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Old May 5 2013, 01:35 AM   #2176
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Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations

I read the Doctor Who comic, Autopia, the other day. I'm currently reading Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Stuff of Dreams.
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Old May 5 2013, 03:58 AM   #2177
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I went out to C2E2 this past week and was able to get a little bit of reading on the plane.

Finished Articles of the Federation which was really good. Lived up to its reputation. I wish there was more featuring these characters in a more "concentrated" way then just appearing in future stories. Is A Singular Destiny in the vein of AoF or a little different?

Breezed through Doctor Who 50th Anniversary eBook: Roots of Evil. A little weak, not so much bad as it was boring and a little too straightforward. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first entry, but it's nowhere near as good as the Second and Third Doctor stories were.

I very quickly made my way through Star Trek TNG: Resistance. It was pretty good all together, but it felt a little... shallow. The premise was strong, but the execution was a bit off. That said, there wasn't really enough story to get much farther beyond the page count. As well, the Enterprise felt really small in this story. We have laser focus on the main crew (Well, not really Geordi) but barely any characters are mentioned outside of the main group. Especially given the lack of Riker and Troi, the E-E feels empty. Maybe part of this is that Dillard was leery of fleshing out too much of the crew or instructed not to. Oh well, still pretty good.

I started Titan: Orion's Hounds yesterday and I'm already 100 pages in. Really enjoying it. It's nice to have a book about exploration and science for once!
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Old May 5 2013, 01:54 PM   #2178
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Is A Singular Destiny in the vein of AoF or a little different?
Both. It's like AotF in that it features largely new characters dealing with the bigger political picture, and there is a fair amount of overlap with AotF characters, but there are differences as well.
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Old May 5 2013, 08:12 PM   #2179
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Finished up The Folded World by Jeff Mariotte, and just posted my review. Not bad!

Currently (re-)reading Avatar, Book Two by S.D. Perry.
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Old May 6 2013, 03:32 AM   #2180
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Creepers, by David Morrell is a lovely little thriller that would make a great low-budget movie or TV movie. It's about urban explorers going into an abandoned hotel, and then... well, shit happens cos they're not the only ones. It really feels tense and claustrophobic. Good stuff.
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Old May 6 2013, 02:53 PM   #2181
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Kind of a slow week for me - between having to help my parents move to a new house over the weekend and a slight cold, I didn't have as much reading time this week as I prefer. Oh well...

Currently reading:
Errand of Vengeance No. 1: The Edge of the Sword by Kevin Ryan
A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
Spectre by William Shatner and Gar & Judith Reeves-Stevens
Metamorphoses by Ovid
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Folded World by Jeff Mariotte

Over the past week, I finished:
Mudd In Your Eye (TOS #81) by Jerry Oltion
The Romulan Prize (TNG #26) by Simon Hawke
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
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Old May 7 2013, 07:02 PM   #2182
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I started reading an older TOS novel CrossRoad by Barbara Hambly. I really like how well written the TOS characters are portrayed in this book and the time travel twist was certainly full of suprises. Christine Chapel has a great story arc in this book.
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Old May 7 2013, 08:09 PM   #2183
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I am about 100 pages into Cast No Shadow by James Swallow. I love these types of books. Political intrigue, espionage and a story about Valeris who has remained a somewhat untouched character in the novelverse. Fantastic so far.
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Old May 7 2013, 10:07 PM   #2184
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Read and enjoyed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (for the most part). It got a little unbelievable at parts, which is a shame, because there are jaw dropping scenes and twists throughout the book.

Currently reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she?
Absolutely riveting so far. I wish I didn't have to suffer through work so I could just go home and finish it.
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Old May 8 2013, 09:32 PM   #2185
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Posted my review of Jean Lorrah's The Vulcan Academy Murders, Star Trek #20. I really enjoyed a number of things about this novel.

