Star Trek Boldly Go by Mike Johnson

Book Review

 


Star Trek: Boldly Go #1Book Genre: Science Fiction, Comic

Book Series: Boldly Go #1

Released: 10/19/2016

Pages: 22 Price: $3.99 IDW Publishing

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this comic

 

 

Book Synopsis:

STAR TREK’s 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with this all-new series following the adventures of Captain Kirk and the iconic crew! New worlds! New species! New ships! And a new danger unlike anything the Federation has encountered before! Boldly go into a new era of STAR TREK!

My Review:

Saturday May 6th was Free Comic Book Day 2017.  I happen to be in a bookstore that was giving away some comics and had some on clearance.  I picked up the free Star Trek one set in The Next Generation world and this one that takes place after the last movie releases on the Kelvin timeline with the new cast setting off for life post-Enterprise.  I’m not much of a comic reader but I enjoyed this so much that I can’t wait to get my hand on the next five copies to find out what happens next.  I’m not in a big rush, however, so I might check the local stores first before I download them all from the publisher’s website.  I wouldn’t mind having physical copies of these but will settle for digital.

The story was quite good, the graphics a little less.  I’m reading it for plot so it didn’t bother me that some of the characters looked a bit off, Uhura being the lest resembling the current actor portraying the character.  Major cliffhanger at the end that sucked me in and frustrated me to no end that the comic was only 22 pages long.  So it looks like I might be a new convert to these graphic novels even if it is just the Star Trek ones.

My Rating: 5 Stars

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Time for Yesterday by A.C. Crispin

Book Review

 


Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Media Tie-In, Fantasy,

Book Series: Star Trek: The Original Series #39 (Sequel to Yesterday’s Son)

Released: 5/1/1986 Pocket Books

Pages: 303 Price: $3.95 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

When the Guardian of Forever malfunctions, the course of time runs amok, and the Star Trek crew undertakes a desperate mission to contact the Guardian, five thousand years in the past, and to bring Spock’s son, Zar, forward in time.

My Review:

While Yesterday’s Son read like one of the original Star Trek TV episodes the follow-up book read more like one of the movies.  The crew of the Enterprise had all moved on and needed to be rounded up for this adventure to save the universe.  Again greater stakes lent to the feeling of a movie rather than a quick hour-long show with a single plot to resolve. While I didn’t enjoy this as much as the last book I’m still glad to have read it as it resolved a lot left-over from Yesterday’s Son.

In this book, Spock and Zar are about 20 years older and thankfully over themselves.  This led to a much more satisfying relationship between father and son for the reader.  There was an interesting mix of tone or genre to this story.  At times it felt more like a historical romance almost in the parts we spent in the past on Zar’s world.  Contrast that with the high-tech future when were in Spock’s world and at times the book almost felt like two different stories.

There was supposed to be a third book, making this a trilogy, that was abandoned by the publisher and as a result of the author’s death.  I have conflicting emotions on this.  While I would love to revisit the Zar character and see what becomes of his later life I am satisfied with how this ended.  I can’t really see where they would have gone with another book but I’m sure it would have been some catastrophic event that only Kirk, Bones, and Spock could solve with the help of Zar of course.

Highly enjoyable and recommended if you have read the first book.

My Rating:4 Stars

Spock Vs Q: The Sequel by Cecilia Fannon

Book Review

 


Spock Vs Q: The Sequel (Star Trek: Spock Vs. Q, #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Audiobook, Media Tie-In

Book Series: Star Trek

Released: 12/1/2000 by Simon & Schuster Audio

Pages: 1 Hour Price: Unknown

Links:  Goodreads,

Source: I borrowed this from my library

Book Synopsis:

Following their debate over the fate of mankind, Spock and Q have continued their discussions over a meal. After dining, the two return to the stage to recount their repast, which included encounters with several of Spock’s former shipmates.
However, at the moment the two verbal sparring partners shake hands, a power surge places them in total darkness. Suddenly, Spock and Q are no longer on stage, but somewhere in deep space.
As they struggle to determine what has happened, a curious personality change takes hold. Spock is overcome with giddy delight. Q is much more serious, even…logical.
Masterfully performed by Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie, Star Trek® Spock vs. Q: The Sequel is a fascinating and often hilarious role reversal that reveals previously unknown sides of Spock and Q. It is a program so original it could only come from Alien Voices®

My Review:

