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  • Marsden
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    I thought Peter David's mentioning of Vir's involvement in A Call to Arms events in the Centauri Trilogy explaned things really well. But I can't say enough to praise the Centauri Trilogy. I think it's the only book I've wanted to start again right after finishing it.

    I haven't gotten the adaptations, but I think I will get the 2 Peter David wrote based on this and other good things I've heard.

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  • KoshN
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    Originally posted by OmahaStar View Post
    Depends on who is doing them.

    ThirdSpace and In the Beginning (both by Peter David) really fleshed things out - including having Lennier in, as already mentioned. ItB also developed the Senna character - she was the woman watching over the two Centauri kids in Londo's palace in the movie. She takes a sort of starring role in the Centauri Prime trilogy also by Peter David.

    The other novelization, A Call to Arms, is rubbish. I understand Robert Sheckley was a rather well-regarded author before this attempt at toilet paper, but he managed to give us a real stinker. He did give a half-hearted attempt at fleshing out the Drake character by giving us about a paragraph on his backstory. There, I found one positive thing about it.
    I wholeheartedly agree with that! 99.999% of what Sheckley added to "A Call to Arms" was rubbish, hokey and completely out of place and wrong. I put this novelization with Dell #4 and #5 as the worst B5 novels or novelizations ever printed. There were only a couple of minor things that I didn't "get" in the movie, that he clarified for me. They were completely overshadowed by the crap he added.

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  • Jan
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    I always wondered what happened that there was no novelization of "The Gathering". JMS posted that there would be.

    BTW, spoke today with the leading SF writer who I approached about doing
    the B5 novelization of "The Gathering." It's a job I'd very much wanted to do
    myself, but the time factor won't allow for that. So of all the writers I
    could think of, this was my first choice. Was very curious to see his
    reaction, since this would be the first time anyone well known in the SF
    writing community has seen the thing.

    Let's just say that he's agreed to do the novelization, and that he
    thinks it's terrific. And that the novelization should be no tribble at all.
    (a reference to David Gerrold, just in case it's not obvious)

    Jan

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  • OmahaStar
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    Originally posted by WillieStealAndHow View Post
    How are the novelizations anyway?
    Depends on who is doing them.

    ThirdSpace and In the Beginning (both by Peter David) really fleshed things out - including having Lennier in, as already mentioned. ItB also developed the Senna character - she was the woman watching over the two Centauri kids in Londo's palace in the movie. She takes a sort of starring role in the Centauri Prime trilogy also by Peter David.

    The other novelization, A Call to Arms, is rubbish. I understand Robert Sheckley was a rather well-regarded author before this attempt at toilet paper, but he managed to give us a real stinker. He did give a half-hearted attempt at fleshing out the Drake character by giving us about a paragraph on his backstory. There, I found one positive thing about it.

    There were no published novelizations of Legend of the Rangers, The Gathering or River of Souls (though an author did write several drafts of the RoS novel, the publisher decided against publishing it).

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  • Delenn_of_Mir
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    Thank DaveNarn!

    And yes, we do get a bit more about the Vorlons through Lyta's point of view.

    @WillieStealAndHow

    The novelizations are all very good. They all tend to add a little bit of material that wasn't included in the movies to flesh stuff out, and I quite enjoyed them. "In the beginning is my favorite, followed by "Thirdspace," and am just starting. "A call to arms, but so far it's my least favorite".

    I felt like "Thirdspace" added the most material.

    I wish they would do Crusade novels!!!!!

    Any novel that is canon is worth the read, in my B5anatic opinion, anyway.

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  • David Panzer
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    How are the novelizations anyway?

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  • DaveNarn
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    Good review.

    Thirdspace had a lot to take in the first time I saw it.

    I've read varying degrees of explanations about the Vorlons from different reviews of this movie so the book is bound to shed more light on them too.

    Your right about Lennier, I can't remember him being in this movie either

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  • Delenn_of_Mir
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    Thirdspace Novel

    I read the Thirdspace novelization last night, and I really enjoyed it! Peter David does an excellent job with the characterization and getting the language and details right. As far as I can tell, anyway. Plus he had JMS outlines to use, so that makes them even better!

    My favorite character from Thirdspace is Dr. Trent. I liked her a lot in the movie, and I especially enjoy her and Sheridan's interactions in the book.

    I need to rewatch the movie, but I don't recall any of the Lennier scenes, which I also quite enjoyed, which the B story with the brothers played into nicely.

    The Introduction in the book gives me goosebumps!!! After reading it, I was like, "wow" now this is how you write an introduction!!!

    Lots of Lyta and Ivanova, another plus. And I understand and appreciate Zack Allan a lot more, as well.

    I'm actually kind of visually impaired, in some ways, and so when I watch a movie, or a tv show I tend to miss a lot of obvious clues and I forget stuff very quickly. That's why I love novelizations so much because the written words help me to better understand what is going on.

    Anyway, I just really enjoyed the book and wanted to write about it

    I have "A Call to Arms" to read next!
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