goals

AbuS is constantly on my case about setting long term goals for life.  Somehow, I don’t think my current project is what he had in mind.

I’m (re) reading every (adult) Star Wars Extended Universe (paper) novel in a year (how’s that for overuse of parenthesis?).   Since I don’t have an e-reader, can’t read the stories that are only in eformat.  And I don’t really have a desire to read the pre-yavin young adult books as of yet.  I will probably pick up the young jedi knights series at the end, since those characters play a major roll in the NJO and beyond.

I originally just intended to pick up a few books here and there, but after reading more than a dozen SW novels in December, I thought, why not read the entire time line?  Because as we already established, I’m star wars obsessed and have too much time on my hands.

Here’s how it currently stands.  Books I’ve read since December are in bold.    Looks like I’m about a 1/3 of the way through right?

List from Yoda’s Datapad.

The Old Republic Era:

  • The Old Republic: Deceived by Paul S. Kemp (3621 years before Episode I)
  • Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber (3613 years before Episode I)
  • The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams (3611 years before Episode I)
  • Knight Errant by John Jackson Miller (About 1000 years before Episode I)
  • Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn (971 to 968 years before Episode I)
  • Darth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn (968 to 958 years before Episode I)
  • Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil by Drew Karpyshyn (948 years before Episode I)

The Prequel Era:

  • February 2012: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno (Decades before Episode I)
  • Cloak of Deception by James Luceno (a few months before Episode I)
  • Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves (just before Episode I)
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace movie novelization by Terry Brooks (10 years before Episode II)
  • Rogue Planet by Greg Bear (3 years after Episode I)
  • Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn (5 years after Episode I)
  • The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster (6 months before Episode II)
  • Episode II: Attack of the Clones movie novelization by R. A. Salvatore (22 years before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Karen Traviss (Sometime between Episodes II and III*)
  • The Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karen Miller (Sometime between Episodes II and III*)
  • The Clone Wars: No Prisoners by Karen Traviss (Sometime between Episodes II and III*)
  • The Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth by Karen Miller (Sometime between Episodes II and III*)
  • The Clone Wars Gambit: Siege by Karen Miller (Sometime between Episodes II and III*)
  • Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss (3 months after Episode II)
  • Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover (6 months after Episode II)
  • Republic Commando: Triple Zero by Karen Traviss (1 year after Episode II)
  • The Cestus Deception by Steven Barnes (1 year after Episode II)
  • Medstar I: Battle Surgeons by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry (2 years after Episode II)
  • Medstar II: Jedi Healer by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry (2 years after Episode II)
  • Republic Commando: True Colors by Karen Traviss (2 years after Episode II)
  • Jedi Trial by David Sherman & Dan Cragg (2.5 years after Episode II)
  • Yoda: Dark Rendezvous by Sean Stewart (2.5 years after Episode II)
  • Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno (Just before Episode III)
  • Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel by Karen Traviss (Leading into Episode III)
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith movie novelization by Matthew Stover (3 years after Episode II; 19 years before A New Hope)
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno (Soon after Episode III)
  • Imperial Commando: 501st by Karen Traviss (Soon after Episode III)
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves (3 months after Episode III)
  • Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows by Michael Reaves (Within 6 months after Episode III)
  • Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force by Michael Reaves (About 9 months after Episode III)

The Classic Era:

  • The Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare by A. C. Crispin (10 years before Star Wars: A New Hope [Episode IV])
  • The Han Solo Trilogy: The Hutt Gambit by A. C. Crispin (4-5 years before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu by L. Neil Smith (4 years before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon by L. Neil Smith (4 years before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka by L. Neil Smith (3 years before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • The Force Unleashed by Sean Williams (2-3 years before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • The Han Solo Trilogy: Rebel Dawn by A. C. Crispin (0-3 years before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Han Solo at Stars’ End by Brian Daley (2 years before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Han Solo’s Revenge by Brian Daley (2 years before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley (2 years before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • September 2011: Shadow Games by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff (2 years before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • The Force Unleashed II by Sean Williams (1 year before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber (about 1 year before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Death Star by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry (0-1 year before Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Star Wars: A New Hope by George Lucas (movie novelization)
  • Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina by various authors (during Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Allegiance by Timothy Zahn (six months after Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • July 2011: Choices of One by Timothy Zahn (Less than a year after Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine by Voronica Whitney-Robinson w/ Haden Blackman (1.5 years after Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster (2 years after Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • The Empire Strikes Back movie novelization by Donald F. Glut (3 years after Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • Tales of the Bounty Hunters by various authors (before, during and after The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry (6 months after The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Return of the Jedi movie novelization by James Kahn (1 year after The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Tales from Jabba’s Palace by various authors (during Return of the Jedi)
  • The Bounty Hunter Wars: The Mandalorian Armor by K. W. Jeter (during Return of the Jedi)
  • The Bounty Hunter Wars: Slave Ship by K. W. Jeter (during Return of the Jedi)
  • The Bounty Hunter Wars: Hard Merchandise by K. W. Jeter (during Return of the Jedi)
  • Tales from the Empire by various authors (various settings)

