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Old March 23 2009, 06:36 PM   #166
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Just finished reading Over a Torrent Sea and I really enjoyed it. After reading some of the comments about the Troi/Ree/Tuvok subplot beforehand, I wasn't sure I'd like that part, but I enjoyed that as well.

I really liked the scene between Eviku and Bralik where they're talking about Eviku's reaction to the death of his pet wadji. The other week at my brother's funeral we had a similar conversation (I had mentioned that my dog's death hit me harder emotionally than my brother's did), so I could really relate to that scene.

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Old March 23 2009, 08:03 PM   #167
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Um, might want to read that part again... it was Eviku's pet, not Bralik's.
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Old March 23 2009, 10:12 PM   #168
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I enjoyed it and while still far behind Orion's Hounds (it's the one to beat IMHO), I think I enjoyed it more than Sword for sure and Red King as well.

I do like having an exploration book for the first time in a while. I have done the Resistance through Destiny novels pretty much solid for the last 3 months. I have to admit by the time I got through Singular Destiny I was getting depressed with the state of the galaxy. That being said this was a nice book and I actually like how the Ree sub-plot was handled, though I feel that some more follow-up (like the trial) could have helped resolve it.

Overall it was quite decent, so congrats there Christopher!

Now to stalk that new Vanguard novel...
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Old March 24 2009, 06:51 AM   #169
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Um, might want to read that part again... it was Eviku's pet, not Bralik's.
Oops-I knew that, but I had a gender typo there.
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Old March 25 2009, 03:09 AM   #170
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Figured, just teasing you a little. I do that sort of typo all the time.
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Old March 25 2009, 04:05 AM   #171
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Bought this at Seatac airport because I was going to finish A Singular Destiny before my flight even left.

Greatly enjoyed it, too!

But Chris, you should be shot for that "comity" pun....

Ok, I did grin a little, but don't do that again *wags finger*

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Old March 26 2009, 11:06 AM   #172
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Star Trek in general, imho should be more like Titan, about the characters and how they live together on a ship in all their diversity. TNG was my favorite TV show ever, but the TNG novels don't kick it for me at the moment, not in comparison to the Titan series. This novel certainly helped to smooth my opinion on recent Trek Lit a lot. I'm really looking forward to the next Titan installment, thank you very much Mr. Bennett and please keep up the good work!
There already was a Trek like this, it was called DS9.
Yeah I know and I fully agree I meant it in comparison to the latest Trek novels before Oats, especially the Destiny trilogy. There was so much war and destruction and despair...terrible. After the Dominion war I was fed up with these kinds of scenarios and I had hoped that Trek would once again be about exploration. The reason why I love Next Gen (only the TV Show, not the relaunch) so much is, that it always makes me think about my own behaviour, my own viewpoints and the way I deal with new people. It always had a morale in the end, which taught me something or made me re-evaluate my point of view.
Oats has reminded me of that Trek I really valued The rest of the newer Trek Lit, imho, has not much to do with what Trek stood for. At least for me, that's why I am so thoroughly disappointed by BD and Destiny and why I really like Oats.
The quality of Next Gen and DS9 (as always imo) during it's runs on TV was über-standard compared to all the other Trek shows.
Ok, you might want to say now that Next Gen was educational and some sort of a moral sermon, but I liked this and the quiter tone of the show. I don't like the big action á la Destiny, so once again, Oats was just right for me
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Old March 27 2009, 06:05 AM   #173
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Like others I have to admit I really had trouble staying with this book. I actually had to force myself to keep reading at times and finally finish. It's not that the book is poorly written either. I just personally found the science and biology a little overwhelmingly excessive at times, and too much a part of the storytelling.