Another fun recording featuring my two favorite Star Trek characters.  This one takes a bit of a twist in that they must now answer for their actions in the previous recording.  Their punishment is to switch personalities. While it was fascinating and highly entertaining to listen to a straight-laced Q and  a flippant Spock I have to say the first performance was better.  This one made me uncomfortable at times but it was still worth a listen.  If you are a Trekkie and love these two as much as I do then you should most definitely give this one a listen. It still managed to make me laugh out loud and had me smiling for the entire hour.  I just wish I could have been there to see this performed I bet it was out of this world.  LLAP

My Rating:3 Stars

Spock Vs Q by Cecilia Fannon

Book Review

 


1055516Book Genre: Science Fiction, Audiobook, Media Tie-In, Short Story

Book Series: Star Trek

Released:  11/1/1999 by Simon & Schuster Audio

Pages: 1 Hour Price:$15.00

Links:  Goodreads,

Source: I borrowed this from my library.

Book Synopsis:

As the end of the twentieth century nears, an asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. When it hits, the impact will result in the end of all life on the planet.
Ambassador Spock travels back in time to subtly warn Earth’s inhabitants of impending doom while calling into question humanity’s priorities. However, before the truth is told, the all powerful being Q appears and reminds Spock that he is prohibited from interfering in Earth’s history. Besides, Q doesn’t see mankind as something worth saving.
This initial encounter between the two legendary characters explodes into a battle of wits as Spock cleverly befuddles Q with his own words. As barbs are exchanged, and humanity’s flaws and wonders are laid bare, Spock’s logic just may convince Q that humans are indeed a species worthy of salvation, but will he be too late?
In Spock vs. Q, Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie again bring their characters to glorious life in the most lively and entertaining debate since Nixon vs. Kennedy. Recorded in front of a live audience, Spock vs. Q is a stirring audio program that could only come from Alien Voices.

My Review:

This was so much fun!  If you’ve been following me for any amount of time then you know I’m a Trekkie and quite possible that Spock is my favorite character.  I’ve been having fun reading some of the Trek books that I’ve been hoarding for the past few years.  While searching through the books I might want to add to my collection I came across this little gem featuring my two favorite characters, Spock and Q.  It is as wonderful as I expected it to be.

The story is only available in audio format and appears to have been recorded at a convention by the actors themselves.  The performance was quite short, only lasting for an hour, perfect for my exercise session on the treadmill.  The story is clever and brings us these two iconic characters with all their wit and personality that we love.  If you are a fan of the franchise then I would encourage you to get your hands on this recording.  I seriously doubt that you will be disappointed.

My Rating:5 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Boldly Go Shopping

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

November 29: Holiday Gift Guide freebie (ten books to buy the YA lover in your life, 10 books to buy for your dad, etc.)

My husband, I do not exchange gifts with each other or anyone else, so I have for several years now not had to actually shop for anything this time of year.  So sometimes it is fun to think about what I might get a such and such person or ask for myself.  I’ve decided to play this list a little selfishly and head over to Barnes and Noble to see what I might find for a Trekkie on their site.  I am not going to limit myself to simply books, the list will be book heavy, though,  but just go through the 2900+ items they have to offer when you search for Star Trek and see what I might enjoy receiving as a gift or give to a fellow fan of the franchise.  So, shall we begin?

Ten books gifts that I might buy a Trekkie over at B&N

 

