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Old May 15 2014, 07:11 PM   #1
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Non-Novel: The Klingon Art of War by K.R.A. DeCandido Review Thread

The Klingon Art of War by Keith R.A. DeCandido



Blurb:
Passed down from the time of Kahless,ten precepts have shaped Klingon culture andindoctrinated Klingons in the Way of the Warrior. With this new translation, people from all walks of life—and all worlds—can harness the ancient Klingon wisdom and learn to embody courage, discipline, and honor.

• Choose your enemies well.

• Strike quickly or strike not.

• Always face your enemy.

• Seek adversity.

• Reveal your true self in combat.

• Destroy weakness.

• Leave nothing until tomorrow.

• Choose death over chains.

• Die standing up.

• Guard honor above all.

You can see some preview pages from the book here.


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Old May 15 2014, 07:24 PM   #2
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Technically, The Klingon Art of War is prose; in some parts it's even fictional narrative — it's just not a novel.

This nitpick brought to you by your friendly neighborhood pedant. *bows*
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Old May 15 2014, 07:41 PM   #3
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Re: Non-Prose: The Klingon Art of War by K.R.A. DeCandido Review Threa

Well, I tried to avoid non-fiction, as a it most certainly is a work of fiction. Guess I always had a wrong defintion of prose in my head.

Can't change it anymore, so Trampledamage will have to change it to Non-novel (?) I guess.

ETA: BTW Cross Cult revealed an hour or so ago, that they'll publish a German version of this in November.
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Old May 15 2014, 07:50 PM   #4
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It was very satisfying to have some KRAD back in the Trek lit diet. KRAD was never spectacular, but he was always solid - I looked forward to his continuity-rich, enjoyably-written entries, and I've been missing him. Having his familiar style back for The Klingon Art of War was welcome. It was like slipping back into something comfortable.

In fact, this book was like old friends week in more ways than one. The story of K'Zinn on Pheben III (and reference to Tabona), the gin'tak and his lady wandering the empire in search of the murderers of their patriarch (I forget their names), Kravokh and Ditagh, the House of K'Tal, the city of Krennla and its opera house, Ch'gran and Raknal V... all references to the established bank of Trek Lit lore, made fresh again, or placed in new and interesting cultural contexts. Of course, in a sense this book is a "best of" for KRAD's take on the Klingon culture, which is essential to the current backbone of the race as they appear in the novels. I enjoyed K'Ratak's voice and the nature of his commentaries, and there was plenty of "new" to balance the references to stories we already knew.

It may not be a novel, but really, it might as well be. If you've read the modern novels and particularly KRAD's Klingon books, you really should treat this as another entry, since it's written from in-universe viewpoints entirely. Since it makes reference to 2383 as the past, along with mention of the Typhon Pact, it's clearly set around about the leading edge of the timeline - I've slotted it into my personal re-read/re-watch timeline just after The Fall.

Nothing amazing or groundbreaking, but very enjoyable, and almost a relief after this disturbingly KRAD-less period.

(KRADless is not to be confused with Kahless).
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Old May 15 2014, 08:40 PM   #5
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This is an awesome book! I'm not particularly into reference works but this one is written so quasi-prose-style, almost like a short story collection. The icing on the cake is the strong connection to TrekLit.

On a continuity note, I've come across two references to 2160s events so far, so I'm curious whether that will be picked up on any of the future Rise of the Federation novels.
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Old May 15 2014, 08:47 PM   #6
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On a continuity note, I've come across two references to 2160s events so far, so I'm curious whether that will be picked up on any of the future Rise of the Federation novels.
This is the first I've heard about it. What events?
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Old May 15 2014, 08:59 PM   #7
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On a continuity note, I've come across two references to 2160s events so far, so I'm curious whether that will be picked up on any of the future Rise of the Federation novels.
This is the first I've heard about it. What events?
The first involves the death of Chancellor M'Rek, who kicks the bucket shortly after the Earth-Romulan War, having been hastened on his way by a son of Antaak armed with a viral weapon. A Denobulan doctor (apparently just a Denobulan doctor, I don't think we're meant to assume it's Phlox...) performed an autopsy, presumably because Klingons know they're useless at that sort of thing.

The second involves a Klingon attempt to launch a campaign against the nascent Starfleet, which falls to pieces when a captured Klingon captain behaves more reasonably than honourably and gives away their planned location of attack.
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Old May 15 2014, 09:03 PM   #8
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I'm disappointed to learn that "Non-Prose" doesn't mean The Klingon Art of War is written in verse.
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Old May 15 2014, 09:31 PM   #9
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I haven't started reading this yet, but I like how much content there is. I expected this to be a much shorter book, so I was pleasantly surprised.

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Well, I tried to avoid non-fiction, as a it most certainly is a work of fiction. Guess I always had a wrong defintion of prose in my head.

Can't change it anymore, so Trampledamage will have to change it to Non-novel (?) I guess.
Job done

The instinct to call it non-fiction is very strong
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Old May 16 2014, 04:54 AM   #11
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I like "non-novel." May need to start using that.....
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A Denobulan doctor (apparently just a Denobulan doctor, I don't think we're meant to assume it's Phlox...) performed an autopsy, presumably because Klingons know they're useless at that sort of thing.
You may assume whatever you want. Keep in mind that when K'Ratak discusses K'mpec's assassination, Picard is simply (and only) referred to in a parenthetical as "a human from the Federation," and that's it. Non-Klingons don't deserve the honor of being named.

So sure, assume it's Phlox. Or don't, I'm cool either way.
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What are the years given, if any, for those 2160s events?
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What are the years given, if any, for those 2160s events?
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Ardan Ivc doesn't seem to have been too badly damaged. Memory Beta describes the world as one that was conquered by the Klingons in 2223 via a sneak attack. (LUG's Time Travel Sourcebook is the source.)
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