Darth PlagueisBook - 2012
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VERUNA: "Do you really believe that that little political upstart can unseat me? The daughter of mountain peasants?"
PALPATINE: "The crowd she has drawn seems to think so. "
"Everything my gaze falls on will be mine: these buildings, these monads, these statues I will have slagged, this airspace whose use I will restrict to the powerful, the penthouse in 500 Republica, this Senate..."-Palpatine.
"We're not living in an age of giants, Sidious. But to succeed we must become as beasts."-Darth Plagueis.
PLAGUEIS: "I don't gamble, Captain, unless I know that the odds of winning are on my side."
CAPTAIN LAH: "That's not gambling."
(page 45); Plagueis thinking of his former master, Darth Tenebrous: “To we who live in the Force, normal life is little more than pretense. Our only actions of significance are those we undertake in service to the dark side.”
(page 92); Plagueis to Venamis: “The future of the Sith no longer hinges on physical prowess but on political cunning. The new Sith will rule less by brute force than by means of instilling fear.”
(page 140); Plagueis speaking to female staff member at an academic university student center: “I’m looking for a student named Palpatine.”…female staff member: “I know him”… Plagueis speaking to female staff member: “Do you know where I might find him just now? Is he perhaps attending a class?”
(page 150): Plagueis thinking to himself about Palpatine’s knack for tact: “There it was again, Plagueis thought: the deceptive cadence; the use of flattery, charm, and self-effacement as if rapier feints in a duel. The need to be seen as guileless, unassuming, empathetic. A youth with no desire to enter politics, and yet born for it.”
(page 192); Plagueis speaking to Palpatine: “Feel the power of the dark side flow through you…We serve nature’s purpose by culling the herd, and our own by sharpening our skills. We are the predatory swarm!”
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Violence: Not very common, but rare references to battles and Lightsaber deaths. Twice. small open battle in the book, [SPOILER] once, Lightsaber duel between Venamis and Plagueis, and later Plagueis is attack by assassins, but kills them with his bear hands.
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Things I liked and stories I learned of: Sith student and Sith mentor-master relationships; Plagueis history and connection to the original George Lucas Star Wars films; the philosophy of the supposed dark side; the ascetic training to become a Sith; the thinking thoughts of Plaguies and Palpatine (Sidious); the author, Luceno, and his way of wording word flow; some political sessions were nice… like when Plagueis/Hego Damask was attending meetings with Jedi council members. They, Plagueis and Palpatine having to hide their dark sided force from the Jedi; the point of view from the Sith’s side (the dark side); the opening scene of the book where it looks like Plagueis is dead; finding out about Palpatine’s past and how he didn’t get along well with his father and how he was shipped around to different boarding schools; fight scenes were fun. Things I found to be interesting: The starting of the cloning facility and its functions to produce a clone army; Plagueis and his scientific research into the functioning of the force (the midichlorians); the Plagueis and Tenebrae relationship, (though it was relatively short in this book); hits put out on prominent members of the world by various factions. At times, I fell asleep while reading some passages as I found them to be boring, and those passages being: the descriptions of the structural cityscapes and of the planetary terrain; political sessions where parliamentary representatives would licentiously litigate their supposed cause thru their probably lying, forked tongues. Finally, the Sith seem to have noble natures; and in fact it would be nice if there really were more of a hybrid between Jedi and Sith to create a new class of philosophy. I think I heard someone mention something about there being such a thing in the book series. Overall, there really isn’t much distinction to as why personal paths go in different directions except that generally no one is around to help young force users to foster their eldritch powers. Tags Summary: plotting, meticulous, planning, politics, political power, political positioning, parliament, government, two faced, Janise faced, deception, dissension, perfidy, lattice laced lies, layers of lattice laced lies, ruse, schemes, hatching, force, dark side, double lives, training, philosophy, philosophers, science, academics, death, eternal, life, Jedi, monks, mendicant monks, Sith, Sith Lords, midichlorians, mastery, mind, mental mind mastery, awareness, awakening, killing, mass killings, honing, lightsabers, dangerous duels, deadly duels, planets, planetary system, skillful swordsmen, wielding weapons, diligence, spies, agenda, hidden, occultism, force users, sorcery, master magicians, wizards, warriors, coming of age, factions, affiliations, droid destruction, master, mentor, mentorship, student, disciple, trust, doubt, megalomaniac mentality, ascension, meditation, lineage, sith lineage, lore, backstory, lampshading past, destroying from within, hatred, animosity, enmity, abhor, emotions, stoism, ascetic, aesthetics, finances, financial institution, ethnic groups, aliens, amber eyes, fear, instill fear, Star Wars, Star Wars universe, George Lucas, darth, adroitness, creed, training hard pays off, red headed heroes Rating: 4.7/5.0; Xandor Who (The beginning of this review is contained within the comment section).