Spoilers DS9: Enigma Tales by Una McCormack Review Thread

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Defcon, Jun 17, 2017.

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  1. Defcon

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    DS9: Enigma Tales by Una McCormack (June 27th 2017)

    STAR TREK - DEEP SPACE NINE

    Enigma Tales
    Una McCormack
    June 27th 2017


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    Blurb
    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Fall: The Crimson Shadow comes a compelling and suspenseful tale of politics and power set in the universe of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

    Elim Garak has ascended to Castellan of the Cardassian Union...but despite his soaring popularity, the imminent publication of a report exposing his people's war crimes during the occupation on Bajor looks likely to set the military against him. Into this tense situation come Dr. Katherine Pulaski—visiting Cardassia Prime to accept an award on behalf of the team that solved the Andorian genetic crisis—and Dr. Peter Alden, formerly of Starfleet Intelligence. The two soon find themselves at odds with Garak and embroiled in the politics of the prestigious University of the Union, where a new head is about to be appointed. Among the front-runners is one of Cardassia’s most respected public figures: Professor Natima Lang. But the discovery of a hidden archive from the last years before the Dominion War could destroy Lang’s reputation. As Pulaski and Alden become drawn into a deadly game to exonerate Lang, their confrontation escalates with Castellan Garak—a conflicted leader treading a fine line between the bright hopes for Cardassia’s future and the dark secrets still buried in its past...

    About the Author
    Una McCormack is the author of the Star Trek novels The Fall: The Crimson Shadow (a New York Times bestseller); Cardassia—The Lotus Flower (which appeared in Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume 1); The Never-Ending Sacrifice; Hollow Men; and Brinkmanship; as well as two Doctor Who novels, The King’s Dragons and The Way Through the Woods, and numerous short stories. She lives with her partner, Matthew, in Cambridge, England, where she reads, writes, and teaches.

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    It has been spotted in the wild so I guess it's time for the Review Thread.
     
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  2. Jinn

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    A wild DS9: Enigma Tales appeared.

    Wait, where're my pokéballs, damnit?!
     
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  3. Markonian

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    I see a Cross Cult cover coming up when the German edition is announced. :D
     
  4. Mage

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    You'd think that by now, someone at Pockets must have heard about our massive complaints on their 'art' department? ;)

    Just joking, I'm aware that covers with original art are far more expensive and that the costs cannot be justified by Pockets. And it's about the inside right, not the outside?
    I wasn't to keen on Uma's latest entry into TrekLit. I forgot the title, the Deep Space Nine novel with Pulaski in it, and the refugees. But her other work was outstanding, so the pre-order was already done weeks ago. ;)
     
  5. Jinn

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    That was DS9: The Missing.
     
  6. Dimesdan

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    I have every intention of reading this, I have no intention of owning a physical copy due to that good awful cover, so I have just pre-ordered it for my Kindle.
     
  7. Mage

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    That's the one, thank you! Could have googled that, was lazy. ;)

    But yeah. Although not bad, it just wasn't my cup of tea really.
     
  8. Kane2026

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    Reading the blurb this book seems too weird not to read. Though I agree the cover is nothing to write home about, I have created a few covers for technical manuals in Word and some of those came out better.
     
  9. Paris

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    Just got my copy. Hopefully I'll start it later today :techman:
     
  10. Ronald Held

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    Waiting for the download....
     
  11. Jarvisimo

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    I fully plan on changing the cover of my ebook, somehow, and replacing it with the dancing babies of Crows-tellan Garak :cardie::rommie::nyah:
     
  12. jaime

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    They could simply license the cross-cult ones...and I doubt, in this day and age, that it is much more expensive than the sixth form photoshop jobs. It's just bad taste.
     
  13. MadeIndescribable

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    Spotted in Forbidden Planet, but I'll check my local Waterstones just in case...
     
  14. Jinn

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    But Cross Cult's releases are often years after the original's. I think the only two times when CC and Pocket where releasing the same book at once was VGD: Declassified and DSC: Desperate Hour and the second one is just due to them being scheduled around the DSC premiere. Though it would work for reprints.
     
  15. Jinn

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    Something I just noticed: According to Memory Alpha enigma tales is a Cardassian genre of mystery novels. I wonder if that has something to do with the plot. Also this represents the third time that McCormack's titles have something to do with Cardassian literature, the other two being The Crimson Shadow and The Never-Ending Sacrifice.
     
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  16. jaime

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    Totally...but it's just a question of getting the same team to do the covers a year or two early. And it would definitely do them a favour switching in the covers on ebook releases and reprints.
     
  17. DEWLine

    DEWLine Commodore Commodore

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    I count myself a satisfied owner and reader in any case, regardless of the cover art issues that may or may not be in play. Pre-ordered, and delivered ahead of official schedule.
     
  18. hbquikcomjamesl

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    I've seen worse covers, and we all know the cliche about judging a book by its cover.
     
  19. rahullak

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    At first I thought this was an old book being republished because of the way the cover looked. Very retro.
     
  20. Dimesdan

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    We probably all have and you're not the only one aware of that old saying, but it is a particularly shite cover that given the author, is a massive dis-service.
     
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