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Old November 29 2013, 11:00 PM   #7
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Re: TNG: Death in Winter by Michael Jan Friedman Review Thread (Spoile

I enjoyed it very much. I wasn't expecting it to feature Picard's old crew members; they were a welcome surprise and they were interestingly evolved from "Reunion". I didn't understand some fans' adverse reactions to the book. I liked the plot. It used Sela quite effectively. Although the novel's storyline perhaps didn't have the "high concept" required of the then-seemingly ailing hardcovers.

It did suggest "high concept", though. I recall the editorial/marketing teasing aspects of the promotional material for this book, riding on the heels of BBS members daring Pocket to "do something permanent" to a major character, and the cover and title of this book seemed to indicate that Beverly might be killed off. Then there were inevitable waves of anger that she might be, then waves of disappointment when she wasn't, and renewed accusations of Pocket not having the guts to kill a regular character. And all suddenly forgotten when Janeway trod a similar path.
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