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View Poll Results: How would you rate Zero Sum Game?
Outstanding 38 22.22%
Above Average 78 45.61%
Average 45 26.32%
Below Average 8 4.68%
Poor 2 1.17%
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Old November 5 2010, 04:25 PM   #151
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^ Because I want her to be a mystery — an enigma wrapped in a riddle and smothered with secret sauce. Metaphorically speaking. Don't go getting any pervy notions.
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Old November 5 2010, 06:43 PM   #152
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Many. many moons ago, I read a short story set in a society where everyone was forced to wear masks to hide their looks, weights to negate any physical advantages, and brain implants that would prevent the smarter members from out-thinking anyone else. Needless to say, Dave's depiction of the Breen reminded me of that old tale, and I'm wondering if anyone else might recognize it?
Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut. I read it in high school. I thought of the same story when I read Zero Sum Game.

I liked the Bacco angle, I didn't think we'd see her in this novel. Paths of Disharmony yes, but not here.

It reaffirms my view that the Bacco character was a wise choice as a plot device to show high-government level issues quickly without tying down the story in endless descriptions of governments structure.
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Old November 6 2010, 08:16 PM   #153
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Re: Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game Review thread

Breezed through the first 100 pages today, so far so good.
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Old November 6 2010, 11:23 PM   #154
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Basically...I'm a little set off at how rushed the "clash" between Ezri and Julian was.

It's like the relaunch over again. Ezri--WHAT THE HECK IS YOUR PROBLEM???
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Old November 6 2010, 11:40 PM   #155
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ah... i gotta stop reading spoilers... good lord its gonna be a pain to go to school on monday... one hour before lady mailman arrives with my book... (she's hot btw )
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Old November 6 2010, 11:43 PM   #156
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What's up with this book in Canada? I went to two different Chapters and neither had it in stock, and now I try ordering it off amazon.ca and it say 10-14 days to ship? WTH???
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Old November 7 2010, 12:36 AM   #157
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What's up with this book in Canada? I went to two different Chapters and neither had it in stock, and now I try ordering it off amazon.ca and it say 10-14 days to ship? WTH???
I went to the Chapters in Belleville on the 28th and they had Destiny but not Zero Sum Game. I checked online but they don't seem to be stocking the Typhon Pact novels.

I ordered from chapters.ca and got it in four days. They have lowered their free shipping threshold to $25 so just get another book or two while you're at it.

Or you can order anything direct to their store with no shipping charge.

Amazon.ca isn't actually a Canadian business, they ship from the States through Mississauga. Long story short (it's very political) Chapters has the book and are shipping it now and on time. Save yourself the trouble and pre-order Seize the Fire online.
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Old November 7 2010, 12:56 AM   #158
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Something that occured to me earlier. At some point in the book, there is mention made of the "Khitomer Accord Powers", I think it was someone on one of the Romulan warbirds that got caught by Ezri's cloaked Klingons trick asking if the order not to fire on the "Khitomer Accord Powers" ship had bee rescinded.

Is this supposed to be an indication that in the year or so since Destiny/Singualr Destiny that more states signed up to the Accords (maybe as a result of that summit mentioned at the end of Singualr Destiny) or is it just really a fancy title for the Fed/Klingons that is remeniscant of the Typhon Pact in naming style?
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Old November 7 2010, 01:23 AM   #159
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I took it as confirmation that that summit was succesful and the Khitomer Accords had been expanded to include Cardassia, the IRS and the Talarians (and maybe the Ferengi Alliance).
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Old November 7 2010, 02:51 PM   #160
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According to the Chapters website, 11 of 13 Chapters-owned stores within 25 km of my postal code have the book in stock. (The two local Chapters stores that don't have ZSG are the two nearest to me.)

Amazon.ca did have the book because I got mine from them.
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Old November 7 2010, 06:24 PM   #161
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The story starts to heat after Chapter 20. We see how Julian's compassionate can be both a strength and weakness. I don't like when asks if having to put another person's life in danger is some kind of "elitism of the genetically engineered." No, it's part of being in Starfleet, you doofus!!!

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Old November 7 2010, 07:19 PM   #162
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Well, here are my thoughts about Sarina/Julian:

If she's serious about her "current occupation", there are two possibilities--



Or--




If, on the other hand, she's faking it all--



But even putting all that aside, if she's faking it all--



Thus...however you look at it--Ezri's on to something in Chapter 6. Julian's in over his head with Sarina. For whatever reason...he's just too blind to see it.
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Old November 7 2010, 10:51 PM   #163
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From what I remember about the Khitomer accords it only included the Federation, Klingons and recently, the newly separated Romulan empire led by Donatra. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old November 7 2010, 11:22 PM   #164
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From what I remember about the Khitomer accords it only included the Federation, Klingons and recently, the newly separated Romulan empire led by Donatra. Correct me if I'm wrong.
also the ferengi, the talarians and the cardassians were invited. if they actually came to an agreement and signed is not yet certain. only hinted.
on the other hand i havent read ZSG yet.
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Old November 8 2010, 09:35 PM   #165
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For the record, while I'm free from having to hear the missus go on and on about the romance of the week on Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice, I am not exactly rooting for happily ever after.


Mack still does well to stick to Bashir's character traits. He still sees the sweet innocent girl of seven years earlier. He'd expect some of the actions she's taken throughout the mission from Sisko, Kira, Worf, or Garak.
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