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Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« on: 26 April 2017, 15:18:55 »
I've been going through the list of books and trying to figure out which ones haven't gotten a Legends version yet,  this is the list I have:

Warrior: En Garde by Michael A. Stackpole
Warrior: Riposte by Michael A. Stackpole
Warrior: Coupe by Michael A. Stackpole

Is that list correct, or did I miss some of the Legends?

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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #1 on: 26 April 2017, 15:31:04 »
Is The Sword and the Dagger available?
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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #2 on: 26 April 2017, 15:34:29 »
Not that I've found.  I always forget to add that one to the list as it is so rare.
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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #3 on: 26 April 2017, 15:46:20 »
Here's what I came up with.  If they're on the Catalyst store, they don't come up in text searches.

The Sword and the Dagger
Blood of Heroes
Bred for War
Highlander Gambit
Wolves on the Border
Heir to the Dragon
Grave Covenant
The Hunters
Warrior: En Garde
Warrior: Riposte
Warrior: Coupé
Sword and Fire
Shadows of War
Prince of Havoc
The Dying Time
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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #4 on: 26 April 2017, 15:50:20 »
The Hunters
Sword and Fire
Shadows of War
The Dying Time

It's odd. I found those at Kobo
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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #5 on: 26 April 2017, 15:53:39 »
Ardath Mayhar said, in her "Writing BattleTech: The Sword and the Dagger" essay, that this book was written under a different contract from subsequent BT novels. It was the first BT novel ever solicited, and was originally going to be written by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. And from how I understand Mayhar, even though she herself would have liked a reprint the contract somehow stood in the way of that. Long story short, I don't think we'll see this particular book in a reprint or Ebook version anytime soon.
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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #6 on: 26 April 2017, 15:56:50 »
It's odd. I found those at Kobo

I'm sure they're out...just temporary casualties of the switchover to the Catalyst storefront.
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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #7 on: 26 April 2017, 16:16:03 »
I'm sure they're out...just temporary casualties of the switchover to the Catalyst storefront.

I found these at BN and Amazon

Bred for War
Highlander Gambit
Wolves on the Border
Heir to the Dragon
Grave Covenant
Prince of Havoc
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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #8 on: 26 April 2017, 19:51:03 »
Ardath Mayhar said, in her "Writing BattleTech: The Sword and the Dagger" essay, that this book was written under a different contract from subsequent BT novels. It was the first BT novel ever solicited, and was originally going to be written by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. And from how I understand Mayhar, even though she herself would have liked a reprint the contract somehow stood in the way of that. Long story short, I don't think we'll see this particular book in a reprint or Ebook version anytime soon.
That is one odd contract.  And a Battletech novel written by Hickman and Weis will now be my biggest Battletech "What Might Have Been."
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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #9 on: 26 April 2017, 20:06:58 »
Ardath Mayhar said, in her "Writing BattleTech: The Sword and the Dagger" essay, that this book was written under a different contract from subsequent BT novels. ... And from how I understand Mayhar, even though she herself would have liked a reprint the contract somehow stood in the way of that.

You understand wrong. What she actually says in that essay is that, since The Sword and the Dagger was written as work for hire, she cannot get the rights back and republish it herself, as she's done with other out-of-print and unpublished works of hers. She says nothing about it being under a different contract from subsequent BT novels but speculates that those later books perhaps went in a different direction and that maybe explains why hers has never been reprinted.

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Long story short, I don't think we'll see this particular book in a reprint or Ebook version anytime soon.

No big loss, that. It's sole value is as a historical curiosity. Anything of value in its contents is summarized sufficiently in the Warrior Trilogy and the original Housebooks.

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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #10 on: 26 April 2017, 20:17:57 »
I've got a copy. It's not worth the price eBay scalpers ask for it, not even close. With all due respect to Ms. Mayhar, it is not a good book. It barely fits into canon (no fault of the author there, canon barely existed when it was written) and the story itself is just a more-implausible rehash of part of The Count of Monte Cristo (which, sorry Ms. Mayhar, is your fault).

If you happen to find a copy at less than $10, go ahead and snag it for your collection. Do not pay more than that.
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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #11 on: 27 April 2017, 09:41:38 »
I've got a copy. It's not worth the price eBay scalpers ask for it, not even close. With all due respect to Ms. Mayhar, it is not a good book. It barely fits into canon (no fault of the author there, canon barely existed when it was written) and the story itself is just a more-implausible rehash of part of The Count of Monte Cristo The Man in the Iron Mask (which, sorry Ms. Mayhar, is your fault).

If you happen to find a copy at less than $10, go ahead and snag it for your collection. Do not pay more than that.

All those Alexandre Dumas books run together so....
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Re: Which BT Novels are missing from the Legends line?
« Reply #12 on: 27 April 2017, 09:48:49 »
I think the Shawshank prison library has a copy, filed in the "Educational" section under Dumbass.
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« Reply #13 on: 27 April 2017, 17:40:56 »
All those Alexandre Dumas books run together so....

Ugh, they really do.
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