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Dead Endless

(Star Trek: Discovery #6)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The U.S.S. Discovery's specialty is using its spore-based hub drive to jump great distances faster than any warp-faring vessel in Starfleet. To do this, Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the ship through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 17th 2019 by Pocket Books/Star Trek
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Jemppu
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For someone like me, who finds themselves much relating to the character of Stamets, and inspired by their relationship and (universes transcending) love with Culber, this was such a joyride and an emotional thrill.

Pleasant exploration of number of themes; tying in together bits of canon introduced separately in various media, and featuring lots of complementary thoughts and ideas sprung from those instances, previously mostly existing in the more or less formless realms of personal headcanon.
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Dawn C
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A complex and very clever account of what actually happened to Hugh Culmets while he was trapped in the spore network. It’s rare that tie-in novels fill gaps of tv shows in any meaningful way but this one did. It also dealt with the Discovery crew’s treatment of the tardigrade, something I disliked on the show and which was left without comment. Lastly, I *loved* the alien species and the crew’s encounter with them, their communication was organic and interesting and even offered a few John ...more
Mareike
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
I absolutely hands down love this book. I'm not sure I've ever read a tie-in novel this good.

This book tore at my heartstrings and made me smile and laugh and, finally, had me a second away from full-on crying on a train by the epilogue.

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Gabi
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to give this 4 stars, because it is way better than any of the other DSC-novels I've read. Yet still it managed to leave me somehow wanting.

I started with little expectations, because so far I was quite lukewarm on the Discovery tie-in novels. And so I was positively taken with the first chapters. Not only does the story feature Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber, my way most favourite ST characters, Galanter also managed to set the right tone for them (always a tricky task with the writing of
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Rosie
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Amanda
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
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Krista
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book of Culmets. Brilliant. I loved the sarcasm, the humor, the angst, the love. So good! A fascinating story about Hugh and the network. It gave me all the feels. I'd love to read another Culmets novel!! I definitely plan on reading this one again.
Alex Bright
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely book to end the year with. The author understands and portrays the characters so perfectly, from their mannerisms to their speech patterns. It's beautifully done, and quite honestly it's the closest thing to a "romance" that I've enjoyed in well, ever. I hate romance. I loved this.
Rose
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Deanna
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this book, set in the Star Trek universe, showcasing two of my favorite Star Trek characters, Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber. Dave Galanter captured the voice and mannerisms of these two characters so skillfully and spun a heart-wrenching yet beautiful tale of second chances and first chances. Add a tardigrade and the mycelial plane and you have a story that is hard to put down.
Sel
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This was my first Star Trek book and I was not disappointed! I couldn't pass up a book about Stamets and Culber and their relationship. Without giving too much away, the story setting was interesting and unique. I loved all the parts with Stamets and Culber and felt the storyline really touched on the connection that they have. There was some really touching, heartbreaking moments there as well. I also enjoyed the parts with the remaining characters, particular the bridge characters. I know they ...more
Sara Gallien
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Dave Galanter has written a totally engrossing Discovery book. The (human/kelpian) characters were so real they came to life as I read. He was true to their personalities and histories. I was totally sucked in, unable to put this one down.

It is difficult to write a review without revealing the first spoilery 75 or so pages of the book, so if you want absolutely zero spoilers, stop here. If you're okay with the setup being revealed, continue on.

The setting for this book is a bit confusing
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Daniel Kukwa
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
I was not expecting this at all. An astonishing character piece that will play with all your preconceptions of "Discovery". It manages to be missing episode-style fanwank yet beautifully, at its core, it is also an archetypal "Star Trek" story of exploration and first contact. But even with that, this is the love story of Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber, and Dave Galanter captures their mannerisms, their characters, and their relationship with great beauty. As perfect as "Star Trek" novel as one ...more
James
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Elliot Weeks
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jaymie
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was happy to discover for myself that this was not a novelization of the episodes from ST Discovery thanks to (view spoiler) There was a good amount of time spent on their relationship as well as some circular conversations between Culber and a tardigrade. The rest of the story focused on the issues on Discovery and how Starfleet will save the day. It ...more
Kiri
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this. Without spoiling, my few niggles are that it went over something already established in the tv series, and they need to treat Tilly a bit more maturely, as I don't think she's THAT insecure. But that's my opinion ymmv. That said I enjoyed having Ephraim show up and the fleshing out of that character, and the storyline is interesting.

