- Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345452186
- ISBN-13: 978-0345452184
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,497,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Babylon 5: The Shadow Within (Babylon 5 (Paperback Ballantine)) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Although (with great intelligence and skill) describing the events that took place before the beginning of `The Passing of the Techno-mages' trilogy and also revealing precisely how it was that Anna Sheridan fell into the nightmarish hands of the shadows, in no other way does this book compare to that outstanding trilogy, which detailed Galen the techno-mage's fraught journey across the universe and through the years, as he came to terms with the loss of loved ones and the loss of innocence.
There isn't a techno-mage in sight here. But more than that...there's an inescapable quality that pervades this story of destinies being fulfilled, because any Babylon 5 fan will know what eventually became of Anna and learning how much of a decent, adventurous and loving individual she once was, only makes the knowledge of her eventual demise (in the season three finale `Z'Ha'Dum') all the more horrific and consequently- this book slightly less enjoyable (at least for this reader who knew what was coming even before beginning this book). Because let's face it- Melissa Gilbert's portrayal of Anna Sheridan in that episode was far from sympathetic- not that it was meant to be, she brought a sinister, seductive quality to a very difficult role, considering she was the human embodiment of the evil that the Shadow race represented.Read more ›
No going to spoil but read carefully and watch out for references to the series suchj as the improperly translated Question What is Desired?
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Captain John Sheridan and his wife Anna are about get together and celebrate their anniversary when Sheridan's ship fails an inspection and the crew is grounded, while Anna is given the unique opportunity to be second in command of an archaeological expedition to Alpha Omega 3 in search of the remnants of an advanced alien civilization. Little do they both know that their actions will affect the future of the universe and its numerous peoples and worlds...
Jeanne Cavelos has done a good job of shedding light and filling gaps in the series by presenting pre-existing relations between the Minbari and the Vorlons, John Sheridan's command of the Agamemnon, Commander Sinclair's and Chief Garibaldi's preparations leading up to the dedication ceremony on B5, interesting information on Psi Corps and IPX, the fate of Anna Sheridan, the turning of Morden, and the coming of Shadows among other things.
On the downside, the writing is not something out of the ordinary and does not have memorable quotes or phrases apart from this reviews' title. Subsequently, the novel at times becomes slow to the point of actually being bland and boring.
However, it is the last twenty or so pages which is where all the money is, with great info on Anna Sheridan, Morden, and the Shadows, and a good deal of drama.
In short, with the main series over and as we wait to hopefully see some more (and much better) Lost Tales or another B5 spinoff, thank goodness for the novels. More novels please...
I'm also very picky about redundancy in books. This one talks about the calluses on the hands of some of the characters to the point of being silly, and was very distracting.
Overall it is ok, nothing special, but not terrible either.