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This is an interesting read.. Sackers for one are one of the most creative alien so far in the Trek. But at the same time it comes across as a alien of the week where they throw a dart at a wall filled with skin color, forehead abberation and human culture analogue.. It’s really fills with mix feelings and the story plot is needs work. I think the humor is the only saving grace in the whole thing and also it did a bit of exploring of Uhura’s backstory. Other than that  is became a typical Trek story plot and nothing more. 

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Three Minute Universe (Star Trek: The Original Series #41) by Barbara Paul

77446The Sackers may be the most hated race in the galaxy, so repugnant that their mere appearance makes most Federation citizens ill. That hatred runs both ways, and now the Sackers have stolen a powerful new device that they use to imperil the rest of the universe. They’ve torn a hole in the fabric of spacetime, an expanding tear so that one universe is leaking into another, and unless the EnterpriseTM crew can stop it, it will consume everything in its path.

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Timetrap (Star Trek: The Original Series #40) by David Dvorkin…

76994In a remote area of Federation space, the Enerprise picks up an urgent distress signal — from a Klingon vessel! Tracing the S.O.S., the crew finds the Klingon cruiser Mauler, trapped in a dimensional storm of unprecedented power. Yet paradoxically, the ship refuses both the Enterprise’s call and the offers of help.

Determined to discover what the Klingons are doing in Federation space, Kirk beams aboard their ship with a security team, just as the storm flares to its highest intensity. As the bridge crew watches in horror, Mauler vanishes from the Enterprise’s viewscreen…

And James T. Kirk awakens…one hundred years in the future.

My GOD…. SO BORING!!! Next to no action or story plot for that matter.. It’s just talking about nothing and nothing really happens. Wow. I really don’t know what to say about this one. Don’t…. Just don’t….9177590

 

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Star Trek: The Original Series)… This has to be one of my all time favorite Star Trek movies! So when I found the novel of this movie I had to get it.

1261951Internal pressures, enormous military expenditures, and the destruction of their primary energy source have brought the Klingon Empire to the verge of catastrophic collapse.

To avert disaster, Gorkon, Chancellor of the Klingon High Council, proposes negotiations between the Federation and Klingon Empire, negotiations that will put an end to the years of hostility star_trek_vi_the_undiscovered_country_enterprise_a_by_ent2pri9se-d7bmlntbetween the two powers, and herald a new era of peace and cooperation. Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM are dispatched to escort the Chancellor safely into Federation space.

But a treacherous assassination brings negotiations to a sudden halt and places Kirk and Dr. McCoy in the hands of the Federation’s greatest enemy. With time running out, Spock and the Enterprise crew work to uncover the deadly secret that threatens to propel the galaxy into the most destructive conflict it has ever known.

I’m normally worried about novel that are based off movies. How much would they change or how much would they add on and does it add to the story or take away? I grow up with this movie and watched all the time with my Father. It quickly became a comfort movie for myself and my Dad. We were always quoting it or making some type of joke that deals with this movie. There are so many great memories that are linked and I’m happy to share this movie with my son. Who now is in love with it, well he loves anything Trek or Wars and even Who haha. I guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree there hahaha! star-trek-vi-the-undiscovered-countryThis year had been hard personally for myself with the passing of my father. It’s always bittersweet when I find things that remind me of him. So when I found this book, I felt I needed to read this and find out if it was any good. It was! Dillard did a great job turning the movie into a novel and brought back so many memories. Didn’t really change much in the way of the story, might have added a few things here and there. Or gave a little bit more of a backstory or let you peek behind the scenes. I love this story and it show the true form for all the Star Trek characters. Drama, comedy, action you name it’s in there :). I’m beyond pleased with this book and movie as well!

Fun movie facts:

Michael Dorn plays Colonel Worf in this film, and Lieutenant Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Colonel Worf is the grandfather of Lieutenant Worf.

Christian Slater wore the trousers made for William Shatner in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). “It was an honor to get into Shatner’s pants”, he quipped during a BBC interview.

The film marked DeForest Kelley’s last on screen performance as Dr. McCoy, and likewise Uhura’s final canonical appearance as played by Nichelle Nichols. Nichols would later reprise her role in Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II (2004), an unofficial continuation of the original series based on ideas by Gene Roddenberry and made with the blessing of Paramount and the participation of the Roddenberry estate, including that of his late wife, Majel Barrett

Nicholas Meyer (previously of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)) is the only returning director to direct two non-consecutive Star Trek films. Leonard Nimoy, Jonathan Frakes, and J.J. Abrams all directed two in a row.

