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[To Dream in the City of Sorrows] [by: Kathryn M Drennan] Paperback – 1 Aug 2003

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  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345452194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345452191
  • ASIN: B001E0UYNS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,533,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Haunted by the explosive fate of Babylons 1 through 4, the inhabitants of Babylon 5 work together to make the station their last and best hope for peace. Reprint.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "superidiotc1" on 2 Dec 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"To dream in the city of sorrows is to dream of a better future"
This book is the best book I have ever read, it is full of brilliant plot twists and exciting moments coupled with some very moving serious moments. Kathryn M Drennan's writing skill is marvellous something no book, by any author I have read has been able to match.
Don't get me wrong I found most of the other Babylon 5 Books on the market good. However, this one is in a league of it's own!
The story starts in the city of Tuzanor (Otherwise known as the city of sorrows) and goes through an adventure across the galaxy. I personally couldn't put this down.
Originally I had thought no book could fit the story of Jeffrey Sinclair in the time between "Chrysalis" and "War Without End" but this was perfect.
More Babylon 5 books please Kathryn!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Lost Episodes, in book form 3 Aug 2003
By Jason Montgomery - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was an incredible book. Fitting seamlessly into the Babylon 5 story arc, it tells the story of Jeffery Sinclair's first days as Earth's new ambassador to the Minbari, and how he came to be leader of the Rangers and later Entil'Zha. Plus, it also reveals how Marcus Cole became a ranger and what happened to Catherine Sakai.
I really liked how there were references and tie-ins to the stories in the B5 comic books produced by DC, and this book answers a lot of questions about them as well. Slight spoiler: In fact, after reading this book, you'll have an idea as to what Valen meant in his final message found aboard Babylon 4 in DC's mini-series "In Valen's Name".
So if you're a Babylon 5 fan, and you haven't read this book yet, do it. Now. Strongly recommended.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Capturing the essence of Babylon 5 2 Oct 1998
By Karen L. Penrose - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of the most difficult problems faced by authors writing books based on television shows is being able to truely capture the essence of that show and it's charactors. Although the story may be wonderfully written, there are many times when I read these type of books where I really don't feel like these are the same charactors I have come to know and love on the TV show. Kathrynn Drennan has the wonderfully rare gift of being truely able to capture the essences of both the show itself and the charactors therein. "To Dream in the City of Sorrows" focuses on what happened to Commander Sinclair after he was assigned to Minbar, as well as his engagement to Catherine Sakai. It also shows us how Marcus Cole came to join the Rangers. This book is excellently written and you can truely believe you are reading about these same charactors. The story answered many questions but also asked just enough to make you want more! I would love to see Ms. Drennan write a follow-up book involving Babylon 4 and Sinclair's transformation to Valen.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Should be required reading for Babylon 5 fans 26 Aug 2003
By "celes1" - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is based on the television series Babylon 5 and it focuses on what happened to Commander Sinclair after he was relocated to Minbar.It also covers what became of his fiance, Catherine Sakai and how Marcus Cole joined the rangers.
This book should be required reading for every Babylon 5 fan. It answers a lot of questions fans may have about Sinclair but it's also really well written. You can tell the author did her homework. Sinclair is completely in character and the nuances of Minbari society are explained even better than on the show. Marcus fans may be a bit disappointed since the bulk of the book focuses on Sinclair but I'm sure they'll find something to like. If this book is any indication of the quality of the other Babylon 5 books then I hope they come back into print quickly.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The last Dell paperback returns . . . as well it should! 23 Sep 2003
By Daniel Waitkoss - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The "Babylon 5" series, originally printed by Dell, are slowly finding their way back into print and this is one of the best--if not the best of the lot--with its explanantion of what happened to Jeffrey Sinclair when he was relieved as the Commander of B5 until his reappearances in later seasons--appearances which, take it from a loyal viewer, were totally unexpected. As stated by many, the book fills the gaps left by the TV series about the Rangers and how they were developed and several other points.
Aside from all this, the book is a fast, solid reading experience that allows the reader to realize, apart from his Minbari soul, why Commander/Ambassador Sinclair was willing to give up so much to follow his destiny. Because it acts as a filler, many readers might be lost in the mythos of the series and so it might not be the best book to begin a novice journey into the B5 world (hence only a 4-star rating). Apart from this, the book is a resounding success!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A missing episode of B5 - and a great filler in of blanks 23 Aug 2003
By K. Maxwell - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Did you ever wonder what happened to Commander Jeffery Sinclair and his fiancé Catherine Sakai after Sinclair left the TV series at the end of first season, and before he returned in 3rd season?
This book, which is fully endorsed by J Michael Straczynski, (he says you should consider this a missing episode) fills in those blanks. We see how Sinclair moves from being an unwanted (by Earth) Ambassador to Minbar to becoming a figure of prophesy and head of the Rangers on Minbar and how Catherine becomes the lynchpin for many later actions and why Marcus Cole joined the rangers.
Enjoyable and well written this book is an essential read for any fan of the series who is curious about the story of Sinclair and his links to Valen. That it has been re-printed in time to be read in conjunction with the B5 DVD's is fortunate for us who missed it the first time round.
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