LE: One Constant Star by David R. George III Review Thread (Spoilers!)

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Sho, May 17, 2014.

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Rate One Constant Star.

  1. Outstanding

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    25.5%
  2. Above Average

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  3. Average

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    35.3%
  4. Below Average

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  5. Poor

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  1. Thrawn

    Thrawn Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Re: LE: One Constant Star by David R. George III Review Thread (Spoile

    :lol: Well, ok, then, guys - I guess we're all idiots for liking the book! I'm certainly convinced!

    So glad you stopped by to use a 2 paragraph wiki summary to take down a beloved novel - without you, we might have still liked it!

    Here, why don't you supply another opinion for me - I hear Hamlet is about a guy who can't make up his mind and eventually dies. That sounds like enough detail to judge a story - why don't you tell me what you think about that one?
     
  2. kirk55555

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    Re: LE: One Constant Star by David R. George III Review Thread (Spoile

    I never said anyone was an idiot for liking it. I said that Harriman was an idiot. I said it wasn't a book for me, everyone else is free to enjoy it. I also think that it was a stupid idea for a story, but that has nothing to do with the reader. My comments were not meant to say anyone was "wrong" to like it. It was just my opinion on a story that was described in a good deal of detail on Memory Beta. Harriman imagines a potential conflict, pretends to start a war by murdering some romulans and disrespecting thousands of dead Starfleet officers, and all to do something that would have happened without him if the Romulans were actually up to something. It was justified by assuming that war with the romulans was inevitable, which was stupid.

    Feel free to enjoy the story, it just happens that, to me, it sounds horrible. Luckily, I can just pretend it never happened, since its not like the Lost Era books are tied in to the novel continuity of the current DS9/TNG/Titan books. Unless the next TNG/DS9 book involves the Typhoon Pact learning about the events of the tomed incident or something, as far as I'm concerned the "Tomed Incident" might as well have been Harriman spilling his coffee on a romulan ambassador. That fits his on screen character better, and doesn't lower him or Starfleet Intelligence to the same moral void of Section 31.
     
  3. Thrawn

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    And to anyone who's read the book, you've proven my point that you're judging an absurd oversimplification that has little resemblance to the motivations, background, or even actual events of the novel by filling in your own unwarranted assumptions instead, but since you won't ever join that group, I know I can't win this one. Doesn't make your post any less ridiculous, but whatever.

    For the record, in general I have no problem with "this book doesn't sound like it's for me", but concluding that Harriman is an immoral idiot without understanding any tiny piece of his motivation or planning is asinine.

    It's not like anyone else watched Generations and thought "this Harriman guy really has his shit together!" The fact that this many other people found DRG3's portrayal of the character convincing and profound, despite having no other references than Generations, which most of us would agree is fairly awful, should indicate that perhaps judging this novel by that same reference and nothing else at least lacks imagination. DRG3 is most well-known among Trek authors for subtlety, deep character introspection, and thematic depth, which are probably the exact three qualities most difficult to summarize briefly. Is it so hard to imagine that there is some substance to this 380-page story that you can't glean from 14 sentences?
     
  4. kirk55555

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    Yes, it is, at least when it comes to the incident itself. The incident was the kind of thing done by section 31, not a starfleet officer. It was an unprovoked attack on a romulan vessel combined with the deliberate disrespect and manipulation of thousands of dead starfleet officers and their families. It accomplished nothing that wouldn't have happened anything.

    Even if Harriman was someone besides the incompetent Captain from Generations it would still be a horrible incident orchestrated by an immoral idiot. The fact that the character in question was also shown to be incompetent on screen is interesting, but it wouldn't make the incident any better by taking that out of the equation. The fact that the attack on the romulan vessel, and its subsequent use in the plan, could also be revenge for a tragedy in Harriman's life makes the incident even worse, both morally and just in general. In the end, it doesn't really matter. Its a stupid incident in a horrible sounding book that's about a bad character. It's fine if people like it, I just think its one of the worst things I've heard of in a relatively modern Star Trek book.
     
  5. Thrawn

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    Ok.

    Honestly - I'm mostly just sad at how much you're missing out on an incredible story.

    And to anyone else not quite so closed-minded reading this exchange: allow me to assure you, this is not just a difference of opinion. kirk55555 literally does not understand the story in any way. Don't let his description turn you away from it - no one who read the book would think any of that bullshit, even if they hated it.
     
  6. kirk55555

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    Re: LE: One Constant Star by David R. George III Review Thread (Spoile

    Except the fact where I read the entire summary of the story, and got fairly in-depth details :vulcan: I mean, I haven't read the book so my opinion obviously shouldn't be taken as a review of the story. My opinion is that I would hate the book. This is not a blurb I'm basing my opinion off of, its detailed summaries of the events and motivations for the events of the book. I haven't said anything that was bullshit, it can all be backed up just by the summaries. I did make a few conclusions about Harriman's motivation (maybe he honestly didn't see his choice of romulan ship/captain for his plan as revenge, although we can argue whether it was or not) but the events happened as I said, unless Memory beta has been severely screwed with. Its fine if you don't agree with me, but I've got a pretty good grasp on the basics of the situation. Whatever stupid characterization harriman might have been given doesn't matter.

