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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Incredible Cross-Sections (The Definitive Guide to the Craft from Star Wars Episode III) Hardcover – April 2, 2005

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Dr. Curtis Saxton is the author of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones Incredible Cross-Sections.
Highly acclaimed illustrators, Richard Chasemore and Hans Jenssen have co-illustrated four Star Wars Cross-Sections and three Inside the Worlds of Star Wars books for DK.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children (April 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756611296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756611293
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 14.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BaronFellDown on April 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Not a bad book at all! I recommend it. I liked the sneak peek into Episode III (yes, I'm spoiled on it already) and seeing the internal workings of the ships was nice.

Here were my frustrations.

Okay, for starters, the inclusion of two pages devoted to Yoda's escape pods is criminal. Unless these escape pods end up doing like the same as the Jedi Interceptors (which I still don't like nearly as much as the Jedi Starfighters from AotC) in the movie in terms of how big of a role they play, which I doubt, they weren't needed. Nobody really cares, I think, what internal luxuries were afforded to Yoda in his tiny little Wookiee escape pod for the few seconds that it features on-screen. If they try to script Yoda's pod escaping from Kashyyyk into a battle sequence in the upper atmosphere or in space, it would be inane. The thing about Dagobah being one of the lost planets is interesting, though. Car'das must have slipped word of the name to someone after he escaped from that Bpfassh Dark Jedi. Anyway, it would have been a better use of page space, I think, to have Bail's speeder, or Padmé's yacht, or the AT-PW or whatever it's called, or just something besides boring escape pods, the Star Wars equivalent of life rafts!

Also I noticed that it wasn't quite as engaging as the other Cross-Sections before it, which showed you the characters and the key places that the characters explored, etc.

However, all in all, it was a good and informing read, with some deliciously sinister backstory for the Invisible Hand and some explanation as to how the Venator Star Destroyer and the ARC-170 fit into their other Expanded Universe "cousins" (I think I even saw a reference to the Planetary Fighter from that old PC space flight sim, X-wing Alliance, in there!)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Henry Edwards, Jr. on July 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH - INCREDIBLE CROSS-SECTIONS is so visually captivating and interesting that I don't quite know how to begin describing it. The incredibly detailed, superbly painted cutaways of the major vehicles and vessels of STAR WARS: Episode III provide for a unique experience in literature.

This book commands your attention as it forces you to soak in several intricately detailed paintings of the amazing craft of Episode III. The text that accompanies each picture provides excellent descriptions of each ship's engines, weapons systems, radiation, shielding, etc. and shows you how each individual part of the ship works. (The descriptions go in-depth so far, in fact, that they almost leave me wondering if any of the technology of STAR WARS might be possible. The credit for this must go to the author's degree in theoretical astrophysics.) Each craft also has a "Data File" text box for a quick analysis of the manufacturer, dimensions, hyperdrive, and maximum speed of the specific vehicle.

In contrast to all of the pros, I do have a couple of cons: grammar in some parts of the book is not quite as good as it should be for such a major work. Also, I found that beneath the protective jacket, the hardcover has little splotches of glue smeared on it. Though this isn't a problem at all for me, it might be one for someone who must have their books looking perfectly clean inside and out.

Overall, this book is an excellent work of art that is certainly worthy of STAR WARS fans' time and money. Its commitment to perfection in its utterly detailed and spectacular paintings and its very good descriptive writing easily give this book the power to hammer out its very minor flaws and earn itself 5 stars.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Drew on June 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is on the whole an excellent book that has cross-sections of almost all of the key vehicles participating in The Revenge of the Sith. Of particular interest are the cross-sections of the Vector-Class Star Destroyers and the big-wheeled infantry armored-personnel carrier. I especially like how the vehicles that appear in Return of the Sith appear outwardly to be inferior, earlier versions of vehicles that appear in Episodes 4, 5, and 6, which makes perfect sense since the vehicles in the later episodes represent a 20-year evolution of technology. One thing that doesn't make particular sense, though, are that vehicles that have such amazing propulstion technology (hyperdrives, intergalactic travel, etc.) rely on what are basically Napoleonic-era battle strategies (i.e., broadside salvoes of main armament between capital ships) rather than a more realistic strategy of using capital ships as stand-off missile-platforms or carriers for small assault craft which represent the capital ships' main striking power (as in, an aircraft carrier's fighters and attack aircraft). This is to a large extent understandable in the fictional Star Wars universe, as watching big battleships exhanging broadsides is immensely entertaining, probably moreso than watching a big, beautiful star destroyer go down because some stupid A-win crashes through its bridge (apparently, people who have mastered intergalactic travel haven't mastered the art of having backup control centers for a capital ship). It also makes sense since its more entertaining to watch X-wings and TIE fighters dogfight WWi/WWII style rather than a cold, impersonal missile-launch contest.Read more ›
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