Monday, October 31

Book Review: Roswell

Title: Roswell (SG-1 #9)

Author: Sonny Whitelaw and Jennifer Fallon

Pages: 348

Summary: A stitch in time…

When a Stargate malfunction throws Colonel Cameron Mitchell, Dr. Daniel Jackson, Colonel Sam Carter and Teal’c back in time, they only have minutes to live. But their rescue, by an unlikely duo — General Jack O’Neill and Vala Mal Doran — is only the beginning of their problems. Ordered to rescue an Asgard also marooned in 1947, SG-1 find themselves at the mercy of history. While Jack, Daniel, Sam and Teal’c become embroiled in the Roswell aliens conspiracy, Cam and Vala are stranded in another timeline, desperately searching for a way home. As the effects of their interference ripple through time, the consequences for the future are catastrophic.

Trapped in the past, SG-1 can only watch as their world is overrun by a terrible invader…

My Rating: 8.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book started off a little slow, but it wasn't long before I was caught up in the nonstop action and surprising twists along the way.

The plot was great, the idea of time travel on the show has been done on the show, but a new idea of time travel made for a fun read, especially how they authors tied in certain elements on the show, some of which I've noticed and questioned was awesome! The elements of the books and show were not stretched but woven in, and I was really happy with how the authors handled it all. By the time I reached the climax of the book, I was at the edge of my seat.

The authors also did a fantastic job with the characters. They were very close, to the real deal, with all of their quarks and charm, and it was fun to see Vala and Jack work together - I wish they had more time together, they make quite the interesting duo.

What I didn't like, I had some issues with how time travel is handled, particularly some technical issues in the book that weren't looked at as closely. One other issue I have is something was addressed and mentioned in the book, that disregards an important event in the show, and I wish the reader had more time with the Vala- Cam timeline, instead of a second-hand account - but it was a fantastic read.

Would I recommend it to read: As with all the stargate books, only the fans of show. The character development and plots history are carried on from the show and previous books, so you would be lost. You really do need to have seen the entire series of SG1 and SGA to read the books.

What to read next: More Stargate SG-1 and SGA novels

Challenges: 100+ Challenge


  1. It's neat to hear that these books consistently impress you and that you always find something to enjoy in them. I haven't watched any of this series, so I doubt the books would be for me, but I like reading your perspective on them!

  2. Zibilee - Thanks! These books, like the show, are additive. I can't just read one, part of me wants to savour them, another devour them.