Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by captcalhoun, Dec 22, 2011.
Started J.M. Dillard's Bloodthirst this morning and haven't put it down yet. Good Star Trek horror.
"My Enemy, My Ally" by Diane Duane.
Took some time out of the wonderful but dense Pedagogy of the Oppressed to read The Fall: The Crimson Shadow by Una McCormack. Loved it so much I went back and re-read her Cardassia: The Lotus Flower for the first time in the better part of a decade.
In anticipation of finishing up Pedagogy, I've acquired copies of Socialism: Past and Future by Michael Harrington, Introducing Marxism: A Graphic Guide by Rupert Woodfin and Oscar Zarate, and Anti-Capitalism: A Beginner's Guide by Simon Tormey. Not sure whether I'll start on those, or go back and re-read and then finally finish A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.
Finished reading A Stitch in Time, and loved it as much as when i first read it over a decade ago. Ive decided to tackle the DS9 relaunch next, but thought id start off with the Terok Nor trilogy, so Im part way through book 1, Day of the Vipers.
I forgot to post that I started the Mirror Universe novella (or is it a short story), Lust: Freedom Angst by Britta Dennison from ST:Seven Deadly Sins. I had started this and then skipped it after a few pages back when I first read the collection right after it came out. At the time I was more interested in the stories after it so I had decided to read it later, and then I forgot about it until now.
Balence of Power by Dafydd ab Hugh.
Started on Gateways Book One. Back then, I only ever read the DS9 and NF entries, and thanks to a nice deal, I got a load of second hand novels, including the other Gateway books.
Just finished Terok Nor book 1: Day of the Vipers. I was expecting a "fill in the gaps" type novel, and instead I got a compelling story. Good job.
I'm currently reading Fearless by Peter David and his daughter Caroline.
I'm so glad to hear this! I decided to read this trilogy now while reading the DS9 relaunch before I jump to a different series. I'm looking forward to starting this book!
Days of the Vipers is amazing. It's one of my favorite books I've ever read.
Canadian Thanksgiving. Roast chicken instead of turkey but with dressing anyway. Long weekend and hope to be one-third of the way through "Lost Souls" by David Mack (2008) tonight. Guess that I should top the trilogy off with "A Singular Destiny" by KRAD (2009). Also read the dialogue "Statesman" by Plato as translated by Seth Benardete (though I have yet to finish the commentary). Was pleasantly surprised by the item in "Mere Mortals" about the norm of non-discrimination in trade regimes IIRC wrt Ferenginar. I wonder if Ferenginar would practice the perhaps conflicting norm of reciprocity. May read "A Stitch in Time" by Andrew J. Robinson sometime soon. I see it came out in Pocket Books around May 2000. Still have many other DS9 novels to read though.
I've got going:
Christopher's ONLY SUPERHUMAN, and Dayton Ward's Star Trek novel FROM HISTORY'S SHADOW.
Both are great reads.
Spent Thanksgiving weekend eating delicious turkey and reading Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin.
I am currently reading ...
STAR TREK TNG: "Foreign Foes" by Dave Galanter & Greg Brodeur
I finished my Dune series reread a few days ago (I read every book except the Butlerian Jihad and Bene gesserit prequel books). In the end, my least favorite might be Children of Dune. I don't think its bad, but it has most of he stuff I hate about Frank Herbert's books more than any other one (its just missing the at times horrifying sexual stuff from GE, Heretics and Chapterhouse). CoD gets way too bogged down with the philosophy, or more specifically vision stuff. Page after page of nothing happening by Leto thinking/talking about his visions. The mini series was awesome, and this book isn't bad but its the weakest of FH's books.
I did like GE a bit more on my second reading. GE, heretics and Chaptrhouse mostly stopped wasting time in stupid vision stuff that screws up CoD. Instead, you have three books (mostle Heretics and CH, but a few sections of GE) that actually have very uncomfortable sex scenes that add nothing to the story and just make me wonder if Frank Herbert was becoming a bit of a pervert in his old age I don't mean to say anything negative about him, its just that it really becomes an issue in some points. I think that Duncan/Murbella's first sex scene is probably the worse.
If I had to put the books in order of my favorite to least favorite (although I should point out that I enjoy them all), it would be
The House Trilogy
Winds/Paul of Dune
Hunters/Sandworms of Dune
God Emperor of Dune
Heretics of Dune
Children of Dune
I also finished reading ST: TOS - Doctor's Orders. It was a pretty good story, even if the reason McCoy couldn't give command of the ship to Spock or scotty was not only extremely stupid, but probably went against what you could imply just from watching the original series.
Right now I'm reading a Star Wars book (Kenobi) and I think my next Star Trek book will probably be the next part of The Fall (the public library is getting all of them as they come out, and I'm #1 on the waiting list for each one ). I do have Star Trek: Best Destiny to read (I got it for $1 at a book sale awhile ago) but it seems like whenever I think of reading it, I have a lot more stuff I want to read more.
Wow, I think you're the only person I've ever seen who puts any of the Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson books above any of the Frank Herbert books. Even the other people who I've seen that like them, still put them below the original books.
Just started Stoker's Manuscript by Royce Prouty. It's a novel about an antiquarian book dealer who is hired--by a mysterious Romanian client--to authenticate a copy of Bram Stoker's original ms. for Dracula. I'm sure that won't be dangerous at all.
I'm enjoying it so far.
I am reading S.D. Perry's Section 31 novel Cloak. Not bad. A real quick read.
About a quarter of the way through the second Terok Nor novel. Haven't had much time to read this week, but I've got a long train journey tomorrow, so I'm hoping to finish up the Terok Nor trilogy.
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