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View Poll Results: Rate A Choice of Futures.
Outstanding 54 50.47%
Above Average 39 36.45%
Average 10 9.35%
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Old July 8 2013, 08:14 PM   #151
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Re: ENT: A Choice of Futures by C. L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers!

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Christopher how many more Federation books are you contracted to do and how far out have you done high level plotting?
To date, I've only been contracted for the first two, one at a time. Pocket usually takes things one year at a time rather than having some sort of multiyear master plan.

I do have some broad ideas for where I'd like to take the ROTF narrative and where I want it to end up, but no detailed outlines yet beyond the end of Book 2.
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Old July 9 2013, 05:29 AM   #152
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Just finished this and Christopher has done it again. Far exceeding my already lofty expectations, I thought this was just brilliantly written. I could hear the actors voices when reading their dialogue. The pacing was very good...there wasn't really any moments where I felt compelled to stop or skip ahead. I loved all the little shout outs and cameos. The story itself was very good. The struggle of the newly established Federation attempting to discover it's identity post Romulan War. Starfleet still trying to find it's balance. Outside forces determined to bring down this new interstellar nation that has so proved themselves to be formidable. Also loved the stuff with Trip, and the other Enterprise crew members establishing themselves too as pioneers. The three Orion Sisters remind me of the Witches from "MacBeth" with their scheming and plotting. I am very much looking forward to Book Two next Spring!
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Old July 9 2013, 07:45 PM   #153
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Christopher how many more Federation books are you contracted to do and how far out have you done high level plotting?
To date, I've only been contracted for the first two, one at a time. Pocket usually takes things one year at a time rather than having some sort of multiyear master plan.

I do have some broad ideas for where I'd like to take the ROTF narrative and where I want it to end up, but no detailed outlines yet beyond the end of Book 2.
If the next book is like this one I would want you to continue.
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Old July 11 2013, 06:20 PM   #154
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Voted outstanding...I can't wait to read the follow up.
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Old July 12 2013, 02:01 PM   #155
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Just started the book today! 20% in and I am loving it
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Old July 13 2013, 03:28 PM   #156
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Well I completed the book last week but finally got the review up on my site Here.

I really enjoyed it and am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Old July 13 2013, 04:28 PM   #157
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Enjoyed the book, but have a physical question: what did the do differently when MAKING the book? Feels extremely cheap and floppy compared to the other books out lately. Dunno if it's different paper, thinner paper, not a stiff enough cover/spine, not sure, but the whole thing felt cheap and disposable, even compared to the regular MMPB.
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Old July 13 2013, 04:33 PM   #158
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^I'm afraid I'm not in the loop about that end of the process.
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Old July 13 2013, 04:54 PM   #159
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Just had an email from Amazon UK - my copy is in the post at last !
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Old July 13 2013, 05:30 PM   #160
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^I'm afraid I'm not in the loop about that end of the process.
I'm not crazy though or got a bad one, right? It DOES feel different than the other Trek books lately?

Guess when the next book shows up, I can compare to see if it was a one-off or something they changed up in general.

Read a little out of order, and picked up Shocks of Adversity after this book, and felt 'right', so we'll see.
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Old July 13 2013, 07:07 PM   #161
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The Kirks, Parises, and others are "Starfleet families"--which isn't at all unusual.
Okay, I have to ask exactly when was it established that the Kirk family has a long history in Starfleet? Because outside of Kirk and his father I haven't heard of any other Kirks in Starfleet.
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Old July 13 2013, 07:51 PM   #162
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Okay, I have to ask exactly when was it established that the Kirk family has a long history in Starfleet? Because outside of Kirk and his father I haven't heard of any other Kirks in Starfleet.
Well, no, it wasn't established, but it's not an unreasonable conjecture given that Jim Kirk is at least second-generation Starfleet and given that both his parents were in Starfleet. It's something that I've always had the impression was probably the case. And it served my purposes in this particular work to assert that it was the case.
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Old July 14 2013, 10:58 AM   #163
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^I'm afraid I'm not in the loop about that end of the process.
I'm not crazy though or got a bad one, right? It DOES feel different than the other Trek books lately?

Guess when the next book shows up, I can compare to see if it was a one-off or something they changed up in general.

Read a little out of order, and picked up Shocks of Adversity after this book, and felt 'right', so we'll see.
You're not crazy, I noticed the same thing.
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Old July 14 2013, 11:12 AM   #164
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It's the early days of the Federation, they just didn't have good paper back in those days. Gotta make that prequel feel happen somehow.
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Old July 14 2013, 04:19 PM   #165
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^I'm afraid I'm not in the loop about that end of the process.
I'm not crazy though or got a bad one, right? It DOES feel different than the other Trek books lately?

Guess when the next book shows up, I can compare to see if it was a one-off or something they changed up in general.

Read a little out of order, and picked up Shocks of Adversity after this book, and felt 'right', so we'll see.
No you're not crazy. I think it's that the paper used is thinner than normal. Just enough to give it that floppy loose feel.

I really loved this book and I can't wait for the next one in the series. This is the best book released this year so far. None of the others can hold a candle to Rise of the Federation in my opinion. Thanks Chris for restoring my faith. I can only hope that next year's schedule will be less TOS heavy because I believe I'm done collecting them after all these years, but I will continue to buy the other series for sure.

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