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Old August 4 2013, 09:23 AM   #2491
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Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations

"Star Trek Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn" by David R. George III. Finished Greg Cox's "Man of Steel" novelization and thought it was fantastic.
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Old August 4 2013, 02:24 PM   #2492
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Finished book one of Cold Equations a couple of days ago (a brilliant read), and just finished book two. Enjoyed the second one a lot, but I wasn't thrilled with the explanation for the plot. It left too many unanswered questions. I hope that's expanded in book three. Either way, on to the third.
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Old August 4 2013, 03:12 PM   #2493
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With the Star Trek: Seekers announcement, i've decided to head back to Vanguard and read the rest of the series faster than i had originally planned. I'm only on the thrid book, Reap The Whirlwind, and with 5 more to go, plus all those books coming in the next bunch of months...i'd better get started so i can jump right into David Mack's first Seekers offering in August 2014
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Old August 4 2013, 03:46 PM   #2494
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With the Star Trek: Seekers announcement, i've decided to head back to Vanguard and read the rest of the series faster than i had originally planned. I'm only on the thrid book, Reap The Whirlwind, and with 5 more to go, plus all those books coming in the next bunch of months...i'd better get started so i can jump right into David Mack's first Seekers offering in August 2014
Ditto. I also bogged down some 80 pages int RtW several years back, so I'll probably start at the beginning again. The Seekers sounds awesome.
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Old August 4 2013, 07:38 PM   #2495
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With the Star Trek: Seekers announcement, i've decided to head back to Vanguard and read the rest of the series faster than i had originally planned. I'm only on the thrid book, Reap The Whirlwind, and with 5 more to go, plus all those books coming in the next bunch of months...i'd better get started so i can jump right into David Mack's first Seekers offering in August 2014
Ditto. I also bogged down some 80 pages int RtW several years back, so I'll probably start at the beginning again. The Seekers sounds awesome.
Everyone's opinion that I care about on this board, has said over and over how good the series is. I totally agree, but sometimes i get bogged down as well. Currently about 250 pages in. Hoping to be on book #4 by the middle of the week
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Old August 5 2013, 12:58 AM   #2496
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I finished the Burgoyne 172 story from New Frontier: No Limits, "Oil and Water", by Robert T. Jeschonek. I'm now reading the McHenry story, "Singularity", by Christina F. York.
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Old August 5 2013, 01:54 AM   #2497
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Finished book one of Cold Equations a couple of days ago (a brilliant read), and just finished book two. Enjoyed the second one a lot, but I wasn't thrilled with the explanation for the plot. It left too many unanswered questions. I hope that's expanded in book three. Either way, on to the third.
I hope to God that doesn't mean that all the Orion/Breen stuff is continued in book three. I'm working my way through book two right now myself and, man, is it WORK. Hain's storyline, and whatever the hell is it she and her people are doing makes no sense whatsoever.

And I'm beginning to think I should have read the Typhon Pact novels first. I don't understand any of THAT either.

And, We FINALLY get Data back after a decade, and instead of him simply rejoining the Enterprise crew as he should have, he goes off on a search for Vasilvik for....reasons. I hope that makes more sense in part three also.

Now, I don't want to sound like I'm disparaging Dave Mack's work here. I'm not. I usually love his stuff. Book one was great. I REALLY enjoyed the look it gave us at Noonien Soong and what he was doing all those years, and of course, his part in Data's return. It's just all this Orion/Breen intrigue that seems to have come from nowhere. Of course, the attempts to involve Data in all that will, I hope, pay off in book three. Maybe I just can't see it all yet.
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Old August 5 2013, 02:35 AM   #2498
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July was busy. Not much reading, and not much listening, as I took a Gym Break during the last week of the month (just started back on Saturday the 3rd.)

07/03/2013 Mary Ann in Autumn (audiobook) by Armistead Maupin
07/03/2013 Star Trek (DC Series II) 61-70, Special 2, Annual 5 by Howard Weinstein & Various
07/04/2013 Star Trek (DC Series II) 71-80, Special 3, Annual 6, Ashes of Eden GN by Howard Weinstein & Various
07/07/2013 The Fountains of Paradise (audiobook) by Arthur C. Clarke
07/13/2013 Star Trek: The Next Generation: Vendetta (audiobook) by Peter David
07/13/2013 Snows of Darkover (anthology) Edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley
07/20/2013 Creating the Enterprise (2nd Edition) by Paul Olsen
07/20/2013 Red Sun of Darkover (anthology) Edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley
07/22/2013 The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold
07/24/2013 Clingfire I: The Fall of Neskaya (audiobook) by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross
07/27/2013 The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting) edited by Marc Sobel and Kristy Valenti
07/30/2013 Love and Rockets Book 1: Music for Mechanics (gn) by Los Bros Hernandez
07/31/2013 The Complete Omaha the Cat Dancer Vol. 8 (gn) by Red Waller & Kate Worley with James Vance

This that & the other. Some Star Trek comics (finished re-reading DC Series II). Some Darkover fan fiction, followed by Darkover audio of the Ages of Chaos Clingfire Trilogy. I enjoyed these books a whole lot more when I read them myself. I think the reader just doesn't work for me. Sadly.

David Gerrold's The Man Who Folded Himself, first re-read since the 70's, I think. Man, is that a compelling read. It still holds up beautifully, by the way. I Kindled this one after reading Gerrold's ringing denouncement of Orson Scott Coward (I think that's his name, right?) and the whole Ender's Game movie boycott brouhaha. Thanks Dave!

