So What Are you Reading?: Generations

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

  1. Sakrysta

    Sakrysta Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Just finished DTI: Watching the Clock - LOVED it. Best Trek novel since Destiny. :D

    Next - Children of the Storm.
     
  2. DigificWriter

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    My copy of Orion's Hounds got here today, which made me happy. I'm on Chapter Four already, and the book is proving to be as enjoyable a read as Watching the Clock was. If the rest of OH proves to be as good as the book's first four chapters, Christopher will have firmly cemented himself for me as one of the best writers that Trek Lit currently has (he's already halfway there based on my enjoyment of WtC).
     
  3. Christopher

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  4. bok2384

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    I read them when they came out and I remember them being really rather good. I was concerned at first that the Tlaoli IV storyline would get boring, but each of the novel adds a twist. Its a shame that these lower decks novels didn't continue, but I can understand why they were discontinued.

    When you've finished The Janus Gate, check out Errand of Vengeance if you haven't already. Those books are truly a step up. :)
     
  5. PKS8304

    PKS8304 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I read them when they came out and I remember them being really rather good. I was concerned at first that the Tlaoli IV storyline would get boring, but each of the novel adds a twist. Its a shame that these lower decks novels didn't continue, but I can understand why they were discontinued.

    When you've finished The Janus Gate, check out Errand of Vengeance if you haven't already. Those books are truly a step up. :)
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    Cool! I really am enjoying book 1, which is a happy surprise, TOS is usually hit or miss with me.

    By the way, I hope you enjoy the Last Stand. I read it when it came towards the end of High School and thought it was one of the better numbered TNG novels, would love for the author or someone else to pick up the story sometime.
     
  6. Sho

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    Hm, I didn't know this trilogy existed. Sounds very interesting ... and my reading pile grows ever longer, I guess :).

    In keeping with the thread, I'm currently reading through Summon the Thunder.
     
  7. John Clark

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    I'm about two thirds of the way through Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn. Next up, That which Divides by Dayton Ward.
     
  8. bok2384

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    Thanks, PKS. I'm a few chapters in and I haven't started screaming "Make It Stop!" yet. In fact, so far it seems like a fairly typical planet-of-the-week adventure.

    Still, that could all change.
     
  9. Reanok

    Reanok Commodore Commodore

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    I went to the used bookstore on saturday and found some startrek books, I haven't read yet Gemini by Mike Barr and I Q by By Peter David &John Delancie.Also I finally found a book from a Star trek miniseries I needed to complete my collection.:techman::)
     
  10. bok2384

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    That's great, Reanok. From what I remember, Gemini was a good read and was one of a few novels to feature Kirk's nephew, Peter.

    I was a bit disappointed in a used book shop I went into in Stratford-upon-Avon today. When I was at college there ten years ago, this shop had shelves and shelves of second-hand Trek books which I frequently pillaged to complete my collection.

    I went back there for the first time in years today and found one lousy book, Strike Zone by Peter David. Very saddened. Even the other sci-fi novels took up a couple of shelves, when before it filled an entire room. :thumbdown:
     
  11. Greg Cox

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    Finally started reading Supergods by Grant Morrison. Enjoying it so far. (I've made it through the Marvel revolution and am just up to the debut of Kirby's New Gods.)
     
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  12. PKS8304

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    If you havent already read it, Timothy Zahn has a Star Wars novel called "Survivor's Quest" I read this back to back with Outbound Flight and it was awesome.

    Just thought I would throw that out there :)
     
  13. Daddy Todd

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    Here's what I read in February:

    02/04/2012 33 ⅓: Zaireeka by Mark Richardson
    02/05/2012 Toyman by E.C. Tubb
    02/08/2012 33 ⅓: The Who Sell Out by John Dougan
    02/10/2012 33 ⅓: Pet Sounds by Jim Fusilli
    02/10/2012 The Yellow Cabochon (na) by Matthew Hughes
    02/11/2012 Hastur Lord by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross
    02/12/2012 Kalin by E.C. Tubb
    02/13/2012 Phallos (na) by Samuel R. Delany
    02/14/2012 The Space-Born by E.C. Tubb
    02/15/2012 Exile’s Song by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Adrienne Martine-Barnes
    02/17/2012 The Stress of Her Regard (audiobook) by Tim Powers
    02/20/2012 Space: 1999: Born for Adversity by David A. McIntee
    02/25/2012 The Shadow Matrix by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Adrienne Martine-Barnes
    02/25/2012 A Time to Cast Away Stones (na) by Tim Powers
    02/28/2012 Space: 1999: Resurrection (audiobook) by William Latham

    Started out the month reading some of the 33 ⅓ series of monographs on "classic" albums. The book on Flaming Lips' Zaireeka was a fun read, especially considering I've never listened to the album as intended (it comes on 4 CDs and you're supposed to cue up the 4 disks on 4 CD players to play simultaneously, so the final mixdown happens in your living room. Or something like that.) The other 2 33 ⅓ books are about albums I've listened to literally thousands of times. No new insights really, but it was fun reading along while listening.

