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Old February 13 2012, 05:10 AM   #1
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Are the following books worth reading?

I'm not 100% caught up with every relaunch novel (pre- and post-Destiny) and wanted to ask: are the following novels on this list worth a read?

TNG: Before Dishonor (The most hated book on the BBS, seems like).
TNG: Greater Than The Sum
TNG: Indistinguishable From Magic
Typhon Pact: Seize The Fire
TTN: The Red King
Death In Winter
DS9: Avatar
DS9: Unity

I appreciate input from any fellow readers.
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Old February 13 2012, 05:13 AM   #2
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

No, yes, yes, not read it, not read it, no, yes, yes.
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Old February 13 2012, 05:22 AM   #3
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

My poll ranking site might help you out there to a degree, for example Seize the Fire is currently at the bottom of the list, indicating it was considerably less well-liked than other books, even receiving a number of "Poor" votes. However, you should of course click through to the review thread to dig deeper, not just blindly trust the numbers.

Of the ones you've listed I've only read Avatar personally, which I remember liking a lot.
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Old February 13 2012, 05:40 AM   #4
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^ Thanks for that!
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Old February 13 2012, 06:03 AM   #5
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

I don't think there are any on your list that are so bad that I would warn you away from them. Of course, I tend to react to negative reviews with curiosity that makes me want to find out if the book was really as bad as people say. The overwhelming majority are not. I'd say try them all and form your own opinion.

That said, my favorites in your list were Avatar and Unity. Unity especially was just awesome.
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Old February 13 2012, 08:04 AM   #6
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

WarsTrek1993 wrote: View Post
TNG: Before Dishonor (The most hated book on the BBS, seems like).
Some of us loved it.

TNG: Greater Than The Sum - Excellent
TNG: Indistinguishable From Magic - not read it yet
Typhon Pact: Seize The Fire - not read it yet
TTN: The Red King - is okay, but it's a followup to a "Lost Era" novel, and works best if you've read that first
Death In Winter - I really enjoyed it, but it wasn't what some people seemed to want at the time. Follows up "Reunion".
DS9: Avatar - excellent/essential reading
DS9: Unity - excellent.
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Old February 13 2012, 08:22 AM   #7
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

the only one i haven't read is DiW. All the others are good or great.
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Old February 13 2012, 08:26 AM   #8
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

Thanks for the input!
Therin- Yeah, I heard Red King was supposed to act as a sequel to that amazing TLE novel, "The Sundered".

EDIT: New addition, A Singular Destiny, worthy?
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Old February 13 2012, 01:08 PM   #9
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

I'd say read all of them.

Flowchart in my signature explains how they all fit together
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Old February 13 2012, 02:15 PM   #10
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

WarsTrek1993 wrote: View Post
I'm not 100% caught up with every relaunch novel (pre- and post-Destiny) and wanted to ask: are the following novels on this list worth a read?

TNG: Before Dishonor (The most hated book on the BBS, seems like).
I liked it.
TNG: Greater Than The Sum
Much of it reads like an apology for "Before Dishonor", where characters apologize a lot for getting a bit carried away. Lots of discussions about the Borg that try to reconcile everything we know about them in the episodes and novels.
TNG: Indistinguishable From Magic
Definitely. I only wish it led to more Captain Geordi books.
Typhon Pact: Seize The Fire
Haven't read it.
TTN: The Red King
Recommend you read "Taking Wing" first. This is a direct continuation of that story.
Death In Winter
Haven't read it.
DS9: Avatar
Essential as the start of the ongoing post-DS9 story.
DS9: Unity
Haven't read it.
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Old February 13 2012, 02:21 PM   #11
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WarsTrek1993 wrote:

TNG: Before Dishonor (The most hated book on the BBS, seems like).
TNG: Greater Than The Sum
TNG: Indistinguishable From Magic
Typhon Pact: Seize The Fire
TTN: The Red King
Death In Winter
DS9: Avatar
DS9: Unity
"Before Dishonor" is pretty good and is a sequel to David's 1991 "Vendetta".

"Indistinguishable From Magic", while it promises a lot, it fails miserable because it was meant to be two books but was cut down to one, so you really have a story that feels more like it's just the 'bones' of the story and there is very little 'meat'. Also half-way through the story the plot with the 22nd century time traveler (who was played on TV by the star of Max Headroom) just end and never picks up again. Not recommended.

"Seize The Fire" - I've read the book but I don't remember what it was about.

"Red King" - if you haven't read "Taking Wing" yet then read that before RK since this is the second Titan book that follows Riker, Troi and Tuvok's story since "Endgame & Nemesis".

"Death In Winter" - takes place just prior to "Taking Wing" and "Resistance" and explains why Dr. Crusher is on the Enterprise-E instead of at Starfleet Medical in the later books.

"Avatar" - nice relaunch story, plus it pays homage to DS9's TV pilot by having the Enterpris in the story. Season 8's premiere episode.

"Unity" - this is kind of DS9's Season 8 finale since the "World's of Deep Space Nine" stories do act as Season 9's opening stories.

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Old February 13 2012, 02:51 PM   #12
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"Unity" - this is kind of DS9's Season 8 finale since the "World's of Deep Space Nine" stories do act as Season 9's opening stories.
I still say that if one insists on the artificial "season" model, Unity is more like the big sweeps event 2/3 of the way through the season and Worlds of DS9 is the last block of episodes, with Olympus Descending as the cliffhanger finale, the end of the first full year post-"What You Leave Behind."
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Old February 13 2012, 03:04 PM   #13
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

Sho wrote: View Post
My poll ranking site might help you out there to a degree, for example Seize the Fire is currently at the bottom of the list, indicating it was considerably less well-liked than other books, even receiving a number of "Poor" votes. However, you should of course click through to the review thread to dig deeper, not just blindly trust the numbers.

Of the ones you've listed I've only read Avatar personally, which I remember liking a lot.
Great job on the poll Sho Nice that the book titles are linked to the forum dicussions. I may spend the day casting my vote for the books I have read
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Old February 13 2012, 07:14 PM   #14
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I'd say read all of them.

Flowchart in my signature explains how they all fit together
Ah, I've seen that already, and it has been extremely helpful in rearranging all the ST novels I currently own!
Having already read Taking Wing, perhaps I shall give Red King a read eventually.
Before Dishonor actually sounds like a worthy read, from what you're saying.
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Old February 13 2012, 07:24 PM   #15
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Before Dishonor actually sounds like a worthy read, from what you're saying.
I hope this doesn't sound stupidly obvious (), but only by reading it will you be able to get an answer as to its quality; it's greatly divisive. It's one of those books that I don't think lends itself too well to a general ask-around; its quality or lack of is about as subjectively varied as it gets. From "one of the absolute best" to "one of the absolute worst".
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