RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 141,392
Posts: 5,505,499
Members: 25,130
Currently online: 465
Newest member: OneOfFour

TrekToday headlines

Retro Review: The Emperor’s New Cloak
By: Michelle on Dec 20

Star Trek Opera
By: T'Bonz on Dec 19

New Abrams Project
By: T'Bonz on Dec 18

IDW Publishing March 2015 Comics
By: T'Bonz on Dec 17

Paramount Star Trek 3 Expectations
By: T'Bonz on Dec 17

Star Trek #39 Sneak Peek
By: T'Bonz on Dec 16

Star Trek 3 Potential Director Shortlist
By: T'Bonz on Dec 16

Official Starships Collection Update
By: T'Bonz on Dec 15

Retro Review: Prodigal Daughter
By: Michelle on Dec 13

Sindicate Lager To Debut In The US Next Week
By: T'Bonz on Dec 12


Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.


Go Back   The Trek BBS > Misc. Star Trek > Trek Literature

Trek Literature "...Good words. That's where ideas begin."

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old March 10 2014, 06:53 PM   #1
BrentMc
Lieutenant Commander
 
BrentMc's Avatar
 
Location: California U.S.A.
The Buried Age

I bought this book when it came out 7 years ago and put it on my shelf. I kept looking at it and saying I want to read that one soon, but I focused more on the TNG & DS9 "relaunch" books.
I finally picked it up the other day and I really liked this one. This is the kind of Star Trek book I am looking for. I have been less interested by the political books, and I am really excited that in future TNG books the Enterprise will get back to focusing on exploration. I hope those books are like this one.

The story was great and it held my interest throughout. The characters were interesting and I especially like how Mr. Bennett did his homework and tied so many things in the story into Star Trek History. I really liked how Picard came across officers who made impressions on him that caused him to go on to request their transfer to Enterprise.

I am the one who started the "Writing questions" thread. I have been reading about writing and working on a fan fiction. This book is a great inspiration for me and example of the kind of thing I want to write. (I am writing just for fun and I have no delusion that I can write like a pro like Mr. Bennett, but I'm going to do the best I can.)

I would rate this as one of my favorite Star Trek books. Does anyone have any recommendations as to books like this?
BrentMc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10 2014, 07:05 PM   #2
Christopher
Writer
 
Christopher's Avatar
 
Re: The Buried Age

Thanks so much!
__________________
Christopher L. Bennett Homepage -- Site update 11/16/14 including annotations for "The Caress of a Butterfly's Wing" and overview for DTI: The Collectors

Written Worlds -- My blog
Christopher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10 2014, 07:45 PM   #3
Paris
Commodore
 
Paris's Avatar
 
Location: In the future's past
Re: The Buried Age

I loved Christopher's The Buried Age. The sense of excitment and wonder I had while reading about one of my favorite trek characters (Picard), and what got him to the Enterprise, is hard to duplicate. I have found that other books by Christopher, like both his DTI books, as well as his Titan books, and now his Enterprise book(s), give us the fun of exploration, while also giving the fans the kind of stuff we love to see in terms of continuity and an interconnected universe. The last Enterprise book gave me that same feeling that The Buried Age did...but of course, YMMV
__________________
"I don't use plot to serve continuity porn, I use continuity porn to serve plot." - Christopher L. Bennett July 2, 2013
Paris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10 2014, 10:13 PM   #4
UUS Contrarian
Lieutenant
 
Re: The Buried Age

He also helps us imagine how his aliens look like on his annotations page.
UUS Contrarian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10 2014, 10:37 PM   #5
BrentMc
Lieutenant Commander
 
BrentMc's Avatar
 
Location: California U.S.A.
Re: The Buried Age

UUS Contrarian: Thanks for the reminder of the annotations he has on his site. I am going to read those. You can also like him on facebook.

Paris: Do you think I can start his Enterprise books without having read previous books without spoiling too much? I haven't read much Enterprise yet including the Romulan War books.
BrentMc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10 2014, 10:52 PM   #6
Christopher
Writer
 
Christopher's Avatar
 
Re: The Buried Age

BrentMc wrote: View Post
Paris: Do you think I can start his Enterprise books without having read previous books without spoiling too much? I haven't read much Enterprise yet including the Romulan War books.
Well, Rise of the Federation is meant to be the start of a new story and thus a good jumping-on point, but there are some spoilers for what came before.
__________________
Christopher L. Bennett Homepage -- Site update 11/16/14 including annotations for "The Caress of a Butterfly's Wing" and overview for DTI: The Collectors

Written Worlds -- My blog
Christopher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10 2014, 11:08 PM   #7
Corran Horn
Vice Admiral
 
Corran Horn's Avatar
 
Location: I-L
Re: The Buried Age

One thing I remember being intriguing about this book was the scale of the time involved - millions upon millions of years, I believe, which is fascinating to me because it's utterly incomprehensible when you try to relate to it in any way.
__________________
"I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs. I play video games, which I think is a far superior addiction to any of those other ones. "
Corran Horn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10 2014, 11:21 PM   #8
Deranged Nasat
Vice Admiral
 
