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Old January 18 2013, 07:06 PM   #16
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Re: Which book comes first?

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I have the same kind of question for Sword of Damocles and Greater Than The Sum.
I started to read the TNG relaunch a few years ago in the goal to read the Destiny trilogie. So now I'm at the point in both series TNG and Titan to read either Sword of Damocles or Greater Than The Sum. I believe I read somewhere that it's better to read Sword of Damocles before Greater Than The Sum, but I don't remember where I read that and why it was better in this order. Is it true or it doesn't matter? I checked on 'The Reading Order Flowchart from Thrawn and 8of5 and the two books are at the same level. So what is your advise?
It doesn't matter that much. They're in separate series and there aren't any direct continuity elements between them. There are only two reasons I can think of for reading Sword of Damocles first. One reason, a trivial one, is simply that it takes place earlier -- in fact, by my estimate it happens around the same time as Before Dishonor. The other is that it makes sense to get the pre-Destiny TTN novels out of the way before reading GTTS, because GTTS is the direct prologue to Destiny.
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Old January 18 2013, 08:41 PM   #17
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^ Exactly what I was about to post
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Old January 19 2013, 02:32 PM   #18
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Thank you. It's exactly the kind of information I was looking for and the fact that Greater Than The Sum is the direct prologue to Destiny is for me an excelent reason to read Sword of Damocles first. I'm currently reading The good that men do, but after it I will jump to Sword of Damocles.
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Old January 21 2013, 04:02 PM   #19
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Re: Which book comes first?

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I believe I read somewhere that it's better to read Sword of Damocles before Greater Than The Sum, but I don't remember where I read that and why it was better in this order. Is it true or it doesn't matter? I checked on 'The Reading Order Flowchart from Thrawn and 8of5 and the two books are at the same level. So what is your advise?
I don't believe there are any instances where reading ST novels in order of their publication spoils anything. That's the order that avid readers-who-are-caught-up-on-everything read them, after all. Using the publication dates (behind the title page) only gets tricky if you're reading a MMPB reprint of a hardcover or trade, or a hardcopy version of one of the debut-in-eBook tales.
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Old January 21 2013, 04:19 PM   #20
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^ I agree, I just read through these books recently and didn’t really feel like the new characters were portrayed very inconsistently at all. They were so new and broadly defined in Q & A that i hand no problem with the way they acted in the next book.

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To be honest though i realize my opinion is probably the minority because i loved Before Dishonour and most people seem to have hated it.
Perhaps the minority here, but I doubt the dislike is that widespread - a good amount of it is due to issues that don't actually have anything to do with the quality of the writing.

That said, you may want to spoiler tag the part of your post that I haven't quoted. The OP hasn't read this book yet.
It's not so bad - it's only a scene where Picard tries Beverly's makeup on, after all.

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Old January 21 2013, 05:06 PM   #21
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It's not so bad - it's only a scene where Picard tries Beverly's makeup on, after all.

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Old January 22 2013, 05:32 AM   #22
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It's not so bad - it's only a scene where Picard tries Beverly's makeup on, after all.

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So is that what they're referring to when they say that a Starfleet captain has gone rouge?
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Old January 26 2013, 01:32 PM   #23
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Re: Which book comes first?

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^ I agree, I just read through these books recently and didn’t really feel like the new characters were portrayed very inconsistently at all. They were so new and broadly defined in Q & A that i hand no problem with the way they acted in the next book.

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To be honest though i realize my opinion is probably the minority because i loved Before Dishonour and most people seem to have hated it.
Perhaps the minority here, but I doubt the dislike is that widespread - a good amount of it is due to issues that don't actually have anything to do with the quality of the writing.

That said, you may want to spoiler tag the part of your post that I haven't quoted. The OP hasn't read this book yet.
I have now, so it's no problem. lol In fact I've read all of Greater than the Sum now too, and am reading The Eternal Tide while I wait for my copy of Losing the Peace to show up (I already read the Destiny trilogy a long while back, so I didn't skip them or anything).
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