Path to The Force Awakened
I'm actually really excited for this announcement, especially the part about giving hints as to what the characters from the original trilogy have been up to. If they're only giving hints... that means that the novels will be full of unique characters and situations that have real stakes. They can grow the universe, put characters in real danger, and have true character growth. It's hard to do that when your main characters have plot immunity because of the films.
My problem now is going to be keeping the Star Wars Legends universe separate from the Star Wars Canon universe in my head. The timelines are going to begin conflicting with one another.