so I just finished reading the Thrawn Trilogy and had to do a thing because wow Grand Admiral Thrawn was really great (I finally broke my no-EU-after-ROTJ thing after a lot of recommendations for it, and now I just wish I'd read it earlier!!)
I really appreciated how he was basically the exact opposite of Vader, yet made an incredibly badass antagonist and by the end I just wanted to see him continue throwing his military prowess against the New Republic and treating his subordinates with reasonable working conditions and holding Art Appreciation Thursdays
[begin wishful thinking] and what COULD HAVE BEEN the potential awesomeness of an Enemy Mine situation in the future and combining Imperial tactics with the new Jedi Order against a mutual enemy (like the Yuuzhan Vong?) and just. WE COULD HAVE HAD IT AALLLLLLL
I mean what even was that ending sure it was fitting but STILL [/end wishful thinking]
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Like, the other characters (Luke, Leia, Han, ect) are all suffering and I'm all, "No..."
Thrawn dies and I am like, "OH CRAP NO NO NO NON O NO NONONONONO"
My mind: Dang it Zachani he's the villain. We care not for villains!
Book be like, "Bam dead kay see you next book bai."
Thrawn's all like, "It was so artistic." *dies*
And I'm standing next to him like, "Yeah I'm with mustachio admiral here, WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?"
(when I read I imagine myself in the scenes, just invisible or some shtuff like that, judge me lol)
I see below that you said the bigness of the EU is a bit intimidating, and I totally get that - I sortof dived into the New Jedi Order as a new fan, which I very much do not recommend, because it was quite confusing. lol However, something like the Imperial-Republic alliance you mention does occur during the New Jedi Order series, along with some familiar blue aliens.
Oh yeah, that's what I was afraid would happen and I'd start at the wrong place/have no idea what's going on - but whoooa I'm really intrigued about this Imperial/Republic alliance in the books! (and more Chiss, yesss ) Will definitely need to check it out!
But anyway, whichever you read next I hope you enjoy the trip. :3
Yes, it's a pity that the Thrawn Trilogy was only...well, a trilogy. Zahn does attempt to atone for his mistake by writing some other fabulous stories with Thrawn. The Duology is wonderful, and the Chiss make delightful appearance. "Side Trip", a short story, is also a great read. "Outbound Flight", mentioned by Evolvana, is another chance to get more Thrawn.
And I totally agree, I wish he story could have gone on for longer - I would love to learn/read more about the Chiss so thank you for the recs! I didn't realise there were more short stories about him either!
I really "fell in love" with the character after reading Hand of Thrawn. I thought he was already badass before, but with his background, he's even more fantastic.
But his aura is still there, everyone is talking about him, about things he did, what he had in mind, and so you learn a lot about him
Anyways, fantastic job! As always, I look forward to seeing your next works. :0D
And thank you so much!
BUT I really love how you did his skin. Blue skin is hard, in my opinion, to make it look real and flesh like. A lot of the official Thrawn art he looks very pasted in and smurf like, but here his skin looks fantastic!
Ooh I'm tempted to read that too, mainly because it's written by Stover... what do you think of it?
Well, I'm not far into it, so far it's good but not Stover good. It doesn't have many lines that jump out at me, but there have been a few scenes that I've loved. I'm hoping that once I get more into the book it'll be more enjoyable.
Though, if you ask me, the best EU novels are definitely the X-Wing series. Sometimes they have a kind of simple story line, and they're covered with a liberal dousing of cheese, but the characters are incredibly loveable, and the novels have some real emotional depth at times, especially once you get to Wraith Squadron.
Thanks for the rec/details about the X-Wing series - one of the things that's kept me from starting much EU is that there's so much of it, it's hard to find where to start!
I know what you mean about the daunting task of starting EU novels. I felt like wherever I started I was going to end up spoiling other novels, but at one point I was finally like "Ah the heck with it, I'm just gonna jump in and start, spoilers or no".
This is a great piece of art, it really captures his calm, analytical coolness, very well done, keep up the wonderful work! ^w^
He really is one of the coolest Star Wars characters conceived, you have to hand it to Timothy Zahn, he knows how to create memorable characters, his portrayal of Imperial characters in particular, where as in the movies Imperials are generally bad people, Zahn's characters are far less black and white, character's motives may be dark, but their methods are respectable (and vice versa), I really love morally ambiguous characters, Thrawn, Gilad Pellaeon, and Mara Jade being prime examples.