Hardcore Star Wars fans probably did a double take this week when a certain name from the Expanded Universe was mentioned during the Rebels finale. It was just a brief moment, cut off before it went on too long, and maybe some assumed that was it. No, executive producer Dave Filoni told us. That isn't it.
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Next week, Timothy Zahn's Thrawn, a book about the rise to power of everyone's favourite Grand Admiral, will be released. I've never anticipated a Star Wars book more, and now seems like the right time to look back at the books that introduced him and evaluate if they really were as great as popular wisdom says they were.
Of the approximately eleventy billion books in the original Star Wars Expanded Universe, there are the hallowed (the Thrawn books by Timothy Zahn), the good (the X-Wing books), the bad (The Jedi Academy) and the mediocre (...most of them). And then there's The Crystal Star, a novel so bad it ruined me. Let this article serve as a warning to the rest of the galaxy.