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View Poll Results: Please Vote for Favorite Book of these 4
The Better Man 2 8.70%
Dreams of the Raven 10 43.48%
Shadows of the Sun 9 39.13%
A Choice of Catastrophes 2 8.70%
Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old August 18 2013, 10:20 AM   #16
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Re: Opinions on the Following McCoy Centered Books

I just realised I've read "Choice of Catastrophes" which I liked.
I prefer Ravens I think but Catastrophes is well worth the read IMO
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Old August 18 2013, 09:36 PM   #17
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Re: Opinions on the Following McCoy Centered Books

I like Dreams of the Raven, Shadows on the Sun, and The Better Man-- all great books. I can't believe no one voted for The Better Man; I can only assume no one here has read it. Go rectify that now!
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Old August 18 2013, 10:51 PM   #18
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Re: Opinions on the Following McCoy Centered Books

One of your books in the poll doesn't actually exist and should not be voted for. Shadows of the Sun doesn't exist. It's not the title of a Star Trek book.

Now if you had put in Shadows on the Sun I might have voted for that.
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Old August 19 2013, 12:53 AM   #19
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On of your books in the poll doesn't actually exist and should not be voted for. Shadows of the Sun doesn't exist. It's not the title of a Star Trek book.

Now if you had put in Shadows on the Sun I might have voted for that.
Please forgive my horrible grievance for getting the words of and on mixed up.
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Old August 19 2013, 01:02 AM   #20
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After thinking about it, I placed my vote.
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Old August 19 2013, 03:16 PM   #21
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Re: Opinions on the Following McCoy Centered Books

You should also check out Aftershock and Cadet Kirk, books 2 & 3 of the Academy trilogy from the 90's. Book 1 is solely about Spock, but then 2 (Aftershock) introduces McCoy and we see just how McCoy and Spock react without Kirk in the mix (although Kirk is still the catalyst for the plot of the story, but it's in a very brief cameo). Kirk doesn't play an important factor til book 3, at which point you can see the mix coming into place between the three characters.

http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Aftershock
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Old August 20 2013, 12:27 AM   #22
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You should also check out Aftershock and Cadet Kirk, books 2 & 3 of the Academy trilogy from the 90's. Book 1 is solely about Spock, but then 2 (Aftershock) introduces McCoy and we see just how McCoy and Spock react without Kirk in the mix (although Kirk is still the catalyst for the plot of the story, but it's in a very brief cameo). Kirk doesn't play an important factor til book 3, at which point you can see the mix coming into place between the three characters.

http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Aftershock
Thanks for the rec. I actually have them both on my possible to read list but it is good to hear positive feedback on them.

I kind of wish they were available on the kindle though.
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Old August 20 2013, 03:56 AM   #23
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I kind of wish they were available on the kindle though.
I know that Simon & Schuster is working backwards from the last releases in 2005 and 2003, respectively, with the Original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mystery stories that they had published (I see there up to #136 in the Hardy Boys which originally came out in 1996, plus they've released the first Clues Brothers book in e-book form, and that was from 1997), so maybe they'll reissue the Starfleet Academy/DS9 books soon in e-book form.
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Old August 20 2013, 12:26 PM   #24
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I liked all 4 of the choices, but I had to go with Dreams of the Raven as my favorite in the poll. If I had to pick my all-time favorite McCoy novel, though, I'd have to go with Provenance of Shadows.
This. Very much this.

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Old August 20 2013, 01:33 PM   #25
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I loved Shadows of the Sun. All good books though.
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Old August 21 2013, 02:26 PM   #26
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I'm put off "Doctor's Orders" by one review that said that Spock should have taken over at the first sign of trouble. I can't get over that.
I'd trust Diane Duane over a random reviewer any day.

I hate the Crucible series.
Can't agree with you there. The McCoy and Spock novels are must-reads.
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Old August 21 2013, 04:38 PM   #27
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Re: Opinions on the Following McCoy Centered Books

Although technically not McCoy centered I would also reccomend Spock's World as it gives McCoy some of his finest moments especially when he gives an impassioned speech which elicits a surprising response from a Vulcan science officer of his acquaintance.
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Old August 21 2013, 04:42 PM   #28
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^Although I had some issues with Doctor's Orders, it was still an enjoyable read overall. I have now read 4 of Diane's books (more than any other author so far) and have one more of her books on my kindle. So yeah I at least enjoy Duane's view of Star Trek and the characters.

I also have also already read McCoy Provenance of Shadow. Again I definitely enjoyed reading the book a lot but the ultimate conclusion of both McCoy's stories was a bit disappointing for me.


edit: And Spock's World is the Diane Duane book I have not read yet but have on my kindle so that will be a definite read for me.

I have read the above mentioned Doctor's Orders, Wounded Sky, My Enemy My Ally, and The Romulan Way already.

The two books on the Romulans were my favorites of hers so far. Wounded Sky took a long time for me to get into but there were some passages in that book that were so lovely I don't regret reading it all.
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Old August 22 2013, 01:22 AM   #29
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I haven't read it yet, aside from the cover blurb, but didn't Crossover have McCoy hijacking a starship?
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Old August 22 2013, 04:28 AM   #30
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^ McCoy was in it, but IIRC, Scotty was the one doing the hijacking.
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