ETA: The narrator does an excellent job with this.
Kieran McAndrew
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While delivering much needed medical aid via the mycelial network, the 'Discovery' becomes stranded and Lt. Paul Stamets discovers a man inside the network. A man named Hugh Colber, who seems to know more about Stamets and the 'U.S.S. Discovery' than such a highly classified project should reveal.

'Dead Endless' by Dave Galanter is an interesting novel, which taps into the central characters exceedingly well and uses the mycelial network to its full advantage to create an exciting mission as well
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Rian Monson
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I can't think of anything else to say about this book, that another reviewer hasn't already stated. Other than I loved the book.

I wasn't sure I was going to, since the others haven't been really that good, maybe because the other characters I wasn't so invested in, or reading about their earlier life is just boring to me, haven't read the one before this one, enterprise war, but at least the books are kind of catching up time wise with the series.
Maribel Myers
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable

I'm not sure what I expected but I very much enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and fun way to be back in season one DSC and not be at the same time. The author seems to really 'hear' the characters of Paul Stamets & Hugh Culber. I could almost see the actors in my mind's eye and hear them too as I read the book.
Beth
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent, and if you're a lifelong fan of Star Trek or a Culmets shipper you're owe it to yourself to read it.
The characters popped off the page, and I heard their voices in my head without having to think about it.
Just have tissues and chocolate handy
Paul Lunger
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is very rare when a Star Trek novel in any of the series can surprise a reader as much as Dave Galanter's "Dead Endless" does as the 6th novel based upon "Star Trek: Discovery". The book starts out relatively innocently with Paul Stamets having dreams of hearing someone or something in the mycelial jumps as Discovery is dealing w/ delivering medical supplies to stop an outbreak of blood plague. Over time & careful storytelling we eventually learn that the person Stamets has been in ...more
Scott
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story but overly melodramatic. The characters of Hugh and Paul don't act quite like their TV counterparts and it may be due to the actors' performances absent here, to ground the more personal relationship dialogue. It could also be due to extenuating circumstances the characters are presented with in this book but I tend to think it has more to do with the writing making their relationship feel more forced in this book than it has been on screen. I also think more shared flashbacks ...more
Melissa Fuka
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Joanne Fate
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
This is my first ever Star Trek book and I completely enjoyed it. It makes me want to watch the show and get more Star Trek books. Because this is based on a TV series, it is useful to look up the main characters if you don't watch the show. You'll have a clearer picture in your mind of what they look like. It's not absolutely necessary, but I did it about an hour into it.

Parts of this book are emotional, parts intellectually stimulating, and bits have humor. It's entertaining and well written.
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Michael Hanscom
Focuses on the Stamets/Culber relationship, in a creative manner that’s a little confusing for the first few chapters until it suddenly snaps into focus. Some great Tilly and Airiam moments, as well as some nice bits fleshing out the friendships among the _Discovery_ bridge crew that we just got a glimpse of in the Airiam-centric episode of the show.
Shaun
Unenjoyable and unfulfilling. end of review.
Mike dean
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ended too soon.

I'll read this one again. Or I won't. Or I have. And I haven't. ;)
Thanks, Dave for a great ride.
Kaja
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read almost all at once.
A love story about the beauty of science and the wast unknown. Both scientific and poetic. For me: Star Trek at its best.
Oh, and Stamets' witty one-liners? Love.
Jennifer Baratta
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