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Old February 4 2009, 05:51 PM   #226
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They've popped up in novels before, right?
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Old February 4 2009, 06:00 PM   #227
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Did none of the Typhon Pact powers suffer losses at the hands of the Collective?
Sure they did. The Klingons, Federation, and two Romulan nations got the worst of it because they're the ones most proximate to the Azure Nebula, but everyone got hit. Sorry if I didn't make that clear.
The impression I got in reading Lost Souls was that everyone got hit because everyone had ships at the Azure Nebula, but that the Borg armada never got much further "west" than the Alpha/Beta Quadrant border before they were lured back to the Caeliar ships by the Omega Particle.
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Old February 4 2009, 06:41 PM   #228
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They've popped up in novels before, right?
At this point, I think another timeline would require its own book - which, by nature, would be out of date once it was printed.
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Old February 5 2009, 02:31 AM   #229
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KRAD hits a home run again. He makes us care about people we have not seen a lot as much as the character that we already love. Pran was a great new character. I thought that he was funny and hope to see him again. The Typhoon Pact seems ominous for the Federation. I like the idea of a cold war, instead of an out and out war. It is my hope that the universe can have a few years of no war. Really cannot wait to see the continuation of this story!
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Old February 5 2009, 03:57 AM   #230
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I haven't actually gotten to anything dealing with the Typhon Pact, so I don't know what they're like first hand. But based on you guys have said about them, I really hope that next years stuff is going to get rid of them, because it seems like they could be a really interesting new long term issue in a Borgless universe.
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Old February 5 2009, 04:44 AM   #231
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I haven't actually gotten to anything dealing with the Typhon Pact, so I don't know what they're like first hand.
Not surprising, since aside from A Singular Destiny, nothing dealing directly with the Pact has been written yet, let alone published. And since they're still in a nascent state in ASD, I don't think anyone, themselves included, really knows yet what they'll turn out to be like.
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Old February 5 2009, 05:19 PM   #232
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Having bought this as an e-book yesterday from Fictionwise (and, by the way, I haven't bought a paper novel in years, but have purchased many e-books, so if you author folks are wondering whether publishing electronically increases rather than cannibalizes the market, in my case, the answer is yep!) and finished it this a.m., I wanted to add my praise to the group's. I can't imagine this was an easy task; not only was this the first of the "stage setting" books between the end of the last big epic (I love the phrase "Mack's Mess"!), but KRAD took on the challenge of following up on Articles of the Federation's focus on the civilian implications of those events, rather than having a big flashy starship as the focus. Heck, the ship with the most "screen time" was a runabout, for goodness' sake! Even so, KRAD provided us with a complete and satisfying story, rich new characters (okay, I have a personal fondness for professorial types!), and nice drama at the end *without* making readers suffer through a cliffhanger. Finally, it's worth reading the Acknowledgments at the end, because they give a real sense not only of how deep the ST universe has become, but the number of separate pieces (covering television, film, novels and even promotional comics and DVD commentary!) KRAD was able to integrate into this efficient yet still sweeping novel. Thanks, Keith; now if only you could write and publish 'em as fast as I read 'em! {ProfJonathan}
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Old February 5 2009, 06:52 PM   #233
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Thanks for the kind words!


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Finally, it's worth reading the Acknowledgments at the end, because they give a real sense not only of how deep the ST universe has become, but the number of separate pieces (covering television, film, novels and even promotional comics and DVD commentary!) KRAD was able to integrate into this efficient yet still sweeping novel.
And thanks for this, too. Being the child of librarians, it's always been important to me to cite my sources.

Oh, and those Power Records comics weren't "promotional" -- they were sold like anything else. I have very fond memories of reading/listening to The Crier in Emptiness (which I still own) as a kid, so when I was fishing about for various musical instruments to use, that was the first thing that came to mind (even before the ka'athyra, truth be told...).
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Old February 5 2009, 07:10 PM   #234
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I also appreciated the chance to get to know Captain Ezri Dax a bit better; I think some of the people who had concerns about her may find a few questions answered.
From your mouth...
Really? So I went to look for it today... alas, there were none. =(
I don't think they've arrived over here... maybe.

BOOOO!!!
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Old February 6 2009, 02:04 AM   #235
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Finished the book last night. I very much enjoyed it--though something tragic that happened regarding Pran's personal life seemed a little 'forced' to me at the end. I have to say, the interstitial segments throughout the book suitably showed just far-reaching the Destiny devastation was.

One thing I enjoyed about those interstitials is that they showed (much like David Mack's "A Time to Kill/Heal" did) that even though it's the 24th century and there's all this amazing technology humans (and other sentients) are still vulnerable to some of the same 'frailties' that we are today.

Great book.
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Old February 6 2009, 03:28 AM   #236
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A Singular Destiny = A Singular Treat!

The interstitial segments are especially effective in showing the scope of how the galaxy has been affected by the Borg attacks. Not only that, but they helped accelerate the pace for this reader. After reading a long chapter, I don't always want to read another 20-30 page chapter. The interstitials in ASD are short enough that I give in to the temptation to read onward, and then I end up wanting to read the chapters that are connected with them.

I most definitely had to take a few moments' pause before starting Chapter 8. I was feeling emotions that I hadn't felt since Nemesis.

I share some of the criticisms of Sonek Pran mentioned in this thread. There were times, especially when he first arrived on the Aventine, that he and the reactions to him seemed a little too good to be true.

I also wish that the Typhon Pact had not been leaked as part of a news story on this site. Its creation was executed very well in the pages of ASD, but it would have been better the first time without foreknowledge of that ending. I am curious as to why the writer of the teaser copy chose the word "awakens" in referring to the Typhon Pact. It seems like an odd word to use with respect to an alliance or coalition.

This has nothing to do with the contents of the story, but I disagree with the decision to have all of the chapters and interstitials start on the right-hand page. The 20 blank pages that resulted from that choice make it seem like someone was trying to pad the page count.

It's hard for me to pick individual things to highlight as being positive in this book, since it all fits so well into a gripping, entertaining package. Two bits I liked besides my nomination in the Psi Phi thread are "small, medium, large" and the conversation with Tezrene. I love the Tholians!

If I had to rate A Singular Destiny, it would be an 8/10. It's not the best ST or best KRAD story, but in my best Yogi Bear voice I declare it to be "better than the average book!"

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Old February 6 2009, 03:30 AM   #237
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Do we actually get to find out what the Tzenkethi look like in AST? I've always wondered what they look like, and I swear I remember reading two different versions somewhere, one was felonoid, the other one was reptilian.
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Old February 6 2009, 04:44 AM   #238
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^ Nope, we still haven't seen the Tzenkethi.
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Old February 6 2009, 05:04 PM   #239
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Really? So I went to look for it today... alas, there were none. =(
I don't think they've arrived over here... maybe.
If you're UK based, they're normally a month behind the States, so expect ASD to hit shelves midmonth (I've always found Waterstones seem to have them first of the bookshops)
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Old February 6 2009, 05:22 PM   #240
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I just finished a Singular Destiny a few days ago and thought it was well written and really like Soran Pren. And Ezri and her crew that are featured in this book and see how things continued after the Destiny series.To see the mystery of the Tyson Group unfold in the book. I hope Sonak Pren will be seen again in a future novel. Keith this book is a great cotinuation of the post Destiny series.
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