Look at your life, look at your choices: Bria’s Rereading the Expanded Universe (Woo Woo, All Aboard the Waru Express)

Sometimes? A Person gets a very bad idea and then the Captain of the Blog she writes for encourages her to follow through on this very bad idea.  (It’s probably revenge for being a costume enabler.)  In this case?  Bria has decided to reread her way through the Expanded Universe and to bring you along on this crazy journey.  It’ll also probably include some gifs to properly express the craziness.

First let me clarify that I am in no way reading ALL of the EU.  My hat is off to Pablo Hidalgo for managing that feat and I do not wish to try and replicate it.  Plus, I wouldn’t be able to include beautifully done Expanded Universe artwork with my reviews.  I’m also not even going to read my way through all of the books on the official list that lives in front of all the EU books because I simply do not have all of those books available to me.

Here’s how this is going to work.  I’ll be starting chronologically and reading my way through my own personal Star Wars book collection.  I will also be rereading and reading some books for the first time that I am able to get from the library and/or also interest me.  I’m going to make every effort to try and get my hands on and either read or reread as many of the books that I don’t own as I can.  There are some very notable exceptions that I just will not reread (coughBlackFleetcough) however feel free to try and bribe me into reading them.  (Brian’s already agreed to reread Revenge of the Sith and get all of the emotional trauma that goes with it in exchange for me rereading The Crystal Star.)

I’ll be posting my thoughts on the books every now and then and keep you all updated on my progress!   I’ll be reviewing either series or multiple books at a time so I’m not flooding the blog with a post every day.  Check out the coded book list below to see what books I’ll (hopefully) soon be reading!   (A ~ indicates I have never read the book before and a * indicates that I have previously read it but do not own it.)  If you’d like to follow my real time reading progress, you can follow me on twitter @chaosbria or the hashtag #WaruExpress.


The Old Republic: Revan~
The Old Republic: Annihilation~
Knight Errant~
Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
Darth Bane: Rule of Two
Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil
[Retrospective Post #1]

Darth Plagueis~
Cloak of Deception*
Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace*
[Retrospective Post #2]
Rogue Planet
Outbound Flight
The Approaching Storm*
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones*
[Retrospective Post #3]

Republic Commando: Hard Contact
Republic Commando:  Triple Zero
Republic Commando:  True Colors
Republic Commando: Order 66
[Retrospective Post #4]
The Cestus Deception
MedStar I: Battle Surgeons
MedStar II: Jedi Healer
[Retrospective Post #5]
Jedi Trial
Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
[Retrospective Post #6]
Labyrinth of Evil
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
Imperial Commando: 501st
[Retrospective Post #7]
Coruscant Nights: Jedi Twilight
Coruscant Nights: Street Shadows~
Coruscant Nights: Patterns of the Force~
[Retrospective Post #8]

Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare
Han Solo Trilogy: The Hutt Gambit
Han Solo Trilogy: Rebel Dawn
[Retrospective Post #9]
Death Troopers~
Death Star
Shadow Games~ [Part of Post 11]
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
[Retrospective Post #10]
Scoundrels (~) [Review]
Choices of One
Splinter of the Mind’s Eye
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
[Retrospective Post #11]
Tales of the Bounty Hunters
Shadows of the Empire*
Star Wars: Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi*
[Retrospective Post #12]

The Truce at Bakura
Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor
[Retrospective Post #13]
X-Wing: Rogue Squadron
X-Wing Wedge’s Gambit
X-Wing The Krytos Trap
X-Wing: The Bacta War
[Retrospective Post #14]
X-Wing: Wraith Squadron
X-Wing: Iron Fist
X-Wing: Solo Command
[Retrospective Post #15]
The Courtship of Princess Leia
Tatooine Ghost
[Retrospective Post #16]
Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire
Thrawn Trilogy: Dark Force Rising
Thrawn Trilogy: The Last Command
X-Wing Isard’s Revenge
[Retrospective Post #17]
Jedi Academy Trilogy: Jedi Search
Jedi Academy Trilogy: Dark Apprentice
Jedi Academy Trilogy: Champions of the Force
I, Jedi
[Retrospective Post #18]
X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar
The Crystal Star*
[Retrospective Post #19]
Corellian Trilogy: Ambush at Corellia
Corellian Trilogy: Assault at Selonia
Corellian Trilogy: Showdown at Centerpoint
[Retrospective Post #20]
Hand of Thrawn: Specter of the Past
Hand of Thrawn: Vision of the Future
[Retrospective Post #21]

