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Old March 27 2013, 07:52 PM   #31
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Re: TNG: The Stuff of Dreams by James Swallow Review Thread (Spoilers!

It was wonderful to have an episode-like adventure once again. I revelled in the continuity, incl. the nods to STTI, the return of the Nexus/nexus (I wonder why it isnt capitalised?), a familiar starship class and the update on the state of the Kinshaya.

The story was solid. Beverly seems to have overcome her resverations about Picard's protective behaviour from Cold Equations.

Now begins the long wait until autumn for the next 24th century adventure.
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Old March 28 2013, 03:42 PM   #32
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Just finished this book this morning... For the first time since Destiny was published I can say I am caught up on 24th century Trek-lit .

Really enjoyed the story - I would have kind of liked to see



but it really wouldn't have added anything to the story that was being told, so I can live with it. Well worth the $3.99 from iBooks. I really hope that Pocket keeps up with the e-novellas, not every good story needs to be 300+ pages after all...
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Old March 28 2013, 05:31 PM   #33
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Just posted my review. Unlike some ebook-only stories, The Stuff of Dreams was perfectly paced and just the right length to tell the story it wanted to. Definitely enjoyed this one.
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Old March 28 2013, 05:40 PM   #34
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Hmm... it's starting to look as though the Kinshaya are becoming the "e-book only" member of the Pact.
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Old March 28 2013, 06:14 PM   #35
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Just finished it and it was O.K. - it didn't excite me, but I quite enjoyed it.

I think part of the problem is the format - unless it's a very small self contained story, novellas often feel rather rushed and part realised.

I'd certainly have liked more for £4 (over $6) !
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Old March 28 2013, 07:06 PM   #36
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Hmm... it's starting to look as though the Kinshaya are becoming the "e-book only" member of the Pact.
Yeah, that was my first thought too upon seeing them mentioned. Not sure how I feel about that. But I do think Swallow chose them as the adversary because they tied in thematically with the story he wanted to tell, and not just because of the medium of the book.
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Old March 28 2013, 07:39 PM   #37
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Just posted my review. Unlike some ebook-only stories, The Stuff of Dreams was perfectly paced and just the right length to tell the story it wanted to. Definitely enjoyed this one.
I completely agree with you! I gave this 10 out of 10 in my review. I love the themes James weaves in.
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Old March 28 2013, 08:48 PM   #38
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I just hope this novel will not be to essential to The Fall, later this year. I don't have an e-reader, so don't read e-books.
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Old March 28 2013, 09:02 PM   #39
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I just hope this novel will not be to essential to The Fall, later this year. I don't have an e-reader, so don't read e-books.
You can read them on your computer.
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Old March 28 2013, 09:41 PM   #40
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If we had one more Kinshaya eBook they could be collected in a paperback edition...
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Old March 29 2013, 06:36 AM   #41
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I just hope this novel will not be to essential to The Fall, later this year. I don't have an e-reader, so don't read e-books.
I doubt they would make something that was released in an alternate format that important to the overall arc.
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Old March 29 2013, 01:40 PM   #42
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Thanks to everyone for your comments on the novella.

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I just hope this novel will not be to essential to The Fall, later this year. I don't have an e-reader, so don't read e-books.
The Stuff of Dreams has no connection to The Fall miniseries. It's a stand-alone story, although it does contain spoilers for the earlier Cold Equations trilogy.
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Old March 30 2013, 01:11 AM   #43
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Started & finished today, loved it. Nice character usage, interesting storyline, great pace. I'd be all for more of these a year, be a neat way to have an Aventine only adventure.
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Old March 30 2013, 09:43 AM   #44
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I picked this up on a bit of a whim (still not properly caught up with the TNG continuity, though I had already cheated and read the Cold Equations trilogy recently) because I needed a break from long hours this week and enjoyed it quite a bit. It's a good story, well-paced and with the right amount of meat on its bones.

I might sound like a broken record at this point, but it makes my desire for an on-going novella series much like SCE (or even a resurrection of SCE) flare up once again. Bite-sized stories one can easily get through in a single sitting (no, I can't do that with a novel: I don't have the time) are really satisfying from time to time, and the length constraint can add fuel to the creative fire - it basically forces writers to hone in on a particular hook or idea and try to do it justice, which meshes well with the genre and franchise I think.

It's why I buy short story collections now and then (for example Paolo Bacigalupi's Pump Six and Other Stories), to have that option. It's money that could go to the Trek line, some of it anyway ... i.e. the economical argument is that people's consumption behavior varies with their moods or what's going on in their lives, and the franchise could keep them company through more of it by appearing in more forms.
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Old March 30 2013, 11:09 AM   #45
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Whilst in theory I like the novella format (bite sized stories to be read in one sitting) I normally find that they disappoint. Even the good ones feel a little rushed.

I have been reading the SCE novellas between other things and am now about a third of the way through them. I am sorry to say that I haven't found many of them particularly good so far...
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