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View Poll Results: Rate Homecoming
Outstanding 1 4.55%
Above Average 4 18.18%
Average 3 13.64%
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Old July 19 2014, 10:16 AM   #1
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VOY: Homecoming by Christie Golden Review Thread (Spoilers!)

Voyager: Homecoming by Christie Golden




Blurb:
After seven long years in the Delta Quadrant, the crew of the Starship Voyager™ now confront the strangest world of all: home. For Admiral Kathryn Janeway and her stalwart officers, Voyager's miraculous return brings new honors and responsibilities, reunions with long-lost loved ones, and for some, such as the Doctor and Seven of Nine, the challenge of forging new lives in a Federation that seems to hold little place for them.

But even as Janeway and the others go their separate ways, pursuing new adventures and opportunities, a mysterious cybernetic plague strikes Earth, transforming innocent men, women, and children into an entirely new generation of Borg. Now the entire planet faces assimilation, and Voyager may be to blame!

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My review from 2003:

Like most of the previous Voyager novels the start of the Voyager realunch is below average at best. The way Golden portrays parts of Starfleet in this novel reminds you more of Cardassion torturers than members of the Federation. My impression was that she on the one hand tried to make the Voyager crew more heroic by making the rest of Starfleet look bad and on the other hand tried to keep the we alone vs. the rest of the universe theme of Voyager going. For me this is a sign that she really hasn't new ideas for the series, an impression strengthened by using the Borg and the group of uninteresting new characters. Add to that a plethora of little things annoying me, and you get a truly disappointing start into Voyager's post finale fiction.

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Old July 19 2014, 12:10 PM   #2
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This and Farther Shore were both bearable if not great.

The next two I really didn't like.
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Old July 19 2014, 02:57 PM   #3
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I've read the book last weekend for the first time, beginning my overall VOY-R re-reading.

I liked how Homecoming gave every VOY character a distinct storyline that felt natural to them.

The moment they switch uniform to the new style is before the dress uniform conference scene. However, there's no scene specifically putting the crew into the grey-shouldered uni. Missed opportunity here to stress being back in the fold.

Evil Starfleet feels slightly overdone. How Montgomery was rehabilitated over the coming books will be interesting. Was also surprised to learn he's black, which I must have missed in subsequent books. Anyway, I mentally picked Bill Cosby to portrait him. And I lifted Covington from a novel cover of another series.

Libby's incorporation into the story was done excellently.

I would've liked to see more Voyager flight action, maybe a scene showing the ship entering orbit or landing on Earth.

No mention of Ambassador Neelix. Did somebody tell him they made it?

The HoloStrike was a great setup but the conclusion left no long-term effects. Artificial lifeform civil rights are likely to become a big issue in the Federation at some point.

Barclay was absent most of the time, unfortunately.

Love the German cover.
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Old July 19 2014, 03:12 PM   #4
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Both covers are really nice. Unfortunately, I found Golden's Voyager relaunch pretty disappointing. The novels are dull, too many new characters I didn't care about, just blah. I enjoyed her previous Voyager novels and her Ravenloft novels, so I don't know what went wrong here.
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Old July 19 2014, 10:40 PM   #5
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I was really excited when this book made the stands. I love the idea of post-series Trek books telling us what happened after the respective finales. I liked that people finally got the long deserved promotions and that Voyager's story would continue. I liked this and Farther Shore, but thought the Spirit Walk duology was kind of weak. What came afterwards starting in 2009 was a godsend. I voted average
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Old July 20 2014, 12:21 PM   #6
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It's been so long since I've read this one, I might need to get it out and flick through it, to refamiliarize myself. I'll say right from the start that I don't envy Christie Golden the task - every viewer must have had their hopes and expectations for how Voyager's return would be handled, and inevitably there'll be a sense of missed opportunity.

I suppose it's entirely right that this book hasn't really got much of a plot; it's just the characters responding to being home and reuniting with family and friends. Which then causes appreciation of the book to hinge on whether or not you like how the characters are portrayed and how they're reacting.