Forgot my book at home today, so during lunch I started on S.C.E. #12: Some Assembly Required.
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Old May 8 2013, 10:10 PM   #2186
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I liked The Vulcan Academy Murders and its sequel The IDIC Epidemic, but I always found their portrait of Vulcans a bit too idealized, too emotional, too nice. It was pleasant to read, but it never quite rang true to me as a depiction of Vulcan society and behavior. I also found its portrayal of the mating bond a bit implausible, with the death of one partner threatening the life of the other. I don't think it's consistent with later canon either (Perrin wasn't affected that way by Sarek's death, evidently).

There's also a timing problem. These two books show how Dr. M'Benga came to meet and later join the Enterprise crew, so they have to be before "A Private Little War," but TVAM has to be some time after "Journey to Babel" as well. In production order, that would be impossible since they're consecutive episodes. In broadcast order, they're only 9 episodes apart, which is a pretty tight squeeze given that Sarek would need time to recover from his heart attack and return to full health. Plus the book implies that more time has passed, or at least that's my impression.
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Old May 9 2013, 05:53 AM   #2187
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I liked The Vulcan Academy Murders and its sequel The IDIC Epidemic, but I always found their portrait of Vulcans a bit too idealized, too emotional, too nice. It was pleasant to read, but it never quite rang true to me as a depiction of Vulcan society and behavior. I also found its portrayal of the mating bond a bit implausible, with the death of one partner threatening the life of the other. I don't think it's consistent with later canon either (Perrin wasn't affected that way by Sarek's death, evidently).
Yeah. Like I said, the Vulcan in the novel is different from the one presented elsewhere. I've seen the complaint brought up that the Vulcans are too "humanized" in this novel, and it's certainly true that they're given a bit more "heart" than they traditionally have. I kind of liked the alternate version of the mating bond. I would have liked seeing some of the elements here brought forward into canon Trek.

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There's also a timing problem. These two books show how Dr. M'Benga came to meet and later join the Enterprise crew, so they have to be before "A Private Little War," but TVAM has to be some time after "Journey to Babel" as well. In production order, that would be impossible since they're consecutive episodes. In broadcast order, they're only 9 episodes apart, which is a pretty tight squeeze given that Sarek would need time to recover from his heart attack and return to full health. Plus the book implies that more time has passed, or at least that's my impression.
Ah, good catch. I had forgotten that the episodes were consecutive (I tend to prefer production order over airdate order). That does make it quite problematic...
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Old May 9 2013, 02:11 PM   #2188
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^There were several early books that had problems with episode order. Web of the Romulans is supposed to be just before "Tomorrow is Yesterday," but Chekov is aboard and there's a reference or two putting it after "The Enterprise Incident." Same problem with Double, Double, Michael Jan Friedman's first novel: It's simultaneously mere weeks after "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" and some time after "Enterprise Incident."
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Old May 9 2013, 02:14 PM   #2189
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There's also a timing problem. These two books show how Dr. M'Benga came to meet and later join the Enterprise crew, so they have to be before "A Private Little War," but TVAM has to be some time after "Journey to Babel" as well. In production order, that would be impossible since they're consecutive episodes. In broadcast order, they're only 9 episodes apart, which is a pretty tight squeeze given that Sarek would need time to recover from his heart attack and return to full health. Plus the book implies that more time has passed, or at least that's my impression.
Maybe Lorrah was assuming stardate order, which might indicate a significant span of time (3842.3 to 4211.4) between the two episodes, with only a couple of episodes in the gap (Bread & Circuses, The Doomsday Machine). Depending on how long you assume a "stardate" to be, that could be 3-4 months on our calendar.

Or maybe chronology just didn't matter to Lorrah when she was writing. The chronology of the Original Series is extremely elastic even today. It was even more elastic in the '80's, before the Okudas wrote their Chronology.
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Old May 9 2013, 03:00 PM   #2190
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^Oh, yes. A lot of the '80s novels seem to be trying to have it both ways: they say that years have passed since the events of TOS episodes, yet the familiar TOS status quo is still in place with everyone in the same ranks and jobs. They didn't seem to dwell on the "five-year mission" concept as much as we do today, blithely saying that the mission was still continuing without change into what would have to be its eighth or tenth year or the like.
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