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Bloodthirst (Star Trek: The Original Series #37) by J.M. Dillard

Dillard is another author that has written a number of Trek novels:

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Star Trek TOS: Movie Novelizations, #6)

216905A class one medical emergency summons the “EnterpriseTM to the Federation outpost Tanis. There, a grisly surprise awaits them. Two of the lab’s three researchers are dead, their bodies almost entirely drained of blood. There are no clues, no records of their research, no remnants of their work. There is only the outpost’s sole survivor, Dr. Jeffrey Adams, who holds the secret of what happened at Tanis, and might now happen aboard the Enterprise.

There is more to the list, but I figured I just name a few off so you can get an idea. Bloodthrist was an interesting book. Vampires and Star Trek?!? Doesn’t seem like a good mix up does it? But it work for the most part and found myself liking the novel more than I should have really. The author did really well with the characters and had a good handle of the shows history. Again this was a fast read and kept a good beat with the action and drama. The part really made me laugh out loud was when every time Chekov said vampires he would say “wampires” hahaha. give it a read if you happen to find a copy of this book.

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Here is another book by L.A. Graf. He wrote Ice Trap, Death Count and the upcoming novel in this challenge Traitor Winds (Star Trek: The Lost Years, #3). He as written a number of Trek books and so far I’ve rather enjoy his work. Firestorm (Star Trek: The Original Series #68) is a smooth read and goes into more backstory for Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov. Which is nice to see them get some love in the series and not just Kirk and his buddies. L.A. Graf as also shown that he is the go to author for all things Star Trek, with his knowledge of the show and characters. There were times where this novel dragged on and wondered a bit. But this was a good read and would say give it a read is you get the chance.

217593When a covert Elasian mining operation interferes with a Federation geological expedition, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are dispatched to mediate between the two parties. The Elasian Dohlman claims that the planet and its dilithium deposits are hers, but the geologists warn that if Rakatan Mons– the galaxy’s largest known stratovolcano– should erupt while the Elasians are mining its flanks, no amount of dilithium will save them. While Uhura and a landing party strive to determine if the Dohlman’s claims are true, Kirk struggles to keep the two sides from each other’s throats, but that delicate standoff is shattered by the arrival of an Elasian armada and the eruption of Rakatan, which could well destroy everyone on both sides.

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From the Depths (Star Trek: The Original Series #66) by Victor Milán

1546260Okeanos, a water world settled centuries ago by a group of Federation separatists, is now rocked by a power struggle between the natives and the ex-Federation colony. When the “U.S.S. Enterprise” TM is sent beyond the Federation’s boundaries to the planet to act as mediators, they are surprised to find a group of Klingons already serving as the natives’ advisors. The volatile situation rapidly deteriorates when one of Okeanos’s great floating cities is completely destroyed, and Captain Kirk is arrested for sabotage. Now at the center of a deadly civil war, Mr. Spock and the crew must race to free their captain as they face the deadly secret hidden beneath Okeanos’s murky depths.

It’s there… I feel the book does send WAY to much time explaining Star Fleets mission (and we all know this by now). Or it’s on going explaining of the shape and color of the star ships… That was the only down fall to this whole novel really. It was a fun read and basic of Trek plots with Kirks breaking procedure, getting in between Klingon drama and we can’t forgot the romancing that Kirk does so well hahaha. There have been worst novels out there that I have read while doing this challenge. This one was just fun to read and killed time rather well.

Trek BookWindows on a Lost World (Star Trek: The Original Series #65) by V.E. Mitchell….

188258While Kirk, Spock, Chekov and an archaeological team are exploring the ruins of an ancient civilization on the uninhabited planet Careta IV, they discover strange devices that appear to be simple windows. But the windows prove dangerous when Kirk and Chekov enter them, and disappear. Now, while the two struggle to survive, Spock struggles to unravel the mystery while fighting off aliens.

It’s Trek books like this make it hard to finish this challenge.. I me wow… Normally they are fun to read and you go into them not really looking for high literary quality. But this was like pulling teeth just to get through. A lot of the characters do not act like they should. Completely out of character, specially Bones and Chekov. It seems the author had no knowledge of the history of the show and/or just didn’t care. That’s how it comes off in this whole novel. The plot drags on and on and quickly goes nowhere.. I think this is the first time the Original Series novels were this bad.. I might be wrong, I’ll have to go back and look. But wow, this one is the worst so far. Black-Man-Stark-Trek-Facepalm-Gif

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