I've read just about every single book from Heir to the empire up to apocolypse..
And ever since Vector Prime, star wars has gotten a little silly..(er)... Ever notice that there where not only smaller scale stories, but very few people died. Now, you've got characters kicking the bucket everywhere, characters surviving insane injuries that would kill a normal person...or still being alive when they should have long ago died... (being slammed into a wall, intestines being dragged behind you on the floor as you charge an enemy..)..etc. it's almost like they are pushing the limit to see how extreme they can take it before they turn off their audience.. No wonder george tends to ignore the expanded universe... it's gotten a little goofy..
That being said, i'd still love to see a CGI movie of thrawn one day.
what's your take on the new star wars books?