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Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader Hardcover – December 7, 2007
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What I liked about the story line is that it presents everything from Anakin's POV and reveals how really "human" he was on the inside, constantly wrestling emotionally while his exterior was always distant, firm, and foreboding.
The book's ending provides a fantastic revelation that makes the story worth reading. I kept it in my kitchen and read a few pages each time I ate a meal alone...usually lunch or when I got home after my kids already ate. It's a quick read and worth it. Two thumbs up...read it!
In short, whatever your hopes and dreams would be for a book about the rise and fall of Darth Vader, this is not it.
As another user said on this site, "I could write a better book than this"; I couldn't agree more. Apparently, $10.99 is not enough money to buy something that's imaginitive. My stomach churns when I think of how many Star Wars books this Windham guy has written. I hope that they are all not like this.
If I could have rated this book lower than a single star, I would have.
What I received in my reading was a retelling of the story with familiar lines, with limited thoughts from Vader about the situation. No compelling ideas that needed to be put into print, and little to no character development. Each part of the book that refers to a different episode is underdone and is not descriptive or interesting. Little about the fight on Bespin other then Vader being impressed with some of Luke's abilities.
There are many times in the book where the author has the opportunity to tell a new story, something about Anakin and Obi-Wan's relationship would have been helpful for making us believe the friendship claimed by Obi-Wan in Episode IV. More information should have been developed between Palpatine and Anakin around the episode III sections.I was also looking for more information about Vaders response to the Emperor about Luke existing since it was the Emperoor who told him that he killed his wife (and probably child). The only non episode story has to do with a confrontation between Vader and his children, and the story is short and to the point. Most of what Vader thinks is about what everyone would expect from him.
As to the title, the Rise would imply that a large portion of the book is based upon events between Episode III and IV, but there is surprising little here.Read more ›
It starts with Vader having a vision of himself on Vjun. It was awesome to read of that planet again, since I think it's only been in comics and novels. It's just before ROTJ and he sees him and Luke vs. the Emperor.
It segues into young Anakin with Shmi, both of whom I didn't realize until now (which is weird considering Anakin says it in TPM) weren't from Tatooine.
- We learn of Shmi's past and a lot more of Anakin's. But sometimes times change too fast.
- I was highly irritated that Anakin telling Padme he'd marry her was NOT included, despite the fact that many scenes were taken from the novels and not solely from the movies.
- I do like that, despite Anakin's frustrations with Obi-Wan, he loves him and truly considers him a father.
- We see the different times he lets anger take over.
- It's interesting that he has less trust in the Force after Geonosis. I think that's highly telling of who Anakin becomes. And then, after he gets his cybernetics, he realizes just how strong the Force is in comparison to technology.
- I cringed when learning he felt everything when receiving the cybernetics.
- we do learn more of the Purge which might be the only original piece of information.
- Some great "Legends" shout-outs: Noghri, Falleen, Shira Brie, the Kaiburr Crystal, and Prince Xizor. These were pretty much the redeeming qualities from a one-star rating.
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Good story but the author skips over lots of the stuff that makes the book interesting and it mainly becomes a book of Anakin's or Darth Vader's thoughtsPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tells the story of Darth Vader with some great first person quotations, including the voice in Anakin Skywalker's mind. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Scott Edinger
Great publication, came to me in very good shape!Published 12 months ago by Bruno de Souza Baptista
I like how it's tying in with the Obi Wan and Luke Skywalker books.Published 12 months ago by Robert S. Messier
I feel bad for the freighter. It is really well done but the content basically just goes over the same stuff that we already knew from the movies with maybe 5 pages of new content. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer