To Dream in the City of Sorrows

To Dream in the City of Sorrows THEY CALLED THEM THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE THEY CALLED THEM RANGERS Ambassador to the alien world of Minbar former Babylon commander Jeffrey Sinclair is one of the first to learn the truth about

  • Title: To Dream in the City of Sorrows
  • Author: Kathryn M. Drennan
  • ISBN: 9780440223542
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • To Dream in the City of Sorrows

    THEY CALLED THEM THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE THEY CALLED THEM RANGERS.Ambassador to the alien world of Minbar, former Babylon 5 commander, Jeffrey Sinclair, is one of the first to learn the truth about the Shadows, the ancient race pursuing the destruction of the galaxy Sinclair also discovers a startling secret he is the linchpin in the plan to stop them Now, Sinclair iTHEY CALLED THEM THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE THEY CALLED THEM RANGERS.Ambassador to the alien world of Minbar, former Babylon 5 commander, Jeffrey Sinclair, is one of the first to learn the truth about the Shadows, the ancient race pursuing the destruction of the galaxy Sinclair also discovers a startling secret he is the linchpin in the plan to stop them Now, Sinclair is asked to revive the legendary Minbari warrior group, the Rangers But it may cost him his one chance to love and his life DREAM IN THE CITY OF SORROWSCatherine Sakai, commercial pilot and planetary surveyor, has lost her heart to Jeffrey Sinclair Not even an attack by the Shadows can stop her from getting to Minbar to join him and the Rangers As she trains with other pilots, including the mysterious Marcus Cole, the time is coming when their skills will be tested on their first mission Led by Sinclair, they will venture into deepest space, into a battle of stealth and might, and toward a fate none but the bravest can face and none but the luckiest will survive

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    1. John Keegan

      This was the final novel to be published under the original book contract, and it is by far the shining jewel of the collection. In a very real sense, this book presages the kind of tight continuity that marks the trilogies that followed. The story of what happened to Sinclair between his arrival on Minbar and his eventual return to Babylon 5 in “War Without End”, this is a gift to any dedicated Babylon 5 and Jeffrey Sinclair fan.The author spends a great deal of time reconciling some appare [...]

    2. Beth

      This is a B5 spin off, and really is more like an episode of the show (or several) in print form. Since JMS and his wife, Kathryn Drennan, wrote it, and since he created and wrote almost the entire show there is a conspicuous lack of the inconsistencies in plot and characterization that annoy me when I read this type of thing.It explains a lot about what went on with Sinclair, Marcus, and a lot of other characters, and there is also a good bit about Neroon, who I like.

    3. Azar

      I understand now why this is considered not only one of the best of the B5 tie-in books, but also the only one to be 100% part of the series canon. I've been fascinated by Sinclair's destiny for almost as long as I've known about it, and this provided a much-needed "missing chapter" in his journey to accepting that destiny.

    4. Camilo

      Well written and with a lot of attention to details that tie in to the show. Altogether a good, in-universe, canonically correct book.

    5. Tom

      It's not often that you come across a novel in a series of this kind that the creator of the series declares to be canon, but this is one of them. It ties up an untold part of the story fairly well.

    6. Suvi

      Must read for every B5 fan. It's canon, JMS says so. What happened to Sinclair on Minbar? Immensely enjoyable, just like the series. Gives you some answers too. I needed tissues, just saying.

    7. Grace

      Loved this book! I would highly recommend it to any Babylon 5 fan; and I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I've been a fan of the show since it originally aired in the 90s and I'm just now reading this book.That being said, I think that a reader should have at least a passing knowledge of the world of Babylon 5, and the character of Jeffrey Sinclair, to really appreciate the story. The book begins at the end of the third season of Babylon 5, right after Delenn is installed as the new Entil'Zha ( [...]

    8. Paul Darcy

      by Kathryn M. Drennan, published in 1997.This Babylon 5 novel, ‘To Dream In The City Of Sorrows’, is considered, in every way, canonical to the Babylon 5 Universe. So says J. Michael Straczynski in his introduction to this novel, and so it is. All the other novels to date are simply licenced products in the Babylon 5 Universe.‘To Dream In The City Of Sorrows’ answers and explores those nagging questions I’m sure we were all asking after the start of Season 2 of the TV show. What happen [...]

