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View Poll Results: Rate Silent Weapons.
Outstanding 37 44.05%
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Old December 26 2012, 11:02 PM   #211
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How does one pronounce "Šmrhová" anyway?
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Old December 26 2012, 11:02 PM   #212
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How does one pronounce "Šmrhová" anyway?
Beats me, I keep wanting to say 'Smirnoff', like the Vodka. Probably says more about me though...
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Old December 26 2012, 11:18 PM   #213
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How does one pronounce "Šmrhová" anyway?
A hobby of mine is reading about foreign language phonologies and the different ways the Latin alphabet is used to transcribe non-Latin sounds. Czech has a pretty cool phonology and orthography.

Š corresponds to English "sh".
M is as in English.
R is a trilled "r", as in Spanish "perro", but it also can form a syllable nucleus, as it does here. (So "Šmr" is one syllable, just like the "ble" in "syllable" is one syllable without an actual vowel.) Note that this "r" is different from the "ř" in Dvořák's name.
H is basically like in English.
O is an Italianate "o".
V is as in English.
Á is a long "a," as in Spanish "casa", but held longer.

So, assuming I understand correctly, "Šmrhová" should probably be rendered by Anglophones as "Shmerr-ho-VA", with that first syllable theoretically being much more "rr" than "er".
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Old January 3 2013, 07:41 AM   #214
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Literally read this one in one sitting. Sat down, three hours later, book done. Never done that before.

For all the thrilling heroics, though, there wasn't as much emotional weight to this one as I'd hoped. Bacco and Esperanza was great, and Picard's conflict I thought was nicely done, but I was hoping for more interesting introspection from Data and Worf.

I do like that Geordi has been up front kicking ass for two books in a row now. Having decided that he likes it here, dude's been nicely angst-free and enjoying himself.
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Old January 9 2013, 10:12 AM   #215
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Awesome book. I just finished a few a little while ago and haven't read the threads yet and I'm exhausted. Past my bed time but I HAD to finish this. I loved it. Can't wait to start the third book. Tomorrow...
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Old January 10 2013, 06:43 PM   #216
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This is an awesome book I just finished this book a little while. Bravo. I really like how Data character storyline was continued in this book and how Geordi's friendship with Data was further explored in this novel. I'm so glad that story was focused on the growth of the chracters and the changes they've gone through.It looks like the Gorn and the Romulans are very angry with the Breen. I'm loking forward to reading the last book in this series,
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Old January 19 2013, 04:22 AM   #217
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Just finished, that was a blast! I liked a lot of elements, namely the continuation of the resurrected Data's story and path, the use of the Breen, and the political-thriller elements, too.

One minor detail: the fake Pinero's assault on Bacco reminded me a lot of Eastwood's In The Line Of Fire.

Also, that little wink to the Mirror Universe was nice. Well-played, Mr. Mack! Can't wait to read The Body Electric whenever I get it.
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Old February 13 2013, 08:16 PM   #218
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http://unreality-sf.net/2013/02/05/s...eapons-review/

My review of the novel. Enjoyed it, my only major gripe with it was that the Breen's plan felt way to convulted.
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Old June 21 2013, 02:50 PM   #219
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http://unreality-sf.net/2013/02/05/s...eapons-review/

My review of the novel. Enjoyed it, my only major gripe with it was that the Breen's plan felt way to convulted.
Nice review, thanks for sharing it!



I just finished my own.

http://unitedfederationofcharles.blo...t-weapons.html

I really loved the Breen and Gorn's portrayal in this book. The Typhon Pact is already showing its fraying nature yet, ironically, the Federation may be shoring it up as I see a relationship with the Gorn and Romulans lasting far longer than I see the Breen with anyone. Well, you know, ignoring a certain EVENT in three years.

I actually feel bad for the Romulans for the first time in, well, forever. It may be wrong but I'm also getting the impression the Breen are a very fiscally conscious government given everyone is always speculating on their budgets whenever they propose projects. It's a nice change of pace from most governments I know. I do wonder, however, whether there's any positive qualities to the Breen or whether they're just a loathsome dictatorship. Could you share what you see as the positives of Breen society, DM?

I also agree with fans on this board who state they think the Breen sacrificed much better assets than they would have gained with the wormhole ship. As impressive as that was. Also, bluntly, I can't imagine the Tholians will be too happy to be betrayed to the Federation by the Breen. Jeez, these guys are awful allies.

Great book and awesome spy fiction.
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Old March 14 2014, 09:45 PM   #220
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How does one pronounce "Šmrhová" anyway?
Easily


I just finished the book and I must admit my opinion differs from the majority. I found it good but it didn't take my breath away. After finishing it I must say that the plot was quite interesting, but I think the "chopped" form was interrupting my concentration; I was just getting into a situation of, say, the Picard plot, when it was abruptly changed to the Breen only to be quickly changed to Bacco.

However, the plots coming together and explaining everything (including seemingly idiotic complains "why did you save me?" from Crusher, which turned out to be totally understandable after she said what she was really angry about), and leaving the answer to the question "what are the Breen up to?" until almost the last moment made it a book worth reading.
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Old March 15 2014, 01:41 AM   #221
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I just finished this trilogy recently as well. While it was nice to see the return of Data, and the trail he was following to find the Immortal and his mother---it was kind of mediocre. I am interested in reading Immortal Coil (which has been sitting on my shelf for the last decade unread---just way too many books to read) to understand stuff more clearly that occurs in The Body Electric, but yeah, I was hoping for more from this trilogy and I just found that it did not deliver.
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