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View Poll Results: Rate Plagues of Night.
Outstanding 59 52.68%
Above Average 35 31.25%
Average 11 9.82%
Below Average 5 4.46%
Poor 2 1.79%
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Old March 1 2013, 05:51 AM   #496
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Re: TP: Plagues of Night by DRGIII Review Thread (Spoilers!)

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To be honest, I hated Rough Beasts of Empire, and in particular DRG III's take on Sisko. With Plagues I think he stuck to his guns on his take on the character while also giving readers some much needed scenes between Kasidy and Ben. With Plagues we finally get to see how Kasidy feels and what she thinks about Ben's actions. And perhaps its my imagination, but I would like to think that DRG III took some of the criticisms of his take on Sisko to heart and they were voiced by Kasidy. I'm still not a fan of Sisko's decision, but at least with Plagues we got that dialogue between the characters and something of a truce between them. Also it was good reading Sisko's scenes with Rebecca.

Yeah, I agree with this. Not finished with this volume yet, but I've gotten through some of the early interaction with Kasidy and Rebecca. It directly addresses some of the issues with how things were handled in Rough Beasts, which helps a lot in terms of Sisko's characterization.

The interpretation of the Prophet's words that is motivating all of this still strikes me as flimsy at best (or, more specifically, the idea that divorcing Kasidy can undo the original decision to ignore the Prophet's warning). But... perhaps there will be some long-term payoff, or some type of clarification down the road.
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Old March 1 2013, 02:08 PM   #497
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Mm. Perhaps.
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Old March 1 2013, 02:23 PM   #498
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David talked about this on Literary Treks a lot and I think that when you read them as a trilogy they work together beautifully to tell a complete Sisko story.
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Old April 29 2013, 12:58 AM   #499
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I finished up Plagues of Night today.
My review on Shelfari wrote:
I just finished this book, and all I can say is HOLY CRAP. This is an absolutely amazing book, with one of the most shocking endings in Trek history. All I'll say is it ends with one hell of a bang, literally. I really enjoyed the development we got in the overall Typhon Pact arc, and the stories of the individual TNG, and DS9 characters. A lot of people have criticized what DRGIII did with Sisko in his previous Typhon Pact novel, Rough Beasts of Empire, but I never had a problem with the arc there, and I really enjoyed where he took that story here.
My rating: Outstanding.
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Old April 29 2013, 01:24 AM   #500
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Next one is even better.
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Old April 29 2013, 02:15 AM   #501
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To be honest, I hated Rough Beasts of Empire, and in particular DRG III's take on Sisko. With Plagues I think he stuck to his guns on his take on the character while also giving readers some much needed scenes between Kasidy and Ben. With Plagues we finally get to see how Kasidy feels and what she thinks about Ben's actions. And perhaps its my imagination, but I would like to think that DRG III took some of the criticisms of his take on Sisko to heart and they were voiced by Kasidy. I'm still not a fan of Sisko's decision, but at least with Plagues we got that dialogue between the characters and something of a truce between them. Also it was good reading Sisko's scenes with Rebecca.

Yeah, I agree with this. Not finished with this volume yet, but I've gotten through some of the early interaction with Kasidy and Rebecca. It directly addresses some of the issues with how things were handled in Rough Beasts, which helps a lot in terms of Sisko's characterization.

The interpretation of the Prophet's words that is motivating all of this still strikes me as flimsy at best (or, more specifically, the idea that divorcing Kasidy can undo the original decision to ignore the Prophet's warning). But... perhaps there will be some long-term payoff, or some type of clarification down the road.
Echoing what Thrawn first intimated. If you like Plagues I recommend you read the sequel, Raise the Dawn.
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Old April 29 2013, 02:58 AM   #502
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I actually knew about the end going in, but the stuff aound it building to that end was pretty awesome, and the end itself was still pretty crazy.
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Old April 30 2013, 10:35 PM   #503
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Next one is even better.
I thought so, even though it took longer for me to finish. Maybe it was so more plot threads that happened at once. I found all the scenes with the guy from the True Way involved with the TP to create artificial wormholes a bit odd. I was certainly satisfied with how the Sisko story arc first introduced in Rough Beasts.

The whole Bashir-Sarina story was even more enjoyable, especially with a few still loose ends still left untied. Is Sarina really just pretending to work for Section 31 or is that a cover story? Maybe the fact that they're still together two years after Zero Sum Game is a clue, or maybe it isn't. I have a feeling one can't easily retire from Section 31.
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