The New Republic Era (after the movies):

  • The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers (just after Return of the Jedi)
  • Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover (about 1 year after Return of the Jedi)
  • X-Wing: Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole (2.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • X-Wing: Wedge’s Gamble by Michael Stackpole (3 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • X-Wing: The Krytos Trap by Michael Stackpole (3 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • X-Wing: The Bacta War by Michael Stackpole (3.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • X-Wing: Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston (3.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • X-Wing: Iron Fist by Aaron Allston (3.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • X-Wing: Solo Command by Aaron Allston (3.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton (4 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning (4.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Heir to the Empire, book 1 of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn (5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Dark Force Rising, book 2 of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn (5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Last Command, book 3 of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn (5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • X-Wing: Isard’s Revenge by Michael Stackpole (5.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson (7 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Dark Apprentice by Kevin J. Anderson (7 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Champions of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson (7 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole (7 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Children of the Jedi by  Barbara Hambly (8 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Darksaber by Kevin J. Anderson (8.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Planet of Twilight by Barbara Hambly (9 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston (9 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Crystal Star by Vonda McIntyre (10 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Black Fleet Crisis: Before the Storm by Michael P. Kube-McDowell (12 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Black Fleet Crisis: Shield of Lies by Michael P. Kube-McDowell (12 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Black Fleet Crisis: Tyrant’s Test by Michael P. Kube-McDowell (12 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The New Rebellion by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (13 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Corellian Trilogy: Ambush at Corellia by Roger McBride Allen (14 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Corellian Trilogy: Assault at Selonia by Roger McBride Allen (14 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Corellian Trilogy: Showdown at Centerpoint by Roger McBride Allen (14 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Hand of Thrawn: Specter of the Past by Timothy Zahn (15 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Hand of Thrawn: Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn (15 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Survivor’s Quest by Timothy Zahn (18 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Tales From the New Republic by various authors (various settings)

The New Jedi Order Era (21-35 years after the movies):
The New Jedi Order series:

  • Vector Prime by R. A. Salvatore (21 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Dark Tide I: Onslaught by Michael Stackpole (21 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Dark Tide II: Ruin by Michael Stackpole (21 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial by James Luceno (21 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse by James Luceno (21 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Balance Point by Kathy Tyers (22 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Edge of Victory I: Conquest by Greg Keyes (22 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth by Greg Keyes (22 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Star by Star by Troy Denning (23 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Dark Journey by Elaine Cunningham (23 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream by Aaron Allston (23 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand by Aaron Allston (23 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Traitor by Matthew Stover (23 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Destiny’s Way by Walter Jon Williams (24 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Force Heretic I: Remnant by Sean Williams and Shane Dix (24 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Force Heretic II: Refugee by Sean Williams and Shane Dix (24 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Force Heretic III: Reunion by Sean Williams and Shane Dix (24 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Final Prophecy by Greg Keyes (24 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Unifying Force by James Luceno (25 years after Return of the Jedi)

The Dark Nest trilogy:

  • The Joiner King by Troy Denning (31 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Unseen Queen by Troy Denning (32 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • The Swarm War by Troy Denning (32 years after Return of the Jedi)

The Legacy Era (36+ years after the movies):
The Legacy of the Force series:

  • Betrayal by Aaron Allston (36 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Bloodlines by Karen Traviss (36 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Tempest by Troy Denning (36 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Exile by Aaron Allston (36 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Sacrifice by Karen Traviss (36 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Inferno by Troy Denning (36 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Fury by Aaron Allston (36 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Revelation by Karen Traviss (37 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Invincible by Troy Denning (37.5 years after Return of the Jedi)

Stand-alone novels:

  • Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp (37.5 years after Return of the Jedi; flashbacks to 5000 years earlier)
  • September 2011: Riptide by Paul S. Kemp (About 38 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Millennium Falcon by James Luceno (39.5 years after Return of the Jedi)

