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The Lives of Dax (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

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Mother, father, engineer, ambassador, scientist, statesman, serial killer, Starfleet officer: At one time or another, Dax has been all of these things and more. The near-immortal part of a composite species known as the Trill, Dax is a sentient, wormlike symbiont joined body and mind to a succession of humanoid hosts,
ebook, 384 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published 1999)
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Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one because, frankly, I consider DS9 to be the best series, and because Jadzia was my favourite female character. While I agree that including famous Trek characters here and there seemed a little forced (especially if they play out cliches rather than add anything interesting to the plot), overall, I think it's worth it, especially if you want to read into the history and customs of Trill (since DS9 offered only some glimpses of that world). To paraphrase The Smiths, some stories ar ...more
Jul 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, 100-books
An anthology of stories each featuring a different Dax host sounds like a good idea. Then I read the list of authors. Some of them I like, but I know from experience that some are notable for their lack of insight, ingenuity, and story telling skills. Luckily, it's easier to overlook these flaws in short story form than in novels.

The book starts of promisingly enough with Ezri and Vic Fontaine. The device of the anthology is Ezri is explaining Dax's lives to Vic. The Vic/Ezri bits are good, but
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Shore Leave Goodie Bag?
I really, really liked this--more than I thought I would. Technically, this isn't a novel, but a short story anthology, but it reads more like a novel given its structure and subject--Dax, the Trill symbiont in its various nine lives. As the editor said in the Introduction, "Dax is a living anthology--a collection of stories. The book would be too." And it works--beautifully. Each of the hosts, Lela, Tobin, Emony, Audrid, Torias, Joran, Curzon, Jadzia gets their own story by different authors--w ...more
Heather Domin
I was really excited about this one -- the intro was very Ezri, and I enjoyed the first three stories (Lela, Tobin, and Emony), but the later stories didn't hold my attention as much, I have to admit. And yes, I absolutely did picture the various DS9 cast members in my head for each host. I regret nothing :D
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
My first Star Trek book combines one of my favorite Deep Space Nine characters with a smart character (studies) concept that is a readable and intriguing exploration of Dax's lives.
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
While I love the idea of telling Dax's story through an anthology-- with different authors and voices and perspectives-- the main failing of this book was not adequately tying all these stories into *one life*. "How can Ezri Dax be more than the sum of her parts?" is presented as the most important question framing the book, but more could have been done to attempt to answer this. Who, exactly, is Dax separate of the hosts?

That said, many of the individual pieces were fascinating character and/o
Jul 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book for ages, because Jadzia was one of my favourite characters on DS9 and I was always fascinated by the concept of the joined Trill.

The book is a collection of short stories - each an episode out of the nine lives that the Dax symbiont spent joined with its hosts. The stories are all written by different authors and thus also differ in the narrative style, the details, the focus of the stories, the POV etc.

While I loved some them of them, I wasn't quite satisfied with
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
In nine stories, various authors explore all the different incarnations of Dax through more than three centuries of Star Trek history, from Lela all the way to Ezri. Dax is a fascinating character, and I absolutely love the concept of this anthology, paying tribute to each of the previous hosts that we have only seen little glimpses of during the series. While Jadzia was one of my favourite characters in DS9, I never really warmed up to Ezri (due partially to the terrible decision by the writers ...more
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing book that I keep coming back to. Ezri as we knew her before the relaunch series, Jadzia at her best dealing with an emotional adventure, Emonys story finally told (and dont tell me that you werent curious!), Audrid (my favourite of the hosts... write some more books about her !!!) finally explored in detail, and Lelas struggles as the first host of the symbiont...

This is definitely an amazing collection of stories... All of them, not just those about my favourite Dax hosts.

This book
Peter Heisler
The premise of this book is really clever, and it's actually a fairly well executed project; the stories work well together and are (literally) bookended by a contribution that does a good job of unifying them and drawing out an overarching moral. Still, it comes up short because it never successfully engages with Dax the symbiont. Instead of having continuity of personality, Dax seems to be more of a repository of memories that can be selectively opened and shut by its hosts, who are all so dif ...more
Jadzia Dax was always my all time favourite character in Star Trek until I rewatched the entirety of DS9 again. She's now my second favourite (not far behind, to be fair), behind Kira Nerys. I love DS9, I have been obsessed with that show since I was a child, and I will devour anything to do with it. In Goodwill I found this collection and snatched it up.

I really found this to be a great anthology. If we ignore the fanservice by including important Starfleet characters that JUST HAD to interact
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This continues the story of DS9 following the series finale. Think of it as an anthology of the all of Dax's previous lives. Each "life" of Dax has their own personally defining story told within the context of Ezri conversing with Vic in a holosuite. Each of the stories is written by a different author and could all be an excerpt of a larger narrative. It would be nice to have an additional book or series that further dives into the lives of Dax, this book truly adds more shades onto an already ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ehh. Like a lot of Star Trek novels, the stories in this anthology are hit or miss. The advantage of having multiple authors writing for multiple lives gives the reader a variety of writing styles and stories to enjoy (or not). With only so much of Dax's character being explored in the DS9 series, it seems that the contributors were given a little leeway with how they interpreted the few facts we were given about some of the lesser known lives. If you are a fan of Star Trek: DS9 you should give ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all anthologies some stories work better than others - I could have lived without the McCoy appearance - but the Joran chapter was particularly interesting and I loved the backstory of the 'Rejoined' episode.
An okay read, but easy for me to put down. Short stories that I didn't consider flowed together as well as they could.
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of Dax stories across the host's lives.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
hit and miss. lots of miss.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dax fans...and anyone who wants to get to know Jadzia, rather than just Dax, for once.
This review will get more detail after the inevitable re-read. But for now, I'll say that this is one of my favorite "Star Trek" books.

