Now that I have time to read this a second time through in more detail... it would take a post 3x's as long as the book to outline my thoughts on how ingenious this book is. I'm going to have to make a post later about whatever random thoughts came to my mind while reading that haven't been brought up by other people here already. Stuff nobody else cares about like [hl=black]holy crap, did Luceno actually just bring back the Bedlam Pulsar?!?[/hl] or how [hl=black]"San would become Hego's right hand"[/hl] is one of the best lines in existence and would no doubt go in my sig if this book were not under spoiler wraps. Also, I second the comment above by Monopoly that Plagueis is flat-out awesome all around. The guy just lives to be the epitome of badass. I kind of hope Luceno makes some short stories about his adventures sowing mayhem around the galaxy with his droid.