Book Review: ‘A Time to Hate’ by Robert Greenberger

September 21, 2021 at 5:44 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to Hate is the sixth book in the A Time to series, produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster and was written by Robert Greenberger and released in July of 2004.

The first two books in the series by John Vornholt had an interesting premise, but were not executed well. The next two books, by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, just seemed bland, almost as if they were filler books in the series where barely anything of consequence happened. Hope was rekindled in the previous book A Time to Love by Robert Greenberger. In this book, Greenberger finally pays off many of the promises that the series has made. 

This book’s plot itself wasn’t particularly strong, as it lacked the energy that some of the previous books in the series had. This might have been one of the most lackluster A-plots of the entire series. I thought that the “cure” was too simple and didn’t have enough difficulty for the crew. As a whole, this was the one plot where I really didn’t care what happened to the people of the planet, even though I really cared in the last book. 

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Book Review: ‘A Time to Love’ by Robert Greenberger

September 7, 2021 at 2:00 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to Love is the fifth book in the A Time to series, produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster and was written by Robert Greenberger and released in May of 2004.

It feels like the previous four books were just set up, and the meat of the A Time to series is just about to take off. This book is significantly better than its predecessors, showing the heights that this series could have achieved. Unfortunately, Greenberger makes some poor choices here as well, keeping it from attaining the highest of scores. 

The best part of this book is the accessibility. This one had the easiest premise and easiest action to follow. I found myself struggling to follow the characters, action, and events of the previous four books at various times. However, I was not lost once in this book. Despite being science fiction, this book felt like it was written to a more general audience, and the science fiction elements were toned down.

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New Releases: Rule of Two, Rogue Squadron, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command

September 7, 2021 at 1:00 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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New paperback versions of Rule of Two, Rogue Squadron, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command are out today with new covers.

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Book Review: ‘Rogue Elements’ by John Jackson Miller

August 24, 2021 at 5:32 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek Picard: Rogue Elements is the third novel in the Picard series. It was written by John Jackson Miller and was released in August 2021.

After nearly 6 years, John Jackson Miller returns with his third hardcover novel…although this time, it is his first hardcover for Star Trek. As such, Miller has made this quite the full story, tapping the full book out over 400 pages, a new longest novel for the illustrious author. 

I had a really difficult time with the Picard series. As such, I was nervous that I wouldn’t like the books involved. However, if the Discovery novels have taught me anything, it is not to judge a book by it’s tie-in property. Earlier this year I read and absolutely loved The Last Best Hope. When it was announced that John Jackson Miller was going to be writing a Picard novel, I knew I had to read it.

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Book Review: ‘A Time to Harvest’ by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

August 10, 2021 at 5:21 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to Harvest is the fourth book in the A Time to Series, produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster, written by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, and released in May of 2004.

This book is a significant step up for Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. I thought their previous book A Time to Sow was incredibly dull and boring. This book started out that way, and I was worried it would have the same issues. However, the second half of this book was amazing, and thus elevated the whole story for me. 

This book really doesn’t have much of a singular focus like the previous novels have. Dr. Crusher and Captain Picard probably have the most viewpoint chapters in the book, but certainly every main character had enough viewpoint chapters to make the book feel balanced. This book felt like a longer version of a Next Generation episode than the previous books had.

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J.W. Rinzler Has Passed Away

August 4, 2021 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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It has just come to our attention that Star Wars author J.W. Rinzler passed away last week due to his ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer. J.W. Rinzler is famous for his behind the scenes “Making of” books for Star Wars. While I did not know him, his books and interviews always made for fascinating escapes into the realm of Star Wars. He will be missed.

You can read his obituary here.

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New Release: ‘The Desert Prince’ by Peter V. Brett

August 4, 2021 at 5:25 am | Posted in Books, Random House | Leave a comment
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Peter V. Brett has a new book out for the Demon Cycle series!

A brand-new epic fantasy adventure set in the beloved world of the Demon Cycle, following a new generation of heroes, from New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett

Fifteen years have passed since the end of the war with demons, creatures of darkness who have hunted the night and plagued humanity since time out of mind. The heroes of humanity’s hour of need have become legend, and those who remain struggle to escape their shadows.

Olive Paper and Darin Bales have grown up in this new peaceful world. Demons have been all but destroyed, but dangers still lurk for the children of heroes.

Olive, Princess of Hollow, has her entire life planned out by her mother, Duchess Leesha Paper: a steady march on a checklist to prepare her for succession. The more her mother writes the script, the more Olive rails against playing the parts she is assigned.

Darin faces challenges of a different kind. Though free to choose his own path, the weight of legacy hangs heavy around his shoulders. It isn’t easy being the son of the man people say saved the world. Everyone expects greatness from Darin, but the only thing he’s ever been great at is hiding.

But when Olive and Darin step across the wards one night, they learn the demons are not all gone, and those that remain hunger for revenge. Events are set in motion that only prophecy can foresee as Olive and Darin seek to find their own places in the world in time to save it again.

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Book Review: ‘A Time to Sow’ by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

July 27, 2021 at 8:07 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to Sow is the third book in the “A Time to” series produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster, and was written by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore and released in April of 2004.

When the “A Time to” Series was launched, there were certain promises made. This series is meant to bridge the gap between Insurrection and Nemesis. And yet all of the reveals and development that was promised has yet to even become present three books in. 

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Book Review: ‘Race to Crashpoint Tower’ by Daniel José Older

July 2, 2021 at 5:30 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older is the second middle grade novel in The High Republic series, released by the Disney-Lucasfilm Press in June 2021. 

If you’ve read my review of A Test of Courage, you know that I don’t particularly love middle grade novels, especially in Star Wars. The whole purpose of tie-in novels is to connect the universe together, and to tell a story that children will understand and appreciate. Most of the Star Wars middle grade books are able to tell stories for kids, but they rarely add much to the greater understanding of the universe. However, Race to Crashpoint Tower is much different from its counterparts because it tells a great story while tying in well with The Rising Storm, which is the adult novel from Del Rey which occurs at the same time. 

This story focuses on two main characters: Ram Jomaram and Lula Talisola. Older is able to tell a fairly complex story for middle grade by having the two stories be completely separate, and then weave together towards the end. This sets it apart from books like A Test of Courage which had basically one thread that occasionally branched but mostly stayed together.

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Reveal: ‘Tempest Runner’

June 30, 2021 at 9:14 am | Posted in Audiobooks, Books, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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New audiobook from Cavan Scott, Tempest Runner. It’ll be out August 31, 2021.

Delve into the cutthroat world of one of the #StarWarsTheHighRepublic’s greatest foes, the merciless Lourna Dee. Cover art by Katerina Balikova.

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