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Old January 4 2011, 02:30 AM   #1
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starfleet academy series

is anyone going to read this series? I got book one on my nook.
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Old January 4 2011, 03:27 AM   #2
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is anyone going to read this series? I got book one on my nook.
I was trying to read The Delta Anomaly the other day, and I gotta say it's not for me.

Really, REALLY not for me.

I got to the third or fourth chapter and discovered I had a splitting headache from all my involuntary eye-rolling.

It might work for tweens, but I'm about 40 years too old for this kind of narrative.

Edited to add:
Here's the sentence that let me know I wouldn't be reading on: "Everybody knew that Starfleet Academy's Command College was where the hardcore competitive juices flowed."

Yuk! That makes it sound like the floor of an old porno grindhouse in the '70's.
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Old January 4 2011, 03:54 AM   #3
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is it that bad? i am 39 and rebuilding my star trek book collection for my nook. It looked interesting . It may have to go into my archive if it is that bad.
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Old January 4 2011, 04:14 AM   #4
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No. The books are the only way we're going to get to experience the established 24th century universe, and I figure the more Abramsverse books there are, the fewer slots that leaves open for TNG, Titan, and company.

And more importantly, aren't they young adult books?
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Old January 4 2011, 04:40 AM   #5
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^^Yeah, they are young adult books.
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Old January 4 2011, 04:44 AM   #6
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Well, Heinlein's books were mostly young adult, too, so....

But yeah, from what I've seen I'll be skipping them. I'm not big on the rebooted Trek as it is, and skimming through Delta didn't impress me.
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Old January 4 2011, 05:08 AM   #7
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No. The books are the only way we're going to get to experience the established 24th century universe, and I figure the more Abramsverse books there are, the fewer slots that leaves open for TNG, Titan, and company.

And more importantly, aren't they young adult books?
Yes, and that's exactly why your worry in the first paragraph is unfounded. The YA Academy books do not displace any standard mass-market paperback books from the publishing schedule. They're from Simon Spotlight, a separate imprint of the publisher that's aimed at younger readers. They're probably from a different editor and so far are by entirely different authors. So they don't take slots away from the standard ST books. They exist in parallel, not in competition.
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Old January 4 2011, 05:15 AM   #8
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No. The books are the only way we're going to get to experience the established 24th century universe, and I figure the more Abramsverse books there are, the fewer slots that leaves open for TNG, Titan, and company.

And more importantly, aren't they young adult books?
Yes, and that's exactly why your worry in the first paragraph is unfounded. The YA Academy books do not displace any standard mass-market paperback books from the publishing schedule. They're from Simon Spotlight, a separate imprint of the publisher that's aimed at younger readers. They're probably from a different editor and so far are by entirely different authors. So they don't take slots away from the standard ST books. They exist in parallel, not in competition.
That's good to hear. What about Seek a Newer World and the other "on-hold" Abramsverse novels that had been set to be released in 2010?
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Old January 4 2011, 05:41 AM   #9
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What about Seek a Newer World and the other "on-hold" Abramsverse novels that had been set to be released in 2010?
Well, yes, those would've taken up MMPB slots, as evidenced by the fact that their cancellation left a pretty sizeable void. But clearly Bad Robot has decided it prefers to go in a different direction book-wise, at least for now. And as far as the current Academy series goes, it isn't taking anything away from the regular MMPBs.
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Old January 4 2011, 02:02 PM   #10
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I plan on reading The Delta Anomaly at some point, but I'll wait until I find it on offer somewhere, or at the library.
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Snuck a peek at Borders. Fonts is way, way to big for me. Collectors will collect this but this isn't for me. I'll just stick to the novels.
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Old January 5 2011, 07:05 AM   #12
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Yeah tried getting into Delta Anomaly and just couldn't. Font was too big, the writing was clearly aimed at a younger readership, and the story wasn't interesting. These aren't like the old Academy series that's for sure.
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Old January 5 2011, 07:21 AM   #13
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Yeah tried getting into Delta Anomaly and just couldn't. Font was too big, the writing was clearly aimed at a younger readership, and the story wasn't interesting. These aren't like the old Academy series that's for sure.
Actually, without going to check, I'm betting the font is about the same size as the previous YA books. And those earlier ones were often illustrated throughout and were aimed at about 8-13 year olds, while the new ones have more mature "teen" themes (eg. drinking to excess) and are aimed at about 14-16.

After checking: "VOY: Starfleet Academy" #1 is US reading level 5.9. And the font is only slightly smaller.
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Old January 5 2011, 02:36 PM   #14
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is anyone going to read this series? I got book one on my nook.
Absolutely not. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure it's great for those it's intended for, tweens and very young adults. I'm forty-four years old. I love Trek and Treklit but I won't read these for the same reason I never read the Goosebumps books and other books written for youngsters...

I'm not a youngster! and the same type of things and style of writing that will interest them, do absolutely nothing for me.

I'm certain they're well written, for tweens, I just don't feel they were written for me and there's far too much good Treklit (and other non-Trek fiction) written for adults out there that I've missed out on for me to waste my time on these.

Still, if that's what you like, read away. I sincerely hope you enjoy every minute of it.

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Old January 5 2011, 10:33 PM   #15
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there's far too much good Treklit (and other non-Trek fiction) written for adults out there that I've missed out on for me to waste my time on these.
You missed "Trillions of Trilligs"?

http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Trillions_of_Trilligs
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