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Old March 5 2013, 05:03 PM   #1891
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^ Perhaps. Maybe I'm just happy for some focus to be on him. I enjoyed Traitor Winds but he ended up taking a beating in that one as well. Come to think of it, every time I think of an episode or movie with Chekov he is having a tough time.

Hand burned in TMP, ear worm in TWOK, shot and "killed" in Spectre of the Gun. Maybe he is the O'Brien and Geordi of TOS.
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Old March 5 2013, 05:40 PM   #1892
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^ Perhaps. Maybe I'm just happy for some focus to be on him. I enjoyed Traitor Winds but he ended up taking a beating in that one as well. Come to think of it, every time I think of an episode or movie with Chekov he is having a tough time.

Hand burned in TMP, ear worm in TWOK, shot and "killed" in Spectre of the Gun. Maybe he is the O'Brien and Geordi of TOS.
Don't forget falling off the aircraft carrier and needing emergency brain surgery in TVH . . . .
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Old March 5 2013, 05:57 PM   #1893
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Ended up re-reading all of Andrew J. Robinson's A Stitch in Time while waiting for my omnibus edition of the George Smiley/Karla trilogy by John le Carré to arrive.

Currently working my way through the first novel in that trilogy, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. About a third of the way through it; loving it.

Trying to decide if I want to move straight on right away to The Honourable Schoolboy, or if I'd like to read something else. If I break it up, I'm trying to decide between American Gods by Neil Gaiman, or a nonfiction book -- possibly A History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter, or possibly American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard.
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Old March 5 2013, 08:23 PM   #1894
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Just published my latest review: March's new Trek release, Tony Daniel's Devil's Bargain.

Currently still slogging my way through Piercing the Darkness.
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Old March 5 2013, 09:14 PM   #1895
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Just starting the third Steig Larsson 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' novel - reading then back to back.

Enjoying them but slightly disappointed - there's rather too much reliance on coincidence in the plotting...
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Old March 5 2013, 09:39 PM   #1896
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A History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
This is really good stuff.
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Old March 5 2013, 10:24 PM   #1897
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I just finished reading Percahnce to dream By Howard Weistein.I really like his Dr.McCoy novel The Better man.It's been a really good story focused on McCoy's past as a Starfleet officer.
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Old March 6 2013, 01:18 PM   #1898
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Just started Black Fire by Sonni Cooper. This is a book that I've rarely seen mentioned on the BBS in the worst book or favorite book threads in the BBS. I'll have to see for myself.
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Old March 6 2013, 03:56 PM   #1899
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Just started Black Fire by Sonni Cooper. This is a book that I've rarely seen mentioned on the BBS in the worst book or favorite book threads in the BBS. I'll have to see for myself.
Ohh, you're in for a ride. Black Fire is definitely a love-it-or-hate-it kind of book -- very ambitious yet totally crazy. It's one of the most fanficcy novels Pocket has ever published.
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Old March 6 2013, 04:21 PM   #1900
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As far as I know this was Sonni Cooper's only shot at a Star Trek novel. I'm 40 pages in and the dialogue screams "amateur hour" but it's pretty short so I'll see it through.

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No, I'm sorry to say this is in the running for the worst Star Trek book I have every read. The dialogue trots out every cliche known to mankind. I had to stop when Kirk goes to make a log and gets the message "If you're reading this, then I am probably dead."

NOPE, NOPE, NOPE. I am currently rereading all of the pocket books in no particular order and I have been able to plow through anything from Carey to Culbreath/Marshak. The quality of this book is so far below the typical Pocket standard that I can't fathom how this book was ever published.
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Old March 6 2013, 08:10 PM   #1901
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^Like I said, you either love Black Fire or you loathe it. It's kind of like Silver Age DC comics -- you can either be aghast at the total insanity and nonsense of it all, or be delighted by how entertainingly ludicrous and over-the-top it is.
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Old March 6 2013, 08:19 PM   #1902
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I've seen crazier stories in the pocket universe but I just can't get past the dialogue. I can't put it into words. Its like you know professional writing when you see it and you know what it looks like if your typical BBSer were to take a shot at a novel. Its like that. Only way I know how to describe it.
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Old March 6 2013, 08:50 PM   #1903
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Just finished 'Q in Law' by Peter David. A very enjoyable read but a bit light on plot. 3.5/5

Next up is a re-read of 'Rough Beasts of Empire'
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Old March 7 2013, 12:01 AM   #1904
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Prisoner Of The Daleks by Trevor Baxendale - now one of only a handful of nu Who books I've read, and so far easily the best. The Daleks are great, the Doctor is suitably Ten-ish, and it all rattles along nicely. It's a bit weird at first that they use that font from the 60s comics for Dalek dialogue, but it works sufficiently well that the one line from Dalek X that's accidentally printed in the regular typeface really stands out.

So, overall, great fun!
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Old March 7 2013, 02:22 AM   #1905
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I'm reading Paths of Disharmony (even though I've already read the TP books that come after it) and its a struggle. I already know whats going to happen, but I didn't know that
I'll finish it, but its not very good. Also, the font seems about one size too small, but thats not an issue when it comes to why I don't like the book.

After this, its on to Devil's Bargain, then To Reign in Hell.
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