I just finished the book myself, and I recommend it. Leave it up to someone else to make TPM look good. There is a lot of politics, but the prequels were pretty political anyway. Until Plageous meets Palpatine, it's kind of slow, with a lot of throwaway characters. But once the wheels are in motion, I could stop. There is an attack on Plageous that makes him very evil and familiar. And there are things like how Palpatine meets Sate Pestage that are interesting. I would like to see Plageous as a figure one day. The Reading Rainbow!!!