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Old February 23 2013, 08:50 PM   #4
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Re: Sorrows of the Empire

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I just finished reading Glass Empires including Sorrows of the Empire.
Time to read next book?

So, how come it is also Sorrows of the Empire and it is the same story (from what I can see at the beginning).
I realise it is much longer.

Does it have that much extra in it so as to make it a worthwhile read or should I skip it?

Of course, no spoilers please.
From an interview I did with David Mack a bit over three years ago:

The fact that the novel is an expansion of an existing story might lead to scepticism amongst readers as to whether the new version is worth buying. What, in David’s opinion, makes the new Sorrows a worthwhile read? “The first reason is that the new novel is more than twice the length of the original, clocking in at around 92,000 words.” But quantity isn’t everything, so David has made sure to improve the existing material, too. “In the course of adding new material, mostly in the form of new chapters, I have also taken the opportunity to streamline much of the original work. In some cases this was done to mesh old and new material; in other cases I was addressing stylistic issues, tweaking my word choices, or otherwise applying the lessons I have learned in the last few years since I wrote the original.”

The expansion has also given him the chance to explore some plot elements and characters which were sidelined in the short novel in more depth. “I’ve plumbed deeper into characters other than Spock,” he reveals, “and I’ve detailed at least one event from each of the 28 years spanned by the story. Marlena’s point of view is given greater examination, and I’ve worked to better integrate the characters who previously had made only cameos – in particular, Saavik and, to a lesser degree, T’Prynn from the Vanguard series.”
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