Patrick O'Brien wrote:
^Cast No Shadow, is a great book and in my top three favorite Trek books of all time. What did you think of it TJ?
It's unequivocally the best Trek novel I've read in a very, very long time. I don't know if I'd put it in my Top 5, but it's definitely a top 10 contender. A most worthy sequel to The Undiscovered Country
, and something that makes Valeris a much more interesting character to me than she was in the film itself. And that little nod to The Ashes of Eden
made me really happy, too.
It was the first one I'd actually finished since reading A Singular Destiny
when it came out. *That* was a really
good book,but the next couple I tried to read after that were clunkers (to me). Inception
and The Soul Key
. Couldn't get past the first couple chapters of either, and it put me off reading Trek for quite a while. I think I tried Unspeakable Truth
, too, but by that time I just wasn't in the mood and put it aside. I was behind on Titan
and none of the post-Destiny
stuff coming out sparked an interest at the time, either.
It was kind of the same reaction I had with the early "TNG relaunch" books. The only one of those I really liked was KRAD's Q & A
, and after forcing myself to get through Before Dishonor
and then DS9's Fearful Symmetry
, I kinda gave up onTrek novels until A Singular Destiny
So anyway, it'd been what, almost four yearstaking a break from Trek
lit. And then, after finishing up the main sequence of The Camulod Chronicles
and waiting for the new Dresden Files
book to come out, I figured I'd give Cast No Shadow
a chance. Really, really
glad I did. It was a library book, but I'm definitely going to get my own copy soon and put it on the shelf next to Sarek
and The Ashes of Eden
(my TUC sequel section had long ago been purged of the god-awful A Fearful Summons
). And it gave me enough renewed interest and energy to try the Typhon Pact
books and a few other things. I'd say of those initial four, Seize the Fire
was the one I enjoyed the most, overall, for many reasons.
I'd be reading Vanguard: Open Secrets
right now, but my copy is boxed up right now, along with almost all the other books I own. My basement got flooded when Sandy hit, and it'll be another couple of weeks before everything's back together and I can start to unpack. Thank God for libraries. I picked up Indistinguishable From Magic
, Plagues of Night
, Raise the Dawn
from the library today, along with Steven King's It
ThinkI should put Children of Kings
and/or Troublesome Minds
on reserve? Like I said, Inception
didn't really do it for me, and honestly, neither did That Which Divides
. The latter really had nothing wrong with it, I just wasn't that into the story since "That Which Survives" was never one of my favorite episodes. I normally like TOS books, but I'm kinda wary of them right now.
On Chapter 2 of Indistinguishable
right now. So far so good. Oh, and I'm assuming Taurik being a Lieutenant again was just a minor editorial lapse?