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I've read another SGA book before and I wasn't very impressed by it. And I know so much about the show's behind the scenes that I was skeptical I could detach myself enough to immerse in any sort of SG book. This was indeed a bit hard to do at first: I knew that the real reason Wraith ships were dark and foggy was to help Mark Savela's Visual Effects team; I knew that, in the TV show, young Torren was worked in as a result of Rachel Lutrell's real pregnancy; I even amused myself finding no scene in the books where Todd the Wraith and Halling the Athosian were together, because I knew there were both played by the same, wonderful Christopher Heyerdahl. And I immediately got the "Anderson" reference when Gen. O'Neill thought that young sergeant reminded him of someone.
But these books are so carefully conceived, I soon had no problem transporting into their universe and devouring them page by page, all six of them!
Here's why you should read these books if you're a Stargate fan:
- There's an arc encompassing all 6 of them, and there are several smaller arcs for each one. It's a hexalogy, in the same way that LOTR is a trilogy.
- Each character is carefully contoured and represented. Even minor ones. Every detail that 38 minutes on TV were not enough for has found home here.
- Characters that are less starry but much loved by fans are given plenty of screen time. If you liked Major Lorne or dr. Zelenka, you'll have your share of them.
- The books are really progressively getting better. Each one is a nicer read than the previous -- and the first is quite good to start with.
- The authors have done their homework extremely well. Not only have they researched the show thoroughly, often making quite obscure references to events all throughout the 15 years of SG history, but there is much military, medical, aeronautical, psychological, astronavigational, philological, philosophical and theological realism in the entire text.
- The stories are good. The overall arc outcome is largely predictable, but the idea itself is certainly good. There are many other stories, small or large, and even some false starts, that are very enjoyable to follow. They are what keep you turning page after page. These are the type of stories that Joe Mallozzi should wish he had come up with -- and if he had, perhaps the show would still be running today.
- Shifting perspective. You'll find not only Atlantis arcs, but great Wraith stories, Genii viewpoints or Satedan intermezzos. Other than the main antagonist -- who might have been better served by a more poignant representation -- everyone has a vivid life and the reader cares about them all. There are no minor characters in these books.
- Clever solutions. Show fans are bothered by inconsistencies or realism issues that sometimes crept into the TV scripts. These books try to patch up many of them, inventing intelligent backgrounds that give sense to things. Even the obnoxious "universal English" issue is worked around, not by means of an awkward explanation, but by smartly using it as a small plot device a number of times.
- Comedy. Humour is produced using the same methods as in the TV show, which is more than good enough. There aren't any slapstick jokes and pies flying around, but subtle puns mostly addressed to the true SG fan.
- Drama. There are questions that the books create, that the reader simply can't imagine being answered in any specific way. Second to action, being genuinely curious to see what the answer will be is a great page turning incentive.
- Action. It's there, all right. Action is utterly cinematic and visual; most of the last book is nothing but pulse-raising action. It's complex without being confusing, you never forget who's doing what, and it helps the general narrative rather than impending it (as it unfortunately was in some TV episodes).
The only thing I didn't like: a number of spelling mistakes (at least in the Kindle edition), and bad Czech.
I started reading these books on my Kindle / phone to pass time on a long flight; by the sixth book, I found myself turning pages at 1 after midnight or even while walking on the street. I can honestly say that I liked them more than the actual TV show.