Outer Rim Reviews – Two Years Later

2 yrs

Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to Outer Rim Reviews! Happy birthday to me!

Hello everyone! So in case you hadn’t gathered, Outer Rim Reviews turned two years old today! This time last year I put together a post on how this blog completely blew my expectations – how it went from a little corner of the internet where I could document my journey through the Expanded Universe to a small but rabid community of fellow Star Wars fans and book nerds! I’ll try to keep this light but needless to say, thank you so much for stopping by my page, for taking the time out of your busy lives to read my reviews or come talk to me about Star Wars. I am so grateful to every one of you and your comments and musings make my day every time I read them. 😀

This post I thought it would be fun to have a quick look back over the books I have read since starting this blog. Before Outer Rim Reviews was born, I had read a grand total of six Star Wars books – The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, Rebel Dawn, Shadows of the Empire, Truce at Bakura and Heir to the Empire. Since then, I’ve read 45 more Star Wars books, plus re-reading the original six! Woo hoo! So, take a look below at my current book list:-

Timeline Title Author(s) Released

Before the Republic

Old Republic era

10031000 BBY Darth Bane: Path of Destruction Drew Karpyshyn 2006-09-26
1000990 BBY Darth Bane: Rule of Two 2007-12-26
980 BBY Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil 2009-12-08

Rise of the Empire era

29 BBY Rogue Planet Greg Bear 2000-05-02
10 BBY The Han Solo Trilogy 1: The Paradise Snare A. C. Crispin 1997-05-05
54 BBY The Han Solo Trilogy 2: The Hutt Gambit 1997-09
20 BBY The Han Solo Trilogy 3: Rebel Dawn A. C. Crispin 1998-03-09

Rebellion era

34 ABY Shadows of the Empire Steve Perry 1996-05
4 ABY The Truce at Bakura Kathy Tyres 1994-01

New Republic era

8 ABY The Courtship of Princess Leia Dave Wolverton 1994-05-01
9 ABY The Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire Timothy Zahn 1991-06
The Thrawn Trilogy: Dark Force Rising 1992-06
The Thrawn Trilogy: The Last Command 1993-05
11 ABY The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Jedi Search Kevin J. Anderson 1994-03-01
The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Dark Apprentice 1994-07-01
The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Champions of the Force 1994-09-01
12 ABY Darksaber Kevin J. Anderson 1995-11-01
18 ABY The Corellian Trilogy 1: Ambush at Corellia Roger MacBride Allen 1995-02-02
The Corellian Trilogy 2: Assault at Selonia 1995-07
The Corellian Trilogy 3: Showdown at Centerpoint 1995-10
19 ABY The Hand of Thrawn Duology 1: Specter of the Past Timothy Zahn 1997-11-03
The Hand of Thrawn Duology 2: Vision of the Future 1998-09-01
22 ABY Survivor’s Quest Timothy Zahn 2004-02-03

New Jedi Order era

25 ABY The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime R. A. Salvatore 1999-10-05
The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide I: Onslaught Michael A. Stackpole 2000-02-01
The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide II: Ruin 2000-06-06
The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial James Luceno 2000-08-01
The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse 2000-10-03
26 ABY The New Jedi Order: Balance Point Kathy Tyers 2000-10-31
The New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory I: Conquest Greg Keyes 2001-04-03
The New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory II: Rebirth 2001-07-31
27 ABY The New Jedi Order: Star by Star Troy Denning 2001-10-30
The New Jedi Order: Dark Journey Elaine Cunningham 2002-01-29
The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream Aaron Allston 2002-03-26
The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand 2002-05-28
The New Jedi Order: Traitor Matthew Stover 2002-07-30
28 ABY The New Jedi Order: Destiny’s Way Walter Jon Williams 2002-10-01
The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant Sean Williams & Shane Dix 2003-02-04

