Archive for the ‘Novels’ Category

To Dream in the City of Sorrows

Two in one day!

This is perhaps my favorite Babylon 5 novel of all time, and why not? We get very little about what happened to Sinclair between the time he leaves Babylon 5 for Minbar and returns to take Babylon 4 into the past. What ever happened to Catherine Sakai and the history of Marcus Cole are also questions every fan wants to know and we get those questions answered in To Dream in the City of Sorrows. Sinclair is frustrated and has to push the issue to get answers about what the Minbari want with him, and he is surprised by the answer. Fate seems to want to keep Cathrine separated from Jeff, but that doesn’t stop her from getting to Minbar. And when Marcus’ younger brother William appears on the family mining station, Marcus can’t believe what his brother has to tell him – until events tragically prove William right. Can Sinclair become Entil’za as the Minbari (well most of them) want and still retain what makes himself human? Oh, and we meet our second Vorlon to this point chronologically, and Ulrich is no Kosh.

Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

Hi all. Sorry its been a while. I actually have some B5 reviews to do. I just haven’t gotten to them. . . Hopefully soon I can get back on track . . .

In the mean time, I just finished reading the latest Star Wars book: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. It was very enjoyable! Plenty of adventure and danger and all our favorite heroes are there and they act just as you would expect them to. I love the way Han has enormously long names for several of the characters: Luke is Luke I’m going after Vader and Palpatine alone (or something close to this)! Luke is a bit disillusioned, but after the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, I guess you can’t blame him for having a lot to work through. Everyone gets a moment in the spotlight, even the droids.

This book takes place several months after the original trillogy and after The Truce at Brakura. An evil enemy, one of the Emperor’s hands named Shadowspawn, has been attacking the fledgling New Republic. Luke leads a force to deal with it. Of course Shadowspawn has laid a trap for the Jedi. Of course Han and Leia have to go after Luke.

But don’t think that this is just fluf. Their is a lot of talk about light and dark and what they mean, and we get a look at our hero’s images in the galaxy’s popular culture and what it means to them. It’s no surprise that Han takes that easier than Luke does^^;

This is a standalone book that doesn’t really affect the overall Star Wars univverse, but it sure is a fun romp. Highly recommended for fans and for non-fans who want something that will make them laugh.

Babylon 5: In the Beginning – the Novelization

This is my favorite of the movie novelizations. There are several reasons for this. We get some scenes that were not included in the movie, and beter yet, we get more of Londo’s naration and internal monologue, much of which is quite funny. It is also interesting that Londo still has a sense of humor, no matter how dry, in spite of where he is in hils life.