11 Responses

  1. Alan
    November 26, 2009 at 7:09 pm |

    Thanks for the review! Definitely going to get this!

  2. Mrja84
    November 27, 2009 at 6:31 pm |

    My only question is whether the novel is canon or not?

    Cause at any point the TPTB could decided, “we think it would be better to do it this way, good thing we didn’t air that scene in the pilot”.

  3. Mrja84
    November 28, 2009 at 2:08 am |

    Well, I meant in general the character-specific stuff not just whatever the scene with Young is.

    So while I’d like to read it for more insight, since it’s not canon than I’d rather not.

    If stories don’t affect/connect the others in the show, than that’s just fan fiction to me.

    But very interesting maybe they’re be a bit more strict with character continuity with this series.

  4. mistergroenevingers
    November 28, 2009 at 3:22 pm |

    Little note to the author. The three-part episode actually totals around 2 hours and 8 minutes, not three hours as you mentioned. I know there’s a lot of commercials over there in the States but here in Europe it’s a different story (thank god).

    On another note. Even though I hardly ever read a book I can imagine that it could make for a more engrossing experience. But I think the biggest advantage of reading a book would be that you have to use your imagination to ‘picture’ the story. After already having seen a tv episode this process is however severely distorted because you are basically following the director’s imagination of the story. In that respect reading the book after having seen the tv episode would be like having ‘mustard after the meal’ (a literal translation of a Dutch proverb).

    Personally I don’t understand the decision to write the novel(s) now. The episodes we’ve seen so far really weren’t THAT good. When books like the ‘Harry Potter’ series you mentioned or ‘The Lord of the Rings’ for example are made into movies, it makes sense, but this doesn’t.

    Now if a writer took the basic underlying story of SGU, eg. people travel through the stargate to a spaceship far far away on a pre-plotted course and they get stuck and can’t get back and so have to survive, and then created his own plot from there completely ignoring the tv episodes in the process, now THAT would be worth reading. In my humble opinion.

  5. the_big_bad
    November 29, 2009 at 8:14 am |

    Is there nothing you guys won’t give a positive review to regarding Stargate? This ‘book’ is silly at best. I’d much prefer to see a real and honest review of something attached to the show than to struggle through a review intentionally spun with positive notes. It’s okay not to like something related to Stargate; it doesn’t make your little website any less entertaining or informative. I’ve seen this kind of review all to often on here, be it an episode or merchandise. I knew before reading that you’d have some sort of positive reaction to the book, as with everything else.

  6. Darren
    November 29, 2009 at 8:52 am |

    @the_big_bad: A largely negative review of SGU‘s “Life,” published simultaneously with this review.

    Also, if you don’t like the way we do things, you are welcome to start your own Web site. Our reviewer (a Stargate fan) liked the book (a Stargate novel). Why should that surprise you?

  7. Sam1976
    December 2, 2009 at 8:26 am |

    You should listen to some of the podcasts of Darren and David. They usually have a good mixture of positive and negative reviews on subjects relating to Stargate although I have to admit that I sometimes would like a little less diplomacy (without being insulting of course).

    Regarding Canon, I remember Sabine C. Bauer (one of the authors of the novels) telling a story at a convention about being at the studio and actually talking ideas with the producers. So, I am rather sure there is a close cooperation. I also would assume that this will be the only novelization of an episode. At least that is what they did with the other books.

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