  1. Star Trek beyond Movie Star Trek Beyond $14.99: Let’s start with the movie that came out this year.  It’s now out on DVD and Blue Ray.  I already own this little gem so this is one I might buy for a fellow Trekkie.
  2. 2017 Star Trek Poster Wall Calendar 2017 Star Trek Poster Wall Calendar $13.67: I have turned my upstairs hallway into a display center for all my Trek paraphernalia and this wall calendar would fit in nicely.  After the year is up I would so have all the prints framed for my wall too.
  3. Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book Star Trek: TOS Adult Coloring Book $14.99: I must confess that I’m not really on board with this coloring trend.  I’m sorry but you end up spending half the time sharpening your pencil with all those tiny little spaces to fill in…  This would totally be the exception to the rule, though, this TOS coloring book would be so cool to have.  They also offer The next generation coloring book if you like that series better.  I would happily accept or give either.
  4. Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek $13.17: One of the things that had always fascinated and drawn me to Trek is the Utopian society where everyone works for the betterment of themselves and society.  All needs are met and there is no financial inequality.  Trek has shown me a better way and this book would be a fascinating read.
  5. The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years The Fifty-Year Mission $19.97: What Trekkie wouldn’t love to learn all the ins and outs of their favorite franchise.  I know I would love this and the second book delving into the second 25 years of Trek.
  6. The Klingon Dictionary The Klingon Dictionary$12.70: Okay, now I don’t think I would ever go so far as to learn to speak Klingon but wouldn’t it be a hoot to look up and learn all the swear words to use in everyday conversation.
  7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Spock Bobble Head Spock Bobble Head $14.95: Yes, please.  I want a Spock Bobble Head for my very own.  Or you could get any one of the other favorite characters for the Trekkie in your life.
  8. Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man $16.44: This one is on my to-read shelf.  If you haven’t guessed, Spock is my favorite character, and it would be touching to read about Leonard Nimoy from the insight only Shatner could provide.  LLAP.
  9. Redshirts $11.76: Now this isn’t a Star Trek item but it is a fabulous parody of the Trek franchise and any Trekkie is bound to love this story.  I did and had to go out to make it my very own.  Great read!
  10. Star Trek: The Classic Episodes (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) $22.50: Why not a collector addition of TOS episodes in story format.  This would hold an honored place on the shelf of any Trekkie.

Well, there you have my suggestion list of gift items for the Trekkie in your life.  I’m sure there are plenty more out there an Enterprise coffee cup or model, a complete set of their favorite show, all the movies, etc.  This is simply some fun items I found over at Barnes & Noble.  The prices might not be current as I made this list on Cyber Monday and I think they had a sale going on. Live Long and Prosper and have a great holiday shopping season everyone!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 5

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Day 5: A book that makes you happy

Redshirts

 

Goodreads Link, Blog Review

I love me some Star Trek and after reading now two books by this author I am beginning to think I love me some John Scalzi too. This is a great book for any Trekkie or even people who simply enjoy the movies or tv shows.  The book is a fun tongue-in-cheek look at the red shirt phenomenon from TOS (the original series).  It is everything you would expect from that title and so much more.  Check out my review if you want to know more, but if you need a book to put a smile on your face give this one a try.  LLAP

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.
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Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond (Possible Spoilers)

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I know, I know this is a book review blog so what the hell am I doing reviewing a movie.  Well, if you don’t know by now I’m a huge Trekkie (LLAP) and today I got to see the new movie and I feel like talking about it.  In case you didn’t read the title I may post spoilers, nothing too major, I don’t want to ruin the movie for you, but I want to have my bases covered.  So if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want to know anything that goes on, leave now.  Go, watch the movie and come back to discuss.  You’ve been warned so no complaining in the comments.

 

 

 

Alright, hopefully,that’s enough space for most screens. Okay, shall we begin.

I loved this movie so much, as you could probably already predict.  I can’t say Beyond is my favorite of the three rebooted movies, Into Darkness probably is, but this movie was awesome on so many levels.  I think Abrams is the better director, but Lin still made a pretty kick-ass movie after Abrams left us for the dark side….  Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty, co-wrote this movie and he captured the essence of Star Trek beautifully.  Trek isn’t about the action, not that it can’t have good action, Trek is about the characters.  It is the bond and chemistry of this/these crews that brings us back. This movie goes into that aspect of Trek where the last two didn’t this rebooted Trek movie was for the fans and to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek.

The movie started off with a great opener that had the theater laughing out loud and quickly moved into a more somber tone as we see Kirk struggling with his reasons for being in Star Fleet and the daily grind of his job.  There were some cute segments here, but things didn’t start picking up until later.  We do get to visit a space station that took my breath away. Seriously this was the most beautiful imaginary I’ve seen for a location in this universe. I almost wish we could have explored it more.  Before we know it the crew is out on the ship again and racing off into danger. Since they show this in the trailers I think it is safe to say the Enterprise does not survive the movie. It has lasted through two whole movies, her days were numbered…, still it hurt me to see this ship I used to dream of living on as a child to be utterly destroyed in the way it was.

As I mentioned before Trek is about the characters and in this movie we got to see the bond that started the franchise come shining through with Spock, Bones, and Kirk. Spock and Bones actually got to spend a lot of time together which made my day as I love the bickering between these two.  We also get to see Kirk and Chekov (SO sad to see Anton Yelchin one last time…) team up to work together as well.  Scotty has a more significant role in the movie (I wonder how that happen….) and it was fun to see him get more screen time.  I think Pegg’s Scotty is a bit different from the original  but he does manage to capture the essence while making the roll his own.

