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Book Reviews: Imaginary Girls+The Sundered+Serpents Among The Ruins+Well Of Souls+Day of the Vipers

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Chloe worships her older sister Ruby. The annoying entitled Ruby swans around their small town mooching, stealing, breaking laws, dressing like the homeless and acting like she is on meth yet everybody loves her. Despite some very strange events Chloe continues to adore Ruby even as questions are raised. This is a ridiculous stupid book about annoying dumb idiots.

Star Trek The Lost Era: The Sundered by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels
Captain Sulu of the USS Excelsior is transporting a Federation Ambassador for peace talks with the Tholians. Then they learn the Tholians are at war with a race known as the Neyel. Quite how all this fits in with 'Vanguard' is not clear. The Excelsior gets caught between the Tholians and the Neyel and the crew learn the shocking truth about the Neyel. Flashbacks tell of the Neyel's origins in the most unexpected of places. This was good.

Star Trek The Lost Era: Serpents Among The Ruins by David R. George III
This is an account of the Tomed Incident that send the Romulans into isolation in 2311, not to emerge until 2362. What could make the Romualns isolate themselves? It is not what you think. In 2311, the Enterprise B under Captain John Harriman patrols the Neutral Zone as tensions between the UFP and the Romulans grow. Meanwhile the Klingon Chancellor Azetbur comes under threat.

When a Starfleet test of a prototype ship goes wrong, Romulan hostility increases. Everything comes together as the Tomed Incident erupts. But it is not what you think. This is dark and very good.

Star Trek The Lost Era: Well Of Souls by Ilsa J. Bick
This story of the Enterprise C is good and makes you forgive the author for writing the dreadful non-Trek novel 'Ashes'. The crew encounter a lost civilization, a crime family and deception. We get the back-story to the crew and there is more neuroses on display than in 'Lost'.

Star Trek Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers by James Swallow

This is book 1 of a prequel to 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'. It begins in 2318 when Bajor was a wealthy, resource rich, isolationist world. When the resource poor Cardassian Union makes diplomatic overtures, it is the beginning of an uneasy realtionship. Various Cardassian and Bajoran characters have personal, religious and political conflicts that will shape the course of their worlds.

Slowly but surely the Occupation takes shape. A young Dukat resents and hates the prosperous Bajor and makes decisions that will have ramifcations far greater than he knows. This is good.

Best Line:
"As you say this is a historic moment. The first time a Cardassian has set foot on Bajor."
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