So What Are you Reading?: Generations

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by captcalhoun, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    The book Demons By J.M Dillard is okay It's been a long time since I read it. She liked to add horror elements to her Star Trek books. I like the fact the story takes place on Vulcan and had Sarek and Amanda in it. J.M. Dillard wrote a TNG sequel to Demons. Sorry I can't remember the name of it right now.
     
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  2. Smiley

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    It's called Possession. I have it in my notes that when I get to that point in my journey to read it if I liked Demons.
     
  3. indianatrekker26

    indianatrekker26 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I'm starting the typhon Pact series with rough Beasts of empire.
     
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  4. JD

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    I finished up Monstress Vol 2: The Blood this afternoon. I love this series, it's got a great story, with fantastic worldbuilding, and absolutely gorgeous artwork.
     
  5. Kertrats47

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    The newest Positively Trek Book Club episode is up! We had Michael A. Martin as a guest on the show to talk about his novel, Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many, "co-written" with Jake Sisko! It was a fun discussion, I hope you enjoy it!

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  6. Reanok

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    Kertrats I really enjoyed listening to your interview with Michael A.Martin. I recently reread The Needs of the many and and liked the story being about Jake Sisko interviewing star trek characters in the book.I'd like to hear him talk about writing his Enterprise books. Especially the Romulan war books that didn't get published in their entirety.
     
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  7. youngtrek

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    I just finished reading The Lost Adventures of James Bond: Timothy Dalton’s Third and Fourth Bond Films, James Bond, Jr., & Other Unmade or Forgotten 007 Projects by Mark Edlitz (published in 2020).

    An interesting (unauthorized by the James Bond literary and film license holders) overview of several never made James Bond movies (including several different story treatments for the aforementioned never made third and fourth Timothy Dalton movies some Dalton only ended up making two James Bond movies before stepping down from the role to be replaced by Pierce Brosnan, as well as unmade stories for Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan), the produced but mostly forgotten (and largely maligned) 1991-1992 “James Bond Jr.” children’s animated series and its novelizations/tie-ins, several James Bond comic book series of the 1990s (including the never completed James Bond: A Silent Armageddon and the never released Barracuda Run), Brazilian Bond comics, an American James Bond theme park ride, a Heineken commercial shot with current James Bond actor Daniel Craig, and other projects.

    Fans of the James Bond films as well as of the “literary Bond” (as depicted in Ian Flemings original James Bond novels and in the subsequent continuation novels and comic books) should find this book of interest. Edlitz (who had written another James Bond related book prior to this, The Many Lives of James Bond: How the Creators of 007 Have Decoded the Superspy (2019)) is very knowledgeable of the subject and includes numerous interviews with the writers, directors, and, in at least one instance, actor (a voice actor who plays James Bond in a series of BBC produced radio adaptations of the Ian Fleming novels), who worked on these unrealized or mostly forgotten Bond projects.

    My one slight quibble is with the format chosen: a very large (height and width) trade paperback format that doesn’t really suit a mostly text book such as this. The width of the book is greater than my eyes could scan each line of text from left to right without having to turn my head, move the book, or keep looking away and back again, which slowed down my reading quite a bit. (This is a book that would actually “read better” as an eBook, I think.)

    I gave it four out of five stars on GoodReads.
     
  8. Greg Cox

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    The Black Castle by Les Daniels. A vintage vampire novel set during the Spanish Inquisition.

    (Did I mention that I recently stumbled onto a box of my favorite old paperback vampire novels in the back of our storage unit? Been having a fun, bloodthirsty stroll down Memory Lane.)
     
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  9. JD

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    Yesterday I started Justice League Vol. 1: Origin, written by Geoff Johns, with art by Jim Lee. This was the start of the New 52 series, and after 2 issues I'm really enjoying. I'm a big fan of Geoff John's writting, and Jim Lee's art has been really good too.
     
  10. Kilana2

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    Captain's Table TNG - Dujonian's Hoard.
     
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  11. hbquikcomjamesl

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    Personally, I am not a fan of JMD's "horror in a ST context" novels (in addition to Demons and Possession, there's also Bloodthirst), but I thought it was a decent enough effort for its era.

    Getting back on-topic, I just finished First Maccabees.
    While First Maccabees does include the Chanukah story, it says absolutely nothing about a one-day supply of consecrated lamp oil lasting a week.
    About to start Job.
     
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  12. Greg Cox

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    I confess I remain jealous that Dillard got to the vampire thing before I could. :)

    One can argue that horror has always been part of ST or at least TOS. The Salt Vampire, Jack the Ripper, Charlie X, Catspaw, What are Little Girls Made Of, etc. Heck, "The Enemy Within" is basically an ST take on Jekyll & Hyde, written by Richard Matheson no less. And let's note that Robert Bloch, creator of PSYCHO, wrote at least three TOS eps, and that Theodore Sturgeon had previously written some pretty scary stuff as well (although he tried denying this to me once). As I like to argue, TOS was not as far removed from the spooky pleasures of THE TWILIGHT ZONES and THE OUTER LIMITS as, perhaps, the latter-day Trek series were . . .

    But, of course, this a matter of taste.
     
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  13. Christopher

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    Yeah, if you wanted to do SFTV in the '60s, that meant there would probably be monsters. There were enough for a whole book called The Monsters of Star Trek.
     
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  14. Greg Cox

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    And if you look at the writers involved, many of them had previously written for Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and even Boris Karloff's Thriller and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
     
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  15. hbquikcomjamesl

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    Personally, I always felt the best "monster" episodes were always the ones in which the only real "monster" was the human who was (often unwittingly) causing harm to the so-called monster.

    The greatest of which is, of course, "The Devil in the Dark."
     
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  16. Nyotarules

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    Star Trek Takedown
     
  17. Christopher

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    I always found it ironic that TNG-era Trek had so many fewer nonhumanoid aliens than TOS despite having much more money and more sophisticated technology available.
     
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  18. Damian

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    Now it's on to Picard: The Dark Veil.

    It'll be interesting to see how much of the Titan novel-verse makes it into the Dark Veil (as Swallow has hinted we do see some familiar faces). He probably has a bit more freedom to incorporate elements of the existing novels than McCormack did with her novel, since very little of Titan was mentioned in the show opening things up a bit for a novel.
     
  19. JD

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    I finished reading Justice League: Origin earlier this afternoon.
    Next up I'm going to start Star Trek: TOS: Miasma by @Greg Cox. I've been in the mood for a movie era TOS story, so this one fits the bill.
     
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  20. Kertrats47

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    Finally managed to find some time to update TrekLit.com! I've posted a review of the final book in the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy: Lost Souls by David Mack. What more needs to be said about this trilogy that hasn't been said already? Probably nothing, but I cast my thoughts about it into the void anyway!

    Currently finishing up The Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins by David R. George III after a brief reading detour.