The character dynamics were very interesting and are what kept me reading on. I especially enjoy Dr. Ree. The doctor is unpredictable and just insane in many ways, and such a likable character too. Riker for the most part I thought was written spot on but Deanna in many scenes did not work for me and I had trouble hearing her voicing. Tuvok is also one of my favorite characters on Titan and I think he adds to the crew as well as does T'Pel. I know that Vale has been around for quite a few books now but I still have trouble buying into her character. Melora is also another one of my favorites and her relationship with Xin has been interesting to read and follow the growth in their relationship. It will be interesting to see if Xin can grow beyond his cultural restraints, or lack there of, to discover the joy and freedom there is in commitment to a relationship.

I generally enjoy reading Chris Bennett's work and find him quite a creative writer but I hope in the future he will use a little restraint with the science and biology and concentrate more on advancing the story and characters. I give the book 3 out of 5 stars.

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Old March 27 2009, 02:31 PM   #174
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^Too often in its history, science fiction literature has approached a focus on science and a focus on character as mutually incompatible goals. When the science and worldbuilding are strong, the characterization tends to suffer, and when the characterization is strong, the science and worldbuilding tend to be lax. I always try to strike a balance between the two.
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Old March 27 2009, 04:01 PM   #175
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I actually finished this earlier this week, but completely forgot to write my comments, so here goes.
I loved the book, I thought Droplet and squales and their creations were all absolutely fascinating. Now I can see where alot of people thought it might have been to much, but I actually really liked it. While there were a few times some stuff did get a little hard to follow, I actually picked up on most of the science and stuff in the book pretty quickly, and as for the stuff I didn't get, most of the time I was able to just move on, and within a few pages I was ok again.
I also really liked the character work that you did in this one Chris. I really thought that you were able to give us alot of interesting character development and you moved the arcs forward in a way that made sense. I espcially liked what you did with Ali, I've been curious about her ever since she first popped up with her hydration suit, and her history with Riker, and I am very glad that we got to learn so much about in this book. She definitely has a very interesting history, and I am glad that we got to learn about it.
The same thing goes for the stuff with Ree, I've always liked him, and I thought you did some really interesting stuff with him in this one. I can see where alot of people might have had a problem with his behavior, but I really didn't, once everything was explained.
As for the actual plots, I thought they were both very interesting and done very well. I just realized something while I was writting this, both plots featured a new alien species dealing with something they've never seen before. We have the squales encountering non-biological technology, and then we have the Lumbuans encountering alien beings for the first time.
My final ranking would be 9/10.
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Old March 27 2009, 05:24 PM   #176
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Old March 30 2009, 05:03 AM   #177
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I've been trying to not read the posts in this thread to avoid spoilers so can anyone tell me if it is necessary to have read the Destiny series to enjoy this book? Having not read the Destiny series is there anything I should know that would not be a spoiler yet helpful?
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Old March 30 2009, 05:23 AM   #178
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I've been trying to not read the posts in this thread to avoid spoilers so can anyone tell me if it is necessary to have read the Destiny series to enjoy this book? Having not read the Destiny series is there anything I should know that would not be a spoiler yet helpful?
No you do not need to read Destiny first. It might be helpful only because the Titan crew had a large role in the Destiny books but OATS gives all the necessary background information you need to follow the story.

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I've been trying to not read the posts in this thread to avoid spoilers so can anyone tell me if it is necessary to have read the Destiny series to enjoy this book? Having not read the Destiny series is there anything I should know that would not be a spoiler yet helpful?
No you do not need to read Destiny first. It might be helpful only because the Titan crew had a large role in the Destiny books but OATS gives all the necessary background information you need to follow the story.

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Yes! I'm finding that to be true. Thanks!
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Re: Titan: Over a Torrent Sea (SPOILERS)

I've now finished this and have to say that I enjoyed it immensely. I agree with both sides of the argument regarding Ree's actions, and although I'm sure the hearing will likely be referenced in the next book or something, I would think Riker might decide to put a reprimand in Ree's permanent file, just like Sisko did to Worf after the latter saved Jadzia at the expense of the mission at hand.

I didn't think the science was too much, since I enjoy Christopher's real-science approach to Trek. I'm looking forward to his next outing.

Just one question, is the Horne a Flyer-class heavy shuttle or just a heavy shuttle with no class name?
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