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Old December 3 2012, 11:03 PM   #96
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Re: TNG: Silent Weapons by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)

Thrawn wrote: View Post
I haven't read these yet (swamped at work); just a quick question. I bought the Destiny trilogy for my dad last year for Christmas - he decided to give TrekLit a chance, for the first time, and he LOVED it.

Do you think he could go straight from Destiny to Cold Equations, as someone that doesn't care very much about continuity as long as he can recognize most of the characters, and not be lost? Is it as good? (I ask now because the third won't be out until after Christmas anyway.)

Thanks.
Deranged Nasat wrote: View Post
Thrawn wrote: View Post
Do you think he could go straight from Destiny to Cold Equations, as someone that doesn't care very much about continuity as long as he can recognize most of the characters, and not be lost?
I'd say he almost certainly could. If he read and enjoyed Destiny without having read the Titan books or Greater Than the Sum, etc, then reading Cold Equations without having read Immortal Coil or (for the second book) the Typhon Pact stories shouldn't be an issue. Most of the focus is on characters he'll know from TV or else met in Destiny anyway.

If he knows Data and the backstory with Data's family, then everything should be more than fine. For the second book, the Typhon Pact might need explaining, but that will take about 30 seconds, I'm sure.
Yeah, I agree with Deranged Nasat, he should be fine.

Two things I would add, though:

1) If he enjoys reading good TrekLit, you could always give him the Immortal Coil along with the trilogy and present it as a trilogy plus bonus. Another reason to consider throwing in IC is because it looks like book 3 will follow up on a couple of major points from it.

2) Also, if you wanted to present a sort of "Typhon Pact"-lite package, you could give him PoN and RtD by themselves. The former summarizes and integrates the other TP novels into the larger narrative very well, and might make some things in Cold Equations more impactful.

Obviously, those ^^ are optional add-ons, as it were, to the overall package. I guess I would advise you to get a copy of Immortal Coil, in case he decides he wants to go back and read that too (which he very well might after having read the first two). In the States, you can get a used copy of it relatively inexpensively, so it might be a thoughtful thing to do.

In terms of "Is Cold Equations as good as Destiny?" my first response would be yes. I think it depends on what he liked about Destiny, so I guess knowing that would permit me a better response.

Related to that, I have gone on record, as it were, here at the BBS saying that I felt that RtD was stronger than Destiny. That's just my opinion, of course, and I am in the minority. But if he is a DS9 fan at all, then I strongly recommend DRGII's duology.
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