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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror by Scott Tipton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mirror Picard and crew are looking for resources given that the Terran Empire is a little short on them. How does one get them? Incursions into parallel universes (including the 'prime' universe) to collect resources, especially variants of the Enterprise D. This was an interesting story - with prime Picard outsmarting Mirror Picard. It was interesting to see Barkley's mirror self, and the twist in the end - mirror Barlkley stays in prime universe. How will this end? ;-)

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Review: Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures

Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rather interesting read - Enjoyed this one much more than the other DSC novels thus far. This was an interesting story about invasive species, refugees, and crimes against humanity that took place 10 years before the pilot episode for DSC. Here we see Georgiou and Lorca as commanders (we even get to see a little bit of Robert April on the Enterprise!) dealing with a crazy mess from all of the above. I was **really** convinced that the epilogue would have Lorca finding and killing Kodos - but I didn't realize that character was in TOS.

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Καλό μήνα!

Άντε ήρθε και ο Ιούλιος!
Η ζέστη ακόμα δεν ήρθε...αλλά τουλάχιστον έχουμε λιακάδα.  Καλό μας μήνα λοιπόν!




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Review: Star Trek The Next Generation: Mirror Broken - Origin of Data

Star Trek The Next Generation: Mirror Broken - Origin of Data Star Trek The Next Generation: Mirror Broken - Origin of Data by David Tipton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got this one as part of a Lootcrate. This comic traces the origin of data in the mirror universe. I do find the borgification of data interesting. I'd love to know more about the borg in the mirror universe in subsequent comics.

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Review: Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018

Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018 Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018 by Kirsten Beyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I rather enjoyed this short trek into how Stamets discovered the spore transportation technology and how he got into starfleet. A little bonus at the end you get to see how Tilly comes on-board the Discovery. I got the impression from the TV show that cadets see now part of crews as some sort of work-study but apparently Tilly is a special case!

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Review: Fear Itself

Fear Itself Fear Itself by James Swallow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book felt very much like a TNG episode in DSC skin.
It was a fine book to explore a bit of Saru's background (but I think some things in the book were in conflict with what we've learned of Saru on the show. There are Trek episodes that I put on in the background (they are fine, I just do other things while the show is on), and episodes that I pay close attention. Ithink this book was an "in the background" book for me. Still good, but I didn't hang onto every word.

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Review: Star Trek: Discovery - Succession


Star Trek: Discovery - Succession Star Trek: Discovery - Succession by Kirsten Beyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This comic gives us a glimpse of the mirror universe, specifically what's happening with Mirror Burnham. Georgiou is gone (she's in the prime universe), so people assume she is dead. Someone else is, Michael's "cousin" is on the throne, but there is treachery afoot. In typical mirror universe fashion there are lots of twists and turns in the plot and the person who ends up as emperor is...unexpected. This was a fun read :-)

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End of Backward Compatibility Program


During this year's E3 conference Microsoft announced the next gaming console (Scarlet) which will debut next year (which means that I'll get in in four years from now...).  It will be backwards compatible with the original xbox, the 360, and the One.  In order to achieve that, the Backwards Compatibility team for the Xbox One is stopping their work on the current console in order to focus on the next.  Overall I should say that I am pretty happy.  Most of my xbox games are compatible with the One, but there are a few notable omissions.   I really wish that some of these were already backwards compatible...but I guess that this won't happen now.  There is always hope that they will become BC in the next console release. 

So what's left in my list that's not compatible?

  • Azkend (freebie when I got my 360, but it would be cool to play on the one...)
  • Bionic Commando re-armed 
  • Mortal Kombat 9 
  • Mortal Kombat Arcade Collections
  • Max Payne
  • Max Payne 2
  • Max Payne 3
  • Dark (OK, not the best of games, but it would be nice to attempt to play it again)
  • Stranglehold
  • Dishonored (it exists on the One for cryin' out loud!!!)
  • Watchdogs (ditto)
  • Diablo III (ditto)
  • Halo 2 (original xbox version. I know the Master Chief collection has it, but I don't need to buy an entire collection for one game I own...)
  • Robotech Battlecry (original xbox, compatible to the 360, so why not the one?)
  • Battlestar Galactical (ditto)
  • Star Trek Shattered Universe (ditto)
  • Wolfenstein (original xbox)
  • Wolfenstein (360 sequel)
  • Alpha Protocol
  • Alone in the Dark
  • 007: Quantum of Solace
  • Remember Me
  • Kane and Lynch
  • Titanfall (exists on EA's subscription service, so I don't get why it's not already BC)
  • Arkham City: Blackgate Edition
  • Crimson Alliance (this was a freebie, haven't played it yet)
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

I hope these become BC one day, so I can put my 360 in a closet somewhere :-) 



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Review: Desperate Hours

Desperate Hours Desperate Hours by David Mack
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting story set one year before the "vulcan hello" pilot for the series. It includes the Enterprise and Pike (and Spock). Having seen Anson Mount as Pike really helps visualize this story in my mind's eye. There are some inconsistencies with the series - e.g., Saru's planet referred to "Kelpia" instead of "Kaminar" and getting the sense that Kelpiens are subterranean species.

Overall the story of fighting some ancient dreadnought was interesting. I feel like the Burnham-Spock bonding sub-plot gives those two characters a better history than what was presented on-screen in Season 1, but it feels a little incongruent with Season 2.

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Review: Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many

Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an interesting read, and it definitely adds some more context to STO's Undine arc (which made the Undine Infiltration in the game make much more sense. The book is told from the lens of Jake Sisko who is interviewing many well-known (and not so well-known) characters in the Star Trek universe about the first war with the Undine. About the only "continuity glitch" is that they refer to Riker as a Captain; which was the case when this book was written in the Titan Series of books, but since this takes place in the future, Riker has been promoted to Admiral. Oh well. Overall quite enjoyabe.

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