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Stargate SG-1: City of the Gods: SG1 Mass Market Paperback – February 8, 2007

3.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
Book 4 of 25 in the STARGATE SG-1 Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Stargate Sg-1 (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fandemonium Books; Mti edition (February 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954734335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954734336
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Man, this was fantastic! Fans of the show absolutely must read this book. It's set near the end of Season 5, and follows up one of my all time favorite Season 3 episodes, Crystal Skull. I'd always wanted to know more about the skull and what happened between Daniel's grandfather Nick Ballard, and Quetzelcoatl but I never expected to have this huge story that includes an entire Aztec civilization. It was amazing! I mean, the author must know a lot about the Aztecs because the really incredible thing was that he tied it altogether exactly with the Goa'uld, the Mayan City of the Gods in Mexico, Teotihuacan, crystal skulls and Daniel's theory about aliens building the Egyptian pyramids. In between all that we had page turning drama and action, lots of angst between the team members, and a humongous volcanic eruption that makes the Last Day of Pompeii look teeny.

I especially loved the characterizations. The author nailed Jack O'Neill, and Daniel, and the banter between them was exactly like the show. Sam Carter wasn't just standing around mouthing off scientific stuff, either. Instead we really got some insights into how she thought and felt. I liked the scene between her and Janet Fraiser. Really, a very mature and logical approach to the whole shipper versus non-shipper argument. At the same time, the science that Sam explained made complete sense. And Tea'lc, wow, look for a really insightful conversation between him and Daniel Jackson!

I thought the `Daniel Jackson's diary' at the end of the book was a really neat touch. I've read a lot of behind the scenes books, but this explained the origins and interesting stuff about crystal skulls, Mayans and Aztecs. It was like an archeological paper written for real, but as if the Stargate and Goa'uld were for real.

Seriously, if you only ever read one Stargate book, make it this one! It's real homage to the show.
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This book has many good things about it, such as an interesting story, historical context, plenty of plot, and several references to previous novels and episodes of the show. A few things seemed a bit far-fetched, such as Daniel's rival archeologist friend going off the deep end by turning cannibal and pretending to be an Aztec god. But most of the story was believable, and the main characterizations were excellent.

The one thing that I found completely unacceptable is the fact that the author never follows through with her cliffhangers. The point of a cliffhanger is to end a scene with a dramatic situation in order to hook the reader so they continue reading. But if you don't follow through and deal with the problem presented in the cliffhanger, it cheats the reader out of that resolution.

Several times the author ends a chapter with a series of climactic events; for example, while Daniel is visiting an ancient temple in Mexico it collapses, leaving him trapped inside and knocked unconscious by falling rocks. As a reader, I was eager to know what happened: how he survived, how he escaped, all of that. However, the author altogether skips the resolution of Daniel's dilemma--the next day, Daniel is suddenly back home, safe and sound! He mentions the cave-in as though it were unimportant, reminding us how he got knocked out, and gee, wasn't it lucky that Teal'c happened to be right behind him in the temple and was able to drag him out of the building before it collapsed on them both....

In "City of the Gods", the author constantly leaves cliffhangers without being properly resolved. She diminishes the import of every climactic scene, because she repeatedly skips the resolution and, instead, later gives a brief summary of what happened.
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Adventure - check

Action - check

Drama - check

Characterisation - check

Humour - check

Fandemonium's fourth outing into the Stargate SG-1 universe is a compelling tale that pushes imagination beyond the boundaries of the show. Firmly and expertly rooted in Aztec mythology, City of the Gods takes the reader to places that would explode even the most extravagant TV budget and realises vistas and scenarios the show's producers could only dream of.

Monumental cities and temple precincts on a world in cataclysm - feel the tremors and sneeze at the brimstone - provide the backdrop for desperate, ferocious rites and a truly galactic showdown that features more hair's breadth escapes than you can shake a stick at. But for all its relentless action the book never loses sight of the characters. Daniel Jackson's learning, passion, and ingenuity are equally as well portrayed as Teal'c's quiet intelligence and occasional sense of displacement or the subliminal emotional minefields Jack O'Neill and Sam Carter find themselves navigating.

An additional bonus comes in the shape of seamless ties into previous episodes - including the very welcome, superbly tongue-in-cheek reappearance of Daniel's grandfather, Nick Ballard - and the references to Fandemonium's earlier novel, Sacrifice Moon.

In short, this is a true homage to the show's intelligence, imagination, and humour and a rollicking good read to boot.
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Half of the story is about blood and gore and all that. Sacrifices and what not.

The author should have stuck more with Nicholas and the Crystal skulls and the locations and culture and the sorting out of how to get things back on track and get rid of the minor g'oauld losers who have come in and made a mess of things. Those are the main points of the story line but the author dwells endlessly on the gore and human sacrifices and piles of real skulls and so on - along with endless descriptions of the religions.

This was a tedious book to read. It started, they made an alliance or two (with the children) the sort out the mystery, they set up the fix and plan their return - but the costumes, the mud, the rest was just filler, pulp, wasted words and a waster of my time. We should have learned more from the inhabitants about how they perceive things - that would be normal stargate. Instead the author just uses Jackson's knowledge to prattle on about names and stories that have the locals hardly involved in, except at the end of a knife or spear. I find that to be worth taking at least one star off.

Given the violence - this is supposed to be about SG-1 and should stick closer to how the players live, work and relate. Sadly, the author simply doesn't get it. I do not recommend this at all. It was a good idea at the powerpoint level, but the execution - if you'll pardon the pun, was terrible.
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