Stargate SG-1: Oceans of Dust: SG1-18 Mass Market Paperback – Nov 16 2012
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I'd recommend this novel to all the fans and I hold out hope that Fandemonium are going to pick quality scripts like this one instead of some of the absolute awful ones that they have had printed in the past.
Looking forward to reading a possible follow up novel by this author.
Yes, there are 3 plots - the treachery of the goauld (so what else is new), an alien race that is ori-powerful and an outcast goauld that has some helpers as honest as T'ealc and Simmons (i.e. very good and very bad). Some would add a fourth - the dishonest businessman (it comes across as a political statement weak in the plot, but occupies too little % to call it a 4th plot line).
The plot line as a whole was quite good. It was very tedious. This author takes twice as long to tell the story as necessary - perhaps paid by the page. We know something of the original archeologists, but their rich history isn't used enough, like a footnote. The lady goauld is covered, but early and late and not in between - I mention that because she's critical to the plot but never really explored much except as a stereotype.
The wink ending was what it was. If only we could know more about the race that built the probe - that would be more the real SG-1 storytelling, but this was done by someone more interested in science fiction than in good storytelling
The minor use of Bra-tac was good, but all the dwelling on the disfiguration of caused by the lure was a good reason to yank at least one star. The author doesn't get it on that point - it was a negative to telling the story to hammer on that again and again. What we'd be better off knowing is more about the players on that renegage ship -who they are, how they got there. Instead we get some omniscient view that is way to impersonal for my tastes, and while it added to the plot, didn't add to the telling of the story. A good book should be a story and not just a plot.
The book was too long for the story it had to tell.
I feel that the proofreading could have been better as I have run into a number of typos and usage errors but that seems part of modern communications. This is the first SG1 book that I've enjoyed.