The Fate of the Jedi series:

  • Outcast by Aaron Allston (39.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Omen by Christie Golden (39.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Abyss by Troy Denning (39.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Backlash by Aaron Allston (39.5 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Allies by Christie Golden (40 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • Vortex by Troy Denning (40 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • May 2011: Conviction by Aaron Allston (40 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • August 2011: Ascension by Christie Golden (40 years after Return of the Jedi)
  • November 2011: Apocalypse by Troy Denning (40 years after Return of the Jedi)
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10 thoughts on “goals

  1. that is about the order i started off with when i decided to read (for the first time) the SW novels. if anything new came out that was before (in timeline order) the current read, i would go back to read it. that was three years ago & abandoned that strategy; i skipped over the classic era when i finished the prequel era and went straight to NJO & Fate of the Jedi.

    now my problem is that i don’t have as much time to read, and the audiobooks are sparse. the newer ones are unabridged, but many of the older ones are all insanely abridged.

  2. I’m a bit hesitant to revisit some of the rebellion/new republic era books. I have such fond memories of them, and apparently (at least according to forum scuttle but), a lot of them just weren’t that good. I re read the Jedi Academy triology a few years back, and it was sadly disappointing. The Stackpole, Allston and Zahn are all still excellent, but apparently a lot of the others are just cheesy :/

    I don’t remember when I first picked up star wars novels, but I think it was probably 1995. I borrowed the Zahn Heir to the Empire triology from the library and was hooked. From then on, I got 4 new SW books a year – from my parents for good report cards :) So I read the bantem novels as they were coming out, and maybe just wasn’t sophisticated enough as a teenager to realize that a lot of them were crap?

  3. it was probably 5-7 years ago i decided to give it a whirl: i picked up shatterpoint, read a few pages, put it down because i had my studies, and never picked it up for a long time. when i decided to try it again 3-4 years ago, i decided to go timeline order, and started with the darth bane novels. karpyshyn got me hooked, and since read maybe read 1-2 novels a month.

    but then recently, first the trip to dh’s backhomelandia, then learning to knit, i just didn’t have a lot of time to read. so, like i’m little more than halfway through njo: star by star and started knight errant but just can’t get myself to read it.

    but i just started a subscription to audible.com, so i may be downloading the old republic: deceived pretty soon. maybe red harvest & clone wars gambit: siege. at least i can listen to them while i’m knitting or walking to work.

    • Shatterpoint was the one novel that I had to force myself to finish. Currently rereading the 1st Darth Bane novel, and I agree they’re good.

      Have Red Harvest, Old Republic Deceived and Knight Errant waiting until I finish the DB books.

      I love having a huge stack of books just begging to be read :)

  4. Really?????……really? Lol Im a trekkie, love all the star wars but more like deep space nine etc but cant EVER imagine wanting to read the books. haha had a good laugh at the list, sheesh its long!!

    • No trekkies allowed on this blog :P

      j/k, geeks of all kinds are welcome here :)

      I’m that odd person who’s a geek and who’s obsessive, and of course I have to obsess about something at all times. Currently obsessessing about star wars :)

    • eeewwww trekkies… :D

      you know, I never imagined reading the books myself, but was running out of things i wanted to read and that didn’t give me a headache. and i typically read before international lit or anthropological/sociological books or heavy-handed history.

      (the only star trek i really watched regularly was DS9 & that was only because of Dr. Bashir lol. even back then living in a small redneck town i was into arab men LOL *knee slap*)

  5. Thanks for the tip on Zahn, Stackpole and Allen… I have a feeling my hubby has Zahn somewhere in his parents’ house. Must dig them out the next time we are there. My first SW book was A New Hope (well, the cover said Star Wars then, it was an early eighties edition)… from my primary school library. It was about 10 years later when I realised that a whole bunch of other SW books exist.

    Ebru, I love Deep Space Nine too. I never saw even a single episode while it was running, but hubby got the DVD set a couple of years back, and made me watch, haha. Needless to say I was hooked. Am a bit sad they don’t continue the storyline.

    • Zahn is really the place to start, not only because they were the first real novels, but just because they’re so darn good.

  6. Haaa hubby says he doesn’t have the Zahn books, but now that I mentioned it (because of your blog) he wants to get them pronto. Yeeeaaaayyyyyyy!!!! Thanks Umm Squeaky :-) Now all we need to do is drive 4 hours to the nearest bookstore that stocks ’em.. LOL.

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