Spoilers VOY: The Eternal Tide by Kirsten Beyer Review Thread

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Sho, Aug 20, 2012.


Rate The Eternal Tide.

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  1. Enterpriserules

    Enterpriserules Commodore Commodore

    Aug 11, 2005
    On an Andorian Atlire-class escort cruisers, the
    I am really glad you gave it a chance and that it won you over. Beyer is a fantastic writer!
  2. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    King Daniel Beyond
    Hey, didn't captcalhoun also say he'd quit reading Trek forever if they blew up Deep Space Nine? ;)
  3. Brit

    Brit Captain Captain

    Aug 29, 2008
    Except those of us that were huge Spock fans, didn't read those comics. For us they were neither worthwhile or engaging. This is the whole point. Everyone, everyone has a deal breaker. I am not trying to say the comics were badly written, nor that they didn't have people that liked them. What I am saying is that there are those of us that would have never gone to another Trek Movie, if Spock had not been brought back in the "Search for Spock." It was a deal breaker for a lot of people. I don’t want to read how characters are dealing with the loss of another major character. I hate those kinds of stories.

    The death of Data was not a deal breaker for me, but the deaths and exclusions of both Spock and Janeway were exactly that.

    I told Kirsten that I would purchase all of her books if she wrote one bringing Janeway back, and I did that and I've read all of them but one. There is one that I just can't, try as I might get into and I've seen it praised here. I am glad you guys liked it, but for me it is wrong. I don't like the plot, and I don't like the action.

    Maybe if I take this out of the realm of Trek Literature to say this in another way. I used to enjoy Orson Scott Card. I liked the Ender books and I liked the first couple of Alvin books but the deal breaker for me was "Lost Boys." That book hurt my heart and I found that I couldn't read any of his books again. It was a story about dealing with loss, and it was a deal breaker.

    I wish you and others could understand this, I know books about Voyager characters without Janeway, can be written, that appeal to some people. But they cannot be written (and this applies to everything written), that appeal to everyone. Books are categorized for a reason, so that their intended audience can find them, and others can spend their hard earned funds on something more to their taste.
  4. Kathryn Janeway

    Kathryn Janeway Ensign Newbie

    Jan 9, 2013
    I loved "The Eternal Tide"
    Maybe there were some things I didn't like (poor Amanda) but in almost every novel there's something one cannot absolutely agree with.
    When I heard the rumours about bringing Janeway back I had somewhat ambivalent feelings about it, because "it's great, but what if they ruin it", but it really worked. And I think that's the important thing: in SF everything's possible, but it has to be written in a way that makes sense.
  5. captcalhoun

    captcalhoun Admiral Admiral

    Apr 29, 2005
    not that i recall.
  6. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    King Daniel Beyond
    Must be thinking of someone else, then. *suspicious stare*
  7. Dimesdan

    Dimesdan Living the Irish dream. Premium Member

    Oct 12, 2007
    The Republic of Ireland
    He did leave a few months ago because of an epic ownage over his sexist tendencies. Tis great to see him back though.
  8. lvsxy808

    lvsxy808 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 29, 2001
    Reanimating this thread because I've finally read all four of these. Like many before me I had not been a Voyager reader (nor even a Voyager fan really), but given the raging adoration on these boards for the books (and the fact that I got an iTunes card for Christmas), I downloaded them and have just finished the series.

    And again, like so many before me, I have to say that these books have made me a fan of the Voyager characters and stories in a way that was inconceivable to me before. Kirsten Beyer really has done a remarkable job revitalising the series and I hope she gets the chance to continue to do so.

    I had actually completely spoiled myself on the events of all the books thanks to Memory Beta and Kirsten's Trek.fm interview. But that's fine, it was my own doing. And just because you think you know what's coming doesn't mean you actually know what's coming. So it didn't really affect my enjoyment of them at all. Out of the four I'd say that Children was my favourite and Unworthy was my least favourite, but that's really all relative when you're working at such a high level in the first place.

    As to The Eternal Tide:

    I don't really give a toss about the whole Janeway-dead-or-alive brouhaha one way or the other, so that she was resurrected in this story was purely a matter of whether the story was well told. Obviously, it was. I agree with some others that it's a shame that the return of Janeway seemed to require the departure of Eden, especially since it really felt like I had only just met her considering I blazed through all the books so quickly. I realise that Kirsten may not have intended to go down precisely this path had the editors not requested that she do so, so I can't really blame her for that. And it's always better to want more of a character than less.

