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View Poll Results: What's your favorite Titan novel??
Taking Wing 11 14.29%
The Red King 5 6.49%
Orion's Hounds 37 48.05%
Sword Of Damocles 10 12.99%
Destiny 12 15.58%
Over A Torrent Sea 11 14.29%
Synthesis 19 24.68%
Seize The Fire 2 2.60%
Fallen Gods 3 3.90%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 77. You may not vote on this poll

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Old July 6 2013, 05:14 PM   #16
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Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....

Overall I enjoy the Titan series, but I find it a bit hit and miss. Overall I like the characters - the core characters are all quite engaging, but the "secondary" cast is a bit uneven.
I enjoyed Taking Wing, Orions Hounds, Sword of Damocles, Destiny...contrary to popular opinion (judging by the poll), I wasn't particularly engaged by Over a Torrent Sea, and I didn't really like Synthesis. I would have liked it more if its portrayal of technology had just made a bit more sense. Seize the Fire was just painful to read - the plot was fine, but the large number of unpronounceable (and unmemorable) names just made it feel like a struggle - and to be honest, if I'm struggling to read a book, I'm not enjoying it.

In general, I'd read more Titan, but I'd like some more from Mack, Bennett or Thorne, as I've kinda disengaged with Martin's style. He worked better when he was co-writing with Mangels.
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Old July 6 2013, 05:20 PM   #17
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Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....

I'm not overly fond of Titan generally, and although some might find it odd for a Trek fan, I'm really bored by the 'Strange New Worlds' part of Trek. After so many planets/aliens of the week episodes of TOS, TNG, Voyager, Enterprise and occasionally DS9 and all the pre relaunch novels, I've had enough. That's probably why I like the political stuff so much. An exploration story, particularly Titan, has to be really special to get my vote.

Over A Torrent Sea really was. Fantastic novel...
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Old July 6 2013, 05:26 PM   #18
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Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....

Destiny is the best thing on that list overall, but just looking at it from a Titan perspective, I think Sword of Damocles gets my vote. What I loved about the idea for this series is that it could take new authors, new voices, new situations and give a chance to explore and play; Damocles had the most unique, most fantastic story, and I loved how different it was.
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Old July 7 2013, 04:07 AM   #19
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Destiny I don't even consider to be a part of Titan, since the Titan storyline was only one part of the overall story, since you had three other series contributing major story arcs to the trilogy, with Enterprise contributing the fate of the Columbia story, TNG and DS9, and to a very small extent Voyager, giving us the Borg wrap up storylines, that Destiny cannot be attributed to just one series.

"Seize The Fire" I can accept as part of he Titan series since, aside from a small scene where Titan receives its orders from HQ, it is a stand-alone story, just under the TP. Banner.
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Old July 7 2013, 09:06 AM   #20
Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....

I voted for Taking Wing. I had high hopes after the first book but sadly every book I've read since was less satisfying. But I keep reading. I think the foundation of the crew keeps my interests and hopes up for the series.
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Old July 7 2013, 09:10 AM   #21
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Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....

I included Destiny as part of the overall Titan series, since Titan is involved heavily in the story, integral to the plot of not only Destiny, but also the continuing development of the Titan series itself.

And even though I love Destiny, and could read it once or twice a year, it's not my favorite Titan, mostly because Troi annoyed the hell out of me in that novel, acting completely irrational. Now, I fully understand WHY she would act like that, most people would under such circumstances, but Troi has been known to stay very level-headed in extreme situations, and at times she just felt out of character during Destiny.

Seize The Fire may have TP in the cover, but it's basicly a Titan story, involving the Typhon Pact.
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Old July 7 2013, 09:29 AM   #22
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Destiny is great though I'm not overly fond of the Titan characterisation in that - particularly Troi and Ree.

Of the main Titan novels I'll go for Orion's Hounds as the strongest mix of science fiction ideas and character work.

All the other books up to and including Synthesis are enjoyable but then the quality fell off a cliff with the last two being almost unreadable.
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Old July 7 2013, 09:44 AM   #23
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then the quality fell off a cliff with the last two being almost unreadable.
You'll find that most people agree with you on that.
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Old July 7 2013, 12:19 PM   #24
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Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....

I voted for Orion's Hounds, since it was the first "real" Titan novel, the first that really took the concept and ran with it and made it an integral part of the story. And of course so well written to boot. My only minor niggle was that the Proplidian might have pushed my suspension of disbelief a titchy bit too far, but other than that excellent.

Taking Wing - A solid start with great characters and great set-up. Just a shame that the story is completely unconnected to the Titan concept, although I realize that was dictated by Nemesis.

The Red King - Slightly weaker than TW, and even less connected to the central concept, but still solid enough.

Orion's Hounds - See above.

Sword of Damocles - An interesting story, but too twisty-turny for my taste, even though that seems to be the appeal for others. Also this is when the editing problems started to creep in.

Destiny - The Titan parts of this were actually my favourite, and I like the way it made time to explore and conclude several character arcs from the other books even while the apocalypse is going on.

Over a Torrent Sea - A lovely quiet piece in which to recover, with a delightful exploration of a truly new alien culture.

Synthesis - Another great example of the series' actual concept. I feel like I remember the characterisations being slightly off, but I can't remember why, so maybe I'm talking bollocks there.

Seize the Fire - I actually really enjoyed the exploration of Gorn culture, that was well done. But the writing was clumsy, dialogue unconvincing, and editing poor.

Fallen Gods - Started well, but then the same problems as previous crept in, and the Andorian "twist" was absolutely groan-worthy. And I hate (underline hate) that he effectively killed off White-Blue. Had MAM continued writing the series, I probably wouldn't have continued reading.

The Poison Chalice - Cannot wait. Possible redemption for the entire series. No pressure there, James.

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Old July 7 2013, 04:22 PM   #25
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Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....

Titan has been hit an miss for me. The last two have been unreadable, while the first five were quite good. Especially Over a Torrent Sea by Christopher
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Old July 7 2013, 07:03 PM   #26
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Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....

I really liked Over a Torrent Sea, with the exception of the Ree subplot near the end.
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Old July 7 2013, 08:19 PM   #27
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I actually re-read Over A Torrent Sea last week, and although I like it, the science was getting in the way for me in that one. Usually, I love how Christopher is able to blend science and fiction so well together, but in this one, it really was a bit to much for me.
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Old July 8 2013, 09:43 PM   #28
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Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....

Sword of Damocles and Synthesis were my favorites. Loved the expanded cast of characters, especially Dakal. Definitely my favorite Treklit-original premise, though often the premise was superior to the actual execution.
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Old July 9 2013, 01:37 AM   #29
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Re: Your favorite TITAN novel....

I have loved all of the Titan novels except for the very most recent one. I really enjoyed Seize The Fire, I thought it gave us a great insight into the Gorn, and then the next one was just flat and seemed to end because the author had reached his contractually mandated word count.
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Old July 9 2013, 10:33 AM   #30
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I voted for Orion's Hounds but like a lot of other posters here, Synthesis was a close second.
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