Destiny: Lost Souls by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)

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  1. RikerLover

    RikerLover Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

    I finished Lost Souls this afternoon. OMG the entire trilogy was awesome. This last one had me laughing and crying sometimes at the same time. One thing I enjoyed were the lighter and happier moments during the story.

    The part with Riker and Picard in the observation lounge was great. I could practically hear Jonathan Frakes and Patrick Stewart doing that scene.

    The final part with Riker, Picard, Troi, and Crusher had me both laughing and crying when a week ago I would have found it only funny. Majel's passing changed that.

    David, this was a fantastic trilogy. Thanks for writing it.

    One question though. What were Beverly and Deanna drinking - champagne or synethol?
     
  2. David Mack

    David Mack Writer Commodore

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    Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

    Thank you for your kind words; I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    It's never said, though I can't imagine that Beverly and Deanna would be so foolish as to drink real alcohol during pregnancy. Maybe they had ginger ale in their glasses? ;-)
     
  3. Ronald Held

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    Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

    Has it every been filmed or written how synthehol affect a pregnancy?
     
  4. David Mack

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    Not that I know of.
     
  5. Sci

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    Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

    Considering that it's been said that someone drinking synthehol can literally will its effects off if they want, presumably it has no effect upon a pregnancy.
     
  6. Christopher

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    Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

    That doesn't follow. There are lots of chemicals that don't get you drunk but can still have a detrimental effect on a fetus.
     
  7. Rat Boy

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    It was designed by a Ferengi. You think he gave any thought as to how it would effect pregnant hew-mon females?
     
  8. Sci

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    I was thinking in terms of creative intent. The writers' creative intent behind synethol was, "Something that can get you drunk if you want but without any of the negative side-effects." A fantasy drink, in other words.
     
  9. nx1701g

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    ^ I always thought that it could get you drunk, but that the side effects of the alcohol were more easily controlled by medical.
     
  10. Trent Roman

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    Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

    Synthehol has a similar effect as alchohol, but can be dismissed at will; which suggests either weak active agents, or that its impact is strictly mental and shouldn't percolate to the rest of the body. You can't will your blood stream to do anything.

    Fictitiously yours, Trent Roman
     
  11. Hartzilla2007

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    Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

    Just finished the book it was great though I found that the last Mantilis flashback degraded into a longer than necessary Regeneration rehash. But other that that it was agreat book, oh did anyone besides me find that the final defeat of the Borg to be ironic since the Caeliar basically did to them what the Borg did to countless other civilizations.
     
  12. Sci

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    I'm not sure in what sense it's a "rehash" of an ENT episode. I found the entire Mantilis subplot to be a deeply moving story about desperation in the face of imminent death -- the realization that you have no future, that you are condemned to a slow and miserable death, that you will literally and metaphorically spend your life in the cold. The final sequence featuring the origin of the Borg was nothing like "Regeneration" -- amongst other things, "Regeneration" didn't feature, well, the origin of the Borg -- and it was a very disturbing sequence about how the desire for survival and for community can be perverted into something truly awful. The cannibalism sequence was especially disturbing.

    Most of all, though, they're different tonally. The opening act of "Regeneration" is, in essence, a mini-zombie movie. This was totally different; this was a story about betrayal in the face of certain death, about the loss of your future, about realizing that no one will ever love you again. That's the power of Sedin's story -- the way she betrays her fellow Caeliar even as she is desperate to be a part of her people's community again. It's about guilt and loss and the certainty of death. "Regeneration" is much more simplistic -- it's just about monsters that are coming to get you. The Mantilis subplot is about how people make the choice to become monsters.

    I didn't find it ironic, because the liberated former drones were not enslaved by the Caeliar as the Borg had enslaved other civilizations; the liberated drones were given a choice, and, apparently, the vast majority of them chose to live as part of the Caeliar community.
     
  13. Hartzilla2007

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    Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

    I was talkng about the part after Graylock, Thayer, and Pembleton become the first drones where the inhabitants of the planet Mantilis crashed on showed up, who like the guys at the begining of Regeneration find the reackage and the Borg drones in it and get assimilated
     
  14. Sci

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    I still don't think that's much of a re-hash. It establishes a lot of information about the first species to be subjugated by the Borg, after all.
     
  15. Hartzilla2007

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    Which was interesting it's just that it kind of draged on a little
     
  16. Silversmok3

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    I disagree.The nature of the situation meant that both the Caeliar and the humans stuck on Mantilis literally needed to be at the end of their ropes to consider each other as survival partners.

    I know in the stranded teams shoes I'd have to be at the brink of death to consider becoming a host to another organism,no matter the level of advancement.

    And it takes time to go from 'crashed,but survivable' to 'sh#t,its 30 below and we're out of food'.


     
  17. DEWLine

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    Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

    So long it's actual ginger in the ale, and they left out the sodium(or anything else with a name ending in) benzoate. Which, given 24th Century dietary medicine, I'd consider a safe bet. :-)
     
  18. Phyzzx

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    Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

    Damn you!

    And, I mean that with all the love and affection I have :) I am a teacher in Utah on Christmas break. I decided that I needed to read a trek book or 2 over my wonderful vacation, in between playing with my kids and running all over hell and back visiting family. I haven't read a trek book in four years. So, I decided to skip over the "Time to..." books and start up with Destiny. I downloaded the first 2 books from fictionwise.com and read them in 2 days. It's saturday night, 8 PM, and I finished reading book 2. I was enthralled, exhilerated, and ready for book 3. I stroll over to my mac, bring up fictionwise.com to download book 3, and guess what!? They don't have book 3! I called local retailers here (no real bookstore in my neck of the woods, just Target and Walmart), and no one had the book. In my frantic desperation to find out what happens next, I run out to a Barnes and Noble in Orem (about 16 miles from my current location) to acquire book 3. When I arrive, they had one copy left. WHEEEE!!!! I grab the book, and get myself and my wife some coffee at the counter. As I was reading the first page, the lovely clerk rang up my book and the coffee. The total, I kid you not, came to $17.01. 1701!!! This adventure was meant to be!!!

    Now, if you'll excuse me, i'll be reading book 3 now. I just wanted to share my little adventure. Review to come!

    P.S. Mack, you're my new favorite Trek author!
     
  19. nx1701g

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    ^ I have a feeling you'll enjoy it. I had a similar trek (pun intended) in my search for my copy.
     
  20. Stephen!

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    Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

    There is one thing that still remains unanswered from Destiny Book 3 (page 323) How did the S.C.E make an entire planet disappear?
     

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