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Suggestions for a First time Star Trek "reader"

LegendofStu

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Report this Mar. 16 2008, 3:35 pm

So basically my problem is, I've gone to the book store and I see a massive amount of books to do with the Star Trek universe, and I just don't even know where to start. I have a vast knowledge of Voyager, a fairly average knowledge of TNG, a little bit of knowledge about DS9 (i've seen like 2 seasons, i'm going to finish it one day soon) and I've seen a pretty solid number of the Original Series. So yeah, my question to you all is this, to a first time Star Trek reader, what would be a good start/easy beginning read? I don't want anything that will be so complicated it would take a obsessive trekkie to understand everything in it, but enough so that it would provide an enjoyable read.

I've seen the Titan series, they looked interesting. I saw one cover had Riker on it and another cover had Tuvoc on it and that sparked some curiousity.

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Report this Mar. 16 2008, 3:43 pm

The Titan series is the series that got me into reading Trek..

If starting with Titan you want to start with "Taking Wing", then "The Red King", then, "Orions Hounds" followed by "Sword of Domacles"

If you prefer the idea of tos books, Im about half way through "Rihansu - The Bloodwing Voyages" allthough its a 3 book omnibus it does make for good reading.

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Report this Mar. 16 2008, 4:41 pm

I'm sticking with books released in the last few years or so, since that's what you're most likely to find in a bookstore, and focusing on Voyager, TNG, and TOS.

The Crucible trilogy by David R. George III was released for TOS's 40th anniversary, and it's three related novels, each focusing on one of the "big three." This is highly recommended for any TOS fan. I'd say the first book is one of the top ten Trek books ever written:
    McCoy: Provenance of Shadows
    Spock: The Fire and the Rose
    Kirk: The Star to Every Wandering


You mentioned the Titan books, as did BekkCase, and they're excellent:
    Taking Wing by Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin
    The Red King by Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin
    Orion's Hounds by Christopher L. Bennett
    Sword of Damocles by Geoffrey Thorne


For Voyager's tenth anniversary in 2005 there was the String Theory trilogy, which takes place between the fourth and fifth seasons:
    Cohesion by Jeffrey Lang
    Fusion by Kirsten Beyer
    Evolution by Heather Jarman


In TNG, there was a recent nine-book miniseries that chronicled the year leading up to Nemesis, and last year several books were published that carry the story forward after that film. First there's the A Time... miniseries:
    A Time to Be Born by John Vornholt
    A Time to Die by John Vornholt
    A Time to Sow by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
    A Time to Harvest by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
    A Time to Love by Robert Greenberger
    A Time to Hate by Robert Greenberger
    A Time to Kill by David Mack
    A Time to Heal by David Mack
    A Time for War, a Time for Peace by Keith R.A. DeCan####


And then post-Nemesis:
    Death in Winter by Michael Jan Friedman
    Resistance by J.M. Dillard
    Q & A by Keith R.A. DeCan####
    Before Dishonor by Peter David


Finally, I strongly recommend any and all of the recent spate of anniversary anthologies published for the 10th anniversary of DS9 (2003) and Voyager (2005), the 40th anniversary of TOS (2006), and the 20th anniversary of TNG (2007):
    DS9: Prophecy and Change
    VOY: Distant Shores
    TOS: Constellations
    TNG: The Sky's the Limit


That oughtta get you started nicely. :)

LegendofStu

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Report this Mar. 16 2008, 5:18 pm

Thank you guys, you have been more than helpful. I'll probably check out the Titan series first, then track down those voyager books, then probably years from now, tackle the other ones haha.

But at least I know where to start, I was fairly clueless upon seeing racks and racks of different stories on the shelves. There seems to be many branches of timelines and things. I even saw a X-men/Star Trek book. I'm curious about how that works lol.

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Report this Mar. 16 2008, 6:34 pm

If you have a used bookstore near you try to find the TOS books "Dreadnaught" & "Battlestations" two excellent reads from the mid 1980's

Also I would have to recommend the Vanguard series which is similar to DS9 but is set in the TOS era.

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Report this Mar. 22 2008, 2:39 pm

If you have seen a lot of Voyager and want to read post-Voyager books, "Homecoming", "The Farther Shore", and the "Spirit Walk" books are pretty good.

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Report this Mar. 23 2008, 12:16 am

Quote (krad @ Mar. 16 2008, 4:41 pm)
Q & A by Keith R.A. DeCan####

The word filter on this message board is terrible.

