- Dec 15, 2008
I haven't read A Stitch in Time myself, but I have read "The Calling," also written by Andrew Robinson, which is its sequel short story in the Prophecy and Change omnibus. I'd like to fore-warn you that if the Garak in A Stitch in Time is anything like the Garak in "The Calling," then you need to realize that this is not the Garak you remember from the show. Andrew has changed a bit in the intervening years since playing Garak, and he has taken the character with him in his writing. That's not to say that this Garak is bad, or anything. It's just not quite the same Garak. It's an older, different Garak who has had more life experience and has re-evaluated where his life is taking him. (This is similar to the fact that the Ezri Dax who commands the USS Aventine in the DS9 Relaunch series is not quite the same Ezri Dax we met in Season 7 of DS9.) Oh, you still see the character and the original traits underneath, but if you're just expecting a straight-up story about another adventure of the Garak you knew, you may be disappointed. This is a Garak who's been through the Dominion War and has had time to reflect. This is a Garak from after the near-destruction of Cardassia by the Dominion. So, just prepare yourself for some of the changes to his character that his experiences have led him through.EmperorSubcutaneous said:I'm planning on making my first forays into the world of Star Trek books with A Stitch in Time, since that one was written by Andrew Robinson himself. I'll probably branch out after that, so I'll add Hollow Men to my list of future books to read. Thanks!
If you do want a straight-up "Garak you knew from the series" story, then Hollow Men is perfect.
Also, if you want a good look into Cardassian culture in general, I recommend The Never-Ending Sacrifice. It's a look at what goes on on Cardassia Prime through the eyes of a Cardassian orphan that was left on Bajor, after his father, who thought he was dead, finds out he's alive and takes him back "home."