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  • Hardcover
  • 418 pages
  • Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars: Novelizations #3)
  • Matthew Woodring Stover
  • English
  • 18 November 2019
  • 0345428838

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  1. says:

    Matthew Stover is a greater talent than Charles Dickens, Henry James and Proust all rolled into one Ok, perhaps not Star Wars Revenge of the Sith may not be quite as good as A Tale of Two Cities but it surely takes some kind of genius to take a Lucas prequel screenplay and turn it into a 5 star worthy novel Lucas movie, Revenge of the Sith is, afterall a laughable mockery of what originally made Star Wars so great It s easy to write off a terrible movie as badly written when one sees the Matthew Stover is a greater talent than Charles Dickens, Henry James and Proust all rolled into one Ok, perhaps not Star Wars Revenge of the Sith may not be quite as good as A Tale of Two Cities but it surely takes some kind of genius to take a Lucas prequel screenplay and turn it into a 5 star worthy novel Lucas movie, Revenge of the Sith is, afterall a laughable mockery of what originally made Star Wars so great It s easy to write off a terrible movie as badly written when one sees the finished result when in fact that problem lies elsewhere Lucas characterisations are wooden, badly acted, spout terrible dialogue and jump around horribly overproduced CGI sets Perhaps these things led me to be overtly hung up on the implausibility of the central focus of the script, Anakin s hasty switch to the dark side, a seemingly irrational decision to turn his back on the Jedi Order and become evil through the hope of saving his one true love.These problems still exist within Stover s novel, of course, but I felt muchinclined to overlook them since unlike when I watched Lucas movie I was enjoying myself reading it so much In place of Lucas lamentably sloppy direction we have a quality author at the top of his game who is able to paint the picture of a convincing and entertaining sci fi opera with ridiculous ease Within the first hundred pages, an extended sequence in which Anakin and Obi Wan rescue Palpatine, kill Dooku and battle with General Grievous I felt completely immersed in the Star Wars universe in a way I hadn t since watching the original trilogy as a child The writing isn t always dense, deep or lyrically beautiful but it is slick and made for the perfect space opera, shifting effortlessly between thoughtful scene setting, entertaining battle scenes to fully fleshed out character bios and convincing and credible emotions when its needed Whereas, for instance, most novelization writers would simply detail the opening scenes of the movie, throwing in the occasional emotional phrase and internalised thought to break up the monotony and make the character seem real, Stover really switches it up and makes the screenplay his own by creating his own narrative structures, focusing on characterthan event and making every single segment feel important to the bigger picture When Anakin kills Dooku in the movie, Palpatine snarls and Anakin he simply kills Dooku Lucas cuts away, of course, de emphasizing the moment it s just another run of the mill action scene When Anakin kills Dooku in the novel, there s drama and content It feels hard fought, emotional and staggeringly important.More importantly Stover understands the Star Wars universe better than Lucas himself does nowadays Whereas Lucas thinks that Star Wars is primarily about entertaining children, Stover gears his material firmly towards older teenagers, making it feel lived in and dangerous rather than childish Also, whereas Lucas plays Anakin s transition from good to bad as a personal melodramatic tragedy, Stover treats it as pure crazed insanity It s still unbelievable and over the top, of course, but Stover has belief and conviction in his material and he has the weight of his novel behind him to such an extent that I was twitching nervously as Anakin runs around slicing people to bits, feeling that this was genuinely quite an awful thing to have happened I cared that Palpatine brought down the Republic, I cared that Padme died and I cared for the eventual fate of baby Luke and Leia Why did I care Because this novel is just such a lot of goddamn fun Whilst there are a lot of ideas about light, dark, the force, Shatterpoints and copious amounts of other Jedi nonsense included within, it doesn t expect you to buy it as a deep and meaningful Shakespearian tragedy, but as the light hearted exciting epic that Star Wars was always meant to be This is the Star Wars prequel that we d all been waiting for, for years This is the prequel that Lucas failed to deliver This is a right good laugh and a highly recommended read No, it really isn t Shakespeare, sorry but it deserves every one of its five stars regardless


  2. says:

