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Stargate Atlantis: Blood Ties: SGA-8 by [Whitelaw, Sonny, Christensen, Elizabeth]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 3395 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fandemonium Books; Mti edition (November 23, 2007)
  • Publication Date: February 25, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001WAK7SM
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By Sherri Quirke on January 4, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I buy a Stargate Atlantis novel, I'm reading it because I enjoy the Atlantis characters and I wish to read about them. I was mislead by this books summary into thinking it would let me do that. Instead, what I got was the adventures of the multi-talented Rebecca Larance (featuring guest appearances by Lt. Col. John Sheppard and Dr. Daniel Jackson).

Larance is a blatant Mary Sue. She's "gorgeous" and supposedly a "brilliant" profiler, without whom the SGC, despite being populated by sundry geniuses, can't proceed in its murder investigation, yet she does next to nothing to justify being there. She was also the one who did Sheppard's psychological evaluation before he went to Antarctica, so, of course, she "really understands" him. And that she choose to let her bad marriage end in divorce means that she completely understands all the important, potentially life threatening decisions that Sheppard has had to make since going to Atlantis, because her problems must be on the same level as his. In addition, not only does she have the ATA gene and another rare gene, but she is "the one", complete with a sad, sad, tragic childhood and her very own prophecy. (The books end also leaves the door to further adventures of Larance wide open.)

The plot, which is convoluted to the point of being ridiculous, reads like the authors wanted to write two or three books, but they just couldn't develop their ideas well enough to do so, opting instead to throw it all into one book and attempt to draw flimsy connections between things which didn't believably relate, all in-between stating that long held truths in the canon of the Stargate universe are wrong because their ideas are the real truth.

The characterization was bad enough to be cringe worthy, especially that of Dr. McKay.
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I was fully prepared to give this book a go. The author's first SGA book, The Chosen, wasn't terribly good. They didn't seem to have a firm handle on some of the main characters, but hey, it was an early book, a season one story, the characters were still settling into their personalities on the show, and the plot (although cliched) wasn't as bad as some of the other SG tie-ins. Their second book, Exogenesis, showed signs of improvement, characters not as grating, narrative tighter, things were looking up. This book however... I have never, in my life, thrown a book away until this one. From the bogged down plot to the "ultra perfect" original character who dominates the book, to the atrociously out of character main characters, Blood Ties is dreadful in nearly every respect. At several points in the story I couldn't help wondering if the authors had actually seen the show or just read broad outlines of certain characters personalities and improvised from there.

The main victim of this problem was Dr Rodney McKay, one of the shows more popular characters. In the show itself he is probably one of the better developed characters, self-confessed "petty, arrogant and bad with people", he nevertheless rises to the challanges set before him (while complaining mightily) and has shown unexpected bravery and loyalty on many occasions, despite his acerbic personality. He has also shown definate personality growth through the course of the four years SGA has been on the air, his flaws offset slightly by a certain geeky insecure charm and the fact that he has some of the wittiest lines. Thanks to the shows writers and the actor who plays him he is a firm fan favourite.
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I love SG1 and Atlantis and own all the novels. I have found that Sonny W and Elisabeth C 's novels to be poorly lacking in understanding the tv show or the characters. They often write as if they are removed from the characters or plot and do not follow the wonderful characters created by the tv show. They certainly do not understand the fun needed. I would highly recommend to anyone to read the STARGATE authors Sally Malcom, James Swallow and Martha Wells. I cannot understand why they do not publish more by these authors.
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Long before I was halfway through the book, I had already guessed certain key plot points for the remaining half and found the basic premise to be unlikely at best, even within the context of the Stargate franchise. The idea that thousands of people on Earth are somehow 'Wraith-lite' and actively feeding throughout recorded history, yet remain undiscovered until the events in the book strains credulity. This is accomplished despite the apparent lack of very visible mechanism that allows the canon Wraith to feed and the thousands of desiccated bodies that must have been produced.

Each chapter in the book is a complete setting change, hopping between locations and events until the reader must flip between pages to keep track of the plot. The book dates itself by involving the Atlantis characters in the Iraq war, something the shows have been careful never to mention or use as a setting, instead using a completely fictionalized universe. From there, we jump to telepathic dinosaurs from Earth's ancient past that have colonized a planet in the Pegasus galaxy and oversee an Ancient outpost. Next, we follow Wraith-lite sects across Earth and encounter a 'misunderstood' Wraith-lite sect where the author rationalizes 'real' vampires, werewolves, centaurs, minotaurs, etc. into the Stargate universe.

The protagonist introduced for this book, an amalgamation of both Mulder and Scully, demonstrates several Mary Sue traits. Before she obtains her superpowers, she appears in nearly every scene as the focus of the book, while being constantly haunted by her Tragic Past. The series' main characters become two-dimensional, accepting her unquestioningly and ignoring key warning signs.
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