Spoilers "Constellations" anthology

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  1. Laura Cynthia Chambers

    Laura Cynthia Chambers Commodore Commodore

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    Here are my thoughts on the stories.

    "First, Do No Harm" - actually read this in the "Shinsei, Shinsei" comic earlier. Still worth reading again. "Your mouth runneth over." LOL McCoy befriends everybody. Fixing what they broke - Jendra is noble.

    "The Landing Party" - Poor Sulu. Got thrown in the deep end with this one. That's how he learns to swim, though.

    "Official Record" - Good for Pavel. I was surprised when Wilder finally admitted what he'd done. McCoy's barely been gone, and already they're desperate enough to torture?

    "Fracture" - A well-thought out story. Very episode-like. Poor Kirk with the cigars! At least this hero saw the errors of his ways.

    "Chaotic Response" - Too bad this wasn't what we got instead of "Spock's Brain". That maze...

    "As Others See Us" - @Christopher every time I turn a corner, a new layer of "what's really going on here?!" Took me a second to realize the newcomers were Kirk and co. Everybody gets a dressing down.

    "See No Evil" - more poignant than ever. Spock's explanation of what happened when people find things offensive is as concise as I've ever heard it put. Uhura is brilliant and sympathetic.

    "The Leader" - Again, so episode-perfect. Glad Kerby made it, though the red shirt this time. Poor Anders.

    "Ambition" - All this interpersonal conflict makes it more interesting. Kirk and Spock miss everything. No bathroom breaks?

    "Devices and Desires" - Who would have guessed that Spock is in Starfleet because of a bug? LOL Spock's "telemarketer" style sales pitch. No wonder the Klingons moved on. What kind of voice do you think he put on for that?

    "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" - So Denebians have pesudo-Swedish last names? McCoy and Scotty probably wish they'd stayed on the Lexington. Bones nerve pinched someone?

    "Make-Believe" - Poor child. So Howard wasn't chosen as their last name because of Beverly Crusher, nee Howard (red hair)
     
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  2. Jinn

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    You know you could have posted a review thread and thus avoid the use of a spoiler? Because that seems kind of easier. And to my knowledge we don't yet have a review thread for Constellations.
     
  3. Dimesdan

    Dimesdan Living the Irish dream. Premium Member

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    I would think typing a load of stuff about a decade old book and then placing them behind spoilers is a whole lot easier than going through the trouble of taking the time to create a dedicated review thread.

    Of course, placing a "spoilers" tab in the thread title would negate the spoiler code instead of creating a complete review thread.
     
  4. Jinn

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    Okay, that's a fair point.
     
  5. Laura Cynthia Chambers

    Laura Cynthia Chambers Commodore Commodore

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    Anyway, I kind of wish there would be a second book in that vein - nothing but 5YM TOS short stories like these.
     
  6. ryan123450

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    I would more enjoy a "sequel" with stories all over the movie era.
     
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  7. Laura Cynthia Chambers

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    Yeah, well that would be okay, too, as long as it isn't just introspection, but adventure and intrigue too.
     
  8. trampledamage

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    I'm giving the thread a spoilers tag anyway - it's easier to discuss a book you've read when you can freely talk about the plot.

    Laura - if you'd like me to, I can take the spoiler code of your initial post.
     
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  9. Laura Cynthia Chambers

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  10. Leto_II

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    This. A much as I like a good 5YM tale, the era is way overexplored at this point.
     
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  11. Stevil2001

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    More Star Trek anthologies of any stripe would be great. Was the last one really Seven Deadly Sins in 2010!?
     
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  12. Reanok

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    I liked Star Trek Constellations I re-read it again afew years I like all of the stories in this collection. I wish more Star trek tv series Anthologies would be published again they're some of my all time favorite Star Trek books.
     
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  13. Defcon

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    If you count Seven Deadly Sins, I guess Declassified in 2011 would count as well, and then there was SNW 2016 as well.
     
  14. Stevil2001

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    Declassified seems different in spirit than Seven Deadly Sins and the earlier anthologies, but I did have a brain fart re: SNW2016.
     
  15. JD

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    The lack of anthologies has been one of my biggest frustrations with Trek Lit these last few years. I would have especially loved some more Myriad Universes, and more themed anthologies like Seven Deadly Sins. I wish we could have at least gotten an Ent. anniversary anthology in 2011, it's the only series that didn't get one.
     
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  16. Allyn Gibson

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    As I understand it, the argument against anthologies is that they don't sell well enough to justify the expense of producing them.
     
  17. JD

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    Are they a lot more expensive than a regular novel?
     
  18. Laura Cynthia Chambers

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    Paying and dealing with multiple authors, for instance.
     
  19. E-DUB

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    But you're paying less for a short than for a novel, six of one.
     
  20. Dimesdan

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    Not really, an anthology of a dozen writers and the infrastructure that is required will no doubt cost substantially more than creating one novel.