The Last Best Hope (Star Trek: Picard #1) by Una McCormack Book Review 22, Aug


Babylon Five was our last best hope fo...oh wait, wrong franchise. It's actually an Abraham Lincoln quote but that's what the title of this book reminded me of. I should note that I am an enormous Star Trek fan. I am enormous Star Trek fan that is also a fan of Star Wars. I am a double-agent of both franchises and cannot be trusted because I have violated the sacred taboo of loving both. However, I will say how much I love the fact that both franchises are still going strong. While not without its flaws, Discovery was awesome and I was tickled when I got to see Picard. I watched that television show three times.

Harbinger (Star Trek: Vanguard #1) by David Mack Book Review 29, Sep


Well, I've decided to pick up David Mack's VANGUARD series after reading watching the latest season of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. I really liked his fusion of both the Original Series era with the 2017 CBS series, having only a few seams showing in the resulting stitching up of the two franchise sections. So, I was intrigued by the possibilities of a series seemingly based on combining the premise of DS9 (a long-range space station on the frontier of Federation Space) with the time period of the Original Series. So, how did it work? Remarkably well, actually, and Discovery could take a number of lessons from David Mack on how to write "dark" Trek.

Star Trek: New Frontier (New Frontier #1-4) by Peter David Book Review 17, Sep


For anyone who knows me, I am a fan of Expanded Universes. There's only so much you can fit into even long-running series like Star Wars and Star Trek. Indeed, these are my two favorite franchises and I have devoured hundreds of books set in them. Some people have dismissive attitudes to these books but they're missing some real quality works. The Thrawn Trilogy, Rogue Squadron, Star Trek: Vanguard, Star Trek: DestinyThe Department of Temporal Investigations, and more. If I had to praise my favorite Star Trek series, though, it would be New Frontier. Essentially, a novel-only series combining original series wackiness with TNG stuffiness to great action-adventure and humorous effect.