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Search for Spock (Star Trek Movie 3): Search for Spock (Star Trek: The Original Series #17)

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No One On The Enterprise Can Believe That Mr. Spock Is Gone! As the crew grieves for Mr. Spock, the awesome Genesis Device, now controlled by the Federation, has transformed an inert nebula into a new planet teeming with life. But Genisis can also destroy existing worlds.

The creators of the Device want it given freely to the Galaxy. But Starfleet Command fears that it will
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Paperback, 297 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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Michael Hanscom
(This review applies equally to Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV The Voyage Home.)

In a move that (if I remember correctly) was rather unusual for the time, the Star Trek franchise created three films that were direct sequels: each stands alone as its own story, but they also comprise three parts of one overarching story, with all the events taking place over the course of just a few months.

In a wonderful turn of events, author Vonda N. McIntyre
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Benjamin Duffy
Sep 01, 2009 Benjamin Duffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This is what a novelization of a movie should be! It provides supporting detail and backstory, without making the story drag or contradicting the events of the film. Everything McIntyre does here enriches the story, and it's a different experience going back and watching the film again after reading this. It's extremely impressive how well the author fleshes out even minor characters, giving them depth, motivation and unique voices.

This was a rewarding read, as a stand-alone novel or as a compan
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James Blakley
Feb 07, 2014 James Blakley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Trekkie--or a Trekker (to use the more politically-correct term)--I love just about all of the older versions of the Star Trek series. But my favorite movie (at least from The Old Series) is "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock." Not only did I enjoy the way the script flipped the moral concept of "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" (which was the theme of the previous entry "The Wrath of Khan"), but I thought the Star Trek universe itself was expanded. There were 2 new cl ...more
Nicholas
Jul 20, 2016 Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best of the movie novelization because of the sheer amount of original content that is not seen in either the movie or the comic book adaption. The novel fleshes out the deep sorrow experienced by all in the aftermath of Spock's death and delves deeper into David's relationship with Saavik (a romantic one) and his father (more contentious then seen onscreen). Scotty gets his own subplot involving a return home to bring his nephew's body to rest, but doesn't find a very welcome affair. ...more
Tay
Jun 30, 2016 Tay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I liked the novelization better than the motion picture, which isn't much because The Search for Spock is my least favorite of the TOS movies. Now whether my disappointment in the lost potential of the movie has colored my opinion of the novel, I cannot say. What I can say is that David Marcus is honestly the proto-type for Wesley Crusher. I may have found him to be a mere nuisance in the movie, I almost actively wished for his demise in the book. Where McIntyre was able to make Saavik a ...more
Mike Crate
Apr 24, 2016 Mike Crate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
Another excellent novelisation from Vonda N. McIntyre taking the basic elements which were in the movie and giving them far more depth and complexity. I'm not a fan of ST III considering it to be very shallow but this novel addresses all my criticisms adding substance and detail to characters who suffered during STII as well as giving far more plausibility to events and relationships which played out on the big screen. We have additional story elements for Peter Preston/Scotty, Savvik/David, Val ...more
Jason
Not a real huge scifi fan. I mean there is some stuff I love, but guess you could say not a scifi fanatic. For the longest time did not care for any of the Star Trek movies/shows etc. At least for the fourth film. Always been my mother's most fav (Of old school Trek) so gotten use to that film. But over time started watcging through the Trek universe I guess you could say. Can't recall when I started on different books when I would find them.

Some of the books have been real great, and love the f
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Surreysmum
May 29, 2010 Surreysmum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1984, star-trek
[These notes were made in 1984:]. Based on the screenplay by Harvé Bennett. I read this after I saw the movie, so, as with STII, I had the experience of the story being added to, not stripped away. McIntyre has a way with these ST characters, and the details she adds tend to be both convincing and exciting. Sulu, for instance, is in line for the captaincy of the new Excelsior, and that adds great meaning to his sacrifice for the sake of Spock and Enterprise unity. McIntyre rejects some of the in ...more
S. J.
Jul 24, 2012 S. J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who had questions about the movie
*3 Stars* -though this is one of fav movies in the franchise

*The Gush...and the Rant too apparently*
I finished this days ago and have moved on to other books, so this will not be very extensive. I found the book...adequate. I really thought I'd enjoy it because it is one of my favorite movies but I enjoyed the book of the Motion Picture (which I hated) a 1000 times more. Maybe because the novel of the first movie answered questions and this one just gave me new ones. The only thing that I liked
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Kati
It's been years since I saw the movie and I didn't remember anything about it. And so I could enjoy the book on its own merits, not just as a novelization.

