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Spock's World (Star Trek: The Original Series)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  2,362 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
It is the twenty-third century. On the planet Vulcan, a crisis of unprecedented proportion has caused the convocation of the planet's ruling council -- and summoned the U.S.S. "Enterprise(TM) " from halfway across the galaxy to bring Vulcan's most famous son home in its hour of need. As Commander Spock, his father, Sarek, and Captain James T. Kirk struggle to preserve Vulc ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1988)
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Let me start by saying Vulcans are my most favorite species in StarTrek universe and Spock is my most favorite character. That said, I really really enjoyed reading this book. It was an amazing read!

Spock's World revolves around a movement on the planet Vulcan to secede from the United Federation of Planets. A plot that nearly gave me a heart attack. All the while reading this book, I had to remind myself that there's no way for that to happen! A scary notion indeed.

The book alternates chapters
King Haddock
Absolutely nothing wrong in being a Trekkie. Absolutely nothing wrong with a Trekkie novel. However, whenever I pick up a book that is basically fanfiction off of some other media, I watch myself warily. Reputation of such novels tends to be that they are crap or poorly written. This book was not so poorly as written as that. Furthermore, it entertained. Trekkies, this book is safe from painful divergence - I caught only a few minor tweaks from the canon, and overall even the minor details held ...more
Aug 06, 2008 Kandice rated it it was amazing
Another great example of the books giving you so much more to feel for the character.
Jun 21, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I actually read this from 9 July to 13 July, but didn't have internet access at those times. Anyway, on with the review.

I didn't remember reading this when I was young, but certain passages were familiar as I read them, so I must have read this at least once before.... Anyway, the re-read was interesting. Some of the author's similes and metaphors don't really all. It makes her attempts at lyrical, descriptive writing seem laughable instead. Also there were some minor errors at logic a
May 16, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing
I am not a Trekker, having seen a bare handful of episodes across all the extant series and only a few movies, most lately Nemesis around the time it came out. I still call myself a Star Trek fan, though, since I've have read dozens of Star Trek novels and spent hours at work browsing Memory Alpha/Beta looking up various articles. And of all the reading I've done, the book that sticks out most for me is this one.

Spock's World is about a Vulcan vote on secession from the Federation and the argume
Mar 06, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi, trek
Well written history of Vulcan. The chapters alternate between the present day "Enterprise" story of Spock, Kirk & McCoy being called to testify at hearings to decide on Vulcan's succession from the Federation and the pre-history/history of Vulcan.

The Enterprise chapters were delightful, and true to the characters - especially McCoy who surprisingly takes the main stage by being the most fleshed out and in relation to plot, the most important of the trio. Duane must really like the characte
Sep 25, 2014 Aron rated it really liked it
I started reading ST novels when the Destiny trilogy came out, so i'm kinda new to the books even though I'm 35 & have loved everything ST ever since TNG started airing in the late 80's . I have enjoyed the recently published ST novels so much it made me want to go back & check out some of the older more popular/higher rated novels of times past & this book was on my list,....& I'm glad it was! This book gives the reader a ton of insight into Vulcan culture & history. Dianne ...more
Aug 14, 2015 Charles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This book is a loving ode to Spock's World. There is very little action but the work is still compelling. We find out a lot about the evolution of Vulcan and Vulcans, and get some fascinating insights into the Vulcan people. We learn a lot more about Sarek and how he got together with Amanda, and how Spock was born. It was also beautifully written with a lot of poetry in it. I much enjoyed it.
Mar 19, 2017 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-other
I have liked Star Trek for over ten years by now, and have loved and even been a little bit nerdy about it for almost three years. So when I came across this book, about not only my favorite character from The Original Series - Spock - but also about a species that is so very central to Star Trek, I knew I wanted to read it. And I was not disappointed.

I liked that the book is divided into two really good stories that we get to follow in different chapters. One about the possible secession of Vul
Drew Perron
Oct 31, 2015 Drew Perron rated it really liked it
This is an interestingly different take on Spock, Vulcan, and the Star Trek universe. I don't know if I'd want it to be "full canon", but I respect it a lot.

Diane Duane wrote this one, and it's very steeped in her style of writing - down to the idea that Vulcans have a constant sense of the immanent presence of God. She does the deep dive, building up not only Vulcan history and culture, but day-to-day life on the Enterprise and even 23rd century Earth itself. And it's good stuff, treating Vulca
Jul 30, 2013 Irrlicht rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kathi
Just like Uhura’s Song this book is as perfect as it gets, regarding writing a wonderful story and keeping everyone completely in character.

At least, how I think the characters should be.

