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Star Wars: Phantom Menace Paperback – 31 Dec 1998

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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic US (31 Dec. 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 0439013739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439013734
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,880,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a really good summation of the movie, with enough of a look into some of the characters' thoughts to make it enjoyable. Patricia C. Wrede is a great fantasy writer (I adore her novel 'Snow White and Rose Red'), so this doesn't surprise me. She has a great feel for writing beautiful prose that is engaging for children and adults alike.
Obviously Wrede had read, or at least heard about the concept of, the two Jedi Apprentice novels, since she refers to them on pages 4 and 5 of the book. At the beginning Qui-Gon is thinking about Obi-Wan, and how they complement each other, and wondering if that was what Yoda foresaw when he "brought Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan together as Master and Padawan apprentice." (4) We also get this line from Qui-Gon's thoughts: "Obi-Wan Kenobi had great skill, no question of that, but sometimes he was so...intense." (4)
It was the insight into the thoughts of the characters that really sold me on this novel, especially the thoughts of Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Amidala and Anakin. We read of Qui-Gon groaning inwardly at Obi-Wan's "battle humor", and resigning himself to it, remarking that at least Obi-Wan showed evidence of *some* sense of humor, however dark. We discover that Qui-Gon is most disturbed by the power that the handmaiden Padme seems to have over the Queen, and he is rather curt with the individual he views as the "Queen's favorite." We learn of the despair Anakin felt when he realized he has lost everyone who ever meant anything to him.
There's a strange dialog between Padme and Anakin in this book that we don't see in the movie. When he first meets Padme in Watto's junk shop, right after he tells Jar Jar to "Hit the nose!
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This book has wonderful characters, some old favorites, and some new. Such as Oby-Won, Qui-Gon Jin, Anakin Skywalker and Jar Jar Rinks. This story begins in space in a ship where Qui-Gon is training Oby-Won as an apprentice. Qui-Gon is a very powerful Jedi. They are saving Queen Amidala from the trade federation. The trade federation is going to go in and take over, unless the Queen signs a treaty with them. Queen Amidala is a good and kind queen who wants the best for her people. The conflict in the story is between the dark side (the bad guys) and the Rebels (the good guys). The rebels are the good guys because they rule with peace, harmony and kindness, but most of all justice, and treat their people right! The Dark Side would only rule with bitterness and treat their people like "gum in your hair that you want to get rid of". My favorite part was when Anakin blew up the attack droids big momma ship! Darth Maul is a very dangerous sith lord who is apprentice to Darth Sidious. Darth Sidious is an extremely powerful, horridly, massively, ugly sith lord. Oby Won is a very handsome jedi in training under his master Qui-Gon. Queen Amidala is a beatufiul queen but you already knew that because of her name and I have nothing else to say, except I believe that you should read this book*****
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By A Customer on 19 Jun. 1999
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I have read the book for the Phantom Menace and I've seen the movie. The books are more in-depth than the movies, but to really enjoy it, you must read the book and see the movie. If you want to be informed when you see the movie, read the book first. If you don't even want a hint though, buy the book before you see the movie, and as soon as you get home from the movies, get on your bed and start reading. I'm not trying to spoil Episode II for anyone, but on "From Star Wars to Star Wars" (it was on FOX 6/15/99), Lucas said that Episode II would be more of a love story than a special effects thing. By the way, I suggest getting copies of the original books for the trilogy (especially the one by George Lucas, 'Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker', which was called 'A New Hope' in the movies), because they will be gone from any store COMPLETELY one day.
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By A Customer on 16 Jun. 1999
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Did you see the new Star Wars Episode I movie yet? If not, DON'T! Not yet anyways. First you should read the book because it is sooo much better. Not that I'm downing the movie, no way, but it was better to read. Why? Because you get to know what the cherictors are thinking. Also, if you like Star Wars, but want to know more, I suggest reading the books: Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force, and The Dark Rival. Both come before Episode I and explain more about Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn. If you thought they made a good team, then you should know that at first Qui-Gon would not even take Obi-Wan as his Padawan learner. See, you can get more info by reading the books. I really liked Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and can't wait for them to bring out Episode II! See ya in the theater!
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By A Customer on 14 Jun. 1999
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episode 1's book was great! george lucas is brilliant! anakin and obi wan were my favorite characters. it was a well thought out book. i would give it 1,000,000 stars if i was able to!the book was a lot more detailed than the movie. it was the best movie and book I have ever seen! you should read this book, it is great!
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