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Report this Mar. 23 2008, 6:14 pm

Quote (bensmalls_is_a_BigYellowJoint @ Mar. 23 2008, 4:16 am)
Quote (krad @ Mar. 16 2008, 4:41 pm)
Q & A by Keith R.A. DeCan####

The word filter on this message board is terrible.

I'm coming up on middle-age, and I'm yet to find out what a "d i d o" is, of the profane persuasion...

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Report this Apr. 01 2008, 7:05 am

I am not as familiar with the newer books, but years ago I read Star Trek avidly and having read most of the early Pocketbooks Star Trek and STTNG series, I have to agree with the poster above about picking up Dreadnaught! and Battlestations!   They were two of my favorite TOS books.  I also really liked How Much for Just the Planet (very funny!;), and the Peter David books (particularly Q Squared in the TNG books).

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Report this Apr. 01 2008, 7:14 am

that answer is simply to start with your favorite series.

The first Voyager book is a novalization of Caretaker. It's a good read, it has a few extra things that the episode didn't. The first original Voyager novel is the second one called The Escape, it deals with time travel and I realy like it

just remember that books aren't canon ;)

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Report this Apr. 11 2008, 7:25 pm

Based on Krad's recommendation, I picked up the Crucible trilogy...excellent choice.  80 pages into the McCoy book and I have difficulty putting it down.  Thanks, Krad!

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Report this Apr. 12 2008, 10:02 am

You're welcome!

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Report this Apr. 12 2008, 10:56 am

Quote (vgrbabe @ April 01 2008, 4:14 pm)
that answer is simply to start with your favorite series.

The first Voyager book is a novalization of Caretaker. It's a good read, it has a few extra things that the episode didn't. The first original Voyager novel is the second one called The Escape, it deals with time travel and I realy like it

just remember that books aren't canon ;)

... but they should be. At least the post-2000 releases.

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Report this Apr. 14 2008, 3:40 am

Quote (krad @ Mar. 16 2008, 11:41 pm)
I'm sticking with books released in the last few years or so, since that's what you're most likely to find in a bookstore, and focusing on Voyager, TNG, and TOS.

The advice that Krad gave is very good. For the most part, the series that Krad mentioned can be found on the Internet or purchased from Simon and Schuster. Not all the books from the Time to series can be found and some of them are already out of print, especially the first four books. So look about and make sure the book is in print before starting the reading list.

A second thing you may want to consider is whom you want to read about. For TNG, the series has been basically split into two genres: a revised TNG crew with Picard and the newly introduced Titan series with Riker. I do like the changes made in the two formats by giving each captain his own ship and crew. I especially like the Titan series, because it is getting away from war and focusing on research (sort of goes hand-in-hand with today's political rhetoric).

That being said, there are too many crew introductions. Unfortunately, in my opinion I really don't have a warm fuzzy for many of the people who were introduced and find myself skipping their storylines. I also feel that they haven't done justice to Geordie LeForge in the revamped TNG series in terms of character development nor do Riker and Troi come off as a strong independent couple. This means that the status quo hasn't changed: Picard still gets the better story lines in terms of character development. On the other hand, Titan's last book wins for originality in story telling, making the two series a bit of a trade off.

Finally, if you have ever noticed, the books are not longer numbered. This makes it really confusing when it comes to a time line. To add to the chaos, there is no longer a list of titles published. The publisher is saving on the 6-10 pages that are needed for these lists. In fact, readers are lucky to get a chapter preview of an upcoming novel. The result of this new action is that many people don't know where to start and what to look for if they failed to keep abreast of the situation.

So my advice is to figure out which series you want to read, followed by what characters you like and then see if the book is in print.

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Report this Apr. 14 2008, 9:18 am

Quote (Fred2700 @ April 14 2008, 7:40 am)
Finally, if you have ever noticed, the books are not longer numbered. This makes it really confusing when it comes to a time line. To add to the chaos, there is no longer a list of titles published. The publisher is saving on the 6-10 pages that are needed for these lists. In fact, readers are lucky to get a chapter preview of an upcoming novel. The result of this new action is that many people don't know where to start and what to look for if they failed to keep abreast of the situation.

So my advice is to figure out which series you want to read, followed by what characters you like and then see if the book is in print.

I've been using those pages for the past couple of years! They helped alot when I had no web access to check new releases etc, I think they should be kept.

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