    It was way back in the depths of the thread that DerangedNasat commented on the "meta" nature of the story, especially as regards Q's arguments with q about whether Janeway should be resurrected at all. To me the "meta" also occurred later where (if I'm understanding it right) it is revealed that Eden literally would not exist if not for the fact that Janeway were dead. Just as the character of Eden would not have been created if the character of Janeway hadn't been killed off, so the multi-verse specifically created Eden as a living being in order to solve the problem that Janeway couldn't solve because she was dead. Eden literally was a replacement for Janeway in the multiverse's plan.

    I confess I got a bit muddled on some of the more technobabbly (or perhaps temporo-babbly) aspects of the plot. Let me see if I can get it straight:

    • The Anschlasom accidentally broke Omega and let it through into the multiverse, and in doing so also created the Q continuum as we know it.
    • In the other timeline, Janeway succeeded in solving the problem and resealing Omega. Job's a good'un. Except that that was undone by the events of "Endgame."
    • Once back in the AQ, Janeway refused to allow Voyager to return to the DQ, which left the Q-Omega imbalance still unresolved.
    • The multiverse then went about killing Janeway in every universe it could find, to make sure the Full Circle mission would go ahead.
    • When Tallar and Jobin fell into a rift, it gave them Eden, with the intention that she would at some point restore the balance by destroying the Q and resealing Omega.
    • With Janeway dead and Eden in command, events were now in place to resolve Omega, since Janeway herself was unknowingly refusing to do it.
    • The existence of q was basically a lucky break in that he could be equal to Eden and seal Omega without destroying all the rest of the Q.
    Is that right? Also, the return of Janeway herself was not part of the multiverse's plan, but rather an example of q overriding that plan. Unless, as has been suggested, the return of Janeway was part of the plan (but only after the Full Circle mission could no longer be blocked and was already underway) so that she could facilitate the Q allowing q to sacrifice himself. But then that's inconsistent with the multiverse wanting to restore the balance as it originally was - it wouldn't care that it was extinguishing the Q people from existence. Or was it that the balance was no longer capable of being restored by the destruction of the Q, so it had to be q? See, I'm a bit muddled.

    On to the new characters. I adore Cambridge. I don't remember the last character who made me laugh out loud so much while reading. Him dressing up as Chaotica is perfect, and putting him and the Doctor together in TET was a master stroke. I especially loved:
    Doctor: You are the most unpleasant, unprofessional, unlikeable person ever to have worn a Starfleet uniform.
    Cambridge: You don't get out much, do you?

    I also enjoy Cmdr O'Donnell, Cpt Farkas, and many of the others. Conlon hasn't really done a lot for me - I don't remember her as being especially distinctive in the SCE stories and that seems to have continued here. Not that there's anything wrong with her, just that she didn't really stand out to me. And Sharak seems a bit of a missed opportunity - there hasn't been chance to spend any time with him really, and having the first Tamarian in Starfleet learn how to speak Fed Standard is probably necessary to make the concept work but at the same time seems to gut the character of what should make him unique. Ah well.

    I also want to thank Kirsten for the inclusion of another gay couple vital to the story - Eden's "uncles." From Full Circle on they were established as a gay couple in not so many words because 24th century people simply wouldn't see it that way, but still in such a way that it was obvious to the reader, and yet in a total shrug-shoulders this-is-how-it-is-let's-move-on way, which is of course exactly how it should be. What's even better is that no-one in the course of all the pages of all the threads on this board discussing all four books has mentioned them at all as far as I can see, which speaks to me of how utterly unremarkable it is to readers that the captain of Voyager should be the daughter of a gay couple. So basically I'm happy from both the writing and the audience POV on that.

    As to why Tallar and Jobin were Eden's "uncles" instead of her "fathers" (as someone asked upthread), don't forget that they didn't want her to know the circumstances of her "birth." She was created from them, yes, but they preferred to pretend they had simply "found" her, so in those circumstances the word "uncle" might better serve to cloak the truth. But note that as things got more desperate towards the end of the book, both Tallar and Jobin referred to Eden as their "daughter", proving how they really felt about her regardless of where she came from. And that speaks to the current-day issue of adoption for gay couples. Biology may stop them from conceiving on their own, but that doesn't mean they don't want a child together, so the multiverse gave them one. I'm sure that's how it seems to anyone who adopts a child. Eden was adopted, q was conceived. But in the end they were equal.

    So upshot is - double plus yay. Thank you for some lovely stories, Kirsten. I anxiously await your next. :bolian:

  9. Kirsten Beyer

    Kirsten Beyer Writer Red Shirt

    Jun 10, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Well, this was a lovely thing to stumble upon today. Thanks for reading. Pleased no end that you enjoyed it and hope the next one works as well for you.

    As to this....you've almost got it.

    The return of Janeway was not part of the multiverse's plan, yes. We'll never know what Eden and Junior would have done, or Q and Lady Q for that matter, had Janeway not been there to argue for the necessity of their sacrifice. I tend to think they would have done the right thing anyway, but you never know.