The bits I liked? Kirk and how lonely he was without Spock. His determination to get his friend back even if it meant Spock might never remember him, might never know him again, even if it meant he might have to leave him on Vulcan. He just wanted to save his friend, to know he was okay. The twist with McCoy, that was lovely. It made the good
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J.C.
I really wanted to give this four stars. Search For Spock is my favorite Trek film, so when I saw this at a bookstore I HAD to read it. In terms of movie novelizations, the writing was exactly how I expected it to be: flat, with mostly filler and summation to fill all the gaps between the script and the novel. The story holds well in this format however, with at least a dozen scenes not in the final film (one of the reasons i've given this a third star instead of two), which was a pleasant surpr ...more
Jane
May 23, 2016 Jane rated it it was ok
One word: booorring! I enjoyed the novel based on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, but it mostly stuck to the movie, and the parts that weren't in the movie were small enough they might have been cut. This book has a lot of extra stuff that is not in the movie, mostly about the Klingons (boring), David and Saavik (boring), and Carol Marcus (boring).
Kristen
Feb 03, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love it as much as the novelizations of ST:II or ST:IV but my god, the women in this book -- in all these McIntyre novelizations, really -- get to do and be SO MUCH MORE than in the movies. Saavik and David Marcus fall in love even though she has never loved or been loved by anyone ever before. She's also really angry with David for having created the Genesis device and there's this great moment where she tells him she can be angry at him and still love him. Carol Marcus actually contin ...more
Joshua Lemke
Aug 21, 2014 Joshua Lemke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember watching Star Trek 3 and loving it. This is the only Star Trek movie I ever memorized all the words to.

Admiral Kirk: Mr. Scott?
Scotty: I'd be grateful Admiral, if you'd give the word.
Admiral Kirk: Gentlemen. May the wind be at our backs. Stations please.
Richard Reinhar
Aug 04, 2016 Richard Reinhar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third installment in the Star Trek movie series. I have to say I enjoyed it as much as the movie itself. Compared to the movies that are coming out today this Star Trek I'd head over heels better. Spock is dead and Kirk and the cree of the Enterprise is mourning. Somehow the planet which Spock's body rests sparks new life. There is a chance that Spock might have come back. 5 out of 5 stars.
heidi mobius
Jan 30, 2016 heidi mobius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is true to the film, yet adds depth and a plausible background for the relationship between Spock and Saavik.
Surya Teja
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Emily
Jun 19, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a romance novel, based on Search for Spock, a romance movie
Melinda
It was a fun, quick read. I have always loved Star Trek.
Timothy Boyd
Good book adaptation of the movie. Recommended
John
May 12, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
1985 grade A-

Classic Movies Trek
Shiloh
Jun 24, 2013 Shiloh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I watched the movie just recently, and I found a copy of the book at a local used book store for a $1.00 to I picked it up and started reading it.

I loved it, as it really went into depth the characters and their feelings about the death of Spock, as well as brought in more history of characters which a person saw in the movie. I feel it was much better than the movie, because movies can only portray so much on screen.

I am glad that I read it, because now, I understand the movie better then I eve
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Mary
Mar 18, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
Very good book. Definitely one of my favorites! I love the interactions.

Unlike most of the other Star Trek movies and novels, The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, and The Voyage Home must be read/watched consecutively.
Gerd
Apr 04, 2011 Gerd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing leaves much to desired, especially the authors way of going over same events with each change in POV got annoying with time.
On the other hand the book offers scenes and sidelines not found in the movie.

For Trek fans.


Edit after seeing the movie again:
I have to say I prefer how McIntyre presents the Klingons as honourbound warrior caste, over the movies presentation of them as bloodthirsty, cowardly morons.
Melanie
Jan 06, 2008 Melanie rated it liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Public library - withdrawn section
This is the book that introduced me to everything Star Trek: Original Series. And I nearly didn't buy it. 50 cents changed the course of my life.

Typically, I picked up something in the middle of a series. And then had to backtrack. And then keep going.
And then, for better or worse, I was hooked. Movies, series trivia, production history, fiction.

I still, occasionally, binge.
Joseph
Jan 24, 2016 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Much of my review for McIntyre's novelization of Star Trek II holds true for this sequel, as well. McIntyre's writing is uniformly excellent throughout, but it shines even brighter when discussing less obvious aspects of characters like David, Saavik, and Kruge. I look forward to seeing how she handles the next movie.
Lynne Stringer
As movie novelisations go, I think Vonda McIntyre does a good job. She is able to flesh out what was seen onscreen, which is a requirement for a good movie to book adaptation. Many simply write only what was onscreen, and I find this rarely hits the mark with me. This one was certainly better than average.
Charles
Jul 07, 2010 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a very mediocre adaptation. A lot of unnecessary scenes were thrown in just to pad the book. I appreciate extra material as I don't want an adaption to read just like a screenplay, but these added scenes seemed pretty superfluous.
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 27, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Vonda McIntyre's second novelization isn't "quite" as epic as her work on the previous film...but it does come with some satisfying follow-up, and maintains a powerfully dark atmosphere throughout. A pity the book cover is so abysmal.
Michael Taylor
Jul 24, 2011 Michael Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: st-tos
I only wish that they could have filmed the entire movie from the book. The story is more well rounded and a number of scenes that didn't make it into the final movie are very good and I'm glad to have read them.
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Vonda Neel McIntyre is a U.S. science fiction author. She is one of the first successful graduates of the Clarion Science fiction writers workshop. She attended the workshop in 1970. By 1973 she had won her first Nebula Award, for the novelette "Of Mist, and Grass and Sand." This later became part of the novel Dreamsnake, which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. The novelette and novel both conc ...more
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