Now that we have all seen the movie, I'm sure a lot of us have picked up Matthew Stover's novelization, so I thought I'd start a thread for discussing it here in the NS forum. I finished reading it today and, unlike any of the previous novelizations, I thought it was a very good book. I thought the OT and TPM novelizations were just decent, and AotC's was terrible, but Stover really did a good job here of translating the story to the printed page. There are some interesting scenes and lines that weren't in the movie (including the formation of the Rebellion subplot, which I liked reading about but found myself in agreement with GL that it wasn't necessary for the movie), but more importantly Stover's writing really brings the action and characters to life - we get fascinating insight into characters' thoughts that isn't possible on a movie screen. "The Age of Heroes," the introduction to the novel, blew me away. It is about how Anakin and Obi-Wan have become heroes known throughout the galaxy, and how the adults of the Republic are distraught over the Battle of Coruscant and Palpatine's kidnapping but the children know that everything will be okay because "when Anakin and Obi-Wan get there, those dirty Separatists are going to wish they'd stayed in bed today." The introduction ends: And so it is that these adults across the galaxy watch the HoloNet with ashes where their hearts should be. Ashes because they can't see two prismatic bursts of realspace reversion, far out beyond the planet's gravity well; because they can't see a pair of starfighters crisply jettison hyperdrive rings and streak into the storm of Separatist vulture fighters with all guns blazing. A pair of starfighters. Jedi starfighters. Only two. Two is enough. Two is enough because the adults are wrong, and their younglings are right. Though this is the end of the age of heroes, it has saved its best for last. I'd love to find out what others here think of the novel, and I'll add some more of the parts I found most interesting later.