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View Poll Results: Rate Seasons of Light and Darkness.
Outstanding 2 10.00%
Above Average 7 35.00%
Average 10 50.00%
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Old April 19 2014, 02:33 PM   #1
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TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness by MAM Review Thread (Spoilers!)


Seasons of Light and Darkness have forced me to get creative with thread naming to fit the title in there. This ebook-only novella release is penned by Michael A. Martin and set to hit stores on April 28th.

Unfortunately the Simon & Schuster website has neither a blurb nor an excerpt for us, but I'm willing to accept the NCC-1701 on the cover as compensation. Indeed this looks to be set during the events of Wrath of Khan and focuses on Leonard McCoy, according to an interview with Mr. Martin.
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Old April 20 2014, 06:34 AM   #2
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Like the other new TOS book this will be another wait and see book for me.
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Old April 27 2014, 05:59 PM   #3
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Re: TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness by MAM Review Thread (Spoilers!

Did the release date on this one change? I could have sworn it was slated for April 24 when I preordered it on Amazon.
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Old April 27 2014, 09:19 PM   #4
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I thought that Amazon had the release date as the 28th.
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Old April 29 2014, 12:34 AM   #5
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I gave it average. McCoy feels in character enough, but the incident illuminated doesn't feel particularly revelatory nor compelling and the way it's structured makes it feel like a deleted scene plucked out of a novel rather than a complete story unto itself. Ultimately I returned it. While I can see myself re-reading some of the e-Treks, this is not one of them.
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Old April 29 2014, 06:19 PM   #6
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I should start it this weekend unless I read the other TOS book first.
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Old April 30 2014, 09:25 AM   #7
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Spoiler-free.

A fun story! I'm going to rewatch the referenced episode now to refresh my memory.

The only female that is actually present is a teenie chick.Two more women are referenced but off-stage. But then, that made Season of Light and Darkness a nice testosterone-driven episode ringing true to 1960s Star Trek.

Spock is of Irish descent?! Wow! Is that new, or has it been established/referenced at anytime before?
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Old April 30 2014, 04:02 PM   #8
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Spock is of Irish descent?! Wow! Is that new, or has it been established/referenced at anytime before?
Not that I know of. Spock's line in TUC about "an ancestor of mine" being responsible for Sherlock Holmes's famous maxim could be interpreted to mean that he's descended from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was Scottish. Jane Wyatt was of English ancestry. I don't know of any basis for an Irish ancestry, but of course a person's ancestors can come from all over.
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Old April 30 2014, 09:06 PM   #9
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I finished it in one session. It was all just right although I am uncertain about placing the main narrative as far back as "The Cage".
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Old April 30 2014, 09:10 PM   #10
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Spock is of Irish descent?! Wow! Is that new, or has it been established/referenced at anytime before?
Not that I know of. Spock's line in TUC about "an ancestor of mine" being responsible for Sherlock Holmes's famous maxim could be interpreted to mean that he's descended from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was Scottish. Jane Wyatt was of English ancestry. I don't know of any basis for an Irish ancestry, but of course a person's ancestors can come from all over.
Actually, Arthur Conan Doyle's father didn't move to Edinburgh until he was seventeen. Doyle's grandfather was from Ireland, and moved to London as an adult. See http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/doyle/bio.html for some family history.

In Julian Barnes's historical novel Arthur & George (admittedly a work of fiction, but one I read recently, and very well researched), the narrator observes, "Irish by ancestry, Scottish by birth, instructed in the faith of Rome by Dutch Jesuits, Arthur became English."
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Old April 30 2014, 09:32 PM   #11
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^Okay, that could explain it, then.
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Old April 30 2014, 11:13 PM   #12
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In Spock's World, isn't there some reference to Spock having either Irish or Scottish blood through Amanda's side of the family? Seem to remember something to this effect.
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Old May 1 2014, 12:45 AM   #13
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In Spock's World, isn't there some reference to Spock having either Irish or Scottish blood through Amanda's side of the family? Seem to remember something this effect.
I believe you are thinking of this... "You must excuse my wife Captain," said Sarek, coming into the garden and slipping out of his over-tunic: "she is obviously exercising the Scots part of her heritage, which she has described to me as 'predicting gloom an' doom.'"
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Old May 1 2014, 01:41 AM   #14
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Yup, that's it -- thanks for finding that; re-read it about a year ago, and vaguely recollected something along those lines.
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Old May 2 2014, 02:54 AM   #15
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Why is this twice as much as Absent Enemies? Is it twice as long? Weird.
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