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Old August 5 2012, 05:30 PM   #1036
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Finished A Time to Heal last night. Really enjoyed it, if after a while I started to not care for the supernumeraries getting mercilessly slaughtered. It just got be one of those don't get attached to anyone outside of the main cast books. The political machinations were quite interesting and played really well. Kill/Heal has been the best of the bunch for me, by quite a wide margin. Question: is it pronounced Tez-wah, Tease-wah, Tee-Zewah? My gut is the first one, but just curious. Now onto A Time for War, A Time for Peace. Is there a reason that this is a single volume? Seems odd to have a series of duologies and then end with a single volume.

As I'm close to finishing the TNG Movie Era, I jumped back to read some of the things I haven't gotten to yet. Mainly this is just short stories and comics, but there are two novels. TNG/X-Men: Planet X I'm holding out on until I finish the A Time to... novels as I got it too late to put into my chronological reading order. Double Helix: Double or Nothing I've heard is much more of a NF novel than a TNG novel and will wait to read it in proper context. However, after finishing Heal last night I went and read through a bunch of the short stories and comics I hadn't gotten to yet.

Short Stories: 'Til Death was a quite enjoyable read from Sky's the Limit, it doesn't 100% jibe with the A Time to... books, but it makes more sense after Heal as I thought it would, rather than after Hate as Memory Beta has it. A good Riker story, if it's a bit absurd. But it has the Fabrini who I love. Bedside Matters from Amazing Stories was a cute, quick story. I wish the story had a bit more time to breathe, but it's fun. I like the image of the EMH struggle to examine a cat that it put into my head. Then I finished up with The Captain and the King from Enterprise Logs. I must admit I really didn't like it, and really didn't see the need for it to be a Captain's Table Tale. As well, that type of structure got in the way of the telling of the story. Really disjointed and sloppy writing. I was surprised how close it was to what we know of Andorian culture that was extrapolated on after this story was published - though it differs quite a bit too.

Finally, I read two comics. Star Trek Unlimited #7 - Infinite Jest was a really fun story about the launching of the E-E under Jean-Luc where Q and Trelane interfere. Enjoyed it a fair bit. And then I read Star Trek Unlimited #10 - A Piece of Reaction which was good, but not great. Some art quibbles, but again just an enjoyable one-off for the TNG movie era and a fun sequel to a TOS story.
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Old August 6 2012, 02:07 PM   #1037
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Burning Dreams by Margaret Wadne Bonanno. This book fills in some details about the early years of Christopher Pike as he gets used to his new life on Talos IV post Menagarie. Adequete story but somewhat plodding.
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Old August 7 2012, 10:40 AM   #1038
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Just finished an early TNG novel, 'The Peacekeepers' by Gene Deweese. Absolutely terrible book. 1/5

Just started 'Lightning' by Dean Koontz
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Old August 7 2012, 04:46 PM   #1039
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Just finished A Time to Kill. Wish I had followed the advice give waaay back and just skipped the rest of the Time To series. This was far and away the best of the series. Much of the other books was quite meh.
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Old August 7 2012, 05:53 PM   #1040
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Currently on the third volume of Brian Bendis' original New Avengers run. Liking it so far
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Old August 7 2012, 08:32 PM   #1041
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wahwahkits wrote: View Post
Just finished an early TNG novel, 'The Peacekeepers' by Gene Deweese. Absolutely terrible book. 1/5
Shows how opinions can differ, I guess. I just finished The Peacekeepers as well and loved it, 4/5.

It's an especially impressive achievement in context, because it was written when TNG hadn't even aired yet, yet shows a surprisingly good feel for the characters, e.g. by pairing up Geordi and Data.
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Old August 7 2012, 09:08 PM   #1042
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The Geordi-Data pairing was specified in the series bible.
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Old August 7 2012, 09:16 PM   #1043
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I just finished the fabulous Forgotten History and I'm about 80 pages into The Rings of Time.
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Old August 8 2012, 05:24 AM   #1044
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Just finally started Star Trek Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn by David R. George III, and Greg Cox's "The Dark Knight Rises" novelization.
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Old August 8 2012, 07:32 PM   #1045
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Just recently read "The Romulan War: To Brave The Storm" and posted my review here for anyone who is interested.

Actually currently reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"
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Old August 10 2012, 02:21 AM   #1046
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I finished Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn the other day. I'm now reading Psych: Mind-Altering Murder.
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Old August 10 2012, 03:15 AM   #1047
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Finished A Time to Heal last night. Really enjoyed it, if after a while I started to not care for the supernumeraries getting mercilessly slaughtered. It just got be one of those don't get attached to anyone outside of the main cast books. The political machinations were quite interesting and played really well. Kill/Heal has been the best of the bunch for me, by quite a wide margin. Question: is it pronounced Tez-wah, Tease-wah, Tee-Zewah? My gut is the first one, but just curious. Now onto A Time for War, A Time for Peace. Is there a reason that this is a single volume? Seems odd to have a series of duologies and then end with a single volume.

As I'm close to finishing the TNG Movie Era, I jumped back to read some of the things I haven't gotten to yet. Mainly this is just short stories and comics, but there are two novels. TNG/X-Men: Planet X I'm holding out on until I finish the A Time to... novels as I got it too late to put into my chronological reading order. Double Helix: Double or Nothing I've heard is much more of a NF novel than a TNG novel and will wait to read it in proper context. However, after finishing Heal last night I went and read through a bunch of the short stories and comics I hadn't gotten to yet.

Short Stories: 'Til Death was a quite enjoyable read from Sky's the Limit, it doesn't 100% jibe with the A Time to... books, but it makes more sense after Heal as I thought it would, rather than after Hate as Memory Beta has it. A good Riker story, if it's a bit absurd. But it has the Fabrini who I love. Bedside Matters from Amazing Stories was a cute, quick story. I wish the story had a bit more time to breathe, but it's fun. I like the image of the EMH struggle to examine a cat that it put into my head. Then I finished up with The Captain and the King from Enterprise Logs. I must admit I really didn't like it, and really didn't see the need for it to be a Captain's Table Tale. As well, that type of structure got in the way of the telling of the story. Really disjointed and sloppy writing. I was surprised how close it was to what we know of Andorian culture that was extrapolated on after this story was published - though it differs quite a bit too.

Finally, I read two comics. Star Trek Unlimited #7 - Infinite Jest was a really fun story about the launching of the E-E under Jean-Luc where Q and Trelane interfere. Enjoyed it a fair bit. And then I read Star Trek Unlimited #10 - A Piece of Reaction which was good, but not great. Some art quibbles, but again just an enjoyable one-off for the TNG movie era and a fun sequel to a TOS story.
Good to see another chronological reader!
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Old August 10 2012, 04:24 AM   #1048
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Finished Neverwhere - finally. Also read Divergent by Veronica Roth and The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. I've given up on Stirling for now. Moving on to The People of Sparks, the sequel to The City of Ember.
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Old August 10 2012, 04:27 AM   #1049
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Currently re-reading "Misery" by Stephen King. Pretty messed up at points, but King sure knows how to write.

Next in my chronological Trek read-through is: Assignment Eternity by Greg Cox!
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Old August 10 2012, 04:23 PM   #1050
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Just uploaded my review for S.P. Somtow's TNG novel, Do Comets Dream?.

Getting behind on my reviews, and life is going to get much busier soon! Currently reading Errand of Vengeance #2: Killing Blow by Kevin Ryan.
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