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1996-04-06 00:00:00 - Review of Sliders: The Novel (spoilers) - (zikzak23@usa.pipeline.com)


I finally finished "Sliders: The Novel," written by Brad Linaweaver, the first in the Sliders book series. I thought people might like a more thorough review. However, this review will contain spoilers, so be warned. And I'd like to repeat my earlier request that everyone on this newsgroup buy the Sliders novel to support it. It only works if we're all together on this. "Sliders: The Novel" is based on the pilot episode of the TV series. That's one strike I had against it. If you've already seen the episode (more than once, in my case), then the book is a little boring in parts, since it's mostly a rehash of the pilot. However, Linaweaver added some new scenes, characters, and lines, expanding the story and concepts, so there is something for the dedicated Sliders reader. This was one of the best things about the book. Not only did it fill in gaps of motivation and scenes on the pilot, but it also gave new information on most of the characters and the worlds it depicted. It even told what sliding feels and smells like. And it was much better researched than the pilot itself. The author obviously knew what he was talking about, and filled in plot holes like how America could be successfully invaded by Russia. But there were problems, both major and minor. Like glaring errors in Sliders mythology. For instance, the book claims that when sliding, the Sliders become insubstantial. This after the TV series showed Arturo getting kicked in the ribs by Rembrandt during a slide. And the book claims Quinn was incredibly attracted to Wade in the early stages, even though the series proved that he was largely indifferent to her at the beginning. And the characterization was rough. Wade was depicted as a sex-kitten, Arturo was much friendlier than he was in the original pilot, Rembrandt was more aggressive, and Quinn was...well, you really can't mess Quinn up too much. Also, while some of the changes to the original story were good, I found some uneccessary. For instance, a new character was introduced, Quinn's sexy neighbor, Stephanie. Her only real purpose seemed to be getting pinched in the butt by Smarter Quinn and becoming Evil Arturo's mistress in Russian World. And my final problem with the book is that I don't think Linaweaver actually saw the pilot. I think he just wrote the book from the script. Some of the body language and imagery from the pilot was missing from the book, elements that I knew well and missed. But all these things can't ruin the fact that it was a well-written novel that no Sliders fan should be without. Those who loved the pilot will love this book for its new material. Those who hated the pilot will love this book for the added realism it contains. And those who couldn't care either way should get it, just for the sales. Here's hoping this book is only the first in a long-running series that will finally explore the things the TV show never could, and showcase how great "Sliders" really is. :) -- Visit Freeze-Dried Comedy at: http://pwp.usa.pipeline.com/~zikzak23/freeze1.htm You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll make funny noises.

1996-04-08 00:00:00 - Re: Review of Sliders: The Novel (spoilers) - (geo@victoria.pe.net)


zikzak23@usa.pipeline.com wrote: : And my final problem with the book is that I don't think Linaweaver : actually saw the pilot. I think he just wrote the book from the script. : Some of the body language and imagery from the pilot was missing from the : book, elements that I knew well and missed. It's possible that, when the writer was writing the novel, the pilot had not been filmed yet. Geo

1996-04-08 00:00:00 - Re: Review of Sliders: The Novel (spoilers) - ("Walter F. Kawalec, III" <wakst9@pitt.edu>)


geo@victoria.pe.net (Geoffrey Scott) wrote: > > zikzak23@usa.pipeline.com wrote: > : And my final problem with the book is that I don't think Linaweaver > : actually saw the pilot. I think he just wrote the book from the script. > : Some of the body language and imagery from the pilot was missing from the > : book, elements that I knew well and missed. > > It's possible that, when the writer was writing the novel, the pilot had not > been filmed yet. > > Geo > I think the pilot was filmed at that point, or at least CASTED, because you'll remember this from page 25: "Quinn thought the man a dead ringer for the actor who played the egyptian friend of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark." IMHO- prima facie evidence that John Ryes-Davies (sp?) was already cast as Arturo when it was written. Unless this line was added later, so who the hell knows? WK

1996-04-09 00:00:00 - Re: Review of Sliders: The Novel (spoilers) - ("Joseph \\Coot\" Thompson <jrt@uoknor.edu>")


Geo >> >I think the pilot was filmed at that point, or at least CASTED, because >you'll remember this from page 25: > >"Quinn thought the man a dead ringer for the actor who played >the egyptian friend of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark." > >IMHO- prima facie evidence that John Ryes-Davies (sp?) was already >cast as Arturo when it was written. Unless this line was added later, >so who the hell knows? As I understand, John Rhys-Davies and Jerry O'Connell were cast when the original script was finished in '93 and the others came later, so it could have been written before filming. Either that or the author never did bother to watch the show, which seems to be the case with most Trek novelists.