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Old August 20 2008, 01:43 AM   #1
Dayton3
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Read & Reread "Greater Than The Sum"- My Opinion (Spoilers)

I had heard a lot of great things about "Greater Than the Sum".

So I got the book.

I read it.

I reread it.

Hopefully with an open mind.

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This book is awful.

There are some good things of course. For one it is a reasonable length and not the monstrosities it seems we get from too many novel writers who think that 100 pages longer than necessary makes the book better.

And the cover art of the Enterprise is quite nice.

Now, review in order of problems:

1) The character of T'ryssa is one of the worst ever written for Star Trek. She struts around the book acting more like the chick in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" having her sexual awakening.

Can we really believe that a PROFESSIONAL Starfleet officer, an academy graduate really would act like this? She is 26 years old for crying out loud! She acts more like a slacker teenager of the 21st century. Or worse, one of those kids who leaves college, gets a degree, then comes back to live with their parents for years.

And that is ultimately the problem, T'Rypress is a kid. Not a professional.

Worst off, she comes across as a character written that we "just have to like" because she has such "attitude".

God almighty....

2) Picard and Crushers marriage- Why is Beverly in such a big hurry? They've only been married two months. Her biological clock given the technology of the period is certainly not an issue.

Crushers bitching and moaning about wanting to have children during the Borg crisis kills a lot of the drama. After all, if the characters fully anticipate coming out on the other side of this thing okay, and moving on and having children, where is the sense of peril and doom?

And beyond Picard's discomfort with becoming a father, didn't anyone ask the obvious question? That Picard with a pregnant wife aboard would be much more distracted than he would be otherwise?

3) The alien critters in the book. This strikes me more as more of more of the "living universe" crap we see in Star Trek. They were boring about ten pages in.

4) Poorly written battle scenes. Most of the battles were written like this:

The ship rocked again, sparks flying from the consoles

Oh please.

I guess "It was a dark, stormy night" was taken.

5) The epilogue.

Upon, first reading, I was impressed then I realized how dull and by the numbers the part about the Borg ship destroying a world of a billion people was.

The CNN news ticker would've reported a Borg attack in such a manner.

Finally, the Captain of the U.S.S. Bhutto allows his security chief to take one of the Federations best weapons into battle with the Borg in a suicide mission on the off chance they can inject one of the drones with it!!!

Those are the bulk of my opinions about the book. I read it twice to see what I might've missed but my opinion only declines with more exposure.
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