Star Trek Book Challenge 20: How Much for Just the Planet? (Star Trek: The Original Series #36)

268442So this was an odd book from beginning to end haha. It’s like the whole book is a joke. I kid you not! Federation, as represented by the Enterprise, and the Klingons arguing over a planet with vast dilithium reserves. What is only hinted at is that it’s also an intricately plotted but farcical comedy of errors, complete with Gilbert & Sullivan parodies. Plus there is a inflatable rubber starship that is in the book.

On the planet Direidi, a fortune in Dilithium crystals has been found. The contest for the crystals lies between the Enterprise and the Klingons – a contest that propels Captain Kirk and his crew into their strangest adventure yet.

So that kinda gives you an idea on how the book is going to be haha. It’s different and and it seems to upset a lot of fans. Because it’s not a true Star Trek book or they find the Klingons to be to silly. Kinda the point of the book really. It’s all one big joke. So I don’t recommend this book to Star Trek fans who insist on accuracy and serious science or who don’t appreciate lighthearted dramatics, cultural references, and this type of comedy.

The only problem with this book that I could find was small mistakes or words left out. Again that’s vary small and can be easily over looked.

Star Trek Book Challenge 19: The Kobayashi Maru (Star Trek: The Original Series #47)

Star Trek Book Challenge 19: The Kobayashi Maru (Star Trek: The Original Series #47)

McCOY: Three months before retirement. What a way to finish.
KIRK: We’re not finished.
McCOY: Speak for yourself. One day, …one night, …Kobayashi Maru.
KIRK: Bones, are you afraid of the future?
McCOY: I believe that was the general idea that I was trying to convey.
KIRK: I don’t mean this future.
McCOY: What is this? Multiple choice?

Kobayashi Maru!!! Okay so for those who don’t know what…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 19: The Kobayashi Maru (Star Trek: The Original Series #47)

Star Trek Book Challenge 19: The Kobayashi Maru (Star Trek: The Original Series #47)

McCOY: Three months before retirement. What a way to finish.
KIRK: We’re not finished.
McCOY: Speak for yourself. One day, …one night, …Kobayashi Maru.
KIRK: Bones, are you afraid of the future?
McCOY: I believe that was the general idea that I was trying to convey.
KIRK: I don’t mean this future.
McCOY: What is this? Multiple choice?

Kobayashi Maru!!! Okay so for those who don’t know what…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 19: The Kobayashi Maru (Star Trek: The Original Series #47)

McCOY: Three months before retirement. What a way to finish.
KIRK: We’re not finished.
McCOY: Speak for yourself. One day, …one night, …Kobayashi Maru.
KIRK: Bones, are you afraid of the future?
McCOY: I believe that was the general idea that I was trying to convey.
KIRK: I don’t mean this future.
McCOY: What is this? Multiple choice?

Kobayashi Maru!!! Okay so for those who don’t know what Kobayashi Maru is, there is a small history lesson for you:

It is a Starfleet training exercise designed to test the character of cadets in the command track at Starfleet Academy. The Kobayashi Maru test was first depicted in the opening scene of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and also appears in the 2009 film Star Trek. Screenwriter Jack B. Sowards is credited with inventing the test, naming it after a friend whose last name was Kobayashi. The test’s name is occasionally used among Star Trek fans or those familiar with the series to describe a no-win scenario, or a solution that involves redefining the problem and testing one’s character.

The notional primary goal of the exercise is to rescue the civilian vessel Kobayashi Maru in a simulated battle with the Klingons. The disabled ship is located in the Klingon Neutral Zone, and any Starfleet ship entering the zone would cause an interstellar incident. The approaching cadet crew must decide whether to attempt rescue of the Kobayashi Maru crew endangering their own ship and lives or leave the Kobayashi Maru to certain destruction. If the cadet chooses to attempt rescue, the simulation is designed to guarantee that the ship is destroyed with the loss of all crew members.

Another fun little fact that James T. Kirk took the test three times while at Starfleet Academy. Before his third attempt, Kirk surreptitiously reprogrammed the simulator so that it was possible to rescue the freighter. This fact is revealed in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, as Kirk, Saavik and others are marooned. Saavik accuses Kirk of never having faced the no-win scenario. Kirk replies that he doesn’t believe in such a thing. Despite having cheated, Kirk was awarded a commendation for “original thinking”.

217533ANYWHO!! Back to the book, sorry. The Kobayashi Maru (Star Trek: The Original Series #47) by Julia Ecklar. Great! There is something to be said about the classic crew of Star Trek and the story that were written for it. This Novel is more like a anthology of short stories. Mostly centering around Kirk, Chekov, Scotty, Sulu, McCoy. Full of character development and history, also the humor between everyone. A nice amount of action too, as each crew member talks about how they dealt with the infamous Kobayashi Maru test in the Academy. I loved Scotty’s go-for-broke solution to the no-win scenario.

