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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (edition 1999)

by Terry Brooks

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Title:Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Authors:Terry Brooks
Info:Del Rey (1999), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 324 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Sci-Fi, Star Wars

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The Phantom Menace is generally reckoned to be the weakest of the Star Wars films, and I would agree with that. Nevertheless, this is a good novelisation, that expands on characters' background and motivations convincingly to give depth and colour to the backdrop of events, as befits a novel written by a celebrated author of best selling fantasy novels over a period of several decades. Events take place in the same order as they do in the film, with the exception of an initial two chapters covering young Anakin's life immediately before the Jedi knights and their party come to Tatooine. Unfortunately, the film's worst element, the cringingly awful Jar Jar Binks is still here. Without him, and a few of the more cartoonish moments, this would have been a much better film. ( )
  john257hopper | Jan 5, 2017 |
I knew on the page when he was first introduced that Jar Jar Binks would spell bad news for Star Wars. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
The best bits were the Anakin-characterization bits but this was still terrible. ( )
  Stebahnree | Mar 13, 2016 |
The best bits were the Anakin-characterization bits but this was still terrible. ( )
  Stebahnree | Mar 13, 2016 |
Nearly 17 years after its release, The Phantom Menace is widely seen as one of the two worst entries in the Star Wars film series (though where it falls depends on the fan, usually). So how does the novelization hold up? Considering that it's the same story, the novelization might be the better way to take in the story. It hits many of the same beats as the film, which is understandable, but it's stripped of the wooden performances and largely verbally silent segments of the film. For all the problems of the film, there's a solid enough story, and that's what carries over to the novelization. With the series gaining new fans now and into the future, I'd recommend watching the film first, but for those looking to dive into the literary world of Star Wars, The Phantom Menace is worth reading to help put this part of the saga into a tone that fits with the rest of the Star Wars canon. ( )
  aliasphoenix | Mar 4, 2016 |
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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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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345427653, Hardcover)

If you've seen The Phantom Menace in a theater--and, judging from the 1999 box-office figures, who hasn't?--you've probably been a bit frustrated by the speed with which the fantastic images and creatures fly past. There's no such problem with this audiobook. All the excitement of the Star Wars prequel is there, but this time there's breathing room, a chance to meet the characters, let them walk around in your imagination, hear their thoughts. Actor Alexander Adams's reading of fantasy master Terry Brooks's novelization is brisk but never rushed, punctuated at chapter breaks by snippets of John Williams's movie score. Unfortunately, those who hate amphibian pest Jar Jar Binks's voice probably won't find Adams's approximation any less obnoxious than the movie's. (Running time: 9.5 hours, 6 cassettes) --Lou Schuler

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This story is the novelization of the beginning of the entire Star wars drama. The nature of the Force is illuminated as the emerging Federation strives for power against the waning democracy of the Republic. Characters include: a young slave boy who aspires to be a Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker, later known as Darth Vader; a pair of Jedi Knights, Obi-Wan Knobi and Qui-Gon Jinn; 2 Sith Lords, Darths Maul and Sidious; a couple of familiar droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, along with a cast of warrior droids; and, the young stately Queen Amadila.… (more)

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