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Old July 8 2014, 01:55 AM   #1
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I Just Finished Re-Reading Gulliver's Fugitives

And it's as good as I remember.

The stuff with the mind reading machines on board the ship was very tense. The idea of a world where run away religiosity had created a society where "fiction" of any kind was banned is so Star Trek it's painful. There was some stuff that felt a tiny bit generic but I chalk that up to the time period in which it was written. The characters "voices" were very much on, especially Data who I find can be a hard character to get just right, not unlike Spock.

It flowed well and while the happy ending was inevitable it was not over done, and it felt justified. I would love to know who Keith Sharee is though, even if he were to never write any more Trek I'd like to be able to check out anything else he may have written.
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Old July 8 2014, 02:11 AM   #2
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Re: I Just Finished Re-Reading Gulliver's Fugitives

One of my all-time favorites. Not just because of its love of literature and imagination, but also because it's one of the only books ever to bring back the First Federation from "The Corbomite Maneuver."
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Old July 8 2014, 02:14 AM   #3
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Re: I Just Finished Re-Reading Gulliver's Fugitives

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One of my all-time favorites. Not just because of its love of literature and imagination, but also because it's one of the only books ever to bring back the First Federation from "The Corbomite Maneuver."
Very true. I also love how the author makes explicit the fact that Picard knows damned good and well that interior exploration is every bit as important as exterior exploration. A fact which I wish he'd been made to state bluntly to Q's arrogant ass in All Good Things.
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Old July 8 2014, 04:04 PM   #4
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Re: I Just Finished Re-Reading Gulliver's Fugitives

Gulliver's Fugitives is, I think, one of the ten best Trek novels ever. This is from someone who ranks TOS far, far ahead of any of the spinoffs TV series.
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Old July 8 2014, 04:51 PM   #5
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Re: I Just Finished Re-Reading Gulliver's Fugitives

Been a long time since I read it, but I don't recall being especially impressed by it. The main cast seemed pretty flat.

The head of the thought police was pretty compelling though(as was the idea of their helmets), but I'd have only probably given this 2-3/5. I'll have to have a reread perhaps.
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Old July 8 2014, 06:12 PM   #6
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Re: I Just Finished Re-Reading Gulliver's Fugitives

I think this was the first TNG book that I didn't read. I purchased everything from Encounter At Farpoint through A Rock and A Hard Place (#10) as they were released, but started getting behind on the reading. I never even purchased Gulliver's Fugitives (#11).

Most of the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon range from average to awful.
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Old July 8 2014, 07:00 PM   #7
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I really liked this novel a lot. I've been wanting to read it again sometime.
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Old July 8 2014, 09:59 PM   #8
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Re: I Just Finished Re-Reading Gulliver's Fugitives

Somebody forgot to add the poll.
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Old July 9 2014, 02:52 AM   #9
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Re: I Just Finished Re-Reading Gulliver's Fugitives

Not every thread that discusses a book needs to be a review thread with a poll.
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Old July 11 2014, 02:06 PM   #10
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I remember reading this book about 10 years ago and not being very impressed by it.
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Old July 11 2014, 02:25 PM   #11
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Reread it yesterday and I'd go with my earlier 2/5 impression. The imagination is certainly there, but it wasn't funneled into a great story.
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