I'm on a Stargate kick, and I'm so glad I've finally started reading the books.
Rising is based on the script for the Stargate Atlantis pilot, so I feeI'm on a Stargate kick, and I'm so glad I've finally started reading the books.
Rising is based on the script for the Stargate Atlantis pilot, so I feel as though there's not much I can review without an original story by the author. In any case, I did enjoy reading what I think were scenes that didn't make the final cut, although I'm only 100% sure about one of them not being there. (Elizabeth Weir is my favorite character, so new dialogue - or an inner monologue - from her was awesome to read.)
As for the voice of the characters, I think Malcom did quite a decent job at capturing their thought patterns, attitudes, and vocabularies. There is much more swearing here than on the show, but then the show is more lighthearted than what we would see in real life, anyway.
I really enjoyed the heightened tension toward the end of the book, including the switching of perspectives between principal characters that showed their thoughts that wouldn't have translated to screen so easily. It's here that the author has the responsibility to portray the characters as true to the source material, and I have no idea how much detail was included in the script for her to use. Fortunately, they feel genuine enough that I don't find myself questioning their thoughts throughout the story as I have in many fan-made works over the years.
I could do without what looks to be the hint of a romance between John and Teyla, as I know that the Legacy series does little to hide that angle they started pushing (before possibly being shut down by MGM), but maybe the original novels are different. I'm pretty sure the pilot episode was written with such a romance in mind, but the idea was scrapped soon after - thank goodness!
Looking forward to the next book, not only because it will actually be an original story but because Fandemonium has a bunch of writers whose different styles will hopefully be interesting to see.
Note: Had to knock a star off for a ton of blatant typos and, from what I recall, grammatical errors and inconsistency that should never have made it past an editor....more
I was looking up some of the names in this book of people I**I received this as an ARC here on GR**
First of all, did this really happen? Eek!
I was looking up some of the names in this book of people I didn't think warranted a change of identity for publishing purposes, and I was having trouble finding much information on them and the organizations mentioned rather passively throughout the story. I had some trouble believing it was real, honestly. It probably shows that international political intrigue is not one of my areas of great interest.
In any case, it's billed a "thriller," and that's probably how I should look at it rather than as some sort of ultra-simplified exposé like I would be tempted to.
I can't really talk about the part of the story that had initially tempted me to change my rating from three to four stars, as massive spoilers would abound, but I will say that I was rather satisfied at having pushed through the fluff (*cough* Barbara Belli *cough*) to come full circle with Kasper's utterly ridiculous and near hopeless situation.
I think the only real annoyance I felt throughout the book was that it continually raised more questions than answers, and I would forget about them completely until they returned out of the blue a while later. There are so many flashbacks that it starts to feel messy, and instead of making progress, I felt that all of the different threads following different characters were deterring from rather than contributing to the story.
There is quite the handful of characters that we never hear from again, despite their apparent importance to the scenario, and perhaps that's why this book can't be anything more than a thriller; in real life, we would want to know the consequences of their actions and the real motives behind them. Here, we fill in the blanks because it's more mysterious and intriguing to do so. I guess.
In any case, while some parts (read: a good number of the countless flashbacks and anything involving the Roman lawyer) are a bit of a chore to get through, other parts are appropriately fast-paced and are definitely interesting enough to make me want to finish. Again, political thrillers? Not really my forte. The ending got me, though. Ouch, it really did.
Anyway, this review is not the most ringing endorsement, I know. However, if the premise sounds interesting to you, especially since it's supposed to be a true, and surely embellished, story, open it up and see if it draws you in. I was hooked, and I am glad that I was able to read something outside of my usual genres.
Again, to the extent that this really did happen... Wow....more