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Old July 26 2014, 02:34 AM   #1
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The Voyager Novels

I was thinking of checking them out. Are they any good?
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Old July 26 2014, 03:00 AM   #2
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The new novels set after the series are pretty awesome. Not really familiar with any released during the series though.
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Old July 26 2014, 03:20 AM   #3
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I would say start with Caretaker and go right through to "Acts Of Contrition"

Some stellar books are:

#2 The Escape
#4 Violations
#6 The Murdered Sun
#8 Cybersong
#11 The Garden
#12 Chrysalis
#13 The Black Shore
#15 Echoes
#17 Death Of A Neutron Star
#'s 19-21 Dark Matters Trilogy


Flashback is probably one of the Top 3 novelizations ever written. I read the book first and I was expecting a lot more from the episode than what we got (I was actually expecting the episode to be a 3-part episode, not a single episode based on the novel).
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Old July 26 2014, 03:58 AM   #4
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I'd say it depends on how much you want to read.
The Black Shore is my favorite of the early books.
The Christie Golden relaunch novels aren't very good.
If you really want to jump into things, I'd suggest reading the String Theory trilogy and then start with the newer Kristen Beyer relaunch novels.
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Old July 26 2014, 10:52 AM   #5
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Re: The Voyager Novels

I've enjoyed the majority of the Voyager novels I've read. I'd add Battle Lines to tomswift2002's list. Other members can point you to the awesomeness of Kirsten Beyer's post-series continuation - although it's heavily interconnected with the other Trek novel series (spinning off of huge events in the TNG novel Before Dishonor and Destiny crossover trilogy), it's an awesome look at what happened to the crew years after they got home.

Like the episodes, some are awesome but some.... not so much. So if you try one and hate it, don't immediately give up hope! It would be like judging the entire TV series on "The Fight"
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Old July 26 2014, 08:04 PM   #6
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I personally enjoyed the anthology Distant Shores. I also enjoyed Mosiac that is set during the series and gives Janeway's backstory. I have read the first two books see after the series, Homecoming and A Further Shore. They were okay.
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Old July 26 2014, 09:08 PM   #7
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I'm currently reading Mosaic, I really like it so far. The Dark Matters Trilogy looks interesting. Would anyone recommend the Seven of Nine novel?

I don't have any interest in reading the post-Voyager novels. I prefer to imagine what happens myself. Which is why I've never read the Buffy comics.
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Old July 26 2014, 10:13 PM   #8
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Seven of Nine is pretty good-- I liked all of Golden's novels set during the TV series (except her Gateways contribution). Other than those and Mosaic, ones I remember enjoying were Fire Ship (probably the best Janeway story bar Mosaic) and Echoes (fun with alternate realities).

Golden's post-finale novels weren't great, and I didn't like Beyer's Full Circle and so I gave up on the series after that.
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Old July 26 2014, 10:58 PM   #9
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I'm currently reading Mosaic, I really like it so far. The Dark Matters Trilogy looks interesting. Would anyone recommend the Seven of Nine novel?

I don't have any interest in reading the post-Voyager novels. I prefer to imagine what happens myself. Which is why I've never read the Buffy comics.
In that case you will really like the anthology Distant Shores.
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Old July 27 2014, 01:36 AM   #10
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I don't have any interest in reading the post-Voyager novels. I prefer to imagine what happens myself. Which is why I've never read the Buffy comics.
Then you're missing some great stories. Kirsten Beyer's post-finale novels have been amazing.
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Old July 27 2014, 01:56 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the recommendations
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Old July 27 2014, 02:11 AM   #12
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I vaguely remember the Seven of Nine novel being a bit dull and well, forgettable. I don't recommend it unless you're a completest.
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Old July 27 2014, 02:16 AM   #13
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Completest?
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Old July 27 2014, 02:33 AM   #14
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Both "Pathways" and "Mosaic" were written by Voyager co-creator Jeri Taylor, and for a while were considered canon.
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Old July 27 2014, 03:09 AM   #15
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Both "Pathways" and "Mosaic" were written by Voyager co-creator Jeri Taylor, and for a while were considered canon.
Though, as I recall, when Jeri Taylor left the show they lost whatever canonical value they might have had, and indeed the show did contradict the books a few times.
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