    Even stars die Palpatine has been abducted from Coruscant in a daring attack from General Grievous of the Separatists Anakin and Obi Wan head off to rescue the Chancellor Thus begins the end of the Republicand the rise of the Empire.I Liked THIS is what the prequels should have been THIS is what the movie should have been This is the pinnacle of Star Wars novelizations, the best showcase of characters, of story, of background, of setting, of action, of dialogue, of everything that reader Even stars die Palpatine has been abducted from Coruscant in a daring attack from General Grievous of the Separatists Anakin and Obi Wan head off to rescue the Chancellor Thus begins the end of the Republicand the rise of the Empire.I Liked THIS is what the prequels should have been THIS is what the movie should have been This is the pinnacle of Star Wars novelizations, the best showcase of characters, of story, of background, of setting, of action, of dialogue, of everything that readers love.When I first heard that Stover was penning this novel, I knew it would be good I loved Stover s other Star Wars entries But I still was a little unsure Could Stover pull it off Now, I realize what a stupid question that is.Stover has a masterful hand at writing, at writing a tortured character like Anakin, and writing a book as deep, as heavy, as ominous as Revenge of the Sith For the most part, Stover uses third person limited except for his brilliant This is scenes, where he switches to second person present As most readers and writers know, second person is rare in a novel and rarely well done Stover sees that and laughs in its face His This is scenes are personal, gritty, introspective views on the characters, emotions, and feelings of the moment.His grasp of the characters is excellent From Anakin and Obi Wan to Yoda and Bail, his characters are real, they are consistent with their on screen presence, and they are sympathetic, most notably Anakin At the core, Revenge of the Sith is Anakin s story, and it is vastly personal We learn why he wants to be a master because Jedi Masters have access into Restricted areas of the archives areas that could contain information on how to save Padme , his friendship with Palpatine, his burden at being the Chosen One best line ever Why couldn t people let me be Why did their problems have to be his problems , and how confused and conflicted he was at having to betray Palpatine, his dear friend I got so muchabout Anakin from this book than I have from multiple viewings of the movie.Throughout the story, there are beautiful scenes were the characters show they are muchintelligent than their on screen versions Mace and Yoda recognize the risk of Sidious and the Dark Side and attempt to lay a trapa trap that ultimately back fires Bail and Mon Mothma start the Loyalist committee, something that ended on the cutting room floor, but needed to be in the movie Even Padme comes out a much better character, being smart and cunning, yet tender and broken hearted to the point where I could almost understand her dying of a broken heart.And then, Stover shows he did his homework and acknowledges continuity Of course, we get Tatooine, Own, and Naboo references, but also expect to see Garm Bel Iblis, Ansion, and Subataars crop out I love it when an author takes the time to reference other material.I Didn t Like This is such an amazing book, finding flaws were nearly impossible But I did feel the first battle with Dooku, Anakin, and Obi Wan on Grievous ship did go an awful long time Also, do not expect a word by word transcript of the movie I think this is actually an asset.Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence H crops up.Padme is pregnant.Where this book is notable is its violence Stover doesn t hold back on battles, starfighting is there anything he can t write , and lightsaber duels particularly the last one is gruesome.Overall This is a stunning work of art It blows all the other novelizations out of the water Heck, it shatters most Star Wars Expanded Universe and I am even including Timothy Zahn s works here This is a brilliant, heartfelt novel, a novel about a man s destruction, about the end of everything There were times my heart ached along with the characters as they endured the pain, and that isn t an easy feat for an author to accomplish, even a good one Even if you have seen the movie, even if you are not a Star Wars fan, you need to read this book Five stars


  3. says:

