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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-08 09:08
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Brinkmanship by Una McCormack
Brinkmanship (Star Trek: Typhon Pack, #8) - Una McCormack

While Crusher and Picard attend a conference over the offer by the Venetans to the Tzenkethi to use some of their starbases (those close to Federation, Cardassian and Ferengi space respectively), Dax is joined by SI commander Peter Alden, visiting one of the starbases in question and trying to determine the Tzenkethi motive.


I think the red thread holding this book together is distrust - distrust of enemies in a cold war, distrust of old friends who might have changed too far, distrust of new allies etc. And in the end, a part of the solution which returns a threatening outbreak of open warfare to the cold war situation, is to sow distrust into a people who are blunt and not used to subterfuge and lies. The Tzenkethi are a fascinating people and McCormack spends some time introducing their culture and the makeup of their society. And quite frankly, open slavery and subjugation is one thing, but genetic engineering and "(re)conditioning" so that everybody is happy with the small place that they're granted and not willing and/or able to look beyond is quite the devious scheme.


This book also introduces Peter Alden, a high-strung intelligence officer on the verge of a breakdown, and Corazame, one of said naive Tzenkethi who gets pulled into a spy-extraction plot. We'll see both of them again in "The Missing" and "Enigma Tales" (only Alden).


Overall, an entertaining novel, which unfortunately takes a bit of time to really get going. But once it does, it's hard to put it down... And I said it before: I like Alden, he's an interesting, multi-layered character that I wouldn't mind reading much more of.

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review 2018-02-06 23:10
Star Trek Boldly Go #11-15
Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 2 - Mike John... Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 2 - Mike Johnson,Tony Shasteen

The Boldly comic series picks up after the latest Star Trek (Kelvin) movie.  In these issues, the crew is still splintered with Kirk, Sulu, and McCoy on a ship, Scotty working on the new Enterprise, and Spock and Uhura on New Vulcan.  I'm not sure where Chekhov is.


The strongest issues are 11 and 12, which is one storyline.  It brings back a couple characters from the first run of the Kelvin Star Trek run.  It was nice to see the characters again, and if the story was workmanlike, it was at least entertaining.


Issues 13-15 are part of an ongoing stor that is not concluded.  It is another Mirror Universe story, so female Kirk returns.  This isn't bad in and of itself, but it also feels repeatitve.  I get the wonder of the mirror universe, the what ifs are great ideas.  But in some ways, it always feels like "we don't know what else to do here, so let's trot it out again".  I can understand the slow, very slow, process of bring the crew back together, espeically when the comics are tied closely to the films, one of the reasons why Chekhov isn't fully addressed.  Still, it could have been better.  

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review 2018-01-05 18:04
Missing something
Star Trek: Next Generation - Ghosts - Javier Aranda,Joe Corroney,Zander Cannon

Not sure what it was, but I didn't engage with this enough for it to be pure five stars.  Maybe I was expecting things to go sideways after the Bumblebee miniseries, because same writer. 


It was a nice mini-series that felt very much like an episode of the series.  The characterizations felt just right, and the art was good, although occasionally things got wonky.


There are two factions, cultures, and peoples on a world, one that wants to become part of the Federation, and one that does not.   They are both fighting on planet, and it becomes harder and harder to tell what the truth is as the story goes on.  


Furthermore, both Picard and Worf are put in danger in different situations; Riker has to balance the needs of the peoples on planet, and also save his people as well.  

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review 2018-01-04 22:59
Love, love, love!
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 2 - David Tipton,Scott Tipton,J.K. Woodward,Gordon Purcell

This is the perfect ending: it all makes sense, and combines these two universes completely.  


I love the art, I love the characterizations and I'm moving onto TNG: Ghosts, because I have the urge to read more TNG now.

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review 2018-01-04 19:23
Borg/Cybermen combo
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation 2, Volume 1 - Scott Tipton

Um, yes.   So, so love this.   And having the Borg hook up to - and with - the Cybermen make sense: both are cyborgs who want to assimilate all else into a perfect, emotionless, robot-type race.   




It of course only makes sense for the Doctor and Picard to hook up, and their 'no, my enemy is worse' arguments are pretty hilarious.   Basically, I feel like this feels perfectly in place in both universes, the characterization is nailed, love the plot, and it's funny and gorgeously illustrated to boot. 


Love, love, love.   And I have the second volume via Humble Bundle, too!

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