Dead Endless
The U.S.S. Discovery's specialty is using its spore-based hub drive to jump great distances faster than any warp-faring vessel in Starfleet. To do this, Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the ship through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call originating from within the network, the Discovery crew find themselves trapped in an inescapable realm where they will surely perish unless their missing mycelial fuel is found or restored. Is the seemingly human man found alone and alive inside the network the Starfleet officer he claims to be, or an impostor created by alien intruders who hope to extract themselves from the mycelial plane at the expense of all lives aboard Discovery?

Dead Endless Details

TitleDead Endless
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 17th, 2019
PublisherPocket Books/Star Trek
ISBN-139781982123840
Rating
GenreMedia Tie In, Star Trek, Science Fiction, Fiction

Dead Endless Review

  • Jemppu
    January 1, 1970
    For someone like me, who finds themselves much relating to the character of Stamets, and inspired by their relationship and (universes transcending) love with Culber, this was such a joyride and an emotional thrill.Pleasant exploration of number of themes; tying in together bits of canon introduced separately in various media, and featuring lots of complementary thoughts and ideas sprung from those instances, previously mostly existing in the more or less formless realms of personal headcanon. For someone like me, who finds themselves much relating to the character of Stamets, and inspired by their relationship and (universes transcending) love with Culber, this was such a joyride and an emotional thrill.Pleasant exploration of number of themes; tying in together bits of canon introduced separately in various media, and featuring lots of complementary thoughts and ideas sprung from those instances, previously mostly existing in the more or less formless realms of personal headcanon. All of which here rang true to the characters, and in that sense were very supportive and validating of the imagined general psyches of Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber, and great additions to their shared lore.The story is set harmlessly in a way that disturbs the established canon very little, if at all. Which too made the reading experience that much more relaxing and worry free; not chafing against already accepted facts. Still, not insignificant, but if anything, indeed embellishing some of the formerly introduced history.I will admit my personal focus on this being - as with the show - first and foremost Stamets, Culber and their shared experience, but other than a fulfilling 'Culmets' narrative, the story also has a dynamic teamwork drive, prominently featuring whole of the established on-screen Disco crew.Plus, including the one lesser featured character I personally care for most: Justin Straal, Paul's 'fungal bro' and hetero lifemate. Such a delight to have them here, interacting with Paul, Hugh, and the previously unknown crew of USS Glenn, too.If there was one thing I might've noticed missing, it was some more calm and solitary moment(s), perhaps. The action is instant, and constant, and most all things happen under the watchful eyes of one or more shipmates. However, this is not a thing to despair over; true to the life aboard after all, one would imagine. (And, 'the calm' is where my personal ruminations have always lingered, so, room to easily fill in the quiet between the action is nothing but a relief, too).I had been waiting for this book both excited as well as anxious (both for the same reason of intense love for the characters), and can happily say that after the fact, of these two, only excitement remains. Excitement, delight, and inspiration (not the frustrating, "need to make sense of this" kind of repair inspo either, but good and manageable kind, born of sheer "yay").Heartfelt and beautiful. Thank you, Mr. Galanter, for doing good for our darlings. I am nothing but elated by this.
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  • Mareike
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely hands down love this book. I'm not sure I've ever read a tie-in novel this good.This book tore at my heartstrings and made me smile and laugh and, finally, had me a second away from full-on crying on a train by the epilogue.(view spoiler)[There's always a little trepidation with books like this, but especially if it centers on your favorite characters in a show. Will the author get them right? is a question that almost inevitable crops up. And it's not necessarily a fair question I absolutely hands down love this book. I'm not sure I've ever read a tie-in novel this good.This book tore at my heartstrings and made me smile and laugh and, finally, had me a second away from full-on crying on a train by the epilogue.(view spoiler)[There's always a little trepidation with books like this, but especially if it centers on your favorite characters in a show. Will the author get them right? is a question that almost inevitable crops up. And it's not necessarily a fair question because, like all fans, I have all kinds of headcanons that, to one extern or another, mix with how the characters are portayed in the show.That being said, however, Dave Galanter absolutely got these characters .And not only did he get Stamets and Culber right, he also did a marvelous job with everyone else, giving several of the other Discovery characters moments to shine (and be the big nerds we love). And all in a story about parallel universes and "what ifs?" and "some other mes".I marvel at the skill it took to balance the emotional and philosophical heaviness of Stamets' and Culber's story with suspense and some excellent humor. (hide spoiler)]This has even surpassed Una McCormack's Tilly novel and is now my favorite among the Discovery tie-ins.Also, I see those references to Discworld and Doctor Who and I tip my hat to you, Mister Galanter.
