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Review: Star Trek: Discovery: The Light of Kahless

Star Trek: Discovery: The Light of Kahless Star Trek: Discovery: The Light of Kahless by Kirsten Beyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not a bad comic, and one that brings forth a bit of prequel mythos into Star Trek Discovery. In this one we see the origins of the Sacrophagus ship, and T'Kuvma and Voq themselves, and other Klingons who are acting...dishonorably...to say the least. I am wondering if there will be any references to this in the television show.  I think Star Trek Online has already referenced this in one of the Discovery-centric missions.

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Review: Narrative Inquiry: A Dynamic Approach

Narrative Inquiry: A Dynamic Approach Narrative Inquiry: A Dynamic Approach by Colette Daiute
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars. Not a bad book, and not bad in structuring a methodology for researching a narrative inquiry. The approach given, however, makes me a little perplexed as to what separates this type of narrative inquiry from something like Discourse Analysis.

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Review: Artemis

Artemis Artemis by Andy Weir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Since I liked the Martian, I decided to follow it up with Artemis.  I wasn't sure if this was going to be a sequel, or something totally different.  Basically: Moon smuggler, on a moon base, fitting the "young professional" category of employee tries something new. Royally messes up but survives. Walks away an entrepreneur.

Fun novel. Definitely different vibe than the Martian. The audiobook version really gets you hooked into the narrative.  I don't get people who are giving this book a low rating because "this is not the book I was expecting to read", because they don't like the protagonist - Jazz Bashara.  What's wrong with the character?

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Review: The Martian

The Martian The Martian by Andy Weir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After a lot of hype I decided to read this book. It was quite a fun book to read. MacGyver, on Mars, becomes a potato farmer to survive until he can get rescued. Snarky MacGyver on Mars - which makes it more fun. Now that I've read this I do want to see the movie version, just as a comparison.

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Review: Rosetta


Rosetta Rosetta by Dave Stern
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Back to Star Trek novel reading.  This was the last novel before the 'relaunch' of the enterprise series. Not a bad story - plus brownie points for some contemporary linguistics peppered in. That said, it felt a bit slow to begin (so much so that I lost the plot a bit while listening to it via TTS).

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Star Trek Online 9 years


It's been a while since the actual anniversary date of STO, but it's been busy, so this draft has been sitting in my...drafts...for a while.  This year Cryptic broke up the pieces of the infographic and released them a piece at a time on twitter, before putting the entire thing up on their website at the end.  I am not surprised that Tactical captains are first in the list, and I am also not surprised that the federation faction is first amongst players.  After all, there is no Star Trek: Romulan Republic.  I think the Romulan faction is my favorite, and I do like the aesthetic of the Romulan ships, but the feds get all the new ships and uniforms...so I tend to stick to my own first character for most play: the andorian, fed, tactical captain.


Along with the 8th anniversary I finally cleared some of the accolades that have been on my list:


First up, the Vorn Distinguished Service Medal, which one earns by completing the Cure queues 100 times.  Not fun, considering the space queue can FAIL if you don't protect the Klingon ship from Borg ships.  Finally done, and I don't have to bother with that queue again ;-) Unless it pops up in a random TFO.

Wrecking Ball - the accolade for destroying 200 sphere-builder ships.  It's been a while for this one since I really didn't want to play the Battle for Procyon V queue that much.  Since there were no Foundry missions to farm the sphere-builder ships, I sucked it up and did the Procyon queue a few times to get done with this one.

The Grand Aquisitor - this one was for getting all mini-accolades in the mission Quark's Lucky Seven.  The last two that I was missing were "Rule of Acquisition Number 9" for Crack the Security Computer with 5 attempts during Quark's Lucky Seven (Opportunity plus instinct equals profit). The other one was "Rule of Acquisition Number 48" and to get that one I needed to Take no damage as Leck during Quark's Lucky Seven (The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife).  Leck wasn't bad - I just needed to be more stealth and hide a lot.  The computer cracking mini game was a "Mastermind" clone, so I needed to remind myself what some of the rules were since the last time I played that game was when I was 10.

Along with these, I also got the "Doomed to Die" accolade for the featured TFO on Pahvos (taking out all of Captain Killy's lieutenants).

At this point I am down to about two dozen accolades left (some are bugged though).  I really wish the Undine would spawn in the Federation starbase protection TFO, and that people would want to play some Defera Battlezone missions.  It's hard to get people there...

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Review: Titan: Fortune of War

Titan: Fortune of War Titan: Fortune of War by David Mack
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pretty interesting adventure. I had completely forgotten about the Husnock and needed to look them up on Memory Alpha. In many respects it reminded me a lot of the hunt for Alteran, or even Goauld tech in Stargate once the Goauld had fallen. He who controls the powerful ancient tech controls the galaxy.  I wonder what the next Titan adventure will bring.     

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Review: Engaging in Narrative Inquiry

Engaging in Narrative Inquiry Engaging in Narrative Inquiry by D. Jean Clandinin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Informative. Worthwhile reading if you're interested in Narrative Inquiry as a research method. I read this book after the book I posted about yesterday.  This book seemed to go a little more in-depth as to the how-to of a narrative inquiry but it's still not a recipe.  Time to read another book.  One of the things that I started wondering about was about the difference between Narrative Inquiry and Phenomenology while reading this.  I guess it's time to dive more into that difference.

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Review: Narrative Inquiry: Experience and Story in Qualitative Research

Narrative Inquiry: Experience and Story in Qualitative Research Narrative Inquiry: Experience and Story in Qualitative Research by D. Jean Clandinin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This isn't a book where you are told how to do Narrative Inquiry in a step-by-step manner. That said, it's probably the best book to introduce you to Narrative Inquiry because it's about what Narrative Inquirers do, and the forms that takes. It really helped frame the research approach for me before moving to my next book on the topic. This made sense to be read first, which I discovered inadvertently after reading a subsequent book that references it ;-)

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Review: When Someone You Love Suffers from Posttraumatic Stress: What to Expect and What You Can Do

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