Hirogen Alpha said:
"Final Reckoning: The Fate of Bester"
This is by far the best book in the series. It's doesn't have to deal with a great mass of telepath backstory, or excessive references to telepaths in the series like the first two books (which are still very good in themselves), and as a result the pacing is spot on throughout.
funny, i had exactly the opposite reaction. the first book in the trilogy is far and away my favorite. it's not that the other two aren't good too, just that the first book could be a great stand-alone scifi novel, without even taking place in the B5 'verse.
the second and third books, though, have to carry established characters, and as you say, not all of them come out well on paper.
If I had any objection, it would be that the character of Girard is too interesting for his own good. He reminds me of Frank Black from Millennium (at least, in season one) and would certainly be interesting to explore further, though that would be a story quite different from the norm of Babylon 5. As he is, I'd have preferred him to be in the novel either more to further develop him or less in order to give Garibaldi a bit more to do.
Garibaldi being the prime example of someone who really doesn't shine on paper. i credit (blame?) Jerry-baldy (
) for this.
the inspector struck me as the Stereotypical French Inspector
, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it allows us to focus on Bester.
the Bester story is really amazing, in that it feels exactly like how i always imagined the last days of Adolf Eichmann
before the Israelis caught him. like a trapped animal...
anyway, it is still my favorite of the trilogies, though i am really starting to warm up to the technomage trilogy
. that's some seriously dark shit. seriously. can you imagine them putting even half of it on TV?!?! no way they show galen calling fire down on himself
, or thinking about suicide. that's not exactly stuff for prime-time family viewing...