So What Are you Reading?: Generations

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by captcalhoun, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. USS Firefly

    USS Firefly Captain Captain

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    I'm thinking of buying the book "Ex Machina", and reading on Amazon.com parts about it.
    Perhaps a very stupid question, but why is Kirk called captain when he is a Admiral?
     
  2. Corran Horn

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    "Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel" - having highlight and then lookup some of these ENT-era races, which I'd forgotten. (Malurian, Lorillian...)
     
  3. Christopher

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    In ST:TMP, Kirk was wearing captain's rank stripes and addressed as "Captain" for most of the film. Even aside from the naval tradition that the commanding officer of a ship should be addressed as "Captain" regardless of rank (a tradition which most onscreen Trek has ignored, except for bits of DS9), the evidence suggests that Kirk accepted a demotion to captain's rank, perhaps as part of his deal to get the ship back. Most tie-in fiction set in the post-TMP era has remained consistent with this.
     
  4. Paris

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    Amazon shipped my copy of Tower of Babel, so i've jumped right in. Glad to be back with these characters. I really dig where Christopher has been taking things :techman:
     
  5. Cap'n Crunch

    Cap'n Crunch Captain Captain

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    The other day I finished Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen.

    I'm currently reading Star Trek: No Time Like the Past by Greg Cox.

    If you're interested in the Huntsman character from the first season, then it's worth picking up. I thought the story was pretty interesting but nothing amazing. The art varies from chapter to chapter but I thought it was mostly good. Overall, it's a fairly entertaining story about the Huntsman. Most fans of OUAT will probably enjoy it.
     
  6. tomalak301

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    I just started reading my first Trek novel, DS9's Avatar, part of the Twist of Faith omnibus. Looking forward to getting deeper into it.
     
  7. Endgame

    Endgame Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    In the last 60 pages of "Death in Winter" by Michael Jan Friedman (2005) and for non-fiction, I finally have gotten over halfway through "Counseling Children" (6th ed.) by Thompson, Rudolph, & Henderson (2004). Also recently read "No Dominion" by Christopher L. Bennett which is at the site of "Daybreak Magazine" and shall have to think of some way to support the cause. But then in my darker moods I might prefer to support the cause at dark-mountain.net instead. Decisions, decisions.
     
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  8. ryan123450

    ryan123450 Commodore Commodore

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    Now reading The Joyful Beggar by Loius de Wohl. It's a historical novel about St. Francis.
     
  9. Endgame

    Endgame Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Well, the first quarter of the year is ending soon. I managed to hurry two more novels read. "Fire on High" (NF #6) by Peter David (1998) and "Q & A" by Keith R. A. DeCandido (2007). The latter book's afterword includes a comment "about whom I can't say enough kind things." Such could be an example of compromise formation or a back-handed compliment. May need correction if it can successfully done. Or, it could be taken as the genuinely kind words as intended. I really enjoyed "Q & A" and found "Fire on High" a nice contrast with "Death in Winter" and reading the newer books is more and more enjoyable. Not just a "goal gradient" effect of the rat which is nearing the end of the maze or the student nearing the end of their program.
     
  10. Kertrats47

    Kertrats47 Commodore Commodore

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    Posted my review of Mission Gamma, Book 4: Lesser Evil by Robert Simpson.

    Right now, finally finishing up The Book Thief after taking a brief break to read Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett. Review of that one coming soon!
     
  11. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Nice review of Lesser Evil ,It's one of my favorite of the Ds9 Mission Gamma books.
     
  12. BritishSeaPower

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    Finished The Martian by Andy Weir yesterday. Great read. A little too technical in some places which can be a little taxing. Still, though I was very much addicted to it, I think I read the last 1/4 in one sitting when I was just meaning to read a single chapter. I wish there was a bit of denouement to it, though. A little coda or such, just to tie up some ideas from the book. (A joke about potatoes or something?) Quite a few good lines and humor throughout, too.

    I'm currently a chapter into Children of the Storm. Glad we're getting back to a "normal" dynamic with the Voyager crew though. This one has been highly suggested by the board members and since it seems free from having to throw off the Golden-relunach shackles, I'm quite looking forward to it.
     
  13. Kertrats47

    Kertrats47 Commodore Commodore

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    Thanks! I quite enjoyed it myself.
     
  14. Skywalker

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    After finishing Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel the other day, I've decided to take a break from Trek novels after reading practically nothing but those since December. So earlier today I started The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which has been waiting patiently on my shelf for several months now. :techman:
     
  15. Paris

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    Just finished Christopher's Tower of Babel, and have jumped back into Avatar #1 from the DS9-R. Also reading through Robert Kirkman's Invincible series. Currently on TPB#4.
     
  16. Lonemagpie

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    Finished Gabriel Chevallier's La Peur, about World War 1, which seemed appropriate in this centenary year. Though better known for Clochemerle, Chevallier has written a pretty evocative and effective fictionalised memoir here, which I think actually outdoes Remarque's more famous All Quiet On The Western Front.



    The story of a French soldier in WW1, It's by turns humourous, and moving, and very believable of course. I was surprised at how similar in structure it is to Sven Hassel's more infamous WW2 books, albeit with less sex, gore, and swearing. It has that same thing where characters tell stories from in between the episodes depicted, though Chevallier's narrative is a lot more upfront about these being tales he'd recorded from other people than Hassel's ever were. I did definitely come away with the impression, though, that Hassel has read this and consciously tried to do a more X-rated version of it.



    Otherwise, it's a good read with a sympathetic character - except for a chapter of douchebaggery where he feels the urge to establish intellectual dominance over some nurses because he thinks that he, as a man, is inherent;y superior. To some degree the undoubtedly heartfelt refelctions of the nature of society at war do tend to slide into a sort of 1920s socialist propaganda tract, but that's of course a product of it's time - it was written in the 20s and published in 1930.

    The last line, meant to be a final touch of humour, though, when written at the end of the 20s, is amazingly creepy when read in the post-Nazi era...


    Anyway, I definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a spot of WW1 centenary reading.
     
  17. C. Cole-Chakotay

    C. Cole-Chakotay Commodore Commodore

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    I'm reading The Elite, book 2 in the Selection series by Kiera Cass.
     
  18. CaptKirk

    CaptKirk Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    Finished "No Time Like the Past" and am about 3/4 through "Declassified."
     
  19. Greg Cox

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    Just picked up "The Eye of God," the latest Sigma Force novel by James Rollins, to read on an upcoming plane flight.
     
  20. Enterpriserules

    Enterpriserules Commodore Commodore

    Finishing up A Winkle in Time today