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Star Wars : Darth Palgueis – THIS book Sucks. No he’s Not Anakin’s Dad either February 25, 2012

Posted by showmescifi in ShowMeSciFi.com.
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Ever since we’ve all seen Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith, we’ve all known about the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the wise…and now finally here is a story that tells his tale.

Great idea – except for the fact that this book sucks and is the worst Star Wars book we’ve read in years.

From a reader’s perspective – the author- James Luceno, appears to have written this book with a thesaurus in-hand as there was hardly a page spread that went by where we didn’t need to consult a dictionary to figure out what a word meant. For a Star Wars book, that’s rare and totally unacceptable. How this got past the publishers copy editing team is beyond us..this book as is should never have been published.

Once you get past Luceno’s obscene use of arcane language – the story is so bland, it’s disgusting. We kept waiting for something to happen that never did.

Yes we do find out about the early years of Palpatine on Naboo – and there are some cool scenes. But in general this book skirts the edges of Episode I – during which Plagueis apparently still lived?! really?

We had also thought that Plagueis would be the dude that ‘created’ anakin just by his ability to manipulate midchlorians…but that’s not the case.

Going a step further into the absurd, we get some limited insight into Dooku – who apparently meets Palpatine – knowing it’s palpatine – wearing a cowl in the district where he in later movies meets Sidious. Does Dooku know that Palpatine is Darth Sidious? who knows.

And no – we don’t find out what ever really happened to Master Sifo Dias either.

This book had the potential to be awesome but the combination of over-writing and weak plotting left us totally unsatisfied by this book.


1. Dec - February 29, 2012

Just a minute. Before anyone is scared away from checking this book out, keep in mind that these are the sith teaching ffrom Plegius the Wise. And there are some pretty cool insites to the Sith way. Definatly worth a read, @ the cheapest you can find the book) I’m still reading this one and will right more when I’m done.

Showmescifi has a point regarding the book being boring. It’s not full of battles but is full of political happenings that shaped the Empire ffor Sidious to rule.

2. Dec - February 29, 2012

Oh, yeah, the overwriting…wow. Some of this verbage is over the top.

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