Stargate books - Sunrise

  • Apr. 18th, 2011 at 11:40 AM
pepper: Pile of old books (Books)
Mags's post about Four Dragons reminded me that I've not reviewed it myself. And I won't right now, because I can't remember much about it other than I didn't find it very interesting and it didn't really help redeem the series in my eyes. I'll come back to that one.

But Sunrise, the next novel, turned up on Saturday, and I read it, and while it's fresh in my brain...

Hoorah, I love the novels again! Spoilers below. )

Non-spoilery summation: it kept me interested, it kept me reading until past my bedtime, the characters felt true to the show, and aside from some minor doubts about the climax, I liked the storytelling. It won't be to everyone's taste due to some shippy bits, but they're not central to the story. So, yeah, infinitely better.

tl;dr on the Stargate books

  • Mar. 30th, 2010 at 2:11 PM
pepper: Pile of old books (Books)
Looking back through my tags, I realise that I've either not reviewed some of the Stargate novels, or I've not tagged them properly (dammit). The missing ones are Sacrifice Moon, A Matter of Honor, The Cost of Honor, Roswell, The Barque of Heaven, and Hydra. So, before the next four (whee!) come out, and because I am slightly obsessive-compulsive about completing things...

ETA: Links to more recent reviews are being added as and when written.

The list. )

I've tried not to completely ruin them for anyone who's planning on reading them, but consider yourself warned, there are plenty of spoilers. I've tried to separate them out, for people who've read some but not others.

Sacrifice Moon )

A Matter of Honor / The Cost of Honor )

Roswell )

The Barque of Heaven )

Hydra )

The rest of the novels, a brief overview )

So, there - my thorts, you have had them.

Valhalla review 2.0

  • Mar. 29th, 2010 at 10:32 AM
pepper: Pile of old books (Books)
So, after all that, I had a long train journey on Saturday, took Valhalla along, and read it properly - and quite enjoyed it. *g*

Reviewing it properly this time. )

Mar. 26th, 2010

  • 1:22 PM
pepper: Jack O'Neill, caption "Oy." (Oy)
*cries* Valhalla (Stargate novel #14), you are keeeeeeeeeeeelling me!

I keep trying, I do, but you are just so mind-numbingly dull. I just don't want to read 2½ pages (two and a half!) of Jonas walking into a room. I do not need a description of the security scanner, how he built the security scanner, his plans to fix the speed with which the door closes, the people in the room, what the people have in front of them (laptops, papers, writing instruments, and "beverage mugs", apparently - how "beverage mugs" differ from just plain mugs, aside from in the lengthiness of their name, I don't know), what the people are wearing, the walls, the size of the table, and the colour and construction of the frickin' floor tiles.

The floor tiles were the last straw. I don't care how many Vikings you may contain, I'm not convinced much will happen with them except a lengthy description of their clothing, their eating habits, their relationships with one another, their weaponry, their fighting styles, the surrounding vegetation, the ground, the sky, &c. &c.

I'm sorry, Valhalla; I am skim-reading you.

ETA (not crossposting to LJ atm, because I don't know if it's posting new versions of the same thing, or just updating the old one): I want to share more of the pain. The tiles are "a bland gray that reminded Jonas of an Earth breakfast food called oatmeal, for which he'd never managed to develop a taste."

Seriously. If I actually needed to know about the tiles – and I would strenuously argue that I don't – couldn't they just be gray? Does gray really need to be qualified as "bland"? Are there some exciting shades of gray out there? And do they not have anything on Langara to which the gray of the floor tiles could be compared? Do they not grow cereal crops? What do they eat for breakfast on Langara, anyway? Bacon? Is this the secret of Jonas's "quick study" abilities?

Stargate books - Do No Harm

  • Jun. 16th, 2008 at 12:34 PM
pepper: Pepperpot (Camoflage Jack)
Do No Harm - short review:


Incidentally, it's got me interested in a part of Jack and Sam's history that I've always kind of avoided--Iraq. I had a prompt, a while back, to write something about that, so I'm doing some digging now. I've started reading one of the books I already knew about - Bravo Two Zero, by Andy McNab. There's also another version of that particular incident by Chris Ryan, which I'll probably look up (opinions seem to vary as to which is more 'true'). But does anyone have any other recommendations for reading around that time and part of history, i.e. the first Gulf War?
ETA: I knew I was forgetting something. Seen most recently with... practically everyone: 

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on something, favorite type of underwear, explain an interest, whatever.

Stargate book club

  • Jun. 11th, 2008 at 12:27 PM
pepper: Pepperpot (Default)
Much yayness for Do No Harm. Admittedly I'm only on page 54, but it is very... grown-up and thinky and interesting, so far. Plus Janet called Jack the cuddly mascot of the Tough Love Club, and there's a very interesting back-story for Dave Dixon (was he really only in Heroes? I could've sworn he was in more eps). Good stuff.

Whilst I'm on the subject of Stargate books...


More about Do No Harm when, er, I've actually finished reading it. 

Stargate books - Survival Of The Fittest

  • Apr. 25th, 2008 at 6:34 AM
pepper: Daniel Jackson looking at archaeology porn (Archaeology porn)
I realised (thanks, [profile] izzildor!) that I forgot to say anything much about Survival Of The Fittest, despite a) finishing it, and 2, or b) putting it on my recommended list (definitely my second favourite so far, after Sacrifice Moon).

So, some probably very disjointed thoughts, because omg 6:30am is way too early to be doing this:

So there you go.

Stargate books - Relativity

  • Apr. 23rd, 2008 at 11:56 AM
pepper: Pepperpot (Default)
Relativity. It's not bad, but my tolerance was too low this morning for me to enjoy it. When I find myself nitpicking the grammar, I maybe need to stop reading. 

Spoilers behind the cut.

In which I am unnecessarily harsh. )

ETA: I have commentfic! *loves [personal profile] syxp*

Books and stuff

  • Apr. 16th, 2008 at 6:57 PM
pepper: Pepperpot (Wheee)
Stargate: Gift Of The Gods on CD? I haz it. Ah, the dulcet tones of Michael Shanks, whispering in my ear on my journey to work.


Also, finished Stargate: Alliances, and... well, largely "meh" with a side order of "what happened to Teal'c?" I had more to say about it, but it seemed a little rude to go on about it. But now I'm reading Survival Of The Fittest, and it's terribly exciting, and Janet goes offworld!

*has glee*

  • Apr. 4th, 2008 at 12:38 PM
pepper: Pepperpot (Schmoop)
Spoilers for the Stargate novel, City Of The Gods )
Summary for those avoiding the spoilers:

Sam/Jack cliché-palooza! It only needs an alien sex farm, and for Sam to be marrying some complete loser, and they'd have the full set (and I hear one of those things happens in Alliances). Is it wrong that I'm this delighted to discover that some of the Stargate novels are essentially well-written badfic? :D And that I kind of want to write the missing hot spring scene? 

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