There was a bit I didn’t care for in the movie, not much, but some.  The drama between Spock and Uhura didn’t add very much to the plot, in my opinion, except for some humor and a way to solve a plot problem.    The bad guy was also fairly flat for most of the movie.  In the last third, we get to see the motivation behind his actions and there is a nice twist concerning his past (I won’t say more because THAT would be a major spoiler).  He just didn’t make the movie for me, like Cumberbatch did in Into Darkness. Beyond is more about the bond of the crew than it is about defeating the bad guy.  Although that lead to some pretty kick-ass scenes that had me rocking in my seat and marveling at the imagery.  Beyond is a visually beautiful movie and they really did an excellent job of making it feel like the Trek universe.

Let me close by saying there was a touching tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, and all the actors of the original series really.  They started this Trek journey if not for them and Gene Roddenberry we would not be celebrating 50 years of this beloved franchise that we Trekkies love so much.  To them I say thank you, thank you for the vision, thank you for the memories, thank you for showing us a society we could become.  You have enriched our lives and I am grateful.  Live long and prosper.

Top Ten Tuesday: To Boldly Go

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

June 7: Ten Reasons I Love Xcould be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly, anything you want to gush about.

If you haven’t already guessed it from the post title I’m going to be talking about my love of all things Trek for this week’s post.  There are other topics I could have picked: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Cats, Birds, Politics, Turkey, Vampires, etc.  Being this is the 50th anniversary of the original series and that I wore my Star Trek t-shirt today why not.  So….

Shall We Begin Star Trek

Ten Reasons I Love Star Trek

  1. The Message:  This has to be the main reason I love Start Trek over Star Wars.  Trek is a much more optimistic message.  It is about humanity exploring the universe as explorers having overcome so much of the crap we are going through now.  The society we become in Trek’s future is one where people are equal, have their needs met and work to better the species and not for greed.  We explore the universe to learn and better our species to everyone’s benefit, not just the select few.
  2. Spock: Okay confession time.  Spock was my first crush; he has been and always shall be my favorite character.  I love his logic and how humans befuddle him in our imperfect irrational emotional reactions to life.
  3. The Technology: What I love about the tech of Star Trek is how so much of it went from science fiction to science fact and can be found in the world today.  I also loved how so much of the science from the show was based upon real theory.
  4. The Chemistry: While I have already professed my love of Spock, part of that comes from the chemistry between the trio Kirk, Spock, and Bones.  These three were not the only great relationship, though, the entire franchise is filled with dynamic and fun matchups of personalities for a Trekkie to enjoy.
  5. The Inspiration:  I love how Star Trek inspired generations of fans to create the world they fell in love with through the shows and movies.  Be it a scientist creating a cloaking device or a politician working to create an equal society.  Start Trek challenges us to create the vision of the world and society Roddenberry created.
  6. Boundaryless:  Star Trek is known for pushing boundaries.  Roddenberry created a world where races and genders were equal, the third in command of the Enterprise was a black woman at a time when either of those characteristics would have made that not possible.  The first biracial kiss on television also took place on Star Trek between Kirk and Uhura.  These are just two examples.
  7. The Longevity:  Star Trek has lasting power and continues to reinvent itself.  In the 50 years of Star Trek, there have been 12 movies (soon to be 13 with an option for 14!) and 6 tv series (soon to be 7!).  Not to mention to a tremendous amount of Trek fiction out there as books.  That all adds up to a whole lot of Star Trek for any rabid Trekkie to enjoy!
  8. The Reboot: Now this might be controversial for some Trekkies, but I love the two latest movies.  I love what J.J. Abrams did to the franchise.  If it weren’t for him and the success of those movies we wouldn’t be looking at a new tv series and possibly two more movies.
  9. The Fans: Trekkies are a fun bunch and I love how this franchise has created a passionate group of people that are so devoted to its vision.  I know this happens in other franchises, but to me, there is something pretty awesome about being a Trekkie and meeting one of your people.
  10. My Mom: Lastly I would have to credit my love of Star Trek to my mother.  Some of you might know if you know me in real life that I lost my mother when I was 12 years old.  Watching Star Trek is one of the things I remember watching with her.  We would sit in the living room on summer afternoons and watch the original series or going to see the movies.  My love of Star Trek is something I share with her even though she has been gone some 29 years.  Through Star Trek, I am able to keep a piece of her with me forever.

