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Saw it yesterday - and while it was a good movie, it felt a bit like Star Wars with ST-injokes. But I'm glad I managed to avoid practically all spoilers (except for the Sulu-one which is to me a non-issue).

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Overall, Into Darkness had its flaws, definitely. It was a rip-off and Khan was ill-used there (the too many villains problem, I guess). But it carried some emotional punch, nonetheless (Pike!!). Which this movie didn't. Unfortunately. It's still a reasonably good movie, though, but nothing more. 6,5/10
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A Time to Heal leaves me quite pensive as it deals with the aftermath of the Federation's invasion of Tezwa (even if that invasion was done to prevent worse from the Klingons).

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Not an easy or satisfying place to finish a book - but there's still hope that not all remains as bleak. There's still another part left in the A Time to-series. 6.5/10
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"A Time to Kill" was quite a jump back into almost TV-Trek since it's set before Nemesis and everyone of the main characters of TNG is still on board the Enterprise. Actually, this novel is the 7th in a loosely connected series but apart from rough mentions of previous events you don't really need to have read the others - suffice it to say that Data had to choose between his service in Starfleet and his emotion chip (neatly tying loose ends about him not mentioning the chip in Nemesis) and that Picard fell into disgrace. I admit I read synopses of the mentioned 6 parts, but more to be better acquainted with the character background. The plot itself stands on its own.

So, what do we have here?

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A Time to Kill is just the first part of a duology, so, of course, it ends on a mean cliffhanger. I'm really looking forward to see all the plotthreads resolved - and I really hope Azernal will get what he deserves.

On to "A Time to Heal". 7/10
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Seekers is planned to be an ongoing series featuring alternatingly the Sagittarius and the Endeavour which were first introduced in the Vanguard-series on their ongoing adventures in the Taurus Reach in the aftermath of Vanguard's destruction. Therefore it's recommended to have at least some knowledge of what happened earlier - either by having read the series or by reading some spoilers (if you don't want to read Vanguard). I don't recommend reading Seekers before Vanguard if you plan on diving into the Vanguard-saga because you definitely get spoiled on major events.

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Of course, I'm going to read at least the next part since I can't stand only having half of the story. But after that, much depends on whether the characters evolve beyond what's been shown so far. There is potential there with the crew of the Sagittarius. It remains to be seen whether it will be realized. 5/10
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This was actually my third time reading this book - but the first time I actually felt like writing a review...

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Overall, Harbinger is one hell of a pilot to this new series. It shows a Starfleet that is willing to cross lines in T'Prynn, but also in keeping its operations and findings secret in order to be able to one-up their neighbours, it offers an enemy that's awakened due to the actions of curious scientists, and it shows that actions, however innocently taken, have consequences - on a small scale but also on a broad scale. Quite a colorful and nuanced picture Mack is painting here, perhaps a bit darker than what Star Trek has shown up until now. 9/10
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I have to admit that I don't quite understand the necessity of this little e-book - and the cynic within me wonders if the reasons of its existence have any relations to monetary issues...

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4/10
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So, this is it. The end of the books-only Trek series Vanguard. Is it a worthy ending to this very ambitious project?

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This has become quite a long review because of the vast amount of plotthreads that come together here - some could have been shortened or even dropped to the benefit of the bigger picture perhaps. And that's perhaps my main point of criticism here and the reason why I'm not 100% thrilled with it. 7/10
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As the penultimate book in the Vanguard-series, it falls to What Judgments Come to bring some plotthreads to an end while driving others towards their climax.

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Ultimately, while the characterization is as top-notch as I would expect, I wasn't too happy with Jetanien's part, Starfleet's covert operations and the shortsightedness in experimenting with the Wanderer. But make not mistake: What Judgments Come is still a very good read despite the mentionned downsides. Kudos to the writers and the concept of the whole series... which comes to an end in the next book. 7/10
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Declassified is an anthology of 4 novellas exploring key moments of the Vanguard story.

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The events in this story are again a game changer. Where will the Vanguard-saga go from here? Overall: 8/10
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Although Precipice was an exiting and easy reading experience, it didn't quite meet my expectations. Open Secrets might not have been as fast paced, it was a much more introspective book which I find I prefer. Again, as its predecessor, Precipice is quite neatly divided into a few different plotthreads which only come together at the end. So I am going to follow this division in this review.

