Category Archives: Book Reviews

Star Trek: New Earth – Rough Trails

I don’t normally read a series out of cycle, but my daughter picked up this book for me from the library, not knowing that it’s book 3 of 6. Not wanting to waste her good intention, I decided to read it nonetheless. However, it was an unfortunate coincidence that when I started reading this book,… Read More »

Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory

This book could have been titled “The Adventures of Noonien Soong”. For the greater part of his adventure, Noonien was on the run from Federation space. That’s because he doesn’t seem to have a favourable opinion of Starfleet: “I’m not saying Starfleet doesn’t serve a purpose or do its share of good in the galaxy,… Read More »

Star Trek Discovery: Drastic Measures

Author Dayton Ward seems to have a knack for describing landmarks, directions and actions, unlike Kirsten Beyer who excels with writing dialogue. Characterization suffered as a consequence and many characters fell flat from stereotyping. The excerpts inserted between chapters of the book slowed the pace down considerably, even though they offered a different perspective of… Read More »

Star Trek Voyager: The Eternal Tide

The opening prologue may read like a confusing maze of dialogue if you are unfamiliar with the Q Continuum and its impact on the Star Trek timelines. Unfortunately, I can’t bring myself to finish the book as confusion sets in with the many diversions in the storyline. It also gets boring when you introduce omnipotent… Read More »

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 »