    As for it being an "incredible story", that's your opinion. Everyone likes different things. I prefer starfleet officers that don't commit fake (or real) atrocities, at least not without an actual, definitive end of the federation level situation.
     
  7. Thrawn

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    Ok.
     
  8. Paris

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    Serpents Rocked! DRG3 totally redeemed Harriman. I'm with Thrawn. Don't judge a complex story by it's brief MB summary :techman:
     
  9. The Wormhole

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    Sure, we can look at it like that, although at the end of the day, the fact remains that the character was intended to be presented as overwhelmed and helpless so that Kirk could look cool by swooping in to save the day.
     
  10. Christopher

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    ^Sure, but part of the reason he was helpless was because his ship was unready, so none of his suggestions could work. He wasn't portrayed as brilliant, he was young and inexperienced compared to Kirk, but he seemed competent enough that he could have done an adequate job given proper resources. So yes, he needed seasoning and experience to help him deal with the unexpected, but it's not like he was a complete incompetent. If he'd had the full resources of an intact ship at his disposal and failed in spite of them, then he'd be incompetent. As it is, he was out of his depth but certainly redeemable.
     
  11. Thrawn

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    ^ One of my favorite things about Serpents was how DRG3 took that scene, and presented its opposite as Harriman's biggest strength. That scene was all about Harriman being caught unprepared and flying by the seat of his pants - not his strong suit. Serpents is about a months-long plan slowly, painstakingly, coming to fruition. Harriman is at his best with long-term thinking. 'Twas beautiful.
     
  12. Jarvisimo

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    And to have made that occur due to an ambitious father putting his son into an unprepared situation struck true as well. More so, I loved how DRG dealt with Peter David's earlier work in Serpents by depicting Blackjack's rejection of Harriman even through his own slow death.
     
  13. Mage

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    Read the book, then judge. You can't judge a book from an recap on Memory Beta, get any of the characters deepest motivations. If you honoustly believe you understand a novel simply by reading Memory Beta.... I mean, I got nothing. Seriously, nothing. That is beyond reason.
     
  14. Jarvisimo

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    But that's the thing, in the book it is a potential end-level situation, or one so costly (i.e. in the billions) that the Federation could not survive a war with the Romulans, nor the Romulans with the Federation. To subvert hawks on both sides, and to sidestep a declining relationship with the Klingons which means that the Federation cannot count on its allies' aid in a war situation, Harriman plans a longterm op which should have 0 casualties (in the end it has 4). He is friends with Romulans, and it is an act designed to prevent the war that is established as impending and mutually destructive, and which Federation and Romulan fanatics seek believing they would, somehow, triumph. Rather than being a tale about an 'idiot' or some kind of monstrosity on Starfleet's part, it's a tale about having to overcome bloodlust and jingoism and seeking peace. The negative result, the introversion of the Romulans, isn't the goal either - instead it is ensuring that pacifism comes out on top.

    Kirk55555, why don't you check out the text on Google Books - you can read some of the preview and get a sense of the book.
     
  15. kirk55555

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    I didn't want to get into a big argument about it. Its just a book i think sounds horrible, about a event that shouldn't have happened, orchestrated by a character that should never have had a career in Starfleet at that point, or at least not one where he was in charge of aything. Its fine for people to like it. Personally, unless it gets mentioned specifically in one of the current TNG/DS9 books set in the current novel relaunch continuity, I just count this as one of the stupider ST books that tells a story that, when it comes to stories I consider canon in my head, never happened. Feel free to enjoy it, its just somthing I really dislike.
     
  16. Thrawn

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    People: he has now three times made character judgments based on a summary that we have told him is misleading and woefully incomplete, but which he still says is complete and detailed anyway, based on nothing but his own stubbornness. Clearly: we're not going to win this one.

    I think it's time to let this argument die.

    EDIT: Though I did just realize - this book actually is mentioned in the wider continuity, events in the book are featured quite seriously in DS9: Mission Gamma: Twilight.
     
  17. Masiral

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    And Gell Kamemor, who was introduced in Serpents, is now the Praetor of the Romulan Star Empire.
     
  18. Jarvisimo

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    I think the lesson in this is that someone has to go edit the Memory Beta article... :D
     
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    But, by your own admission, you've never even read it. Therefore, how does this novel even rank as "one of the stupider ST books"? :vulcan:
     
  20. Thrawn

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    Oh yeah, forgot about that. She's great, too.
     

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