Tuesday, November 09, 2004

A Time to Read Something Else

Finished! In retrospect, reading all nine novels of the A Time To... series in a row was not the best idea I've ever had. The writers included enough little reminders and recaps that reading them as they came out wouldn't have caused any problems for my poor memory.

But now that I'm done, I can say that it was worth reading. I think I envy KRAD. There were scenes toward the end of the last book, as the characters prepared for the Riker/Troi nuptials, that must have been a lot of fun to write; I certainly enjoyed reading them. The reunion of characters soon to go off on their own ways really captured the best of the cast of TNG. Over the last few years, I've forgotten just how important those characters were and how much they used to mean to me. TNG lasted about two seasons too long and produced some mediocre movies, and then DS9 and B5 came along and kicked my ass, and I forgot about those great Saturday evenings at 7 watching TNG.

KRAD brought all that back. I'm as keen to read the post-Nemesis novels (TNG, Titan, and Articles of the Federation) now as I am to read the next chapter of the DS9 relaunch. Who'd'a' thunk it?

As for what I'm going to start reading tonight... well, it won't be anything Star Trek-related. Jake Arnott, maybe. Or possibly Aldershot 1945. Maybe Brigadier Gerard. Or I could succumb to the influence of Laura's brand new favourite TV series, Regency House Party, and read a Georgette Heyer. Decisions, decisions...

(Now playing: Prince, "Temptation," Around the World in a Day.)


At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said: "TNG lasted about two seasons too long."

I can't agree with that. One season, you can make an argument for, but some of TNG's best episodes were in its penultimate season: "Relics," "Chain of Command," "Ship in a Bottle," "Face of the Enemy," "Tapestry," "Birthright," "Frame of Mind," "Rightful Heir," "Second Chances."

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, there were some good episodes in the sixth season (and the seventh - "Pre-Emptive Strike," for instance). But somehow the bad and mediocre episodes of the last two seasons just seemed so much worse than the bad and mediocre episodes of the three previous seasons.


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