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 15: Death Count (Star Trek: The Original Series #62)

Star Trek Book Challenge 15: Death Count (Star Trek: The Original Series #62)

So I changed things up and went old school with Star Trek. Take a small break from TNG hahaha.

217584So for this challenge I read Death Count (Star Trek: The Original Series #62) by L.A. Graf. Not to much action in this novel, butwhen it does happen. Look out!. But it does have a smooth story line and the over all book is good. I will say this tho! There is something to be said about taking the focus…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 15: Death Count (Star Trek: The Original Series #62)

Star Trek Book Challenge 15: Death Count (Star Trek: The Original Series #62)

So I changed things up and went old school with Star Trek. Take a small break from TNG hahaha.

217584So for this challenge I read Death Count (Star Trek: The Original Series #62) by L.A. Graf. Not to much action in this novel, butwhen it does happen. Look out!. But it does have a smooth story line and the over all book is good. I will say this tho! There is something to be said about taking the focus…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 15: Death Count (Star Trek: The Original Series #62)

So I changed things up and went old school with Star Trek. Take a small break from TNG hahaha.

217584So for this challenge I read Death Count (Star Trek: The Original Series #62) by L.A. Graf. Not to much action in this novel, butwhen it does happen. Look out!. But it does have a smooth story line and the over all book is good. I will say this tho! There is something to be said about taking the focus off of Kirk, Spock and McCoy once in a while. I think that’s why this story worked so well. Because it use crew members that we’re not to use to. With Kirk, Spock and Bones we know all there is to know about them and can predict their reactions. By using Chekov, Uhura, and Sulu, L.A. Graf was able to set the story moving and the reads on edge. Story out line goes as follows:

The disappearance of Andorian scientific genius Muav Haslev fuels tensions between the Orions and Andorians, tensions that come dangerously close to full scale war. Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are called to Starbase Sigma 1, located on the edge of Andorian-Orion space, to patrol the sector as a deterrent to hostilities. On arrival, the crew encounters an inexplicable series of events, beginning with missing equipment and shipboard malfunctions. After a deadly transporter accident, Kirk suspects sabotage, suspicions that are confirmed by the mysterious murders of three Federation officials.

Kirk and crew must put together the fragmented pieces of the puzzle, before the Starship Enterprise faces destruction and the galaxy faces interplanetary war.

In any case its refreshing to take a break from the ‘norm’ and see the adventures from a different perspective especially in this case as so much of the mystery actually revolves around the decisions and actions of these three. Uhura weren’t fleshed out that much on the TV, but sometimes what they said and did just didn’t seem quite right. That said, it had it’s share of a few funny moments and I loved the singing lizards. Spoilers by the way.
This is a good vacation/Doctor’s waiting room/’I’m stuck here for a while’ read.