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
When the producer of a famous horror film series is gruesomely murdered on set, and the weapon in question is the scythe used by the main character, tWhen the producer of a famous horror film series is gruesomely murdered on set, and the weapon in question is the scythe used by the main character, the obvious next steps are to continue filming and to place two teenage boys in charge of investigating undercover, even though everyone knows who they really are.
I'm so happy to be able to return to Meyer's futuristic and borderline-fairytale world. Cinder ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger, and I needed to knoI'm so happy to be able to return to Meyer's futuristic and borderline-fairytale world. Cinder ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger, and I needed to know what Cinder herself would be up to next.
A whole continent away, we open with a new protagonist named Scarlet Benoit, a produce delivery girl in a small countryside town in France. It's always refreshing to enter a new part of a fictional universe, and I loved all the little details that made this particular setting so believable.
As for Scarlet herself, she and Cinder share a few traits in common, not least of which are their stubbornness and snarkiness. She seems pretty solid as a female heroine.
Of course, there's a love interest, and I do have to admit that I was not crazy about Wolf throughout, well, pretty much all of the book. I'm not sure if it's because I find his type of character to be pretty played out or Scarlet's attraction to him unbelievable, but I just wasn't too interested in their story (as opposed to their scenes apart from each other).
Like another reviewer has stated, their relationship feels cheesy, and not enough really happens between them prior to the story's climax to make me think that they would feel so deeply for each other.
For me, Cinder and Kai's feelings and overall situation are more realistic, not to mention complex. I think Wolf is meant to be a complex character, but he falls a bit flat to me. And I know this is not a welcome comparison, but I couldn't help but keep thinking of Edward from you-know-which series, or any other tortured soul who teeters the line between being sweet and protective and lashing out.
Now, the Queen's Army, the short story at the end of Scarlet, definitely gives me that backstory that I would have loved in the main book, and I'm sure I would have cared about Wolf more had it been included somewhere. Perhaps it would have been out of place, but Scarlet did have at least one flashback in her story, so who knows?
Other than that, the story is great. Honestly, I thought I would be exhausted by the end of some of the action sequences, because some situations continued to worsen and worsen until I just wanted to scream at the some of the characters or throw something because they had almost made it through. I wonder if my blood pressure's raised because of this? I can't go into detail lest I spoil everything, though, so I'll just say that I definitely enjoyed how fast paced much of the story is.
Scarlet is a book that jumps around quite a bit since we see from the POV of both new and old characters, and I do wonder how that's going to work in Cress. In any case, I'm definitely looking forward to reading the third book!...more