Spoilers DS9: The Long Mirage by David R. George III Review Thread

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Defcon, Feb 19, 2017.

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Rate The Long Mirage

  1. Outstanding

    9 vote(s)
    28.1%
  2. Above Average

    13 vote(s)
    40.6%
  3. Average

    7 vote(s)
    21.9%
  4. Below Average

    2 vote(s)
    6.3%
  5. Poor

    1 vote(s)
    3.1%
  1. Chancellor M'rek

    Chancellor M'rek Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    Bloated. DRGIII spends a long time describing the colors and shape of the buttons on a companel, just way too much sensory detail. Kirsten beyer and David mack's novels live by their great dialogue.
     
  2. Idran

    Idran Commodore Premium Member

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    Aha. Well that's different than just "unusually high word count". :p
     
  3. DonIago

    DonIago Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I'm reminded of that part in Amadeus:

    Emperor Joseph II: My dear young man, don't take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It's quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that's all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?
     
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  4. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

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    But then we'd have to reboot the whole Novelverse, the whole thing is way to interconnected to just reboot one series.
     
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  5. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I finished reading The Long Mirage. I like the Kira and Odo story arcs in the book. Also the Vic Fontaine storyline. I like the part of the book with Odo wanting to help the Dominion refugees and wonder if that storyline will be continued in the next book.
     
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  6. Markonian

    Markonian Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Probably in the form of verbosity.
     
  7. Paris

    Paris Commodore Commodore

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    Just finished, and it was not bad at all. I enjoyed the book, but I miss Sisko. I hope DRG3's next effort gives us some Sisko. I also want to express interest in seeing more of the original cast. This book had Nog and Quark and Kira, but the one scene with O'Brien and the few scenes with Odo just weren't enough. Candlewood is growing on me though :)

    Anyways, i voted Above Average :techman:
     
  8. the_wildcard

    the_wildcard Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I voted Average myself. The beginning parts of the book had me hoping for a unifying plot twist. Ultimately, however, I thought that plot ending was pretty plain.

    Also echoed other comments regarding missing an update on Sisko.
     
  9. lvsxy808

    lvsxy808 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Just finished it today. Didn't love it. I'm basically fed up of the plots being so dragged out. The three storylines focused on in this book were teased out over the three previous books until finally getting to the point here, and it wasn't worth the wait. Their apparent aimlessness and inconclusiveness in those books made them annoying at the time when more focus could have been placed on the plots that actually mattered in those books. If those set-up scenes had been included in this novel, or the Quark-Morn-Nog-Vic storylines and Kira-Altek storylines had been their own separated-out novels, it might have been more immediate and more satisfying. As it is, it's just more half-finished storylines in a sea of half-finished storylines.

    I think I am just tired of DRG3's style of writing. I know I'm always nostalgically hailing the 'phase 1' of the DS9 relaunch novels under Marco's regime, but I have to do it again here. Then, each novel had its own story that had a beginning, a middle and an end, but put a dozen or so of them together and they also added up to a larger overarching storyline. The DS9 stories at the moment are so disjointed, with no seeming overarching plan. George is doing something different from Mack is doing something different from McCormack is doing something different from Lang is doing something different from Block/Erdmann. There are now nine novels and two short stories all supposedly taking place within the same rough time period, and I'm still not clear on exactly how they all fit in with each other.

    I'm at the point where I would stop reading DRG3's books if they weren't the main spine of the DS9 stories, and I want to know what's going to happen even if I strongly suspect I won't enjoy it when it comes. The cynic in me wonders if it's deliberate - write half-hearted crap but tease me just enough to keep me coming back for more half-hearted crap. I don't seriously believe DRG3 or Pocket would do that, or any reputable author. That's just how over the whole thing I am to even think that. It's not even actively bad - it doesn't rise to that level of interesting.

    Some things I did like: Kira's characterisation. For as much as she has developed, the moment where she thought to herself "I can't force them to do the right thing. But I can do the right thing myself" was like, yes. That is Kira right there. That was the happiest I was in the book. I also did like that he attempted to spend some time with Candlewood, and that he was confirmed as gay as I have written him myself. I didn't like that the characterisation for Candlewood was so utterly bland and indistinctive. Same with Altek - for all the time spent with this guy, I still don't care about a thing he does or says.

    Okay, back to read over the thread and see what the rest of you said.

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