Your favorite TITAN novel....

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Mage, Jul 5, 2013.


What's your favorite Titan novel??

  1. Taking Wing

    11 vote(s)
  2. The Red King

    5 vote(s)
  3. Orion's Hounds

    37 vote(s)
  4. Sword Of Damocles

    10 vote(s)
  5. Destiny

    12 vote(s)
  6. Over A Torrent Sea

    11 vote(s)
  7. Synthesis

    19 vote(s)
  8. Seize The Fire

    2 vote(s)
  9. Fallen Gods

    3 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Mage

    Mage Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 17, 2007
    I sometimes get the idea that Titan gets some mixed reactions here on the forum. Some people love it, others hate, others seem caught in the middle.

    I'm of the latter group. Titan has been hit and miss for me, with more misses then hits I'm afraid. That being said, two of my favorite novels do come from Titan.

    Orion's Hounds is one of those Christopher Bennett novels where he just has the perfect mix of character development, science, fiction, action, humor, drama. I can re-read this one over and over and just don't get bored really.

    The other one would be Synthesis. Swallow shows us a great new take on cybernetic life, but also really takes you in with gripping story-telling. The description of the home-system of the Machines takes my breath away every time. Swallow really seams to get the Titan crew.
  2. toughlittleship

    toughlittleship Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 5, 2006
    United Kingdom
    I enjoyed the first two, due to the aftermath of Star Trek Nemesis providing a great backdrop to them.
  3. JD

    JD Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    Orion's Hounds is one my favorite books. It's a great traditional strange new worlds story.
  4. Kertrats47

    Kertrats47 Commodore Commodore

    May 3, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I have to give it to Sword of Damocles. Such a cool time-twisting story. Absolutely loved it, and was totally taken in by Jaza's personal journey. Orion's Hounds is SUCH a close second.
  5. BritishSeaPower

    BritishSeaPower Captain Captain

    Dec 13, 2005
    New Jersey
    I haven't read enough of them to cast a meaningful vote, yet. However, if I had to rank the four I've read so far, it'd be:

    1. Taking Wing
    2. Orion's Hounds
    3. The Red King
    4. Sword of Damocles
  6. 8of5

    8of5 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 10, 2003
    Lincoln, UK
    Orion's Hounds if one of my favourite Star Trek novels altogether. Synthesis not far behind. Both because they explore such interesting sci-fi ideas.

    I'm also pretty fond of Over a Torrent Sea. The rest of the series I've found less engaging generally, very hit and miss. However because I've liked the books I have enjoyed in the series so much, I always look forward to a new one.
  7. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 30, 2001
    Taking Wing

    I found the rest generally uninteresting because I didn't care about the characters.
  8. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 19, 2011
    I would have to say that "Synthesis" was the best and it was really tragic that the Avatar program didn't get the chance to be in more novels.
  9. Avro Arrow

    Avro Arrow Rear Admiral Moderator

    Jan 10, 2003
    Well, I guess it's a fairly common opinion, but Orion's Hounds is my favourite.

    Synthesis and Sword of Damocles are pretty high on the list too.
  10. CaptainDonovin

    CaptainDonovin Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 8, 2006
    Labrador City. woof
    I voted for Destiny but it was not easy because I really like Taking Wing because it sets up the series. I was interested in the idea of showing this multi-species crew learning to work & live together, something we humans still haven't figured out. Orion's & Damocles were enjoyable too. I just liked how in Destiny the Titan crew were the ones rushing in to save the day.
  11. Mage

    Mage Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 17, 2007
    Damocles I liked, but at times I had troubles following it. I should give it another go perhaps.
  12. Ain Jalut

    Ain Jalut Lieutenant

    May 18, 2013
    The Orishan's look awesome.
  13. zarkon

    zarkon Captain Captain

    Mar 24, 2011
    Rather enjoyed Orions Hounds, although I wince every time I see the name star jellies(and I didn't like the crystalline direction mind-wise). Really brilliant eco system creation in that book.

    Titan in Destiny was awful, I was actually hoping Ree would eat troi at one point just to spice it up. I stopped reading the series at that point as Hounds was the only one I'd actually frigging enjoyed, and even then that was far more due to the mission then the characters. Ree is the only one I really found interesting.
  14. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I wasn't crazy about it myself, but I honestly couldn't think of a better alternative. "Medusan" was taken, and "astrocnidarian" is ghastly. I thought of "cosmedusan," but it felt awkward.
  15. Cap'n Crunch

    Cap'n Crunch Captain Captain

    Jul 3, 2008
    Knoxville, TN
    Well, Destiny is a no brainer. I know a lot of people consider Orion's Hounds the best, but I actually enjoyed Over a Torrent Sea more. Synthesis is another great one.
  16. CaffeineAddict

    CaffeineAddict Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    May 25, 2013
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    Overall I enjoy the Titan series, but I find it a bit hit and miss. Overall I like the characters - the core characters are all quite engaging, but the "secondary" cast is a bit uneven.
    I enjoyed Taking Wing, Orions Hounds, Sword of Damocles, Destiny...contrary to popular opinion (judging by the poll), I wasn't particularly engaged by Over a Torrent Sea, and I didn't really like Synthesis. I would have liked it more if its portrayal of technology had just made a bit more sense. Seize the Fire was just painful to read - the plot was fine, but the large number of unpronounceable (and unmemorable) names just made it feel like a struggle - and to be honest, if I'm struggling to read a book, I'm not enjoying it.

    In general, I'd read more Titan, but I'd like some more from Mack, Bennett or Thorne, as I've kinda disengaged with Martin's style. He worked better when he was co-writing with Mangels.
  17. Relayer1

    Relayer1 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 21, 2011
    The Black Country, England
    I'm not overly fond of Titan generally, and although some might find it odd for a Trek fan, I'm really bored by the 'Strange New Worlds' part of Trek. After so many planets/aliens of the week episodes of TOS, TNG, Voyager, Enterprise and occasionally DS9 and all the pre relaunch novels, I've had enough. That's probably why I like the political stuff so much. An exploration story, particularly Titan, has to be really special to get my vote.

    Over A Torrent Sea really was. Fantastic novel...
  18. Thrawn

    Thrawn Rear Admiral Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    Washington, DC
    Destiny is the best thing on that list overall, but just looking at it from a Titan perspective, I think Sword of Damocles gets my vote. What I loved about the idea for this series is that it could take new authors, new voices, new situations and give a chance to explore and play; Damocles had the most unique, most fantastic story, and I loved how different it was.
  19. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 19, 2011
    Destiny I don't even consider to be a part of Titan, since the Titan storyline was only one part of the overall story, since you had three other series contributing major story arcs to the trilogy, with Enterprise contributing the fate of the Columbia story, TNG and DS9, and to a very small extent Voyager, giving us the Borg wrap up storylines, that Destiny cannot be attributed to just one series.

    "Seize The Fire" I can accept as part of he Titan series since, aside from a small scene where Titan receives its orders from HQ, it is a stand-alone story, just under the TP. Banner.
  20. jjh19

    jjh19 Ensign Newbie

    Dec 11, 2005
    I voted for Taking Wing. I had high hopes after the first book but sadly every book I've read since was less satisfying. But I keep reading. I think the foundation of the crew keeps my interests and hopes up for the series.