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View Poll Results: Rate The Stuff of Dreams.
Outstanding 17 34.00%
Above Average 23 46.00%
Average 10 20.00%
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Old March 19 2013, 07:17 PM   #16
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Another Trek novel awaiting download...
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Old March 19 2013, 08:30 PM   #17
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Any Cardassians in this? Swallow did a fantastic job in Day of the Vipers.
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Old March 19 2013, 11:12 PM   #18
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Wonder why this is E BOOK only.

Hope this changes.
S&S have been doing e-book exclusive Trek stories again for the last few years. It's not that surprising, a lot of the series are doing e-book exclusives, including other tie-ins like Star Wars, and Doctor Who, and a lot of non-tie-in series. I think it's great personally. It gives us a chance to get some smaller stories that we might not get otherwise.
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Old March 25 2013, 07:29 AM   #19
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So I imagine most people won't rate it as highly, but, after reading it almost immediately after it arrived on my laptop, I'm giving this an "outstanding." The story was well-constructed, the dialogue was well-written and true to the characters as they've been presented in canon, the balance among the characters (and between canon and non-canon characters) was ideal for me, and, most importantly, the story made the Nexus more compelling than Generations did and complemented that movie's story, enhancing both.

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In short, The Stuff of Dreams is solid in its construction, but coalesces into more than the sum of its parts to become an outstanding Trek story. Well done, Mr. Swallow!
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Old March 25 2013, 03:24 PM   #20
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Just finished. Pretty solid. I like these little episode-like eBooks, I wish we had more of them!

The last scene was really what this ebook was written to get to, I think, and so in the end it's justified, though a lot of stuff along the way just ends up being the necessary bits of plot movement to get there. Nothing new is given to us about the nexus, and the motivations for the other characters are too similar to Generations to really be unique.

The first half was good fun getting there, though - I love any chance to watch the Ent-E crew be awesome
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Old March 25 2013, 03:41 PM   #21
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I agree with your point (it's always nice to have unexplained things at the edge of the map), but it has actually been expained before(albeit in a humourous & possibly-just-to-get-a-rise way) in the q continuum trilogy.
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Old March 25 2013, 04:22 PM   #22
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Reading it now and can't wait to finish!
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Old March 25 2013, 07:51 PM   #23
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I agree with your point (it's always nice to have unexplained things at the edge of the map), but it has actually been expained before(albeit in a humourous & possibly-just-to-get-a-rise way) in the q continuum trilogy.
Heh, I didn't know that. Somehow, given what I know about the Q books, that doesn't bother me.

Also, James Swallow could've decided to ignore that/read it as "Q was kidding" and given a straight explanation.

Still, that's yet another reason why I need to get the Q Continuum trilogy!
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Old March 25 2013, 10:59 PM   #24
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I was looking forward to this e-book but I must say I was disappointed once I saw the story line being the Nexus. I did enjoy the book but I hope that is the last we see of the Nexus. Can't we come up with anything original? And a nice Soran? Come on.


Sorry for the above, being set after Cold Equations I was hoping for a continuation on the Data arc. Not on something that happened 20 years ago. I feel a new arc coming on, but I hope I am wrong.
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Old March 26 2013, 12:05 AM   #25
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I absolutely love this story!
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Old March 26 2013, 04:21 AM   #26
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I read the book today rather quickly and found it a very enjoyable read. I love the idea of a return to the nexus, and how other characters viewed what happens in there. Overall, I voted outstanding
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Old March 26 2013, 04:52 AM   #27
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So what is the basic story of this? There are still no "back cover" style descriptions of this anywhere online.
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Old March 26 2013, 12:34 PM   #28
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Captain Picard & the Enterprise-E are sent to help another starfleet vessel destroy the nexus before it flies into Kinshaya space. Wackiness ensues.
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Old March 26 2013, 01:53 PM   #29
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Really? Amazon has it for $3.79.
Even better, BooksOnBoard has it for $2.66.

http://www.booksonboard.com/index.ph...=James+Swallow

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Wonder why this is E BOOK only.

Hope this changes.
I hope not. This is a novella. It's too short to justify printing it on it's own. But given the price is reasonable, it's worth getting. Also, because of this, we have two Star trek stories this month instead of one. I just do not understand what the dislike to eBooks is all about.
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Old March 26 2013, 02:37 PM   #30
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Thrawn wrote: View Post
Really? Amazon has it for $3.79.
Even better, BooksOnBoard has it for $2.66.

http://www.booksonboard.com/index.ph...=James+Swallow

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Wonder why this is E BOOK only.

Hope this changes.
I hope not. This is a novella. It's too short to justify printing it on it's own. But given the price is reasonable, it's worth getting. Also, because of this, we have two Star trek stories this month instead of one. I just do not understand what the dislike to eBooks is all about.
Well, part of that is certainly the cost - I just plaid £3.99 which is over $6 for it on Amazon UK which is excessive for a novella.

I will no doubt have to pay again if it is collected in a paperback, a format I still prefer for Trek books.
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