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Review: Tower of Babel

Tower of Babel Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good continuation of the first book in the series. Here the federation is encouraging the aligned systems of Rigel to join the federation. I always thought that the Rigelians were a homogenous society, but apparently not. Also interesting that they were currently ruled by mobster families. Overall an interesting story, and in the end we find out that Trip goes Rogue. Section 31 may not be as wholesome as one might have believed (shocker ;-) )

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Review: A Choice of Futures

A Choice of Futures A Choice of Futures by Christopher L. Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a good start to the Rise of the Federation series. There is an interesting description of where the TOS uniform colors came from, an overview of what's happening to the fleet, the growing pains of getting different alien peoples to work together, and so on. On top of that, the federation is already being seen as a threat for various factions are trying to destabilize it before it grows. Fun story.
The attached drawing is from C. L. Bennett explaining, and visualizing, the new uniform.  The one thing that's missing from here is that the Red color uniform was an homage to the Tellarite uniforms (which may have been engineering uniforms), each of the division colors represented one of the four members of the original alliance




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Review: The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm

The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm by Michael A. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A satisfying end to the Earth-Romulan war. When all is said and done Trip is still out in the shadows, Archer is now a commodore, and the Vulcans, Telaraties, and Andorians finally came back to the table. Archer is hinted at becoming president of the Federation one day. There was also a nice little epilogue years down the road hinting at potentially Trip and T'Pol getting together. I am still surprised that a 6 year war was done in two books. Overall, a fun read.

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Got some more accolades (STO)


It's been a while since I played Star Trek Online with the intent to be on the accolade hunt.  I actually I thought I had most of them, but then I came across a list created by one of the game's other players and saw that I was missing a considerable amount.  After clearing out the retired accolades (ones that you can't get any longer), and the ones that you can in theory get, but you need to either be a different class of character (I am a tactical captain, so I ignored the Engineering and Science accolades), and the accolades that you can technically get if some shares a retired mission with you.  Once I got my list, I was off!  Here's what I've accumulated over the past couple of months


Ace
This one is from the episode Delta Flight.  The description is "Proved your piloting skills with Delta Flight" which didn't give a lot to go on. I got this by going through all the rings/checkpoints in the mission.  There are a few more accolades in Delta Flight that I have no idea (yet) how to get.

Belongs in a Museum
This is one is from the mission Vorgon Conclusions, where the player has to find all of the artifacts in the Starbase after the Undine assault.  This was a pain, especially near the end, because there are 3 possible slots with around 20ish potential items (random number generator driven?)  Getting all of the items was a slow process.  I've been working on this since the episode was introduced.

A bit of a fixer upper & It's a trap
Two accolades, same image. These are from the mission Surface Tension.  Things that could easily be missed such as "View damage at the far Force Field, after parting ways with Ensign R'raak" or require a replay, such as "Help Injured Officers and replay mission – or beam out and back in before reaching Quinn – for 5 accumulated kills."

Cease & Decist
From the mission "Romulan Mystery", to get this you needed to "You tried to arrest Obisek during the weekly episode Frozen" - since I tend to be a good guy in my game play, I had never attempted this.

Clean up their mess
From the Researcher Rescue mission, "Scan the dead body in the middle of the room of where the boss is"
History of New Romulus (Lore)
I totally missed the Lore component of New Romulus when it came out - or found it, and summarily forgot about it since it required a lot of repetition. I just spent EC on the exchange to get the data chips for this one.  Expensive, but worth it.

In Memoriam (Lore)
One more Lore related accolade that I had completely missed, from the mission Shadow Play.  I think I had scanned most artifacts originally, but had missed a few.
Incarcerator
From the mission Frozen - just needed to replay a couple of times to arrest some Remans after the end of the mission

Last Days of the Dewans (Lore)
One more Lore accolade on New Romulus. No data chips for this one.  Just lots of dropping and adding on one of the missions so that the right artifacts could pop up in one of the Dewan caves...

Magnificent Five
Basically choosing the Hard Option on Kobali Prime (do the mission on your own without allies)

Name the Stakes
Another Researcher Rescue mission - "Scan the planet at the beginning of the mission" which is easily missed...
Saurophobe
An accolade for destroying all of the Voth capital ships (which conveniently spawn in the same area!)

The Impossible
From the Undine mission "Assimilation" and the way to get the accolade was to Scan the Undine on the examination tables.  Optional thing to do, not even an optional objective, so easy to miss.
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Review: Handbook of Narrative Inquiry: Mapping a Methodology

Handbook of Narrative Inquiry: Mapping a Methodology Handbook of Narrative Inquiry: Mapping a Methodology by D. Jean Clandinin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While I didn't read this book cover-to-cover I did find quite a few chapters quite useful in thinking about and designing my narrative inquiry project.

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Review: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing

The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing by Michael A. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book continues on from the previous couple of novels and explores the first year of the Romulan war. Archer becomes a Commodore (interesting how they say it's an archaic title, but still used, perhaps foreshadowing the change of the rank name around TNG). Trip's alive (yay); there are heavy losses but Romulans are driven off. This book was longer (or felt longer) than previous ones, but was quite engaging.

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Καλό μήνα!

Καλό μήνα!  Καλή πρωτομαγιά, και καλό τέλος στις σπουδές αυτού του ακαδημαϊκού έτους!




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Review: Kobayashi Maru

Kobayashi Maru Kobayashi Maru by Michael A. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I actually liked this book more than I thought I would. The description from Memory Alpha is "Captain Jonathan Archer's Enterprise and Captain Erika Hernandez' Columbia become embroiled in the shocking events that became the infamous Starfleet Academy no-win scenario." I always took the Kobayashi Maru to be a theoretical simulation (something concocted by Starfleet researchers and instructors for training purposes), but it's interesting to see that it was in-fact based on real (in-universe) history. I also like that at the end everything's not honky-dory. Archer 'wins' in the no-win scenario, but is about to lose some of his bridge crew over it. Oh yeah, Trip is still a spy.

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Review: Star Trek: The Manga Ultimate Edition

Star Trek: The Manga Ultimate Edition Star Trek: The Manga Ultimate Edition by David Gerrold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is really a collection of the "ultimate" (I guess) stories from the other three separate volumes of the TOS manga. I did like the colorized version of the borg story, but I don't know what rubric they used to select stories for this volume. Maybe they should have just picked all stories from the previous volumes and done and omnibus :) The larger format was welcomed, and Star Trek as manga can be a lot of fun to read (if you put a few things aside...)

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Review: The Good That Men Do

The Good That Men Do The Good That Men Do by Andy Mangels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quite an enjoyable read. I would have loved to have seen this on-screen. Section 31, Romulan mystery, spycraft, and Trip is alive and spying on the Romulan Empire as a section 31 operative. The pacing of this novel was pretty good. I didn't feel lost, or bored, or wondering "what the heck is going on now?" Need an adaptation for TV ;-)

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