Review: Star Trek: Oaths

Star Trek: Oaths
Star Trek: Oaths by Glenn Hauman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sigh. Another mediocre Star Trek COE/SGE novel. I wonder if it’s worth the trouble to keep reading these. For one thing, they’re too damn short to have proper story or character development. I swear that most of the authors in this series are starting to make that the gimmick – you can have one or the other, but very rarely both. This one, had a very interesting story, but the characters suddenly became cardboard cut-outs. While I liked the look at Dr. Lense, it was one of the most boring uses of backstory I’ve ever read. The one saving grace of the story was the reintroduction of Sherman’s Planet into the Trek mythos, but even that was pretty much wasted.

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Review: Three Minute Universe

Three Minute Universe
Three Minute Universe by Barbara Paul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Three Minute Universe is one of the better Star Trek novels I’ve read. It’s got all the elan of the original series, along with the expansive view of one of the movies. Well written, we get introduced to an interesting new race, the Sackers, and get immersed in a bit of a mystery and an intergalactic calamity. Fast-paced, great characterizations, this is definitely recommended reading!

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Review: Probe

Probe by Margaret Wander Bonanno
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting but rather disjointed follow-up to the Voyage Home movie, this book takes a deeper look at the aftermath of the alien probe that attacked Earth, prompting the Enterprise crew to go back in time to get humpback whales to respond and stop the device.

Somehow, the Romulans get involved in the situation – which is both a big part of the story and it’s downfall, as nothing they do makes much sense. There’s a lot of intrigue, but not a lot of reasoning. We’ve got a ship full of new and somewhat interesting characters, but very few of them are adequately explored, and any conflicts they might have are resolved far too amicably.

This is definitely a mid-range quality Star Trek book, the kind worth paying maybe a quarter plus shipping on Amazon.

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Review: Bloodthirst

Bloodthirst by J.M. Dillard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So very, very tired of vampires – either good ones (Stoker, Rice) or bad ones (Twilight, Twilight, Twilight). But J.M. Dillard manages to come up with a fairly good vampire tale for a Star Trek novel. We get a bit of background on an Andorian crew member, as well as a relative of a guest star from the Original Series. The pacing is a bit slow at times, and there are a couple of breaks in logic, but all-in-all it’s an enjoyable tale and would’ve made an interesting episode.

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Review: Star Trek #68: Firestorm

Star Trek #68: Firestorm
Star Trek #68: Firestorm by L.A. Graf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was another excellent Star Trek novel, with a genesis in an old original series episode, this time being “Elaan of Troyius”. Another plus is that Uhura, Chekov and Sulu have the “starring” roles in this one, with Kirk and Spock in the background for once. Well written and with a very engaging story, Firestorm is easily in the top ten Trek novels I’ve read.

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Review: These Are the Voyages – TOS: Season Three

These Are the Voyages - TOS: Season Three
These Are the Voyages – TOS: Season Three by Marc Cushman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Much like the first two volumes of this series, this one is a treasure trove of behind other scenes tidbits of arguably the most popular sci-fi show in television history. You again get the full force of the personalities involved in creating Star Trek, both good and bad. If you like the show, the movies, hell, even the cartoon, then read this book!

One little quibble: The formatting is a bit wonky on the book at times. As most major publishers don’t know how to format non-fiction for e-books anyway, it’s not that glaring or off-putting. Some picture captions get moved around, but it’s pretty easy to determine that a green Yvonne Craig is NOT DeForest Kelley.

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Review: The Dumbest Idea Ever!

The Dumbest Idea Ever!
The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This graphic novel was a fine look at the creative process, following the autobiographical adventures of the writer/artist. While I thought the artwork was a bit too cartoony, the story was enjoyable. I currently live in the same geographical area as the story was set, and the backgrounds and locales of note were spot on.

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