This thread is partially inspired by the how do you read thread and partially by discussions I've had in the past regarding some old Bantam books that I haven't read in years. I'm a particularly visual reader, and as a result, I have setpieces built into my memory of certain books that persist longer than my actual memories of plot events. Some of them are more memorable and others, and some are so picturesque that they've stayed in my mind for years and years. I'm primarily talking about visuals here -- hence the Kodak Moments bit -- though narrative events may sometimes be difficult to separate from them. For instance, I am sure Ganner's last stand is memorable for a lot of folks: that's an action sequence with a lot of visual details as well. I actually can't remember any of the visuals of that scene so it won't be one of my submissions to this thread, but I'm sure that it would fit for others. So I'll start with two entries myself, one more visual/descriptive and one more narrative/action oriented. They're both from the X-wing series because I'm biased like that. Entry the First: Kirtan Loor's arrival on Imperial Center in XW: RS. It's probably my single favorite scene in the whole EU, and certainly one of the most memorable. Everything from the banter with the pilots (wondering if they'd shuttled people to their doom before), to the observations about lightning striking the planetary shields, to the Imperial Guards appearing to float because they're wearing black mourning at the edge of their robes. What makes this scene a Kodak Moment, though, is the scene where Loor asks the pilot how the shuttle could possibly land in such a small area -- even with its wings up -- and he realizes that it's because they're still two kilometers (I think?) up -- so the buildings, which he took to be slender minarets, are actually massive towers with hundreds of thousands of people on each level, or the streets which he took to be narrow tracks are actually massive boulevards, and then he realizes the sheer scale of a planet dedicated for the purpose of ruling a vast Galactic Empire. I can almost remember the exact wording used in that section. Ah, what a picturesque and patriotic scene! Entry the Second: In sheer contrast to the order and grandeur of the first one, this next scene, also on Coruscant, features Rebels. I'm thinking of the ersatz Rogue Squadron we see at the beginning of Allston's first foray into the EU, and that ridiculous little air-show that they choose to stage on their way to the landing platforms in order to prove who's the real Rogue Squadron. Both squadrons put their flight groups into a diamond pattern formation as they land, and start jockeying for position underneath one another in order to deny them space to descend. This is a very action-oriented scene, but what sticks out in my minds eye is the look of the classic red-painted X-wings on the fake Rogue Squadron versus the riot of colors and color schemes on the real Rogue Squadron and how that sort of mid-air precision must've looked both to the pilots involved as well as the audiences watching below. So there were a lot of other scenes I could think of -- in writing that second one, I was also reminded of the parade-like arrival on Adumar for instance, with the giant flatscreens and the like. But the thing that ties all these together is how evocative these relatively brief descriptions in the books are -- how the setting and scenary is such that the imagination takes over and does so in such a vivid fashion. Does anybody else have EU "Kodak Moments" to share?