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Christina Lauren, Lev Grossman, Tiffany Reisz, Rachel Caine, Jen Zern, Heidi Tandy, Rukmini Pande, Samira Nadkarni, Wendy C. Fries, Jolie Fontenot, Randi Flanagan, Tish Beaty, Cyndy Aleo, V. Arrow, Brad Bell, Andrew Shaffer, Darren Wershler, Anne Jamison, Jules Wilkinson, R
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Tie-in books don't have to be bad

My Enemy, My Ally (Star Trek, Book 18) - Diane Duane

People tend to stick up their noses at tie-in books - the titles created to expand the story of created universes.  By and large, they do tend to be formulaic.  This book proves that a tie-in book can be as good as anything being published.  It has a great theme - sometimes, the most patriotic thing a person can do is commit treason.  The opening line hooked me ("Her name, to which various people had recently been appending curses, was Ael i-Mhiessan t'Rllaillieu."), and I remember staying up all night to finish it.  Come to think of it, I was hooked by the Romulan proverb in the preface ("Of the chief Parts of the Ruling Passion, only this can be truly said: Hate has a reason for everything. But love is unreasonable")  It is, by turns, funny, exciting, and heart-breaking.  If you have any interest at all in the original Star Trek universe, you should read this.