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Old February 13 2012, 07:42 PM   #16
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

TNG: Before Dishonor - Definitely
TNG: Greater Than The Sum - Hell No
TNG: Indistinguishable From Magic - Yes
Typhon Pact: Seize The Fire - Yes
TTN: The Red King - Yes
Death In Winter - Not really
DS9: Avatar - Yes
DS9: Unity - Definitely
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Old February 13 2012, 07:56 PM   #17
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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".
Haha, that is a actually a good answer. One could probably say the same thing about Rough Beasts of Empire (Typhon Pact). That's one of those books you either love, or hate.
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Old February 13 2012, 08:07 PM   #18
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i forgot you said Red King, i actually didn't enjoy that very much, possibly because i'd never read the sundered and therefore found it kinda hard to give a fudge about the neyel.
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Old February 13 2012, 08:12 PM   #19
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

Before Dishonor wasn't bad in the traditional sense. It simply wasn't anywhere near as good as it should have been given the subject matter.
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Old February 13 2012, 09:17 PM   #20
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Also "Before Dishonor" could've easily carried the Voyager banner since Admiral Janeway and Seven Of Nine play quite a big role in the book (plus the German and English covers have Seven on the covers).
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Old February 14 2012, 01:35 AM   #21
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

The only one that I disliked out of the list you posted (although I haven't yet read Indistinguishable or Seize the Fire) is Death in Winter. All of the others are worth a read - even Before Dishonor.

I'm always wary of saying "oh, this you can ignore but this is important", especially given the level of continuity we've got now. There's also the fact that everyone's tastes are different, and there's never truly a consensus that "this was bad" - you never know until you try!
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Old February 14 2012, 02:19 AM   #22
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TNG: Before Dishonor (The most hated book on the BBS, seems like).
I've tried it twice and both times I only made it to about the second or third chapter before I quit. I can't remember any one specific thing I disliked, I just had didn't like it overall.
TNG: Greater Than The Sum
I loved this one. I just read about the events of BD on Memory Beta so I didn't have to worry about being lost with all of the follow ups to that story. I really liked the introduction of Trys, and I thought Christopher's handling of the Borg and the way he tied up most of their loose ends was excellent.
TNG: Indistinguishable From Magic
Haven't read it yet, but everything I've read about it has me really excited for it.
Typhon Pact: Seize The Fire
Most of what I've heard about this one has been fairly negative, but I own so I'll probably go ahead and give it a read eventually.
TTN: The Red King
I was kinda meh on this one, but if you've read Taking Wing you'll probably want to read it since it resolves the cliffhanger from that one.
Death In Winter
I haven't read this one, but most of the reactions to it were rather mixed so I'm not sure if I will. It set up some plot threads for later stories, so as a completist I have thought about reading it, and if you're one you probably will too.
DS9: Avatar
DS9: Unity
Both of these books are incredible.
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Old February 14 2012, 05:16 PM   #23
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

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Great job on the poll Sho
Thanks, though I've only written an app to index and rank them automatically, the actual polls were put up by the respective thread authors .

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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
It's a great irony of the idea that I myself have only been able to participate in one poll so far - the one for Watching the Clock - because I'm so far behind everyone .
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Old February 15 2012, 02:28 PM   #24
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Does BBS have Polls for some older Trek books on this site? I have been reading alot of books released earlier in the last decade the last few weeks. And I would not mind comparing notes and reading reviews on books from the Lost Era series or SCE.
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Old February 15 2012, 02:35 PM   #25
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

Not as yet, no - my page auto-discovers and lists all of them (the exact algorithm is detailed here, or just have a look at the source code). However, if you take a peek at the discussion thread (where we should subsequently move this tangent, btw ) the idea has been floated to start new review threads for older books that don't have one yet. Having recently started reading the Vanguard series and just finished Harbinger, I plan to open a thread for that soon, once I've had a chance to reflect a bit and write my own review. Then I plan to start threads for the other Vanguard books as I finish them, if they don't have a thread yet.

Now, sometimes there are existing threads, but they have no polls. The possibility exists to graft polls onto them, and that was discussed as well, but wasn't as popular with some, notably with a forum mod.

Bottom line - I don't think anyone minds if you open a new one . Do follow the standard poll format though!
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Old February 15 2012, 03:39 PM   #26
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Thanks Sho I moved the discussion over there. I am looking forward to your Vanguard review threads. It is my favorite Star Trek book series.
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Old February 15 2012, 06:00 PM   #27
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Re: Are the following books worth reading?

TNG: Before Dishonor - A decent read (although I do agree with Lindley that there is more that could've been done with the material had it been given to a different author)

TNG: Greater Than The Sum - Haven't read it yet

TNG: Indistinguishable From Magic - I haven't read a whole lot of the post-Nemesis TNG fiction, but, of what I have read, IDM was my second-favorite book (behind the TNG Typhon Pact entry, 'Paths of Disharmony')

Typhon Pact: Seize The Fire - As with the TNG post-Nemesis fiction, I haven't read a whole lot of Titan stuff, but I enjoyed the book nonetheless

TTN: The Red King - Haven't read it yet

TNG: Death In Winter - Haven't read it yet

DS9: Avatar and DS9: Unity - The DS9 'relaunch' is, IMO, the second-best ongoing Trek Lit series out there, coming in behind the stellar Vanguard, and its quality cannot be underestimated, even though we have yet to see it pick up steam again after the decision to make things leap forward five years to the post-Destiny timeframe, so both Avatar and Unity come with the highest of recommendations from me
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