Category: Reviews of Books

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The Star Trek Book of Friendship: You Have Been, and Always Shall Be, My Friend

Star Trek has energized friendships for over 50 years. Whether it’s exploring a convention, beaming into a movie theater, or joining in on a landing party watch party, generations have been as united in their love of the franchise’s bold storytelling and stunning action as they are in the honest fully realized relationships of their favorite characters. The publisher of the book was kind enough to send me a copy of the book, it’s both on instagram AND on my bookshelf. It’s a uniquely weird type of book, something that I’ve never run into in all my time collecting and...

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Revelation Space

900,000 years ago, something wiped out the Amarantin. For the human colonists settling the Amarantin homeworld Resurgam, it’s of little more than academic inter The first of the “Inhibitor” series, I’ve read books by Reynolds before, but I don’t think any of them were in this main series. As a start to the series, this is a great book, though the ended with the neutron star was bonkers and I think I only slightly understood exactly why they were turning into atom thin pancakes. Buy On Amazon!

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Hull Zero Three

Trapped on a mysterious spaceship, the only way to escape is to survive. A thrilling novel from the Hugo and Nebula award-winning Greg Bear. A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination – unknown. Its purpose? A mystery. Its history? Lost. Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home, a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms, he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger. A glorious rip...

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Salvation Day

A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller. They thought the ship would be their salvation. Per the author info page at the end of the book, this is Kali Wallace’s first non-YA book, but it still has the distinct feel of a YA book, something I started to notice about 2/3 of the way through, then I got to the afore mentioned info page and said “ah, right, that makes sense then”. That’s not to say this isn’t a great story, some of our favorite modern stories have been YA or adapted...

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Oblivion’s Gate

The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse-only to find that some fates really are ine This is it, the end of an era, the final stopping place story of the much loved expanded trek lit universe (ETL). As a final entry in a storyline that’s included dozens of books, dozens of authors, and dozens of years, can it possibly hold up to the expectations and obligations that it has to the fans that have followed along? This is going to be a spoiler filled review, and will touch on...

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The Gods Themselves

The invention of the Inter-Universe Electron Pump has threatened the rate of hydrogen fusion in the sun, leading, inevitably, to the possibility of a vast explosion. I believe I got this for free from Amazon, and it’s worth about this price, it’s definitely not Asimov’s best work, but it was still entertaining enough to not give up on it. Buy On Amazon!

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Punktown

In the nightmarish city they call Punktown, on a planet where countless sentient species collide, you can become a creator of clones. You can become a piece of performance art. You might even become a library of sorrows… A mish mash of stories that range from pretty ok to pretty good, though as an introduction to the world of “Punktown”, this collection of short stories did it’s job and let me know what it was going to be all about. It’s well written, but I don’t think the franchise is up my alley. If you like clones, demons, laser swords,...

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Star Trek: Coda: Book 2: The Ashes of Tomorrow

The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse–only to find that some fates really are inevitable. THE FUTURE IS AT WAR WITH THE PAST. The epic Star Trek: Coda trilogy continues as friends become foes, the Temporal Apocalypse accelerates, and the catastrophe’s true cause is revealed. (TM), (R), & (c) 2021 CBS Studios, Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The middle part of a story is always going to be more interesting than the first part, because the first...

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Expendable

Under the benevolent leadership of the League of Peoples, there is no war, little crime, and life is sacred…unless you’re an Explorer. The ugly, the flawed, the misfit, the deformed, they are the unwanted, flung to the farthest corners of the galaxy to investigate hostile planets and strange, vicious creatures. Out there, there are a thousand different–and terrible–ways to die. Festina Ramos belongs to the well-trained, always-dwindling ranks of ECMs (Expendable Crew Members). Now she and her partner, Yarrun Derigha, have been ordered to escort the unstable Admiral Chee to Melaquin–the feared “Planet of No Return”– which has swallowed up...

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Star Trek: Coda, Book 1 – Moments Asunder

STARFLEET’S FINEST FACES A CHALLENGE UNLIKE ANY OTHER TOMORROW IS DOOMED Time is coming apart. Countless alternate and parallel realities are under attack, weakening and collapsing from relentless … It’s the end of the Star Trek Extended Universe as we know it, but luckily it’s not going out the way the Star Wars EU did, just being shoveled into a trash heap and fans told “that stuff never really happened”. Star Trek has a built in safety valve for that sort of thing with how it’s traditionally dealt with alternative realities, going all the way back to the original series’s...

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