Well friends, at last we have come to the end of our journey and what a long strange trip it’s been. A weird thing happened this morning. I woke up and for the first time in a very long time, there wasn’t a Star Wars book on my nightstand waiting for me. I love the Expanded Universe but I am so incredibly relieved. Over the past seven months, I’ve read 130 different books. If my math is correct, that averages out to about a book and a half a day. That’s a lot of Star Wars. Guess how happy I am to be done. Just guess.
So what have I learned from this experience? First, that if your editor ever challenges you to do a project like this? Run very far away. There is not enough alcohol in the galaxy. Second, you commenters and readers seem to respond more when I snark closely followed by when I gush. More importantly though, I learned and confirmed for myself that there are far more good books than there are horrifically bad ones. My sanity was hanging on by a thread and my liver was desperate for a reprieve at some points but I sincerely enjoyed reading so many of these books, even some of the cracktastic ones like Courtship of Princess Leia.
I’ve also learned that no matter how much everyone tries to peer pressure you, livestreaming yourself reading The Crystal Star with a six-pack of hard cider at the ready only leads to bad things. We will never again discuss my Han Solo voice.
I’ve reaffirmed for myself that Aaron Allston and Matthew Stover are my favorite Star Wars authors followed closely by Mike Stackpole and Timothy Zahn and I’ve gained an appreciation for James Luceno that I didn’t realize that I had before. I will also be sitting here impatiently awaiting the day that we get more X-Wing novels from both Allston and Stackpole, the story about how Mara and Mirax got arrested, a political Padme novel from Luceno, a short story about Mace Windu and Nick Rostu set after Shatterpoint, the We, Jedi book about the Horn siblings, some sort of closure about the Skiarta clan, and a new Revan book. Yeah, I know. Those last two are never going to happen. No but really, Del Rey: More X-Wing novels. Pleeeeeeeease?
Honestly though, I just want to reiterate that there are a ton of good and enjoyable books out there. The next time you’re wondering what to read, branch out and try a book out of your Star Wars comfort zone. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find. I might’ve snarked a lot along the way but I love Star Wars and I can honestly say that there are probably only a dozen or so books that I have an active dislike for and that’s a pretty good ratio!
As promised, I’m going to answer some of the questions that you asked me on Twitter!