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Old August 30 2014, 08:32 AM   #1
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Good stand-alone novel suggestions

I finally read through all of the relaunch novels and have been caught up with current novels for a couple of years now. Now that I've caught up, I'm looking to go back and read some of the stand-alone novels from the past ten or twelve years. Basically anything from the post-numbered novels timeframe. I'm thinking along the lines of Ex Machina, Burning Dreams, Hollow Men, etc. I'm interested in pretty much any good read from any series. I'm thinking mostly stand-alone novels that don't rely too heavily on back story from another novel. Do any of you have any suggestions for me?

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Old August 30 2014, 09:17 AM   #2
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Re: Good stand-alone novel suggestions

Christopher L Bennet: The Buried Age
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Old August 30 2014, 09:27 AM   #3
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Re: Good stand-alone novel suggestions

I really liked some of the lost era novels - if you've not read any check out The Sundered, Cast No Shadow, Serpents Among The Ruins, The Art of The Impossible, and The Buried Age. Each is completely standalone. Also I'm not that up to date with TOS, but the last couple that I read were pretty good - Section 31: Cloak, and That Which Divides.
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Old August 30 2014, 01:41 PM   #4
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Re: Good stand-alone novel suggestions

Burning Dreams, Immortal Coil, and Forged in Fire seem like good suggestions to me.
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Old August 30 2014, 02:23 PM   #5
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I really liked The Children of Kings, an atmospheric Pike-era novel.
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Old August 30 2014, 04:27 PM   #6
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They've both been mentioned, but I think you cant go wrong with The Buried Age or Immortal Coil, both are great reads
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Old August 30 2014, 07:31 PM   #7
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Troublesome Minds by Dave Galanter
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Old August 30 2014, 09:19 PM   #8
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Re: Good stand-alone novel suggestions

Allegiance in Exile, by David R. George III

Engines of Destiny, by Gene DeWeese

Federation, by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

Prime Directive
, by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

Spock's World, by Diane Duane

Ex Machina, by Christopher Bennett

The Crucible trilogy by David George stands entirely on its own, and doesn't depend upon any other novels.

Also, ryan123450's three suggestions (Burning Dreams, Immortal Coil, and Excelsior: Forged in Fire) are all excellent, as well.
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Old August 30 2014, 09:43 PM   #9
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"Q-In-Law" and "Flashback".
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Old August 30 2014, 11:32 PM   #10
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The Never-Ending Sacrifice by Una McCormack. Terrific coming-of-age story featuring Rugal from the second season DS9 episode Cardassians.
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Old August 30 2014, 11:55 PM   #11
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Spock's World . . . definitely!

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Old September 1 2014, 02:44 AM   #12
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Dark Mirror. It is probably 20 years old. I read it as a teenager. It came out right before DS9 did Crossover so the book does not line up with the MU now. However I think DS9 or TNG would have been better going in the direction of this book versus some of the silliness that went on on later seasons.
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Old September 1 2014, 04:11 AM   #13
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It's not standalone in the strictest technical sense, but my favorite Trek novel of all time is Vulcan's Heart. You can't go wrong with something like that.
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Old September 1 2014, 04:38 AM   #14
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Yup, Vulcan's Heart is only loosely a "sequel" in the strictest sense to Vulcan's Forge, and one needn't have read Forge at all in order to enjoy the second book (for example, Captain Rabin only makes a cameo appearance early on in the story).

The novel mostly deals with the Romulan politics surrounding the Narendra III incident, as well as a chunk of the book showing things from the Enterprise-C's point-of-view during the events preceding "Yesterday's Enterprise," and can be picked up completely independently of its predecessor.
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Old September 1 2014, 04:48 AM   #15
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Re: Good stand-alone novel suggestions

chris_masters5 wrote: View Post
I really liked some of the lost era novels - if you've not read any check out The Sundered, Cast No Shadow, Serpents Among The Ruins, The Art of The Impossible, and The Buried Age. Each is completely standalone. Also I'm not that up to date with TOS, but the last couple that I read were pretty good - Section 31: Cloak, and That Which Divides.
Just an FYI, Cast No Shadow is published as a TOS novel, not The Lost Era.
As for recommendations, I'd have to put in another vote for the TLE books listed above, Immortal Coil and The Never-Ending Sacrifice. All of those are awesome books.
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