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Old October 8 2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Is "No Limits" essential NF?

Should I read the "No Limits" anthology now or can I skip ahead to "Stone and Anvil" without any trouble? Does NL introduce any major characters or events into the NF universe, or is it non-essential fleshing out of character backstories?

Even if I don't read it now I plan to do so later. I'm just kind of more in the mood to start a full-length novel than read through short stories.

Thanks in advance!
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Old October 8 2013, 04:58 PM   #2
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Re: Is "No Limits" essential NF?

It's "non-essential fleshing out of character backstories". Feel free to jump into Stone and Anvil. You can pick it up later. IMO, it's as essential as Tales of the Dominion War or Tales from the Captain's Table.
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Old October 8 2013, 05:37 PM   #3
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Excellent. Thank you very much!
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Old October 8 2013, 07:47 PM   #4
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Old October 8 2013, 08:17 PM   #5
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Re: Is "No Limits" essential NF?

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Should I read the "No Limits" anthology now or can I skip ahead to "Stone and Anvil" without any trouble? Does NL introduce any major characters or events into the NF universe, or is it non-essential fleshing out of character backstories?
Wow, really? Fleshing out of character backstories is "non-essential"?

Anyhow, it's all "non-essential" because it's fiction and therefore a luxury item. How-some-ever, the point of the anthology is to provide looks at the various characters (and, in one case, the ship) prior to the events of House of Cards, the lone exception being Peter's own story about Shelby and Calhoun's honeymoon.

But the anthology can be read any time, really, so you won't be missing anything "essential" if you skip to Stone and Anvil.
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Old October 8 2013, 09:02 PM   #6
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Even if you do skip it now, definitely read it at some point. Its got lots of good stories, and it's nice to get other author's takes on the characters.
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Re: Is "No Limits" essential NF?

I dunno if it's "essential," but it's the best of the New Frontier stories published after eXcalibur.
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Old October 9 2013, 09:02 PM   #8
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The story with Kebron undercover as a statue (IIRC) alone was worth the price of admission.
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Old October 9 2013, 10:00 PM   #9
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The story with Kebron undercover as a statue (IIRC) alone was worth the price of admission.
QFT! That story was great! It makes me wish Mr. Mack was writing new New Frontier tales for all of us
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Old October 9 2013, 11:26 PM   #10
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I think that was probably my favorite story in the book. It proves Mack can do small, humorous stories just as well as the epic exciting stories.
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I'm finally reading this and I'm so glad I am - Shelby's story is (unfortuantely) filler, Kebron's is hilarious, Robin's has this expertly-done creeping misery of a broken family running through it and Morgan's is probably the darkest Trek story ever published, and fantastic.
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The story with Kebron undercover as a statue (IIRC) alone was worth the price of admission.
QFT! That story was great! It makes me wish Mr. Mack was writing new New Frontier tales for all of us
One of the funniest Trek stories I remember reading. Easily my favorite in the book.
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