Star Trek: Discovery – Desperate Hours by David Mack

Spoilers ahead.  If that matters, you've been warned. After yesterday's blog about my first reactions to the new Star Trek: Discovery, I decided I should check out this prequel novel that dropped from one of the franchise's regularly accoladed novelists, David Mack.  The historian's note confirms something that I should have known up front and needed to … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery – Desperate Hours by David Mack

Star Trek: Discovery – First Reactions

The following post is rated S for spoilers.  I can't discuss this properly without going deep.  You've been warned. I've been hyper-critical.  I've been hopeful.  I've been nervous as hell.  It all comes down to this.  The first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery have officially been released, the first one on CBS, the second on … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery – First Reactions

Star Trek: Prey, Book 3: The Hall of Heroes by John Jackson Miller

This review will serve as an assessment of this book and of the trilogy it completes.  I provided the basic setup for this story in my review for the first book, and I did my best to keep it as spoiler free as possible for both of the previous books.  This being a newer novel, I'll continue … Continue reading Star Trek: Prey, Book 3: The Hall of Heroes by John Jackson Miller

Star Trek: Prey, Book 2: The Jackal’s Trick by John Jackson Miller

In my review for Book 1 of this series, I outlined the basic setup.  It's dizzying in its complexity, and so much fun.  John Jackson Miller gave us a grand scale illusionist's trick, and he managed it with the skill of an expert juggler.  More than once I thought to myself "Where can he possibly go from here?"  … Continue reading Star Trek: Prey, Book 2: The Jackal’s Trick by John Jackson Miller

Star Trek: Prey, Book 1: Hell’s Heart by John Jackson Miller

2285 (following the events of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock) - Admiral James T. Kirk lost his Enterprise and his son to the Klingon Commander Kruge in his bid to rescue his friend, Captain Spock, from the Genesis Planet.  Following Kruge's death, his house descended into civil war due to having no legitimately named heir.  In … Continue reading Star Trek: Prey, Book 1: Hell’s Heart by John Jackson Miller

The Face of the Unknown: Star Trek: The Original Series by Christopher L. Bennett

“These worlds are dying just fine without your help, Jim.  Right or wrong, you have to do something.” -- Dr. Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy Before I get into this review, it's necessary to revisit one of the very first episodes of the classic Star Trek series, "The Corbomite Maneuver." From the transcript of that episode: … Continue reading The Face of the Unknown: Star Trek: The Original Series by Christopher L. Bennett

The City on the Edge of Forever by Harlan Ellison

Back in the mid-90s when this title was released in paperback, it was the first time the general public had ever gotten to read the original versions of episode often hailed as "the absolute best Star Trek episode ever written."  A third of the book was Harlan Ellison's epic rant "setting the record straight," followed by … Continue reading The City on the Edge of Forever by Harlan Ellison

Purgatory’s Key: Star Trek Legacies, Book 3 by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore

Simon and Schuster's 50th anniversary Star Trek story arc Legacies reaches its conclusion! Picking up 12 hours after the events of Book 2, the Enterprise has been battle damaged in disputed territory, now facing off against one Klingon starship who is ordered to be there and a second with a dishonored crew and a vendetta.  On … Continue reading Purgatory’s Key: Star Trek Legacies, Book 3 by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore