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Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace [Paperback]

Patricia C Wrede
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Much-loved YA author Patricia Wrede (Dealing with Dragons, Calling on Dragons) retells here the storyline of Episode I, The Phantom Menace from opening shot to final scene. Since much of the action in Phantom Menace centers on 14-year-old Queen Amidala and 9-year-old Jedi-to-be Anakin Skywalker, Wrede takes the opportunity to focus on the thoughts and struggles of these two scrappy youngsters. And young Star Wars fans will appreciate that Wrede's adaptation is faithful to the screenplay--the events and dialogue mesh seamlessly with memories from the movie, only complementing the action with added details and inner dialogue. (We all knew what Anakin was thinking when he rolled his eyes at Qui-Gon's mollycoddling, but this book confirms our suspicions as Anakin groans to himself, "Grown-ups!") An inset section with 28 color stills from the movie adds a nice visual touch to a well-told story. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom Menace Review March 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A Wrinkle in Time
By: Patricia C. Wrede
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P.1
The book Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is a great book. In the beginning of the book, two Jedi knights, Qui-gon Jinn and Obi-wan Kenobi travel to a Trade Federation control ship. When they are there, they find out that they are planning an invasion on the peaceful planet of Naboo. They then sneak onto one of the landing ships and inform the queen of the invasion. While they are there, they meet a Gungan named Jar-Jar Binks. The two jedi, the queen, and her maidens barely escape the planet on a Naboo cruiser. They stop on a planet called Tattoine on the outskirts of the galaxy because their hyperdrive is leaking. When they are there, they meet a young boy named Anakin Skywalker. Qui-gon senses that the force is strong with him, so he takes him with them to Courasant, the planet where they can talk to the supreme council about the invasion. After that, they go back to Naboo. They fight a big battle and finally get the planet back.
One reason why I liked this book is because of the good story line. It is a good story because of all the great characters and the setting. I especially liked the Jedi knights and the planet Courasant. It is a planet that is entirely a city.
The second reason why I liked this book is because of the action. In the beginning of the book, Qui-gon and Obi-wan have to fight their way out of a Trade Federation ship, and in the end of the book, there is a battle between the Gungans and the Trade Federation battle druids.
My favorite part of the book was when Anakin was in a podrace. I liked it because it is like racing cars, but with different vehicles. It was very exciting, and in the end Anakin won and was no longer a slave. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the Star Wars saga... July 8 2002
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Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the prequel to the original Star Wars Trilogy, tells of the beginning of the Sith, Dark Sidious's plan to topple the Republic and create the Dark Empire. The start of his plan begins with the Trade Federation's invasion of the small peaceful planet of Naboo, which Dark Sidious thinks will be very easy to take over, for the ruler is only a very young 14-year-old named Padme Amidala. However he is in for a surprise... When the two Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, negotiations with the Trade Federation fail and Naboo is taken over by the Trade Federation the two Jedi rescue the young queen and try to escape to Corusanct, hoping the Senate would intervene. However mechanical problems cause them to have to land on Tatooine, a remote planet controled by the Hutts who are gangsters. There the Force brings them to a young boy named Anakin, we know the eventual Darth Vadar. It is herre that Padme and Anakin first meet and we know what happens later... Qui-Gon knows there is something special about the boy and when they are finally able to leave Tatooine he takes him with him to Corusant to have him trained as a Jedi and the long saga of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vadar begins. This was a superb beginning to what is to be 3 new movies-novels. I have always loved Patricia C. Wrede's writing style and this didn't disappoint. To see the first interactions with Anakin and Padme was just great. One not to be missed!
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Ok...This book was ok.It's true to the movie, except for minor detail.For example,in the movie , if they said"hey,theres a ship!" The book may say "look, there is a ship".This is a feeble attempt to make the book seem fresh and new after you've seen the movie.But it is a really good collectors item, especially if you get the collectors edition that comes with a print.I wasnt expecting a lot, to be honest with you, because the movie wasnt based on the book, so, in that respect, the book is pretty good.But after watching the movie 100 times over,it just doesn;t capture the feel of the mos eisley pod race, or the action of the final lightsaber duel.But, this is a pretty good book,all things considered.It has some cool stuff in it, and sticks to the movies plot.After all, if you want to know what happened elsewhere during and before E1, theres the star wars journals, and the jedi apprentice series by jude watson.This is an excellent read if you've never seen the movie, and it does a pretty good job if you have.Pick thisone up if youre a fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars True to the Movie, With Greater Emotion and Depth June 18 1999
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Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars: Episode 1 the Phantom Menance
I liked this bok for variuos reasons, the main one was bacause it is a science-fiction novel. Science-fiction novels are my favorite type and the creatures in this book will never... Read more
Published on April 23 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
This book is good. It has excellent pictures. The print is clear so you can read it. So come on. What are you waiting for? Go and read it. You'll love it!
Published on July 19 2002 by Geoff Grace
4.0 out of 5 stars A great adaption of the movie
This book was good, especially for the young readers it was intended for. Fans older than twelve or so may feel that this book was a bit below par, and I'd definitely say that the... Read more
Published on April 27 2002 by "kandladin"
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I highly recommend it to Star Wars fans. In this book there is action, excitment, love, hatred, and sad parts. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a YA adaptation
This book, though aimed at those of younger ages, actually comes off remarkably well in contrast to Terry Brooks' official tie-in novelization. Read more
Published on April 12 2000 by Nathan
3.0 out of 5 stars Well....
Okay, this is a pretty good book. It is very much like the movie, although it doesn't 'parrot'. Wrede's writing style is fresh and riveting, and very suited to the story. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2000 by Heather Tiemens
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!!!!!!!
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is a great book. I have seen the movie various times and I always have liked the book better. It is a great science ficttion read. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for adults
Wonderful novelization of the movie. Wrede adds characterization without slowing down the story. She should have done the adult novelization instead of Brooks.
Published on July 9 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great book.
When I was on vacation I saw this book in the store. I read the book in less than a couple of hours. This book was truly amazing. Read more
Published on June 28 1999
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