Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by captcalhoun, Dec 22, 2011.
Started on V-2 by Richard Harris.
Shadow Lord by Laurence Yep.
Crossed the halfway point yesterday. It’s good, but not great. A little too much renaissance fair/SCA for my taste. Which feels like a weird thing to say, after just reading (and loving) A.C. Crispin’s Yesterday books, which are pretty much “Star Trek on Darkover.” But somehow Shadow Lord just isn’t quite doing it for me.
i just started Star Trek: A Time to Sow by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, continuing my read of the A Time To,,, series.
Thanks for the recommendations, but I'm not a big fan of Turnabout Intruder, and I know the other two pretty well, and I was hoping for one I don't know that well. I might pick one I don't remember that well, like The Apple, which I have absolutely no memory of at all.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. A premise that could make an interesting Trek episode, shades of The Inner Light, but not quite. Anyone read it? Do you like it?
I'm assuming this is not Richard Harris as in Camelot, A Man Called Horse, and the original recording of Jimmy Webb's "MacArthur Park."
- Mistyped. It's Robert Harris (Fatherland and Enigma) rather than Richard.
Evidently, Tears of the Singers was printed on unusually nasty paper, even by TPB standards (especially the coverstock). Very high acid and lignin. The back cover is self-destructing.
JAGANNATH: STORIES by Karin Tidbeck
An anthology of weird tales (some previously published in the magazine of that title) and short fantasies by Swedish writer Tidbeck, who has translated them into English herself.
Being very short stories – most little more than vignettes – they often end abruptly with more subtext than text, but they’re a good mixture of spooky, funny, folkloric, steampunk, etc. At a total of 130 pages, with such a wide range of tales coming at you in a nice and bouncy fashion, there’s no danger of the book outstaying its welcome.
Variety and brevity for the win.
Tos The Starless world George Elkland
Who can hold the sea (The U.S. Navy in the Cold War, 1945-1960) by James D. Hornfischer.
Ishmael by Barbara Hambly. Hambly has written an excellent book here. On a line-by-line basis, I can’t think of more than a handful of Star Trek novels that I think are better written. The plot is engaging and the characters believable, even if they are borrowed from Here Come the Brides (which I’ve never seen, so they’re entirely new to me.)
And has anybody else ever given the Hokas, Han Solo, Starbuck & Apollo, the Doctor and a female companion (Romana?) walk-ons in a Trek novel?
KULL by Robert E. Howard. Was in the mood for some vintage sword-and-sorcery.
It took me a while to get that Ishmael was a HCTB crossover. Once I realized that, I started watching it in strip syndication, probably on some cable channel. And given that I've read a couple of Bill Speidel's books on the early history of Seattle, I also know about at least some of the historic characters on which the series characters were based (and there are some conflations involved). Incidentally, the song "Seattle" originated as the first-season "open" for the series.
Meanwhile, I've started reading a self-published book that my Yosemite tour guide gave me, his translation of a short work by Fausto Sozzini. It could have used some attention from a better copy editor. And a better typesetter (I just finished the "Forward" [sic; should be Foreword]; the whole book is set in Helvetica bold, and the foreword seems to switch between bold and bold-oblique at random; I'd have set it in Garamond, myself).
I finished Kobayashi Maru. Hated it, giving up on my ENT Romulan War re-read.
Turns out it wasn't just continuity issues that bothered me about them before. Just not very good.
Started on The Midnight Lock by Jeffrey Deaver
Took a short break from Ishmael to read The Gold Archive 001: The Return of the Archons by Brian J. Robb. Weirdly, I just don’t have much to say about it. It might work better for someone who hasn’t been an active Trek fan for half a century. Or, maybe, if it was dissecting a better episode. Robb talks about the many drafts the story went through. I wish he had access to/provided excerpts from more of them.
Westwind by Ian Rankin
Growing up in Seattle in the seventies, that song was ubiquitous: on the radio, high school concerts, marching bands, etc.
The HCTB open version is almost identical to the refrain and second verse of the published version (it apparently skips the first verse), up through "Scent of pine trees in the air." It then departs from it: where the published version has
the HCTB open version has
Ironically, although I did watch the series in strip syndication for a while, I've only seen and heard the vocal version of the open online: every episode I actually saw had an open set to a purely instrumental variation on the theme (heavy on the pizzicato strings).
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