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View Poll Results: Rate A Burning House
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Old July 26 2014, 11:01 AM   #1
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IKS Gorkon: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by KRAD Review Thread (Sp)

Klingon Empire: A Burning House by Keith R.A. DeCandido



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They have been the Federation's staunchest allies, and its fiercest adversaries. Cunning, ruthless, driven by an instinct for violence and defined by a complex code of honor, they must push ever outward in order to survive, defying the icy ravages of space with the fire of their hearts. They are the Klingons, and if you think you already know all there is to learn about them...think again.

From its highest echelons of power to the shocking depths of its lowest castes, from its savagely aggressive military to its humble farmers, from political machinations of galactic import to personal demons and family strife, the Klingon Empire is revealed as never before when the captain and crew of the I.K.S. Gorkon finally return to their homeworld of Qo'noS in a sweeping tale of intrigue, love, betrayal, and honor.

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Excerpt from my 2008 review:

Overall, A Burning House is the most insightful book about Klingons since the late John M. Ford’s The Final Reflection, in my opinion. If you even have a minimal interest in the race you should definitely check this book out, you won’t be disappointed.


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Old July 26 2014, 04:00 PM   #2
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Re: IKS Gorkon: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by KRAD Review Thread

While I believe there really are no weak novels in the Gorkon series, this remains one of my favorite entries. We've not seen that much of civilian life in the Empire, but it all feels so natural here. To me, the best stories are always a mix of character development and world building, and we have both aplenty here.

Wol was definately one of KRAD's, if not the entire novelverse's, most interesting and well-rounded characters, and the Pheben arc is definately my favorite part of the story. Never mind the fact that grandmothers are also a type of character the author writes very well, lol.

An easy "outstanding" vote.
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Old July 26 2014, 07:14 PM   #3
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Re: IKS Gorkon: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by KRAD Review Thread

I really liked the follow-up to "Sons of Mogh" in this. Question: when in the DS9 relaunch does ABH take place?
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Old July 26 2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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I really liked the follow-up to "Sons of Mogh" in this. Question: when in the DS9 relaunch does ABH take place?
After Words of DS9: Bajor, about the same time as Worlds of DS9: Andor.

(Councillor Krim is mentioned)
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Old July 26 2014, 07:54 PM   #5
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This was my favorite of the series.
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Old July 26 2014, 09:21 PM   #6
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Loved it.
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Old July 27 2014, 04:15 PM   #7
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This was my favourite of KRAD's Klingon focused books. I read the Klingon series straight through when I first got back into treklit in 2008, and I was really sad to find out that it was the last one published. Hopefully we get another Klingon Empire book down the line. I'd like to hear from Wol, Klag, and the rest of the main characters in Klag's fleet
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Old July 28 2014, 08:24 AM   #8
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Re: IKS Gorkon: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by KRAD Review Thread

And Kurn!!!! Wtf has happened to him!? (and Toq and the IIS guy's plan for them)
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Old July 28 2014, 01:24 PM   #9
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Excellent series. I keep praying for more Klag books.
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Old July 28 2014, 04:20 PM   #10
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Outstanding book. We never did get to see Lorgh's fall back plan though. Hope one day we'll get another krad novel to follow up.

Throughout the series I've also appreciated the careful mix of john m ford concepts and ron d moore klingons. Really well done.
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Old July 29 2014, 03:27 AM   #11
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Re: IKS Gorkon: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by KRAD Review Thread

We did find out a little bit about what happened to a few of the characters after ABH in Q&A. I don't remember how much it said or what characters talked about.
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Old July 29 2014, 04:10 AM   #12
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Re: IKS Gorkon: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by KRAD Review Thread

Actually, we saw several of the Gorkon crew in A Singular Destiny. Klag is a general in the post-Destiny timeframe, commander of the Fifth Fleet, of which the Gorkon is his flagship. All the captains in the fleet (Toq and Leskit among them) are people who served under Klag. Wol is now QaS DevwI' of First Company.
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