That's a thoughtful review and I take it as such. There were some errors, typos, that will be corrected should there be a second edition.
It doesn't make me angry at all when people don't enjoy some aspect of something I write. You can't please everyone and shouldn't try, really. I just want to be sure everyone is on the same page. Sometimes people have problems with things that aren't present in the text or miss things because they skipped over them rather than them actually being there.
As for the similarity to other paradox-related Trek stories, well, what can I say? Star Trek does paradoxes from time to time. The idea here was to do something that didn't end in a complete reboot and which would have actual lasting consequences for the crew. I really thought I had adequately explained the tesseract thing but, as it seems to be a bone of contention for a couple of people, it's something I'll look to in any future work, Trek or not.
I didn't lift the paradox idea from Star Trek or cobble it together from anything in the canon. I did take the inspiration from a classic scifi story but even that is pretty obscure and bears no resemblance to my treatment.
I do hope my name won't turn you off other projects. In both these cases I was trying to straddle "real" scifi with Star Trek as the others in the TITAN series did. For what it's worth, at the end of the day both Marco and I thought CHIAROSCURO would have been better served as a novel.
So, I'll take "good" over "hated it" any day. Thanks!
I'm VERY pleased that the faith stuff came through as that, too, was very much a reason for writing this thing. I myself am not a Believer but I have problems with people who are intolerant of belief as if the act of having faith is somehow substandard in every case. That's just not true and there doesn't need to be friction between Faith and Reason.
Plus, since you did enjoy the character stuff and that was the largest portion of the book, you may well find you liked it more than you think.