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Old December 7 2014, 06:48 PM   #1
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DTI: The Collectors by Christopher L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers)


The much-anticipated (by me, anyway!) continuation of the Department of Temporal Investigations series! This one is an e-book exclusive novella, a little shorter than the usual novels. Release date: December 8th.

The blurb follows:

The dedicated agents of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations have their work cut out for them protecting the course of history from the dangers of time travel. But the galaxy is littered with artifacts that, in the wrong hands, could threaten reality. One of the DTI's most crucial jobs is to track down these objects and lock them safely away in the Federation’s most secret and secure facility. When Agents Lucsly and Dulmur bring home an alien obelisk of incredible power, they are challenged by a 31st-century temporal agent who insists they surrender the mysterious artifact to her. But before they know it, the three agents are pulled into a corrupted future torn apart by a violent temporal war. While their DTI colleagues attempt to track them down, Lucsly and Dulmur must restore temporal peace by setting off on an epic journey through the ages, with the future of the galaxy hanging in the balance...
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Old December 8 2014, 12:47 AM   #2
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My copy was waiting for me on my iPad this morning when I woke up. Read a third of it during my morning commute. Fun and enjoyable so far.
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Old December 8 2014, 02:51 AM   #3
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Also, I have to make a note: I hope Sho doesn't mind that I went ahead and created the poll!
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Old December 8 2014, 05:07 AM   #4
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Odd. The iBooks entry says that the release date is December 8th, but I have already found it accessible today the 7th.


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Old December 8 2014, 10:58 AM   #5
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I just finished this, and it was a great eBook; I had no idea what to expect, but this was amazing. It has some really insightful commentary on late-24th-century Federation policy, some things that I'd always had floating around in my head that CLB put into words extremely well.

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Old December 8 2014, 06:49 PM   #6
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I did not remember about this one. Time to buy it and get it downloaded.
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Old December 8 2014, 07:25 PM   #7
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Discussion and annotations:

http://home.fuse.net/ChristopherLBen...ion.html#DTIFH
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Old December 8 2014, 09:14 PM   #8
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I know I'm easily impressed. So this book was like almost like an overdose.

It showed me all the place I've always been fantasizing to see but never dared it would actually appear in ST.

Also, I missed the characters. I was a little bit disappointed that Garcia and Ranjea got parts in the beginning and end of Forgotten History only, but here they get to shine and move forward with their personal development again.

The only thing coming out of thin air was the Tormandar in the beginning, but I'm sure the annotations will clear the mystery. Now let's delve into that...
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Old December 8 2014, 11:22 PM   #9
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You forgot pictures!

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Old December 8 2014, 11:30 PM   #10
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Seriously, nobody click that spoiler until you've read the story.
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Old December 9 2014, 06:53 AM   #11
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This was fantastic, a really really enjoyable read. Had the feel of a Doctor Who romp, but in a more naturalistic setting. So imaginative! Would love to see more Trek like this.

(Oh my God, if Trek XIII were something like this, I would die.)

It had a great, hmm, magical feel to it– no, that's not quite right... it had a great wonder to it. Very much a story that stands in delighted awe at the imaginable universe.

Was very impressed at how balanced the story was. The moment Deranged Nasat has so delightfully illustrated might've been botched in its execution, but it really worked here.

(It reminds me of moments from Before Dishonor that I liked but that I know others didn't.)

Wonderful read. I hope you get more opportunities to write like this, Christopher, whether for DTI or other series!
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Old December 9 2014, 07:00 AM   #12
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Really enjoyed it. I hope there are more adventures for the DTI!!
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Old December 9 2014, 08:45 AM   #13
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Loved it. I'd pay good money to get a DTI novella every month or two.

Was I just dreaming, or did you put the...



...into the vault? Love that stuff.

edit: spoiler tag HAS to have a description? okay then.
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Old December 9 2014, 01:55 PM   #14
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Really enjoyed this book. A great blend of action and weird concepts.

The only problem I had was that there were two bad transitions in my Kindle edition (On Kindle Cloud Reader and my iPhone) where you can't tell at first that the scene has changed. One is at location 1047 in Chapter 8, when Dulmer says "April 11, 1868." There should have been space above that to tell you the scene has changed. I forget where the other one was, but it was a similar cliffhanger-type scene switch that wasn't clear.
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Old December 9 2014, 02:51 PM   #15
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It had a great, hmm, magical feel to it– no, that's not quite right... it had a great wonder to it. Very much a story that stands in delighted awe at the imaginable universe.
Wow, that's marvelous to hear. Thanks!


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Really enjoyed it. I hope there are more adventures for the DTI!!
There are always possibilities...


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Was I just dreaming, or did you put the...



...into the vault? Love that stuff.
Something loosely inspired by it, yes. Along with other Easter eggs.


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The only problem I had was that there were two bad transitions in my Kindle edition (On Kindle Cloud Reader and my iPhone) where you can't tell at first that the scene has changed. One is at location 1047 in Chapter 8, when Dulmer says "April 11, 1868." There should have been space above that to tell you the scene has changed. I forget where the other one was, but it was a similar cliffhanger-type scene switch that wasn't clear.
I'd like to know what the other one was, and if anyone else has had the same problems, so I can notify my editor.
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