    I ve always enjoyed the Prequels I find them intelligent and complex films despite their shortcomings, and I don t think people who hate on them understand that complexity.Anyway Maybe this novel will help, even though it s only the last one of the trilogy It s stunning and phenomenal and amazing in every way possible The writing style Most other Star Wars novels I ve attempted reading sound like cheesy, badly written fanfiction But Stover s prose is indescribable It s rich and beautiful, I ve always enjoyed the Prequels I find them intelligent and complex films despite their shortcomings, and I don t think people who hate on them understand that complexity.Anyway Maybe this novel will help, even though it s only the last one of the trilogy It s stunning and phenomenal and amazing in every way possible The writing style Most other Star Wars novels I ve attempted reading sound like cheesy, badly written fanfiction But Stover s prose is indescribable It s rich and beautiful, but not pretentious, overwhelming the story If nothing else, the prose is the reason this book is a delight to read I didn t keep a a careful eye all the time, but a couple times it felt like Stover slightly shifts the writing style when the POV shifts, which I found masterfully done.The development of the characters As much as I love watching films, they do have their limitations when it comes to developing characters The novel takes the reader deep into the emotions and struggles and effects of their past of many of theminor characters, and the complexity is beautiful I love the character of Mace Windu, his struggles, his inner connection with the dark However overall, Obi Wan will always be my favorite He s always been my favorite character of the Prequels, and this novel just continued forming and shaping what I knew of him The novel offers a deep insight into his struggles and fears and makes him so muchcompelling and relatable.The themes If not anything else, this You have your main themes in the film, but the novel digs deeper into them and others which are not explicit in the film For example, the bondage of legalism, how the Jedi Order was largely at fault for what happened because they were blinded by their own irrelevant rules I don t want to spoil anything, but the book explores that deeper than the film does, which is fantastic.It might just have been me, but I did feel like the beginning was too drawn out and elaborated, while the ending was rather rushed For a climax it didn t have the length it should have Also there were one or two scenes that could have used a better POV There was one scene which was very heavily emotional for the other characters, but it was written from Threepio s perspective It felt like lazy writing Otherwise, this novel is perfect and there s so muchto it I didn t talk about Even if you haven t seen the Star Wars films, read this It s a phenomenal book on its own


  4. says:

    This story is interesting in that George Lucas didn t really give Stover a lot to work with From the movies, Lucas gave us a vague sense that Anakin was a cool person who was really friendly with Obi Wan, and that he was supposedly the best Jedi and blah blah blah Plus, he makes the fall of Anakin Skywalker just about the lamest one ever Going by that alone, there really is not that much of a story Stover, however, is fantastic in his novelization of Revenge of the Sith He manages to take s This story is interesting in that George Lucas didn t really give Stover a lot to work with From the movies, Lucas gave us a vague sense that Anakin was a cool person who was really friendly with Obi Wan, and that he was supposedly the best Jedi and blah blah blah Plus, he makes the fall of Anakin Skywalker just about the lamest one ever Going by that alone, there really is not that much of a story Stover, however, is fantastic in his novelization of Revenge of the Sith He manages to take slightly boring and even unlikable characters, and vapid and forced plot line and even really bad dialog and produce something absolutely amazing Stover s prose in this story is absolutely beautiful his juxtaposition of second and third person and his mix of viewpoint and perspective make this story wonderful We are put, quite literally, into the hearts and minds of main characters We rise in their triumphs, fall with their defeats, and are left devastated in the wake of their destruction This book is predictable I mean, we all know how the story ends And yet, even as it winds to its close, even as we grow ever closer to the birth of Darth Vader who is a favorite of mine , I found myself wishing there was a way to salvage the man who was Anakin Skywalker Stover is brilliant in his handling of the characters The relationships and bonds he builds between them is powerful, believable and completely compelling The relationship between Anakin and Obi Wan is beautiful Obi Wan manages to simultaneously be a best friend, a father, a brother, a comrade in arms, a master, and a teacher, but Stover s execution is flawless It is completely believable, this interconnection and dynamic, a natural product of the path they have been on for so long You can feel the ties between the two men, the absolute love and trust they have But you can also see the cracks, the little pin pricks of uncertainty, of mistrust, of fear and even anger and resentment And those imperfect pieces are what really makes the relationship so real Because no relationship is perfect, and no two people can be that close and not have those little issues that only make them stronger But they also make it possible to break Where Stover truly triumphs, however, is in the fall of Anakin He moves the story along at a rapid and acceptable pace, but he still manages to completely build a character who is beautiful in his devastation Anakin is a volatile person, and everything he feels, he feels strongly With Anakin, love is overwhelming, all consuming, and it severely tests the limits of his carefully created control His love for his wife almost borders on obsessive, but it is tempered by her reaction to him and their obvious bond His complete devotion to Obi Wan and Palpatine make him vulnerable and fragile, and all of these relationships are what increase his potential to fall He is a study of contradictions, a warrior whose bravery and skills are known throughout the galaxy, but he lives in fear, a constant, never abating sense of terror that he can never save them all, that he can not stop the inevitable loss of those he loves His mother s death gnaws at him, as do the deaths of friends and soldiers throughout the war The unrelenting pressure, the desperate need to be a savior and too keep everyone safe all of this builds to explain why he falls, and how quickly he does Stover is a beautiful writer, and though I ve read the book many times, I still get goosebumps, I still cry, and I am still left in awe of what he has created This remains one of the most brilliant works I have ever read, and continues to be an inspiration to me in terms of writing and authorship I am gushing now, so I ll end this before it gets to be too much But never has a book earned the five stars than this one