Survivor’s Quest
[Retrospective Post #22]
Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force
Young Jedi Knights: Shadow Academy
Young Jedi Knights: The Lost Ones
Young Jedi Knights: Lightsabers
Young Jedi Knights: Darkest Knight
Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Under Siege
[Retrospective Post #23]
Young Jedi Knights: Shards of Alderaan
Young Jedi Knights: Diversity Alliance
Young Jedi Knights: Delusions of Grandeur
Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Bounty
Young Jedi Knights: The Emperor’s Plague
[Retrospective Post #24]
Young Jedi Knights: Return to Ord Mantell
Young Jedi Knights: Trouble on Cloud City*
Young Jedi Knights: Crisis at Crystal Reef*
[Retrospective Post #25]

New Jedi Order: Vector Prime
New Jedi Order: Dark Tide I: Onslaught
New Jedi Order: Dark Tide II: Ruin
New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial
New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
[Retrospective Post #26]
New Jedi Order: Balance Point
New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory I: Conquest
New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
New Jedi Order: Star by Star
[Retrospective Post #27]
New Jedi Order: Dark Journey
New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
New Jedi Order: Traitor
New Jedi Order: Destiny’s Way
[Retrospective Post #28]
New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant
New Jedi Order: Force Heretic II: Refugee
New Jedi Order: Force Heretic III: Reunion
New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy
New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force
[Retrospective Post #29]

Dark Nest: The Joiner King
Dark Nest: The Unseen Queen
Dark Nest: The Swarm War
[Retrospective Post #30]
Legacy of the Force: Betrayal
Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines
Legacy of the Force: Tempest
Legacy of the Force: Exile
Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice
[Retrospective Post #31]
Legacy of the Force: Inferno
Legacy of the Force: Fury
Legacy of the Force: Revelation
Legacy of the Force: Invincible
[Retrospective Post #32]
Millennium Falcon~
[Retrospective Post #33]
Fate of the Jedi: Outcast
Fate of the Jedi: Omen
Fate of the Jedi: Abyss
Fate of the Jedi: Backlash
Fate of the Jedi: Allies
[Retrospective Post #34]
Fate of the Jedi: Vortex*
Fate of the Jedi: Conviction
Fate of the Jedi: Ascension*
Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse*
X-Wing: Mercy Kill
[Retrospective Post #35]

In Conclusion



22 thoughts on “Look at your life, look at your choices: Bria’s Rereading the Expanded Universe (Woo Woo, All Aboard the Waru Express)

    • Nah, I left out the Old Republic books, the Callista books, and the Black Fleet Crisis. And probably a few others. 😛

  1. I am impressed. I've been kind of following along with what's been going on in the EU and have been coming up with a list of what I should read that I haven't read yet. It's around 55 books (although after reading your site I've been thinking about adding on another 10). The reason I haven't done it is because I figure it would take me five to six years to do it. I'm really impressed that you're going to read that list, but times two, and are capable of doing it waaay faster than I could do my list.

    • Also, about my list: I was originally planning on reading I, Jedi and then alternating between reading NJO and flipping back to Republic era novels as breaks/to fill the gaps with the books that are going to be referenced a lot (I wanted to catch up to the current books but don't feel right skipping NJO), but after reading this site's posts, I'm thinking of following the roadmap and reading through the (good) Bantam books I haven't read before before starting the NJO (partially because it'll make the NJO books make more sense but also because I'm starting to think it's better to read good stuff instead of rushing ahead to read nine Troy Dennings novels. actually, maybe I'm trying to delay that happening 😛 ).

      • I'll admit that my magical reading speed will come in handy here. (I reread the NJO in about a month or so last summer.) If you'd like some suggestions about some of the SWEU books you might've missed, I'd be happy to share my thoughts. I know that Brian didn't delve into PT era suggestions for his master list but if that interests you, I definitely have some recs!

        Also, some people have issues with the NJO but I personally think you should give it a read because when it's good? It's really good and makes it worth slugging through the less than stellar books.

      • I haven't read anything past Dark Nest. Too much Troy Denning. (I'm sure he's a nice guy, but his inability to finish a story is highly annoying).

        Other than that I've read most of that list, however, not so much in recent years and I really need to catch up on the OR and Empire eras.
        Most of the CW era books are pretty good, but personally I found Labyrinth of Evil hard to get through.

        You're only planning to read one of the Tales books?

          • While I believe I've read all of the Tales books at some point over the years, I'm only rereading one of them because, well, I only own one of them. This list/project originally began as me wanting to read through all the ones I own and sorta expanded to include some others. It's also a matter of what books I can easily get through my local library. (They already hate me for all the interlibrary loan requests I've already placed.

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  3. I've been fiddling with the idea of reading through the SWEU as well, but in publication order rather than timeline order. Perhaps I shall make it a New Year's project!

    Have fun on your reading journey!

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