Spoilers Coda: Book 3: Oblivion's Gate by David Mack Review Thread

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by JoeZhang, Nov 18, 2021.

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Rate Coda: Book 3: Oblivion's Gate

  1. Outstanding

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  2. Above Average

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  3. Average

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  1. Armhiit

    Armhiit Cadet Newbie

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    Timing is a funny thing, I'm brand new to the novel verse, have only read a small handful and now working my way through the flow chart, have loved every one I've read so far, and I'm arriving to the party, just as it comes to an end!

    Well, I've got a few thousand hours of reading until I get to this one, but I'll be sad when I do
     
  2. frkcd

    frkcd Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Thanks for the answer to my question. And love the comment about what to expect on page 1 of the new book!
     
  3. DarrenTR1970

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    I take it you haven't seen Monty Python's 'The Architects' sketch then?
     
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  4. Allyn Gibson

    Allyn Gibson Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I wonder, if Peter David were to write another New Frontier novel, if he'd consider Coda binding? I harbor doubts.
     
  5. Enterpriserules

    Enterpriserules Commodore Commodore

    Since you are new, you might like Literary Treks, a podcast about the books and the comics of Star Trek!
     
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  6. Relayer1

    Relayer1 Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Or a sequel...

    :whistle:
     
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  7. Corran Horn

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    I fear we have seen the last of the non-TV sub-series. Hope I'm wrong.
     
  8. F. King Daniel

    F. King Daniel Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I think NF is the kind of series that could carry on, ignore the few Destiny references and novelverse crossovers that have happened and carry on their plotlines in the Picard universe as if nothing happened. Maybe handwave some temporal thing having shaken up the galaxy a few years ago.

    I mean, I doubt it would happen. But it'd be cool.
     
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  9. Allyn Gibson

    Allyn Gibson Vice Admiral Admiral

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    If Pocket were still publishing 24 mass markets a year... But Gallery is publishing 9 or 10 trades a year, and there are more canon television series, active and defunct than that. I'll never say never, but it seems wildly unlikely to me right now.

    I think you know PAD and his style pretty well, actually. :)
     
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  10. DarrenTR1970

    DarrenTR1970 Captain Captain

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    Picked up my copy at Barnes and Noble after work. Unfortunately I have guests this week, so my reading time is going to be limited, I might not actually get around to reading it until this weekend.
     
  11. T'Ressa Dax

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    I haven't, but I've known the word abattoir for years, thanks to Anne McCaffrey's Freedom's Landing series.
     
  12. GaryH

    GaryH Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I think PAD would more than likely be doing a standalone marketable TNG novel if he were to come back, but I am sure he could throw in a New Frontier reference somewhere.
     
  13. Leto_II

    Leto_II Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    It wouldn't be unlike James Swallow including a couple of Litverse Titan-characters in his Picard-verse novel The Dark Veil -- not necessarily directly connected to the old continuity, but adapted for the new one (similar to how Grand Admiral Thrawn was reintroduced in the Disney SW-continuity).
     
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  14. rfmcdpei

    rfmcdpei Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    That is what, I fear, is the only thing we can reasonably hope for after this ending.

    I read the book today; I placed an advance order, I was told yesterday it was ready to be picked up, and I did the pickup today.

    Still digesting. My vote was the first "Above Average" one cast. Mack did an excellent job bringing the many threads of the multiverse together in one jaw-dropping conclusion. Well done indeed. They pulled it off.

    My issue with the book, the one that kept from voting "Outstanding", is more a metafictional one. This book and this trilogy did indeed build up to a remarkable controlled implosion, one that—we are told in-novel, multiple times—does matter in the end. The slate has been cleared for the canonical timeline.

    My issue is more a question of whether or not we readers actually needed this most definitive ending to the novelverse. Did it really need to be ended so totally? Could we have just assumed that it continued on, elsewhere? This was a good ending to the novelverse, but it was still an ending.
     
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  15. hbquikcomjamesl

    hbquikcomjamesl Commodore Commodore

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    Picked up my copy this afternoon, at a local B&N.
     
  16. rfmcdpei

    rfmcdpei Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    E-books, maybe? But then I am given to understand that the costs of publishing e-books is almost as high as the costs of traditional print.
     
  17. hbquikcomjamesl

    hbquikcomjamesl Commodore Commodore

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    Hmm. Almost to the 25% point, and on page 91, I run into a trilogy title-drop backronym: "COrrective Disruptive Action."

    Clever.
     
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  18. DS9forever

    DS9forever Commodore Commodore

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    I would like DS9 eBooks similar to the Ferengi trilogy by Terry Erdmann and Paula Block.
     
  19. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I don't even think there's been any Trek e-books since before the 2018 hiatus.
     
  20. Cloud

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    145 pages in. Very little fluff in this one. Every event/section has a purpose. I predict people will generally be happy with the direction things are going at this point. Answers aplenty in the first third of the book as well.

    Knowing that this is the last litverse book, I'm struggling with the "do I read 100 pages at a time or digest it slowly to enjoy the last time in this universe" answer. I desperately want to see the ending but a part of me just can't do it.
     
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