Spoilers DTI: The Collectors by Christopher L. Bennett Review Thread

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  1. Kertrats47

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    The much-anticipated (by me, anyway!) continuation of the Department of Temporal Investigations series! This one is an e-book exclusive novella, a little shorter than the usual novels. Release date: December 8th.

    The blurb follows:

     
  2. nickyboy

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    My copy was waiting for me on my iPad this morning when I woke up. Read a third of it during my morning commute. Fun and enjoyable so far.
     
  3. Kertrats47

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    Also, I have to make a note: I hope Sho doesn't mind that I went ahead and created the poll!
     
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    Odd. The iBooks entry says that the release date is December 8th, but I have already found it accessible today the 7th.

    the Redheri auctioned a vortex manipulator? :lol::lol::lol::techman::techman::techman:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eqnml1VO7s
     
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  5. Idran

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    I just finished this, and it was a great eBook; I had no idea what to expect, but this was amazing. It has some really insightful commentary on late-24th-century Federation policy, some things that I'd always had floating around in my head that CLB put into words extremely well.

    And I'm pretty sure anything with a Borg dinosaur by definition can't be bad.
     
  6. Ronald Held

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    I did not remember about this one. Time to buy it and get it downloaded.
     
  7. Christopher

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    I know I'm easily impressed. So this book was like almost like an overdose.

    It showed me all the place I've always been fantasizing to see but never dared it would actually appear in ST.

    Also, I missed the characters. I was a little bit disappointed that Garcia and Ranjea got parts in the beginning and end of Forgotten History only, but here they get to shine and move forward with their personal development again.

    The only thing coming out of thin air was the Tormandar in the beginning, but I'm sure the annotations will clear the mystery. Now let's delve into that...
     
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  9. Deranged Nasat

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    You forgot pictures! :devil:

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  10. Christopher

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    ^ :lol:

    Seriously, nobody click that spoiler until you've read the story.
     
  11. Paper Moon

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    This was fantastic, a really really enjoyable read. Had the feel of a Doctor Who romp, but in a more naturalistic setting. So imaginative! Would love to see more Trek like this.

    (Oh my God, if Trek XIII were something like this, I would die.)

    It had a great, hmm, magical feel to it– no, that's not quite right... it had a great wonder to it. Very much a story that stands in delighted awe at the imaginable universe.

    Was very impressed at how balanced the story was. The moment Deranged Nasat has so delightfully illustrated might've been botched in its execution, but it really worked here.

    (It reminds me of moments from Before Dishonor that I liked but that I know others didn't.)

    Wonderful read. I hope you get more opportunities to write like this, Christopher, whether for DTI or other series!
     
  12. nickyboy

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    Really enjoyed it. I hope there are more adventures for the DTI!!
     
  13. Annorax

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    Loved it. I'd pay good money to get a DTI novella every month or two.

    Was I just dreaming, or did you put the...

    Quantum Mirror from SG1: There But For The Grace of God

    ...into the vault? Love that stuff.

    edit: spoiler tag HAS to have a description? okay then.
     
  14. drc

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    Really enjoyed this book. A great blend of action and weird concepts.

    The only problem I had was that there were two bad transitions in my Kindle edition (On Kindle Cloud Reader and my iPhone) where you can't tell at first that the scene has changed. One is at location 1047 in Chapter 8, when Dulmer says "April 11, 1868." There should have been space above that to tell you the scene has changed. I forget where the other one was, but it was a similar cliffhanger-type scene switch that wasn't clear.
     
  15. Christopher

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    Wow, that's marvelous to hear. Thanks!


    There are always possibilities...


    Something loosely inspired by it, yes. Along with other Easter eggs.


    I'd like to know what the other one was, and if anyone else has had the same problems, so I can notify my editor.
     
  16. drc

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    The second spot might be intentional. It appears to be Location 1394, in Chapter 11, when the director says "it's time for the animals to take over this zoo."

    The very next line, with no space, is:

    "It's the TIA," Noi said. "They've followed us."
     
  17. Christopher

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    ^No, that's a mistake too. Thanks.

    EDIT: Hmm, those are both scene breaks without location headings, and there are only a few of those in the novella. Could you confirm whether there are scene breaks in the following places:

    Ch. 2 just after "Then a bolt of lightning speared him through the back."

    Ch. 3 just after "The artifacts of Eris are not to be trifled with."

    Ch. 6 just after "then what are you still doing in this job?"

    Ch. 7 just after "Because the other possibility is that they’re dead."
     
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  18. Deranged Nasat

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    This one was definitely a lot of fun. It was great to see Dulmur and Lucsly, Garcia and Ranjea, again, and to learn some more about characters like Noi and Daniels. Further insight into how all the parties and organizations involved in monitoring time work in context with one another was also appreciated; the DTI is ever more fascinating the more we explore it. It's great to have a non-Starfleet agency of the Federation so well defined.

    I agree; this one was a real treat. Seeing how the Federation will/might develop over the next few centuries is intriguing and the depiction satisfying. There's a lot of scope and content successfully delivered in a compressed space, without straining against the boundaries.

    I just love these glimpses of the future. Everyone breeding with one another, so many familiar and new faces, snippets of historical events yet to come - it's all really satisfying.

    This was definitely one of the better e-book novellas.
     
  19. Markonian

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    I just checked all those passages. After those lines a new line starts but there's no space to highlight it's a new section. I missed some of them during reading because the dialog continued logically, e.g. when G. says something and the director declares it's unfortunate.
     
  20. Christopher

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    ^Thanks. I've just notified my editor. Hopefully this can be fixed promptly.