Isolated for centuries, the exotic Dragon Empire is finally ready to join the United Federation of Planets. But first the emperor's eldest son must marry the only daughter of his oldest enemy, bringing to an end decades of civil war. Without the wedding, there can be no peace -- and no treaty with the Federation.As honored guests of the Dragon Empire, Captain Picard and thIsolated for centuries, the exotic Dragon Empire is finally ready to join the United Federation of Planets. But first the emperor's eldest son must marry the only daughter of his oldest enemy, bringing to an end decades of civil war. Without the wedding, there can be no peace -- and no treaty with the Federation.As honored guests of the Dragon Empire, Captain Picard and the crew of the "Starship Enterprise" TM must ensure that the royal wedding occurs on schedule, despite the Empire's complicated and difficult codes of honor. And Dr. Beverly Crusher finds her loyalties torn when she wins the confidence of the unusually reluctant bride-to-be.More than just a treaty is at stake, for a vicious race of alien conquerors will stop at nothing, from assassination to invasion, to keep the Empire out of the Federation. Picard must use all his skills to save the Empire, and preserve the Dragon's Honor....
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Dragon's Honor Reviews
I really wish I could find out more about the writing process for this book. I haven't read anything by Greg Cox but I have read a few things by Kij Johnson. I don't think Kij Johnson would have been okay with a lot of this book. So I dug around to see if either of them talked about it and I couldn't find anything. Only a little blurb from Johnson in 2000 saying how writing the novel helped her realize she could write novel-length fiction. It made me think that Greg Cox did a big rewrite or something.Okay let me try to explain a little bit about the text. The TNG crew, sometime during the 7th season has to go to a planet that for reasons unknown is populated (apparently) by a race of people seemingly made up of Asian stereotypes. A society where honor is a big deal, things have long mystical titles, the food is weird, women are subjugated, etc. It's... very tacky. I know Kij Johnson has written books set in Japan. I haven't read them but I have to hope and assume they are written with a little more respect. So this world is being threatened by aliens, because it's Star Trek. The TNG crew is trying to get the ruler of Pai (the Asian themed world) to join the Federation. The ruler (the Dragon, of course) won't do it until his daughter is married off. The aliens threaten the world and Picard and company can't intervene until the treaty is singed because of that holy idea, the Prime Directive.There were a lot of Prime Directive stories in televised Trek and a lot of them serve to point out how flawed (but still treasured) the Prime Directive is. Dragon's Honor doesn't do that. It's a plot device to allow the shenanigans to occur. That's fine, in and of itself, as long as the shenanigans are fun or interesting or whatever. They aren't.Picard spends most of his time by the Dragon's side trying to ingratiate himself and ensure that the treaty gets signed. He eats horrible food, plays a boring game, and (most out of character and also just awful) puts up with the Dragon's treatment of women, including Deanna Troi. This last bit is just inexcusable. Picard sets his crew to be around the various characters involved in the wedding, to protect them or whatever. Troi takes it upon herself to keep the Dragon occupied by apparently going back with him to his room and having sex. This is after the Dragon spends all of his scenes ogling Troi and complimenting Picard on his women and whatnot. It's completely baffling and terrible.Riker spends the entire duration of the book teaching the Pai to play poker. For some reason this is what most of the book's pages are dedicated to. It's a gag that was never funny and never ends. The Pai don't understand bluffing or folding because it is dishonorable. Riker wins a lot of money despite not wanting to. Meanwhile there's a character who only exists to spew unintelligible imitation aphorisms like "a frosted mirror reveals only grapefruits" or some such nonsense. Earlier, the guy Riker is chaperoning says "my first wife died a few years ago. It was quite irresponsible of her, but one can seldom depend on women." Riker is taken aback and we get an insight into his thinking. He's not sure what to say... Really?? Tell him to fuck off! The Prime Directive doesn't prohibit you from telling people not to treat other people like shit! Cultural relativism doesn't begin to excuse it. At the risk of writing far too much about this book I'm going to just wrap things up. After spending so long with Riker's dumb poker game, the book begins to end and everything gets tied up amazingly quickly. All the characters who were preventing the wedding from taking place and the treaty from being signed basically just sit back and say "well the book's gotta end so we don't care anymore." The wedding happens. The treaty happens. The end.I was hoping for there to be some reveal about why this planet existed or why its people were a hodgepodge of Asian stereotypes. No such luck. It's a bad book. Don't read it.
