Book Review: ‘This Gray Spirit’ by Heather Jarman

May 11, 2022 at 5:35 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: This Gray Spirit is the third book in the Mission Gamma series for Pocket Books, written by  Heather Jarman, and was released in September 2002.

Following up David R. George’s Massive book Twilight would be a challenge for any author, especially to newer authors. Well, this book is Heather Jarman’s debut (one of her only books), and it is a killer book! I had read her book String Theory: Evolution for Voyager, which I thought was just fine, but not a great book. Here she is obviously much more comfortable writing for Deep Space Nine, and it works in her favor.

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New Release: ‘Brotherhood’ by Mike Chen

May 11, 2022 at 5:02 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Out in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats.

Link to official product page (including excerpts).

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Book Review: ‘Twilight’ by David R. George III

April 21, 2022 at 6:18 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Twilight is the first book in the Mission Gamma series written by David R. George III and released September 2002. 

This was an entertaining start to the Mission Gamma series. I’ve only read one David R. George III book, and that was a pretty weak book. However, this book is a significant step up.

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New Releases This Week

April 6, 2022 at 6:58 am | Posted in Books, Comic Books, Marvel, Random House, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Out this week.

Bounty Hunters #22

Writer: Ethan Sacks, Artist: Paolo Villanelli, Cover Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Paul Renaud (variant), Paolo Villanelli (variant)

ALL OUT WAR ON THE STREETS OF CORELLIA! Besieged by an entire syndicate of killers, T’ONGA, BOSSK, TASU LEECH, ZUCKUSS, 4LOM and LOSHA have no choice but to fight their way out through the streets. But will all of the crew make it out of CORONET CITY alive? Meanwhile, DENGAR strikes…and the Underworld may never be the same!

Details: Rated T, $3.99

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Book Review: ‘When Darkness Prevails’ by David Vissers

March 29, 2022 at 5:29 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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When Darkness Prevails is a debut novel by David Vissers in his brand new series The Zeir Prophecy. The first edition was released in 2017.

I would like to preface my review by stating that Mr. Vissers contacted me and asked if he could send me his books in exchange for a review. What is below are my honest thoughts and impressions about the book. I am in no obligation to change my review.

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Book Review: ‘Avatar’ by S.D. Perry

March 15, 2022 at 5:46 am | Posted in Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Avatar, is a two part book series written by S.D. Perry and was released in May of 2001 by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster. Because of the relatively short nature of the books, and given the fact of how tied-together they are, I am writing my review of both parts jointly. 

After the Season 7 finale of DS9, the tv show is over, and Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster has the perfect opportunity to take the characters and the story and run wild. They decided to choose S. D. Perry to lead off with this two parter series, and so far it is very good…but not stellar.

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Book Review: ‘The Search For Spock’

March 3, 2022 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is a novelization of the movie screenplay written and produced by Harve Bennett and adapted by Vonda N. McIntyre.

I have not reviewed too many movie novelizations before, mostly due to the fact that I generally don’t like them as much as original books. However, after the wonderful experience I had with J.M. Dillard’s The Undiscovered Country novelization, I thought I would give this one a try. The Search for Spock is up there as one of my favorite Star Trek movies, and I thought the book might provide some great insights…which it did!

The first 75 pages of this book is entirely new material. These are new scenes and new viewpoints that we never got in the movie. It does an excellent job of bridging the gap between the end of The Wrath of Khan and Search for Spock. Several characters are given viewpoints that the movie doesn’t, and I quite enjoyed them.

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Book Review: ‘From History’s Shadow’ by Dayton Ward

February 15, 2022 at 8:47 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: The Original Series: From History’s Shadow is a standalone novel written by Dayton Ward and was released in August 2013. 

This is definitely one of the more unique Star Trek books, but I mean that in a good way. It is very difficult to make a Star Trek novel stand out, especially in a novel in “The Original Series” line since there are literally hundreds of TOS books. However, Dayton Ward not only wrote a novel that stands out from the crowd, but is actually really good! Considering Dayton Ward’s track record, that is indeed surprising. 

The best part of this book is the setup and execution of it’s plot. This is clearly a love-letter to alien encounter stories popularized by movies like First Encounters of the Third Kind and Race to Witch Mountain. The way Ward goes through American and earth history in order to tell a story of aliens who are secretly on earth observing humans and the humans who are trying to hunt down the aliens was really fun and fascinating.

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Book Review: ‘Articles of the Federation’ by Keith R.A. DeCandido

February 1, 2022 at 8:03 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | 1 Comment
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Articles of the Federation is a Star Trek novel following the politics of President Nanietta Bacco. It was written by Keith R. A. DeCandido and released in June of 2005.

If you’ve ever read a review of this book, you’ll know that everyone equates this book with The West Wing. The West Wing is hands down my favorite television series of all time. This got my attention, as I am a HUGE West Wing fan (we call ourselves Wingnuts I believe?), and may or may not have watched the series all the way through 20+ times. So when I got this book, I wondered how accurate those reviews were.

They were all right. This is The West Wing in Star Trek. There were entire plotlines that I knew exactly which episodes they came from. There were even scenes where I knew which West Wing scene they came from. There were literally lines of dialogue that I knew where he borrowed them from (I told you, I’m a huge West Wing fan). Some people might view this as cheap, but I thought it was brilliant! To the casual fan, Keith is able to tell great stories. To the superfans, he is able to make amazing references.

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Book Review: ‘Immortal Coil’ by Jeffrey Lang

January 18, 2022 at 6:47 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Immortal Coil is a Next Generation novel heavily centered around Data, A.I., and lots of Star Trek history. It was written by Jeffrey Lang and was published by Pocket Books in February 2002. 

If you love Data, then this is the book for you. Data takes the lead in this novel as the Enterprise crew must solve a mystery involving Bruce Maddox and an accident that occurs at his laboratory. 

I went into this book expecting a more ethereal, philosophical look into androids and into Data’s history. That seemed to be the pitch of the book from the blurb and also what word of mouth on the book was. Instead, this book is actually a fun episode-sized adventure with an android mystery to it. I wasn’t disappointed in the book, as I find those novels much more enjoyable than the scientific exploration ones, but I did feel that the book had false marketing.

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