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  • Rosie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm happy to say I very much enjoyed this story. I was trying to work out where in the Discovery series it would fit, from the general premise of the story and it does indeed slot into it's place as you read.I love the set up of the Discovery as we come to know it, a very interesting insight into the what ifs and might have beens. Coming from Hugh's perpsective, seeing the subtle differences in the characters lives and how that's changed them in small and large ways. I can't deny my heart was I'm happy to say I very much enjoyed this story. I was trying to work out where in the Discovery series it would fit, from the general premise of the story and it does indeed slot into it's place as you read.I love the set up of the Discovery as we come to know it, a very interesting insight into the what ifs and might have beens. Coming from Hugh's perpsective, seeing the subtle differences in the characters lives and how that's changed them in small and large ways. I can't deny my heart was both bursting and breaking for Hugh and Paul, who they are and aren't to each other. The coming anguish on their behalf, knowing what's to come. It's an interesting idea having the Tardigrade "Ripper" or Ephraim from season 1 returning. I haven't seen the Short Trek which seems to also have the Tardigrade in the story, which having the same name I'm assuming is the same one.Unfortunately I must admit finding the conversations between Hugh and Ephraim the part that didn't work as well for me. I comepletely understand Hugh's frustration with the contstant repeat of "I will and I won't. I have and I haven't." Non linear comprehension is a tricky thing to discuss and for me, it was more annoying than anything else. There were a couple of times when it did work, but the rest I have to side with Hugh and beg him to stop. Especially since Ephraim remembers the multiple conversations with Hugh, while Hugh does not, why hasn't he worked out that repeating that phrase doesn't help 80% of the time and just frustrates and upsets him? Aside from that, I enjoyed it over all and it's lovely having a book focusing around Hugh and Paul's characters.
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  • Gabi
    January 1, 1970
    I have to give this 4 stars, because it is way better than any of the other DSC-novels I've read. Yet still it managed to leave me somehow wanting.I started with little expectations, because so far I was quite lukewarm on the Discovery tie-in novels. And so I was positively taken with the first chapters. Not only does the story feature Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber, my way most favourite ST characters, Galanter also managed to set the right tone for them (always a tricky task with the writing of I have to give this 4 stars, because it is way better than any of the other DSC-novels I've read. Yet still it managed to leave me somehow wanting.I started with little expectations, because so far I was quite lukewarm on the Discovery tie-in novels. And so I was positively taken with the first chapters. Not only does the story feature Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber, my way most favourite ST characters, Galanter also managed to set the right tone for them (always a tricky task with the writing of beloved show characters). Both instantly felt familiar and in-character. And not only those two. The author has a sure hand for all of the crew, which was a delight to read.I was especially pleased that the 'second row' (Tracy Pollard, Gen Rhys, R.A. Bryce, Airiam …) all got their scenes. The story itself started strong. Galanter showed much sensitivity for the emotional chaos of his protagonists and balanced personal scenes with a solid sporedrive adventure. A successful mix.For about 75% of the book I felt elated and thought that I finally found a DSC book that had both, true characters and a good story. It was running towards a 5 star read.And then nearing the end it somehow lost its focus. There were at least three chapters (or longer scenes … I did listen to it, so I'm not sure if it were whole chapters), that were superfluous, that slowed the pace, distracted from the main protagonists, ruined what could have been such a nice, round story … okay … perhaps I'm being too unfair, but my enthusiasm popped like a balloon and that made me grumpy.Still 4 stars for those chapters that were perfect and for giving room for all of my beloved DSC side characters and for giving a true voice to the best virtual couple ever and for the great cover. (I just try to forget the dragged out ending)
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully written, Galanter really manages to capture everything I love about Stamets and Culber. Their connection stretching across universes was so utterly heartwarming to read. I appreciated the way the little inconsistencies early on eventually added up to reveal the truth of the premise, and I loved getting to see all the characters we know and love in a new context. This book struck a fantastic emotional balance, leaving me laughing out loud (or at least giggling uncontrollably) at quite Beautifully written, Galanter really manages to capture everything I love about Stamets and Culber. Their connection stretching across universes was so utterly heartwarming to read. I appreciated the way the little inconsistencies early on eventually added up to reveal the truth of the premise, and I loved getting to see all the characters we know and love in a new context. This book struck a fantastic emotional balance, leaving me laughing out loud (or at least giggling uncontrollably) at quite a few parts, and sobbing at several others, and at no point did those moments feel out of place. The ending felt a bit haphazard at trying to put everything back into place, but maybe it's just because I didn't want it to end. Regardless, this is definitely one I will be reading again and I would be thrilled to see another Star Trek novel by this author someday.
