Andy Mangels wrote:
I can guarantee you that I had absolutely NOTHING to do with plotting or characterization in this book or ANY of Mike's solo books.
Reviews of previous collaborations that have singled out characterization have spoken of many scenes which I wrote. I consider characterization one of my strong suits, along with action and conflict scenes.
World-building and Trek politics are one of my weaker areas, which is why Mike handled many of those scenes, as he is very strong in those areas.
Fair enough - I didn't think you'd simply pulled out of the novel halfway through or anything. Granted, I don't really know you, but you don't strike me as the type.
No, to me, the book just really feels your lack, as though Mr. Martin was just.... expecting the other half of the story to come from somewhere else. I don't know. It's all very odd trying to get through it.