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BOOK
Stargate: Atlantis
The Official Companion
Season 2

Author: Sharon Gosling
Titan Books
RRP 12.99, US $14.95, Cdn $19.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 163 9
ISBN-10: 1 84576 163 4
Available 22 September 2006


First there was the blockbuster
Stargate movie, then the smash hit TV series Stargate: SG-1, and now there's the equally successful spin-off show: Stargate: Atlantis. A new Stargate team embarks on a dangerous mission to a distant galaxy, where they discover a mythical lost city and a deadly new enemy - the Wraith. New characters, new planets, new alien encounters: but the same irresistible brand of Stargate adventures...

Stargate: Atlantis: The Official Companion - Season 2 is, and I'm really sorry for stating the obvious here, only going to appeal to Atlantis fans who have seen the second season of the show. This volume features a Foreword by Torri Higginson (who plays Dr Elizabeth Weir) and Afterword by producer Martin Gero.

Guide books are an odd beast, and have to be properly researched, because the fans will drag you over the coals if you slip up. Author, Sharon Gosling, does an admiral job of laying down the bare bones. But, sadly, this is just a little too dry.

Because of the wide variety of chatrooms and fansites (not to mention official sites) dedicated to the show and its main cast, most, if not all, of the information in this book is already floating around the world wide web. This kind of makes it difficult to justify spending £13 - especially if you consider that if the show runs for six years you'll have to spend nearly £80 to own all of these books.

There are plenty of black and photos scattered throughout this release, as well as 16 pages of glossy, colour pages in the centre pages (although one of these was a bad choice as you can't see who the only two characters are as they are placed in that no man's land of areas where the two pages meet - and only by bending the pages back, and creating a permanent crease on the spine, can you see what is going on).

A little more thought and this could have been an essential purchase for fans. As it is, it's pretty average stuff I'm afraid. I didn't learn anything of real interest that I didn't already know. One for absolute fanatics only.

Pete Boomer

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