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Old January 13 2013, 04:59 PM   #16
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Re: Titan Novels

I liked the idea of Troi getting bitten by the "dinosaur" CMO to save her life in one of the Destiny novels. It would be cheesy in an episode or film, but it works in the novels, sort of.
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Old January 13 2013, 08:18 PM   #17
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I like the books. I like the overt ethos of diversity and acceptance that sits at their heart.

But, more than that perhaps, I like how the original editor of the novels, one Marco Palmieri, INTENDED for the series to be more idiosyncratic than the other series (NEW FRONTIER excepted).

He not only let us write the books we intended to write in the way we wanted to write them but ENCOURAGED that.

So, along with the variance and diversity among the fictional crew, you are getting an extremely diverse set of approaches here.

For some that may make for a bumpy ride or claims of inconsistency but, looked at another way, there should be something in the series for nearly every reader to embrace.

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Old January 13 2013, 08:28 PM   #18
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He not only let us write the books we intended to write in the way we wanted to write them but ENCOURAGED that.
That's right. Probably of all my Trek work, my two Titan novels are the ones that come closest to what I'd write as original SF (indeed, Over a Torrent Sea was largely based on an old spec novel I wrote).
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Old January 14 2013, 04:48 AM   #19
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^And what you two have discussed there is part of what I love so much about Titan. Up until the Martin books, Titan had been one of my favorite Trek series. I absolutely love the different aliens in the cast, and the characters themselves are great too. Personally, I put Ree right up there with Spock, Data, and Keira as one of my favorite Trek characters. And the novels themselves have included one of my favorites, Orion's Hounds, and a couple that I really like, Synthesis and Sword of Damocles. Even the ones that I didn't include there I still found enjoyable, up until the Martin novels at least. I tired Seize the Fire a couple months ago, but ended up setting it aside in favor of other stuff I was enjoying more. I might go back and finish it eventually.
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Old January 14 2013, 03:56 PM   #20
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I've read all of the Titan novels except for Fallen Gods which is coming up soon on my "to-read" list. I've actually enjoyed all of them to this point , although Orion's Hounds and Synthesis have been the ones I enjoyed the most (I'm not too wild about the cover art for Synthesis, though).

I guess I am in the minority in one respect, though - I enjoyed Seize the Fire very much.
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Old January 14 2013, 10:12 PM   #21
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I guess, I am among the minionity here. I wasn't put off by a variety of aliens I just felt there were too many. I personally got confused, largely as I couldn't visualise them.
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Old January 14 2013, 11:02 PM   #22
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The number of aliens isn't the problem for me. I really don't like Dr Ree or the Efrosian and am not keen on several others, although I do like Pazlar and Torvig. You don't have to like all of the characters to enjoy a book.

My problem is part the 'variable' quality of the novels, and (probably moreso) that the exploration / alien world of the week stories dont seem that interesting anymore. Enterprise, TOS, TNG and Voyager did all that...a lot.

Superior exploration stories like Over A Torrent Sea and Voyagers Children Of The Storm are obviously good, but to be honest I'd still probably enjoy something else more.
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Old January 16 2013, 08:23 PM   #23
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Trying to visualize the aliens was a challenge to me as well, but the website helped me a lot. The diversity is nice but early on threatened to become the story instead of the environment which sort of goes against the point of having it to begin with, in my opinion. I have not read any of them following Destiny. My perception is that the series sort of lost the exploration focus, is this true? That perception is only because it looks like the series mingles with the typhoon series too?
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Old January 17 2013, 04:10 PM   #24
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^ The two novels directly following Destiny are pure exploration (and my favorite two novels in the series). Over a Torrent Sea and Synthesis are great; I highly recommend both.

The following two novels fall into the realm of the Typhon Pact and I am not inclined to recommend either. Seize the Fire is exploration focused, but it involves the Gorn and the same story could have been told whether the Gorn were members of the Pact members or not. There is also an exploration of warp capability as the metric for application of the Prime Directive which I thought was really cool, but the novel is a mess overall.

Fallen Gods has an exploration plot, but is probably the most tied to events of the Typhon Pact of any TTN book. It is a tighter story than Seize the Fire but less ambitious and kinda milktoast overall. The plots of this book and Seize the Fire are connected, so you could sort of link them as a duology.
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