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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (Feb. 29 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345434110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345434111
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 10.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Joe Sherry on March 5 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Author Terry Brooks was given the task to write the book adaptation of the first Star Wars prequel movie: "The Phantom Menace". The novel is based on the screenplay by George Lucas. As with any other book there are good things and bad things about this novel. In this case, the good and the bad are the same thing: Terry Brooks must stay close to George Lucas's screenplay. This is good because Brooks must stay close to what the movie would end up being. This is bad because the screenplay wasn't very good.
The story is obviously the same as the movie (though fleshed out a little bit more). Two Jedi are sent to negotiate with the Trade Federation over the Federation's blockade of Naboo. The Neimoidians, under the power of Darth Sidious, try to kill the Jedi (Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi). The Jedi escape and travel down to Naboo where they end up rescuing Queen Amidala and a few select Nubians. To hide from the Trade Federation they land on the planet Tatooine where they meet a boy named Anakin Skywalker. Their ship is damaged and to get the parts they need Anakin helps them win something called a podrace, which Anakin is a driver in (the only human who is able to do so). Qui-Gon believes this boy is strong in the Force and is the one mentioned in a prophecy about a boy who will bring balance to the Force. The novel has two primary focuses: the time spend on Tatooine with Anakin and freeing the Naboo from the Trade Federation.
There are some things that this novel does very well. The opening of the novel is different from the movie in that we see Anakin in the podrace where he is wrecked by Sebulba (alluded to in the film). We see how Anakin is able to race the pod so well and this is the hint of how he is able to use the Force even without knowing what it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Oct. 13 2003
Format: Hardcover
Episode I had many problems, poor script, poor actors and indifferent direction, but the novel by Terry Brooks was definately a highlight for the movie. A strong adaption of the Lucas screenplay, Brooks gives stunning insight into the world of the Star Wars prequal. His writing about the Sith and about a young Anakin give the reader a much better grasp of the story while providing a dynamic setting. Overall, it's a top notch effort and well worth the readers time. I would like to see Brooks write in the regular expanded universe some time soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Howard on July 3 2003
Format: Hardcover
I normally don't read books after I've already seen the movie, and especially not books based on a screenplay. But since I like Star Wars, I thought I would make an exception with this book.
It went a little slowly since I already knew the story, but I did enjoy it the whole time. The book was pretty much right in line with the movie, but there is a some extra information in the book that you don't get in the movie, such as a better picture of Annakin's life before the Queen and her entourage show up on Tatooine, and a better understanding of the relationship between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, and a more in-depth explanation of the Sith, and their background.
If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll probably like this whether you've seen the movie or not.
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By J Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 15 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was really hoping for some meat in this book. The way a typical novel has the ability to provide so much more detail and context than there's time for in the movie version. This is quite simply direct from the screen play and into novel form.

Because of the substancial overlap from the screen play to the novel it is actually a pretty dull read. If you've already seen the movie then you know what's going to happen and how. A good novelization has got to appreciate this and incorporate new elements to keep the reader engaged.

If you've seen the movie, you will gain little by purchasing the book. This novel would only be for die hard star wars fans and collectors.

Check my other reviews for more Star Wars hits and misses.
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Terry Brooks works around George Lucas' script to give an expanded view that a movie can't. Reading this helps fill in all those holes that were there in the movie and what gave it such a poor rating by the critics.
Eventually we will see a re-edited version of the movie the would match the book, sometime in the future
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You know you are in the hands of a capable writer when he manages to acheive the impossible: Making Jar Jar interesting.
Terry Brooks takes time to flesh out characters and exposition. The reader is thankful for it, especially when it came to Darth Maul and the reasons why the Jedi Counsel had reservations about Anakin. Not to mention out of all the Star Wars novels out there, Brooks has been able to explain the force in practical and economic terms.
The only downside: It's still a movie adaptation. No doubt those reading this review have seen the movie a few times. That's the problem. I found myself glancing over familiar bits of action in order to get to the exposition. The very same exposition why one would want to read the book in the first place. You will not be disappointed, enjoy.
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I enjoyed reading this novelization of the movie even more than seeing the movie. This book gave depth and background to the characters that was missing in the movie. The movie was more enjoyable to watch after reading this book.
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