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  • The Phantom Menace

    After seeing the Star Wars movies for the first time last year I decided I wanted to read the books of the prequel series as well and bought the omnibus edition with the three prequel books. I finally got around to reading the first book and it's a great way to revisit the story and experience it in a different way. I think this is the first time I read a book after I've seen the movie. It was an interesting experience, instead of visualizing the characters myself I saw the actors and landscapes from the movie and saw everything play out in my mind very vividly. This book follows the story from the movie pretty closely, but there are some extra scenes and tidbits of insight and information that are missing in the movie. I also though that in book form the story was a bit easier to follow than in movie, but that might be my personal preference for reading stories over watching movies. There are some scenes where we see Darth Sidious set up his plot and communicate with the trade federation about the blockade. We see Annakin participate in a pod race before he meets Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan and I felt like we got a better feel for his life as a slave. There is also a bit more depth in the characters, like why Qui-Gon decides to help Annakin and Jar Jar and what Obi-Wan thinks of that. There are also a few explanations of how the Jedi order and how the Sith came to be that aren't in the movies. So the book manages to add a few tidbits to make it worth the read. One of the issues I had is with Terry Brooks his writing style. His writing stylte is telling and descriptive and even a bit distant and dry at times. After a few chapters I did got used to his writing style. The lightsaber fight scenes are a lot better in the movie, Terry Brooks didn't manage to capture the feel of those battles. I did think he did a great job with the podracer scenes capturing the excitement of the races. I do wonder if this book would be the same if you read it before the movie There are some descriptions and I think the author did a good job with the world and character descriptions, but my knowledge and memories of the movie filled in a lot of details. On the other hand the explanations and the flow of the story was done very well, so I don't think a reader would be lost reading the books first. I enjoyed seeing the familiar characters again and seeing the story play out again. It's great to revisit the star wars universe in this way and to experience the story in a different way. I really enjoyed seeing the dynamics between all the characters. I liked seeing the different facets of Annakin's personality already here, we see his dreams, his love for flying and podracing, his determination, but there's also a scene showing his temper that I don't remember was in the movie. There are also some clumsy Jar Jar scenes that made me smile that are in the movie as well. I also thought it was interesting to see yoda his reluctance to allow Annakin into the Jedi order and how he didn't agree with the council, I didn't remember that scene as well from the movie. There is a bit more foreshadowing and hints about Darth Sidious his plans in this book already, while I felt that is given less attention in the movies, we get a few chapters from his point of view and the trade federation so we see their side too.The author captured the essence of the story very well and made it all feel familiar and new at the same time. To summarize: I really enjoyed this book. The extra tidbits and scenes that aren't in the movie were a real joy and it's fun to experience a familiar story in a different way. I really liked reading this story and thought the plot was easier to follow than in the movie. The light saber scenes are better in the movie though, but I did think the author did the pod racer scenes well. I liked seeing all the familiar characters again and seeing the story unfold, there is some more foreshadowing as in the movies and I felt like the book did add enough to make it worth the read. The author managed to keep the story familiar and add some new aspects, if you want to experience the star wars stories again, but slightly different I would recommend you give the books a try.

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  • Star wars

    It was very good and i loved it very much.Darth maul was very scary and convinced me that George Lucas is a good director.

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  • Great

    Very well written enjoyable read. the force is strong with this book.

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