Poll VOY #11: The Garden by Melissa Scott Review Thread

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by tomswift2002, Apr 26, 2020.


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  1. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 19, 2011
    Published: February 1997

    Plot: What secrets lurk on a strange world?

    Desperately in need of vital nutritional supplies, the crew of the USS Voyager must risk dealing with an enigmatic known as the Kirse, legendary for the bountiful crops of their world—and for their secretive ways. Despite Neelix's warnings, Captain Janeway leads an away team to the Kirse.
    But when the hostile Andirrim attack the Kirse, Janeway finds herself caught in a deadly situation. Forced to fight alonside the Kirse, Janeway and her crew can only hope that their strange, new allies are not more dangerous than their common foe.

    Review: I know that many are at home right now with the COVID-19 issue going on right now, so this might be the best time to review The Garden, considering that it is the infamous Star Trek book that features 9 Chapters, with in, some cases, around 40 pages per chapter! This was at the opposite end of the spectrum from the September 1995 DS9 book The Laertian Gamble by Robert Sheckley which featured 72 chapters and in some cases, Chapters that were half a page long with 1 paragraph.

    According to Memory Beta, this was another book where the English cover was altered to present a closer version of a character, in this case, Janeway, after Bless The Beasts had to have Paris redrawn to more closely match Robert Duncan McNeil. Of course with this book, I think they should've redrawn the male guy on the cover as well, if that was suppose to be Paris, since that guy looks more like the original Paris from Bless the Beasts, and not McNeill's Paris.

    Of course, I must say that the cover of this book is easily one of the best Trek book covers ever. Just the blue and white of the planet, contrasted with the black, red and skin tones of Janeway and the mysterious guy---whenever I think of the Trek books in general, this is probably the first cover to pop to mind. And I remember, even as a kid when I borrowed this from the library (which, surprisingly, was over March break 1997, so it would've been a "Just In" new book at the library, probably the first time that I had checked out a Star Trek book so close to its release date) the cover drew me to it. The Garden was probably the 2nd Voyager novel I read, and when I read it, I had only seen maybe 6 episodes from Voyager's 3rd season during the summer of 96, so I still didn't know the series as well as I knew The Next Generation.

    And it's been 23 years since I last read The Garden, but I still remember the scene where Paris was in the Kirse craft and he had to sit on a chair that, as I recall, the Melissa Scott described as being more like a round cat scratcher, rather than a seat that we would think of, and the Kirse were bigger and taller than the Voyager crew in the book, so the chair didn't really fit Paris and he had a hard time reaching the controls.
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  2. zarkon

    zarkon Captain Captain

    Mar 24, 2011
    Wow, not many people have read this one then huh.
    I really enjoyed it. Good aliens, good concept, better then 99% of actual VOY eps.