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View Poll Results: Rate Absent Enemies.
Outstanding 4 9.09%
Above Average 16 36.36%
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Old March 9 2014, 09:25 PM   #91
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As a simple storytelling matter, I tend to keep novella casts quite small anyway -- especially as they're generally more likely to be read by readers new to the line. But I do get into the cast use a bit more in the new Literary Treks podcast, out today: http://trek.fm/literary-treks/litera...r-feeling.html
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Old March 18 2014, 01:26 PM   #92
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Re: TTN: Absent Enemies by John Jackson Miller Review Thread (Spoilers

My review is out, has been for a bit. Forgot to post here!
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Old March 24 2014, 04:47 PM   #93
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I finished the book today in a hospital waiting room. Thanks Mr. Miller, for helping me pass the time (2 hours). I enjoyed the book and found it to be a solid effort.
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Old March 24 2014, 05:20 PM   #94
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I finished the book today in a hospital waiting room. Thanks Mr. Miller, for helping me pass the time (2 hours). I enjoyed the book and found it to be a solid effort.
I loved how funny it was. After talking to him on Literary Treks I can see why it was such a fun book, he's got so much joy in his person that it overflows into his books.
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Old March 25 2014, 06:45 PM   #95
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About 1/3 through. At the moment it would fall in the below average area for me. Not digging the writing style and characterizations at all.
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Old March 27 2014, 08:09 AM   #96
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I finished the book today in a hospital waiting room. Thanks Mr. Miller, for helping me pass the time (2 hours). I enjoyed the book and found it to be a solid effort.
I loved how funny it was. After talking to him on Literary Treks I can see why it was such a fun book, he's got so much joy in his person that it overflows into his books.
It had its moments I'll tune into Literary Treks this weekend to listen to the interview
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Old March 27 2014, 01:33 PM   #97
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^ That's great. I hope you enjoy.
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Old April 26 2014, 05:26 AM   #98
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Hello,

I purchased Absent Enemies with great anticipation and eagerly began reading it last week. I'm sorry to say that within a few pages, I was not enjoying my experience.

With all due respect to Mr. Miller, I felt that he either wasn't familiar with the characters and their "voices" or this was a story he had previously written for another line and changed what he could quickly to make it fit within the Star Trek universe.

For example: Riker's fit of anger that led him to throw a chair completely threw me out of "believing" this was a Trek novel. While Riker has a temper, it just didn't feel right for him to have a hissy fit in front of some of the staff.

The previously mentioned Baku/Sonaa mix up was just another example that reinforced my feeling that this was a rushed job at best. I think the editors bear a heavy portion of the responsibility as well - these are problems that should have been caught and either corrected by them or sent back to the author for a rewrite.

I've been lurking on this board for years and after finishing the story, I came here to see what others were saying about this novella. After skimming through most of the posts, I was surprised that so many were giving it a positive review.

Again - I appreciate the fact that writing a novel is an arduous task even at the best of times and perhaps I've been spoiled by the (mostly) stellar authors that write Trek, such as David Mack and Christopher Bennett, but this was (IMO) one of the worst stories to come down the pike in quite a long while.

Now I see that Mr. Miller is slated to write an Aventine novel? I just can't see myself purchasing it if its quality is going to be consistent with this novella.

Now obviously I'm in the vast minority here, but I was obviously bothered enough by this to take the time to post - something I've never done before.

Again, no offense to Mr. Miller is intended, but I was very disappointed with this story and needed to voice my dissatisfaction.
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Old April 26 2014, 08:13 AM   #99
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For example: Riker's fit of anger that led him to throw a chair completely threw me out of "believing" this was a Trek novel. While Riker has a temper, it just didn't feel right for him to have a hissy fit in front of some of the staff.
This. After rereading, I get the feeling that the chair throwing was written originally as a Worf scene.
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Old April 26 2014, 08:29 AM   #100
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^^ But it also shouldn't be a Worf scene as he is now. Chair-throwing Worf would be a long time ago.
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