Best of the Best Star Wars Books Honorable Mention

Star Wars Essential Reader's Companion by Pablo Hidalgo
Star Wars Essential Reader’s Companion by Pablo Hidalgo

Before we go too far, if you’re into the books as much as the movies, Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion by Pablo Hidalgo is a must-own. You get a preview of just about everything ever written, filmed or produced under the Star Wars banner up to publication in 2012. It even includes all the obscure stuff. Want to know where to start reading the EU Legends on the parts of Star Wars that interest you? This is the book you need on your shelf.

#8 – The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy by K.W. Jeter

The three books in this trilogy—The Mandalorian Armor, Slave Ship, and Hard Merchandise—will explain a few things about Boba Fett and why he really is a galactic bad ass. It tells about his escape from the Sarlacc and how he and Dengar are the best of frenemies. Further, it illustrates the power the Bounty Hunter’s Guild had and then lost. Remember Shadows of the Empire? This trilogy tells us who Prince Xizor is, and a whole lot of back-stabbing in the galactic underworld.

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Fans who feel Boba Fett never got his due in screen time will love this series. I know the whole “killed by a blind guy with a boat paddle” joke has some merit, but when you read this trilogy, you’ll have a whole new respect for the man in the armor that enjoys disintegrations.

A strong case could be made for a stand-alone Boba Fett film based on these. Or, possibly, even another trilogy if they bring in all the Bounty Hunters. If there’s anything we’ve learned from the #MakeSolo2Happen crowd, it is that the fandom wants to see more of the seedier side of Star Wars. Not much is known about the upcoming plot in The Mandalorian, but there is always a possibility we could see some of these threads filter in since the timelines are close. Either way, this is a trilogy well worth the cover price.