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review 2017-12-07 20:30
Maybe for a young 'Star Trek' fan.
Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy - Richard Michelson,Edel Rodriguez

After the passing of Leonard Nimoy (best known as "Spock" from the 'Star Trek' franchise), there were a few books and pieces written about him. On a whim it seemed like this would be an interesting purchase to make.


As other reviews note, it's not really clear who this book is for. It's perhaps Nimoy's life story as a middle grade/child book but I'm not sure what we were supposed to get out of it. Would they understand the underlying themes? Might they really only get it if they're 'Star Trek' fans? Would ST fans be disappointed since it takes awhile to get to the Spock-related text?


I liked the idea and the concept and maybe I'm not the right age group for it but this was wasn't particularly great either. Maybe a young Trekkie would like it but I wouldn't rush out to get this book either.


Library. Maybe a bargain buy but it's a book you can skip.

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text 2017-07-02 20:30
Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 288 pages.
Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man - David Fisher,William Shatner

It's SO hard to read when you are in this level of pain. I was far too active these past couple of days, and it messed me up. My back is trying to seize up. Also, Tricare finally and completely denied my appeal for pain relief. So I am hitting out hard for back surgery. If they won't give me temporary relief, fine, give me a permanent fix.


I only have a couple of days left to read this. It's due back on the 7th. I'm a bad nerd. I didn't know Leonard was Jewish. But again, I'm a Next Gen Trekkie. 



Let's see if I can push through this.

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review 2017-02-27 12:16
I am a huge Spock-Fan
I Am Spock - Leonard Nimoy

So I was a bit wary to start this.


I really really wanted to love it.


And I did.


It was well written, witty, informative and honest. 


I learnt more about the story behind Star Trek, how TOS came to being, who influenced certain stories or characters and so on.


And it had a great flow.


Absolute recommendation for everyone who loves anything Trek, Spock or TV series from the 60ies :)

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text 2017-02-05 11:27
So, I am a massive Spock fan.
I Am Spock - Leonard Nimoy

Or to be precise, I am a fan of Leonard Nimoy's Spock.

The character, the philosphy, everything.


So I am a bit afraid to start this book.


Because I want to love it so much.

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review 2016-06-09 14:05
Gone too soon.
I Am Spock - Leonard Nimoy

"Live long and prosper." There are probably not many people who aren't even vaguely familiar with this saying and its connections to pop culture and the like. And while Kirk was the captain of the Enterprise, Spock might have been just the actual favorite of the original series (if not the entire 'Star Trek' franchise). So it seemed like a good time to pick up this book about an interesting man who was best known for a certain role but was actually much more. Unfortunately that didn't shine through for me.


I've never read 'I Am Not Spock' so that may color my review a bit. There's not much out of his personal life here (covered in the other book?) but rather it's a focus on his career, including his appearance on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' (book was published in 1995 so it doesn't include his newer ST roles). 


Overall: I was bored. I didn't find his writing style particularly compelling, although I don't know if that is more about me and my general mood/mindset or if it's something else. Usually my interest in a subject (and I LOVE ST!) can carry me through but this really did not.


Although I wouldn't consider myself obsessed and am more of an ST:TNG fan, I found there wasn't a lot that was really new to me, having heard most of this from some other form (interviews, obituaries, other books like the new book Shatner wrote about his relationship with Nimoy), etc. I appreciated his insights about how he fought for Spock the character and how he evolved over time, but again there wasn't a whole lot that was new. But then again, I suppose it has to do with the fact that I probably read a lot of this in some form or that it was in his obituaries, etc.


That said, his thoughts on Spock in the last ST film with the original crew really interesting. There's a scene towards the end where Spock gets visibly upset. He slaps a phaser out of Valeris' hand and forcibly performs a mind-meld with her. I'm not sure if I've read his thoughts about these scenes elsewhere so that was interesting. However I'm not sure if I agree with his assessment of Spock;s change throughout those six films. I suppose it's unfortunate that his development and change ends with 'The Undiscovered Country' but the mind rape Spock performs on Valeris was disturbing.


I don't regret reading it but at the same time I didn't really get a lot out of it either. Wish I had gotten it from the library instead.

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