So, I’m in Publix yesterday, about to get some wings. I gave up wings for Lent, so my mouth is watering over the prospect of having them, once again 🙂
Right as you walk in the door on the left side there are magazines and books. The very first book I see that stands out..
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
My heart races; is it a joke being played on poor little geeks like me that are eagerly awaiting what is mostly the final Star Wars movie ever? I walk up to the shelf and snatch the book, as if it’ll disappear on me if I don’t act swiftly. The book looks very distinctive, with a picture of Anakin/Obi-Wan locking lightsabers, with Darth Vader (in the suit, of course) larger and behind them, all with an orange lava backdrop. The title is sans the Episode III that seems to have become part of the standard subtitle of Star Wars prequels. Some guy named Matthew Stover wrote it.
The story starts out in a very large space battle above Coruscant. The CIS has come not to destroy the city planet, but merely to raid it. They “capture” Palpatine and attempt to leave.
Anakin and Obi-Wan were in the remote backwaters of the Outer Rim, so they end up hyperspacing in just as the ships are trying to head out.
In the midst of the battle, Anakin and Obi-Wan trade some brotherly jabs at each other as they try to make their way to the Invisible Hand, General Grievous’ ship.
Finally, after a good bit of fighting, they board the ship, fight a good number of droids, and end up in Grievous’ quarters (Greivous is part alien/mostly droid, so I guess that’s why he has quarters). Palpatine is shackled to a chair, the only chair in the room.
Skywalker and Kenobi enter the room to find Dooku. Dooku and Palpatine/Sidious had been previously discussing what was about to happen, and how it fits into their plans of galactic conquest. Ths time, Anakin and Kenobi fight him together. In the end, though, Kenobi gets knocked out and Anakin is left to finish him off. Of course, the only reason that he finishes Dooku off is at Palpatine’s tempting–all the while Kenobi is out, Palpatine is there to root Anakin on. So, after he beheads Dooku with two lightsabers (Dooku’s and his own), they have to get off of the ship before it crashes.
Of course, getting off is darn near impossible, so Anakin uses his awesome pilot skills to do a controlled crash of the burning ship–which is surrounded by fire-fighting ships spraying foam all over it.
It’s at this point that he sees Padme again, amongst a whole bunch of senators. Obi-Wan goes back to the Temple to inform the Jedi Council of everything that has happened, to give Anakin his “glory” with the HoloNet press. Anakin is very singular-minded, though, and pushes through to get to Padme. Eventually, he does find her, and they embrace and kiss in a side hallway.
That night, Anakin has a nightmare, forseeing Padme’s death while giving birth to their child. His plans are to leave the Jedi Order so that they can go off and raise this child together.
Of course, we all know this is going to go down differently, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten..
I read through just a little under half of it last night. OMG!! The story is frakking awesome, so far. I won’t give away any details, but the first part of the story alone makes up for the first two installments and instills them as merely a bad memory. Anakin and Obi-Wan have really come a long way as Jedi and friends. I snuck ahead a little bit and glanced at the end (we all know how it ends, anyway), but only glanced; I don’t know any skinny on that part of it yet.
I am most definitely going to finish it this evening, in-between some Galactica. Am I only a half-assed geek for not finishing the entire thing last night? lol