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Old August 15 2013, 04:31 AM   #2560
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Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations

Read and finished "The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius," "Why I Write," "A Hanging," and "Politics and the English Language," all essays by George Orwell.

Finally finished reading The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter.

Now moving on to Myra Bergman Ramos's English translation of Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Pedagogia do Oprimido) by Paulo Freire.

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Finished book one of Cold Equations a couple of days ago (a brilliant read), and just finished book two. Enjoyed the second one a lot, but I wasn't thrilled with the explanation for the plot. It left too many unanswered questions. I hope that's expanded in book three. Either way, on to the third.
I hope to God that doesn't mean that all the Orion/Breen stuff is continued in book three. I'm working my way through book two right now myself and, man, is it WORK. Hain's storyline, and whatever the hell is it she and her people are doing makes no sense whatsoever.
I don't think it's that hard to understand.

And I'm beginning to think I should have read the Typhon Pact novels first. I don't understand any of THAT either.
All you really need to know is that the Typhon Pact has moderate governments (Romulans and Gorn) and aggressive governments. The Breen Domo wants the Breen to become the dominant power and has a history of trying to seize advanced FTL tech in this quest. (They tried to steal UFP quantum slipstream tech in Zero Sum Game.)

And, We FINALLY get Data back after a decade, and instead of him simply rejoining the Enterprise crew as he should have,
How boring. There is life after Starfleet, y'know.

he goes off on a search for Vasilvik for....reasons.
"Reasons?" Data II thinks Vasilvik can resurrect Lal. That's not "reasons." That's a very clear, and frankly very understandable, motivation. There's not a parent out there wouldn't tear the world apart for their kids.

Now, I don't want to sound like I'm disparaging Dave Mack's work here. I'm not. I usually love his stuff. Book one was great. I REALLY enjoyed the look it gave us at Noonien Soong and what he was doing all those years, and of course, his part in Data's return. It's just all this Orion/Breen intrigue that seems to have come from nowhere. Of course, the attempts to involve Data in all that will, I hope, pay off in book three. Maybe I just can't see it all yet.
Understand that Cold Equations is a loose trilogy linked by theme and by Data II's quest to resurrect "his daughter." It's not a tight, single-plot trilogy a la Destiny.
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