Here's my favorite Starwars trilogy - The Admiral Thrawn series by Timothy Zhan. It has to be in my opinion the best rounded and most enjoyable of all of the expanded universe books. I did enjoy the Legacy comics for a 'kindler gentler empire' and indeed my cousin and I ran a campaign set in the Legacy era with pcs being members of the Death's Head Tie Squadron but for my money nothing beats the search for the Katana Fleet! Way to go Timothy! No gungans either. That's like a bonus or something.