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Old June 25 2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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Pre-Destiny Reading Order question.....

I am currently reading most of the ongoing-story books leading into destiny. According to the reading chart done by Thrawn and 8of5, The end of the DS9 part of the Mirror Universe stories. The Soul Key, leads (Partially and Tangentially) into Destiny proper. My question is, will reading Soul Key BEFORE Destiny spoil ANY parts of Destiny? (and i do mean ANY, I want to read Destiny completely spoiler-free).

I know Soul Key's was published Summer '09, but I think it was pushed back because Fearful Symmetry was moved from August '07 to June '08, so I'm thinking that, at worst, Soul Key was being written parallel to Destiny.....input is appreciated
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Old June 25 2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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Re: Pre-Destiny Reading Order question.....

Destiny has little to do with DS9 in general, because it wasn't clear where the DS9 series would be going when the trilogy was written. And The Soul Key is set several years before Destiny. So there's no spoilage.
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Old June 25 2013, 09:46 PM   #3
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Re: Pre-Destiny Reading Order question.....

The Soul Key was intended to be published before Destiny; it was delayed because it wasn't done yet. It actually works better if you read Soul Key earlier, in one very minor way.

(Also, I'm glad our flowchart was helpful!)
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Old June 25 2013, 09:57 PM   #4
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Re: Pre-Destiny Reading Order question.....

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My question is, will reading Soul Key BEFORE Destiny spoil ANY parts of Destiny? (and i do mean ANY, I want to read Destiny completely spoiler-free).
If you're saying that you have NO idea what happens in Destiny, then i envy you. It was amazing! I hope you love it as much as all of us seem to
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Old June 25 2013, 10:22 PM   #5
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Re: Pre-Destiny Reading Order question.....

Thanks to all for the input. I am aware of the Storyline of Destiny in only the broadest of strokes. I have spent the last 20 months or so catching up on my 15-year backlog of Trek Novels that have just been there all this time, waiting to be read. I've been through most of the DS9 re-launch books and the A Time to series, as well as the TNG Borg and Q run up books. I am now stepping back a bit, taking in Book 3 of the Terok Nor trilogy, as I gleaned that it would be more enjoyable to finish that story off before Fearful Symmetry, then to finish Symmetry and Soul Key, ENT's Good That Men Do and Kobayashi Maru, A quick side trip to the 3rd Mirror Universe anthology, then on the Destiny!
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Old June 25 2013, 10:54 PM   #6
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Re: Pre-Destiny Reading Order question.....

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The Soul Key was intended to be published before Destiny; it was delayed because it wasn't done yet.
Indeed, it wasn't meant to be a separate book at all; originally the story told by Fearful Symmetry and The Soul Key was meant to be just one book. But the story expanded and took longer to complete than expected, so rather than making readers wait another year, editor Marco Palmieri decided to split it into two books.
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Old June 25 2013, 11:02 PM   #7
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Re: Pre-Destiny Reading Order question.....

was that a major factor in Fearful Symmetry being delayed?....I seem to recall reading that the manuscript need to be severely overhauled re-written just on its own merits
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Old June 25 2013, 11:31 PM   #8
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Re: Pre-Destiny Reading Order question.....

There was also the tiny factor of the original author for "Fearful Symmetry" being dropped before the book was published.
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Old June 25 2013, 11:43 PM   #9
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Re: Pre-Destiny Reading Order question.....

^Not sure "dropped" is the word. From what I was told, at least, it was a mutual decision between the author and editor that the project wasn't working out. So they had to start over with a new author and a new approach.
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Old June 27 2013, 11:18 PM   #10
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Re: Pre-Destiny Reading Order question.....

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(...)then to finish Symmetry and Soul Key, ENT's Good That Men Do and Kobayashi Maru, A quick side trip to the 3rd Mirror Universe anthology, then on the Destiny!
After reading Kobayashi Maru, I advise you to read the Romulan War duology before you read Destiny.
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