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J LHLS Archives: September 2004

Friday, September 3, 2004

A Time to Be Born
Star Trek - Book 1

By: John Vornholt
Published by: Pocket Books (a Division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.)
Visit http://www.simonsays.com/st
Available as a downloadable eBook!

Reviewed by Kathy LaFollett

Book 1: an introduction to advanced physics and the turning point of Picard's career as he once knew it.

The Dominion War leaves a scar in space known as the Rashanar Sector. For all intents and purposes the site is a testament to the worst of the battles. It is a swirling mass of broken ships containing the crew members left behind after the battle. The graveyard is made up of anti-gravity, gravity, matter, antimatter, broken ships waiting to be pillaged, human and alien remains and somewhere in the midst of the macabre junkyard and cemetery floats a Nemesis of severe and unexplainable powers. To add to the physics of chaos the large number of varied warp drives through out the region has severely distorted the space-time continuum leaving behind lethal energy fluxes and extreme gravitational anomalies. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 07:52 AM PST [Link]

A Time to Hate
Star Trek - Book 6

By: Robert Greenberger
Published by: Pocket Books (a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Visit: http://www.simonsays.com/st
*available as a downloadable eBook!

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Book 6’s opening salvo is the tale of Will Riker as a young boy about to embark on a fishing trip with his father Kyle. The short tale reveals disdain and frustration on the part of “Willy” toward his father. His father likewise can only offer shallow cold and controlling parental input, relying on assumed knowledge by the mere act of taking his son fishing. The reader can almost hear Kyle’s thoughts as simply, “I’m taking you fishing, son, doesn’t that prove I care?” Their relationship is defined as uncomfortable at best. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 07:32 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, September 2, 2004

Things That Never Were: Fantasies, Lunacies, and Entertaining Lies
by Matthew Rossi
Publisher: Monkeybrain, Inc., 2003

Review by Chad Denton

What if the Boy Scouts are part of an occult conspiracy on par with the Illuminati? Was Roger Bacon engaged in a secret war against Kublai Khan in the thirteen century? And what if there is something behind the seemingly crackpot theories that a sentient reptilian race created humanity as part of their genetic experiments? In Things That Never were: Fantasies, Lunacies, and Entertaining Lies these and other important questions are asked by author Matthew Rossi, who draws upon not only his own eclectic imagination, but a wealth of sub-culture literature, historical obscurities, real-life oddities, and cultural abberations, in a collection of essays ranging in topics from the secret bloodline of Jesus Christ, nanotech, the Hellfire Club, and Lovecraftian prehistoric societies.

As the reader might have already guessed, it is difficult for any reviewer, especially myself, to really pin down a classification for Rossi's essays. Some are musings on real events or philosophical topics, such as chaos theory, strange artifacts, and still unexplained historical events (for instance, did you know that in 1944 residents of a town in Illinois reported being attacked with gas by a mysterious transvestite?); some are tellings of alternate histories or even alternate universes, such as a story that paints a picture of what would happen if 'Flash' Gordon failed to stop Mongo from initiating their dreaded invasion of Earth (hint: it involves both Orson Welles and Doc Savage fighting the good fight); and some are outlandish but strangely plausible explorations of our world, universe, and history. I suppose the best classification for Rossi's work would be 'speculative non-fiction,' but that seems too tame a phrase. At any rate, Rossi's work isn't only speculation, but an introduction of sorts into the study of the fantastic, of the art of trying to translate miracles out of an increasingly mundane world. [more]

Posted by Chad Denton @ 03:13 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

A Time to Harvest
Star Trek - Book 4

By: Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
Published by: Pocket Books (a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Visit: http://www.simonsays.com/st
*available as a downloadable eBook!

Review by Kathy La Follett

They say patience is a virtue. Obviously I lack that virtue, but I did receive a gift of great storytelling in “Harvest”. Book 4 opens revisiting the closing Book 3 details as we marched toward the words “To Be Continued”.

We find the crew dispersed via shuttles throughout the Dokaalan colony troubleshooting violence, destruction and questionable allies. All the while infiltrators have positioned themselves on the Enterprise to hack, crack, and introduce computer viruses to control the Starship’s ability to solve the problems and locate the enemy to the Dokaalan race and their goals. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 06:38 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Captain's Blood
335 Pages, $23.95 (hardcover)
Published by Star Trek Books
ISBN: 067102129X

Reviewed by Laurel Sutton

The things I do for you people. Are you familiar with the word "slog"? Here’s a definition: “To make one’s way with a slow heavy pace against resistance; to work diligently for long hours; a long exhausting march or hike.” Me. Shatner. Slog. [more]

Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 10:20 PM PST [Link]

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