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Old November 2 2013, 06:56 PM   #31
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Re: The Past Decade of Trek Lit

Hey, turns out I procured but never read 3 DS9 books, were these any good?

Hollow Men. Worlds of DS9: Cardassia/Andor. Worlds of DS9: Trill Bajor.
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Old November 2 2013, 07:10 PM   #32
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^^ Yes. All of them.
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Old November 2 2013, 10:43 PM   #33
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I *just* finished Worlds of DS9: Trill/Bajor last night! They're fun, quick reads, and I'm amazed how much history and culture exists on these planets. I could read an entire series on the rebuilding of Cardassia.

All the plots and characters however spawn from the previous eight DS9 novels, so hopefully you're reading those first!

Now off to starting the last Worlds of DS9: Dominion and Ferenginar - which given the authors I'm sure I'm going to love!
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Old November 2 2013, 11:36 PM   #34
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I'm not sure how interested I'll be in Andor or Bajor or Trill stories... Cardassia, Ferenginar, and the Dominion, on the other hand...
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Old November 3 2013, 12:03 AM   #35
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I would recommend the Bajor story because it sets up the next group of Novels. Plus it stars the Siskos and the rest of the DS9 family.
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Old November 3 2013, 02:50 AM   #36
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I just finished "The Art of the Impossible", which I found very enjoyable despite the fact that it mainly followed original characters. I really liked how many vital bits of Trek backstory were woven into a single story that touched on the lives of so many important characters. I can't even remember all the events that happened such as the origin of Worf and the death of Troi's father. I also liked seeing the conflict between the Klingons and Cardassians. I liked how comically petty and inept most of the Klingons and Cardassians were.

I don't remember the DS9 Relaunch books anymore but do they establish right off the bat that Dax and Vaughn knew each other and didn't care for one another?

Are the rest of the Lost Era books this important to Trek continuity? I bought the Serpents one by David George so I'll read that now.
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Old November 3 2013, 03:38 AM   #37
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It's been 10 years since I read the mini-series, but the 2298 book (The Sundered) contains background info for a race that reappears in "Taking Wing"---or is it "The Red King"? Sundered sets up stuff for one of the first two Titan novels.

The rest tend to be stand-alone's--- "Well Of Souls" takes place within "The Art Of The Impossible", since TAOTI covers about 2 decades; Souls also gives us a rare glimpse into life on the Enterprise-C. As I recall Souls felt like a possible "Pilot" for a book series that really went nowhere. "Deny Thy Father" and "Catalyst Of Sorrows" are early adventures for Riker and Sisko, taking place while they are either in the Academy or with them as ensigns and lieutenants.
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Old November 3 2013, 04:17 AM   #38
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The Sundered was followed up in The Red King.
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Old November 3 2013, 11:22 AM   #39
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I just finished "The Art of the Impossible", which I found very enjoyable
Thanks muchly!


I don't remember the DS9 Relaunch books anymore but do they establish right off the bat that Dax and Vaughn knew each other and didn't care for one another?
That they knew each other was established early on, yes, though the disdain they initially had came was first established in TAOTI.
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Old November 3 2013, 02:24 PM   #40
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Well of Souls is the only other memorable book in that group of Lost Era books for me.

It was kind of a love it or hate it book. I enjoyed it but it was very dense - not light reading for sure.

Definitely read Serpents, it was the best of the bunch.
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Old November 3 2013, 04:44 PM   #41
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I just finished "The Art of the Impossible", which I found very enjoyable despite the fact that it mainly followed original characters.
While I grant that several major characters were created for this novel -- Qaolin, Monor, Kravokh, Kaasin -- and you could argue that Vaughn is an "original character," a good chunk of the major players in this novel came from the screen: Curzon Dax, Garrett, Haden, Ian Troi, K'mpec, Kor, Kang, Mogh, General Worf, Kahlest, the Rozhenkos, Lorgh, Entek, Tain, etc.
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Old November 3 2013, 05:58 PM   #42
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Cameos!

Actually last night I watched TNG "Sins of the Father", "Reunion", and "Redemption" because of reading the book and I was surprised how many details were right out of the book. I hadn't realized that K'mpec was that old fat guy from that episode I saw twenty years ago

I started Serpent So-and-So last night. Its got a lot more flowery prose and I'm finding that quite jarring
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Old November 3 2013, 06:14 PM   #43
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^ Someone at the signing at the Enigma Bookstore last night was talking to me about whether or not there's a "house style" for Trek books, and I pointed out the radical differences in style between myself and DRG3 (which is easy to compare both in our back-to-back Lost Era books, and even more so in Worlds of DS9 3 where we share the book) as Exhibit A in how there so very much isn't a "house style."

(Of course, Glenn Hauman, Dave Mack, and I each reading from our work proved that too, as we modulated from a light-hearted S.C.E. chapter to a depressing The Fall prologue to a blustery Klingon Art of War chapter segment.)
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Old November 3 2013, 07:03 PM   #44
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Yeah, beyond some very basics, I've never been instructed that there's a house style for Trek.

I mean, sure, if I turned in a manuscript written in the second person and composed entirely of iambic pentameter, eyebrows might be raised. And there are certain copyediting conventions--like rendering transmitted dialogue in italics--that are maintained from book to book for consistency's sake, but there's no "house style" as such.
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Old November 3 2013, 07:28 PM   #45
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I've never been under any pressure to write in any voice but my own. There were times when Marco resisted leaving in some of my more outrageous puns, but I was able to keep them if I pushed for them.

I do get sick of copyeditors changing all my "which"es to "that"s and my "over"s to "more than"s, though. Copyeditors are far too eager to treat such differences as absolute rules of grammar when they're really just arbitrary preferences.
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