Good Reads: Kobyashi Maru – Star Trek: Enterprise…

Star Trek Fans…Ever wonder where the Kobyashi Maru test, famously defeated by Captain James T Kirk? Well, this novel tells that tale, and rather nicely too.

Not going to give away any other details, but the name kinda says enough. This story continues the journey of Captain Archer and crew of the NX-01 Enterprise, as the build towards the Romulan Way continues.

If you are a fan of Star Trek: Enterprise, then I would recommend you check it out…

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Good reads…Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise

After 30 years, I believe that this is still one of the best Starfleet Reference books ever published. The book focuses on the Refit Constitution Class Federation Starship U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701. It begins with a history of the refit, which includes schematics of the new exterior design as well as “Contractor” sketches of proposed Impulse Engine designs and the rear quarter of the Command deck (they are actually the concept art created during the design of the ship for The Motion Picture).

The next section gives us technical drawings of the uniforms used from the Wrath of Khan era, as well as rank pins, Starfleet fonts and type faces, which are then followed by graphics and door labels. Moving  into the next portion of the book we are treated to  descriptions and overhead plan views going deck by deck from the Bridge all the way down to the Botanical Gardens. In between we get additional equipment from phasers and eningeering suits to Work Bees.

The book is ended with an Appendix that gives a little backstory into the Enterprise-A as introduced at the conclusion of The Voyage Home. This part is fun to read, but doesn’t seem to be in keeping with “Canon”. Apparently the Enterprise-A was originally christened the U.S.S. Ti-Ho, built from the keel up as an “Enterprise Class” starship in keeping with the Refit specifications, but installed with Transwarp Drive. After the “Whalesong” crisis of The Voyage Home, she was rechristened Enterprise and awarded to the newly demoted Captain James T. Kirk and crew.

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Good reads… Ghost in the Shell…

Thank you Barnes & Noble gift cards for these two acquisitions… the original magna US version of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell, and GITS: Man/Machine Interface.

Time for some good reading…

Good Reads – This Week’s Lucky Find!

Last Thursday, i had the absolute pleasure of accompanying the lovely and amazing Krystal Kinzer on our first date of the new year. We chose to spend the morning at Chamblin’s Book Mine, a fantastic used book store. Like many, you can take books in for credit. What i like about Chamblin’s is that they will offer to donate any books they cant give you credit for.

Now, for the purpose of this post…this was what i found as we got lost in the labyrinth of books…The Making of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, by Allan Asherman. As a kid, i loved reading about the making of movies, especially Science Fiction. This one, i remember seeing but never had a chance to read. Cant wait to do so (i gotta finish another book 1st…you’ll hear about that one when its done).

Still arguably the best of all of the Star Trek Films, JJ-Verse included.

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Good Reads – The Reality Dysfunction pts 1&2 – Peter F. Hamilton

WP_20160210_001Amazon.com is just plain fantastic. Book arrived last week, 2 weeks ahead of the expected delivery, and i’m already a couple chapters into it. “She may not look like much…” but i dont mind and old beat up copy. I read this when it 1st came out, 20 yrs ago…Something has been eating at me to read it again…I remember it was a complexly detailed story with too many characters to keep track of sometimes…but had some wonderful concepts…especially the living starships…

 

Good Reads…The Martian…

51v1t48NzmL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Just finished my first book of the year, and my very first E-Book ever (yes i know, waaaayyyyyy behind the times there) : Andy Weir’s The Martian. I have to say I enjoyed it quite a bit. Nicely written, haven’t seen the movie yet so no surprises were spoiled. Not a bad way to test out the e-reader part of my nifty little Kindle…

If you havent checked it out yet and you like a good Science-Fact story, i recommend it. Its a smooth easy read, even with no actual pages to turn or dog-ear 😛

 

Next up…a few digital comic books…

Good Reads: “The Good That Men Do”…

For those of us who were disappointed by the Star Trek: Enterprise series finale “These Are the Voyages…”, authors Andy Mangels and Michael  A. Martin have given us a retelling of that story that is a bit more satisfying, far more detailed, and not the final voyage of the Enterprise and her pioneering crew.

 I don’t want to give the story away, but let’s just say that, according to an aged Jake Sisko and Nog, what we saw in the season finale was a much different version of what actually happened during that mission. For starters, it was not the final mission of Enterprise at all. In fact, the story is set just after the incidents that take place in the previous two episodes dealing with the Tera Prime story arc. Events in the series finale are very similar to what occurs in the book, but overall it is drastically different. We get to learn more about the Aenar, the telepathic brethren of the Andorians. The Romulans play a big part as the stories bad guys. Section 31 rears its ugly head again. This tale has far more action and adventure, quite a bit of espionage, and a tragic ending that sets the stage for the next story “Kobyashi Maru”, which I am reading currently.

I’ll admit it took a little reading to get into this book, but by the middle I was hooked. The ending was unexpected, and a bit sad, but good none-the-less and makes the whole read worth it.

I would recommend this to anyone who truly loved the series like I did. Enterprise is my favorite of all of Star Trek’s incarnations. This is a great way to continue Captain Archer and crew’s mission.

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