Star Trek Book Challenge 45.5: The Hero Factor (Titan Star Trek Collections #1)

Star Trek Book Challenge 45.5: The Hero Factor (Titan Star Trek Collections #1)

… So we have another Star Trek graphic novel at hand and “OH MY!” (best George Takei voice) is it bad.. Well the art needs A LOT of work…

The Hero Factor (Titan Star Trek Collections #1) by Michael Jan Friedman.. So before going into this comic and I liked and hated about it. Here is the plot out line:

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Star Trek Book Challenge 45.5: The Hero Factor (Titan Star Trek Collections #1)

… So we have another Star Trek graphic novel at hand and “OH MY!” (best George Takei voice) is it bad.. Well the art needs A LOT of work…

The Hero Factor (Titan Star Trek Collections #1) by Michael Jan Friedman.. So before going into this comic and I liked and hated about it. Here is the plot out line:

2460776One of the most successful syndicated series of all time, Star Trek: The Next Generation breathed new life into the Star Trek franchise and kicked off a whole new era of Starfleet exploration and adventure!
Now the crew of the Enterprise-D continue their mission in these comics stories encountering familiar faces and extraordinary new alien species alike. In these classic comic tales, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D continues their mission, encountering familiar faces and extraordinary new alien species alike. Captain Picard returns to the planet Raimon, and is plunged into a murder mystery; a strange alien race tries to abduct Riker and Worf, and a humble engineer must become a hero; and a lover from La Forge’s past conceals a terrible secret!

So the story lines are not bad. In this collection we have:

“Return to Raimon”
“Murder, Most Foul”
“The Derelict”
“The Hero Factor”
“Serafin’s Survivors”
“Shadows in the Garden”

As well as bonus interviews with Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard) and Brent Spiner (Data). That part is rather cool to read.. But the art work needs a lot of work and is almost stopped me from reading it, because it was so bad at parts. 20160313_120456Point and case would be with this part with Tori & Picard. Look at her neck! What the hell haha. He has done this under pose a lot in the comic, There is one with Data that has the same problem. Where he looks more like a pig haha. The other problem I’m having that everyone has a buff and model build. I really don’t remember Picard looking like that one the show :). 20160313_120431 But over all the writing is great and history is great. Plus it gives you a glimpse into the early TNG episodes. Found this little guy at the book store for $7.99 in the “last chance” ben. Brand new they wanted $19.99… Yeah no… But if you get the chance, give it a read.

Star Trek Book Challenge 25: Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Star Trek Book Challenge 25: Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

……………….Jean Lorrah……………….

This author is a roller coaster of emotions of hate and love….. She has written some great books, like the  The Vulcan Academy Murders, The IDIC Epidemic… But then writes this pile of crap Survivors (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #4)….. There are some other books as well. But I’m looking the other way for good reason…

So Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 25: Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Star Trek Book Challenge 25: Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

……………….Jean Lorrah……………….

This author is a roller coaster of emotions of hate and love….. She has written some great books, like the  The Vulcan Academy Murders, The IDIC Epidemic… But then writes this pile of crap Survivors (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #4)….. There are some other books as well. But I’m looking the other way for good reason…

So Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 25: Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

……………….Jean Lorrah……………….

This author is a roller coaster of emotions of hate and love….. She has written some great books, like the  The Vulcan Academy Murders, The IDIC Epidemic… But then writes this pile of crap Survivors (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #4)….. There are some other books as well. But I’m looking the other way for good reason…

So Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Jean Lorrah…….Metamorphosis…… Maybe if I read this thing like you would rip a band aid off. Everything will be okay.. Maybe..  *Reading*…… *Reading*….. *Reading*……

15041830….. Well… I’m in complete bewilderment… How can you bomb out on Survivors and yet write Metamorphosis? Survivors was so lackluster, poorly written and jarring at times. But this book isn’t half bad! But like every TNG novel I’ve read so far, the editor was out to lunch while time to print the final copy. There are a few mistakes and again like Survivors the repetitive descriptions are there. But it flows really well and the story I rather enjoy. Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) is about a unexplained gravitational disturbances summon Captain Picard and the Starship Enterprise to the planet Elysia, and the android Lieutenant Commander Data to a date with destiny. For on this alien Dataworld, he is drawn into an impossible quest, leading him to consequences both heartwarming and disastrous, as he finally dares to pursue his fondest desire: to become human.

Data has to be one of my favorite characters from the TNG series and it was nice to read a story line that followed him and his thought process. Philosophical aspects of Data becoming human and the complications that it causes are interesting. It was written with a lot of sensuality and a lot of emotional depth I was rather surprised. I did not expected that for this author in always shape or form. Now keep in mind this novel is following the story line that was in play on the second season of TNG called “The Measure of a Man”. The base story line for that eps is Picard must prove Data is legally a sentient being with rights and freedoms under Federation law when transfer orders demand Data’s Data_takes_the_standreassignment for study and disassembly. I remember this eps because of Riker mostly. Having to go against his friend in this court and almost destroy everything Data is & was. See the pain on Riker face was rather heartbreaking.

Riker asks to be allowed to remove Data’s left hand for examination; Picard objects then withdraws it, realizing he has no way to rebut it. Softly apologizing to his friend, Riker removes it for Captain Louvois’ examination. Citing that Data is essentially hardware built by a man and programmed with software written by a man, Riker then moves behind Data and abruptly deactivates him, proclaiming “Pinocchio is broken; its strings have been cut.” Even Louvois, who warned him to do his best, is a bit taken aback and as a remorseful Riker takes his seat, Picard requests a recess, which is granted.

That bit was for the show in act 4. With the help of memory-alpha.wikia.com I was able to share that with you :). Oh all if you get the chance to read this book and or watch the show I recommend it. Just stay away from Survivors!! For the love of God!!