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    A book of Culmets. Brilliant. I loved the sarcasm, the humor, the angst, the love. So good! A fascinating story about Hugh and the network. It gave me all the feels. I'd love to read another Culmets novel!! I definitely plan on reading this one again.
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    So, it's obvious that I'm a big fan of Discovery, but one of the biggest downsides of the serialized format of the show as opposed to an episodic series, is that we often don't get to learn much about the characters on a deeper level. This is where Galanter absolutely shines.Whether it be the discussion between Rhys and Airiam about the origins of her name, or the dry snarky jokes the bridge crew all make together as they eat lunch, or the deep, heartbreaking conversations between Paul and Hugh, So, it's obvious that I'm a big fan of Discovery, but one of the biggest downsides of the serialized format of the show as opposed to an episodic series, is that we often don't get to learn much about the characters on a deeper level. This is where Galanter absolutely shines.Whether it be the discussion between Rhys and Airiam about the origins of her name, or the dry snarky jokes the bridge crew all make together as they eat lunch, or the deep, heartbreaking conversations between Paul and Hugh, Galanter has really nailed and strengthened these characters in a way that I wish the show would more often.This was mostly advertised and talked about as a book about Paul, but in all honesty, I think it's more about Hugh. It fills in the details about what he experienced in the mycelial network, and it adds a devastating level of angst to the episode "Saints of Imperfection" from the second season. No wonder Hugh was so scared and terrified and, well, feral, when he was finally found by his Paul, because if he'd been facing this over and over, forgetting, knowing nothing but fear, not even his own name, then finding a Paul but not his Paul, falling in love and then being ripped away and forgetting over and over and over until he finds the right one. No wonder he didn't believe it was Paul, and no wonder he had such issues with dissociation.God I loved it.I did have some issues with the closure of the plot, same as others have noted, with the hasty tie back into canon, but I think it was well executed. I think I just didn't want it to end.“Did I die in my universe, only to end up in this one, with a gentler, kinder Paul?”Way to break my heart, Galanter.
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    I quite enjoyed this book, set in the Star Trek universe, showcasing two of my favorite Star Trek characters, Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber. Dave Galanter captured the voice and mannerisms of these two characters so skillfully and spun a heart-wrenching yet beautiful tale of second chances and first chances. Add a tardigrade and the mycelial plane and you have a story that is hard to put down.
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  • Alex Bright
    January 1, 1970
    What a lovely book to end the year with. The author understands and portrays the characters so perfectly, from their mannerisms to their speech patterns. It's beautifully done, and quite honestly it's the closest thing to a "romance" that I've enjoyed in well, ever. I hate romance. I loved this.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    I was looking forward to this book so much and it did not disappoint. It's been a while since I read a book in less than a day.I felt at home right away with Paul and Hugh, their characterization familiar and well done. The emotions coming from the pages were deep and moving. It read in most parts like a fanfic and mean that as the HIGHEST compliment. I would have liked some more quiet time between them, unsupervised and intimate. I even felt like the overall story of the rescue mission, the new I was looking forward to this book so much and it did not disappoint. It's been a while since I read a book in less than a day.I felt at home right away with Paul and Hugh, their characterization familiar and well done. The emotions coming from the pages were deep and moving. It read in most parts like a fanfic and mean that as the HIGHEST compliment. I would have liked some more quiet time between them, unsupervised and intimate. I even felt like the overall story of the rescue mission, the new aliens and Captain Burnham took a bit too much time away from the main focus of Hugh and Paul near the end where Paul was suddenly missing from the story for at least two chapters. This would have been a book where I'd liked some more chapters after the climax of the side story, but the call of other!Stamets to other!Culber was still well done. I wonder what that Culber's reaction would be once Paul comes out with the reason for the call at some point.Definitely one of my favourites among the Discovery novels.
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