Last year was the 30th anniversary of the first issue of Love & Rockets, and their publisher, Fantagraphics, announced an extensive celebration, to include 3 big celebratory volumes to be published in the latter half of the year. Twelve months late, but it looks like that material is finally going to come out, just in time for the 31st anniversary. Better late than never, I say. The first book, the Love and Rockets Companion, showed up from Amazon on, I think, Wednesday the 24th of July. It went camping with me over the weekend, and I finished in on Saturday. That got me in the mood for L&R again, so I'm re-reading the whole series in trade paper. The early stuff (the first volume, essentially) is weird and tonally quite different from what came later, but still wonderful.

The L&R re-read got interrupted when the final, belated volume of Omaha the Cat Dancer showed up last Tuesday. I finished it the next day. It was OK, and a good wrap-up for the series, but not up to the highs of some of the earlier material.

Yesterday, I did some living room cleaning, and finally put away a stack of books I had planned to read over last year's Xmess break - those plans went out the window when my younger brother passed away on Christmas eve, and I spend the next couple of weeks shuttling back & forth to Boise, trying to help my sister-in-law and my parents deal with the fall-out.

I did pull one book out of that stack and started reading it again -- Lou Scheimer's memoirs of his years with Filmation, making kid's TV programming. Fun read!

Currently reading: L&R Book 3, Las Mujeres Perdidas by Los Bros Hernandez, Creating the Filmation Generation by Lou Scheimer & Andy Mangels, Star Trek Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures by Christopher Bennett. Currently listening to Clingfire II: Zandru's Forge by MZB & Deborah J. Ross.
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Old August 5 2013, 02:40 AM   #2499
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July was busy. Not much reading, and not much listening, as I took a Gym Break during the last week of the month (just started back on Saturday the 3rd.)

07/13/2013 Snows of Darkover (anthology) Edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley

07/20/2013 Red Sun of Darkover (anthology) Edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley

07/24/2013 Clingfire I: The Fall of Neskaya (audiobook) by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross

Some Darkover fan fiction, followed by Darkover audio of the Ages of Chaos Clingfire Trilogy. I enjoyed these books a whole lot more when I read them myself. I think the reader just doesn't work for me. Sadly.

Currently listening to Clingfire II: Zandru's Forge by MZB & Deborah J. Ross.
It's not often I run across other Darkover fans. May I ask what fanfic you read? I've been trying to track down as much as possible, and it's definitely not easy.
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Old August 5 2013, 03:04 AM   #2500
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July was busy. Not much reading, and not much listening, as I took a Gym Break during the last week of the month (just started back on Saturday the 3rd.)

07/13/2013 Snows of Darkover (anthology) Edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley

07/20/2013 Red Sun of Darkover (anthology) Edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley

07/24/2013 Clingfire I: The Fall of Neskaya (audiobook) by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross

Some Darkover fan fiction, followed by Darkover audio of the Ages of Chaos Clingfire Trilogy. I enjoyed these books a whole lot more when I read them myself. I think the reader just doesn't work for me. Sadly.

Currently listening to Clingfire II: Zandru's Forge by MZB & Deborah J. Ross.
It's not often I run across other Darkover fans. May I ask what fanfic you read? I've been trying to track down as much as possible, and it's definitely not easy.
Uh, just what I listed above -- I consider the Darkover anthologies to be glorified fanfic (like Star Trek's late, lamented Strange New World anthologies.)

I do have a few issues of Starstone and the Friends of Darkover newsletter, but they're pretty damn pricy, and I've never been able to find a comprehensive listing of her fanzines, so I have no idea what I'm missing.

I'm a big Marion Zimmer Bradley fan -- I've read virtually everything she ever published, with the exception of her early, pseudonymous "lesbian" novels, which I'm saving for a rainy day, and some of her late-career "collaborations" (Trillium, Glenraven, Tiger Burning Bright) which I find unreadable. But pretty much everything she wrote from the '60's through the '80's is good, and frequently rises to brilliant.
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Old August 5 2013, 03:18 AM   #2501
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I agree that some fanfic is outrageously priced - especially when some of the stuff people are asking $50 for is actually available for free if you know where to look.

There is a little bit of Darkover fanfic on fanfiction.net. Some is in English, some in French, some in German, and some in Portuguese. I'm actually prepared to learn Portuguese if I have to, because I really want to read those stories! I've found other stories elsewhere - one of them an extremely explicit alternate scenario of how Regis and Danilo dealt with Dyan Ardais. It's not remotely compatible with the novels, but I suppose it could have happened that way if MZB hadn't been essentially writing the overarching story from both ends, 40 years apart.

Aside from a few continuity glitches, I thoroughly enjoyed Hastur Lord, and the latest novel (Children of Kings) manages to take another look at the Dry Towns without the requisite "Dry-Towners-are-terrible-and-irredeemable-misogynists" take.

If you like, I can PM you a list of what I've found and links, if you'll do me the return favor.
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Old August 5 2013, 03:25 AM   #2502
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If you like, I can PM you a list of what I've found and links, if you'll do me the return favor.
Yes, please, before we take this too far down the rabbit-hole!
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Old August 5 2013, 10:29 AM   #2503
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Just started with Star trek Vanguard: Declassified.
Too bad they didn't continued with the big story
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Old August 5 2013, 11:45 AM   #2504
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I hope to God that doesn't mean that all the Orion/Breen stuff is continued in book three.
It isn't.


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Just started with Star trek Vanguard: Declassified.
Too bad they didn't continued with the big story
Actually the last two segments of Declassified do move the story forward from the last book, especially the concluding tale, which is a very, very critical part of "the big story." And the first two stories flesh out character background that's relevant to what follows.
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Ok that's good to hear
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