A freak shuttlecraft accident– and suddenly Captain Kirk and most of his senior officers find themselves adrift in space, with no hope of rescue, no hope of repairing their craft, or restoring communications– with nothing, in short, but time on their hands. Time enough for each to tell the story of the “Kobayashi Maru”– the Starfleet Academy test given to command cadets. Nominally a tactical exercise, the “Kobayashi Maru” is in fact a test of character revealed in the choices each cadet makes, and does not make.

I say grab this book if you find a copy! Great read! A most for every Trekkie out there.

 

Star Trek Book Challenge 14: Possession (Star Trek: The Next Generation #40)

Star Trek Book Challenge 14: Possession (Star Trek: The Next Generation #40)

So I kinda kick the book challenge a little this week. Normally I make a post once a week about this. But I happen to knock out a few of them rather quickly and I figured while they are still fresh in my mind I’d post them. 🙂 That and I want to see if I can finish all of these books before the year ends…. But I don’t that will happen, it’s worth a shot tho!!

217502SO! Possession (Star Trek: The Next…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 14: Possession (Star Trek: The Next Generation #40)

Star Trek Book Challenge 14: Possession (Star Trek: The Next Generation #40)

So I kinda kick the book challenge a little this week. Normally I make a post once a week about this. But I happen to knock out a few of them rather quickly and I figured while they are still fresh in my mind I’d post them. 🙂 That and I want to see if I can finish all of these books before the year ends…. But I don’t that will happen, it’s worth a shot tho!!

217502SO! Possession (Star Trek: The Next…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 14: Possession (Star Trek: The Next Generation #40)

So I kinda kick the book challenge a little this week. Normally I make a post once a week about this. But I happen to knock out a few of them rather quickly and I figured while they are still fresh in my mind I’d post them. 🙂 That and I want to see if I can finish all of these books before the year ends…. But I don’t that will happen, it’s worth a shot tho!!

217502SO! Possession (Star Trek: The Next Generation #40)…. Yeah! BY J.M. Dillard & Kathleen O’Malley. Okay let me say this. When you find yourself reading a “team up” novel, it never really turns out well. Specially in the Star Trek universe and SPECIALLY when it’s two writers you have never heard of.. I thought about skipping this book and putting ti off till the end.

Eighty years ago, bodiless entities brought a plague of violence and bloodshed to the planet Vulcan. The nightmare ended only when the entities were trapped inside special containers. Now, on the eve of a galaxy-scale scientific exposition, the containers have been opened, freeing the malevolent entities to possess the minds and bodies of all they encounter, including the crew of the “Starship Enterprise”(TM) . Friends turn into foes, and no one can be trusted as Captain Picard faces a deadly and insidious threat. Unless the entities can be stopped once more, they will spread their madness throughout the entire federation.

But I’m glad I didn’t. The over all story was good and it deals with a foreign invader that the sensors cannot detect. But is does have some mistakes in it (I think it’s just how Star Trek rolls.. Seems like every book has the same problem.) Having said that, it was still a great book, it does reminded me a few different episodes of TNG where similar events occurred. The authors did a great job at capturing the characters likeness. I would have liked to see a better closure to Worf’s new friend.

So in the end I recommend this book to any Trekkie out there.

 

Star Trek Book Challenge 13: Balance of Power (Star Trek: The Next Generation #33)

216895Balance of Power (Star Trek: The Next Generation #33) by Dafydd ab Hugh….  I’m not to sure if I really like this one. I mean it was a good story. But disappointing. Lackluster…  Although it contains much humor, and captures most of the TNG crew very well. It does a number of key elements like the Ferengi pirate plot, which I found to be rather underwhelming. Also Wesley Crusher! Apart from a few stabs at what he would become by the end of the series.

When a famous Federation scientist dies, his son puts his inventions up for sale to the highest bidder, be they Federation, Klingon, Romulan, or Cardassian. Among the items at auction is a photon pulse canon capable of punching through a starship’s shields with a single shot. Meanwhile, Wesley Crusher is kidnapped from the Academy by renegade Ferengi who have set their sights on the photon canon as well, and Captain Picard must outmaneuver enemies on every side to save Wesley and protect the Enterprise from the deadly fire of the new canon.

Dafydd ab Hugh has Wesley all wrong. Wesley was never the wanna-be-swot he appears to be in this novel. He was all-Starfleet-wunderkid… Then he was completely disillusioned. He wasn’t the crafty, shifty, highly-strung cadet I read about in this novel. The whole story was just there… Didn’t give an history, build on any crew from TNG. Didn’t even try to introduces a new element. It was a filler novel.. So someone did it for the money..

I say skip this book. There are some many other ones out there and FAR, FAR better.