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Dead Endless

(Star Trek: Discovery #6)

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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  351 ratings  ·  64 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 origin ...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 has found a lot of inspiration from the character of Stamets, and 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. All of whic
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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 Scal ...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. ...more
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. ...more
Rose
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Elowen
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a delight to read, and one of the most enjoyable Star Trek novels I've read so far, which I think is mostly because the story doesn't rely on the familiar characters being already established by the tv series. It does some good character development on its own, focussing on the exploration of Paul and Hugh's relationship and asking interesting philosophical questions, but also offers an entertaining plot that could be straight out of a regular episode. ...more
Dee
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 a
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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 ca ...more
Matt Buck
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this once it got going, but it took too long to get there.
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Richard Gray
While I have enjoyed most of the Star Trek: Discovery tie-in novels so far, there has been a regular formula to them. Take one principal character, add a hitherto unseen crisis and a liberal serving of backstory. Which makes Dave Galanter’s DEAD ENDLESS even more exciting for avoiding these tropes, offering up one of the more complex series tie-ins to date.

Having ripped through character profiles for Burnham, Saru, Tilly and even Pike/Spock, this volume finally turns its attention to Lt. Command
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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
Taaya
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere around the middle I got lost a bit. When the beings manifested themselves. That was a bit too much to keep track of in, maybe just because I was listening to the audio book. I read a message on my phone and suddenly everything was different within seconds? That was one layer of twists and complications too much for my attention span.
But apart from that I loved the writing and the narration. Especially how Saru was written was just brilliant. Funny, charming, ...
Looking forward to the
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Dan
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: discovery
Dead Endless is a moving story about characters I love. The story is not what it initially appears to be, but eventually reveals itself to be much more poignant that it would seem at first glance. Dave Galanter is one of my favorite Trek authors, and his writing does not disappoint here. In fact, Dead Endless was my pick for top Star Trek novel of 2019, and it is well-deserved.

Full review (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-xDj...
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Caroline Fosse
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
this book made me wanna scream but in a good way
i also cried and that's just something you need to accept
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Evelyn
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
3.5 / POOR HUGH!!! Now I just need several more books involving these two in the universe we know. I was glad to be able to pick this up after catching up on the show.
Mrklingon
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A clever direction - philosophical and mysterious and more!

Galanter gives us the USS Discovery ... but one with CAPTAIN Burnham. A Paul Stamets meeting Hugh Culber ... but not his Hugh. And there's a talking (sort-of) tardigrade. It's a very trippy story - but one that leverages off of ideas and events within the Discovery series in an interesting and engaging way.
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Christopher
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead Endless takes the approach of seeing the primary events unfolding from the perspective of a alternative universe! :D Dead Endless is a great exploration of a universe that went a little different from the regular flavoured one and has surprising incites that impact the normal Prime universe! :D Dead Endless is a net trip around the Mycenial network! :D

Crisp High Five! :D Brilliant and Highly Recommended! :D Get It When You Can! :D
Maj
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful read. (Am I the only one hoping for more novels set in the "clearing" most of this novel takes place? Please please please make it so! Pun intended.)

The novel gave depth to Paul & Hugh's relationship to which Disco alludes to - frankly, mostly via Rapp & Cruz's wonderful acting, rather than any subtlety on the part of the show's writing.

And in general Dead Endless adds more dimension to pretty much every character.

I loved the aliens - even if the change of tone they ended
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Rian Monson
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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.
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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
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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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