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Sagittarius Is Bleeding (Battlestar Galactica) [Hardcover]

Peter David , Ronald D. Moore
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3 Oct 2006 Battlestar Galactica (Book 3)
President Laura Roslin bears a heavy burden. Since becoming the president of the twelve human colonies when the Cylons brutally attacked and destroyed all but a small remnant of humanity's billions, she has been the voice of civil authority, counterbalancing the military leadership of Commander Adama of the Battlestar Galactica. President Roslin has been a source of inspiration to the tens of thousands who survive on Galactica and the other colonial ships. They look to her for honesty, integrity, and courage. For fairness and an evenhanded rule. And most importantly, for the prophecy she has shared with them. Earth, the fabled home of the lost colony, can be found. She has seen this in a vision which has the power of truth. Recently, though, her dreams have been darker, of a galaxy overrun by Cylons...Is she having visions of an inevitable future? Or are these terrible dreams caused by powerful medication she's been taking? More dangerously, the Midguardians, radicals who believe that the end of humanity is coming soon, have learned of Roslin's dreams and taken them as a sign. Now, the Midguardians prepare to act. President Roslin faces the most important decision of her life, should she tell Commander Adama about the Midguardians, and risk being imprisoned again as a traitor, or dare she keep her secret, and possibly endanger the future of the entire fleet...
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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (3 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765316056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765316059
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,503,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the "Battlestar Galactica" TV Series: "An intensely suspenseful journey of survival. Gripping, scary, and well worth staying home on Fridays to watch. TV's most provocative fantasy adventure."--"TV Guide"'s "Roush Rave" "Serious and sexy, Battlestar Galactica is the best sci-fi on TV."--"CFQ" (Cinefantastique) "With its hot, androgynous heroine leading the remnants of humanity against evil, God-fearing robots, "Battlestar Galactica" is boldly re-creating sci-fi TV."--salon.com " . . . You don't have to love sci-fi to love "Battlestar Galactica" . . . a great TV series."--"USA"" Today" "Rapidly shaping up to be the most influential Science Fiction series since "Babylon"" 5" and the original "Star Trek"."--"TV Zone" magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Peter David is the bestselling author of dozens of books, including the "New York Times" Bestselling "Star Trek: The New Frontier" series, as well as "Sir Apropos of Nothing" and the Knight Life trilogy. He lives on Long Island. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the blood falls..... 7 Nov 2006
By TK-1308 VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
After the rather disappointing 'The Cylon's Secret' it's nice to be surprised with the first rate novel 'Sagittarius Is Bleeding'. Proving once again that Peter David can write an amazing book on just about anything (see his various Trek novels and the Sir Apropos series to name a few) we are treated to a very clever story that sheds light on seveal key events in the Battlestar Universe.

Set in the 1 month gap between the episodes 'Black Market' and 'Scar' in season 2 of the show, the novel has several conjoined plotlines, much like the series itself, which allows you to see things from the latter half of season 2 in a totally new light.

Laura Roslin is having a hard time coming to terms with her near death experience and it appears that the transfer of Cylon blood may be having an effect on her. The Galactica is ambushed by Cylons and it appears as though there may be a spy on board when the Cylons predict the Galactica's jump co-ordinates. Tom Zarek stirs up trouble when he brings a group called the Midguardians into the political arena. Laura is having repeated visions about death, blood and prophecy and to top it all the Midguardians know that Sharon Valerii is alive and threaten to let the rest of the fleet know!

The book is brilliantly written and David shows that he has a firm grasp of the characters. The repartee between Roslin and Zarek is biting, the interplay between various members of the Battlestar crew is so real - you can almost hear the characters as you read - and the best, as always, is Gaius Baltar. His conversations with Six are funny, dark, disturbing and full of unsaid portents.

There are two points which make this story stand out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, great author. 12 May 2014
By AMNoyce
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Came in good time in good condition. No problems.Not brand new but good price for what I wanted and not expecting brand new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
As an avid Battlestar fan having watched every episode from the mini-series to the end of Series 2 I felt this is an excellent story fitting nicey into Series 2. All the leading charators are hear and Peter David those an excellent job of bringing them all to life and weaving a superb story - recommended to any Battlestar fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 26 Mar 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this book is exciting, fast paced, full of new characters as well as fleshing out old ones.

It seems to me the whole idea of the midgaurdians was a rather odd one, but the more i stuck with the novel the more it all started to work.

