Item description for Stargate SG-1: Relativity: SG1--10 (Stargate Sg-1) by James Swallow...
Stargate Command's attempts to sign a treaty with the Pack, a race of gypsy space travellers, is jeopardised by a series of attacks from an unknown enemy. While searching for the perpetrators, Jack begins to suspect that the Pack are concealing a dangerous secret.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 4.25" Height: 6.75" Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Release Date Oct 25, 2007
Publisher Fandemonium Books
ISBN 1905586078 ISBN13 9781905586073
Availability 0 units.
More About James Swallow
James Swallow has written several books, including Star Trek: Titan--Synthesis", Star Trek: Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers" and Seeds of Dissent" (from Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Infinity's Prism"); the Sundowners quartet of "steampunk" science fiction Westerns (Ghost Town, Underworld, Iron Dragon" and Showdown"); the bestselling novelization of The Butterfly Effect"; The Flight of the Eisenstein", Faith and Fire" and Jade Dragon"; the 2000 AD tie-ins Eclipse, Blood Relative" and Whiteout"; Stargate Atlantis: Halcyon"; and the Blood Angels duology Deus Encarmine" and Deus Sanguinius". In addition, Swallow's short fiction has appeared in Inferno!" and Stargate" magazine, the anthologies Star Trek Voyager: Distant Shores", the Doctor Who Short Trips collections Dalek Empire" and Destination Prague", Something Changed", Collected Works, What Price Victory" and Silent Night". His nonfiction includes Dark Eye: The Films of David Fincher" and books on writing, genre television, and animation; he has also written for Star Trek: Voyager, Doctor Who" and Space 1889", along with several scripts for audio and videogames.
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Really Liked It Aug 6, 2008
I hesitated to buy this book because of the mixed reviews, but I have to admit it's one of my favorite ones from Fandemonium. I thought the author had the characters' personalities down pat and found the story to be very enjoyable to read. I had trouble putting the book down! The story itself was very well put together. Things are revealed slowly to keep the suspense and allow the reader to develop his/her own theories. The author reveals clues appropriately and it was fun to then put all the pieces together and realize what's going on. I also loved that one of the questions asked in the book is never answered. It was a nice touch. Two things bothered me about the book, however, but they were very minor. As with many of these books, the author had some of the naming wrong. Within SG-1, each character has a specific name for every other character. For example, Jack does not call Daniel "Jackson", but "Daniel". Teal'c does not call Sam "Carter", but "MajorCarter", etc. The other issue I have with the Fandemonium books is the typos and spelling errors. There were a few throughout the book, and I always cringe when I see them. I realize not everyone has enjoyed this one, but I really did. I was a great team story (Jack/Sam/Daniel/Teal'c).
Halcyon was much better. Jun 20, 2008
I am an avid Stagate fan and have read many of the novels. Although I did enjoy Halcyon by this author, I agree with the comment that the characters do not seem consistent. I was surpised to find that someone else thought the same thing about the Teal'c "Colonel" line. When I read that line it was very frustrating, but I wanted to give the author the benefit of the doubt as I really enjoyed his Stargate Atlantis novel. Overall this is an ok story that did have some very interesting and creative ideas it just wasn't up to the author's usual standards. A fair read.
I hope the other reviewers will not give up on James Swallow as he is really good author.
Slow start, classic finish May 23, 2008
The story starts out a little bit slow and confusing, and takes a while to gain momentum. When everything finally clicks into place, the action is classic SG-1. I think the title of the book, "Relativity" is sort of a pun as regards to two of the characters, but I won't spoil that surprise.
TV Characters in the story are: Jack O'Neill, Sam Carter, Teal'c, Daniel Jackon, General Hammond, Dr. Warner, Dr. Lee, and Vice President Kinsey. Also playing a central role are the Re'Tu and the Aschen. Just like other Aschen-related story lines from the TV series, this one includes time travel to stop an ill-advised treaty. Most of the characters are depicted pretty well, except for Hammond who seems a little flat. Kinsey is expertly portrayed. While not the best novel in this series, it is satisfactory if you can push past the slow start.
If you are a fan, save your money. Feb 26, 2008
Chapter 1 started on page 7. On page 8 the author wrote, "I would doubt that this valley has ever seen vegetation of any kind, Colonel." Which would have been a fine line, if it hadn't been Teal'c speaking. I should have stopped reading right there. If Teal'c ever addressed Jack by rank alone, or anything other than O'Neill, I'll eat my zat. Add to the awful voicing of the main characters, the fact that the author avoided character development of several of his own key characters to try and build some kind of a surprise ending and you get a book full of new folks you really don't care about. Now, while NOT inventing a new foe is fine, if your story revisits a System Lord, rehashing a civilization who weren't all that interesting the first OR second time the TV show went there, made no sense. You could fly a Goa'uld mothership through the plot holes in this book, before even discussing the alternate timeline. And by the end of the book the Pack are fighting their uncharacteristically agressive foes, in space, with landing craft, forgetting that on page 31 the author gave them a PAIR of Goa'uld motherships. I'm not going to bother buying Halcyon.
Original and Well-Written Feb 20, 2008
I've read most of the Stargate SG-1 novels from Fandemonium, and thought this was one of the best. It involves time travel and alternate timelines. Not to give too much away, but Jack meets an older version of himself. There are a few things in the plot that don't quite make sense, but that tends to happen when time travel is involved. For the most part, it holds together well, and includes some interesting twists that provide opportunities for plumbing the souls of the characters.
The author does a pretty good job with characterization, even though he is apparently not a Stargate fan fiction writer, like some of the other SG-1 authors used by Fandemonium. He makes a few mistakes that a fan wouldn't, such as having Jack refer to Daniel as "Jackson," but gets the essence of the characters right, and most of the details, too. I enjoyed this novel.