  5. says:

    A Greek tragedy, that s what it isor is supposed to be Stover managed to expand the cinematic story of Episode Three into something richer and deeper than the movie With only minor plot expansions, he takes us into the thoughts, motives and emotions of the players.We despair as we witness doom s inexorable approach But, like Pandora s Box, after all the evils escaped into the world galaxy, the last spirit out was hope.So be it fade to theme music.


  6. says:

    Padme deserved better.


  7. says:

    The dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins It always wins because it is everywhere It is in the wood that burns in your hearth, and in the kettle on the fire it is under your chair and under your table and under the sheets of your bed Walk in the midday sun and the dark is with you, attached to the soles of your feet The brightest light casts the darkest shadowPalpatine has been abducted from Coruscant and it s Anakin s and Obi Wan s mission to free the Supreme ChanceThe dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins It always wins because it is everywhere It is in the wood that burns in your hearth, and in the kettle on the fire it is under your chair and under your table and under the sheets of your bed Walk in the midday sun and the dark is with you, attached to the soles of your feet The brightest light casts the darkest shadowPalpatine has been abducted from Coruscant and it s Anakin s and Obi Wan s mission to free the Supreme Chancellor With this begins the end of the Republic and the rise of the Empire Some people aren t who they seem to be and in the end it s hard to understand whom to trust Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One, destined to bring balance to the Force, is consumed by his fear of losing Padm He will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means destroying what he used to be He seeks for answers Only the answers lay on the wrong side of the Force Palpatine is willing to give them, but in doing so, Anakin has to become the apprentice of the most powerful Sith Lord the galaxy has ever known Padm , being pregnant with their child, is also afraid of losing him She s so loyal and won t dare to lie to him Anakin, on the other hand, does this on a regular basis While the Republic is fighting for its democracy and the Jedi are fighting the Sith, Anakin is fighting against his fears His dragon He thinks his new powers will be the answer to every question Most importantly for saving Padm Because love won t save her, his new powers will It s tragic, really, because in the end, love is what kills her Anakin, being so blinded by his love, makes him possessive and jealous When Padm is hurt, by his doing, he won t let Obi Wan take her to a medical droid, because she s his and no one can touch her.Palpatine uses Padm against Anakin, because he knows she s his weak spot He will do anything to save her Palpatine only wants Anakin for his own purposes to train him, so he can become an even greater Sith Anakin in the end is so manipulated and brainwashed by Palpatine, that he eventually turns against everyone He s sworn his allegiance to the Dark Side It was said he would destroy the Sith and not join them In the end, he loses everything His mother, his love and his limbs Literally By creating Darth Vader, Anakin loses himself His true self In the end, he s always loved Padm and he always will He could never will her death, but he will remember all of it, thinking it was his fault His new life will now be the life of Darth Vader, the villain the galaxy will now know What Anakin doesn t know is that Padm gave birth to not one, but two children Shortly after, she dies, having lost the will to live, believing there is still good in him Luke and Leia are being sent away for their safety, both without knowing their past Their destiny lays ahead of them they will be the foundation of the new Jedi Order


  8. says:

