E-Book Pricing Alerts

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by JD, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Stevil2001

    Stevil2001 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 2001
    I actually remember thinking that Lorrah probably had a better handle on Data's character than the show's writers did in S1, and she writes a great Yar too. Survivors is one of the best Star Trek novels, in my view.
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  2. Koric

    Koric Commander Red Shirt

    Sep 1, 2018
  3. DrBeverly

    DrBeverly Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Nov 11, 2012
    You cut off the end of my quote where I specifically said that about Tasha's backstory. At the point Survivors was written/published, pretty much everything about Tasha and her home planet was consistent with what little had been shown on screen, including the brief scene in Where No One Has Gone Before, which very much stuck in my head as a visual while I was reading this.

    Any inconsistencies in characterisation from the early books are certainly no criticism of the authors - it must be close to impossible to capture the voice of a character at a point where no episodes have been broadcast, working from the writers' bible and perhaps some scripts. Survivors certainly comes a lot closer to Season 1 characterisations than, say, Ghost Ship, in which several characters act very different to how they would even in early Season 1 episodes. But again, that's no criticism of Diane Carey, who was presumably working from the very thin characterisations in the writers' bible - and Ghost Ship is really enjoyable if you're prepared to put that aside.

    But while it's no criticism of the authors, I don't think it's unreasonable to provide that warning to a reader - some people understandably find it very off-putting.
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  4. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I think that if people understand that something is not "wrong" for its day but simply representing what was "right" in an earlier version of the series, they might be more receptive to it as a glimpse into history, a chance to explore how the concepts of the franchise evolved. Granted, some people need to convince themselves this imaginary universe is somehow "real" and don't like things that break the illusion, but others are able to engage with fiction as a creative work and find value in exploring how a fictional universe has changed over time.

    Presenting it as a "warning" strikes me as taking one of those sides over the other. Better simply to present the context as fully and objectively as possible and let people decide for themselves whether they see it as a positive or a negative.
  5. Avro Arrow

    Avro Arrow Vice Admiral Moderator

    Jan 10, 2003
    So Kobo Canada and Amazon Canada seem to have a number of novels on for 99 cents right now that aren't listed on the S&S deals page for March.

    This is what I'm seeing:

    TOS: The Antares Maelstrom
    TOS: A Contest of Principles
    TOS: The Weight of Worlds
    TOS: Battlestations!
    TNG: Armageddon's Arrow
    DS9: Avatar Book 1
    DS9: Avatar Book 2
    DS9: Revenant
    ENT: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing
    ENT: The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm
    KEL: More Beautiful Than Death

    Looking back in this thread, it looks like this was the sale lineup for December of last year. I don't know if S&S Canada accidentally reactivated the old sale or something? Or maybe they just never ended it and it's been on since December and I just never noticed? :lol:

    Anyway, if you missed any of these in December, might want to act quickly, just in case?
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