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Before Dishonor by Peter David
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Aug 13, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: sci-fi, star-trek
Recommended for: desperate Star Trek fans
Read in August, 2008

I have long considered Star Trek novels to be a kind of "cotton-candy" literature--mostly sugar and little substance. This novel doesn't break out of this established mold.

Also included is something that has frequently annoyed me with fan-produced and professional non-canon stories--the inclusion of cross-series characters and references. Of course, I can certainly understand the compulsion, considering how all the Trek series are taking place within the same universe, and there is precedent even within the canon stories, but it seems that every time these characters are called into non-canon action, it's just so the author can say "hey, see, I know Star Trek, remember this guy?" without there being a real solid reason, and without putting the characters to appropriate use.

That said, the inclusion of Seven and Janeway in this particular storyline is certainly warranted, if poorly handled. I can't say that Seven is mischaracterized, but Janeway is very ill-served by this novel. If you're a Janeway fan, you're going to hate this novel.

As with most Trek novels, I can't really recommend it if you're not already a fan of the Trek universe, and even then I can really only recommend this novel if you're jonesing for a Trek story.

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