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Old October 22 2013, 03:17 PM   #76
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So, finally I can read my Destiny books.
HOWEVER, looking as the "Almighty" reading list and also here: http://shastrix.com/books/star_trek/readingorder.php
it is implied that I need to read Resistance, Q & A, Before Dishonour and Greater Than the Sum before I read Destiny.

Is it so or can I manage without them?
Nothing in that reading list is about "need." Except for installments of duologies or trilogies, every book is designed to be understandable on its own. Reading a whole sequence of interconnected books is an option to give you a larger perspective; it is not a mandate.

And while I'm clearly biased in this, I'd say that if you wanted to read something leading in to Destiny, the only one you'd need is Greater Than the Sum. That book was specifically written to be a transitional work, tying off loose threads from the previous three books and bringing them to a decisive conclusion while also setting up what lay ahead in Destiny. It's the book that introduces several characters who are significant in subsequent novels, notably Jasminder Choudhury and T'Ryssa Chen, and basically locks down the standard post-Nemesis command crew for the Enterprise-E after the shifting roster of the previous few novels (although there have been a couple of departures since). I intentionally wrote it to be a fresh start, and it brings the readers up to speed on anything they need to know from the previous three books, so it's a good jumping-on point. And its epilogue is essentially a prologue to Destiny. So it's not essential for understanding that trilogy, but it is much more of a companion piece for the trilogy than the previous three books were.
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Old October 22 2013, 04:52 PM   #77
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Re: DS9 - Where to start?

Yeah, at least read GTTS. That novel has a pretty deep summary of everything that happened in the previous three. If you're annoyed when characters are referring to stuff that happened and you didn't read it, then you might find GTTS frustrating, but it will bring you up to date on all the events that you missed rather effectively.

You probably want to read Before Dishonor if you're planning on reading Beyer's Voyager novels, though.
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Old October 22 2013, 09:12 PM   #78
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Now I am confused.

I started Destiny and it seems to be ok so far.
Going back to read Greater Than the Sum would mean having to order the book and wait 3 or 4 weeks.
I tend to buy the books second-hand - which makes it much cheaper.

Buying an e-copy would start to get expensive and I will not download "bootleg" versions (maybe if I already have the had-copy version I might allow myself to do so).

Since I have started I think I will just continue and see what happens.
It already refers to things that happened in the other books but, as people have said, there is enough information to be able to follow the story anyway.

Maybe once I finish Destiny and Typhon (and by then maybe The Fall) I will go back and fill in.

Not reading anywhere near as quick as I was last year. Got through 26 books in 52 weeks last year. Way behind that now. All because of Candy Crush.
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Old October 22 2013, 09:30 PM   #79
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^ YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!!!!

No kidding, as long as you're enjoying it!
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Old October 23 2013, 02:13 AM   #80
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Keep reading Destiny theblitz. Since you've started already there's no reason to stop now.
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Old November 25 2013, 08:13 PM   #81
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SO, finished Singular Destiny.

From the list I understand that it is not necessary to read all the books listed in the back of Singular Destiny.
Also, that not all the Typhon Pact books are "compulsory".
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Old November 25 2013, 10:10 PM   #82
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Well it just depends on what characters and storylines you are most interested in.
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Old November 26 2013, 10:04 AM   #83
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Indeed. After Destiny and Singular Destiny, things branch off in four directions, and it's really up to you which you follow.

Losing the Peace starts the TNG line.
Over a Torrent Sea starts the Titan line.
Full Circle starts the Voyager line.
Rough Beasts of Empire starts the DS9 line.

For Typhon Pact, it's not the kind of crossover where you have to read all of them to get the full story. It's more the kind of crossover where each one is a variation on a theme, each telling pretty much their own distinct story within the same general framework. Just follow whichever crew interests you the most.

The first set of books are:

* Zero Sum Game - DS9/Aventine, explores the Breen.
* Seize the Fire - Titan, explores the Gorn.
* Rough Beasts of Empire - two parallel stories for Spock and Sisko, explores the Romulans and the Tzenkethi.
* Paths of Disharmony - TNG, mostly concerning the Andorians.

**Note: Zero Sum Game was released first, but Rough Beasts is set earlier.

The second set of books are:

* The Struggle Within (e-book only) - TNG, explores the Kinshaya and the Talarians.
* Plagues of Night - mostly DS9, big whopping crossover that involves everybody.
* Raise the Dawn - part 2 of above.
* Brinkmanship - TNG/Aventine crossover, explores Tzenkethi.

Meanwhile, Titan and Voyager are kinda doing their own thing.

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Old November 26 2013, 06:51 PM   #84
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Started Zero Sum Game.

I knew that Kira retired - incidentally saw it somewhere. But where does it actually appear? Have I missed some massively-important book somewhere along the line?
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Old November 26 2013, 06:54 PM   #85
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I knew that Kira retired - incidentally saw it somewhere. But where does it actually appear? Have I missed some massively-important book somewhere along the line?
It happened in the four-year gap that still hasn't been chronicled.
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Old November 26 2013, 08:15 PM   #86
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Ah OK.
Wonder if they will ever actually fill in the gaps.
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Old November 26 2013, 09:30 PM   #87
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Ah OK.
Wonder if they will ever actually fill in the gaps.
That's a very popular question around these parts...
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Old November 27 2013, 02:30 AM   #88
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DRGIII!!!!! ARE YOU LISTENING??????

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Old November 29 2013, 07:04 PM   #89
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I think Kirsten Beyer could write a great DS9 novel. Or James Swallow. DS9 could use the variety of authors the novels had 2000 - 2009.
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Old December 2 2013, 04:32 PM   #90
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I knew that Kira retired - incidentally saw it somewhere. But where does it actually appear? Have I missed some massively-important book somewhere along the line?
It happened in the four-year gap that still hasn't been chronicled.
Still, we have lvsxy808's "Season 10" to keep us happy.
And I am working (with his permission and feedback) on novelising it.
Volunteers for critique-reading will be accepted.
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