Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace—and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war.
Shatterpoint is set after Attack of the Clones. Mace Windu receives a troubling message from his former Padawan Depa Billaba. Now Mace must travel to the jungle world of Haruun Kal to find Depa and either save her or destroy her.
The thing ...more
In the grand scheme of the Clone Wars, the events on Haruun Kal are probably largely unimportant. To the characters ...more
First of all, the main character is Mace Windu. I don't think I ever saw another book with him playing such a big part in the story. He travels to his home planet to search for his missing former Padawan, Depa Billaba, who was send there on the mission. (the book takes place shortly after The Attack of the Clones). He doesn't know what really happened to ...more
Depa Bilaba, Mace's only student of Vapaad, has been sent to Haruun Kal, Mace Windu's homeworld. But a disturbing message indicating she is unstable causes Mace to return to his root. There, he must battle more than just the jungles, more than the predators around every corner, more than the Korunnai and the Balawai...he must face himself and what it means to be a Jedi.
NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.
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This is Mace Windu as he should have been. This is the best action writing I've read. This is a tale of a holy warrior pitted against a world of darkness.
Warning: For the squeamish out there, this novel gets pretty graphic in its violence and its portrayal of the horrors of war.
Yup, that's a line from this book. I'll just leave that here for you to ponder...
So anyway, I have been reading a lot of really good Star Wars novels lately but Shatterpoint just didnt do it for me. Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan of Mace Windu, maybe it's because, in the back of my mind, I am comparing it to things like the Trawn trilogy and the Bane trilogy. For whatever reason, this was just ok in my opinion.
More specifically, I didnt feel like any of ...more
Of course, Stover wouldn't do that. This is the 4th book of his ...more
This was a good read, full of action and believable characters. Well written and the story was executed superbly.
Throughout the story I found myself really connecting with Mace. As the story progressed, I could feel his dispair in me. At one point I felt overwhelmed with hopelessness. A book rarely does that to me, and I was surprised. But in the end, I was ...more
This novel centres around one of the most popular secondary characters in the Star Was Universe, Mace Windu. Part of that is how the character was written, but I am sure it has more to do the fact that it was portrayed on screen by the very talented actor, Samuel L. Jackson. As such, you can't look at the character on screen, or read about him in a book without ...more
Having said that, Stover attempted an unblinking appraisal of the ugliness of war. While the writing soon after September 11, 2001 may have contributed to the stark lessons he conveyed, those lessons are universal.
Background: Shatterpoint was written by Matthew Woodring Stover and published in June 2003. Stover has written three other Star Wars novels, including the adaptation of Revenge of the Sith, as well as other fantasy and science fiction works. Outside of Star Wars, he is probably best-known for his "Acts of Caine" series.
Shatterpoint takes place about 6 months after the Battle of Geonosis, 22 years before the battle of Yavin. The main character is Mace Windu, with a ...more
But for those of you who didn't know: Mace Windu is a ...more
While Mace Windu is little more than a block of wood in the movies, this book turns him into a flawed and complicated but still insanely badass Jedi master with an interesting philosophy.
The basic plot is fairly similar to Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" (someone has gotten lost and is losing their mind in a jungle and our protagonist witnesses the madness first hand) but it actually works remarkably well in the Star Wars universe with ...more
The Jedi's true enemy is the jungle. Our enemy is the darkness itself: the strangling cloud of fear and despair and anguish that this war brings with it. That is poisoning our galaxy. This is why my dreams of Geonosis are different now. In my dreams, I still do everything right. But I do in my dreams exactly what I did in that arena. If the prophecies are true—if Anakin Skywalker is truly the Chosen One, who will bring balance to the Force—then he is the most impor- tant being alive ...more
"You should never have sent me here. And I should never have come. But what's done can never be undone. I know you think I've gone mad. I haven't. What's happened to me is worse. I've gone sane. And nothing is more dangerous than a Jedi who is finally sane."
Star Wars is, without a doubt, one of the things I love most in this world. I first became enthralled by it the summer before 4th grade, after reading the movie novelization and then watching the first film. And the rest, as they say,
I was so sad when Darth Sidious/Palpatine kills Mace in Revenge of the Sith, I just hated him so much, ...more
It certainly doesn't hurt that Mace Windu is one of my favorite secondary Star Wars characters.
Months into the Clone Wars, Mace Windu's fellow Council member, and former apprentice, Depa Billaba was sent to Windu's homeworld to help guerrilla forces fight off the Separatists. Her ...more
I was so pumped that he finally got his own book.
The fact that Windu is a cold clean killing machine whose lightsaber style (Vaapad) is like, centimeters away from the Dark Side, is just epic. He is probably my favorite Jedi of all time.
This book did an excellent job of letting you enter Mace Windu's awesome psyche. There was a lot of action, a lot of intrigue. Basically, a great Star Wars novel.
By the way, he's the only one who could pull off that purple ...more
Maybe one of the best Star Wars books I've read in my short time catching up with the EU. They usually run from cheesy to melodramatic, to fun and interesting to dull and plodding. I love the Star Wars universe and look forward to continuing to find gems like this in the haystack.