If you know me even a little bit, you know that I like Star Wars a whole lot. It consumed my adolesence, and you better believe that I was knee-deep in the Expanded Universe throughout the mid-to-late 90s. That said, I'm not one of those guys that lives or dies by it; indeed, I adore the New Canon, and it's considerably better overall (so far) than the EU it replaced. In particular, I think The Force Awakens is the second best film after Empire, and the Marvel comics are knocking it outta the park.
But my praise of the New Canon certainly doesn't diminish my nostalgic love of the EU, even though 90% of the EU is kinda garbage. At least it's charming garbage.
So, Heir to the Empire. It almost single-handedly relaunched the Star Wars brand in the 90s after a few years of stagnation, and even though parts of it are a tad questionable, the Zahn books basically hold up as pretty good stories. I mean, they're no X-Wing, but nothing is. Zahn's original trilogy introduced Grand Admiral Thrawn, a douchebag alien commander that was really, really smart (apparently), who could destroy his enemies by studying their art. And your parents thought getting an Art History degree would be pointless.
I do not know how long my Star Wars EU nostalgia binge will last here at Lit Brick, but we're going at least through the end of this week. Sorry.