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Re: Star Trek Books: Discuss

Post  kumarhk on Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:06 am

Mandi wrote:
You've got to be kidding me.

That cover is so trying to be a Star Wars book cover.
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Post  Mandi on Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:20 am

I'll have to take your word for it. I think the floating heads are creepy, and it seems like Riker has an extra amount of neck somehow.
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Post  kumarhk on Fri May 01, 2009 12:38 am

It's the layout. It screams "I WANT TO BE A ZAHN-ERA STAR WARS BOOK!"
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Post  Marius on Fri May 01, 2009 8:15 am

kumarhk wrote:It's the layout. It screams "I WANT TO BE A ZAHN-ERA STAR WARS BOOK!"

According to online bibliographies Masks and Heir to the Empire were both released in 1991, so your argument may very well be a chicken and egg sort of thing. I suspect it is more a situation of the generic nature of book cover art as opposed to one series copying the other.
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Post  Mandi on Fri May 01, 2009 8:20 am

Internet research ftw!
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Post  Jakob on Fri May 01, 2009 9:32 am

Yeah, I think you'll find hundreds of novels from the 70s/80s with almost the exact same, horrible composition.
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Post  kumarhk on Fri May 01, 2009 10:33 am

Wow ... I didn't know the books didn't come out till the 90s.

I've always hated that cover design.
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Post  sherlock2040 on Thu May 14, 2009 12:41 pm

I've got some of the earlier Trek books published (the ones from the 70s) and I have to be honest... they're pretty poor (I quite enjoyed 'Death’s Angel' by Kathleen Sky as there was some very [unintentionally] funny alien descriptions). They were some of the first ones I came across as I found them in one of those cheap publishers outlets shops when I was fairly young, later I progressed to reading the 'official' books.

Recommended Ones:
First Frontier by Diane Carey and Dr. James Kirkland - the dinosaurs were aliens, I can't remember why but our favourite trio have got stuck in the past and have to be helped by the dinosaur-aliens to get off Earth before the meteorite hits.

Mudd in your Eye by Jerry Oltion
Harry Mudd is back and he's involved with two planets who are raging a war because they both believe in eating the other half of a fruit. No one seems to be able to die - classic trek Smile

Spock’s World by Diane Duane
A great piece of political science fiction, great characterisations and the story is good fun.

Sarek by AC Crispen
Sarek and Amanda take centre stage in a story that involves a conspiracy that could destroy the entire Federation. Great fun.

Vulcan’s Glory by D.C Fontana
Just because it's written by D.C Fontana.
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Post  weathereye on Thu May 14, 2009 10:04 pm

I just read Ship of the Line, by Diane Carey. It's the story of what transpired between Generations and First Contact, and features the construction and first mission of the Enterprise-E ... under the command of Capt. Morgan Bateson. This book also features Kelsey Grammar as Bateson on the cover, and a bad joke about his beard vs. Riker's.

It was a fun little book, more about character than plot. There's a lot going on, but it's clear and quick and enjoyable. I particularly liked the exploration of what life was like for Bateson's crew and the USS Bozeman after the events of Cause and Effect (the classic TNG episode that introduced the character). And it fills in some interesting gaps in the back story. Gul Madred makes a return appearance, as well.
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