    The multiverse didn't particularly care that Omega was sealed and the Q ceased to exist. Omega just had to be sealed to the multiverse could continue to exist as long as it was supposed to. Theoretically, Eden could have done it by taking all of the Q power into herself, as she started to...and then returning to Omega with it. But yes, then no more Q. Junior's existence was the key in the he was powerful enough to balance Eden and spare the rest of the Q. It was the actions of all of the chacters at several different points in time that made this particular resolution possible.

    Hope that helps. Possibly you are more confused now.;)

    Kirsten Beyer
  10. Janewayobsessio

    Janewayobsessio Ensign Newbie

    Apr 8, 2013
    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! It was very exciting and I wish it was longer! I liked the previous Beyer books aswell. In a world were no voyager movie or more voyager series will be made - thank God for books!
  11. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 20, 2007
    inside teacake
    Do we have any hints as to when the next one will come out?
  12. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 19, 2011
    The next Voyager book is still a year away. It's not scheduled til 2014.
  13. Kirsten Beyer

    Kirsten Beyer Writer Red Shirt

    Jun 10, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Maybe a little less than a year now. I don't have a hard date but my sense was always early 2014. I'm actually just days away now from finishing the MS...then a few weeks to polish before sending it off and starting the editing process.

  14. Mage

    Mage Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 17, 2007
    That's good news! :)
  15. Thrawn

    Thrawn Rear Admiral Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    Washington, DC
    Awesome! Can't wait :)
  16. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 17, 2011
    I just read this book myself.


    There's a lot of parts I loved, but there's others I had severe issues.

    1. The summary killing of Amanda Rogers, when she and Q2 were so cute is TERRIBLE.

    2. The destruction of the Cooperative is such a disappointment to me since I've been hoping to see them in the Novelverse for years.

    3. Furthermore, they're just rushed off stage afterward. What the hey!

    4. Why didn't the book reflect more on Janeway's resurrection versus the B-plot? Having her come to terms with everything that happened with the Borg in Destiny seems like it'd be a pretty big deal.

    5. I'm also not pleased at Janeway reflecting on "Sacred Ground" having a scientific explanation when that was obviously just the Doctor grasping at straws.

    Still, some great stuff.
  17. Kertrats47

    Kertrats47 Commodore Commodore

    May 3, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I don't recall any ambiguity about that scene... having watched it recently, I remember the Doctor being quite confident about the conclusions he reached. I suppose it's open to interpretation, though.
  18. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 17, 2011
    The Doctor was like, "Eureka, this is what happened!" However, Janeway has a thoughtful look on her face. Also, there's no way that the locals could have known anything about what occurred or would have occurred. The book seemed to treat it similar to Janeway discovering how a magic trick worked and I didn't get that vibe at all.

    Still, I had good vibes about the book from many locations. I just felt bad about losing so many good characters.
  19. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    The scientific explanation was not "obviously the Doctor grasping at straws." Star Trek is a secular universe where everything has a scientific explanation; moreover, it's a humanist universe, meaning that there's nothing ultimately beyond the comprehension of the human/sentient mind, just stuff we haven't figured out yet. It would've been going too far if Janeway had actually been converted to a supernatural belief. What's significant about "Sacred Ground" is that it got Janeway to consider the possibility. Her reaction at the end isn't really about the phenomenon itself or one explanation or the other for it; her reaction is about herself, about how the events of the episode affected her way of thinking. Much like Sisko vis-a-vis the Prophets, she hasn't rejected scientific explanations, but has opened her mind to the possibility that the difference between a scientific explanation and a spiritual one may be more a matter of interpretation than of right vs. wrong. For a little while, she was able to think like a religious person, to take a leap of faith, and it gave her more understanding and respect for that way of thinking.
  20. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 17, 2011
    I don't think she should have either. Primarily because, well really, it's a pretty horrible method of conversion to have the life of a valued team member hanging over the balance when you're evangelising.

    My interpretation of the episode, however, was that it was a statement about faith in general rather than supernatural faith. There's plenty of inexplicable things in science and attributing them to religion is lazy thinking, I say that as a religious person. However, I do think the episode went out of its way to point out that something terribly WEIRD was going on and not easily explained.

    For me, I thought the episode was having the Doctor's explanation come off as too "patt" when there was a lot more going on than just a few energy fields interacting. I'm not saying its religious, but I think it was an interesting episode for suggesting thinking outside the box. I guess, for me, Janeway should have stated "something weird happened there but I needed more info to really dissect it."

    Then again, I'm the kind of guy who thinks even if Apollo was a god, phasers would work against him.