so i just finished a very good star trek novel, the best one i’ve read so far.
i recommend it to all of you wonderful trekkies out there.
it’s called The Entropy Effect, by Vonda McIntyre.
really, i was surprised. i have been reading some star trek novels lately, and they are all pretty much obvious. what i liked of this one is that it actually keeps you hanging there, it leaves you completely hooked to this fascinating science/space related plot. dammit how the hell are things going to get better. no, he cannot be dead. impossible. wait. why is he still dead.
dammit, how are they going to get out of this?
(half-spoilers, could apply to many other situations or movies, so i don’t fell bad about revealing them)
it made me think of a good ol’ TOS episode. of course, in TOS, you just know mccoy, spock or kirk won’t actually die in the series. they can’t. even when they are killed, they are not really dead (ahem SPOCK), or they miraculously come back from the dead (ahem KIRK).
yet, in some episodes, i could not help but wonder how the hell our wonderful trio would manage to solve whatever crazy and insane situations they are in and go back to the enterprise, unharmed (and with a lot of 60s sass).
and that’s really the strength of the novel: the more you read, the more things get dire and chaotic - and even though i knew it would eventually end up well, well, let’s just say it was very hard to believe things would actually improve rather than go worse and worse.
oh, and did i say, spock is the main character.
and the secondary characters are actually quite interesting and well developed. and the plot actually makes sense.
and doesn’t forget trivial thing such as time paradoxes (which is so often overlooked in the trek universe) (dr. emmett brown would have been happy).
so if you’re looking for some quiet holidays reading, this is it.
hope you enjoy it, and let me know what you thought of it! even if we don’t agree, i like discussing trek related stuff (just in case you wouldn’t have noticed by now, you know, it’s not as though my wall was mainly about star trek… wait).
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