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31 January 2006 @ 01:33 am
Book Report: Imzadi II  
So, I finally read Imzadi II. I can't actually remember which of you was all "omg you must read it!", but I think it was probably lisayaeger. I am still FULL OF GLEEE that I am reading again, and trying to avoid being full of frustration that I am not sleeping again, so I will report! Spoilers to follow.

I'm... really not sure what to think about this book. I think it might be my least favorite Peter David book so far, but that's not necessarily an insult, given how my brain explodes with squeee over his other giant novels.

I loved the beginning and end bits about Jadzia, though they totally made me WANT TO CRY. Worf/Jadzia really does make me squeee a lot sometimes. SORRY.

I loved Alexander. He didn't seem Alexander-y enough to me at the beginning, since he was rather uber-Klingon and, timeline-wise, I don't think "Generations" was that long after "Firstborn," but then I realized that it actually worked pretty well as a bridge between TNG Alexander and DS9 Alexander. (Since I was always "whu? When did you become a warrior, then?")

TOM. RIKER. I LOVE YOU, TOM RIKER. Thank you for not forgetting about him!! I swear, I waited FAITHFULLY for all of DS9 for him to come back. However, now I am unsure what to do about my longtime DS9 WIP "Crossing the Lines," where I was going to have Tom Riker play a major role, and the events of this book mess with that a bit. Do I take this book into account or not? That is the question.

The absolutely best part of this book is that it accounts for all the missing time between "Generations" and "Way of the Warrior" on DS9... and it actually makes sense! I love books written by people as geeky as me. It totally filled in all the gaps. I squeaked with joy when it explained how Alexander ends up back on Earth, and Worf ends up at Boreth... yay.

So, the bad. It almost made me a Worf/Troi 'shipper. No, not because it was so very convincing, but because everybody was against it. Including Worf and Troi. The contrarian in me got kind of riled up in response. I just wish it wasn't quite so heavy-handed about how they are WRONG WRONG WRONG! for each other, because it made them seem just plain stupid for being together in the first place. And as much as us viewers at home knew that... they didn't have to write a book where they got engaged just to badger them about it for three hundred pages. *shrugs* Perhaps if more of the book had been action and less had been meeting-the-family-and-them-getting-insulted it would have worked better? Not sure. It just felt a little... fanfic-y, as much as I hate to use that word in a derogatory way.

And at the end of the book, I felt ripped off. Because... Riker and Troi don't get together (which, yay, canon, etc, but they could have at least had Deanna be the one to say -- reasonably -- that she needed time until "Insurrection" instead of Riker being a punkass). And yes, Worf learns the true meaning of Christmas, but JADZIA IS ALREADY DEAD. So, basically, it's a whole big romantic novel with no romantic resolution. Come on, people. I don't read romance novels just so that everyone can BREAK UP.

Oh, and the terminally geeky, since I know you were waiting for it: In the last scene, Worf cries about Jadzia. My first thought is "Wait, Klingons don't have tear ducts!" Someday I'm going to make some 35-year-old man in a Captain Kirk outfit living above his parents' garage very happy. *thuds head on desk*

So yes, I suppose I am... mixed on this book. I'll have to reread the first Imzadi to make sure it remains untarnished. Yayyy!
 
 
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Clydesuzvoy on January 31st, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
I'm... really not sure what to think about this book. I think it might be my least favorite Peter David book so far

*nod nod* It's been a few years since I read this so my memories aren't that clear, but I do remember being disappointed.

Of course, it could be because the original Imzadi SO RULES OMG IT'S LIKE THE BEST TNG BOOK EVER!!!!1111222!!!! AND I'VE READ IT LIKE A HUNDRED TIMES so I was expecting Imzadi II to be just as good. My bad ;)
Rose Wilde-Irishrosewildeirish on January 31st, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Someday I'm going to make some 35-year-old man in a Captain Kirk outfit living above his parents' garage very happy. *thuds head on desk*

LOL. *loves you*
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Jainabrightcupenny on February 1st, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
Oooh, you should totally read Apropos. Don't bother with its sequels, though; they suck pretty badly. I mean, they're still Peter David books so of course they're better than most of the other crap out there, but they're just not up to the level of the original Sir Apropos.
Nikenikej on January 31st, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
Man, I haven't read those books in ages (and is it terrible or just typical that the bit that really sticks in my mind is the naked spooning part? ;)) I also remember liking the first one better...I should go look at them again to refresh my memory.

Erm, you know. Once I've graduated and have time to read *anything* written after 1690. :)
stellar_dust: ST - wesleystellar_dust on February 1st, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
OMG, I totally remember the naked spooning part.

Um, that's all. ;D
Nikenikej on February 1st, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
*nods* 'Twas a very good part. Hee hee! >;D
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Little Red: trek - alamo - celestialwillowmylittleredgirl on January 31st, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
No! Nothing's wrong with 35 year old men! Actually, it's not a bad age. :) However, it was more the 35-AND-still-living-above-the-parents'-garage bit, which is inherent in the Trekkie cliche.

And stuff. *love*
AC: abby no goodcheekygal on January 31st, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
OMG I love Peter David's Star Trek books. The Excalibur series is really great as well.

Imzadi II? There were so many things wrong with this book, but I still adore it.

"Nice landing." How so many people were ribbing Deanna for crashing the ship.

Lwaxana's showing Worf Betazed ways. The fighting, watching paint dry... she was hysterical.

Worf introducing Deanna to his parents, and explaining that the multiverse the Enterprise was stuck in led him to consider her as a romantic partner. And then his father saying, "Wow, that's exactly how I met YOUR mother." Snerk!

And in the end, when Riker recites the poem to Deanna, she throws something at him, and when he's confused, she bellows, "IT FELT RIGHT!"

I can't help but think that although Worf and Deanna were not meant to be a long term couple, they each learned some good things from their relationship.
Lisa Yaegerlisayaeger on January 31st, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'm the guilty one. Imzadi I was definitely better, but I liked II as well. Which is odd considering my prediliction for happy endings...
Gracieangel_grace on January 31st, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
I actually own both Imzadi and Imzadi II...I was so excited that there was a sequel, I actually bought the damn thing in hardcover, and was a bit disappointed. The original was far superior.

And to whomever mentioned it above...the naked spooning totally sticks out in my mind too.
MsRaven: Nausicaamsraven929 on February 15th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
You know...I'm pretty sure that I read Imzadi. I just have absolutely no memory of anything that occured in the book. And that is very strange for me.

Watch...this is going to bug me so much that I'll try and find both books at the used book store. But considering your review, I'm not sure if the romantic in me will allow it. ;-)