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Old August 24 2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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Question for the board:

In your experience reading Trek lit have you ever hit a point where you put the book down and couldn't finish it because you just were not getting into it? If so which book and what was it you didn't like? I was having this discussion with some friends and I honestly couldn't think of one I stopped before the end. My one friend refuses to finish the Voyager Day of Honor book Fire Ship. I read it when I was on school and from what I could remember it dragged a little in the middle but paid out in the end.
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Old August 24 2013, 12:36 PM   #2
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Re: Question for the board:

I finish them all, but I struggled with Seize The Fire and Fallen Gods. There were a few more, but honoustly, can't even remember the title.

BTW, Fire Ship....isn't that the Captain's Table novel for Voyager, not Day Of Honour??
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Old August 24 2013, 12:37 PM   #3
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Re: Question for the board:

It's happened more than once to me - not often recently though (but The Folded World was a struggle, as were Zero Sum Game and Seize The Fire). I can normally force my way through them.


I'd say the Gemworld books and the Spiritwalk duology spring readily to mind. Gemworld took a couple of years and several attempts to finish.
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Old August 24 2013, 01:25 PM   #4
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BTW, Fire Ship....isn't that the Captain's Table novel for Voyager, not Day Of Honour??
That's right. The Voyager DoH novels are Her Klingon Soul and the episode novelization.
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Old August 24 2013, 01:36 PM   #5
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No, I'll finish every book I start no matter how bad it is, even if the only reason for that is to be able to bitch about it with a clear conscience (nobody can tell me it picks up later).
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Old August 24 2013, 01:47 PM   #6
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Re: Question for the board:

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In your experience reading Trek lit have you ever hit a point where you put the book down and couldn't finish it because you just were not getting into it? If so which book and what was it you didn't like? I was having this discussion with some friends and I honestly couldn't think of one I stopped before the end. My one friend refuses to finish the Voyager Day of Honor book Fire Ship. I read it when I was on school and from what I could remember it dragged a little in the middle but paid out in the end.
Yes I have, several times, the ones I can clearly remember putting down and deciding not to pick up again are:

Dark Matters: Cloak and Dagger by Christie Golden.
Section 31: Rogue and Last Full Measure by Andy Mangels and Michael A Martin.
Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire by Michael A Martin.

Although I found most of their novels a slog with the exception of the The Lost Era: The Sundered and Mission Gamma: Cathedral, I never refused to read further and just put them down.

I've also found, and I've commented before, so I feel like I am needlessly repeating myself that Christopher's telling and showing with exceptionally heavy handed exposition style of writing can be a very hard read and I almost stopped reading both the second DTI novel and his Birth of the Federation novel because of this.
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Old August 24 2013, 02:14 PM   #7
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Re: Question for the board:

I too will slog through even the worst of books once I've started. I don't think I'd ever just give up.
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Old August 24 2013, 03:14 PM   #8
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Re: Question for the board:

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I too will slog through even the worst of books once I've started. I don't think I'd ever just give up.
In my opinion, it's not a case of giving up, I'm pretty open minded about things, if I enjoy something, I continue to do that, if I don't enjoy it, I'll discontinue doing that as I just don't see the point of doing something I do not enjoy.
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Old August 24 2013, 03:34 PM   #9
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Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing. A third of the way into it I thought back to how little I'd enjoyed the preceeding books, that I wasn't enjoying this one, and I realized that my time would he better spent elsewhere.

Previously, I'd left The Lost Years: A Flag Full of Stars half-read for about six months. I re-read from the beginning and enjoyed it more on my second attempt.
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Old August 24 2013, 03:51 PM   #10
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I nearly quit on Vulcans Forge and each of the Vulcan's Soul trilogy too. Very hard going !
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Old August 24 2013, 04:39 PM   #11
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Re: Question for the board:

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I too will slog through even the worst of books once I've started. I don't think I'd ever just give up.
Same with me. There have been many books I did not purchase to begin with because the teaser on back failed to impress me. But, I've always finished any book I purchased.

I also usually only read the series that I am really into so that helps.
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Old August 24 2013, 05:05 PM   #12
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Re: Question for the board:

I'm blanking on the exact title...was it Titan:Sword of Damocles? This isn't intended as a comment on the quality of the story itself, but it was very different stylistically...or seemed so to me, in any case...from most Trek books I'm familiar with, and I found it a real struggle. I did finish it, but it was much more difficult than usual...
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Old August 24 2013, 06:08 PM   #13
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DS9's Laertian Gamble is pretty hard to get through - it's as if the DS9 characters were simply written into a different type of scifi novel completely. That said, I liked the Ferengi religious leader in the book, a "Charismatic Father of Profit and Loss".
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Old August 24 2013, 06:28 PM   #14
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I just couldn't get into Seize the Fire when I tried to read it a few months back. I couldn't identify exactly what it was, but I just didn't care for Michael A. Martin's writtting style. It's kind of weird because I really like the books he wrote with Andy Mangels. Apparently what I liked about them must have come from Andy. Same goes for Before Dishonor, I've tried it twice and just couldn't get into it. This was a another one that surprised me, because I usually love Peter David stuff, but there was just something off with that one.

I have a huge list of books that I bought and haven't read, so if something doesn't hold my interest I'm pretty quick to move on to something else. I might give some of these another try once I get through more of my unread stuff.
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Old August 24 2013, 06:36 PM   #15
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No matter how much of a struggle it is I always finish a Trek book. I bought it so I feel it's a waste of money to not finish it. I will rush though it and skip over stuff, sometimes just reading the dialog. The worst experience I had doing this was for Ship of the Line and Red Sector...the two Trek novels I loath the most. I've had more enjoyable tooth pullings.
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