DTI: Watching the Clock by C. L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers!)

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Thrawn, Apr 18, 2011.

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Rate DTI: Watching The Clock

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  1. Christopher

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    Whoops, I knew that when I wrote the book but I got it wrong in the annotations. It's fixed now.
     
  2. ToddCam

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    I totally agree. However, Christopher's annotations had an error. I was just telling him. Also, Christopher, I notice you didn't change the thing about Seleneans.
     
  3. Christopher

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    ^That's fixed now too.
     
  4. elaithin

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    Christopher,

    Just finished DTI. Very, very impressive book. Expert weaving together of all the contradictory information about time travel, and an even better job in making the DTI characters people you care about. I can't even narrow down all the things I loved in this book. Thank you.
     
  5. Christopher

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    Thanks!
     
  6. TerraUnam

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    So tell me Mr. Bennett, have you been having problems fitting through doors lately? :p
     
  7. RonG

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    Voted Outstanding, with a capital O :)

    As others already posted, Christopher has written the best Trek book since Destiny
     
  8. Turtletrekker

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    Outstanding! Best Trek since Destiny!

    I am going to the annotations next and the answer to this question is probably there, but did I catch a reference to the proposed animated Trek series from a few years back that never got developed?
     
  9. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    ^ If it's the thing I'm thinking of, it is...

    Ducane's security officers wearing cyborg-ish implants, similar to the Borg-derived implants worn by those in the abortive animated series.
     
  10. Christopher

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    ^That's an oblique reference. There's a more direct one later.
     
  11. Turtletrekker

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    The reference I noticed was on...
    ...page 466. A 25th-century Federation torn in half and largely impassable by warp with a new Romulan war thrown in.
     
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  12. Christopher

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    Yup, that's the one.
     
  13. BrotherBenny

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    Was that specifically stated to be in our future, or one possible future?

    I've read six books since then and my memory is a little fuzzy on the details.
     
  14. Scout101

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    looked like just one possible future, as they were quick to point out that that little side detour had been contained to it's own side universe, and not part of the main timeline they all shared...
     
  15. Art Vandelay

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    Just finished Watching the Clock last Friday, and I think it's way, way above average bordering on outstanding.

    The fates of the Bozeman's crew and Clare Raymond were among the things I liked best about the novel, very nice emotional touches amidst all of that time-bending awesomeness.

    Highly recommended reading.
     
  16. Christopher

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    ^Thanks!
     
  17. Hugh Cambridge

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    I never wrote anything here before, reading the posts was enough till now.
    But now I have just read DTI and ... wow !
    I have to say it, this book is above outstanding, it is even above Star Trek.
    The way scientific concepts are handled by Christopher reminds me the way Pohl or Asimov handled them: it gives access to complicated scientific views without losing the reader or giving a boring lecture.
    And the story is very good and manages to unite all the temporal loose ends that can be found in Star Trek.
    Simply put, for me, it is a masterpiece.
     
  18. Christopher

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    ^Wow, thanks to you too!
     
  19. MatthiasRussell

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    I haven't read this book. Though I've liked Bennett's books, I'm not a fan of time travel or alternate universe stories; they usually leave me frustrated as I'm as much a believer in time travel as the Vulcan Science Academy. So should I read WTC?
     
  20. Christopher

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    Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

    As I've said before, I'm not much of a time travel fan myself. My goal in writing this book was both to get away from the cliches and conventions of the genre and to make sense of them in the most scientifically plausible way I could. Basically I wanted to do a time travel story for people who don't like time travel stories.