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View Poll Results: Rate Seasons of Light and Darkness.
Outstanding 2 9.52%
Above Average 8 38.10%
Average 10 47.62%
Below Average 0 0%
Poor 1 4.76%
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Old May 3 2014, 03:41 PM   #16
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Re: TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness by MAM Review Thread (Spoilers!

I enjoyed this. It was much better than I was expecting, based on MAM's other recent works.

It's not a full-throttle adventure of any sort, but a good McCoy character piece. I enjoyed seeing his original time on Capella. I also enjoyed the development of the Capellans and a little more of their culture.

I also thought it was just about the right length for the story. This definitely could not have been a full novel, but also a didn't feel stretched out from a short story.

The "cover" is slightly misleading though... (Only one small scene actually takes place on the Enterprise.)
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Old May 3 2014, 04:07 PM   #17
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Re: TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness by MAM Review Thread (Spoilers!

Hmm, so we get a lot of insight into the Capellans and McCoy/the Federation's original mission there? In that case, this one sounds like it belongs on my list. (TOS is the only series I don't buy automatically). Anything that fleshes out a pre-existing location, culture or timeframe is something I'm interested in.
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Old May 5 2014, 05:30 AM   #18
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Re: TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness by MAM Review Thread (Spoilers!

Thrawn wrote: View Post
Why is this twice as much as Absent Enemies? Is it twice as long? Weird.
I wondered about that myself. Perhaps S&S is just trying different price points to find the "sweet spot"? Or maybe they figure they can charge more for a TOS story since TOS sells better than the other series?

I think I'm going to rate this one "average" as well. It wasn't anything exceptional, but I didn't actively dislike it as much as I have some other Martin efforts.

I agree with Ronald Held, though... I had always got the impression that McCoy's first mission with the Capellans was a lot closer to the TOS timeframe. Maybe that's just because the video shown of his time there showed him with a TOS-era uniform with lieutenant commander's stripes. I guess you could just squint a little and say that was due to costuming limitations. In the book, his mission took place around the time of The Cage, and McCoy was a lieutenant junior grade.

It was weird to see Spock's full name from Ishmael referenced in a modern book, though. (Although I have this sense I have seen this referenced somewhere else fairly recently, too, but I can't recall where. Maybe A Choice of Catastrophes? Or am I just making this up?)
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Old May 5 2014, 01:09 PM   #19
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Re: TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness by MAM Review Thread (Spoilers!

Not A Choice of Catastrophes, but Shattered Light: The Tears of Eridanus-- the alternate Sybok gives his full name.
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Old May 6 2014, 04:02 AM   #20
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Re: TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness by MAM Review Thread (Spoilers!

I voted "Average." It's not a bad read, but it almost feels like the 2285 portion is disconnected from the 2254 portion. Sure, I get how they thematically link, but it just seems like an odd choice of revelation from McCoy on that particular moment. I also don't buy it as the reason for a decision that was made in TWOK. However, the stuff on Capella was quite fun.
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Old May 7 2014, 01:24 PM   #21
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Re: TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness by MAM Review Thread (Spoilers!

I said above average. I think this adds to the mythos of McCoy as well as enlightening even further the relationship of the Trek Trinity.
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Old May 10 2014, 12:32 PM   #22
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Another rip-off from Pocket - once again in the UK, it is the same price as a novel.
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Old May 12 2014, 01:18 PM   #23
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Re: TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness by MAM Review Thread (Spoilers!

Chris and I talked about this in-depth on Literary Treks last week.
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Old May 15 2014, 10:05 PM   #24
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I have to say that this is the best Star Trek book from Martin since he went solo. It's not perfect, but it's quite readable.
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Old May 16 2014, 06:26 PM   #25
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I have to say that this is the best Star Trek book from Martin since he went solo. It's not perfect, but it's quite readable.
I really liked it. I think the humor and the way the story plays out is a perfect representation of how the ebooks should function, character pieces.
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Old June 6 2014, 12:39 PM   #26
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Re: TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness by MAM Review Thread (Spoilers!

Finally got around to reading and reviewing this story which you can see here.

I ended up clicking average because it was a nice little character piece but I am not sure it added that much.
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Re: TOS: Seasons of Light and Darkness by MAM Review Thread (Spoilers!

(Finally!) published my review.

I enjoyed this one! I have a huge amount of affection for the character of McCoy. This one was right up my alley.
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