The dialogue works really well, the conversions are easily as tense as any of the action scenes. This is definately the type of story you do not want to put down until you have gotten to the end, and what an end it is!

Any sci-fi fan will enjoy this, although some prior knowledge of battlestar galactica will help everything gel together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BSG Bleeds No More 8 April 2007
By Andrew Timson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The first two BATTLESTAR GALACTICA novels were unimpressive at best: a novelization of the miniseries which added nothing to justify itself two years after the show aired, and a novel which filled in backstory that didn't seem to mesh well with the show. SAGITTARIUS IS BLEEDING by Peter David is the first BSG novel to take on the task of meshing with the series, and does so admirably.

The novel picks up after President Roslin was cured of cancer in "Epiphanies", and explores the aftermath of that episode. David takes the opportunity to look into just what the cure means to Roslin. In the show, the cure is taken as given; here we get an in-depth exploration of the ramifications of it on her character, and on Sharon Valerii who provided it.

In the process, David also explores one of the more noticeable dropped plots from the series: that of Boxey. A character from the original show, not seen after the first season, we get to see how he's coping with the changes in his life after his rescuer turned out to be a Cylon.

But even for someone who's not interested in exploring these tidbits from the series, SAGITTARIUS IS BLEEDING is an excellent BATTLESTAR GALACTICA adventure. Peter David gets the characters and the universe right, giving us an adventure that is enjoyable on its own terms as well as having deeper meaning for those intimately familiar with the TV show.

I'm not sure what this means for the future of the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA novel line. I went into this book expecting it to be good because of Peter David's other work, in tie-ins and in his own settings. Hopefully SAGITTARIUS is a sign for the future, the shape of things to come.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worthy effort 8 Mar 2007
By A. Longano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The prior reviews nail it. It is nice to see an author create a new story for the BSG universe. I hate it when they have a sci-fi writer "cram" known characters into sci fi stories they had "lying" around - looking at you Star Wars authors :( . I almost had heart failure when "Boxey" (gone from the new BSG after the mini-series) was going to be a Major part of the story but he pulls it off. The author knows the BSG characters, the dialogue of the show, and most of the back story. The exchange between Helo and Kara toward the end about getting in an air duct was laugh out loud funny. He also makes you think about various topics that make of much of the BSG debate - treatment of a prisoner, what is human, what is worth giving up to achieve security, etc.

The author does seem to have some continuity errors- as far as I remember Baltar's initial cylon detector worked fine but they keep saying that it does not, I think Billy was off the show by this time but I would need to check my DVD, and there was some other "myth" errors but with a show that is always changing (ask starbuck/kara about that one after a recent episode ;) still not a bad effort. You may need to have at least watch the mini-series and some of the show to understand what is happening = fans of the show will enjoy the book much more than a non-fan.

If you are a fan of the show 4 stars because the joy of getting an "extra episode" is so much fun but if just a casual reader of sci-fi maybe 2 or 3 and you may be lost. If you have not rented / bought the DVDs and you consider yourself a Sci Fi fan shame on you and get it done. :)
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Near Miss... 19 Oct 2006
By The-Big-Bad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a fan of Peter David's writing (particularly his "Babylon 5" novels) and of the new "Battlestar Galactica." I think "Sagittarius Is Bleeding" is the best novel about the "new" Galactica crew so far. But there isn't much competition for that honor. As a fan, though, I didn't feel that this novel was up to David's usual standards or the very high standards seen in most of the episodes of the new BSG.

The novel is set in the latter half of season 2 of the new "Battlestar Galactica," after the death of Pegasus' Commander Fisk (in "Black Market") but before the death of Pegasus' Commander Garner (in "The Captain's Hand"). A group calling themselves the Midguardians, whose religion is based in what we call Norse mythology, want seperate status as a colony. They petition their representative, Tom Zarek, to speak to the President on their behalf. Then a lawyer, also a Midguardian, attempts to represent the pregnant Cylon (Sharon "Boomer" Valerii) in Galactica's brig and obtain her freedom.

I found some inconsistencies and outright errors in the text (which may be the editor's fault more than anyone else's). For example, Baltar's Cylon detector is referred to by Number Six as being a sham. Yet that same detector clearly identified Cylon Sharon in season one. I thought some of the characterizations were dead on--like President Roslin--and others--like Doctor Baltar--were a bit heavy-handed and overdone. I agree with some of the other reviewers that this novel takes a very long time to get to the point and is often repetitive along the way.