    9. Lonnie

      This Babylon 5 tie-in novel delves into the mystery of what happened to Commander Jeffery Sinclair after being recalled to Earth after the assassination of President Santiago on Earth Forth One and his eventual destiny as Ranger One and beyond.This book is pretty good as tie-in novels go and fills in a lot of what happens to Sinclair after he left Babylon 5, although some events alluded to in the book are only glossed over.Branded with the JMS Seal of Approval as being as close to canon as one c [...]

    10. Onegirlsopinion

      I watched maybe the first three seasons of Babylon Five, and really, really liked this book. I was always curious about the Sinclair character, especially given his eventual (past?) destiny. This book did a great job of continuing his story (and filling in some backstory) after he was shipped off to Minbar. I even find that I've reread it a couple of times, even though I didn't stick with the television series itself.

    11. Adam Whitehead

      Jeffrey Sinclair is a soldier, a decorated fighter pilot and station commander. To his surprise, he has been reassigned to the Minbari homeworld as the Earth Alliance's first ambassador afforded permanent residence there. But his post is treated as a joke back home and the Minbari are unwilling to explain to him what is going on. Eventually he learns the truth, which will completely transform his life.Meanwhile, Sinclair's fiancee Catherine Sakai is on a five-month surveying mission to the rim o [...]

    12. Kiril Valchev

      "To Dream in the City of Sorrows", както виждате от грозната корица, е книга по култовия сериал от 90-те, ВАВИЛОН 5 (или както аз го наричам: по-добрият Стар Трек). Една от малкото книги (поне сред по-ранните), които Дж. М. Стразински (създателят на сериала) искрено харесва и одобрява. Я, тоже.

    13. Ashley

      ". . . it is said that to dream in the city of sorrows, is to dream of a better future."Maybe it's just because I spent the majority of high school reading any and all Star Wars expanded universe novels I could get my hands on, or maybe it's because I'm a big fat snob with a Master's Degree now, but I'm embarrassed of how embarrassed I am to be reading this book. In my head second-hand fiction about a dead television show (or film series) is now associated in my mind with the social pariahdom of [...]

    14. John Hefner

      When the star of Babylon 5 had to leave the show after the first season due to tragic personal reasons which have only recently come to light, it threatened to throw the grand five-season plan of J. Michael Straczynski's into disarray.While JMS was able to replace the actor's character, Commander Jeffery Sinclair, with a new character, Captain John Sheridan (notice that all three share the initials "JS"), this left some major holes that the show was never able to fully explain. This was especial [...]

    15. Laura

      I picked up this book for a couple bucks somewhere because I had heard it was one of the few decent books in the B5 novel series. As it turns out, "decent" is a pretty good word for it - I enjoyed reading it, but ultimately it's pretty forgettable. It was fun to learn more about Jeffrey Sinclair, a character I would have liked to have seen more of on the show.I though the book's weakest point was its lack of a cohesive central arc. While it's often hard to give characters a good storyline withou [...]

    16. Sarah Crawford

      This is definitely a official canon-type of book in the Babylon 5 series. It centers around three people: Jeffrey Sinclair, his would-be wife Catherine Sakai, and Marcus. It takes place after Sinclair left Babylon 5 to before ambassador to Minbar, but before he goes back in time on Babylon 4.It fills in a lot of holes left in the series as far as all three characters go. For Marcus, it explains what he was doing before he became a Ranger; his relationship with his brother; how his brother was ki [...]

    17. Kristian Bjørkelo

      So whatever did happen to Sinclair after he left Babylon 5 to become the ambassador to Minbar? Quite a bit, and some of it is told in To Dream in the City of Sorrows, you even get to know more about one of the characters the TV show lost along the way; Catherine Sakai. As well as the origin of everyone's favourite heartthrob Ranger, Marcus Cole.It may not be great literature, but it is a darn good spin-off novel set in the Babylon 5-universe, and if you like Babylon 5, you'll love this. Don't ex [...]

    18. Brittany

      For starters: Marcus Cole fans - PICK UP THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! YOU'LL HATE YOUR LIFE AFTERWARD, AND TV COMPANIES IN GENERAL, BUT DARN IT, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!-Ahem-BB5 fans - pick up the book, because it rounds out a number of loose ends. At least most of this book is considered canon for the series, so it's a good guide to go by.The writing was pretty good, although I have read better fan works. Part of the problem was probably some of the more threadbare bits of the BB5 universe that I already [...]