Deranged Nasat's Avatar
 
Location: Ch'Rihan.
Re: The Buried Age

One of my favourites. As a prequel to TNG, it works perfectly; as a bridge between Picard of the Stargazer and Picard of the Enterprise it's extremely effective. Like many of Christopher's stories it does a great job in making the Trek universe feel coherent and sensible despite the original inconsistencies (this book goes halfway to redeeming TNG season one and its various oddities). Picard has rarely been drawn so effectively, Troi has rarely sounded so professional while still clearly being Troi, Data's introduction was close to being a perfect scene, and there's a magnificent sense of scale - both temporal and interstellar, which gives the Trek 'verse a satisfying sense of sprawl.

I recall at least one review (not here) that drew comparisons between this novel and my favourite TV series, Babylon Five, in that it dealt with the need for younger races (younger people) to stand up to originally well-meaning, but now self-involved, elder guardians, and prove that they're ready to stand on their own. (On that front, having Ariel introduce Q to humanity is a great thematic link to the TNG series book-ends).
__________________
We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile and nothing can grow there; too much, the best of us is washed away.
Deranged Nasat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 12:32 AM   #9
Thrawn
Rear Admiral
 
Thrawn's Avatar
 
Location: Washington, DC
Re: The Buried Age

BrentMc wrote: View Post
I would rate this as one of my favorite Star Trek books. Does anyone have any recommendations as to books like this?
Christopher's other novels, most especially his Titan entries and Ex Machina but also DTI to a lesser extent, give that same kind of sense. Great stuff.

And, yeah - Buried Age is absolutely a TrekLit high point.

Deranged Nasat wrote: View Post
Data's introduction was close to being a perfect scene
This might be my favorite scene in all of TrekLit, actually. It's got some stiff competition for sure, but you're not wrong about "close to perfect".
__________________
The Almighty Star Trek Lit-Verse Reading Order Flowchart - be confused no longer about what to read next, or what to read first.
Thrawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 12:49 AM   #10
JD
Admiral
 
JD's Avatar
 
Location: Arizona, USA
Re: The Buried Age

I love this book. It's a great character piece for Picard, as we get to see what made him the man he was in Season 1 of TNG. I also enjoyed the exploration of Trek ancient history.
__________________
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. - Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites
JD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 12:58 PM   #11
Paris
Commodore
 
Paris's Avatar
 
Location: In the future's past
Re: The Buried Age

BrentMc wrote: View Post
...Paris: Do you think I can start his Enterprise books without having read previous books without spoiling too much? I haven't read much Enterprise yet including the Romulan War books.
As Christopher said, his new Enterprise books start a new story and they do spoil some of what came before...but what came before, especially the books written by Michael Martin on his own, I found to be quite lacking. You can always go back at a later date if you'd like
__________________
"I don't use plot to serve continuity porn, I use continuity porn to serve plot." - Christopher L. Bennett July 2, 2013
Paris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 03:29 PM   #12
Gul Re'jal
Commodore
 
Gul Re'jal's Avatar
 
Location: Gul Re'jal is suspecting she's on the wrong space station
Re: The Buried Age

I loved The Buried Age too. The best proof is that I've read it a few years ago and still remember quite well, which attests to how much I liked it and the impact the novel had on me
__________________
Archer: "You're going to drown my dog?! "
Phlox: "Only for an hour, Captain... "
Gul Re'jal is online now   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 06:56 PM   #13
E-DUB
Captain
 
Re: The Buried Age

Reread very recently. No one can ever accuse Christopher of thinking small. Great character moments for Picard, Data Guinan, and Troi, but the overall story is awesome in its scope.
E-DUB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 09:05 PM   #14
8of5
Fleet Captain
 
8of5's Avatar
 
Location: Lincoln, UK
View 8of5's Twitter Profile
Re: The Buried Age

One of my very favourite Trek books, I love the exploration of Star Trek's ancient history, and the grand adventure of it all, but most especially I loved the start of Data's story in Star Trek.
__________________
Numerically Challenged Drone: Star Trek blog, 2013 books schedule, 2014 books schedule.
8of5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 11:20 PM   #15
BrentMc
Lieutenant Commander
 
BrentMc's Avatar
 
Location: California U.S.A.
Re: The Buried Age

8of5 wrote: View Post
One of my very favourite Trek books, I love the exploration of Star Trek's ancient history, and the grand adventure of it all, but most especially I loved the start of Data's story in Star Trek.
The Data Story was one of my favorite parts too!

Does anyone know of any good early Data focused books? I have quite a few of the old numbered books.

I am probably going to read Immortal Coil soon, as I have wanted to since I read David Mack's excellent Cold Equations Trilogy.

I am also looking forward to the upcoming Data-post cold equations book.
BrentMc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:51 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.