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Sagittarius Is Bleeding

(Battlestar Galactica Miniseries #3)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  29 reviews
President Laura Roslin bears a heavy burden. Since becoming the president of the twelve human colonies when the Cylons brutally attacked and destroyed all but a small remnant of humanity's billions, she has been the voice of civil authority, counterbalancing the military leadership of Commander Adama of the Battlestar Galactica. President Roslin has been a source of inspir ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Tor Books (first published 2006)
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Sarah Sammis
Jun 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: released
Sagittarius is Bleeding falls in the timeline of Battlestar Galactica season 2 episodes of "Black Market" and "Scar." Unlike The Cylons' Secret, all of the current characters make an appearance and it reads more like an episode (or perhaps miniseries) than book number 2. Of these two most recently published books, Sagittarius is Bleeding is more faithful to the series but The Cylons' Secret is the more interesting of the two because it dares to stray from canon.

It takes a while for the book to g
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Rhona
Feb 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: any Battlestar fan
Being a Battlestar Gallactica fan and all, this was a fun book to read. Simple and fast. Unlike the T.V. show, when you read,you get a much deeper look into the characters feelings and thoughts. I like that. Now on to more serious books...
Ming Wei
Great book, gives extra depth to the TV Series, gripping right to the end.
John Mc Graw Jr
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
While loosely tied to the tv series, this book was just ok. I found the addition of the extra colony to be clunky at best and couldn't help but reference other materials every time they were mentioned. As others have said the story is weak and poorly written. With the entire BSG universe at your fingertips to write about, why write don't throw away fluff. While I was looking forward to expanding the universe with stories, this did not do it for me. The action and suspense in the series was key a ...more
Thomas Myers
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
A most useless excuse for a a media tie-in. It isn't allowed to change the status quo at all, so it ponders into becoming a political thriller. However, based on the limitations, it falls fall short of the series, where even at its worst it handles the politics with aplomb. And the one real action scene is poorly written. ...more
Hunter
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Did not finish, p. 50
Mike
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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Septima Severa
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
To say the truth, Sagittarius Is Bleeding was a great deal better than the Unity I read previously. As a fan of re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, I've kept up with all those characters easily, watching their every (mis)step.

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Cian Beirdd
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
So I tried another BSG novel. This author had a too-familiar style for me, like someone trying to imitate Tolkien's but with an adult audience. It annoyed me.

The story was interesting, with several blanks left from the series filled in; what about the other pantheons of gods, who was the thirteenth Cylon, why was Gaeta itching his hand so much during the episode where the Cylon fleet was always after them. I found the author's interpretation of Boomer's attack, and his use of her replacement as
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Mel
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
I bought this cause I found it in a charity shop, and thought as it was the "Laura novel" I'd give it a go. I remember reading Peter David's ST:TNG novel Imzadi, so thought it wouldn't be that bad. One of the biggest problems with it was that it was clearly written before some of the things being talked about had been filmed, and so one or two things had changed. (eg, they talked about the Temple of Athena instead of the Tomb). The other biggest problem was there really wasn't that much Laura, G ...more
Alvin
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a BSG fan, I give this book 4 stars. As a book on its own, I"d probably give it 2 stars. So why not an average of 3? Because this book finally satisfied my craving for BSG that has been missing for a long time. The characters were true to the television program and this "side story" fit perfectly into the world that was created in the show. The previous book in the trilogy, "The Cylons' Secret," was pretty thin in comparison to this. If don't love the show, or never have seen it...skip. ...more
Kiwi
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Picked up randomly when I went to the library near my house (five minute walk; I'm so doomed) and saw Mary McDonnell's face on one of the shelves. I needed to read it.

Loved the story, loved the suspense, loved the multiple POVs. Thought all of the characters were captured very well--although I haven't watched the whole series, just random episodes here and there.

Mainly I loved getting into a version of Laura Roslin's head, no matter how frakked up it was during the duration. Loved being in a tea
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Tracie
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library_book
Fuck it, I'm just going to own this one, dudes. Yeah, I read a novel that is essentially BSG fan fiction. And I read it in a day because I couldn't put it down. This would have been a super awesome two-parter episode. It takes place after Roslin's cure but before Hera is born/New Caprica. The characters are faithfully handled and it's pretty suspenseful. I still was not comfortable being seen reading this, so I sort of wrapped it in a tshirt in my bag and only read it when no one could see me. S ...more
Teghan
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bsg, pop-culture
For a tv-tie in it was pretty good. I was initially attracted to it because it had Mary on the cover. Laura is my favourite character on BSG so I was intrigued to read more about her. This was unique because the book took place from her point-of-view. On the show, Mary is such a fabulous actor that we rarely know what Laura is thinking (always has her politician face on).

It was fun, dark and definitely captured the spirit of the show and could easily be considered part of the canon.
Ysabet
[mid-book comment] Every once in a while I pick up a piece of professional fanfic, and just about every time I regret it. Still, withholding judgment until the end.

[post-book comment] ...and it turned out just about as I expected, which is a little sad; Peter David's surprised me sometimes. This is not one of those times.
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Kelly
Sep 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: any fan of the new Battlestar Galactica
I actually read this awhile back. I am fan of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. I actually thought this book did really well following the universe of Battlestar Galactica and the characterizations were really well done but the book plot left a little something to be desired...if it was too predictable or not that original. Still a good, quick read for a fan of the series.
Jayne Lewis
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's nice to go inside the minds of the characters I so love I the television show. It's like... Professional fan fiction. And it was pretty good! Also it tied up the loose end of the Boxey character who was in the miniseries and never resurfaced. ...more
Scott Meesey
Of the 3 novels based on tv shows I've read over the last 3 months (the other 2 based on "Babylon 5" and "The X-Files"), this is the best. Even so, it's not stunning, simply an enjoyable read for those who know the characters and show. ...more
Nicole
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyable story and a quick read featuring familiar characters.
Kris Sellgren
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A fun read for a Battlestar Galactica fan. I have enjoyed many of David's Star Trek novels and some of his non-series science fiction. This is up to his usual standards. ...more
Tom
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book because I was aware of most of the characters from the TV show. I thought it played well with what they all were enduring at that time so I enjoyed the extra storyline.
Exanimis
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, sci-fi
this would have made a great episode in the TV series.
Richard
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Not a bad book, though you have a be an up to date Battlestar fan to know who all the characters are, to really enjoy the story.
Crazy Canuck Coder
Although I enjoyed reading this book, I struggled through the middle section of it. I would recommend this book to fans of the series but not to a casual viewer.
Heather
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story with a lot of characters involved. I liked all the stuff with Laura Roslin and all the parts with Sharon Valerii. Some humor, and some things to think about; overall a good book.
Corinne
Although I had problems with the writing, this book was a pleasant surprise. The plot caught my interest, and most of the character dialogue was spot-on.
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