    Two Space: 1999 titles. Resurrection is the first book Powys published. It's pretty dire. Fanfic -- and not good fanfic at that. McIntee's Born for Adversity was lots lots better. It's the first Space: 1999 book that I'd actually recommend to someone who's not a die-hard fan of the show.

    A trio of Darkover books -- I'm reading all the "Modern" Darkover titles again in preparation for a new book (by Deborah J. Ross) that's supposed to be out later this year. This was my third attempt to read The Shadow Matrix and I finally got through it. It's awful, but at least now I can say I've read every Darkover novel. Yay...?

    Three E.C Tubb titles. The first two were books 3 & 4 in the Dumarest of Terra series. The third was an interesting take on life aboard a "generation" ship, written in the mid-'50's. It might have been an influence on Logan's Run.

    I came down with a miserable sinus cold early in the month -- that's how I was able to read a book a day for a week or so -- I was doing nothing but blow my nose and read on my Nook. One of the books I read that week was Delany's Phallos, which is really something you have to experience. It's allegedly a review/summary/academic treatise on a nonexistent gay porn novel from 1969. Delany is awesome. He has a new book coming in the next couple months.

    The Stress of Her Regard and A Time to Cast Away Stones are related works by Tim Powers (they're also related to The Anubis Gates). Powers's forthcoming Hide Me Among the Graves is related to all three, so I'm getting ready for that as well.

    The Matthew Hughes is his latest Luff Imbry novella, published as a small stand-alone hardcover. Wonderful, if expensive for the word count. Hughes has 2 novels coming out in the next few months (One is a gaming tie-in under the pseudonym "Hugh Matthews" he uses for tie-in writing.) I'm detecting a pattern that I wasn't conscious of during the month, reading books to get ready for new books coming in the next few months. I'm weird like that.

    There's one more day in the month, but I know I won't finish anything else by tomorrow. I've wrapped up a bunch of reading "projects" this month, and I fully intend on getting back to Trek soon. Typhon Pact, DTI and the latest from Ward (e-bought just today) and Cox are all begging for my attention. March may just be their month!
     
  14. John Clark

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    Not yet, but it is now on the list, thanks:)
     
  15. Joel_Kirk

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    I've read, without a choice, Saidiya Hartman's "Lose Your Mother"...

    Next on my list (for leisure) is either "Tunnel in the Sky" or "Adventures of an Artificial Woman."
     
  16. Snaploud

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    I subscribe to a free service called tracknewbook.com. It e-mails me whenever one of my favorite authors has a new book coming out. It occasionally sends me some odd suggestions, though. Christopher in particular has led to some of the more interesting book recommendations.

    author > christopher bennett

    Espresso Fiction: A Collection of Flash Fiction for the Average Joe by Kaj Anderson-Bauer, Melanie McDonald, Brian Cooper and Jacqueline Delibes (Feb 14, 2012)

    Description: Dive into a world full of shrinking husbands, one-night stands, and President Lincoln doppelgangers.

    author > christopher bennett

    Lit Bite Poems "Mature & Pliant" (The Lit Bite Series) by Legro Bennett and Christopher Clutter (Nov 21, 2011)

    Description: What price poetry? What price breakfast, lunch, dinner, a latte? Got poem?
    Poetry makes your mind, body, and soul go in all directions! Affordable, yes!


    Peter David tends to lead me to porn recommendations, bible studies, and some book about overcoming trauma through yoga.
     
  17. Christopher

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    Oh...kay.... :wtf:
     
  18. Joel_Kirk

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    When time permits, I want to read one of those Powys Space:1999 novels.
     
  19. Snaploud

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    Those two recommendations got sent to me due to your last name. Both books have an author named Bennett (Expresso fiction having a short story author named Eleanor Bennett).
     
  20. Daddy Todd

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    Born for Adversity is the one to read, of the 3 I've read so far (I read Survival by Brian Ball last spring and can remember exactly NOTHING about it. That doesn't seem to indicate that it's exceptionally good. Or exceptionally bad, for that matter.)

    There are another 3 Powys titles I haven't read yet -- the duology Omega and Alpha, by William Latham (the same guy who wrote Resurrection) and The Forsaken, by John Kenneth Muir, who also wrote the episode guide Exploring Space: 1999, which I thought was... lacking, so I'm in no hurry to read any of those.
     

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