Post by ionicdesign on Dec 26, 2007 21:07:43 GMT -5
Brita and I checked it out from the local library to listen to while visiting family for the holidays. We'd read Ep II and found that was in many ways more enjoyable than the movie. Aside from Yoda vs Sidious this was as well, in many places MUCH better. Anakin's temptation and reasons for going to the dark work much better, and the staging of the combat, of the four Jedi vs Palpy and Kenobi vs GG were really liked better as well.
Anyway I just wondered if anyone else had read it and what folks thought (yes I'm a couple years late on this one ).
Quote: Clone: "why do you think this ugly baby is a Jedi?" Yoda: "My lightsabre, the first indication would be."
Post by YodaBreaker on Dec 27, 2007 17:25:54 GMT -5
Actually, of all of the movie novelizations, EpIII's bugged me the most. Stover's style was just too "mannered" for me to enjoy, and I thought that it detracted significantly from the tale. It felt like he was trying to draw attention to how clever a writer he thought it was, with all of his shifts between past and present tense and other flourishes that ended up making me slap my forehead in disgust, rather than maintaining a tight focus on the narrative. The other two Star Wars books of Stover's I'd read didn't have this feel at all. The first two-thirds of Shatterpoint was one of the most psychologically compelling descriptions of a fight against a seemingly inexorable descent into darkness that I've ever read, and though Traitor had a more fragmentary feel than I liked, perhaps it was precisely that fragmentary nature that gave it a nearly scriptural feel.
For my money, EpII's novelization added the most to the movie from whence it came. The smatterings of additional characterization around Dooku helped him feel like more of a lost villain, rather than the "plug-in-here-because-we-need-a-random-Sith-to-come-before-Anakin" cardboard character he felt like in the movie.
Post by greyelephant on Dec 27, 2007 19:12:47 GMT -5
I found it odd that in the book it talks about how Anakin felt a semblance of "joy" while he was striking down the Separatists at Mustafar. In the movie it portrays a tear rolling down his cheek. Not sure why they did that.
I liked the fight between Mace and Palpatine in the book much more than in the movie. The movie portrayed that Palpatine could have just manipulated the situation to seduce Anakin. The book, to me, made it plain simple that Mace opened a can of whoop arse.
In episode 1, I enjoyed the fight between Qui Gon and Darth Maul on the planet Tatooine more so than in the movie. More detail was given on what the characters thought. More feel into what was being experienced.
Episode 2 really needed more from the book put into the film. The book went into greater detail on the relationship of Anakin and Padme. The film made the relationship look bland in comparison to the book.
Other Star Wars books that I really enjoyed.
Star By Star The Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command Vector Prime Traitor The Truce at Bakura Shatterpoint Dark Lord: Rise of Darth Vader Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina Tales of the Bounty Hunters Tales from Jabbas Palace The Courtship of Princess Leia The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice, Champions of the Force Inferno Bloodlines The Joiner King
You really can't go to wrong with any of the New Jedi Order books until you get to the final few. They lacked a little of the edge that kept me salivating for this series. Other than that the Yuzhon Vong were by far the best baddies ever created in the Star Wars universe.
Post by ionicdesign on Dec 27, 2007 22:34:41 GMT -5
Actually, of all of the movie novelizations, EpIII's bugged me the most. Stover's style was just too "mannered" for me to enjoy, and I thought that it detracted significantly from the tale. It felt like he was trying to draw attention to how clever a writer he thought it was, with all of his shifts between past and present tense and other flourishes that ended up making me slap my forehead in disgust, rather than maintaining a tight focus on the narrative. .
Well I didn't suggest it was a brilliantly written book, just that I preferred the way it was told and how many situations were staged better than the film. The various times Mace studied shatterpoints, in the book, were also interesting and something difficult to covey in a meaningful way in the media of film.
The two battles I mentioned in particular, the fight in the office, because there is a reason Tinn was taken down so suddenly, and Kit goes for a while longer and then comes to an end, but we see it from Anakin's viewpoint in the rain looking up at the office, leaving some mystery to it, rather than the preposterous killing of three Jedi Masters, and council members in what 8-9 seconds?
Also the Battle with Obi and GG was nice because of the details and that the 100's of droids did attack after Kenobi was surrounded instead of just sit there. The detail about the Boga giving herself to spare Obi was nice incite as well.
I would agree I liked clones much better, especially that the acting didn't get in the way of Anakin and Padme's developing relationship, but I did enjoy many of the details from the novelization of three too.
I liked the scene with Yoda and Obi in the underbelly of the city too, but maybe I'm just funny that way.
Anyone read the new novel, Outcast. I didn't enjoy the ending of the last series at all but this book seems like a pretty good start to the new series. Nothing too Earth shattering but lots of little hooks started for future books.
Would also add:
I, Jedi Outbound Labyrinth of Evil Coruscant Nights trilogy and the 2 Darth Bane novels to the above list of good novels.
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