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It really does pain me to have to write this, but: dude, the Star Trek book line for 2010 looks really crappy. Except for the new JJ-verse novels. (Is it too late to petition for more Gaila?)

I'm basing this on the fact that the books are the only way to get your 24th Century Trek fix, and I'm not all that happy with what happened in Destiny.



Okay, so I'm glad they finally offed the Borg for real, but I'm not incredibly fond of the reveal that the first Borg were humans, and that's the cause for the Federation to take a bash in Alpha Quadrant politics. I think that's a really stupid way to create conflict in the 24th Century. Like the Romulans can't hate the fuck out of the Federation post-Dominion War all on their own?

(I am also not crazy the Borg actually got to fuck up Vulcan and Andor, but like, the new movie blew Vulcan up and I was OK with that, so I shall not complain.)

The only good thing about it is really that the Typhon Pact sounds like an excellent good time. To unite against the Borg, the Romulans Star Empire (there's been a civil war, so there are two Romulan states at the moment), the Tzenkethi, the Breen, the Gorn, the Tholians and the Holy Order of the Kinyasha (book only baddies) formed a Federation of their own.



Why so relevant: the Typhon Pact books seem fun, Riker v. Gorn. But I also still don't like the fact that Ezri Dax is a Captain. No one knows what to do with that character still, pah. It's technically a DS9 book, but what's the big appeal of Ezri Dax v. Breen?

Meanwhile: holy shit, they're jumping the DS9 timeline up to meet the rest of the 24th Century books. But what happens to the next season's storyline, with the Ascendants, the Gamma Quadrant baddies who want to kill the Prophets? Are they going to drop all of it? WILL WE NEVER FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS TO ODO?

Goddamn.

Meanwhile: Star Trek Online and the IDW comics seem like they've created a second branch of 24th Century canon which is kind of more appealing, but with way less DS9. I don't know where to go with it.

Date: 2009-07-21 05:22 am (UTC)
orbitaldiamonds: star trek: tng combadge ([ st:ds9 ] combadge)
From: [personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
Shit, spoilers. I should've known better. I'm still on the fourth book of the Titan series, and I've got like 15 books ahead of me before I can get the 2010 books. And yeah, they've been sucking. I've absolutely detested every Voyager book since Endgame. Homecoming, The Farther Shore, the stupid fucking Spirit Walk series (though I hate the Holostrike most of all)... yeah...

I am glad to see that there are gonna be post-Reboot novels too. Hopefully they don't suck. :P

Date: 2009-07-21 05:39 am (UTC)
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign (Default)
From: [personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
I've been an avid reader of Star Trek books since the summer before sixth grade. I had the books even when I couldn't watch the shows on TV. :)

Titan's pretty good, though I prefer the ones by Mangels and Martin.

Yeah. Voyager was just full of missed opportunities, both in the show and in the books (pre- and post-Endgame).

I've only read a few TOS books, but I have a bunch of them (I'd have more but that particular garage sale, my mom wouldn't let me get the whole Table O' Trek and I couldn't impart to her how rare such a find was) and one of these days I'll get around to reading them.

And yeah, I'll be pissed if Gaila dies too, though I would like her presence explained. An Orion in Starfleet? I suppose stranger things have happened, but... o.O

Date: 2009-07-21 06:19 am (UTC)
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign (Default)
From: [personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
That does make a lot of sense. Especially if you ignore Enterprise, which as a Trekkie, I do.

Date: 2009-07-21 11:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] teaphile
Margaret Wander Bonanno is the only writer on that list I'm even halfway excited about. Nice to see them going back to the original mission in some, though.

Date: 2009-07-21 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nostalgia-lj.livejournal.com
Is there no Sisko? How can this be?

Date: 2009-07-21 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skywaterblue.livejournal.com
There is Sisko, but he has retired from Starfleet to be Emissary and stay-at-home dad full-time, so alas we only see him when he has Bajoran stuff to do.

Which is a shame, because he totally would have annihilated the Borg with extreme prejudice. And now he'll never get his chance for revenge. It is a deeply missed opportunity.

