@shootingnova said: @silver2467: True. A lot of NR eras (especially the Bantam Era) were adventures, of course, but too many of them were about the same thing or dragged on.This is sometimes true. One of my major complaints with some of these stories is completely pointless side-stories that contribute absolutely nothing to the plot. The best example of this, in my opinion, is Kevin J. Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy. There are some enjoyable parts of that trilogy, but one of its flaws is the little side-quest that Jacen and Jaina have running around alone through the streets of Coruscant in Dark Apprentice (IIRC). What did it have to do with the overall plot? What did it contribute to Daala's plans? What did it have to do with Kyp and Luke's other students? Nothing. It was just there to be there. I really like Jacen and Jaina, but they should be incorporated into the plot in a way that makes sense, not just run the plot off on some needless tangent. Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin's involvement in the Corellian trilogy was more enjoyable, but that series is still just average overall, in my opinion. Had some good elements, had some not so great elements. Just okay.@shootingnova said: While TCOPL is hardly revolutionary (despite having a standing legacy in the EU), it's definitely a refreshing change from the norm. I'd easily hand it the advantage over, say, any of the Black Fleet Crisis novels.I would agree that TCoPL is better than the BFC trilogy, but as with Courtship, in spite of all its flaws, I still do like the BFC trilogy as a whole. Not great and riddled with problems, but there were things I appreciated about it, one of them being the whole idea of Luke going on a journey for self-discovery and purpose, which is an idea that the BFC trilogy didn't execute perfectly but is an idea worth trying. One of the reasons I like that idea is because it makes it so that the plot is no longer revolving around Luke solving some galactic crisis again; it just has him in introspection about his placement, something similar to what the conclusion of The Unifying Force suggested would have happened after the Vong War (which, unfortunately, Denning and co. decided wasn't a good idea and went back to just having Luke solving galactic crises). I've long felt that a good novel about Luke would be one where he isn't fighting another giant dark side threat or galactic crisis, just one where the conflict in the story comes from him honestly assessing what his function is and/or ought to be, a book that's more of a character study than a standard plot-driven novel. BFC made something an attempt at that with several problems, but I like the idea and some of its execution, even if it was basically fruitless in the end.