    19. Shira

      This book fits well with the B5 story, mostly explaining what happened to Sinclair and his Sakai, his fiancee. It does well in reminding us of many of the sayings of various Minbari. It also does well in reminding us of the themes for which I enjoyed B5: workers rights, equality, compassion."delight, respect, and compassion" : Christian-Jewish Deut.4:24 views via shared struggle, as portrayed using Minbari and 'Earth' religions (I am reminded of the episode in which Sinclair lines up all of the [...]

    20. Molokov

      I first read this years ago, but after a recent discussion about it on The Babylon Podcast ( babylonpodcast ) I figured I'd try and get a hold of a copy and give it another go.This book does a lot to fill in the time between Sinclair leaving B5 and when he returns in 'War Without End', and also fills out Catherine Sakai's continuing story, and Marcus Cole's backstory before he appears in Season 3. It's well written and keeps you invested in the characters, but there's a bit of a "crops-out-of-no [...]

    21. Joseph Szupiany

      If you are a fan of Babylon 5, and you've watched all the TV episodes and the movies, then this book is a must read. It fills in the back story for Commander Jeffery Sinclair. The TV show left a lot of stuff unanswered in regards to Sinclair. What happened after he left Babylon 5 to be the Ambassador to the Minbari? How did he become involved in The Rangers? What is his relationship to Marcus? etc If you are not a fan, then skip it. As a casual read, this book would lead to too many questions, a [...]

    22. Chuck

      It's called 'summer reading' ;-) The story is more interesting in its first half with three concurrent narratives of Catherine Sakai, Jeffrey Sinclair and Marcus Cole, told in separate alternating chapters. Catherine's and Marcus' solo exploits are the more interesting chapters. One wonders if the author felt a bit hamstrung with the Sinclair narrative of dull, planet-bound politics with the implacable and ritual-obsessed Mimbari, all within a time frame well-circumscribed by events in the telev [...]

    23. Amber

      This Babylon 5 tie-in novel is considered canon to the TV series because it was written by the series creator's wife in heavy consultation with JMS. It tells the full story of Commander Jeffrey Sinclair after he is promoted away from heading the Babylon station to be ambassador to Minbar, through to his future destiny in the distant past, connecting all the dots revealed during the show. Drennan is a fine writer and takes this fascinating story and fleshes it out well, so I would definitely reco [...]

    24. Paul Saarma

      A guilty pleasure. After a friend borrowed my Babylon 5 DVDs my interest in the series was rekindled. This book is useful in filling a gap between Sinclair's departure at the end of season one and re-appearance in 'War Without End'. Elegantly constructed to slot together various pieces in the Babylon 5 backstory and guaranteed continuity friendly, I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in this novel.

    25. Ekaterina Trayt

      I was re-watching Babylon 5 season 3, and when I got closer to the episodes where Sinclair returns to Babylon 5 I felt like re-reading this book. I enjoyed it more this time around, the timing was perfect! I don't think it would be very interesting to those who for some reason still haven't watched Babylon 5 (boooo), but if you're a B5 fan, it's a must! You'll learn so much about the Minbari, for example. ;)

    26. Kelly

      In my opinion this book was so much better than the first 8 books. I enjoyed them all but this one was true to the story created in the tv show and it was great reading more about Jeff after he is appointed to Minbar and Ranger One and finding out what happened to Catherine. Fan-friggen-tastic. Abso-fragen-lutly

    27. Daniel Kukwa

      Another attempt to fill a mysterious Babylon 5 continuity gap. But unlike the tragic & brooding "Shadow Within", this novel simply doesn't have the same power, or develop a similar interest in the characters. Even on TV, Michael O'Hare was wooden in the extreme as Commander Sinclaird that translate with unfortunate consequences to print.

    28. Nicholas

      I very much enjoyed this novel, which is the official story of what happened to Sinclair after season 1 of Babylon 5. Good, solid grasp on the characters and the mythology of the show. I would have lvoed to have seen this as a mini-series on TV.

    29. Anna "Andi"

      I really wanted to like this. It has some of my favourite characters in, and it was really good to find out what happened to Catherine. But, despite some enjoyable interaction between Sinclair and Marcus, the writing style was clunky and I struggled to get through it.

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