Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations
While I'm on a bit of a rant, I get it. Keru is a "hulking" unjoined Trill. Ree has sharp teeth. Troi is an empath. People, at book number 7 in the series, you don't need to tell us these things every single time the characters appear in a scene. Titan suffers the most from this need to define each character's species and/or appearance nearly every time they appear.
Any book has the potential to be some reader's first book in the series. Since Titan
is just about the most episodic of the 24th-century series, that's particularly the case there. Writers shouldn't assume that every last person who reads a particular book is familiar with the earlier ones. Even people who have read the earlier ones may need a reminder about who's who, especially in a cast this diverse.
Very true. In fact, your own Over a Torrent Sea
was the first Titan
novel I read (with the exception of Destiny
). I really appreciated being introduced to the characters in a way that didn't make me feel lost. It was that positive experience reading Over a Torrent Sea
that made me go back and read the rest of the series. The re-introductions may seem tedious and unnecessary to long-time readers, but from both a creative and marketing standpoint they make a lot of sense.
I guess I'll just have to agree to disagree. There's a directory in the back of the book that tells who everyone is, which is more than a lot of book series do. Of all the book series I've read over the years, the vast majority don't go to the extremes the Titan series has gone to to reintroduce every character and then reinforce basic physical traits nearly every time they appear.
I finished Fallen Gods
this morning. I liked the Andorian story line, but that was about it.
Next up, I'm picking up Forgotten History
again. I started it a few months ago but got distracted from it. I really enjoyed the first DTI book, so I'm looking forward to this one.
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