Spoilers TTN: Absent Enemies by John Jackson Miller Review Thread

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Sho, Feb 15, 2014.

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Rate Absent Enemies.

  1. Outstanding

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  2. Above Average

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  1. trash80

    trash80 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Re: TTN: Absent Enemies by John Jackson Miller Review Thread (Spoilers

    I enjoyed this, as others have said it was a fun romp and although it was tied up with the TP it did feel like a "planet of the week" episode which i miss.

    Re: chair throwing, wow a trek character actually being human for a change!
     
  2. Markonian

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    What's Human about that? That's juvenile behavior unbecoming of a seasoned officer, Imho. It felt over the top when I read it.
     
  3. trash80

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    I dunno I've met plenty of senior management who are like that :D
     
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  4. Paul Weaver

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    Re: TTN: Absent Enemies by John Jackson Miller Review Thread (Spoilers

    If it's good enough for CEOs of Fortune 100 companies...

    Perhaps it's in the job description of admiral.
     
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  5. JJMiller

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    Re: TTN: Absent Enemies by John Jackson Miller Review Thread (Spoilers

    Some readers may be aware of my practice of posting production notes and trivia about all my works on my website: sometimes it's right after a release, sometimes it's quite a bit later, once I've fielded questions (and found the time). Absent Enemies released as I was about to be hip deep in star charts for Takedown, so I decided to hold off until we were closer to that book's release...

    ...and we're here! With Takedown launching in a couple of weeks, I finally have the production notes up for Absent Enemies, which discuss how the project came to be and some of the thinking that went into the story. The essay also acknowledges some of the glitches that were first noted here -- while perhaps addressing a few of the more frequently asked questions.
     
  6. Markonian

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    Cool! Thanks for sharing!
     
  7. Sto-Vo-Kory

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    Annotations are always appreciated. Thank you, sir.
     
  8. Enterprise1701

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    Thanks or the annotations. :techman:
     
  9. Kertrats47

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    Very cool, thanks! Love the annotations. I've added a link to them to my review, under the "Further resources" heading.
     
  10. Relayer1

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    I've eventually got round to reading this, and I'm sad to say that I really didn't care for it. It seemed like a throwback to the old 'numbered novels' days in that it was a rather superficial story - it also reminded me of many of those 'Corps of Engineers' shorts that I'm not particularly fond of.

    As it's only a short story I shan't draw any conclusions though, I'll give Takedown a fair shake...
     
  11. JD

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    I thought Absent Enemies was a novella not a short story?
     
  12. Enterprise1701

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    ^That is correct. eBook novella.
     
  13. Relayer1

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    Whatever.

    You are probably right though.
     
  14. kktwin

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    Thank you for the production notes, JJMiller. Can't wait to pick up Takedown. Hope you stay on Trek. I very much enjoyed this ebook.
     
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  17. JD

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    I just finished this up earlier today, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was nice to get a lighter, fun story after so many dark, serious stories over the last few years.
    The only only thing that bothered me was that the characters did seem a bit more jokey in the flashback than they were on the show, but it wasn't bad enough to ruin things for me.
    The Baladonians and Ekkor were a bit silly, but not enough to be unrealistic.

    I was a little confused about something, I thought it said the Baladonians were Lurian, the same species as Morn, at one point, but they were also described a green skinned, and Morn has a humanish skin tone.
    This is getting a solid above average vote from me.
    Edited to fix typo
     
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  18. Defcon

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    And how much does your vote costs? ;)
     
  19. JD

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    Oops, that was supposed to be solid. Although now that you mention it.....:devil::p
     
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