Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by captcalhoun, Dec 22, 2011.
If that's the case my friend, you may be in the wrong place. If not, get on it!
It's a bit boring currently but I bet it will pick up soon.
I read all those a few years ago. The third book is my favourite.
Any recommendations on where to start?
Which franchise do you like best? Each one has a sizeable collection from a variety of writers you are sure to like at least one of them lol. I might recommend you start with one of the relaunch books if TOS isn't your preferred. If TOS is your favorite the field is wide open- pick anyone and get started. Happy exploring!
It never did get off the ground for me. I liked the different views of the Empire we got, but unless you're really into Grysk and Chiss, Treason is not going to float your boat as much.
On the more positive side, I'm reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and it is a very engaging read.
Voices of the Fall (Edited by Gary Poole, but set in the Black Tide Rising universe byJohn Ringo)
Secret of the Pharoahs by Clive Cussler
I love the Voyager relaunch as well as the early DS9 relaunch, plus so many others. There are a few threads around here with tons of recommendations from almost everyone who hangs here regularly. Which tv series is your favorite? which characters do you like the most? What type of stories do you enjoy disappearing into?
Re-Reading Federation(reminds me that novels can tell a good story without have to match canon) and going to start listen to Enterpise War tonign
Made a start on the Eisenhorn omnibus by Dan Abnett.
i'm about 50 pages in on Star Trek: Discovery - The Enterprise War by John Jackson Miller. I'm really enjoying it so far.
Star trek the fall: the crimson shadow
Just posted my review of the final book in the New Earth miniseries: Book Six: Challenger by Diane Carey. Glad to be finished!
Currently reading Discovery: The Enterprise War by John Jackson Miller.
About halfway through TNG: A Time to Be Born. Vornholt is a very meat-and-potatoes prosist, but the story about the ship graveyard is intriguing.
My review for The Next Generation: Q & A by Keith R.A. DeCandido has just been posted. Really enjoyed this one, and it holds up revisiting it years after I first read it.
Nearly finished with The Enterprise War, and really enjoying that one as well!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This book lived up to all the hype. It's written as a series of letters, and all of the characters are ones that you'll want to spend time with. The book is set just after World War II, but it deals a lot with life on a German-occupied English island during wartime, so you get the full spectrum of what humanity can be in the course of the story. The story structure builds up organically and elegantly, and when you look back at the end, you can see how well-crafted the story is.
The Midnight watch David Dyer
The Cathedral of Fear, the fourth (and, in English, final) book in Alessandro Gatti's Sherlock, Lupin & Me series about Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler, and Arsene Lupin as teenagers.
If the first book (The Dark Lady) was their secret origin (ie., how they met), the next two (The Soprano's Last Song and The Mystery of the Scarlet Rose) are in the main Sherlock Holmes stories, with significant roles for Lupin and Adler. The fourth, The Cathedral of Fear, is more of an Adler story with her sidekicks Holmes and Lupin, so it moves differently and is less of a mystery.
In the spring of 1871, during the Franco-Prussian War, Irene's father decides to move his family back to France from London for his wife's health and rents an estate far from the fighting. There, Irene has a strange encounter with a woman who wants some from the estate, and after Arsese Lupin arrives in town to visit she's attack by thugs and her locket stolen. Soon, Sherlock Holmes arrives from London, a visit is made to a French nobleman, and before too long, Sherlock and Arsene are on their way to Paris (in ruins and under bombardment from the Prussians) in search of an ancient relic, followed by Irene when she runs away from home after a terse confrontation with her mother.
Of the four books, this is the weakest. It reads quickly, but some of the plotting doesn't hang together. It's not clear why some characters appear where they do in the final chapters, and the last third of the book has a very strange feel as Irene and her friends seem to have stumbled into someone else's story. There's a late revelation, alluded to in the previous books, that is both significant but doesn't add anything to the story. (I imagine it's dealt with in later books, which have not been translated into English.) I'm not even sure what the titular "cathedral of fear" is, as three, including Notre Dame, figure into the novel. Overall, the story feels a little superficial.
It's a nice series overall, especially if you know a young Sherlock Holmes fan who wants to read about the Great Detective when he was a boy, but this one's a weak note for the translated series to end on.
Recently moved so uncovered some older trek books I've had for years, enjoying my re-read of Q-Squared at the moment.
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