So there you have my love of Star Trek summed up into a Top Ten Tuesday post.  Are you a Trekkie too?  Why not share how you came to love Star Trek in the comments.

ARC Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1 by Mike Johnson

Book Review

Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1Book Genre: Science Fiction, Graphic Novel

Book Series:Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1

Released: 6/28/16 byIDW Publishing

Pages: 40 Price: Unknown

Links:  Goodreads

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for and honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

This all-new adventure is set at the edge of explored space, as Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise come face to face with a new Klingon threat… with the fate of the galaxy at stake.

My Review:

Being a life long Trekkie I have a tough time passing up Star Trek books that are offered up for review.  When I saw this one was available I decided to add it to my to-read list.  The graphic novel was great, but very short.  Only 40 pages long I did not realize this was part of a serial.  I will keep my eye open for the other installments as it would be nice to see how things turn out.

This graphic novel is set in the same universe as the last two movies and features the younger original cast as they are on their five-year mission to explore the galaxy.  The graphics are stunning and the dialog true to the franchise full of the character chemistry and wit that the series is known for.

Great little book only complaint I have is it was so short.  Personally I would wait for the omnibus version and read it all at once.  Also on paper as the graphic novel format doesn’t seem to work all that well with my Nook.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Miasma by Greg Cox

Book Review

 

 

MiasmaBook Genre: Science Fiction, TV Spin-off

Book Series: Stand Alone

Released:2/22/2016

Pages: 92

Links: Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Star Trek continues its fiftieth anniversary celebration in 2016 with an all-new enovella from New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox, set in the popular and blockbuster Original Series era!

The Enterprise-A is transporting a party of diplomats when it picks up a mysterious alien signal emanating from a nearby world. The planet’s dense, impenetrable atmosphere makes it unclear if the beacon is a distress signal, an invitation—or a warning to stay away. Spock, Doctor McCoy, and Chekov are part of a team sent to investigate, but an unexpected catastrophe forces a crash landing. Now the landing party is stranded on a hostile world, unable to communicate with the Enterprise. While Captain Kirk and Saavik race to locate the lost crew, a badly wounded Spock struggles to keep McCoy and the others alive until they can be rescued, even if that means making an unthinkable sacrifice…

My Review:

While I’m not new to the world of Star Trek fiction I feel as if I am.  I’ve mainly read the New Frontier series and have not ventured into the books featuring established characters we all love from the tv show and movies; this might have been my first one.  Now Star Trek books are very confusing and intimidating for someone like me to get into.  I love Star Trek, I love book series, but I love reading series in order and there is so much cross-over between books and characters that I just don’t know where to start.  After trying to research where to begin I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a problem for many looking to break into Trek fiction.  Several sites simply give the advice to start anywhere, that most of the books give enough background information to make that story work and if you have any working knowledge of the Trek Universe you will probably be fine.  So when I saw this one up for review I put in my request.

I really enjoyed this little novella.  It was set on the Enterprise somewhere after the third of fourth movie and featured my favorite trio of Trek characters Kirk, Spock and Bones.  The entire crew was there with the exception of Sulu who was already captain of his own ship. The story read much like one of the original Star Trek shows where the crew finds an interesting new world to explore.  Everything I loved from the show was found within these pages, even the sacrificial red-shirts.

What made this story for me were the characters.  They felt authentic and true to the ones we watched on-screen; there was quick-witted dialog, comradery and chemistry between the characters, all their quirks were present and accounted for.  There were no instances where I thought now Spock wouldn’t say that or Bones wouldn’t do that.  These characters were the same as the ones I fell for as a child.  It was marvelous!

One thing I did find interesting was not so much the book, but how I read the book.  When I read something that has been adapted for tv/movies or vice versa I will hear the voice of the actors in my head as I read.  When I started to read this book I noticed that I was “hearing” the new actors that have played these characters not the original.  So my Spock sounded like Zackary Qunto, Kirk was Chris Pine, and Bones was Karl Urban.  I guess that means I have watched the latest moves a time or several dozen…  I just found it interesting, even though this book was not set in the alternate time line those movies were based in.

If you are a Trek fan, especially of the original series, then I say give this quick read a go.  It will transport you back to a time when you were young  sitting in your living room with a bowl of popcorn waiting to explore strange new worlds and boldly go where no man has gone before.  LLAP

My Rating: 4 Stars