The lack of one star is due to the fact that, like others, I was disappointed that each story didn't start and end with a new joining, and that instead they were just a collection of short stories featuring a different Dax host. But they were all interesting stories, and I enjoyed all of Dax's hosts. I also wish the Trill and their homeworld had been more develo
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A striking set of vignettes chronicling important chapters in the lives of the Dax symbiont's array of hosts. This book marks the official start of Deep Space Nine's novel relaunch series, although post-"What You Leave Behind" events are only mentioned loosely in the anthology's prologue and epilogue.

Ezri's reflections on who she is as a person offer a nice framing device for a closer look at the oft-mentioned previous hosts of Dax, most of whom were never fleshed out beyond the key third season
This contains a bunch of short stories, each detailing one of the hosts of the Dax symbiont. It makes for good variety with a common link. I loved Dax on the show, both as Jadzia and Ezri, so there's a lot here that I found to enjoy. As with any story collection, some of these are much better than others, but overall I would quite happily recommend this. If we're getting technical then it's the first entry in the DS9 relaunch novels, as it was retroactively added in, but certainly isn't an essen ...more
Christopher Cook
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lives of Dax is a really great read for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fan, especially for the fan of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine who is, in particular, a fan of the Dax character. The television series does not tell us much about the past hosts of Dax, which is not to say, of course, that it tells us nothing, for episodes such as "Facets" (3.25) and "Rejoined" (4.06) (just to mention a couple of examples) provide some information, but there is no other resource regarding Dax like this book. ...more
Eduardo Díaz
Historias de las vidas anteriores del simbionte Dax, ideal para fans de DS9.
James Williams
If 90% of everything is crap*, licensed sci-fi novels are the exception that push that law close to 95%. There are a lot of poorly written cookie-cutter novels on whose covers publishers slap a couple logos and sell it to folks like me who'll buy things because they're fans. Indeed, I've largely moved past the licensed books that so completely dominated my youth because the quality tended so far towards the crappier end of the curve.

But, my spouse and I had recently finished watching the full s
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An anthology is perfect for this concept—a framing story for Ezri, unfortunately with Vic, and a story from the life of each host of Dax. Different authors for each story means different feelings for each story, just the perfect way to do an anthology like this. Not a biography of the Dax symbiont and not a biography of each host. But a flavorful event from each life. That way there can be additional stories, should Star Trek or other authors so desire.

I was able to devour large hunks of the boo
This book contains a story about each of Dax's nine hosts. (If that doesn't make sense to you, stop now and watch some Deep Space Nine.) Some of the entries are good, and others are forgettable.

One of the better entries is the letter from Audrid Dax to her estranged daughter, explaining why she lied about her husband's death. This shows a deeper side of Dax and provides a backstory for the events in the DS9 Mission Gamma novels. The entry on Joran was also interesting because it talks about the
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fabrizio Tobia
At first I wasn't entirely sure I was going to like this book.
I've started with this because it was the recommended reading order for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Relaunch, and it is - in fact - set some weeks after the series finale "What you Leave Behind".
I'm happy to admit my fears were unfounded. The book is very well written and the stories of the lives of Dax are all interesting and captivating in their own way.
Starting with Lela Dax (in a way we actually start with Ezri and that makes s
Erin Grady
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dax is one of my favorite characters, vibrant, full of life and confusion all at once. In DS9, you saw hints of previous Dax hosts, but nothing really solid. The (spelled wrong) J'hantara gave some deeper insights into Dax's past.

It starts off with poor confused Ezri lost in the Las Vegas holosuite, and bumps into lounge singer Vic Fontaine. Ezri, after some conversation, realizes it's time to tell her tale. As well as all of Dax's other lives.

This collection of stories focuses on each host at
P.C. Haring
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short story anthology with each one focusing on a different host, from Lela to Ezri we see the Dax Symbont moving through it's history and how it played in various historical events. It's a good collection, and having each piece written by a different author allows each story to find it's own voice, just as each Dax host is it's own character.

The only criticism I have is that some of the stories tried a little too hard to cross paths with existing Star Trek Canon. Some make sense... Emony Dax
Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DS9 Fan but wider audience as well
Shelves: star-trek
Quite enjoyed the different Daxes and their individual perspectives. Very interesting to have one lifetime consisting of many lifetimes. One of my favourite Trek character and well portrayed in this short stories novel that fit her presumably disjointed, yet surprinsingly coherent and wise personality.

Here is my breakdown by story:

Second star to the right and straight on ‘till morning
(Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens) 8/10
First Steps (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) 7/10
Dead Man’s Ha
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“I think one of the reasons I liked him so much was that he had more faults than the usual, socially acceptable Trill.” —Benjamin Sisko “Dax” 0 likes
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