I appreciate the efforts to keep some of the later seasons' thematic/character arcs going - The Doctor and hologram legal issues, B'Elanna's becoming ever more connected with Klingon culture (this one in particular will remain important through into the Beyer era). And I appreciate how it's emphasized that the Federation Voyager returns to is not exactly the Federation they left - having suffered a Dominion-shaped trauma in the meantime - but, again, how well it's pulled off is open for debate.

Still, I did like the sense that Janeway is hoping for her crew to be recognized and given the accolades she feels they deserve, only for Starfleet's general war-weary response to be more along the lines of "Oh, hello, Voyager. Good to see you. Advanced weapons? Good, good, give them here. Nice to have you back - excuse me, things to do".
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Old July 21 2014, 12:58 AM   #7
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I never bought into the Borg angle... but there were some very good scenes.
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Old July 21 2014, 02:36 AM   #8
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I remember wondering whether this book had been cancelled after reading the sample chapters at the end of Diane Carey's "Endgame" novelization, and then not seeing the book materialize on store shelves till almost 2 years after. I remember reading those sample chapters and wanting to go right into "Homecoming". Anyway it was a highly anticipated book (and I remember hearing it went through about 6 printings in something like 14 or 15 months), and it felt like the next part of "Endgame".
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Old July 21 2014, 03:03 AM   #9
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I own this novel, but haven't read it yet. I've been too busy on the DS9 and TNG relaunch series, but plan to get to it someday.

However I can give an opinion of the cover, which I think is awful. One of the worst in the Pocket line. It looks like a painting hanging in an old haunted mansion from a Scooby-Doo episode. I expect some villain to be peeking from behind the eyes. The German version, on the other hand, is excellent.
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Old July 26 2014, 11:15 AM   #10
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I can't separate this from it's continuation in This Father Shore. Although it was nice to see what happened next to the Voyager crew, I was bothered by the child abuse stuff, and that it was just used as a means to create a "damaged" monster whose only salvation was death. Fuck that shit, Star Trek should be a world where survivors of even such horrific abuse should be able to move on and live normal lives.
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Old July 26 2014, 01:14 PM   #11
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^On the other hand, I can see how, in a future where such abuse has almost ceased to exist, nobody would be expecting it or alert to the warning signs anymore, and its vanishingly rare instances might therefore get overlooked. If the problem had been discovered, then sure, she could've gotten help, but I figure her case slipped through the cracks because it was so anomalous for that era.
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Old July 26 2014, 05:33 PM   #12
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I feel like, unless exceedingly well written, having a survivor of horrific child abuse live a normal life as an adult would trivialize the child abuse itself, even in the mostly utopian Federation.

But I also don't remember which character we're talking about because I haven't read these books in like six years.
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Old July 26 2014, 06:24 PM   #13
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Admiral Brenna Covington, chief of Starfleet Covert Operations.
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Old July 26 2014, 07:25 PM   #14
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I feel like, unless exceedingly well written, having a survivor of horrific child abuse live a normal life as an adult would trivialize the child abuse itself, even in the mostly utopian Federation.
But that's just it -- the reason child abuse is so hard to fight is because the victims often learn to get very good at hiding the evidence, because they know what their abusers will do to them if they don't. So they learn to wear a public mask, and if people don't know what to look for, it can go undetected. If it were always obvious that someone was being abused, it wouldn't happen as much.
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I feel like, unless exceedingly well written, having a survivor of horrific child abuse live a normal life as an adult would trivialize the child abuse itself, even in the mostly utopian Federation.
But that's just it -- the reason child abuse is so hard to fight is because the victims often learn to get very good at hiding the evidence, because they know what their abusers will do to them if they don't. So they learn to wear a public mask, and if people don't know what to look for, it can go undetected. If it were always obvious that someone was being abused, it wouldn't happen as much.
Are you talking from experience here then?
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