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Bester Ascendant

Author: J. Gregory Keyes
Average Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Last Reviewed On: January 28, 2002 (by Scott)

Scott's Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars on January 28, 2002

I felt this was more of a biography than anything else. This book chronicles Bester's life from his childhood in the corps, to the moment he first encounters Babylon 5.

There's really not much beyond that, or any plot that tries to tie some of the events together. In some ways that's a good thing, there's no contrived plot just to walk us through Bester's life, but then again, there's no plot.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book at all. It really does a good job of detailing Bester's back story, even an ingenious little aside as to why one if his hands is paralyzed. Babylon 5 fans will probably appreciate it, but they'll likely appreciate it in the same sense that they like reading articles from the creator of Babylon 5 that offer some back story. Not because they enjoy the articles themselves, so much, but because they enjoy the added revelations that get added to the main Babylon 5 stories.

Not that this book read like a dry posting from the Babylon 5's creator, but it wasn't that far off.

-- Scott and Michelle