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review 2018-07-07 16:47
An ideal Star Trek novel
Yesterday's Son (Star Trek: The Original Series #11) - A.C. Crispin

Two years after the U.S.S. Enterprise's visit to the dying planet Sarpedion, a young crew member finds evidence that, when transported to the past during his time there, Spock fathered a son. Determined to rescue the boy and his mother, Spock, Kirk, and McCoy use the Guardian of Forever to journey to the planet's prehistory, where they meet Zar, Spock's son, and bring him back to their time. Though Zar acclimates quickly to his new surroundings, bonding with his father proves difficult until an incursion by the Romulans forces the two to work together — and Zar to confront his future.

 

A.C. Crispin's novel was one of the first of the Star Trek Pocket Books series that I read, and one of the ones I remembered most fondly. I was a little worried that revisiting it would cheapen my recollection; instead it only deepened my appreciation of what the author achieved with it. Crispin manages to achieve an ideal balance between the original series (integrating details and characters from five episodes) and her own creations for the book. Foremost among the latter, of course, is Spock's son Zar; while not an original idea (with the introduction of Kirk's son in the movie Wrath of Khan predating this book by a year), he is introduced in a way that is extremely faithful to the series. Yet the strongest element of the book is Zar's relationship with his father, which manages the difficult trick of being emotionally moving while remaining true to the depiction of Vulcans. Taken together, it makes for a model of what a Star Trek novel should be, setting a high bar for the many works that followed.

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review 2018-07-03 02:00
Amazing look at Jedao before the Black Cradle
Extracurricular Activities: A Tor.com Original - Yoon Ha Lee

It was nice to see him before he'd been imprisoned in the Black Cradle, and inside someone else's head: he was much freer in so many ways, and it almost felt like a guilty pleasure, especially knowing what would happen to him later. 

 

I will devour anything this author writes in this universe, pretty much.

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text 2018-06-19 02:22
Reading progress update: I've read 38 out of 38 pages.
Extracurricular Activities: A Tor.com Original - Yoon Ha Lee

Incredibly satisfying ending!

 

And the goose fat.   I'm going to giggle if anyone ever brings up goose fat to me again!

 

I'm tired, and going to sleep.   I have a couple reviews to catch up on, but I've been reading mostly stuff that isn't in the system for the Hugo awards, and I don't particularly want to add them. 

 

I also wanted to finish this before I, ugh, try the medicine that may make me incredibly sick tomorrow.   Wish me luck!  I wanted to finish this before that, so I wasn't in pain when I finished.  I knew I'd love this, as it was about Jedao and I just love him so much.

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text 2018-06-19 02:13
Reading progress update: I've read 33 out of 38 pages.
Extracurricular Activities: A Tor.com Original - Yoon Ha Lee

The fact that Jedao says he has a devotion to weapons makes me love him more.  

 

He's one of those characters I want as a bf, so it kills me that he's meat.

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text 2018-06-19 00:29
Reading progress update: I've read 23 out of 38 pages.
Extracurricular Activities: A Tor.com Original - Yoon Ha Lee

I hope Teshet does have those restraints and that he gets to play with Jedao the way he wants, too. 

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