"Sagittarius Is Bleeding" also makes two large dents in the continuity of the show. The first regards someone else "seeing" the vision of Number Six that torments/arouses Dr. Baltar. Since the creators of the show haven't revealed exactly why Baltar sees her, having someone else comfirm her presence as something other than a delusion is not a good idea. The second regards the (rather lame) ending, where it is implied that a certain character is actually a Cylon. While this person may eventually be revealed as a Cylon on the show (though I can't imagine why), it seems premature to do so in a tie-in novel.

I was not thrilled about the return of Boxey. I'm aware he was much beloved in the original series, but I wasn't sad to see him disappear after the first couple of episodes in season one of the new BSG. I'm not a fan of kids in sci-fi in general. Having them in a gritty drama like what BSG has become seems to be asking for trouble.

I'd say one of the best scenes in the novel is Sharon "obtaining information" from her lawyer when things with the Midguardians reach a boiling point. We don't get to see the Cylons cut loose very often, especially one as "human" as Sharon seems to be.

Watch for a fun allusion by Admiral Adama to the character Edward James Olmos (who plays Adama on the TV show) played in the sci-fi classic "Blade Runner."

Tom Zarek (since he's played by Richard Hatch, the "original" Apollo) will always be a popular character in the show's mythology. He has appeared in both original "new" BSG novels so far. In this case, he acts much as we have seen him--as a shady yet charismatic leader with enough decency to keep him from being an outright villain. And, speaking of villains, D'anna Biers (the Cylon played by Lucy Lawless) makes a welcome appearance as an instigator who nearly dooms the fleet without the help of the distraction provided by the Midguardians.

Despite the problems I see in it, I think that David's novel deals with some important issues in the BSG universe. For example, the questions about the "side effects" from the miraculous blood transfusion (from Sharon's Cylon-human hybrid baby) that saved President Roslin's life. The "human rights" questions about Sharon's "secret" confinement aboard Galactica were also important to address. A scene near the end of the novel between Roslin and Sharon (in a dangerous yet idyllic setting) was long overdue in regards to dicussing the transfusion.

Sadly, the plot involving the Midguardians is the weakest area of the novel. The Midguardians and their conspiracy isn't a terrible idea, but it's one that never seems to gel with the existing plotlines from the TV show that David delves into. Without the Midguardians, a much shorter and better novel would have resulted.

"Sagittarius Is Bleeding" is not a bad novel. There are good scenes and plotlines in it. Yet there are enough bad (or at least unnecessary) scenes and plotlines to somewhat bury the good ones. This novel was a decent read and didn't disappoint me the way "The Cylons' Secret" did. But I suspect people who are avid fans of the show won't find "Sagittarius Is Bleeding" anywhere near as satisfying as the series itself. Then again, those who find the TV show too grim and dark might prefer this lighter fare.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time 13 July 2010
By Melissa Dyck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really was not impressed with this book. I thought it was going to deal more with what being cured of cancer really meant to President Roslin, but the book never went there. It focused instead on her odd hallucinations and this extreme religious group. There were some good moments for sure, but overall I felt the plot dragged and some of the major character seemed off. Also, the book had some out right errors (people's ranks jumping all around and descriptions of quarters that do not line up with the show). I might be treating this book a bit unfairly, since it did come out before the show ended, so some inconsistency is forgivable. If you want my opinion though, don't waste your time on this book. If you love the show, rewatch some episodes because this book is really not going to contribute anything to your love of the show.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mainly for Avid BSG Watchers 10 Jan 2007
By SciFiChick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Battlestar Galactica: Sagittarius Is Bleeding, by Peter David, was another exciting addition to the new Battlestar Galactica series.

Recently cured of cancer, President Roslin is having disturbing nightmares that begin to plague her while awake. In each alarming vision, she sees someone saying the cryptic message, "Sagittarius Is Bleeding." Meanwhile, a religious cult is claiming to be a separate colony and demanding the rights that come with it.

Suspicions go into overdrive as Battlestar Galactica is attacked and followed to coordinates that the Cylons shouldn't have known. Is someone on the bridge a Cylon or traitor? And Baltar continues to lie about his Cylon detector, putting doubt on young Boxey's origin.

As most TV tie-in novels, this one makes more sense if you watched the show. I don't keep up with it, so some of the characters were confusing. And it's such a large cast; it gets a bit confusing with such short descriptions of some of the characters.

But it was a very exciting story with a few fun twists. Action and suspense abound. Peter David is a master storyteller. He writes a fresh tale for the Battlestar Galactica universe.
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