I don’t know if the “Holy Trinity” is perceived like they’re written in Spock’s World by everybody or just by me, but THIS is how I’ve always imagined Kirk, Spock & McCoy to be: bright, well-considered, logical, sneaky, brave and capable of surprising not only Sarek and T’Pau but also the entire population
Sep 11, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
Diane Duane is really good at alien races. She gets it that with the written word the sky's the limit for creating weird body shapes and bizarre worldviews. She gets it that even the ones who do look kind of like us would still be incredibly different from us. And she gets it that even though there are all of these beings with crazy bodies and crazier ideas, they're all people. She just plain gets it, and runs with it, better than any other Star Trek author I've ever read.

Spock's World explores
Mary JL
May 24, 2010 Mary JL rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Star Trek fans but especially if you like Vulcans
This book begins with Spock and the Enterprise being called to Vulcan. A political situation has arisen on Vulcan, and the subject to be handled in a formal, public debate--a Vulcan custom--is whether Vulcan should cut off all contact with all other worlds.

The sections in Spock's modern time alternate with various historical events in Vulcan's history. Although well written, I sometimes read some of the historical chapters and thought "Vulcans would not do that". Of course, this is just one auth
Eric Mccann
Mar 27, 2013 Eric Mccann rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this by saying I'm not a "trekkie." I couldn't tell you the difference between a tribble and kibble, and really don't care which captain is "best" or anything like that. I usually am not fond of TV or movie tie-in novels - especially ones that make up a library of such size as those tied to the various Star Treks.

That said, this one hit me on all the right levels. I do enjoy getting into backstory, and you get to see the development of Spock's planet, culture and people intersper
Dec 21, 2015 Mahala rated it liked it
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Jul 09, 2012 Dan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek, tos, e-books
An excellent entry into the panoply of Star Trek fiction, and one that should be a must-read for every fan of Star Trek novels. Diane Duane writes the characters pitch-perfect, and her presentation of the history of Vulcan is every bit as fascinating as the page-turning "contemporary" events of the novel.

Full review:
Nov 30, 2009 Mark rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually a big fan of Star Trek books (though a huge fan of the original show, TNG, and some of the movies), but Diane Duane's writing is so beautiful and so tactile that this book has become one of my favorites.
Sarah Hayes
May 19, 2013 Sarah Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Star Trek novel from Diane Duane. A must read for fans of Spock and the Vulcan culture. Also for fans of the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triumvirate, which I totally am.
Aug 08, 2012 Shama rated it it was amazing
This book brilliantly intertwines vulcan history with Spock's experiences, I've read it any times over.
Sep 06, 2015 mress_1701 rated it it was amazing
I remember greatly loving this book and reading it multiple times. It's been far too long, and I definitely want to revisit it!
R.J. Evanovich
Dec 06, 2012 R.J. Evanovich rated it really liked it
A great book about the first season characters. read many years ago andf
recently reread.
Mar 25, 2017 Andrew rated it it was amazing
If I had to describe this novel in one word it is only fitting in the Trek world to say "FASCINATING!"

This isn't your typical trek novel and I can see how some might have trouble with it compared to others. I, however, enjoyed it very much. What I loved about this book is also how it related to world issues we face today. Before I get ahead of myself, the writer did a fantastic job diving deep to understand Vulcans and the history. One of favorite parts was learning how the Romulan's came to for
Karen Cohn
Jul 01, 2017 Karen Cohn rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed this book the first time I read it, and reread it periodically. I particularly enjoy this quote:

""I remember a time some years ago, on Earth," Sarek said, "when I was invited to attend a religious gathering as part of a cultural exchange program. The people at the gathering were professing their belief in one of your people's holy books, and stating that the only way to be saved - I am still unclear as to what they felt they needed saving from: we never got as far as an explana
May 04, 2017 Violet rated it it was amazing
I was surprised how much I liked this book… Not just the author's writing style, but the story itself. I have always enjoyed Star Trek, the series, but I never considered myself a Trekkie. I don't know why, but I thought only Trekkies got into the books - that you had to be a Trekkie to enjoy them. Well, maybe some of them… But definitely not this one. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether they like Star Trek the series or not. However, if you enjoy the original series as much as I do, ...more
Ben Guilfoy
Mar 02, 2017 Ben Guilfoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to take a star off because for all the greatness this book contains, it starts off way too slowly. And I don't mean in terms of a lack of explosions or anything... But there are far too many pages spent talking about what goes into resupplying the Enterprise, Kirk's vacation travel plans, and even an entire chapter detailing the formation of the Vulcan sun and its planets.

Once you get past that, though, this is pretty wonderfully written. And given the utter garbage happening in American p
Mar 20, 2017 Jerry rated it liked it
Some great stuff here...but nowhere near as epic as it could have been.
Jul 09, 2017 Ivana rated it really liked it
Great info on Vulcan history and philosophy.
Sarah Gamal
Oct 21, 2016 Sarah Gamal rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
I loved the second half. Sadly, the first was absolute rubbish.
May 07, 2017 CaroKilia rated it it was amazing
The only way to summarize the greatness of this book is thus: SO. MUCH. VULCAN.
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.
Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and a
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