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--The Star Wars Insider
"BREATHLESS . . . FILLED WITH ACTION FROM PAGE ONE."
--The New York Post
From the Paperback edition.
Modern marketing has made movie novelizations a necessary evil and hence suspect, but Terry Brooks proves a deft embellisher of Lucas's well-loved epic, skillfully splicing in scenes and dialogue to fill out the breakneck, foreshadowing-filled story line of Phantom Menace. But that shouldn't be surprising: Brooks has long been the equal or better of Lucas when it comes to storytelling, most notably in his long-lived Shannara series, which began with The Sword of Shannara back in 1977, the same year Star Wars hit theaters. (Running time: 9.5 hours over eight discs) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00513DGWK
- Publisher : Del Rey; 1st edition (June 28, 2011)
- Publication date : June 28, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 4771 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #109,007 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It also provided a good base for the character of Anakin. Something I found really ironic and kind of weird was how Anakin spent the night with a Tusken raider. Ironic because he slaughters the entire camp in the next episode. Jar-Jar was every bit as annoying in the book as in the movie. The other parts were kind of hum-drum.
I did not like the characterization of Obi-Wan in this book. A bit of a snob, isn't he? There were points in the book where he was a little stuck up and other points where was just a plain jerk! Especially towards Anakin. In general the Obi-Wan in these new episodes contrasts greatly from the original Obi-Wan. The original Obi-Wan is a lot nicer, and more good natured.
Also, Lucas and Brooks sort of contrasted their original first episode (now episode IV) with this book by introducing Qui-Gon. In the original episodes, Yoda was officially Obi-Wan's master. Did you notice how similar Anakin was to Qui-Gon? Both Anakin and Obi-Wan felt completely lost after after Qui-Gon's death. And let's face it: Obi-Wan was in no way ready to train Anakin-he was far too young and did not have enough experience. (As usual, Yoda was right...annoying isn't it?) Even though it was destined that Obi-Wan and Anakin be brought together for the sake of a good movie let's face it: Anakin would not have turned to the dark side if Qui-Gon has been his mentor instead of Obi-Wan.
There is a good pace to the book and I found it enjoyable.
This edition also has a short story Darth Maul: End Game. This expands Darth Mauls' backstory and fills in gaps in the film with what he was doing 'offscrene'. In this story we see more of Dath Sidious and what he expects from Darth Maul.
This is also an enjoyable story
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The story focuses on two key elements. On the one hand, it's about the setting into motion of the final plans of the Sith lord Darth Sidious - who instigates a trade blockade of a remote planet within the Galactic Republic. This blockade constitutes the central reason for the election of Palpatine as Chancellor. On the other hand, the plot concerns the character of young Anakin Skywalker - who demonstrates such Force potential that he's allowed to join the Jedi Order. Anyone who's seen the original Star Wars trilogy knows that Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader, and that Palpatine becomes the Emperor. As such, this is a story of origins ...
There's a lot of political intrigue in the plot. Things are going on that aren't directly covered in the storyline. And the events that we do witness are not as they appear. Yes, there's a "menace" - but the real threat isn't the trade blockade but the mastermind who's controlling everything. As such, what the Jedi get involved in is merely a "phantom" - an set of illusory circumstances that, ultimately, will lead to their downfall. This, then, is a complex narrative - and certainly not the standard stuff of sci-fi. Personally, I enjoyed this deeper meaning to the story. But I can understand how it might put some readers off.
Overall, this book serves to provide a broad introduction to the wider Star Wars universe. It's rather different than one might imagine, if you're only familiar with the original trilogy of films. If you're willing to embrace this larger reality then I think you'll enjoy this novel.
Note: I ordered a hardback edition and received a paperback copy. If you're after hardback then I suggest contacting the seller and ensuring that you'll receive the correct version.
The brilliance of these books, is that our ferocious appetite for more Star Wars content is satisfied. You learn more about each character, especially about Anakin and his life as a slave on Tatooine. The book is thick with descriptions of the different worlds and their occupants, helping you to fully immerse yourself in the story.
I really enjoyed the authors writing style, and I am looking forward to checking out more of his work. I am more excited, though, to read the second book in the series: Episode II - The Clone Wars. If you loved the films, then you will love this book, I cannot recommend it enough!