Legacy era

Canon

Year Title Writer(s) Released
2117 BBY Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel James Luceno 2016-11-15
130 BBY[11] Rebel Rising Beth Revis 2017-05-02
Approx. 112 BBY Thrawn Timothy Zahn 2017-04-11
11 BBY5 ABY Lost Stars Claudia Gray 2015-09-04
Thrawn: Alliances Timothy Zahn 2018-07-24
0 BBY Guardians of the Whills Greg Rucka 2017-05-02
4 ABY Aftermath Chuck Wendig 2015-09-04
5 ABY Aftermath: Life Debt Chuck Wendig 2016-07-12
5 ABY Aftermath: Empire’s End Chuck Wendig 2017-02-21
7 ABY Last Shot Daniel José Older 2018-04-17
28 ABY Bloodline Claudia Gray 2016-05-03
Phasma

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Delilah S. Dawson 2017-09-01
34 ABY Star Wars: The Force Awakens Alan Dean Foster 2016-01-05

Not too shabby eh? As a lot of you may know, my original plan when starting this blog was to read all the Legends books (well, not every single one but the ones that I wanted to!) and then I was going to read the new canon books. However, impatience got the better of me so I’m now just switching between the two. I’m still reading the Legends books in the order I originally set out – so starting pretty much with post Return of the Jedi era, getting right to the end of the timeline before looping back to the beginning of time with Dawn of the Jedi and reading the books in chronological order through to the Original Trilogy era. So this means I have a TON of fun Legends content ahead of me – there’s the Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi series, plus all the Old Republic and Clone Wars era novels to come! I may cheat again (hey, it’s ok to break your own rules, right?!) and read the Prequel era novelizations this year just because they look really great!

In terms of canon, there is absolutely no logic to my reading order. I just pick up the books I fancy reading! I’ve noticed that with a lot of the new books, they seem to focus on a particular character so it’s been quite easy to just browse my bookshelf and pick a book depending on what character kick I’m on!

So, as Outer Rim Reviews enters it’s Terrible Twos – here’s a little road map of my reading plans!

  • By the end of 2018 I want to have finished the New Jedi Order
  • In early 2019 I would like to be starting the Legacy of the Force books – be warned I have a lot of Jacen Solo feelings and may not handle this series with dignity or grace!
  • By the end of 2018 I would like to have read The Phantom Menace novelization 
  • For canon books, I hope to read Dark Disciple, The Last Jedi Novelization, Master and Apprentice and Queen’s Shadow by the time Outer Rim Reviews turns three years old.

Hopefully, by this time next year, we will have had an announcement from the publishers of the “Journey to Episode IX” books – so I would have thought that a few of those books will jump to the top of my agenda!

So, once again, thank you all so much for your support! Whether you have just joined the Outer Rim Reviews party, or whether you have been there since the very beginning, I am grateful to each and every one of you and hope we have many more years of flailing about Star Wars together!

As a little birthday treat – here is a behind the scenes look at an Outer Rim Reviews photoshoot! Sometimes, you just get photobombed by a nosy little spaniel!!!

ledley

 


6 thoughts on “Outer Rim Reviews – Two Years Later

  1. That’s quite a list! I fondly recall spending a ton of time reading the New Republic Era books back in the mid and late-90s while playing the Lucas Arts X-Wing game. Michael Stackpole’s X-Wing series about Rogue Squadron and the Dark Empire comics were probably my favorites after the Thrawn and Jedi Academy trilogies, though I was never convinced the comics ever really fit into the timeline all that well.

    Happy blog birthday!

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    1. Gosh I’m so sorry for the slow reply! I skipped the X-Wing series but have managed to pick them all up now and am hyped to read them all, hear nothing but good things about them! The only thing I don’t really touch is the comics (just had to focus on the books!) but I do hear the new Poe Dameron stuff is excellent so I might have to investigate…

      A belated thank you very much for your comment and the blog birthday wishes! 😀

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