Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Kirks Lovechild, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. Kirks Lovechild

    Kirks Lovechild Cadet Newbie

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    I haven't read a Star Trek novel in years even though I do have a pretty big collection. I just finished a book and thought that it might be time to dive back into them. My only problem is I don't know where to start. My questions is, in your opinion, what are the top 10 Star Trek novels? It can be more than 10, but I just thought I would throw that number out there.

    I've been talking to some friends and the titles I keep hearing are "Doctor's Orders", "Imzadi II", "Crossover", "Yesterday's Son", "Time for Yesterday", "Dreams of the Raven", and "Prime Directive". What do you think? Are those in the top 10? What titles would you add?
     
  2. UncleRogi

    UncleRogi Commander Red Shirt

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    Prime Directive... that should be the next film....
    Though "Yesterday's Son" & "Time for Yesterday" are awesome.....
     
  3. UncleRogi

    UncleRogi Commander Red Shirt

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    Does anyone remember those 2 old pre-TMP books---
    "The Price of the Pheonix" & "The Fate of the Pheonix"?
    "SPOCK:Messiah" might be a good one too...














    tmp books---
     
  4. casey

    casey Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I'll take a crack at this, at least based on what I have read.
    In no particular order:
    Destiny: Lost Souls, Destiny: Mere Mortals, Strangers From the Sky, Q Squared, Vendetta,Unity, Imzadi, Articles of the Federation, Ex Machina, Rising Son, Vanguar: Reap the Whirlwind.

    I am sure I am missing things and I will probably change my mind about what belongs in here by tomorrow. In fact I just noticed I missed Destiny: Gods of Night.
     
  5. DarKush

    DarKush Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    In No Particular Order:

    1. Imzadi
    2. Q-Squared
    3. The Art of the Impossible
    4. Federation
    5. Vendetta
    6. Serpents Among the Ruins
    7. Full Circle
    8. The Ashes of Eden
    9. The Left Hand of Destiny (Books 1 & 2)
    10. The Pandora Principle

    Others Recommendations:
    DS9
    Objective: Bajor
    Abyss
    Unity
    Avatar (Books 1 & 2)
    Warpath (But I would read Worlds of DS9: Dominion and Ferenginar before it; it would probably be best to read all of the DS9 relaunch before reading Warpath actually)
    A Stitch in Time (I never read this book, but it is highly recommended by many on this forum)

    TNG:
    A Death in Winter
    Resistance
    Greater than the Sum
    Destiny Trilogy
    The Devil's Heart

    TOS
    Cloak
    The Rift
    The Captain's Daughter
    The Return

    ENT
    Last Full Measure
    The Good that Men Do

    There are a few lit-only Trek series you might enjoy: Starfleet Corps of Engineers, New Frontier, New Earth, Titan, Stargazer, Vanguard. I recommend New Frontiers, Titan, and Vanguard (Harbinger, the first novel at least)
     
  6. Rosalind

    Rosalind TrekLit's Dr Rose Mod Admiral

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    Off the top of my head at the moment:

    1. Destiny trilogy (ok, I cheat)
    2. DS9: Mission Gamma (all four books, but book 1 was the best)
    3. TOS: Crucible (book 1 and 2 are absolutely fabulous, I'm going through book 3 atm and enjoying it so far)
    4. Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins
    5. Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible
    6. Titan: Orion's Hound
    7. Titan: Sword of Damocles
    8. Yesterday's Son & Time for Yesterday
    9. Sarak
    10. Articles of the Federation

    Honourable mentions (because they didn't pop into my head fast enough):
    - TNG: Greater than the Sum
    - TNG: The buried age
    - all the DS9 post finale books
    - A burning house
    - Q & A
    - Metamorphosis
     
  7. Emh

    Emh The Doctor Premium Member

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    In order:

    1. A Stitch in Time
    2. Once Burned
    3. Immortal Coil
    4. Cathedral
    5. Q-Squared

    After those five, it's bit blurred. The following books all compete for the last five spots:

    Vulcan's Heart
    The Art of the Impossible
    Terok Nor trilogy (but especially Day of the Vipers)
    Reunion
    The Eugenics Wars, Books 1 & 2
    Rogue
    Tales of the Dominion War
    No Limits
    Q-in-Law
    Q&A
    I, Q

    It's interesting to note that all of my top five favorites are character pieces of my favorite characters (Garak, Data, Calhoun, Bashir, Q).
     
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  8. Nardpuncher

    Nardpuncher Rear Admiral

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    I agree with your top 10 list.

    I'd tell the OP to take a grain of salt with all the Destiny recommendations you'll likely get. It was pretty good...but I think it's a tad over rated compared to how much people talk about it here.
     
  9. Emh

    Emh The Doctor Premium Member

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    I agree on that count. Hell, I didn't like the general direction of the story or the level of predictability of the trilogy. The only thing I liked about it is what has come after it: A Singular Destiny is a very good book.
     
