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View Poll Results: Rate Indistinguishable From Magic
Outstanding 47 29.01%
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Old May 12 2011, 01:25 PM   #286
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Re: Star Trek: TNG: Indistinguishable From Magic Review Thread

Hehe well I can't blame you for wanting to plug it! I can't remember if I've already said this but in case I haven't it is a fantastic book! Definitely one of my favourites! And definitely deserving of some plugging!
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Old May 12 2011, 04:27 PM   #287
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Other than the two book issue, I thought it deserved an 8/10 - and I grade unfairly.
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Old May 12 2011, 06:57 PM   #288
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Today's the official UK release date...
Apparently, my copy is currently en route to me courtesy of Amazon.co.uk. Very much looking forward to it.
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Old May 13 2011, 10:15 AM   #289
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I am really enjoying this book. Just getting started and I'm already drowning in old friends! Forgive me for this, but kick-ass job, Lonemagpie.

I LOLed at that, by the way. Literally. My wife came in to see what was up.
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Old May 13 2011, 02:53 PM   #290
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Finished the novel last night. Quite good, though some of the more advanced mathematical constructs took my head for a spin. The ending seemed a bit too abrupt, but it was still hard to put down! Hopefully we'll see more of Scotty and Rasmussen again...
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Old May 14 2011, 01:15 AM   #291
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I just finished reading the novel.
A pretty good read.
:-)
Though, one thing that I noticed (although I may have simply overlooked it) was that they never established exactly why was the NX-07's hull showing up signs of being 2 thousand years old.
To me it seemed as if that little tidbit was simply... dropped, or I somehow missed it.
Missed it - it gets a technobabble explanation on page 88-89. Glad you liked it!
So what pages are they in the ePub edition?
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Old May 14 2011, 07:32 AM   #292
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I just finished reading the novel.
A pretty good read.
:-)
Though, one thing that I noticed (although I may have simply overlooked it) was that they never established exactly why was the NX-07's hull showing up signs of being 2 thousand years old.
To me it seemed as if that little tidbit was simply... dropped, or I somehow missed it.
Missed it - it gets a technobabble explanation on page 88-89. Glad you liked it!
So what pages are they in the ePub edition?
Haven't a clue - I've never seen one. It's Chapter 6 though.
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Old May 14 2011, 06:19 PM   #293
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My copy arrived yesterday. I'm about 140 pages in and really enjoying it. I really appreciated the conversation about what the universe can absorb before triggering the creation of a new timeline.
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Old May 16 2011, 06:33 PM   #294
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If anyone feels like lending a poor Brit a hand...what happens to Geordi?
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Old May 16 2011, 06:41 PM   #295
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I noticed what might be an error. On page 272 Ogawa mentions Scotty having spent 80 years in a transporter buffer. However, from what I remember, Scotty was stuck in the transporter buffer for 75 years. Or is Ogawa just estimating?
It's not an error, just an example of a person, as most people do, rounding to the nearest multiple of ten while talking.

So what change needs to be made to fix the error? Since I have the ePub edition, I can make the change fairly easily.
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Old May 16 2011, 07:01 PM   #296
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The part was meant to be replaced by just a Romulan Admiral
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Old May 16 2011, 10:27 PM   #297
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The part was meant to be replaced by just a Romulan Admiral
I did find one other error in chapter 19.

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Old May 17 2011, 01:20 AM   #298
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^Yeah, it's in his thoughts, not his speech, so I don't think phonetic spelling would be called for there.
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Old May 17 2011, 02:35 AM   #299
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Finally finished the book properly last night. My overall impression is that it was a fun read and a page turner. However, there were quite a lot of little things in this book that pulls me out of the story every now and then that I can't rate it as 'outstanding'.

Some of these things are very minor mistakes, for example a missing/extra quotation mark. Some are just words that read a bit awkward to me, one that pops to mind is "opponent's ship's shields" which is a bit of a mouthful when I tried to read it, and it broke the flow of my reading. There were also conversations where I didn't know who was speaking, this is especially the case on p452-3 where the second section started with Geordi and Leah walking, 10 lines later we were told Vol was the only other person left on the ship, then we had a conversion which started with Geordi but it wasn't until the end of the conversation I realised that he was talking to Leah when she kissed him. One mistake was scientific: just because Challenger is accelerating at 0.1g towards somewhere, and the ship had a gravity of 0.5g, it doesn't mean the people in the ship will experience 0.6g, in fact the probability of that happening is very small. It's more likely that the characters experienced acceleration in some random direction, as 0.1g is roughly change of 0 to 100kph in 15 seconds, and they might experience a change (+ve or -ve) in gravity.

So I think this book showed the editorial turmoil behind the scenes in Pocket over the last year, as all of these things can be easily corrected.

OTOH, I didn't have too much problem with the two book in one thing other people in this thread had. Maybe because I knew about it going into the book. Same with Scotty's medical situation.

Anyway, this was a fun read, the story was engaging for me and I loved seeing all the old familiar faces and loved Geordi's journey through it. Oh yeah, I giggled at the Belgium reference. Looking forward to your next novel, David. :Bolian:
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Old May 17 2011, 02:53 AM   #300
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The part was meant to be replaced by just a Romulan Admiral
Can you give me the name you would have used please so I can make the correction?


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^Yeah, it's in his thoughts, not his speech, so I don't think phonetic spelling would be called for there.
But the term hew-mon was used so I do think the phonetic way would be correct there.
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