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Old January 26 2013, 05:59 PM   #1681
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Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations

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While I'm on a bit of a rant, I get it. Keru is a "hulking" unjoined Trill. Ree has sharp teeth. Troi is an empath. People, at book number 7 in the series, you don't need to tell us these things every single time the characters appear in a scene. Titan suffers the most from this need to define each character's species and/or appearance nearly every time they appear.
Any book has the potential to be some reader's first book in the series. Since Titan is just about the most episodic of the 24th-century series, that's particularly the case there. Writers shouldn't assume that every last person who reads a particular book is familiar with the earlier ones. Even people who have read the earlier ones may need a reminder about who's who, especially in a cast this diverse.
Very true. In fact, your own Over a Torrent Sea was the first Titan novel I read (with the exception of Destiny). I really appreciated being introduced to the characters in a way that didn't make me feel lost. It was that positive experience reading Over a Torrent Sea that made me go back and read the rest of the series. The re-introductions may seem tedious and unnecessary to long-time readers, but from both a creative and marketing standpoint they make a lot of sense.
I guess I'll just have to agree to disagree. There's a directory in the back of the book that tells who everyone is, which is more than a lot of book series do. Of all the book series I've read over the years, the vast majority don't go to the extremes the Titan series has gone to to reintroduce every character and then reinforce basic physical traits nearly every time they appear.

I finished Fallen Gods this morning. I liked the Andorian story line, but that was about it.

Next up, I'm picking up Forgotten History again. I started it a few months ago but got distracted from it. I really enjoyed the first DTI book, so I'm looking forward to this one.
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Old January 26 2013, 07:01 PM   #1682
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Bond, James Bond in "Moonraker"
Fleming at his best right there!
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Old January 26 2013, 11:33 PM   #1683
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Bond, James Bond in "Moonraker"
Fleming at his best right there!

Just don't expect Jaws to show up!
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Old January 26 2013, 11:44 PM   #1684
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Bond, James Bond in "Moonraker"
Fleming at his best right there!

Just don't expect Jaws to show up!
He is in The Spy Who Loved Me, though, sort of - he has a different name (Horror)
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Old January 27 2013, 12:31 AM   #1685
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Bond, James Bond in "Moonraker"
Fleming at his best right there!

Just don't expect Jaws to show up!
Don't expect Bond in space firing a laser gun, either! Hahaha!
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Old January 27 2013, 03:00 AM   #1686
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Have finished David Mack's Cold Equations trilogy and Ron Suskind's Confidence Men, and did a quick re-read on Una McCormack's brilliant DSN novel The Never-Ending Sacrifice.

I'm currently about halfway through John le Carré's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. I'm really enjoying it so far.

Not sure where I'll go from here. There are a number of possible directions I might go, reading-wise -- I might:

Still not sure yet. What do you guys think?
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Old January 27 2013, 12:00 PM   #1687
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I knew before hand that Bond didn't go into space otherwise I wouldn't have bought the book, the book was much better than the movie.
I've just started "Thunderball", Bond in a health clinic, I only hope that Bond don't meet all the bad guys accidently, like Drax and now in a clinic
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Old January 27 2013, 06:10 PM   #1688
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Bond, James Bond in "Moonraker"
Fleming at his best right there!

Just don't expect Jaws to show up!
Unless one's reading Christopher Wood's novelization of Moonraker, that is.
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Old January 27 2013, 06:28 PM   #1689
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I just finished Barrayar, the second book in the Miles Vorkosigan series (or at least, the second I read; reading order is a bit malleable.)

...based on the first two, I have a strong suspicion my next consecutive 13 novels will be the remaining 13 Miles Vorkosigan novels.

Wow.
They are all wonderful.

I'm in the middle of Bujold's latest book, and it's about Cousin Ivan. It's called Captain Vorpatril's Alliance.
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Old January 27 2013, 07:06 PM   #1690
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Just finished reading DS9: Avatar: Book one.

...damn, that was good!
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Old January 27 2013, 07:49 PM   #1691
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Wasn't it? That level of quality stays, too, the whole way through. There might be 3 at most mediocre books in the DS9 series. It's pretty amazing.
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Old January 27 2013, 08:13 PM   #1692
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Wasn't it? That level of quality stays, too, the whole way through. There might be 3 at most mediocre books in the DS9 series. It's pretty amazing.
I'm just about to start book two!

What's really amazing, is that many events took my by surprise despite them probably being talked about in the DS9-Typhon Pact books, which I read first!

EDIT: Thrawn, with Section 31: Abyss, am I to expect an edge-of-my seat adventure, as the description sounds?
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Old January 27 2013, 10:05 PM   #1693
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Breezed through the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary eBook A Big Hand for the Doctor. I'd read one or two of the Artemis Fowl books way back when, but was never a big Eoin Colfer fan. This was an enjoyable little romp and I picked up on the "nod" the story was making towards a famous British children's story. That said, Colfer really presents a take on the First Doctor that's very unique and quite at odds with Hartnell's personality. It was fun, but I am a little annoyed that with three different media tackling the 50th Anniversary (BBC eBooks, Big Finish-AudioGO audio collaboration & IDW's Comics) that two of the three Hartnell-era stories would tell pre-Series stories. Alas. I do look forward to the rest of them, especially with rumors of Neil Gaiman and JK Rowling down the pike!

I've stalled out a bit on Death in Winter, I'm finding it to be fairly boring (about 1/4 of the way through) and the writing to be a little flat.
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Old January 27 2013, 11:34 PM   #1694
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Wasn't it? That level of quality stays, too, the whole way through. There might be 3 at most mediocre books in the DS9 series. It's pretty amazing.
I'm just about to start book two!

What's really amazing, is that many events took my by surprise despite them probably being talked about in the DS9-Typhon Pact books, which I read first!

EDIT: Thrawn, with Section 31: Abyss, am I to expect an edge-of-my seat adventure, as the description sounds?
Oh yes, I'd say that's just about right.
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Old January 28 2013, 05:19 AM   #1695
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I finished Star Trek: Mere Anarchy yesterday. Then I read Rightful King, a short story ebook tie-in to Call of Duty: Black Ops II, that I got free for pre-ordering the game from Amazon. It was pretty horrible, it was like reading something written by a middle-schooler and it didn't really add anything to the story of Black Ops II. I'm now reading Star Trek: The Lost Era: The Sundered.
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