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  • Mongoose B5 novels no more.

    To quote Matthew Sprange, from this thread on the official Mongoose forums:
    Hi guys,

    We have agreed to drop the entire novels project - it really wasn't going to go anywhere.

    In their place, we have a new B5-related project waiting in the wings. More news on this soon!
    I'm guessing there will be some dancing on the grave of this project after all that has happened. However, I personally don't really any particular strong ill will towards mr. Sprange or the folks at Mongoose, but it seems they simply were not equipped for handling a project of this type, and didn't have the proper experience or expertise, so after all the problems they've had the project folding now might not be a bad thing.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Shabaz View Post
    To quote Matthew Sprange, from this thread on the official Mongoose forums:
    I'm guessing there will be some dancing on the grave of this project after all that has happened. However, I personally don't really any particular strong ill will towards mr. Sprange or the folks at Mongoose, but it seems they simply were not equipped for handling a project of this type, and didn't have the proper experience or expertise, so after all the problems they've had the project folding now might not be a bad thing.
    I'm personally dancing up a storm on this one

    I'd rather have no new B5 stuff then things on the calibur (or worse!) than Books 1-6 & 8. And I also have a hard time supporting a company that had it's PR outlet throw out as many straight-up lies as this one did about the whole thing.

    Good riddance.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Kevin View Post
      I'm personally dancing up a storm on this one

      I'd rather have no new B5 stuff then things on the calibur (or worse!) than Books 1-6 & 8. And I also have a hard time supporting a company that had it's PR outlet throw out as many straight-up lies as this one did about the whole thing.

      Good riddance.
      I think it was a pity, even though I only expected stories the caliber of books 1-6 & 8. Plus Claudia Christian's book, perhaps.
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      • #4
        i was very plesantly surprised when i got a definative answer to my post, most unusal.

        i still have the original B5 books... some of them were real bad for sure.
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        • #5
          Haha...i'm reading through them. I'm on 9 now, which I'm surprised to find is actually one of the better novels I've read period. Not just good for a fiction based on a show. I was excited for Claudia's book, but not so much the others. Would have bought them all though, rabid collector that I am.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kevin View Post
            I'd rather have no new B5 stuff then things on the calibur (or worse!) than Books 1-6 & 8. And I also have a hard time supporting a company that had it's PR outlet throw out as many straight-up lies as this one did about the whole thing.
            Agreed. This project was just not turning out well.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by SmileOfTheShadow View Post
              Haha...i'm reading through them. I'm on 9 now, which I'm surprised to find is actually one of the better novels I've read period. Not just good for a fiction based on a show.
              Why be surprised? It's widely known that #7 and #9 were the only good, canon ones of the Dell bunch. I mean, there's a reason that those were the only ones reprinted by Del Rey.


              I was excited for Claudia's book, but not so much the others. Would have bought them all though, rabid collector that I am.
              I would have bought Claudia's book, as a curiosity, and thought of it as more or less fan fiction.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by KoshN View Post
                I would have bought Claudia's book, as a curiosity, and thought of it as more or less fan fiction.
                I wouldn't have. Call me spiteful but I wouldn't want to reward her that way, especially since her book was supposedly about a storyline that never would have existed if not for her leaving the show.

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                • #9
                  ^ Spiteful.

                  lol ... I understand where you're coming from. As much as I personally like the character of Lochley, I wish Susan would have been there through the end.

                  I can only imagine who SHE would have met in "Day of the Dead" ...
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by OmahaStar View Post
                    ^ Spiteful.
                    I can only imagine who SHE would have met in "Day of the Dead" ...
                    Mmm...talia....
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SmileOfTheShadow View Post
                      Mmm...talia....
                      Oh wait, she's not dead. lol. Maybe...they can make her dead?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jan View Post
                        I wouldn't have. Call me spiteful but I wouldn't want to reward her that way, especially since her book was supposedly about a storyline that never would have existed if not for her leaving the show.

                        Jan
                        "Spiteful." Good point, though.

                        I am most angry with Claudia because she's the reason we lost the ability to have Marcus in Crusade (Ref. http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-16999 ), and she's the reason we got Lochley/Scoggins for post-2261 B5 and Crusade stories.

                        I don't know how well JMS's original ideas for Claudia in 2261+ would have worked out, but I hope it would have been better than what we got with the Lochley character.

                        I also hope that Jerry, Claudia and Pat show up in future B5 stories (e.g. B5-TLT). It'd be great to see fences mended and everybody back in the fold.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KoshN View Post
                          "Spiteful." Good point, though.

                          I am most angry with Claudia because she's the reason we lost the ability to have Marcus in Crusade (Ref. http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-16999 ), and she's the reason we got Lochley/Scoggins for post-2261 B5 and Crusade stories.

                          I don't know how well JMS's original ideas for Claudia in 2261+ would have worked out, but I hope it would have been better than what we got with the Lochley character.

                          I also hope that Jerry, Claudia and Pat show up in future B5 stories (e.g. B5-TLT). It'd be great to see fences mended and everybody back in the fold.

                          Wow, I never knew that. Having Marcus would have been very, very cool.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KoshN View Post
                            "Spiteful." Good point, though.

                            I am most angry with Claudia because she's the reason we lost the ability to have Marcus in Crusade (Ref. http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-16999 ), and she's the reason we got Lochley/Scoggins for post-2261 B5 and Crusade stories.
                            That IS interesting!

                            Does that mean that Ivanova would have saved Marcus back? (I mean that she would have saved him after he saved her (damn inexact language))
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                            • #15
                              JMS may have said it ... but I have never been clear on how the Claudia situation threw the spanner into the works for Marcus in Crusade.

                              When the decision was made that Marcus would sacrifice himself to save Ivanova's life, there was no expectation of a fifth season, and no one knew that (if there was) Claudia wouldn't be returning. Obviously is that had been known ahead of time, then presumably JMS would have allowed Ivanova to die whilst Marcus expended everything he had to get there and save her but fail to do so (or have the guilt-racked Ivanova find a way to sacrifice herself in turn to save Marcus). In which case Marcus was free to take part in Crusade.

                              How does any of this make Claudia responsible for Marcus not being in Crusade?
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