“One of the creatures in the front circle shook itself all over and, still shaking, moved very, very slowly toward Spock. He didn’t move a muscle. The creature put out a long slender pseudopod, gleaming in the sunshine like suddenly blown glass, and poked Spock’s boot with it. Then it made the scratchy sound again, more laughter, and said a word: “Gotcha!” It jumped back into place. All the other creatures began to echo the scratch-laughter. Spock looked around him in mild bemusement. “Captain,” he said, “I suspect we have found a kindergarten…” ― Diane Duane,
Book 40 in this Challenge!! So wha did we read for book 40? Doctor’s Orders (Star Trek: The Original Series #50) by Diane Duane! What is this book about you ask? Well here:
When Dr. McCoy grumbles once too often about the way the U.S.S. Enterprise ought to be run, Captain Kirk decides to leave the doctor in command while he oversees a rountine diplomatic mission. Kirk beams down to a strange planet nicknamed “Flyspeck” to negotiate its admission into the Federation, leaving Dr. McCoy to enjoy his new authority.
However, the doctor soon learns that command is a double-edged sword when Kirk disappears without a trace. Desperately trying to locate his catain, McCoy comes under pressure from Starfleet to resolve the situation immediately. Matters go from bad to worsewhen the Klingons arrive and stake their own claim on Flyspeck.
Then another, more deadly power threatens them all, and suddenly Dr. McCoy and the Starship Enterprise find themselves pitted against an alien fleet in a battle they have no hope of winning.
How is the book?
Entertaining!! Fantastic humor and lots of action to be had. This has to be one of my favorites so far, mostly because McCoy has taken over the USS Enterprise. There are a few parts where the story seems a bit forced and/or a little slow in between action scenes, but the humor in the novel makes up for it. Everything in this novel is almost perfect haha. If you happen to find this book, get it!!
“With four-to-one odds against us, our ability to leave the encounter without serious damage becomes seriously impaired.” “Spock,” McCoy said gently, “your bedside manner is flawless. You mean, we’re all going to be blown to hell.” Spock hesitated, then nodded.” ― Diane Duane,