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View Poll Results: Rate The Body Electric.
Outstanding 33 32.67%
Above Average 38 37.62%
Average 25 24.75%
Below Average 4 3.96%
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Old March 16 2013, 12:00 AM   #241
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I just finished this this afternoon while doing my laundry. I really enjoyed it and the trilogy was just fantastic.
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Old March 16 2013, 02:45 AM   #242
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The best trilogy of Mack ever! My favorite trilogy of all time. )
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Old April 14 2013, 09:17 AM   #243
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I think Data made the wrong choice of escape pods to rescue.

My reasons:

A) The Immortal had a LONG, full life -- without question -- while Rhea's life was just beginning.

B) Didn't Flint divulge the secrets of positronic resurrection to Data and the other AIs after being tortured? Data could've saved Rhea, then re-ignited Lal later with the Immortal's instructions.

C) Rhea's just a great character and it's disappointing that her story in Trek lit is over.

How about the rest of you? Do you agree/disagree with Data's choice?
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Old April 14 2013, 11:35 AM   #244
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I agree - Flint was the only one Data could be sure would revive Lal.

I'm pretty sure Data could bring back Soong 2.0 from the memories he possesses, but Rhea seems lost entirely unless she was backed up somewhere...
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Old April 14 2013, 01:21 PM   #245
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I think Data made the wrong choice of escape pods to rescue.

My reasons:

A) The Immortal had a LONG, full life -- without question -- while Rhea's life was just beginning.
But Data's priority was to restore Lal. Flint could do that; Rhea couldn't. He didn't choose Flint over Rhea, he chose his daughter over Rhea.


B) Didn't Flint divulge the secrets of positronic resurrection to Data and the other AIs after being tortured? Data could've saved Rhea, then re-ignited Lal later with the Immortal's instructions.
Flint explained a couple of times in the novel that it wasn't a set of instructions he could write down or describe to someone, but a special knack that required his own intuition/experience/whatever. Only he was able to make it work.


C) Rhea's just a great character and it's disappointing that her story in Trek lit is over.
If the only characters who ever died were faceless redshirts, it wouldn't have any emotional impact, would it?
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Old April 15 2013, 09:10 AM   #246
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C) Rhea's just a great character and it's disappointing that her story in Trek lit is over.
If the only characters who ever died were faceless redshirts, it wouldn't have any emotional impact, would it?
I actually think this is the one level on which Rhea's death did not make sense. Due to the way she was used in this story, I think that the loss of Rhea is felt less keenly than is the loss of her character potential (particularly as relates to a potential future with Data). Obviously YMMV, but I'm not sure I would characterize Rhea's death as one that puts a face to faceless-redshirt-type deaths (if that makes any sense), nor would I say that the reaction it provoked in me was quite an "emotional impact."

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Old April 22 2013, 07:01 PM   #247
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Finally I managed to read this one. I enjoyed the entire trilogy, even though I hated the idea of Data coming back it was still a well told story. Actually throughout the Cold Equations I was thinking that David Mack probably knows Finnish or has looked into Finnish language for some reason. The reason I thought that was because there were some names in first books that actually looked liked they might be finnish words even though they were not, and then in Body Electric there was a phrase in Finnish and I was suprised that there actually was real finnish in it. I really wished that Data would have saved Rhea and they would become romantically involved. Overall a good reading experience, I enjoyed.
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Old April 23 2013, 02:17 AM   #248
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and then in Body Electric there was a phrase in Finnish and I was suprised that there actually was real finnish in it.
Well, of course, because that book had to Finnish the trilogy.

I'll show myself out...
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Old April 23 2013, 11:20 AM   #249
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Well, of course, because that book had to Finnish the trilogy.
That was a bad one... But got a laugh out of me.
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Old May 12 2013, 09:58 PM   #250
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On page 164. I love this book.

...but a Pulp Fiction quote? REALLY.

I love this book.
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Old May 13 2013, 12:49 AM   #251
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On page 164. I love this book.

...but a Pulp Fiction quote? REALLY.

I love this book.
My favorite David Mack film homage is still the Clerks pastiche in Reap the Whirlwind. Ensign Brian O'Halloran complaining to Ensign Jeff Anderson that he shouldn't even be here today!
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Old May 13 2013, 01:59 AM   #252
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BeatleJWOL wrote: View Post
On page 164. I love this book.

...but a Pulp Fiction quote? REALLY.

I love this book.
You're welcome.

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My favorite David Mack film homage is still the Clerks pastiche in Reap the Whirlwind. Ensign Brian O'Halloran complaining to Ensign Jeff Anderson that he shouldn't even be here today!
Yeah, that was a fun bit to write. Right down to the reference regarding how long their improvised hockey ice would last — the same length of time as their interrupted rooftop game in Clerks.

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Old May 13 2013, 02:04 AM   #253
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You're welcome.
Finished it about an hour after that post. Yes, yes I am.
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Old May 13 2013, 06:09 PM   #254
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I also liked the book but in my opinion book 1 en 2 where better
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Old May 29 2013, 06:01 PM   #255
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Funny Coincidence.

I just happen to read this book—with its android character named Gatt—right after I watched the new Star Trek into Darkness movie—which has an android-like character [more likely a cyborg] played by and actor named Gatt. Early talk about the Gatt character in the movie said his name might be “Gatt 2000” or “GATT 5000”—before the credits gave the character the name “science officer 0718”.

Oh, and there’s also the android phone profile called GATT.
It’s just a little funny GATT overload in my life right now.

The book was pretty good, BTW. I liked adult Wesley. Still interested in learning more about the real Fellowship of AI. Happy to have Lal back. Glad Data didn’t just immediately rejoin Starfleet.
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