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Old January 10 2013, 03:49 AM   #1591
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I think the Flashback novelization is a considerable improvement on the episode. It gives it a stronger, more character-driven climax rather than just the "Doctor techs a virus to death" climax of the episode, and it adds a strong Kes B-plot as well as a Paris C-plot.
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Old January 10 2013, 06:38 AM   #1592
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^ Yup.
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Old January 10 2013, 06:39 PM   #1593
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I just finished reading Cold Equations Book 2. I've really enjoyed reading this miniseries.I also finished readins an old Tos novel Perry's Planet.I'm reading the latest novel by Ben Bova.
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Old January 10 2013, 08:57 PM   #1594
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Finished the Cold Equations trilogy by David Mack. Now trying to finally finish Confidence Men: Washington, Wall Street, and the Education of a President by Ron Suskind before moving on to re-start and finally finish The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre.
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Old January 11 2013, 03:15 AM   #1595
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I finished up ST:TNG Indistinguishable from Magic last night. I posted my thoughts over in the book specific review thread.
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Old January 11 2013, 02:18 PM   #1596
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Finished Invasion! Book 1: First Strike. I'm neither much of a TOS nor Diane Carey fan but I like the novel very much.

I had expected the Furies to be dumb 'demons in space'. Instead, Carey made them likable. In the battles between Feds, Klingons and Furies, there was no black/white, each group carried some sympathy and the almost-peace with the Furies adds a delicious bittersweet note overall.

The next book on schedule is Invasion! Book 2: The Soldiers of Fear. In addition, I've begun reading Beowulf and Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales as part of my university studies.
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Old January 11 2013, 02:25 PM   #1597
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Starting in on Brian Fagan's The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850.
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Old January 11 2013, 06:50 PM   #1598
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About halfway through Plagues of Night at the moment. Indistinguishable from Magic was, unfortunately, indistinguishable from fanfic.
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Old January 11 2013, 07:35 PM   #1599
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Indistinguishable from Magic was, unfortunately, indistinguishable from fanfic.
Because of the small universe syndrome (the crew, the son finding his mother's fate), or was there anything else, too? Just curious.
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Old January 11 2013, 08:18 PM   #1600
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Indistinguishable from Magic was, unfortunately, indistinguishable from fanfic.
Because of the small universe syndrome (the crew, the son finding his mother's fate), or was there anything else, too? Just curious.
I didn't mind the overall plot at all, and I like most, if not all of the characters involved. I can deal with small universe syndrome. It's a Trek staple, after all. But this went beyond that into full-fledged continuity porn territory.

But still, I could've dealt with all that, if the characters had been, well, in character. Their voices were almost all wrong, all the time. The dialogue wasn't good at all, and the prose was quite awkward in a lot of places.

I say all this in comparison to the standards of writing established by the average Trek novel of the recent years. It was decidedly amateurish.

Still and all, it was at least a little better than anything that, say, Susan Wright ever committed to text. Her books made my eyes bleed.
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Old January 11 2013, 11:19 PM   #1601
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I finished Cold Equations: The Body Electric a few days ago. I don't like it as much as the previous two, but it's still very enjoyable.

I'm currently reading Star Trek: Mere Anarchy: Things Fall Apart. I'm having a hard time getting into this one. It's not bad, it's just not gripping me. I've really enjoyed everything I've read by Kevin Dilmore and/or Dayton Ward (except That Which Divides, which wasn't bad, but similarly wasn't gripping) so I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with the authors, but I can't really say what I'm not enjoying about it. Anyway, I'm just going to continue on and hopefully I'll enjoy the other stories more.
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Old January 11 2013, 11:29 PM   #1602
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Old January 11 2013, 11:52 PM   #1603
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Just noticed that the first 2 Cold Equations books' Kindle editions are on sale on Amazon for 5.99 each. Good timing for me, and I thought there might be others here who might benefit.

I finished Plagues of Night yesterday and have moved right into Raise the Dawn. I'll make a few comments when I finish the duology.
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Old January 12 2013, 05:48 AM   #1604
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Old January 12 2013, 08:00 AM   #1605
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Just putting the finishing touches on TNG: Immortal Coil in preparation for starting the TNG: Cold Equations trilogy.

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