Date: 2009-07-21 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sio.livejournal.com
The only good thing about it is really that the Typhon Pact sounds like an excellent good time. To unite against the Borg, the Romulans Star Empire (there's been a civil war, so there are two Romulan states at the moment), the Tzenkethi, the Breen, the Gorn, the Tholians and the Holy Order of the Kinyasha (book only baddies) formed a Federation of their own.

while i had issues with Destiny here and there, i agree. the Typhon Pact does sound quite intriguing.

also i admit to loving the idea of the Seven Deadly Sins anthology. and another Myriad Universe book. AND more New Frontier.

Why so relevant: the Typhon Pact books seem fun, Riker v. Gorn. But I also still don't like the fact that Ezri Dax is a Captain. No one knows what to do with that character still, pah. It's technically a DS9 book, but what's the big appeal of Ezri Dax v. Breen?

yea i hear you that. tho TBH that was one of the things i DID like abt Destiny. David Mack actually DID SOMETHING with frigging Ezri. she drove me nuts onscreen with her whining. to this day, "Field of Fire" is the only Ezri ep i can watch without wanting to strangle her. YMMV.

Meanwhile: holy shit, they're jumping the DS9 timeline up to meet the rest of the 24th Century books. But what happens to the next season's storyline, with the Ascendants, the Gamma Quadrant baddies who want to kill the Prophets? Are they going to drop all of it? WILL WE NEVER FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS TO ODO?

Goddamn.


hopefully they do the smart thing and summarize it OR touch up on it in a later book...and i am waiting to see WTF they do to Kira in this month's The Soul Key. if they kill her off like they killed off Kathryn in a TOTALLY dumb ass move, i'm so fucking done.

Date: 2009-07-21 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skywaterblue.livejournal.com
OMG. I NEVER CONSIDERED THAT KIRA COULD DIE IN THE SOUL KEY. :0

I love Ezri, but the book series is kind of all over that character. First she decides she's not going to be a counselor anymore, then they break her up with Bashir, now she's got a ship of her own and she's not even really a DS9 character anymore? The character just has no resemblance to the one we were left with at the end of WYLB.

I'm not opposed to her being a Captain, but I don't feel like they did enough work to justify all of that. Let's see Vaughn leave and Ezri can be Commander under Kira for a while, you know? Maybe it'll happen in the gap years... sigh...

i'm so fucking done.

The timeline for STO/Countdown makes way more sense, mainly because Destiny doesn't happen.

Date: 2009-07-21 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sio.livejournal.com
OMG. I NEVER CONSIDERED THAT KIRA COULD DIE IN THE SOUL KEY. :0

i never did either til amazon published a full summary:
There is a void in the alternate universe that demands to be filled. Iliana Ghemor, the Cardassian operative who years ago was altered in both body and mind to replace Kira Nerys, dreams of fulfilling a prophecy that will mark her as the one true Emissary of that other reality -- a messianic figure who could lead her followers into an era of renewed hope...or an age of deepening darkness.
Ghemor's claim to the mantle of the Emissary is by no means certain, however, as the inexorable pull of providence tugs also at other souls who are swept into the vortex of the Prophets, the remote and timeless beings who have set these strange events in motion.

But the stakes are higher than anyone imagines: for the outcome of this struggle for the fate of one universe will ripple across many others, and become the key to unlocking a future that will prove to be the greatest trial yet for the heroes of station Deep Space 9.


it sounds like an awesome story...esp on the heels of Fearful Symmetry, but the bolded part is what makes me REALLY, REALLY nervous.

there have been many cynical comments from people pissy about the axing of Kathryn in Before Dishonor (don't blame them! it was a BS move). many claim because Kathryn was (supposedly) disliked so much by the fans, that that is why it was done. some are feeling that all the major female characters are being disposed of or shoved into the background.

now this doesn't make as much sense to me with Ezri captaining the Aventine, Elizabeth Shelby first captaining the Trident and then being promoted to admiral in NF's After the Fall, and a woman as Federation President. but the argument i've gotten back to the above is that Shelby and Nan Bracco are book-only characters (and therefore insignificant to them...personally i LOVE them both) and Ezri will be killed off sooner or later because of her serious unpopularity in season seven. (yea and then who's gonna run the Aventine--Sam Bowers?? :coughbullshitcough:)

i've heard bad things abt Countdown and i wish i had the time to explore STO but i don't. may end up resorting to rereading my fave books and going through piles of fic at this rate....

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