Item description for Stargate Atlantis: Blood Ties: SGA--8 (Stargate Atlantis) by Sonny Whitelaw...
The Atlantis team return from the Pegasus Galaxy to investigate a Wraith sighting on Earth. Teaming up with members of SG-1, they soon discover that the Wraith aren't the only monsters stalking human prey.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 3.75" Height: 6.75" Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Release Date Feb 25, 2008
Publisher Fandemonium Books
ISBN 1905586086 ISBN13 9781905586080
Reviews - What do customers think about Stargate Atlantis: Blood Ties: SGA--8 (Stargate Atlantis)?
Does have character issues but many overstated Sep 18, 2008
I admit I do see a few of the characters as a little off in this book, but nowhere near the extent so ranted about by previous writers. I do not like driving a book into the ground just because you personally dislike the authors. The original character-Rebecca-is at times overly ideal but she serves a definite purpose that is clear when you actually finish reading the book. I admit McKay may not be fairly treated, however, he is NOT a major player in this adventure and should not be a complete topic of judgement. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was amazing in the way it took real events here on Earth and the Atlantis universe we so love and blended them so believably. If Wraith were real I would believe this to be a true account! I think Daniel tends to steal the show for a while, but otherwise I really enjoyed it and wish others would not judge it on a few hiccups. They should try writing a novel with this much information and facts and see how they do, probably not this well! Besides, the show messes up the characters personalities at times too-we still watch it and LOVE it!
Wow Jul 18, 2008
This is by far one of my favorite Stargate books. It was incredible and I can see a sequel out of it.
terrible story and very disappointing Jun 11, 2008
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 I cannot understand why they do not publish more by these authors.
Without a doubt the worst Stargate novel yet Jan 24, 2008
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.
In this novel ( set late season three) he is reduced to an arrogant cowardly waste of oxygen who is incapable of controlling himself in any way. He suffers a full blown panic attack after being told of the books major threat (which is not actually as threatening as the things he faces on a weekly basis on the show) and behaves appallingly throughout, loudly discussing classified information in front of the general public and holding up scientific enquiry with his immaturity and general unpleasantness. Even if you ignore the canon representation of the character, there is no way that the Dr McKay depicted here would ever have been trusted with secrets that could comprimise planetary security, let alone allowed to be the chief scientist of the Atlantis Expedition. He is suppposed to be the smartest person in two galaxies, even allowing for his (many) personality flaws. Here he is reduced to a two dimensional object of derision for the other characters, who constantly roll their eyes and smirk, puncturing his pomposity with their superior wit and timing, even the ones who are supposed to be his friends. At one point Elizabeth Weir (here a rather unpleasant, shallower version of herself) removes him from a science meeting like a naughty child because he just can't control himself.
The other characters don't fare much better, generally two dimensional (Weir, Sheppard) or idealised (Zelenka, Jackson). Most of the actual development seems to have gone into the original female character. This was also a problem in Exogenesis, although as that character had less interaction with the leads it was less obvious. I don't know about other readers, but I don't buy the Stargate books (easy-reading fluff that they are) to read pages upon pages about how wonderful the authors pet creation is.
Nobody expects these books to be high art, but I at least expect to see the characters I tune in for every week. Hopefully this will pass when the new episodes start, but I think this book actually made me like the Stargate franchise less than I did before I read it.
I probably own several thousand books, from classic works of literature to light, fun, filler books like the Stargate tie-ins, and as I stated before, this is the only book I've ever paid good money for, read once and thrown straight in the bin.
Can we make this an episode? Jan 20, 2008
I really enjoyed the detail of the book and how it explored everything from a unique planet to Iraq. I could visualize everything occuring just as it does in the series. Having Daniel Jackson with the Atlantis team was even better. In addition, an interesting storyline was presented in regards to the Wraith DNA being in humans. This is a must read for any Stargate fan!