Sunday, January 23

Book Review: Rising

Title: Rising (Stargate Atlantis #1)

Author: Sally Malcolm

Pages: 222

Summary: Atlantis will rise again…

Following the discovery of an Ancient outpost buried deep in the Antarctic ice sheet, Stargate Command sends a new team of explorers through the Stargate to the distant Pegasus galaxy.

Emerging in an abandoned Ancient city, the team quickly confirms that they have found the Lost City of Atlantis. But, submerged beneath the sea on an alien planet, the city is in danger of catastrophic flooding unless it is raised to the surface. Things go from bad to worse when the team must confront a new enemy known as the Wraith who are bent on destroying Atlantis.

Stargate Atlantis is the exciting new spin-off of the hit TV show, Stargate SG-1. Based on the script of the pilot episode, Rising is a must-read for all fans and includes deleted scenes and dialog not seen on TV

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This book won’t disappoint if you’re a fan of the show, and it ended up surprising me n how well done it was. In fact it was pretty much a carbon copy of the episode from the TV series, with the extra dialog and “scenes”, and some insight to what some of the characters are thinking, how and what they feel about other characters and certain events and things around them, which you don’t really get a lot of detail in from watching the show. I loved having one of my favourite shows in my hands in book form. They did a good job at keeping the classic Stargate humour intact, although if you’ve never watched the show, or have any clue what the show is about, you would be completely lost. There is little description or explanation on what is actually going on. You would have had to have knowledge of everything Stargate from SG-1 up to the beginning of season 8 to have any clue to what is happening.

My only complaint about the book is that I was hoping for a little more detail on things we never saw in the show, which is hard, when the book is literarily a carbon copy of the episode. But when the description on the back said there were extra scenes not seen on TV, I was expecting more than I got. The other books in the series aren’t about episodes, but about stories in-between what was shown on TV, so I think I will be happy with the results. But, it was still a fun read for me. I am dying to get my hands on the rest of the series.

Would I recommend it to read: Like with Hunt and Run (reviewed earlier this month) I’d only recommend the book to people who are fans of the show, otherwise you would be completely lost. You need to have seen SG-1 up to the end of season 7/beginning of season 8, to understand everything that is talked about in the book. But, it is still fun to read, and the series has some great characters that I now get to enjoy in print form!

What to read next: The rest of the series, I’m very interested in how some of the stories play out.

Challenges: 11 in 11 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, A - Z Challenge, Futerisic/Sci-Fi Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo, New Authors Challenge

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