Ah, the Bane stuff is something I hadn't even thought of. The little bits about Darth Bane and the Rule of Two were a treat. I noticed something else interesting while glancing through the novelization recently: the Senate scene takes place from Anakin's point-of-view. He's sitting behind the Naboo repulsorpod and watching everything happening, registering the shock on Valorum's face when Palpatine betrays him and all. If by chance this wasn't originally in the script, it's a nice little touch by Brooks, as it brings Anakin closer to the major political events of the story, which seemed to be completely over his head in the film. Brooks really latched onto the character, and it's clear that he tried to make the story Anakin's story. Good stuff.