I'm not kidding when I say that I will never own one of those first three movies. I need to go read books seven, eight, and nine again to get the taste of this awful trilogy out of my brain.
Funny you say that, I was thinking the same thing. I didn't dislike Ep III, but it wasn't as good as it could have been. The Zahn trilogy was AWESOME though.
Are these books Lucas' idea for the next three episodes or Zahn's. Are these books licensed by Lucas arts?
As I understand it, most of the books that are out now have some kind of official Lucasfilm stamp of approval, where they're officially part of the whole Star Wars world. It's like Lucas is saying, "Okay, if you want to know what really happens after Return of the Jedi, read these books." Other books came out before the Zahn books, but they didn't have that stamp of approval.