Section 31 Control Blurb and Cover

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  1. Paris

    Paris Commodore Commodore

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    I'm in Ottawa and have checked everyday since before release and I haven't seen it available. It's driving me nuts, as I have several $$$ in Chapters gift cards i want to use. IF it doesn't show up in stores this week, I'll be heading over to Amazon to order it.

    This is really weird, as my various local Chapters outlets usually have Trek books a good week or two before the end of the month when they drop online. First they took away all the brick and mortar competition, and now they are driving me to their only other real competitor left in the book buying Canadian Market. Chapters is fucking up!
     
  2. Defcon

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    FWIW It could also be a fuck up by S&S, as Control isn't even showing up as part of the Star Trek line on their own startrekbooks.com. So if it isn't listed correctly in their catalog and chapters has a standing order for all ST novels it maybe fell through the cracks. Have you asked someone in a bookstore or contacted their website?
     
  3. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I got my copy from a Coles store in the Ottawa Valley.
     
  4. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

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    I pre-ordered my copy from Chapters and got it a week before the release date. And I'm in Nova Scotia, which is more or less Canadian backwater.
     
  5. trampledamage

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    I was waiting to get it from the library, but their copies are still all on order and I was given an amazon gift card so I'm going to be ordering it from there. They're listing it as in stock.
     
  6. Avro Arrow

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    Thanks for the replies, all!

    You may be right... I just realized that their website lists the title for this one as Section 31: Control, whereas the previous installment was Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed.

    I haven't asked anyone in-store yet, just because, since it hadn't shown up as in-stock, I hadn't actually made a trip to the store yet.
     
  7. stardream

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    I guess I'm going to have to suck it up and read Disavowed because I want to read this one...I love David Mack and Bashir. The only reason I've been putting it off because I hate
    the mirror universe.
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  8. JD

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    ^Even after the recent MU series? I always got a kick out of the MU, but the books starting with Glass Empires added an incredible amount of depth to it. The Sorrows of Empire is amazing.
     
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  9. Kilana2

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    I love Rise Like Lions. It's a crying shame that there won't be a German translation. Alas, there are only a few number of novels to be translated per year and the German publisher has to pick carefully. So I read the never-to-be-translated novels in English......
     
  10. MadeIndescribable

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    I had real problems with the way the MU went, particularly Rise Like Lions. I totally get they want the MU to have a big dose of good fortune to mirror the Federation's bad fortune in Destiny, but IMO Mack went waaaaaaaaaaay too far with the jump to Memory Omega and the wormhole ships.

    That said, I did enjoy Disavowed, particularly the way the mirror Dominion is portrayed, and how their own brand of executing justice.
     
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  11. Idran

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    Was that it? I didn't get that sense at all. I mean, the mirror universe has never really been about mirroring the main universe except maybe in the very original episode; in everything since then, it's more just been a general darkening of tone in all respects.
     
  12. Christopher

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    Indeed, I'd argue that, despite the title, even the original wasn't presented as the opposite of our world -- more just an exaggeration of its darker aspects. Not only was Spock much the same man in both universes, but the episode made a point of how easy it was for the enlightened humans of Starfleet to adopt the role of barbarians, because that barbarity wasn't that far beneath their surface. So it was only a difference of degree. It's always been wrong to take the title literally and see it as just the Opposite Day Dimension.

    In fact, it's just occurred to me -- the title "Mirror, Mirror" is a reference to the Magic Mirror in Snow White, the incantation the evil queen recited to ask it a question. The defining trait of the Magic Mirror wasn't that it reversed things, but that it always told the truth. So maybe the point of the parallel universe glimpsed in "Mirror, Mirror" wasn't meant to show the characters their opposites, but to show them a deeper truth about themselves -- that for all humanity's progress and enlightenment, we're still a far cry from being "the fairest of them all." Although that's probably reading too much into it.
     
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  13. MadeIndescribable

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    I like this interpretation, and it's one that definitely warrants a rewatch!
     
  14. stardream

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    I didn't read them because I just don't like the MU. I never have. I like to pretend it's not real and it just comes into existence when certain conditions are met because certain forces collided on some temporal spectrum or something (that's just my own quirky head canon) although I will say that having started Disavowed I find Mack's presentation of it less objectional than usual (still don't like it.) I'm reading it for Bashir and David Mack.