    Updates 23.06.16Yoda, please shove your pompous ass somewhere in a place where the sun doesn t shine I m also looking at you, Mundi and Windu.Updates 14.06.16One of the most poetic and disturbing books within the realm popular fiction ever A must read if you wonder why sometimes a seemingly normal person with conscience goes batshit crazy, clinically mad And why fallen individuals keep falling and do not put effort into resisting Suggestive passages and double entendre are highly crafty The Updates 23.06.16Yoda, please shove your pompous ass somewhere in a place where the sun doesn t shine I m also looking at you, Mundi and Windu.Updates 14.06.16One of the most poetic and disturbing books within the realm popular fiction ever A must read if you wonder why sometimes a seemingly normal person with conscience goes batshit crazy, clinically mad And why fallen individuals keep falling and do not put effort into resisting Suggestive passages and double entendre are highly crafty The language woven is so beautiful I could cry, nonetheless it doesn t takeaway the disturbing parts, only enhances them.Updates 22.05.16I have just decided about the rating 4 stars given but it s a 5 stars in its own right The only reason it s 4 is because imo ep I and ep II novelisations outdone this one As well as there are some frustrating bugging canonically inconsistent elements and macho elements This is ALMOST perfect Nonetheless it s an excellent read within its field of Popular Fiction.ReviewLove isthan a candle.Love can ignite the starsBut stars die and explode into supernovas and the cores become blackholes, I should stopWith a kick that hard Definitely a girlI usually write a long review but sorry incoherently screaming and sobbing Padme is depressed about political turmoil and Anakin growing derangement meanwhile she s also pregnant, Obi Wan is too by the book as well as a kind and compassionate being but also is a righteous asshole, and Anakin is obviously mentally ill.The last third is disturbingly about Oedipus complex though People often view Obi Wan as a Anakin s father figure and raise him as such, basically perceiving such a bond perspective in a good light fluffy point of view Little did they know, in order for the son to reach the final goal, the father figure itself must be destroyed It is known that Anakin thought of Obi Wan as a father figure but paid no mind, however The repression and dynamics came into a full circle with the help of Palpatine s manipulation


  9. says:

    This book really was a little gem to find and read I remember buying this just before the movie came back in 2005, and was surprisingly shocked by how rich and well written it was For a movie based on a film This book is by far better than the movie it is based upon, which you would think is strange considering the movie isthe source material in this instance But reading this was a joy You really get to see the pressures that all the characters were under during the war and the even This book really was a little gem to find and read I remember buying this just before the movie came back in 2005, and was surprisingly shocked by how rich and well written it was For a movie based on a film This book is by far better than the movie it is based upon, which you would think is strange considering the movie isthe source material in this instance But reading this was a joy You really get to see the pressures that all the characters were under during the war and the events around it It s detailed, and as others have said, yes it s a tragedy of sorts From the strain of a relationship to the downfall of a man, to the death of many characters, this book has everything that the movie just doesn t get to show you One of my absolute favourite things about this book is that you get to see things happen that didn t happen in the movie, but when you read the book you think that it would logically fit in, and it would happen Some moments I think were a shame not to include in the film, but that s why we have the book so we can read back to it and find outSuch a good read, I would recommend to any Star Wars fan, or just any person in general who wasn t completely satisfied with what the film had to offer


  10. says:

    I don t normally go for novelizations, but Stover s telling of Episode III enhances the story and makes the characterslikeable and understandable This title fills in so many holes for me You are able to feel Anakin s struggle Jedi aren t the good guys And my goodness, Padme isn t completely a whimpering sack of potatoes I also highly recommend the audiobook version Narrator Jonathan Davis does a fantastic job His Yoda and Obi wan vocals are spot on The production is great weaving J I don t normally go for novelizations, but Stover s telling of Episode III enhances the story and makes the characterslikeable and understandable This title fills in so many holes for me You are able to feel Anakin s struggle Jedi aren t the good guys And my goodness, Padme isn t completely a whimpering sack of potatoes I also highly recommend the audiobook version Narrator Jonathan Davis does a fantastic job His Yoda and Obi wan vocals are spot on The production is great weaving John Williams musical themes and sound effects throughout Not only do we hear Artoo s blips and beeps, but Stover also gives the little astromech droid a voice by providing us with translation.I was hesitant to check this out, but my husband kept insisting I would like it Very glad I finally did

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