First post! So, I recently finished the novel Darth Plagueis (which I've had on my shelf for quite some time, but never got around to reading. It is an excellent book. However, I have one huge problem with it. Plagueis is alive during the events of The Phantom Menace. This just... irritated me. For starters, it makes Sidious look a lot less like the mastermind behind everything and more like the weak pawn. It hurts Maul even more. Instead of being the apprentice, he's the apprentice of the apprentice, and is considerably made to look a lot weaker IMO. Then there is the fact that Plagueis just *happens* to be just out of sight in every Coruscant scene. Apparently he spied on Sidious and Maul during their conversation on Coruscant. And then he is with Palpatine *right before* he greets the Queen on the landing platform. When Plagueis discovers Anakin is the chosen one, he just *happens* to arrive at Palpatine's suite after Anakin has left for the Jedi Temple. And finally, he is a witness to Qui-Gon and Anakin's conversation before they leave for Naboo- offscreen. And then his death was kind of weird. Palpatine said he killed him in his sleep in ROTS, but in the novel he is drunk, and while he does fall asleep, he awakens immediately when Palpatine unleashes the force lightning. I always thought Palpatine killed him with his lightsaber just by ramming through his hearts. Seems like a more effective way to catch someone off guard. Finally, there's Yoda's quote at the end. "Always two there are. *No more, no less.* A master and an apprentice." This pretty much implies Sidious and Maul were the only Sith at the time of TPM, and I think that is what George had in mind. And then Mace Windu says "But which one was destroyed. The master, or the apprentice?" I'll tell you, Mace. The master and the apprentice of the apprentice was killed, apparently. I don't mean to rag on the novel, because I think it was excellent. I just wish that Plagueis' death was handled better. He should have been killed right after he murdered Veruna, IMO. What are your thoughts? Do you find it plausible or cool that Plagueis was alive during TPM? Or do you dislike it like me?