  10. UncleRogi

    UncleRogi Commander Red Shirt

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    Crucible book 1..McCoy
    I dare any Star Trek fan to put that book down

    Mine:
    Prime Directive
    Federation
    Dark Mirror
    How much for just the planet?
    All Gateways
    Challenger (This one is just awesome)
    Ship of the Line
    Imzadi
    The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible
    Immortal Coil
    oops, # 11 "Strangers From the Sky"
    I'm well read with my Star Trek.....
    And yes I'm married...LOL
     
  11. LightningStorm

    LightningStorm The Borg King Commodore

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    My list (in order)

    DS9: Millennium Trilogy
    Vanguard: Reap the Whirlwind
    Vanguard: Open Secrets
    Vanguard: Harbinger
    VOY: Captain's Table: Fire Ship
    VOY: Echoes
    TNG: A Time to Kill/Heal
    DS9: Warpath
    TNG: A Time for War A Time for Peace
    DS9: Fallen Heroes

    Honorable mentions that just barely didn't make the list:
    Articles of the Federation
    MyrU Voyager: Places of Exile
    MyrU TNG: Brave New World
    MU TOS: The Sorrows of Empire
    VOY: The Nanotech War
     
  12. UncleRogi

    UncleRogi Commander Red Shirt

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    Darn it!...Forgot "A Stitch in Time"....

    Just 10? LOL
     
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  13. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    It's been quite a while since I've read a Trek book. I'll try to remember my top 10

    1. Mission Gamma: Twilight by David R. George III
    2. The Millennium Trilogy by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    3. Behind Enemy Lines/Tunnel Through the Stars by John Vornholt
    4. Q-Squared by Peter David
    5. Federation by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    6. Imzadi by Peter David
    7. Metamorphosis - Jean Lorrah
    8. The Devil's Heart by Carmen Carter
    9. My Enemy, My Ally by Diane Duane
    10. Crossover by Michael Jan Friedman

    (pretty much the order)
     
  14. Paris

    Paris Commodore Commodore

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    Top 10, eh...

    My list is full of stuff from the last 5 years or so... (in no particular order)

    Full Circle
    Articles of the Federation
    A Time for War, a Time for Peace
    Destiny trilogy (as one)
    The Lost Era: Art of the Impossible
    The Lost Era: The Buried Age
    Once Burned
    A Burning House
    Vanguard: Harbinger
    Q & A

    some honorable mentions:
    Ex Machina
    A Time to Kill
    The Good that Men Do
    Losing the Peace

    Please keep in mind that there are still vast amounts of (from what i've heard) really good treklit that I have yet to read like the Crucible trilogy (people seem to love it), the SCE/COE series, and the third and fourth Vanguard books :)
     
  15. Warp Coil

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    I'll take a crack at it....

    Destiny (trilogy)
    The Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins
    TNG: Vendetta
    TNG: Imzadi
    TNG: Q-Squared
    DS9: Fallen Heroes
    DS9: Avatar, books 1-2
    DS9: Mission Gamma: Cathedral
    DS9: Unity
    Titan: Taking Wing
     
  16. Deranged Nasat

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    Well, here are my top 10:

    "A Stitch in Time"
    "Well of Souls"
    "Day of the Vipers"
    "The Buried Age"
    "Orion's Hounds"
    "Over a Torrent Sea"
    "Catalyst of Sorrows"
    "Unity"
    "Millennium (omnibus, so I can count it as one, but it's technically three :))
    "Epiphany"(book three of the "Vulcan's Soul" trilogy).
     
  17. Defcon

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    1. Fallen Heroes by Dafydd ab Hugh
    2. The left Hand of Destiny Duology by J.G. Hertzler & Jeffrey Lang
    3. A Stitch in Time by Andrew J. Robinson
    4. In the Name of Honor by Dayton Ward
    T5. Far Beyond the Stars by Steve Barnes
    T5. Hollow Men by Una McCormack
    T5. Ishmael by Barbara Hambly
    T5. Mission Gamma 1 : Twilight by David R. George III
    T9. A time for war, a time for peace by Keith R.A. DeCandido
    T9. Serpents among the Ruins by David R. George III
    T9. Wildfire by David Mack
     
  18. Mysterion

    Mysterion Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    In no real order:

    The Wounded Sky
    The Entropy Effect
    The Galactic Whirlpool
    Prime Directive
    Rules of Engagement
    Doctor's Orders
    and the four books of the Vanguard series
     
  19. casey

    casey Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I really need to read Stitch in Time. It seems to be popping up on a lot of these lists.
     
  20. Taran'atar

    Taran'atar Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    Off the top of my head:

    1. A Stitch in Time (DS9)
    2. Once Burned (New Frontier)
    3. Wildfire (SCE)
    4. Reap the Whirlwind (Vanguard)
    (I never thought I would see a Starfleet vessel perform an Exterminatus :borg: )
    5. Articles of the Federation
    6. Orion's Hounds (Titan)
    7. Day of the Vipers (DS9)
    8. Serpents Among the Ruins (Lost Era)
    9. The Art of the Impossible (Lost Era)
    10. Star Charts (Ok, not technically a novel, but it's just awesome :))

    Honorable Mentions to the DS9 Post Finale books which are all pretty much great and the Destiny trilogy.