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View Poll Results: Is 'Doctor's Orders' Worth Reading?
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Old December 8 2011, 02:55 AM   #1
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Is 'Doctor's Orders' Worth Reading?

I love TOS and I was planing to read this over my winter break (and watch TOS movies and TV). And I just want to know if it's worth my time?
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Old December 8 2011, 03:20 AM   #2
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Yes. It is an excellent book. And you can never go wrong with Diane Duane.
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Old December 8 2011, 04:16 AM   #3
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McCoy in command of the Enterprise, facing down the Klingons. What's not to love?

Seriously, Diane Duane writes absolutely an FANTASTIC McCoy. You will not be disappointed.
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Old December 8 2011, 06:43 AM   #4
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I really like this book McCoy in command of Enterprise Spock and the Crew hep him look for Kirk. Facing down the Klingons. He certainly defies the stuffy Starfleet admiral in this book.
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Old December 8 2011, 07:09 AM   #5
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Re: Is 'Doctor's Orders' Worth Reading?

It is a very odd book, but tons of fun. I agree that McCoy is awesome here.
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Old December 8 2011, 07:53 AM   #6
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Re: Is 'Doctor's Orders' Worth Reading?

DorkBoy [TM] wrote: View Post
Yes. It is an excellent book. And you can never go wrong with Diane Duane.
DGCatAniSiri wrote: View Post
Seriously, Diane Duane writes absolutely an FANTASTIC McCoy. You will not be disappointed.
This. (These?)
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Old December 8 2011, 10:30 AM   #7
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Re: Is 'Doctor's Orders' Worth Reading?

It was a little more sedate than I like, and possibly my least favourite Dune Trek (except for the ending of "The Wounded Sky"), but I'd say it's definitely worth reading.
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Old December 8 2011, 12:37 PM   #8
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Re: Is 'Doctor's Orders' Worth Reading?

Nerys Ghemor wrote: View Post
It is a very odd book, but tons of fun. I agree that McCoy is awesome here.
The various alien species on Flyspeck are actually recycled from the text adventure computer game, "The Kobayashi Alternative", for which Duane did the world building and writing.
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Old December 8 2011, 12:45 PM   #9
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Doctor's Orders is one of the very best TOS books. Brilliant aliens and the real mccoy.
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Old December 8 2011, 01:14 PM   #10
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And his middle name is Edward!
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Old December 8 2011, 07:26 PM   #11
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Re: Is 'Doctor's Orders' Worth Reading?

If you overlook the absurdity of Kirk


(1) putting someone totally unqualified in command just to prove a point/get back at him

(2) that Kirk even has the authority to put a specialist/non command-line officer in temporary command

then yes, it's a pretty good book.
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Old December 8 2011, 08:28 PM   #12
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Re: Is 'Doctor's Orders' Worth Reading?

It's been twenty years since I read it, so my memory is fuzzy, but I do remember that I enjoyed it. Plus, it's Star Trek. That alone makes it worth a look.

I say read it and judge for yourself.
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Old December 9 2011, 07:03 PM   #13
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No one invents truly ALIEN aliens like Diane Duane. It's a fun book, and that coming from a lukewarm fan of TOS on a good day.
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Old December 10 2011, 04:49 AM   #14
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Re: Is 'Doctor's Orders' Worth Reading?

Yes,

No one has ever written McCoy quite as well as Diane Duane does. You can hear DeForrest Kellys voice as you read this book. It's a fun story with some really unique aliens.
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Old December 10 2011, 05:27 AM   #15
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If you overlook the absurdity of Kirk


(1) putting someone totally unqualified in command just to prove a point/get back at him

(2) that Kirk even has the authority to put a specialist/non command-line officer in temporary command

then yes, it's a pretty good book.
Actually, I believe since he was a Lieutenant Commander, and was a member of the command staff he would have been qualified. We saw Crusher in command in an episode of TNG, so obviously CMOs must have some command qualifications.
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