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Old January 2 2015, 08:58 PM   #1
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Six e-books on sale Jan. 3, 2015

http://www.startrek.com/article/six-...-deal-tomorrow

A very odd assortment of Kindle books will be $1.99 starting tomorrow.

They picked Q-Squared (Peter David), the Nemesis novelization (J.M. Dillard), TOS: Death Count (L.A. Graf), Shatnerverse: Spectre (Shatner, Reaves-Stevens), DS9: Fallen Heroes (Dafydd ab Hugh), DS9: Station Rage (Diane Carey).

I can't see any logic behind these selections. These books don't appear to have anything in common and don't relate to any current publications. Only Q-Squared and Fallen Heroes are memorable to me in any way.
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Old January 2 2015, 11:39 PM   #2
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Re: Six e-books on sale Jan. 3, 2015

I haven't read Spectre or Q, Squared in a long time. $1.99 makes the price right for another go.
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Old January 2 2015, 11:50 PM   #3
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Re: Six e-books on sale Jan. 3, 2015

I have the paperbacks of all of those except for Nemesis and Station Rage. I don't have much interest in getting Nemesis, as I have Blu Ray. Is Station Rage any good? I'm not a big fan of most of Carey's novels so I'll take some convincing before I get another one of her books.
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Old January 3 2015, 12:06 AM   #4
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Re: Six e-books on sale Jan. 3, 2015

I'd love to get these, but guessing Amazon UK won't be joining in. They don't even sell Death Count as a Kindle file at all...
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Old January 3 2015, 12:06 AM   #5
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Re: Six e-books on sale Jan. 3, 2015

I enjoyed Station Rage a lot, but I can see how someone wouldn't. It is really different; it's a fight between Sisko and an ancient Cardassian rendered more as heroes of ancient myth than as real people. Tonally, it's an odd fit with Star Trek, but it's definitely unique. If you're in the mood for a kind of insane mythic take on DS9...
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Old January 3 2015, 12:14 AM   #6
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Re: Six e-books on sale Jan. 3, 2015

I like artifact stories, so the one element of Station Rage I liked was the notion of large sections of DS9 remaining unused and effectively unexplored, with prophets-know-what hiding in there -- as you might guess I liked the episode Civil Defense, too. IIRC that ancient Cardassian didn't turn out too interesting and there wasn't a lot of payoff though.

Fallen Heroes is also a weird fit tonally. I remember it being very violent, almost gleefully so. The deaths seemed more exploitative than tragic. But the plot does hum along quite well IIRC.

I think I read both of those as a kid in German, BTW, so who knows what the translators did to the feel of either work.
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Old January 3 2015, 12:55 AM   #7
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Re: Six e-books on sale Jan. 3, 2015

Thanks for the heads-up, drc.

At this price, I may grab all of them.

My fingers are crossed that Amazon will eventually do a sale like this on the six Slings and Arrows eNovellas and I would be able to snag all of them for a reasonable price. I'm anxious to read them all but $6+ per novella is too steep for my cheap.
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Old January 3 2015, 02:41 AM   #8
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Think I'll only get Q-Squared, Death Count, Fallen Heroes and Station Rage. Didn't much care for the other two.
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Old January 3 2015, 03:07 AM   #9
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Re: Six e-books on sale Jan. 3, 2015

I love Q Squared. It's very deep and full of rich character development and relationship building. Highly recommended.
Specter is also very good, as are most of the Shatnerverse novels.
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Old January 3 2015, 03:51 AM   #10
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If you like DS9 novels that read like the author has never seen DS9 and knows next to nothing about the characters or what the show's about, by all means try Station Rage. I didn't see the Cardassian villain as mythic so much as one-dimensional and straight out of 1930s serials like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, though I admit I haven't revisited the book since reading it when it was first published.
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Old January 3 2015, 03:51 AM   #11
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Q-Squared is one of my favorites...will pick that up
Enjoyed Spectre and will probably get as well
Didn't read the others but may pick.up at that price
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Old January 3 2015, 05:45 AM   #12
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drc wrote: View Post
I can't see any logic behind these selections. These books don't appear to have anything in common and don't relate to any current publications.
If these were creator-owned work instead of tie-ins, I'd suspect that they were trying to boost sales in order to prevent a reversion of rights clause from triggering. But I doubt there's a similar clause in play for these books...
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Old January 3 2015, 02:45 PM   #13
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Re: Six e-books on sale Jan. 3, 2015

Borgboy, Star Trek Nemesis was never printed in paperback (at least here in North America) --- just like Insurrection before it the only paperback was the Young Adults novelization, the main Adult novel was released in hardcover only.

Station Rage was pretty good. Jake and Nog played quite the role in the story, and I seem to recall that Carey was using a part of the DS9 bible that never really made it to screen.... that DS9, when the Cardassians constructed it, constructed it from pieces of older stations that were repurposed (leading to one of the reasons why O'Brien was constantly having everything breaking down) for Terok Nor.
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Old January 3 2015, 03:46 PM   #14
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Fallen Heroes is the best of these six.
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Old January 3 2015, 04:41 PM   #15
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No, Q-Squared is the best of these six. Fallen Heroes is pretty great though.
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