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Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (edition 1999)

by Terry Brooks (Author)

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The official novel based on the movie, this book features an expanded story line. The Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, are charged with protecting Amidala, the young Queen of Naboo, as she seeks to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. The quest introduces them to a slave boy who has extraordinary instincts.… (more)
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Title:Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Authors:Terry Brooks (Author)
Info:Del Rey (1999), Edition: 1st, 324 pages
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The novelization of The Phantom Menace, the first in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, was written based off the script of film by famed fantasy author Terry Brooks.

Brooks generally follows the script of the film, but importantly adds several scenes that help give background to several key characters. The chief beneficiary of the added scenes was Anakin Skywalker, who unknowingly has been using the Force his entire life to do amazing things as a 9-year-old especially as a podracer. Unlike the film where the identity of Darth Sidious is quickly known, Brooks effectively hides Padme Amidala’s dual identity through there clues are subtle enough for someone who has never watched the film. Though Jar Jar Binks can get on the reader’s nerves, Brooks is able to write him to be not so annoying as in the film and seeing things from his perspective is interesting. While Brooks can’t completely change the dialogue from the screenplay, he’s able to make it more palatable.

The Phantom Menace is a novelization that improves upon the film in various ways, which says something about the film itself and the quality of writing by Terry Brooks. ( )
  mattries37315 | Dec 5, 2021 |
I have always loved the Star Wars universe especially the novels that were written about it. While Timothy Zahn definitely writes my favorite books I do quite enjoy the other books as well and this one is no exception. These are books I have read multiple times over the years and still thoroughly enjoy. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
My daughter is really getting into Star Wars now, and I told her we should read some of the books together. She decided she wants to read the novelizations of the films in episode order. I remember liking the novelizations when I was a kid too. Back in 1999, after being disappointed by the movie, a friend recommended this book to me because it was written by a well-regarded fantasy writer, Terry Brooks.

Then, as now, I enjoy the novel more than the movie. Maybe it's because it has time for scenes that provide greater depth to the characters and their relationships than seen on screen. Maybe because Brooks does a good job of providing the thoughts and points of views of several characters. Maybe it's because Jar Jar is so much less annoying in print. At any rate, reading a Star Wars book is fun. ( )
  Othemts | Jul 20, 2020 |
Ah! Den går in på djupet på ett sätt som filmen inte gör vilket är trevligt. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
Read the first few chapters, and it is more palatable than the movie, although Jar-Jar Binks is even more jarring, if that is possible. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 7, 2018 |
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The novelization of Episode I: The Phantom Menace was written by Terry Brooks, best known for his Shannara fantasy series. While Brooks, for the most part, follows the script very closely, he also adds several new scenes which cast the story in a different light, making this novelization a very interesting read.
 

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The official novel based on the movie, this book features an expanded story line. The Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, are charged with protecting Amidala, the young Queen of Naboo, as she seeks to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. The quest introduces them to a slave boy who has extraordinary instincts.

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, an evil legacy long believed dead is stirring. Now the dark side of the Force threatens to overwhelm the light, and only an ancient Jedi prophecy stands between hope and doom for the entire galaxy.

The Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, young Obi-Wan Kenobi, are charged with the protection of Amidala, the young Queen of Naboo, as she seeks to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. This quest brings Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and one of the Queen's young handmaidens to the sand-swept streets of Tatooine and the shop where the slave boy Anakin Skywalker toils and dreams of finding a way to win freedom from enslavement for himself and his beloved mother. His only hope lies in his extraordinary instincts and his strange gift for understanding the "rightness" of things. It is this unexpected meeting that marks the beginning of the drama that will become legend . . .
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