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Old August 23 2012, 06:21 AM   #1
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Suggestion Please and Thank You

While I found Thrawn / 8 of 5's list helpful, I'm trying to figure out where to go next.

I got, and have gone through, the entire A Time To and Titan series at our local library sale. I'm wanting to get into Typhon Pact, but are there any other side books I should be reading? I'm thinking some of the Lost Era maybe? Are these related to the Genesis Wave books, as they apparently sometimes reference something like that? Would the SCE books be helpful? Right now, I'm not looking at side projects, like Vanguard, but direct links.

It seems like the Trek books are now interconnected. This reminds me of the DC comics new 52 lineup, where Batman and Superman are linked, but maybe not some of the obscure characters, who fell out of the universe.

Pardon my ignorance, but I've been out of the Trek universe for some time, and was only brought back because of MLP:FIM and Discord. It's been about 6 or 8 years since I picked up any TrekLit, and am royally conflusterly confused.
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Old August 23 2012, 06:46 AM   #2
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Re: Suggestion Please and Thank You

Before you get into TP, you should read the 3 Destiny novels by David Mack. The DS9 relaunch novels are a good read too if you're a fan of the series too. They start off with Avatar by SD Perry.
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Old August 23 2012, 07:43 AM   #3
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Be aware that the DS9-R goes badly off the rails starting with Warpath and ends up in a full trainwreck after that one. So much so that the whole plot that it was leading up to at that point has been essentially ignored except for a few minor mentions here and there in the post jump books out now.

DS9-R up to Warpath is excellent though.
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Old August 23 2012, 09:14 AM   #4
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Be aware that the DS9-R goes badly off the rails starting with Warpath and ends up in a full trainwreck after that one.
Be aware that this is one person's opinion and there are plenty of people who enjoyed the books after Warpath immensely.

Anyway, if you're setting yourself up for Typhon Pact then yes, the Destiny trilogy is vital, basically the whole reason for the Typhon Pact existing at all. The TNG-R books (Resistance etc) are basically not needed, since nothing that happens in them impinges on Destiny all that much, despite them having been intended to do exactly that. If you've done Titan then that's good set-up for Destiny. And then after that you're into A Singular Destiny, which is basically the link between Destiny and Typhon Pact. And then on into TP themselves.

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Old August 23 2012, 02:04 PM   #5
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I'm wanting to get into Typhon Pact, but are there any other side books I should be reading? I'm thinking some of the Lost Era maybe? Are these related to the Genesis Wave books, as they apparently sometimes reference something like that? Would the SCE books be helpful?
The Lost Era is a series of standalone adventures set between the end of the TOS movie era and the start of TNG. For the most part, they don't directly connect to other novels, except that the second Titan novel The Red King is kind of a sequel to TLE: The Sundered. The Genesis Wave was written years before the others and is also a pretty standalone adventure. As for SCE, it was a series that some crossovers with other contemporary book series like DS9, but it takes place in a time frame roughly 5-6 years before the Typhon Pact books and there are no direct connections that I'm aware of.

The thing to keep in mind is that there are different degrees of interconnection in Trek Lit. Usually, if there's a link between one book or series and another, it's just a minor reference, an Easter egg for people paying attention, but doesn't link the stories together in a way that requires you to read them all. Like how the character of Gul Evek happened to show up in every Maquis epsiode of TNG and DS9 and made his final appearance in "Caretaker." You could watch the shows individually and get complete stories, you wouldn't miss anything important, but if you watched them all, you'd notice the extra detail that Evek was in all of them, tying them together.

So as a rule, you don't have to worry about "having" to read one thing before you can understand something else. The authors aren't trying to confuse or exclude people. The books are written to be understandable by themselves. The interconnections are just a bonus, not a requirement.
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Old August 23 2012, 07:53 PM   #6
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Be aware that the DS9-R goes badly off the rails starting with Warpath and ends up in a full trainwreck after that one.
Be aware that this is one person's opinion and there are plenty of people who enjoyed the books after Warpath immensely.

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Of course it's one persons opinion. I never claimed to be speaking for anyone else. That said, there are a number of other people who have stated similar opinions about the DS9-R series, just like there are people who had no problem with it.
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Old August 23 2012, 08:06 PM   #7
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Well, no - you did state it in a manner that suggested it was incontrovertible fact, as if you were saying "the sky is blue."

Yes, we should assume most things that are said on the board are opinion, even if they do not include the words "in my opinion." But I did not want the OP to be left with the impression that yours was the dominating view with no opposition.

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Old August 23 2012, 08:25 PM   #8
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But you immediately expressed your opinion that DS9-R didn't go off the rails in a way that made it appear that I was the only person who felt that way. Are you seriously saying that EVERY post should start "In my opinion..."? If so, the simply accept that it's already there and it's not necessary to actually write it out. It's an internet forum about a made up universe. Of course it's an opinion.
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Old August 25 2012, 02:45 AM   #9
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Are you seriously saying that EVERY post should start "In my opinion..."?
I ended up adding the comment in my sig (below) because people told me whenever I posted my opinion, I made it sound like I was speaking on behalf of Pocket Books.
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Old August 25 2012, 03:35 AM   #10
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Considering what you've already read, I concur with the recommendation to go straight to the Destiny trilogy next, then A Singular Destiny, then Losing the Peace, then Typhon Pact books.
And Indistinguishable from Magic happens between the first 4 TP books and the 2 most recent ones by DRGIII.

And if you're interested in Voyager, which is being done real well now, there's a couple to read after Singular Destiny: Full Circle, Unworthy, Children of the Storm, and the one that comes out this week, The Eternal Tide.

And there's also 2 DTI novels set roughly during this time period (along with other time periods, of course) that are pretty stand alone: Watching the Clock and Forgotten History.

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