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Old February 25 2009, 10:14 AM   #1
Lost in new Trek Lit - help please!

I've been buying Trek books for... damn almost 18 years now. I come from the group of fans that cried when the numbering system went away (that's how I remembered what I didn't have and what I HAD... so I could avoid buying duplicates). Anyways... I spent like 2004-2008 buying new books as I saw them (luckily I work at a chain bookstore and get to carve out a giant statement for each new Trek novel that comes out)... but now have kind of lost count. I have duplicates of some of the 'A Time To....' books as well as the Lost Era. Too much Trek (in variety) has me confused. I need some professional Star Trek Novel help from the experts.

-I've purchased all the original numbered TOS books up through #97 but am ashamed to say I haven't actually read anything above #61 Sanctuary (John Vornholt kicks ass) and J.M. Dillard's Recovery #73. Besides In the Name of Honor, is there any novels (numbered above 60) that any of you prefer or strongly like more than others? I'm looking to choose a really good TOS story since I always hated the TV show but always LOVED the novels for some reason.

-There have been random series by some of my favorite authors (Michael Jan Friedman during Stargazer stuff, etc...). For anything like this, especially when its just one author doing what LOOKS like a series, is there only whats out or is there more coming possibly? (Stargazer is the only thing that pops into my head right now...)

-Did Kevin Ryan write Requiem for TNG (#31 or #32 i think)? I have the Errand of Vengeance books <2 or 3 parter?> and then I quickly snapped up Errand of Fury book 3 when it came up as a pre-order on our website. Is Errand of Fury connected to Errand of Vengeance by any chance... or did I miss 2 earlier books (and if thats true... Kevin Ryan rocks, and they are probably about Klingons which means an automatic buy. Damn you Ryan!!! :>)

-I know from years of lurking here (it took me awhile to figure out how to create an account and I missed the AOL Star Trek boards :>) that you don't HAVE to read book X to enjoy book Y. But whomever created the Lost Era books has confused the hell outta me. For starters, do you read only half of KRAD's the Art of the Impossible and THEN jump to Well of Lost Souls... and then back to KRAD's book? The year labeling doesn't make it clear. For the Lost Era books in general, do they tell an overall story arc over ALL of the books... so it makes it MUCH more enjoyable to read them all... or can you stick with select books if I'm picky about characters?

-Part 2 of the Lost Era. Is Christopher Bennett's The Buried Age the only other non-year (THANK YOU GOD!) labeled book and hopefully a good read (whether you have read the Lost Era books or not)? The cover art for this book has me interested... I just don't want to jump into something all confused.

-Same thing with the A Time To Books... is it worth it to go "all in" and buy them all to enjoy the WHOLE giant story or can just a few be chosen/read without losing anything?

-I'm sitting on about 20-25 of the numbered TNG books that I haven't read (don't ask me why but Dafydd ab Hugh got me to LOVE #33 Balance of Power)... and that was the last TNG book I've read. Any favorites of the numbered TNG books out there?

-The Titan books have me confused as well. I picked up the newest one and read the blurb and got hooked on the 'after the events of Destiny' angle. If someone has read the Destiny trilogy (not me yet but soon), LOVED it... but haven't touched any other Titan book, is it a mistake to buy this one? Should I start from the beginning?

I realize this is a LOT to post/ask about but I'm hoping a certain Worf2DS9 might jump out from behind a holodeck to help me here (and anyone else... you guys seem so nice!). Sorry if I repeated myself here... I'm the guy that chooses to make a post about Trek lit @ 4am on the East Coast.

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