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Old February 20 2012, 09:45 PM   #316
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Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations

I'm about to start on The Red King after having just finished reading the last 15 chapters of Taking Wing in about 3 hours or so. I also finished Watching the Clock at about 4:30 or 5 this morning.
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Old February 20 2012, 10:50 PM   #317
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Started Mission Gamma: Cathedral last night and already got through 150 pages! It's really well done, but then, I'm a big fan of Martin & Mangels as writers. That said, I do think it took too long to get to the "point" when it's stated on the back cover very plainly. As ever, the station-board stuff grips my interest far more than the Gamma material, though I think this Gamma story might be the one I liked the most. (If the Vahni from Twilight are one of the best "alien" aliens.)

I'm also currently reading The Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947. It's pretty good, if I find the author assumes a level of familiarity with mid-16th/17th century history I don't really have. As well, I am a bit frustrated by the stream of consciousness-esque style of the prose. While I'm generally a fan of non-linear storytelling. Having a chapter start in 1701, jumping ahead 23 years just to discuss a coronation not occurring and then jumping back to 1648, without clearly differentiating between the Wilhelms, Friedrichs, Friedrich Williams and Johannes, can get annoying.
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Old February 21 2012, 06:40 AM   #318
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I finished 'A Singular Destiny' and did very much enjoy the ending (it does actually come to a pretty good point)- have now started on 'Losing the Peace'.
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Old February 21 2012, 08:00 AM   #319
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Diplomatic Implausibilty right now.
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Old February 21 2012, 04:24 PM   #320
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Finally made a big dent in ST novelverse pile.

Am currently on David Mack's Warpath. I think what follows are Fearful Symmetry & Soul Key and then I'm caught up on the pre-Destiny DS9 novels. Is that right? Nothing after Soul Key in DS9 novels prior to the big changes in Destiny?

After I get caught up on DS9, I may go right to Destiny. I already know about the big Voyager related plot point in Before Dishonor. I just want to get caught up to Typhon Pact (the ones that feature DS9 characters plus we have David George's duology this year too).

Once I get caught up to current TNGverse Trek lit, I'll go back and read a few of the pre-Destiny TNG books like Before Dishonor, Articles of the Federation, Battle of Betazed... essentially I have most of the books between Diplomatic Implausibility (which I read back in the day) and Destiny yet to read (Footnote: There were so many "Time To" books I only picked up the last one. Was it ever collected? Are the whole "Time To" books recommended?)

Plus I still have all the Lost Era books to read including Buried Age and Terok Nor (but I can read those anytime as they're set in the past).

Whew.... that's a lot of trek read'n onthe horizon, but I'm excited.
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Old February 21 2012, 04:31 PM   #321
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Am currently on David Mack's Warpath. I think what follows are Fearful Symmetry & Soul Key and then I'm caught up on the pre-Destiny DS9 novels. Is that right? Nothing after Soul Key in DS9 novels prior to the big changes in Destiny?
Essentially correct, although "Reservoir Ferengi" in the Seven Deadly Sins anthology does fill in the year after The Soul Key as far as Brunt, Gaila, and some other DS9 side characters are concerned.
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Old February 21 2012, 04:42 PM   #322
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^ That in the same series as Inglorious Nausicaans and Kill Sloan?
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Old February 21 2012, 05:18 PM   #323
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Am currently on David Mack's Warpath. I think what follows are Fearful Symmetry & Soul Key and then I'm caught up on the pre-Destiny DS9 novels. Is that right? Nothing after Soul Key in DS9 novels prior to the big changes in Destiny?
Essentially correct, although "Reservoir Ferengi" in the Seven Deadly Sins anthology does fill in the year after The Soul Key as far as Brunt, Gaila, and some other DS9 side characters are concerned.
The Seven Deadly Sins anthology didn't appeal to me on its surface, but I may have to pick it up now. Is "Reservoir Ferengi" a Ferengi story or one that really is more of a DS9 story?
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Old February 21 2012, 05:22 PM   #324
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^It's very much a Ferengi story, centered on Brunt. But the Ferengi characters were a major part of the DS9 tapestry, and the novella does occupy the first full year of the 4-year gap, so I feel it's worth mentioning in discussions of that gap.
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Old February 21 2012, 05:23 PM   #325
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EDIT: What Christopher said.
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Old February 21 2012, 05:24 PM   #326
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^It's very much a Ferengi story, centered on Brunt. But the Ferengi characters were a major part of the DS9 tapestry, and the novella does occupy the first full year of the 4-year gap, so I feel it's worth mentioning in discussions of that gap.
Thanks. I imagine there are no plans to fill the gap?

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It's a mostly a Ferengi story, as far as I can remember the only onscreen characters in it are Brunt and Gaila.
Ah. Hmm. Now, I'm so sure I want to pick up the Anthology.

Overall is the anthology a worthwhile read?
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Old February 21 2012, 05:27 PM   #327
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Most of the stories in it are good, so I'd recommend it. I haven't read the Mirror Universe, or Pakled stories yet though.
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Old February 21 2012, 05:46 PM   #328
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Most of the stories in it are good, so I'd recommend it. I haven't read the Mirror Universe, or Pakled stories yet though.
It does seem to have a who's who of top ST writers in it
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Old February 21 2012, 06:31 PM   #329
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Started Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn again. Must be about 15 years since I last read it.
Are you reading the new anniversary addition with the annotations?
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Old February 21 2012, 06:35 PM   #330
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Started Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn again. Must be about 15 years since I last read it.
Are you reading the new anniversary addition with the annotations?
Still the original one. As I had that one, I didn't bother getting the anniversary one. I wouldn't mind seeing the annotations (and to see if there are other changes) but we'll see about that.
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