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Old January 7 2009, 04:12 PM   #1
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Is String Theory anygood?

One of my new year resolutions is too broaden my reading horizons (expand both with in the Trek Universe of Novels and also in wider Fictional realms), so while thinking about this on my lunch break earlier, I went into my local Waterstones which has had for months all three titles in the String Theory Trilogy, but before I actually take the plunge and buy the first one, what doe's everyone who have read them think of them?

I'm not really looking for a break down in plot summaries, just your opinions on them, whether positive or negative.

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Old January 7 2009, 04:23 PM   #2
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Re: Is String Theory anygood?

It's been a year or two since I read them, but I remember Book One being good, Book Two being awesome, and Book Three being somewhere in between. Overall I think all the characters were nailed down and the writing was superb.
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Old January 7 2009, 05:38 PM   #3
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I thought the first book was excellent, one of the best Voyager novels I've ever read, with great character work. The second book was all right but a bit plodding and less effective with the characters. The setup for book three at the end of book two left me with no interest in finishing the trilogy, and nothing I've heard since then has made me regret the decision.
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Old January 7 2009, 07:01 PM   #4
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I thought the first book was excellent, one of the best Voyager novels I've ever read, with great character work. The second book was all right but a bit plodding and less effective with the characters. The setup for book three at the end of book two left me with no interest in finishing the trilogy, and nothing I've heard since then has made me regret the decision.
Reluctantly agreed. The first book (Jeffrey Lang's, I believe) was a completely unexpected burst of awesomeness. Zoomed through it in three or four hours. The second wasn't great, but it had a decent structure to it, and told a story that was passable. The third book's a mess though. Virtually unreadable in parts, overlong, and boring, topped off with the most asinine ending I've ever read in a Trek book.
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Old January 7 2009, 07:15 PM   #5
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I have to agree. I was expecting Lang's to be pretty average, and it was unexpectedly totally badass. I was curious to read Beyer, a newcomer, and was pleased enough that I'm really looking forward to Full Circle, but the book wasn't anything especially wonderful. And for the last one I LOVED Jarman, based on her DS9-R work, and couldn't wait to see what she'd do with Voyager...but was completely disappointed.

Overall, though, it's probably worth a read; it's at least Voyager written for people that take themselves and the series seriously, which it's hard to say about a lot of the rest of the VOY books.
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Old January 7 2009, 07:55 PM   #6
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Overall, I have to agree with the consensus that seems to be developing here. The first two books were pretty good reads. The third book tried to do a few interesting things (making sense of some of the inconsistent characterization in certain Voyager episodes), but I found it a bit of a disappointing mess.

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Old January 7 2009, 08:30 PM   #7
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The first two books are enjoyable reads. Book 1 is basically a 'planet of the week' story, but thrives on strong characterization, particularly Torres and Seven. The second book ups the stakes and is, if I recall correctly, largely focused on Janeway. The third book went off in a number of truly strange directions that left it feeling disjointed, to say nothing of trying to 'fix' perceived problems in the series itself that came off heavy-handed and less credible that what was simply seen onscreen.

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Old January 7 2009, 08:59 PM   #8
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Old January 7 2009, 10:33 PM   #9
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I have to agree with most of the other people here. I really enjoyed the first two, but the third one was just ok. Overall I would recommend the trilogy as a whole though, because IMO despite the problems it is a very good Voyager story. Although I do agree that the attempted explanation in the third book was unnecessary.
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Old January 8 2009, 01:46 AM   #10
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I'll add my voice to the "yea" crowd. It was very interesting to see alot of little problems left over from the series all tied up, and a cool epic story as well.
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Old January 8 2009, 04:35 AM   #11
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I didn't really care for them. I think you enjoyment of them may depend on whether you agree with what they are attempting to do with Janeway's character in them. Personally I would have left it alone.

They aren't terrible or anything but they weren't my cup of Earl Grey.. Give the 1st one a try and see what you think.

The Voyager Relaunch is starting up fairly soon, you could just hold out for that.
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Old January 8 2009, 05:17 AM   #12
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Personally I like the Trek material written by Jeffrey Lang and thus I would say the first book is the strongest. I wish that all three had been able to maintain the momentum of the first novel but alas, like so many other series (sequels), it was not to be so. However, I do think the series as a whole is worth a read.

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Old January 8 2009, 03:39 PM   #13
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I didn't really care for them. I think you enjoyment of them may depend on whether you agree with what they are attempting to do with Janeway's character in them. Personally I would have left it alone.

They aren't terrible or anything but they weren't my cup of Earl Grey.. Give the 1st one a try and see what you think.

The Voyager Relaunch is starting up fairly soon, you could just hold out for that.
Actually the Relaunch has already been going for a while, there are already four books in the series. But it has been a few years since the last one came out though.
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Old January 8 2009, 05:24 PM   #14
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Personally I like the Trek material written by Jeffrey Lang and thus I would say the first book is the strongest. I wish that all three had been able to maintain the momentum of the first novel but alas, like so many other series (sequels), it was not to be so. However, I do think the series as a whole is worth a read.

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For the record, the trilogy was invented by Beyer and Jarman, and they (or maybe Marco?) invited Lang to participate. You make it sound like he had this awesome first book that they followed up on poorly, but it really works the other way around; they had this idea for a series already that he happened to introduce particularly brilliantly.

It doesn't change the value of the books at all (the first is still the best), but I thought you were being a bit uncharitable to the other two.
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Old January 8 2009, 05:39 PM   #15
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According to Heather Jarman's comments in VoI, it was Marco's idea for the three of them to do the trilogy, but Jeffery Lang was having a number of personal issues and another writing project at the time, so Jarman and Kirsten Beyer wrote the outlines for the three books and Lang helped later on with more details on the world building and technology, and, obviously, the first book.

Of course, she puts it much more eloquently, but I don't want to spoil it. Go buy VoI.
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