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Luke and Mara
Posted on Saturday 27 January 2007 at 5:21 pm

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bratanimus at 12:01 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Bwaa ha ha ha haaaaa! What's next - Leia Organic Potato? LOL

I feel very out of the loop. I need to read those Star Wars novels! :)
bratty_jedi at 12:06 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I tell Jordan all we needed was more corny (potatoy) names to get more awesome toys and here you come giving me some. How cool are you?

The Timothy Zahn trilogy in which he first introduces Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn are still the best of the Star Wars novels. They completely capture the feel of the movie universe and have their own well-constructed plot. You should definitely pick them up! They are:

Heir to the Empire
Dark Force Rising
The Last Command
bratanimus at 12:17 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the recommendations! I've written them down and will pick them up the next time I'm at Barnes and Noble. Will I be able to follow the novels if I've only seen the films for I, IV, V, and VI? (After Episode I, I didn't have the heart to see II and III. I'm sure Anakin was better in the hands of Hayden Christensen, but I just never got around to it...)
bratty_jedi at 12:22 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Those novels were written in the 1990s, well before I, II, and III were made. They actually are mildly contradicted by some of the details George Lucas put into Epi. II so you're probably better not knowing Lucas' version of the Clone Wars. I like Zahn's version better, anyway. It fits better with the descriptions given in the Original Trilogy.
bratanimus at 12:31 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Cool. Thanks for the info. :)

I remember reading some OLD Star Wars novels several years back, written after Epi IV. One I think was called Splinter of the Mind's Eye, and there was definitely some UST between Luke and Leia (eww!). But even then I was rooting for Han. I read 2 or 3 novels centered around him. One was called Han Solo at Stars' End.

Ooo, I just found Splinter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splinter_of_the_Mind's_Eye
bratty_jedi at 12:46 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. There were seven main novels published in the early to mid 80s.
Splinter of the Mind's Eye was the first and it was written to be the sequel to the first movie in case it wasn't successful enough to warrant a movie sequel. So no knowledge of the whole Luke-Leia-Vader family thing was available to the author. And there is UST between Luke and Leia in the first movie.

The Han Solo Adventures (a trilogy but not called the Han Solo trilogy because that is a different set of books) came next. I really like those. I think Star's End was the first one. Han Solo's Revenge was the second and Han Solo and the Lost Legacy was the third. That one has him on an Indiana Jones-esque adventure, complete with explanation for the scar on Harrison Ford's chin.

There were also The Lando Calrissian Adventures. Same basic concept as the Han Solo ones, focus on the adventures of a decently important character before the movies. Those three are a bit weird, though. Almost feels like a different galaxy and they seem to include more "magic" than can be explained by the Force.

After those seven, there weren't any novels for about a decade. Tim Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy were the beginning of a resurgence in Star Wars. Now there are at least 100 books, if you count the young adult series.
bratanimus at 12:55 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Girl, you know your Star Wars books! I'm impressed. ;)

We'll have to talk about the Zahn trilogy once I finish those (I'm in the middle of another trilogy now and have another waiting that my friend loaned me, so it may be a while). Thanks again for the recs! Looking forward to them. :D

Then maybe I'll actually watch those two Star Wars films. If only Irvin Kirschner (sp?) had directed more than Epi V. ;)
bratty_jedi at 1:01 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
If only Irvin Kirschner (sp?) had directed more than Epi V. ;)

Ain't that the truth! Lucas is a brilliant man when it comes to thinking of a story and the big picture. He needs to have somebody else write the scripts and direct though.
bratanimus at 1:20 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
THANK you! I was just on my soapbox at BW3 about this very thing with a fellow Star Wars fan last night!
bratty_jedi at 1:25 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
BW3? As in Buffalo Wild Wings? Man I love their bacon cheddar burgers with a sweet bar-b-que sauce! Too bad the nearest one to Williamsburg is like 40miles away, practically in Richmond.

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