Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

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  1. CaffeineAddict

    CaffeineAddict Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I've heard that Cold Equations follows on from The Body Electric. Is this correct?
    If so, as I am almost up to Cold Equations in reading through the novels, is it necessary to pause and read that first?

    Edit: I meant Immortal Coil, not The Body Electric.
     
  2. Sci

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    Re: Is it necessary to read The Body Electric before Cold Equations?

    No, Cold Equations is a trilogy of which The Body Electric is the finale.

    The first two Cold Equations novels are The Persistence of Memory and Silent Weapons.
     
  3. CaffeineAddict

    CaffeineAddict Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Re: Is it necessary to read The Body Electric before Cold Equations?

    Doh, I'm getting my titles mixed up, I actually meant Immortal Coil.
     
  4. Sci

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    Oooh, okay.

    The Cold Equations trilogy does follow up on Immortal Coil. Everything you need to know from Immortal Coil is included in Cold Equations, but I'd recommend reading Immortal Coil first -- mostly because it's an awesome, awesome book that I think you'll really enjoy. :)
     
  5. CaffeineAddict

    CaffeineAddict Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    OK, thanks, I'll do that then.
     
  6. Christopher

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    Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil first? No.

    Is it desirable? Hell, yes, absolutely.
     
  7. Relayer1

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    What Sci and Christopher said.

    I went one further and read an old adaptation by DC Fontana of TV pilot by Gene Coon and Gene Rodenberry - it sort of connects in. You don't need to read that one though...
     
  8. Christopher

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    ^You mean The Questor Tapes, right?
     
  9. Relayer1

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    It really would have helped if I had mentioned that...:)
     
  10. Mage

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    As stated, certainly don't have to. But Immortal Coil is a damned good read!!!
     
  11. Section 31

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    I read Immortal Coil first and was glad I did. While Cold Equations does provide a recap of the earlier work's plot points that the newer story draws from, I think that reading Immortal Coil first would provide you with a greater sense of context than you would have without it.
     
  12. Patrick O'Brien

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    ^Agreed, I found Immortal Coil, added to my enjoyment of the trilogy:bolian:
     
  13. Paris

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    I third the sentiment. I wasn't going to read it first, changed my mind, and was quite happy that I did. Immortal Coil is a fantastic read and makes the enjoyment of Mack's trilogy even better :techman:
     
  14. Kertrats47

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    I see you've already gone ahead and read it, but I just wanted to chime in and echo the sentiments up-thread. Immortal Coil was an excellent novel, and I'm really glad that David Mack made his trilogy a sequel to that story as it brought it to my attention. I did a quick read of it before I started in on The Persistence of Memory and enjoyed it immensely. I probably wouldn't have read it (yet) otherwise.
     
  15. Reanok

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    Immortal Coil is a really good character study of Data an the Cold Equations books stories are kind of a sequel to this novel.There really some of the best novels I've read about Data in a long time.:techman:
     
  16. CaffeineAddict

    CaffeineAddict Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Well thanks for the reccomendations, I just finished Immortal Coil and really enjoyed it.