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View Poll Results: Rate Indistinguishable From Magic
Outstanding 47 29.01%
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Old May 17 2011, 03:29 AM   #301
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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?
I'd have just used "Admiral" at that point. Or possibly "General".
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Old May 17 2011, 03:41 AM   #302
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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, 05:01 PM   #303
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^And started off in sciences.
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Old May 17 2011, 05:11 PM   #304
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I finally found a copy of Indistinguishable magic I had no idea it would be so hard to find in bookstores in my town.I can't wait to finally get some time and read this novel what little bit I read I've liked so far.
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Old May 17 2011, 05:14 PM   #305
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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?
So I've replaced Tomalak and Proconsul Tomalak with the admiral. So when I get to these parts, it should read as you wanted.
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Old May 18 2011, 06:23 PM   #306
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I finally finished the book and I really enjoyed it. It felt like a real adventure story. Well done and I hope for more.
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Old May 19 2011, 02:11 AM   #307
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Truth, styles do not work in spoilers. So please stop trying to use them.
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Old May 20 2011, 04:48 AM   #308
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Truth, styles do not work in spoilers. So please stop trying to use them.


how old is that post,
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Old May 20 2011, 08:10 PM   #309
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Truth, styles do not work in spoilers. So please stop trying to use them.


how old is that post,
It isn't about the age of the post I quoted. It is about the fact that the codes do not work and make the spoiler harder to read. I was just trying to let you know so you won't put in formatting codes that do not work.
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Old May 20 2011, 09:37 PM   #310
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I just startred reading this book I can't wait to to see how the mystery unfolds when comes to what happened to the NX 07 Intrepid and seeing the return of Scotty and Guinan & Nog.
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Old May 21 2011, 08:51 AM   #311
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I finished the book yesterday, let everything settle a bit, now I'm ready for some comments.

Overall, I enjoyed IFM. The plot was keeping me interested, which is always imported. There was very nice twists and surprises that kept me going. It was awesome to see some old faces again, though at times I thought one or two less would've worked just as well.

I did have a few issues. The pacing was off at times, for example

Or


Personally, I feel it could've been drawn out a bit more.

The dialogues at times were confusing sometimes, not being clear who was saying what.
And, personally, I was missing a bit more character development perhaps.

Overall though, a very enjoyable read, and it was great to have a Geordi novell after all these times!!

David, keep up the good work, next time you write a Star Trek novel, I'm reading it.
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Old May 21 2011, 12:22 PM   #312
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I gave it an outstanding. Loved this book, and really enjoyed where it left everyone at the end. Here's hoping for a follow-up.
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Old May 21 2011, 02:51 PM   #313
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Altogether an excellent book - it seems like the premiere of a rebooted SCE that got cut off before it really got going (I'm not saying it was before certain people jump down my throat, just that it seemed like it) with the Romulan/Hera section stuck on the end as almost an afterthought.

I liked the "new" characters - Vol needs to make a comeback at some point, even if Carolan suddenly lost all of her coolness (imho) in the jump between the two sections of the book, and we never really got the fleshed out character for Kat that we really should have recieved. It's these that make me think that perhaps we were intended to have more adventures with the crew.



Like others, the science was a smidgeon tough to visualise and understand at points, but otherwise enjoyable and, dare I say it, educational. The one thing that really let the book down was the numerous editing faux pas' - punctuation was missing and, at one point, a Benzite became a Bolian in the space of a few sentences. I know that there has been some upheaval in the editing process at PB - but if I can pick it up and let it pull me out of the story then it should have had the same effect on someone who has been paid to read the book and pick up on these things.

So, there we have it. A good book let down by a shoddy editing job and the feeling that this could have been so much more than it achieved. One of the better Trek books in recent months (it took over a month to read Path to Disharmony but under a week to read this) - it would get a 7/10 if I were scoring it and it could've inched up were the editing issues to have been sorted out.
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Old May 21 2011, 06:19 PM   #314
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Overall though, a very enjoyable read, and it was great to have a Geordi novell after all these times!!

David, keep up the good work, next time you write a Star Trek novel, I'm reading it.
I'll keep pitching, though it seems all the 2012 slots are filled...
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Old May 21 2011, 06:23 PM   #315
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I liked the "new" characters - Vol needs to make a comeback at some point, even if Carolan suddenly lost all of her coolness (imho) in the jump between the two sections of the book, and we never really got the fleshed out character for Kat that we really should have recieved. It's these that make me think that perhaps we were intended to have more adventures with the crew.
I definitely want to use Kat again in future. No plans for Vol, though anybody else can use him. Carolan... who knows?

Yes. In fact, in the original pitch he was Challenger's Captain (when it was just a Geordi book, with no Scotty et al), and so that was always going to happen. The trick was to think of a way to deal with Scotty being above him...
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