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Well, Precipice certainly ups the ante again plotwise. Now that (nearly) everyone is back on Vanguard and the various plotthreads once again intertwine I'm looking forward to a complex and exciting series finale... only 2 novels and 1 anthology left to go after all. 7/10
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Despite the very prominent depiction of Spock on the cover, there's little of him physically in this novel - so don't be deceived by appearances. Rather, Cast No Shadow is on the one hand a rather fast espionage-thriller, featuring Elias Vaughn on his first... well... assignment as a field operative for Starfleet Intelligence is too strong a word since he shouldered himself more or less into this mission, and on the other hand Valeris' journey to reconciliation with who she is and what she's done. Being that the book deals with events between the TOS-movies and TNG, I'd rather have seen it labelled under the "Lost Era"-subtitle.

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Cast No Shadow, in any case, had an exceptional premise with its first very exciting 100 or so pages, then it tapered off a bit. I was sad to see Miller go but it was necessary to throw Vaughn into the deep end - being a mentor certainly doesn't bode well for a character... And, of course, the IMO overemotionalization of Valeris' motivations did not quite meet my expectations. In the end, what remains is a fun ride, sprinkled with Klingon politics, conspiracies and a bit of a glimpse behind the facade. Entertaining - but not outstanding. 7/10
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Great book - definitely the turning point in this to me so far lackluster series. 8/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
Okay, it appears as though I'm back to reading Star Trek. What's strange is that I read the first part of this book-only series, Harbinger, years ago... and didn't really like it. Then I reread it... I guess, 2 years? ago and was reasonably entertained. I picked up part 2, Summon the Thunder, which again was rather underwhelming. But then, something happened. The first contributing factor is that I can't stand not completing a series. So on with part 3, Reap the Whirlwind, which really picked up the pace and rectified some of the more questionable events that happened in the first parts. So I was hooked and started to read Open Secrets which finally offered a bit of a breathing room and a glimpse into the aftermath of events. This is my review.

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8.5/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
And here the one I posted at the trekbbs-board:

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8/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
What follows is my German review of the latest TNG-novel by Jeffrey Lang.

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brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
Finished the novel a while ago, but so far neglected to post my review here on my lj. Consider that mistake rectified. *g*

Overall I enjoyed this book, but it felt a bit unfinished - which is okay, given that it's apparently the first in a trilogy from what I understand.

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I'm looking forward to part 2 in just another 4 months. 6.5/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
Well, it had to come down to this. Star Trek has been such a huge part of my life that a list dedicated to its best episodes (at least IMO) had to follow here. *g*

Favourite ST-episodes and honorable mentions, of course )
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
Watching TV is a hobby of mine. I like being entertained by funny, complex, suspenseful stories that don't take up much more than 45 minutes (or 90 in one case *g*). I enjoy character development/interaction and seeing characters evolve throughout a show's run. Having said that, let's get to it.

My Top 10 all time favourite TV-shows - and honorable mentions )

I guess, next up will be a list of TV-series which I'm currently watching. I also plan to make up a list of Top 10 episodes for programmes such as Star Trek, Stargate. Maybe even include a list of favourite fanfiction. Let's see. *g*
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
After quite some time I finished another ST-novel...

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Next, I'm going to immerse myself in the continuing duology Plagues of Night/Raise the Dawn - perhaps some of my questions will be answered there. 6/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
Well, it's been 4 years since the phenomenal reboot (characterwise, not necessarily plotwise) of the Star Trek universe. And now it's finally here, reboot movie number 2. Am I happy with it? Not entirely, I'm afraid. And that ambivalent impression hasn't really changed after a second watching in the cinema and now watching it on DVD.

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Overall speaking, I'm really looking forward to the next movie. I just hope this time they'll come up with original material because I want nuTrek to stand on its own - it's a new universe after all, so why rely on old stories? 7/10

I love Star Trek, but I also love making fun of it and picking on (nearly) everything that doesn't really make sense... so I got a lot of fun out of The honest Trailer and How It Should Have Ended - both vids are available on youtube.

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