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Old November 13 2014, 05:25 PM   #151
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Re: TNG, DS9, and VOY - Where is a Good Place to Start?

Mission Gamma: Lesser Evil - B-

When I started this series, the first book was like 700 pages long, or at least it felt like it. In the end, it was worth it because it was such a great start to the Mission Gamma series, pulling the emotional punches, and setting things up for what was to come, at least in the Alpha Quadrant. With that being said, why was Lesser Evil so short. It was a book that I really got into, but I ended up finishing it in a day. This was like the anti-Twilight and for an ending to this four part series, I wish the book was longer.

What we did get, however, was very good. I even enjoyed the Gamma Quadrent story, but then it kind of went back to Twilight with the Vaughn and Tenmai relationship. I really liked that we finally got the backstory to this storyline and while I have mixed reactions of the author undoing what was done in Twilight (With Vaughn killing Ruriko again) I understand that there is more to the relaunch and hopefully Vaughn and Prynn can actually reconcile and stay reconciled.

I will say though that this part of the story went very quick, and with a longer book, we could have had much more detail. I remember a common question way back when DS9 was airing was the thought of the Borg assimilating a founder, or a Jem'Hadar and this was something that this book only scratched the surface at.

As for the Alpha Quadrant story, I still can't believe they brought back the Conspiracy parasite and gave it the back story of being similar to the Trill Symbionts. I'm really looking forward to how this story, and the war between the two will play out. While not as big as the previous novel (Yevir was nowhere to be found, the Ohalu sect was nowhere to be found, and Kira is still Attaind) this hopefully sets up things to come.

Actually, it felt like this book, for being an end to the series, set up a lot of things. We got some great stuff with Joseph Sisko and Miles O'Brian, which was nice to see. Also, that ending which was awesome with the Defiant getting a hail from Wayoun and Jake suddenly appearing, with Kai Opaka, no less. It is nice we are finally getting the Jake story after what happened in Avatar Book II. Considering there's been several books in between Avatar and Lesser Evil, I say it's about time.
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Old November 14 2014, 02:02 AM   #152
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Rising Son fills in the Jake Sisko story and dovetails right into the end of [I]Lesser Evil['I]. So in RS you'll get to see what Jake was up to from the time he left the Alpha Quadrant in Avatar to his appearance in LE.

But with Lesser Evil, while it was short, would added descriptions have helped the book, or would they have just slowed the plot down? There have been some Trek books that I've read where the editor really needed to step in and get the descriptive parts of the book more fine-tuned so that the story flowed better, since sometimes being more descriptive is not always good to keeping the flow of the story going.
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Old November 14 2014, 04:44 AM   #153
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Rising Son fills in the Jake Sisko story and dovetails right into the end of [I]Lesser Evil['I]. So in RS you'll get to see what Jake was up to from the time he left the Alpha Quadrant in Avatar to his appearance in LE.

But with Lesser Evil, while it was short, would added descriptions have helped the book, or would they have just slowed the plot down? There have been some Trek books that I've read where the editor really needed to step in and get the descriptive parts of the book more fine-tuned so that the story flowed better, since sometimes being more descriptive is not always good to keeping the flow of the story going.
I think adding more to the Ruriko Borg story would have helped it a bit. I appreciated that story, but from the Borg trying to assemilate the changeling to Vaughn killing Ruriko, in that moment I kind of wish there had been more. If I was reading this as the books were coming out, I probably would have been a little upset that they undid the goodwill Vaughn and Prynn had at the end of Twilight.
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I finished Cathedral. This was a very different novel then the first two. I really enjoyed Twilight compared to Gray Spirit. However Cathedral was just awesomely written. So fast paced and the writing style was just right. Also so many things that later books could explore too. Overall A-. This one to me was as good as Abyss an almost as good Avatar. Oh and the ending... never saw that coming.
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