Kazantzakis
Blood Meridian, The Crossing - Cormac McCarthy
Huckleberry Finn, The Mysterious Stranger, - Mark Twain
Startide Rising, The Uplift War - David Brin
American Pastoral, Operation Shylock, Sabbath's Theater, The Plot Against America - Phillip Roth
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
What Makes Sammy Run - Budd Schulberg
Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
The Executioner's Song - Norman Mailer
The Windup Bird Chronicles, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, After the Quake - Haruki Murakami
Light In August, The Sound and The Fury - William Faulkner
Only Begotten Daughter, Towing Jehovah - James Morrow
The Watchmen - Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Once and Future King - T.H. White

So many many more.

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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #43 on: June 06, 2007, 07:46:27 PM »
In no particular order ten of my favorites:

The Book of Tea: Okakura Kakuzō
Mother Night: Kurt Vonnegut
Watership Down: Richard Adams
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin: Beatrix Potter
The Velveteen Rabbit: Margery Williams
Uncle Remus Tales: Julius Lester
Guards Guards: Terry Pratchet
The Talented Mr Ripley: Patricia Highsmith
The Art of Worldly WisdomA Stainless Steel Rat is Born: Harry Harrison


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #44 on: June 06, 2007, 09:02:06 PM »
My Top 6

The Stand-Stephen King
Cell-Stephen King
Timeline-Michael Crichton
Prey-Michael Crichton
American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family-Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth -Gene Smith
The Street Lawyer-John Grisham