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View Poll Results: Rate Indistinguishable From Magic
Outstanding 47 29.01%
Above Average 61 37.65%
Average 25 15.43%
Below Average 15 9.26%
Poor 14 8.64%
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Old March 28 2011, 05:46 AM   #46
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SEnt a PM. No major spoilers.
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Old March 28 2011, 06:33 AM   #47
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If anyone feels like lending a poor Brit a hand...what happens to Geordi?
I'm sure you can find a copy in UK, I got it in Australia.

As for Geordi, I think David would probably prefer us not to say so soon after the book come out, so I think I'll err on the side of caution and not say anything for a couple of weeks.
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Old March 28 2011, 06:40 AM   #48
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Fair enough! I'm waiting on Amazon to dispatch! Had it on pre-order for months! Hopefully won't be too long now...

Gah, it's still saying May 12th!
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Old March 28 2011, 10:30 AM   #49
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If anyone feels like lending a poor Brit a hand...what happens to Geordi?
Stuff.

But, on balance, good stuff
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Old March 28 2011, 08:51 PM   #50
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Sounds good!
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Old March 29 2011, 07:44 AM   #51
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I'm about 5/6th through, and should be done tomorrow. Overall I've really liked it, good book, kinda a stealth 'Starfleet Corps of Engineers' book.

Some minor gripes:

The editing wasn't as good as it could be. Not MAJOR flubs, but enough errors to be noticeable.

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Old March 29 2011, 10:56 AM   #52
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I'm about 5/6th through, and should be done tomorrow. Overall I've really liked it, good book, kinda a stealth 'Starfleet Corps of Engineers' book.

Some minor gripes:

The editing wasn't as good as it could be. Not MAJOR flubs, but enough errors to be noticeable.
That'd be bad luck with the timing, and it going through the editorial system at the peak of the changes of editorship... It had something like three editors in the space of a few weeks.

I considered that, but...



I'm liking the scores on the doors so far...
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Old March 29 2011, 04:30 PM   #53
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Well, I was one of the 'outstanding' votes. I quite enjoyed the book. A little rough around the edges, but rather charming. Given the editorial difficulties, the rough spots aren't surprising.





I also wonder - do you come from a script-writing background? I noticed a lot of the scenes tended to be very short. They'd be perfect television scenes, with a lot of quick cuts at some parts. It's unusual enough among Trek writers that it stood out.
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Old March 29 2011, 04:44 PM   #54
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Well, I was one of the 'outstanding' votes. I quite enjoyed the book. A little rough around the edges, but rather charming. Given the editorial difficulties, the rough spots aren't surprising.

Yeah, there was stuff in the Genesis Wave books in between.

As for the way it ended... it's left open. I'd like it to go that way, but there are options in case it would have interfered with future plans that I don't know about. But I hope that the other writers will take it that way.

I also wonder - do you come from a script-writing background? I noticed a lot of the scenes tended to be very short. They'd be perfect television scenes, with a lot of quick cuts at some parts. It's unusual enough among Trek writers that it stood out.
Not really as a background, but I've done a fair bit of audio play scripting, and most of what I've done over the past three or four years has been comics scripting, so I think that shows. And to a certain extent, because it's a TV series tie-in, I did have an element of trying to give it that feel, of TNG's onscreen direction and editing. Just to try to keep the mood that this is part of a well-loved screen franchise.

And thanks for the "outstanding" - I don't know what vote I'd give it if I was going to vote, cos you always want the next one (if there is one) to better, so the top score is out of the question!
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Old March 29 2011, 05:28 PM   #55
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Well, it got the 'outstanding' because it's simply a fun book, and that should never be overrated.
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Old March 29 2011, 05:39 PM   #56
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Well, it got the 'outstanding' because it's simply a fun book, and that should never be overrated.
Indeed- fun's the plan!
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Old March 29 2011, 08:09 PM   #57
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Finally got my hands on a copy this morning (I guess Borders really is a stickler about holding the books until the official release date... I've been a couple of times over the past week and they didn't have them available until today). I'm about 50 pages in so far. Enjoying it, but the Intrepid NX-07 mystery raised a whopping "red alert!" due to the fact that reminds me so much of the Columbia NX-02 element from Destiny. Granted, the book draws that comparison and doesn't shy away from it, so I assume that this is going somewhere and that it'll be worth the read. But my first impression was "oh geez, not another long-lost NX-class disaster mystery".
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Old March 29 2011, 09:16 PM   #58
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Finally got my hands on a copy this morning (I guess Borders really is a stickler about holding the books until the official release date... I've been a couple of times over the past week and they didn't have them available until today). I'm about 50 pages in so far. Enjoying it, but the Intrepid NX-07 mystery raised a whopping "red alert!" due to the fact that reminds me so much of the Columbia NX-02 element from Destiny. Granted, the book draws that comparison and doesn't shy away from it, so I assume that this is going somewhere and that it'll be worth the read. But my first impression was "oh geez, not another long-lost NX-class disaster mystery".
The original idea, of course, was developed before Destiny came out, and when that series came out I assumed it would mean this story wouldn't get commissioned (at least not without major changes requested) and so got on with pitching other stories... Then this got commissioned out of the blue, without such changes requested, to my surprise!

But at least I thought to address the similarity!
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Old March 29 2011, 10:24 PM   #59
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Got it today and just happed to cheat and skip to the back.. loved the ending.. about time a writers took a bold step . I loved seeing the old faces and the new ones. I,m 88 pages in right now.. the only gripe i have is the return of you know who as a love intrest. that is so boring, i feel like the writer took the safe bet instead of beening bold on that front( then again maybe im just bais since i have never liked that person).
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Old March 29 2011, 10:25 PM   #60
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