If, like me, you spent April's Celebration month curled
up on your sofa, freaking out over the numerous panels, cosplayers and trailers
that graced Star Wars’ foremost event, then you’re probably feeling a tad upset
that the whole thing came to a close so soon. It seems as though just as
the trailers for The Last Jedi and
Battlefront II debuted, the doors were shut on Celebration Orlando. And, like
it or not, there’s still a hefty five month wait for the year’s next adventure in a galaxy far, far away. Quite the bummer.
It’s not all doom and gloom however. Though it’s only been
about three years since Lucasfilm started re-expanding the Expanded Universe (much to the chagrin of those ol' 'Legends Never Die' folks),
fans are now in the very fortuitous position of being able to sample a whole
host of new Star Wars literature, and yes, all of it is canon. Indeed, Disney
can now boast a vast bibliography of Star Wars stories, with writers tackling
everything from shadowy Clone Wars conspiracies to nuanced character studies of
some of the franchise’s most overlooked heroes and villains. It is, in many
ways, a resurgent period for Star Wars on print.
But what should you really
be checking out in the run up to Episode VIII? With so many stories to choose from, things can get a little overwhelming. Fret not however, because we've got you covered with a whole heap of recommendations to make this Star
Wars-less period just that little bit more bearable.