I loved The Needs of the Many
! You can't burn that, not just to save a few frostbitten fingers!
I think the novels have been consistantly good since Destiny. HUGE changes have come to Trek...
...and the reading has been, for the most part, hugely entertaining. It seems like the novels have a long-term plan for the Trek 'verse.
IMO, it was the pre-Destiny books that were inconsistant. Several seemingly random Borg attacks dominated Next Generation (with lots of
's in Resistance
and Before Dishonor
), DS9 went off into an unpopular (at least around here, I haven't read them yet) Mirror Universe tangent, Voyager was doing nothing of note...