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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones Paperback – 3 Apr 2003

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099410575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099410577
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Attack of the Clones is the inevitable novelisation of the new Star Wars movie, and fantasy author RA Salvatore does his best with a script which relies heavily on spectacular visual effects.

Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi has a hard time with his apprentice Anakin Skywalker, now 20 but lapsing frequently into teenage bad attitude. Master Yoda backward speaking still is, and disturbance great in the Force as always senses. Lovable droids R2D2 and C3PO remain terminally cute. Princess Padme Amidala is now a hot babe, a Senator of the Republic and highly disturbing to Anakin's hormonal Force. Jar Jar Binks retains his irritating accent even in print: "Mesa so smilen to see'en yousa! Wahoooo!" Political supremo Palpatine makes diplomatic noises, but we suspect he's up to no good...

When someone tries to fix a big Senate vote by assassinating Amidala, much action follows--an aerial car chase which must be hair-raising in the movie, and interstellar pursuit including a spaceship dogfight in a crowded asteroid belt. Obi-Wan discovers a lost world that's grown a warrior-clone army for mysterious reasons and another world's heavy industry is cranking out innumerable battle droids. Can the renegade Jedi with the majestic name Dooku be responsible?

Meanwhile, following orders to protect Padme by staying very close to her, Anakin sulks a lot, finds his Jedi vows of chastity dissolving fast, and is temporarily saved by a bid to rescue his mother from sadistic kidnappers on planet Tattooine.

Now, the climax: "Take them to the arena!" Our favourite characters are duly chained up as a snack for unspeakably horrible CGI beasties, but they have some tricks left--and practically everything else in the plot is converging on that arena for the mother of all special-effects battles. Many, many light-sabres come into it.

All rather silly, really: not so much a serious novel as a memento of the film, something to jog memories until the DVD release. Every hardcore Star Wars fan will want a copy. --David Langford --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Despite the lacklustre quality of the film itself, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace was the kind of phenomenal success that everyone expected, and there is no question that this second film will do equally well. Salvatore is an old hand at novelisations, and imparts a true professionalism along with the imagination required to reinvent a tale designed for one medium into another. Attack tells the story of the downfall of Anakin Skywalker, the young Jedi who became Darth Vader. In this book (which takes place 10 years after the events of The Phantom Menace) the 19-year-old Anakin is torn between his own dreams and his responsibilities as a Jedi as he and his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, struggle to deal with the machiavellian plotting that is slowly tearing the Republic apart. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I have to hold my hands up and admit to having eagerly anticipated the release of this novelisation for many months now, and I think that the wait was worth it. The story revolves around the developing romance between Anakin and Padme, set against the backdrop of a crumbling republic. The Jedi Knights are stretched thin, and dissent amongst their ranks as to the proper course of action during the upcoming storm heralds the rise of the dark side of the force. We are presented with an insight into the charcter of Anakin, and the scene is certainly set for his descent into Darth Vader. Salvatore has managed to present a well-balanced mix of swords, sorcery and romance within the novel, however there were one or two instances where I became a little impatient for someone to grab a lightsaber and start doing some jedi force stuff! The fight scenes were themselves well structured, and have made my anticipation of the upcoming movie even more fevered!
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This book is absolutely brilliant. While I'm not a prequel hater like so many seem to be I do have to admit that episode II seems a bit rushed. This is no problem in the book as each scene is expanded brilliantly. The lightsabre fights at the end are so much longer and really develop a sense of character that was missing from the movie. We get to understand about the different styles of lightsabre combat that dooku, obi-wan, anakin and Yoda use and how each is effective is against another. The time that anakin spent with padme on naboo is expanded and as we get to know about each of their thoughts at that time the love between them seems more credible. There is also more character development between Boba and Jango Fett that gives an idea of the father-son relationship between them. As well as making Jango's end more emotional considering he is in effect a villain character. There are countless more times where the book goes into greater detail of relatively short scenes in the film and creates more of an emotive experience of those scenes. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, although it should be read if you have already seen the film so that a contrast can be made.
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As for the novelisation of its predecessor The Phantom Menace, and indeed to an even greater extent, this novelisation expands on characters' background and motivations for their behaviour in a way that adds considerable depth to the film storyline. Again this is at the hands of a published author of fantasy novels. This deepening helps particularly in the case of the romance between Anakin and Padme, which was unconvincing on screen. Anakin's mother Shmi is also given a bit more "airtime" here prior to her tragic demise at the hands of the Tusken raiders, as are Jango and Boba Fett. Mercifully, Jar Jar Binks was in this one much less than its predecessor anyway. The battle and fight scenes are perhaps rather too protracted, though, and difficult to recapture the visual impact from the screen.
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it was a very good and exciting book I bought it for my own interest as I watched the film star wars many times. I absolutely enjoyed this book and I would recommend this book to people who are star wars fans and love reading books.
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Hard to know how to recommend this as if you like the films you'll like it anyway and if you don't it might not mean much. However, imagining that someone was coming to it new, I'd say it's a fun, exciting story; the characters are good to read about and it fills in a few gaps from the movie. Worth buying definately.
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I really enjoyed reading this book as a companion to watching the film again. You get more detail in the book and now I'm looking forward to the new books coming out in the Autumn and then the new film in December. Can't wait!
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Such a shame- I really felt that the book for Episode I was much better than the film and very well written. Not so with this one. Planning to skip the rest of it and move on to the next book!
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If you are a die hard star wars buff or just an occasional fan you will not be disapointed by this excellant novelistation, episode 2 is based 10 years after episode 1 but unfortunatly not a great deal has happened except that anakin is now a teenage jedi apprentice and queen amidala is now known as senator padme amidala, the book is very well written and does keep your attention (the only book i have ever read in two days), but it is mired (hopefully unlike the film) by nearly three chapters of lovey, dovey banter between the aforementioned 2 which is a bit of a shame as the relationship is so predictable even if you did not see episode 1, and the time could be spent developing other themes more, like anakin's mother or jango fett past (and these wont be answered in episode 3), but the action is always top notch especially the ending (i am not really giving anything away) with the clone & droid armys and the jedi going at it full tilt and the descriptions of yoda's skill's leave you with a new found appreciation of him (it), but unfortunatly like episode one it does suffer a tiny amount from lack of character definition (which maybe answered in episode 3) like what did count dooku do to be such a great jedi (and why he did what he did) and where did jango fett aquire the now famous armour, but except for this it is a brilliant read and well worth the money and does carry on a couple of small strings from the novellisation of episode 1 like anakin skywalker and the tusken raiders which i found gratifying.
But all in all it is a excellant novelisation of what promises (again) to be the best film of the year, read the book before you see the film and you may understand more of the events and what the future has in store.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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