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Old September 17 2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Spirit Walk duology....

So, I started my Voyager Relaunch with Full Circle and the follow-up novels. I never read Homecoming/Farther Shore, nor the Spirit Walk duology.

Thing is, thanks to a nice deal, I got secondhand copies of Homecoming and The Farther Shore.
I'm considering hunting down Spirit Walk, but have heard less then stellar reviews about them. Are the details of these novels explained enough in Full Circle and beyond, or is there a lot I'm missing and is it worth it to try and complete the series?
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Old September 17 2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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Re: Spirit Walk duology....

I think there are some fairly detailed entries for the events of the Spirit Walk duology on Memory Beta. I just read up on what happened between Endgame and Full Circle on there before I read the current novels.
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Old September 17 2013, 08:18 PM   #3
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Re: Spirit Walk duology....

The plot threads from Spiritwalk are wrapped up in short order in Full Circle. I don't think it would be much of an issue if you didn't 'get' the references.

I've read both of the SW duology and my life is noticeably worse for it !
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Old September 17 2013, 08:46 PM   #4
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Re: Spirit Walk duology....

The thing is, they're incredibly quick reads. Like, damn near read-in-one-sitting quick. It's such a small investment of time that it almost doesn't matter one way or the other.

You can keep up with Full Circle fine without them, but you might as well read them, for the effort it takes to do so.
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Old September 17 2013, 08:55 PM   #5
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Re: Spirit Walk duology....

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The thing is, they're incredibly quick reads. Like, damn near read-in-one-sitting quick. It's such a small investment of time that it almost doesn't matter one way or the other.

You can keep up with Full Circle fine without them, but you might as well read them, for the effort it takes to do so.
Agreed. Very quick reads. Not too bad, but nowhere near the quality of what has come afterwards
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Old September 17 2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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Yeah, I never had a problem with Spirit Walk. I was always surprised by the vehemence of its critics.
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Old September 18 2013, 05:21 AM   #7
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You can keep up with Full Circle fine without them, but you might as well read them, for the effort it takes to do so.
And then you'll also appreciate the quality of what we got after so much more!
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Old September 18 2013, 05:58 PM   #8
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Re: Spirit Walk duology....

Hm, I suppose it would like nice on the shelf to have the entire set. I'll keep an eye out for some secondhand copies.
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Old September 18 2013, 11:01 PM   #9
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Re: Spirit Walk duology....

I always found that the Spirit Walk was sort of like DS9's Abyss and Demons of Air And Darkness. The books took place after their relaunch "pilot" titles, but they were of a little bit lighter affair than what their "pilot"'s were, while at the same time still ramping up what was to come (although with Voyager, that ball kind of got dropped with Christie Golden's departure from the series, since it would've been interesting to see where the series could've gone had Golden stayed with the series).
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Old September 20 2013, 03:40 PM   #10
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Re: Spirit Walk duology....

Like Christopher, I didn't have any problems with Spirit Walk, and never understood why so many people disliked it.
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Old September 20 2013, 03:54 PM   #11
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Re: Spirit Walk duology....

Some readers seemed to have a problem with the spirituality of the novel, but that puzzled me, since it didn't seem any different than Bajorans' beliefs in DS9. The entities in question could be interpreted as advanced aliens, just as the Prophets could.
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Old September 20 2013, 03:58 PM   #12
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It's been an age since I read them but I don't recall being bothered by the spirituality, more the sidelining of all of Voyager's interesting characters to be replaced by non entities.
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Old September 20 2013, 04:19 PM   #13
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Re: Spirit Walk duology....

Biggest problem with the first VOY relaunch is that they kinda forgot to give it a reason to exist. Wasn't really anything going on, they broke up the crew a bit, and just had a generic series wandering the AQ, except this one had "voyager" stamped on the hull.

The re-relaunch really gave the series something to DO and stand apart again, and it shines.
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Old September 20 2013, 06:19 PM   #14
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Biggest problem with the first VOY relaunch is that they kinda forgot to give it a reason to exist. Wasn't really anything going on, they broke up the crew a bit, and just had a generic series wandering the AQ, except this one had "voyager" stamped on the hull.
How was that a "Big" problem? TNG & DS9 showed the crew splitting up on screen, so why would that be a "Big" problem for Voyager? Really, would you expect Starfleet to not reassign people, even though they've been together for 7 years on screen.
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Old September 20 2013, 11:04 PM   #15
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Don't expect that at all, and it's worked perfectly fine for the VOY re-relaunch. Not even what I was getting at.

The writer/editors had no plan for the series, VOY was just around, but it could have just as easily been any other crew. They split up the crew, but still tried to follow everyone, so you had a disjointed story and boring sub-plots.

So: just essentially watered-down TNG, but without a mission or half the crew. Series really didn't have any reason to exist at that point. They resolved the big mission, and didn't replace it with anything new. Full Circle gave them a reason to exist again, stand out from the other series, and has been much more popular...
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