In spite of its easy-to-ready, fluid prose, and its solid hold on the TNG characters, this is a novel that takes immitation-as-flattery to an unfortunate level. TNG has a rather sad history of ethnic planets: planet of the black people (distasteful shudder), planet of the women (pulp SF cliche shudder), planet of the Irish people (let's not go there), and planet of the Scottish people (ok, we did go there). This novel decides to add a planet of the medieval Chinese into the mix, and as much as I try to like it...it just makes me sigh very, very deeply and shake my head.
This is an amusing book, with some funny moments. The crew have to attend a wedding on a Chinese style planet, but things do not go smoothly. Picard is sometimes not in character, but the rest of the crew are handled very well. A fun, quick read.
A surprisingly readable TNG novel with a Klingon like culture and its honor at its focus. The characterization of Captain Picard is way off, but to me it was balanced by a healthy dose of Dr Crusher.
Cheesy, but interesting, in particular because of the Chinese/Asian references.
Funny in places, but was bothered by the bizzare handling of Federation policies. It's abundantly clear in the show(s) that the Federation grants almost total autonomy to its members, but I doubt it would accept a society which treats half (roughly) of its population as (sex) slaves and considers them actual property, no different from cattle or estates. There isn't even a mention of a woman in this society who isn't part of a harem, someone's wife, or an obligatory mother.There are also precedents for protecting a planet outside of UFP jurisdiction, provided the threat is external, they ask for help, and they are sufficiently advanced technologically as to not be adversly influenced by SF presence. Pretty sure fighting the Borg involved saving non-Federation worlds. This would have been no different, since the lizard people planned on eating the population.Ultimately, my nitpicking aside, it was just absurd to see the characters non-reactions to situations that would incense even current morale. Not to mention the fact that we already have the precedent of Beverly flying into a metaphorical rage at an arranged wedding in the show (ie, her views on this are canon). And the bride had been willing at the time. Here she just accepts it? Can't even discuss Deanna's attitude, because it'll make me mad.And, finally, I am the first to admit I know very little about medieval China, its customs and codes, but by Riker's beard, this felt kind of offensive and racist to me. Just sayin'.
So this whole book you are waiting for something to actually happen... and then nothing ever does. The plot and assassin are predictable and the story and events are harder to choke down than the food that the Dragon gives Picard. I don't want to call this the "Code of Honor" of the Star Trek novels but it does come pretty close.
Der Roman "Die Ehre des Drachen" ist ein typisches Star Trek Abenteuer der TNG - Crew rund um Jean-Luc Piccard. Das Raumschiff Enterprise fliegt zum Planeten der Pai um an der Hochzeit zwischen dem Sohn des Drachenkaisers und der Tochter des Rebellenführers teilzunehmen. Durch die Hochzeit soll der Bürgerkrieg beendet werden und der Beitritt zur Föderation besiegelt werden. Mordanschläge, der Diebstahl der Hochzeitgeschenke und das Verschwinden der Braut werfen die Planung leider über den Haufen. Zu allem Überfluss tauchen auch noch die G'kkau auf. Eine kriegerische Echsenrasse, die nix gutes im Schilde führt.Die Geschichte fängt etwas schwach an, wird im Laufe der Handlung aber immer spannender und fesselnder. Auch eine Priese Humor fehlt nicht. Die Charaktere sind so wie im Film und in anderen Star Trek Romanen.
This one wasn't nearly as good as the other one I just read. The plot was a lot more cartoony, drawing on basically every Asian stereotype. The dialogue and actions didn't seem quite as true to the characters and it basically read more like a fanfic than an episode of the show. It wasn't so bad I couldn't finish it; it was just a bit goofy.
in and out and done, with a laugh or two (admittedly, usually at riker's expense).