Weis & Tracy Hickman
200 years have passed since 'Well of Darkness' and Dagnarus has become a
vaguely remembered legend and nobody remembers Gareth at all.
This book abandons the tactic of telling the story from the villain's POV
and instead concentrates on the heroes who don't know they are heroes yet.
Scattered around the world are various motley types who are drawn into
events that unbeknownst to most herald Dagnarus' return. Sadly Dagnarus has
but a cameo in this book and he's been Jacen Solo-ed, namely the writers
have turned him into an incompetent, moustache twirling, clichéd villain.
As events spiral out of control and Dagnarus prepares to wage war, it is
revealed that there is one who has never dared forget Dagnarus and has been
preparing against his return for centuries.
This is not as good as 'Well of Darkness', the new characters are irritating
annoyances who whine and moan. Dagnarus is a cliché and Gareth or his ghost
doesn't appear in this book at all. This volume seems like a stepping stone
to get to Book Three. If Hickman and Weis had any sense they'd have had
Dagnarus triumph to be in tune with the spirit of Book One but no instead
they junk the villain's POV aspect and instead set Book Three up to be
another cliched 'Lord of The Rings' good vs evil smackdown. An okay read.
Star Trek The Next Generation: Greater Than The Sum by Christopher L.
The latest in the TNG relaunch after 'Resistance', 'Q&A' and 'Before
Dishonor' sees the Borg back, yet again.
The Borg return so the Enterprise is dispatched to stop them. The conflict
with the Borg will take place in a star system that turns out to be one vast
mineral intelligence. As the Enterprise crew struggle to communicate with an
alien and self-aware star system, they also encounter a ship of liberated
drones led by Hugh (of the episode 'I, Borg'), meanwhile the newly wed
Crusher and Picard fight about having a baby and a new crew member T'Ryssa
Chen finds herself the unexpected lynchpin of the entire mission.
This is an okay read. But Bennett's usual fault of way too much technobabble
creeps in, plus you get the distinct feeling he disliked developments in
previous books most especially 'Before Dishonor' so he undoes them. Then
there is the whole problem of T'Ryssa Chen, who is a blatant Mary-Sue
character. T'Ryssa is a human/Vulcan hybrid who have never embraced logic
and rejects her Vulcan heritage. She has no discipline or respect, screams
and sulks at her superior officers and yet is inexplicably seen as gifted
and a 'child' who needs guidance. She has mommy and daddy issues as well as
a abandonment complex that makes people want to comfort her. She physically
attacks a Borg drone while making quips. Oh and lastly she's kind of slutty
and gets naked many, many times during the course of the book.
Leaving aside the Mary-Sue issue and the tiresome Crusher/Picard baby stuff
(seriously, isn't Crusher too old to have a kid at this point?) there is
some good plot in here. The Borg culture and their possible origins are
discussed and what is suggested is intriguing. Also there is blatant set-up
for the 'Star Trek: Destiny' trilogy. The alien lifeform encountered in this
book is also something that couldn't have been done on tv and is
interesting. This is an enjoyble read.