Star Trek Book Challenge 6: Into the Nebula (Star Trek: The Next Generation #36)

Star Trek Book Challenge 6: Into the Nebula (Star Trek: The Next Generation #36)

So for this Star Trek book challenge I read Into the Nebula (Star Trek: The Next Generation #36) By Gene DeWeese.

216903Not a bad little exploration and story about dual universes. I rather enjoy Gene DeWeese and his old fashioned sci-fi elements and story tells in this novel. Lots of potential for a second story, **Spoilers**regarding the sleeper ship that left the planet and caught the Enterprises…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 6: Into the Nebula (Star Trek: The Next Generation #36)

Star Trek Book Challenge 6: Into the Nebula (Star Trek: The Next Generation #36)

So for this Star Trek book challenge I read Into the Nebula (Star Trek: The Next Generation #36) By Gene DeWeese.

216903Not a bad little exploration and story about dual universes. I rather enjoy Gene DeWeese and his old fashioned sci-fi elements and story tells in this novel. Lots of potential for a second story, **Spoilers**regarding the sleeper ship that left the planet and caught the Enterprises…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 6: Into the Nebula (Star Trek: The Next Generation #36)

So for this Star Trek book challenge I read Into the Nebula (Star Trek: The Next Generation #36) By Gene DeWeese.

216903Not a bad little exploration and story about dual universes. I rather enjoy Gene DeWeese and his old fashioned sci-fi elements and story tells in this novel. Lots of potential for a second story, **Spoilers**regarding the sleeper ship that left the planet and caught the Enterprises attention**Spoilers**. Good characters and regard for mythology, the only real complaint is the quick and tidy resolution. The Story is heavy with the use of Data, he is the main focus point in the book. I’m guessing it’s rather easy to write out Data as growing through out the story.

Over all the book is easy to read and fast. Maybe a little to fast…. Check it out if you have some time to kill. The plot out line goes as follows:

While exploring an unknown region of space, the U.S.S. “Enterprise” TM encounters a strange nebular dust. Upon further investigation, they discover a planet called Krantin on which the plant and animal life, as well as the civilization are dying. A series of explosions and a ship that simply disappears into thin air lead the crew to believe another group is causing the devastation of the planet. The leader of the planet’s society, however, is wary of trusting the starship “Enterprise” crewmembers, and has the away team arrested. With time running out, Data must find a way to save his crewmates or watch as two worlds are destroyed.

Star Trek Book Challenge 5: Relics (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

For the Star Trek book challenge I read: Relics (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Michael Jan Friedman.. This book is great and mile above Jeri Taylor’s craptastic book.

999453Another cross over episode/book…. Also A LOT better than the last book…. This book is a must read! Even if you are familiar with the episode, this book gives you more detail as to how Scotty gets stuck in that transporter. The scene where Scotty recreates the original Enterprise on the holodeck (while drunk). It gives that scene and Scotty’s emotions a lot more depth/meaning, and is more entertaining. The book does a good job of adding to the story line that was already in place. It smart and funny as well as a fast read.

It you get a change, read this book and watch the episode again!! It’s a classic on every level.

Plot out line for the book is:

The U.S.S. Enterprise discovers the wreckage of a starship upon the monstrous surface of a Dyson sphere, an artificially-constructed habitat built around a star; and preserved in a weak transporter pattern is Starfleet engineering legend Montgomery “Scotty” Scott. Mr. Scott boards the Enterprise to find himself lost in a world that he barely recognizes, a world that has passed him by. But soon the Enterprise finds itself trapped within the Dyson sphere and pulled into the star, and Scotty must work with Lt. Geordi La Forge to rescue the Enterprise.

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Star Trek Book Challenge 4: Unification (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

For this book challenge I read: Unification (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Jeri Taylor

517hp6jDTnL._SX304_BO1,204,203,200_Oh my…… Where to begin with this one…. It’s another book based of the a episode… But this was…. It was bad, I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads. Mostly because it had some good points like: Like the cross over with the classic Star Trek and Next Generation…. Data was rather funny in this book… That’s about it.

But it so poorly written and plot holes everywhere.. It’s like author didn’t even know any Star Trek history. Aside from the fact that this reads like an old harlequin novel. Yeah! I know right! There were so many sexual references with every character. I think the word I’m looking for is nymphomaniac HAHAHA, yeah it’s that bad at times in this book. It really took away from the story and the fact it’s almost completely different for the TV show. I understand you can add or change things around in a book to make it more enjoyable or enrich the environment. But this book and author fail on every level possible…

It’s sad in a way really.. I’m just surprised that this book was okay to be published.. I’d say, stay far away from this book!

Based on the epic two-part television episode, here now is the story STAR TREK fans have awaited for five long years, the story that bring together Spock — the enigmatic Vulcan who personified the original, classic STAR TREK — with the crew of the Next Generation. Screenwriter Teri Taylor brings all the excitement and wonder that have captivated fans of the smash television series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION to this story of Spock’s forbidden journey into the heart of the Romulan Empire — and the U.S.S. Enterprise’s desperate attempts to discover the reasons for his mission there. Join now with Captain Picard, Lieutenant Commander Data, and the rest of the Next Generation crew on a voyage of unsurpassed adventure, a voyage that brings them to the edge of history — and forces them to confront a shattering betrayal!

I really wanted to stop reading this book. It was that bad… Now that I’m writing about this book. I think I’m going to change my rating on Goodreads. It’s not worth 3 stars…. So if you want a lackluster, bad plot line, trash harlequin Star Trek novel. This is for you!! Odd thing is, the episode was great! Rather dropped the ball on this one.