RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 135,683
Posts: 5,212,905
Members: 24,205
Currently online: 773
Newest member: JMSmith97


Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.


Go Back   The Trek BBS > Misc. Star Trek > Trek Literature

Trek Literature "...Good words. That's where ideas begin."

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old June 14 2010, 12:51 AM   #1
garoo1980
Lieutenant Commander
 
garoo1980's Avatar
 
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Double Helix

I just picked these up last week and I was wondering what everyone thought of them. I'm trying to stave off withdrawl until the Typhon books arrives and these came up. Did I waste my money? Thanks!
garoo1980 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 01:04 AM   #2
Thrawn
Rear Admiral
 
Thrawn's Avatar
 
Location: Washington, DC
Re: Double Helix

Not to be blunt or anything, but in my opinion, yes you totally wasted your money. The only one that isn't completely forgettable is the Stargazer one, and even it is 7/10 at most.
Thrawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 01:08 AM   #3
21Spike65
Lieutenant Commander
 
Location: New York...No, not the city...
Re: Double Helix

I thought overall the series was pretty good. It gets a little repetitive in the middle books, but I thought they were worth the read.

Infection fit well as a first-season TNG book--I thought it really felt like a first-season TNG episode. That said, first-season TNG wasn't all that great, so neither is the book, but it fits with the time so it worked.

Vectors was a good read. It was cool to see the pre-DS9 Terok Nor interactions, and I thought it was probably the best of the first few books.

Red Sector has had mixed reviews. I'd say it was the weakest of the series, but if you can get through it, it does get better.

Quarantine suffers from being the fourth book in the series. It's the last book before the climax, so it's hard for it to really have its own place when we've already had three books before. Not a bad book overall though, though the ending does kind of feel incomplete.

I thought Double or Nothing was the best book of the series. In typical Peter David fashion, I found myself laughing, and I read it before I read any of New Frontier, and still enjoyed it.

The First Virtue goes back to the Stargazer days, and brings in Tuvok as a guest character. Another solid book in my opinion, probably my second favorite, and just reading a scene with Tuvok, Crusher, and a bath house was priceless.

Hope this helps.
__________________
-Spike
Last Read: The Eternal Tide
Currently Reading: Unspoken Truth
Next Up: Missing in Action
21Spike65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 02:11 AM   #4
garoo1980
Lieutenant Commander
 
garoo1980's Avatar
 
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Re: Double Helix

That's about what I expected. To be fair I didn't pay much so I'm not too worried. I just started Infection and I was hoping it would be better than the first season of TNG given that it was written in 1999.

I do like Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman so I was optimistic that it would be good. I'll stick it out I think
garoo1980 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 07:45 AM   #5
captcalhoun
Admiral
 
Location: everywhere
Re: Double Helix

i've only read DoN anad i love it. it's a Star Trek version of a James Bond movie.
captcalhoun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 09:46 AM   #6
Dancing Doctor
Admiral
 
Dancing Doctor's Avatar
 
Location: At the Militant Janeway True Path Devotees Compound
View Dancing Doctor's Twitter Profile Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to Dancing Doctor
Re: Double Helix

They're an okay series. Red Sector is a bit meh, and Quarantine was hard to really care about.

The series has a decent premise, though, and it is interesting.
__________________
‎"Captain, we are being hailed. That is, if you don't mind...if it isn't too intrusive."

Loyal member of the Militant Janeway True Path Devotees
Dancing Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 11:38 AM   #7
Therin of Andor
Admiral
 
Therin of Andor's Avatar
 
Location: New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
View Therin of Andor's Twitter Profile
Re: Double Helix

21Spike65 wrote: View Post
I thought overall the series was pretty good. It gets a little repetitive in the middle books, but I thought they were worth the read.
Agreed. I'm one of those who really enjoyed "Red Sector", then joined the Internet world of ST fans and innocently, naively, found I was in a minority.

The NF title, "Double or Nothing" is a fun read!
__________________
Thiptho lapth! Ian (Entire post is personal opinion)
The Andor Files @ http://andorfiles.blogspot.com/
http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/
Therin of Andor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 12:00 PM   #8
UncleRogi
Commander
 
Location: Hanover NH, the catspaw of Atoning Unifex
Re: Double Helix

captcalhoun wrote: View Post
i've only read DoN anad i love it. it's a Star Trek version of a James Bond movie.
This is my exact reply.
Stick it out, it is ultimately worth it
__________________
Damn The Romans!--Leto II, God Emperor, to His Memories (Frank Herbert)

You're not the Devil, and I'm no angel; we are simply two minds in contention. Do what you must, but not with him [Uncle Rogi]--Atoning Unifex to newborn Fury (Julian May)
UncleRogi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 04:27 PM   #9
David cgc
Vice Admiral
 
David cgc's Avatar
 
Re: Double Helix

__________________
“I come here to have fun and fuck around merrily. I expect to showered by all kind of random crap.”
iguana_tonante
David cgc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 06:09 PM   #10
Lonemagpie
Writer
 
Lonemagpie's Avatar
 
Location: Yorkshire
Re: Double Helix

I picked up the omnibus for 50p a couple of weeks ago. Mwahaha....
__________________
"I got two modes with people- Bite, and Avoid"
Reading: The Book Of Lies (Brad Meltzer)

Blog- http://lonemagpie.livejournal.com
Lonemagpie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 06:16 PM   #11
Smiley
Rear Admiral
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
Re: Double Helix

The plots in the early novels of the series are of similar types, but they make such effective use of the characters and settings that I don't mind. The last two books provide the climax and then the background, so they are the most appealing.

Be aware that Red Sector is a horrible waste of paper. The Romulus stuff is mildly interesting, but the Stiles stuff is basically unreadable to me.
Smiley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 06:27 PM   #12
Defcon
Rear Admiral
 
Defcon's Avatar
 
Location: Germany
View Defcon's Twitter Profile
Re: Double Helix

It's a decent mini-series. Two good novels, 3 average novels and only one slightly sub-par novel.

My ranking of the novels:

1. Double or Nothing
2. The first Virtue
-----------------------
3. Vectors
4. Red Sector
5. Quarantine
-----------------------
6. Infection
Defcon is online now   Reply With Quote
Old June 14 2010, 10:20 PM   #13
T'Ressa Dax
Commander
 
T'Ressa Dax's Avatar
 
Location: Kendra Province, Bajor
Re: Double Helix

It's a pretty good series. Though not having read it for a while I don't have too many distinct memories. First thing that came to mind involved the Cardassians, actually. Don't know why.
__________________
I don't like bullies, I don't like threats, and I don't like you! - Janeway, "State of Flux"
T'Ressa Dax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 15 2010, 03:05 AM   #14
21Spike65
Lieutenant Commander
 
Location: New York...No, not the city...
Re: Double Helix

^The Cardassians played a significant part in Quarantine.
__________________
-Spike
Last Read: The Eternal Tide
Currently Reading: Unspoken Truth
Next Up: Missing in Action
21Spike65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 15 2010, 03:06 AM   #15
Dancing Doctor
Admiral
 
Dancing Doctor's Avatar
 
Location: At the Militant Janeway True Path Devotees Compound
View Dancing Doctor's Twitter Profile Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to Dancing Doctor
Re: Double Helix

^And Vectors.
__________________
‎"Captain, we are being hailed. That is, if you don't mind...if it isn't too intrusive."

Loyal member of the Militant Janeway True Path Devotees
Dancing Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:59 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.