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Darth Plagueis by James Luceno
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Feb 06, 2012

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Read from February 06 to 08, 2012

I decided to read this novel after multiple sources stated that Luceno's story of Darth Plagueis and the transformation of Palpatine into Darth Sidious did not portray the future Emperor in a more heroic light, as the prequel movies did with Darth Vader. Though I enjoyed the novel's first two sections, the final third of the novel became so overflowing with references to other Star Wars novels that I found myself losing interest. Instead of reading about Darth Plagueis, the last third of the novel seemed more like outtakes from older novels and attempts by Luceno to fill in plot holes from the prequels that were a major reason many fans of the original trilogy disliked the new movies. While the story of Palpatine's rise to power was interesting, Luceno's attempt to patch plot holes and contradictions in the prequels reduced the book from a strong 4 1/2 star rating to a 3 star at best.
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