Star Trek Voyager: Atonement

Atonement kicked off with a rather disjointed prologue that left anyone wanting to follow up with the ending of the previous Acts of Contrition in a state of confusion, unless you have followed the series from Unworthy. The novel is appropriately titled, because many of the characters set about doing just that, with the exception… Read More »

Spark Joy

As the sole, long-suffering OCD organiser in the family, it is easy to understand why this book appealed to me. Not so easy to understand is how it will gain sympathy for our plight. I tried to let this book spark joy for me, but maybe something was lost in translation and I almost tossed… Read More »

Star Trek: film tie-in novelization

Novelisation like this has a distinct writing style that you either like or you find it formulaic. This time round, I did the reverse of Star Trek Into Darkness, reading the book first before watching the movie. This turned out to be a good thing because the book contains more details than what you can… Read More »

Star Trek Voyager: Unworthy

In Voyager: Unworthy, the author wasted no time reuniting the main characters on the starship Voyager and put them through the paces. Once on board, chaos reigned and the story quickly evolved into a whodunnit plot, even though there are telltale signs of the prime suspect. “There are dark holes in the Federation that most… Read More »

Star Trek Voyager: Acts of Contrition

Due to the pacing, the story arc of Seven/Axum/Doctor Sharak was considerably less engaging and I found myself skipping those parts. I also realised that I had limited interest in anything to do with holograms, probably because they do not appear as multidimensional as their real life counterparts. In contrast, Tom Paris’ story arc makes… Read More »

Star Trek Vanguard: Precipice

In typical David Mack fashion, the story in Precipice builds slowly in a chronological sequence of events. But after a while, the dates don’t seem to matter much (at least to me). Like Deep Space Nine: The Long Mirage, this book courses through multiple story arcs and a couple of interludes. But unlike his counterpart,… Read More »

Star Trek Discovery: The Way to the Stars

I struggled to like this novel, but it reads too much like a young adult fan fiction. If you like Tiger Mom meets Harry Potter-esque boarding school drama, then this may be your cup of tea. For me, it’s a bummer, lacking the depth, humour and imagination characteristic of Star Trek novels. If I’d wanted… Read More »

Star Trek Into Darkness

It’s probably not a good idea to watch the movie first before reading this book. It removes the anticipation and suspense. Another side effect is that you will find it hard to get rid of the image of Doctor Strange whenever John Harrison/Khan appears in the storyline. If anyone wants to take a brief course… Read More »

Star Trek Seekers: All That’s Left

The story here reads like a prelude to our future coexistence with artificial intelligence (or even our current existence if you put it in a religious context). The relationship between Lrondi and Pelopan should give pause to anyone concerned with the exercise of free will, especially if you happen to fall into the camp of… Read More »