Spoilers DSC: Fear Itself by James Swallow Review Thread

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by PiotrB, Jun 14, 2018.

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  1. PiotrB

    PiotrB Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    There is no review thread for this novel until now. So it is now.
     
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  2. Ronald Held

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    Have to finish the second Prometheus novel first.
     
  3. BuckBokaiLondonKings

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    I very much enjoyed the book. Made me long for a Shenzhou series!
     
  4. Tuskin38

    Tuskin38 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    When does it take place?
     
  5. BuckBokaiLondonKings

    BuckBokaiLondonKings Cadet Newbie

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    I believe it is four years before Battle of the Binary Stars
     
  6. PiotrB

    PiotrB Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    In 2252.
     
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  7. Leto_II

    Leto_II Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Also, there's a reference in the book to
    the TOS episode "Charlie X," and when the Evans-family crashlanding on Tharsus occurred relative to the events of this novel.

    Cool little touch.
     
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  8. Markonian

    Markonian Commodore Commodore

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    Just finished. Voted outstanding. Gonna pen a review on Amazon later today.

    Love how the novel set in the newest Trek series expands on the continuity established by its predecessors. We meet three familiar species and learn more about them.

    The theme of treating refugees and violent backlashes is current and relevant. Nobody was just an evil jerk. Even the big bad thought for something. They’re just too mired in their own fears of the other to realise that they don’t need to fight on this and some other cases. As we know from Vanguard, Destiny and STO, that species may never learn that lesson.

    Deft characterisation. I like how the book captures the feel of DSC. It’s not just the captain being the hero, another crew mate is the focus character. Actually, we get to see “not main character” crew share in the action. In comparing series styles, that makes it closer to DS9-R novels than pre-relaunch VOY novels. (I compare these two because I read them the most).

    One thing that stood out is calling a vessel “star-freighter”. While it’s an apt description for an interstellar freighter, Sci-Fi usually just says freighter. Is it analog to starship? In any case, thanks for the addition to my vocab!
     
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  9. Ronald Held

    Ronald Held Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Just started,so I cannot say much either way.
     
  10. Daddy Todd

    Daddy Todd Fleet Captain Premium Member

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    Did I catch a reference to the Lembatta Cluster, from Prometheus? If so, nice.

    ((Listening to the audiobook, so I can’t skim back and re-read.))
     
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  11. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    It's originally a place name from DS9: "Nor the Battle to the Strong," established as a location near the UFP/Klingon border.
     
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  12. James Swallow

    James Swallow Writer Captain

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    Yeah, I'd just finished reading Fire with Fire before I started work in Fear Itself, so it's in there as a little salute to Christian and Bernd's books. :bolian:

    Of course, it wouldn't be a Trek novel by me if I hadn't seeded in a few references in there, both obvious and not-so-obvious... I always enjoy seeing if readers catch 'em all...