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Mage July 5 2013 09:27 PM

Your favorite TITAN novel....
 
I sometimes get the idea that Titan gets some mixed reactions here on the forum. Some people love it, others hate, others seem caught in the middle.

I'm of the latter group. Titan has been hit and miss for me, with more misses then hits I'm afraid. That being said, two of my favorite novels do come from Titan.

Orion's Hounds is one of those Christopher Bennett novels where he just has the perfect mix of character development, science, fiction, action, humor, drama. I can re-read this one over and over and just don't get bored really.

The other one would be Synthesis. Swallow shows us a great new take on cybernetic life, but also really takes you in with gripping story-telling. The description of the home-system of the Machines takes my breath away every time. Swallow really seams to get the Titan crew.

toughlittleship July 5 2013 09:41 PM

Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....
 
I enjoyed the first two, due to the aftermath of Star Trek Nemesis providing a great backdrop to them.

JD July 5 2013 09:53 PM

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Orion's Hounds is one my favorite books. It's a great traditional strange new worlds story.

Kertrats47 July 5 2013 10:02 PM

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I have to give it to Sword of Damocles. Such a cool time-twisting story. Absolutely loved it, and was totally taken in by Jaza's personal journey. Orion's Hounds is SUCH a close second.

BritishSeaPower July 5 2013 10:33 PM

Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....
 
I haven't read enough of them to cast a meaningful vote, yet. However, if I had to rank the four I've read so far, it'd be:

1. Taking Wing
2. Orion's Hounds
3. The Red King
4. Sword of Damocles

8of5 July 5 2013 11:26 PM

Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....
 
Orion's Hounds if one of my favourite Star Trek novels altogether. Synthesis not far behind. Both because they explore such interesting sci-fi ideas.

I'm also pretty fond of Over a Torrent Sea. The rest of the series I've found less engaging generally, very hit and miss. However because I've liked the books I have enjoyed in the series so much, I always look forward to a new one.

BillJ July 6 2013 12:33 AM

Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....
 
Taking Wing

I found the rest generally uninteresting because I didn't care about the characters.

tomswift2002 July 6 2013 02:35 AM

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I would have to say that "Synthesis" was the best and it was really tragic that the Avatar program didn't get the chance to be in more novels.

Avro Arrow July 6 2013 04:08 AM

Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....
 
Well, I guess it's a fairly common opinion, but Orion's Hounds is my favourite.

Synthesis and Sword of Damocles are pretty high on the list too.

CaptainDonovin July 6 2013 07:17 AM

Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....
 
I voted for Destiny but it was not easy because I really like Taking Wing because it sets up the series. I was interested in the idea of showing this multi-species crew learning to work & live together, something we humans still haven't figured out. Orion's & Damocles were enjoyable too. I just liked how in Destiny the Titan crew were the ones rushing in to save the day.

Mage July 6 2013 08:24 AM

Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....
 
Damocles I liked, but at times I had troubles following it. I should give it another go perhaps.

Ain Jalut July 6 2013 11:51 AM

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Quote:

Kertrats47 wrote: (Post 8340070)
I have to give it to Sword of Damocles. Such a cool time-twisting story. Absolutely loved it, and was totally taken in by Jaza's personal journey. Orion's Hounds is SUCH a close second.

The Orishan's look awesome.

zarkon July 6 2013 01:52 PM

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Rather enjoyed Orions Hounds, although I wince every time I see the name star jellies(and I didn't like the crystalline direction mind-wise). Really brilliant eco system creation in that book.

Titan in Destiny was awful, I was actually hoping Ree would eat troi at one point just to spice it up. I stopped reading the series at that point as Hounds was the only one I'd actually frigging enjoyed, and even then that was far more due to the mission then the characters. Ree is the only one I really found interesting.

Christopher July 6 2013 03:08 PM

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Quote:

zarkon wrote: (Post 8342284)
Rather enjoyed Orions Hounds, although I wince every time I see the name star jellies...

I wasn't crazy about it myself, but I honestly couldn't think of a better alternative. "Medusan" was taken, and "astrocnidarian" is ghastly. I thought of "cosmedusan," but it felt awkward.

Cap'n Crunch July 6 2013 03:38 PM

Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....
 
Well, Destiny is a no brainer. I know a lot of people consider Orion's Hounds the best, but I actually enjoyed Over a Torrent Sea more. Synthesis is another great one.


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