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Old January 28 2014, 08:10 PM   #46
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Re: VOY: Protectors by Kirsten Beyer Review Thread (Spoilers!)

I bought my book today .I'm looking forward to reading it .And also finding out what happens next with Katherine Janeway having to return to Earth to be interviewed by Starfleet admirals.I really liked the Voyager that came out last year.

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Old January 28 2014, 08:53 PM   #47
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Just got mine and will start it tomorrow.
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Old January 29 2014, 02:31 PM   #48
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Started yesterday and am already loving what Beyer is doing with Janeway. It's like she completely understands every criticism of Voyager that fans had and is able in her stories to correct them, and have them make sense. Fantastic writing!
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Old January 29 2014, 07:38 PM   #49
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Got it on my nook yeterday but it will be a while till I get to it
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Old January 29 2014, 08:03 PM   #50
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Finished the book, enjoyed it a lot and look forward to the conclusion of the many strings left.

As usual with the Beyer books, I tended to enjoy the character development across the board. No real problems at all in that department.
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Old January 29 2014, 08:24 PM   #51
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I bought the ebook yesterday morning, and finished it lunch today. My family have been steering clear of me because they know how Beyer's writing affects me! This one was a rollercoaster from start to finish, let me tell you!
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I didn't mean to write all that in the back of my mom's car. All in all, a truly fantastic piece of work once again, and I cannot wait until September. I plan on spending the time until then reading from Death in Winter onwards.
So here's my two cents on the recent developments of our Delta Quadrant family! Has anyone else finished it yet? What did you think?
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Old January 30 2014, 12:52 AM   #52
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I've bought my copy and it's on my 650 now. But I won't be getting to it until after I finish Glasshouse by Charles Stoss.
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Old January 30 2014, 02:47 AM   #53
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I'm waiting for the Caeliar threads to be cleared up.

Axum could go either way, either he's being tortured, or he's mentally unstable and wants to die; living is a torture for him and he doesn't want to be on life support.

Knowing Kirsten, I'd favour the second.

And I'll wager the "Catom Plague" is catoms showing to fight an as-yet unidentified illness and being mistakes for the cause.
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Old January 30 2014, 04:56 PM   #54
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When I first started reading this book, I though that Kirsten M.F. Beyer might just be slipping a bit. The overly long memorial service, the pages spent with farewells and Janeway's issues and psychosis felt forced.
But by time I finished my confidence in my favorite Star Trek writer (sorry David Mack) had been restored.

Highlights

Characters.

Kirsten NAILS every single Voyager character. She just gets them. I wonder if she listens to just their dialogue before she starts writing, because if you read their words out loud, the pacing and diction is perfect. The Doctor in particular is well written. In addition to getting the characters right, she makes you care about them and their problems. As a father of a small child, the scenes between Tom and B'lanna were beautifully authentic and poignant. The "modification" to the Doctor was well conceived idea, and I look forward to seeing how she integrates the consequences of that modification in future novels. She even manages to give the blandest and hardest character to write - Harry Kim - some substance and life. In addition to THAT, she also has created some of the most interesting "new" characters, Commander O'Donnell, Hugh Cambridge, and the Tamarian Dr. Sharak and she does a fine job expanding on their characters here.
I wish that TPTB could find some way to get Tuvok on Voyager as I would love to see KMFB incorporate him into her stories.

Story

Although this novel was in some ways a Part II of the Eternal Tide, the Ark planet, the wave form creatures, the subtle menace of the "villains of the Delta Quadrant" alliance, the story of Axum, all were well done, and highlighted another of KMFB's strengths: she can write an excellent serialized story. She weaves in various elements and gets you excited about the next novel, all while telling a complete and whole story within the current novel. That is very hard to do. There are so many very interesting threads in this novel that I am eager to see how they play out. It is obvious that KMFB has spent some time trying to contemplate what would happen to the Delta Quadrant and its balance of power once the Borg were no longer a threat, and I like the conclusions she seems to have made. Very, very cool.

Lowlights

Janeway's navel gazing.

I know that it is appropriate and reasonable to discuss the life altering events that Janeway has experienced, and that Janeway needed to be able to find some way to process the events that no other Star Trek character could possibly understand, but the counseling sessions and emotional discovery seemed to drag on and on, and then be abruptly "fixed" by Counselor Jane Austen.

Julia Paris' decision.
The pending custody hearings creates dramatic tension, but I think that it unnecessarily complicates B'lanna and Tom's story, and it just feels wrong, almost contrived.

The mysterious Starfleet bad guys.

This is a minor quibble, but when bad guys are given names like "The Commander" and are revealed in an epilogue, it just feels a bit silly. I felt that the revelation of Axum's torture, the cold and clinical way that the "bad" doctors addressed Axum, and the "reporting to the superiors", along with other hints adequately revealed that something funky was going on. The epilogue was just a bit much.


Overall, this book was another excellent addition to the KMFB collection, and I eagerly await her next novel. Thanks Kirsten for taking one of the weakest TV series and turning it into one of the strongest, if not THE strongest, novel series in the TrekLit universe.
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Old January 30 2014, 06:03 PM   #55
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I bought the ebook last night and will start later today. Never thought I'd be so excited by a Voyager book of all things, but Kirsten Beyer is just that good!
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Old January 30 2014, 06:53 PM   #56
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I started it and about 1/3 through it. Nothing seems to stand out extremely much.
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Old January 31 2014, 01:48 AM   #57
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I can't remember, have we gotten a conclusion to the Meegan story, or is she still out there somewhere?
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Old January 31 2014, 02:34 AM   #58
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The book might suffer from starter-itis, it opens more than a few plot threads for future novels but doesn't finish them. The Caeliar, Seven's arc, the Paris family story, unfinished story lines can make a novel look weak and any book that has to carry that load can suffer.
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Old January 31 2014, 04:53 AM   #59
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Yeah; by necessity this wasn't as glamorous or mind-blowing as the last two - setup isn't going to be as satisfying as resolution. (Well, unless the resolution underwhelms, but she hasn't seemed to have that problem yet.)

But this was still really strong. Voyager remains my favorite series running at this point, by some margin.

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Old January 31 2014, 12:30 PM   #60
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Enterpriserules wrote: View Post
Started yesterday and am already loving what Beyer is doing with Janeway. It's like she completely understands every criticism of Voyager that fans had and is able in her stories to correct them, and have them make sense. Fantastic writing!
Sounds like you may need to interview this author
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