for the review of Q&A
at Sci-Fi Online. While I'm disappointed that Mr. Packer didn't
like the book and found it boring, I respect his opinion,
and am grateful to at least have a review out there. You
guys are among the few people doing reviews of tie-in fiction,
and it's appreciated.
said that, I'd like to correct one rather glaring error in
Mr. Packer's review. He
says: "There are also endless references to the last Borg
incursion, with few real details, so I can only surmise that
DeCandido wrote the last Borg story and was so pleased with
the result that he felt the need to add in numerous references
which amount to little more than an irritating advert."
fact, those were references to Resistance,
the previous post-Nemesis TNG book, of which
Q&A is the latest in a series, and a book that your
very site reviewed (albeit by a different reviewer).
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Author of Q&A
In reply to Keith's letter let me say I have no problems with
his work either as an author or editor - I have whiled away
many a happy hour in the company of his books, his writing
style is perfect for this type of novel. True, I did not find
this book up to his usual standards, but then I've never been
one for angst over action. That is not to say that it will
not find an audience, or that I would stop reading his books,
god knows look at how many works of homo-erotica exist with
Kirk and Spock, everything has a place in Trek.
for his main concern, I think that Keith has rather answered
his own question by having to specify which book the Borg
references related to. When I review a book, the first questions
really are: Does it hang together as a novel? Does it have
good characterisation? Is the plot interesting? In the majority
of cases the books passed muster, but then I would expect
little else from so seasoned a writer. However, any novel
which references other works without sufficient information
for the casual reader is bound to fall over. I accept that
this is part of a series; however, the lack of expansion will
only alienate the casual reader, which is what it did to me.
can only presume that Keith thought that every reader would
have read every other novel, I'm not sure that this is how
it works and for a novel to really work it has to be self
contained so that previous knowledge is not assumed.
I wish him well, he's written some stonking good books, but
I still feel that this wasn't one of them.