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Masks (Star Trek: The Next Generation #7)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  873 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The "U.S.S. EnterpriseTM journeys to Lorca, a beautiful world with a feudal culture where the inhabitants wear masks to show their rank and station. Captain Picard and an away team don masks of their own to begin a quest for the planet's ruler and the great Wisdom Mask that the leader traditionally wears. Their mission is to establish diplomatic relations. But shortly afte ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 277 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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I own, and have read, all the Star Trek novels published in the last 20 years. This, by far, is my favorite, and I've read it many times. For some reason, it reminds me of The Book of Swords series from Fred Saberhagen. It's a good blend of Science Fiction and Fantasy. I've actually gone through three or four copies of this book, and I've bought many copies to give to friends. If you only read one Star Trek novel, this is the one to read.
The Enterprise is assigned a diplomatic mission to the Planet Lorca, which is practically foisted on them by the highly dodgy appearing character Ambassador Lewis. Lorca is a highly unusual planet where the entire population wear masks all day every day to show their rank and their job. In fact its considered extremely taboo to see a person's face 'naked' without a mask. So the enterprise away team (Picard, Worf, Deanna and Ambassador Lewis) is sent down with their own masks to search for the pl ...more
A worthy installment in the Star Trek TNG book series. This novel features an interesting storyline while capitalizing on the characters and mythos developed around the Star Trek TNG series.

We get to again spend time with characters we enjoy and consider how the stage of development of a planet might affect its inhabitants. We also get to consider the roles of masks and identities and the roles that people are forced to play by society.

Overall a good, fun, and fast read.
Sep 16, 2012 Will rated it 2 of 5 stars
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While a dedicated Trek fan in high school, I picked this up from a local used book for a couple of dollars.

The concept seemed intriguing, but I found myself a bit disappointed and distracted by the somewhat ridiculous, slightly farcical implementation of the mask plot device and related societal machinations. Such a society would have been mired in a state of perpetual chaos or extreme instability. The glints of allegory were not lost on me and I still recall several "I see what you did there"
i'm a dork. and when i was younger, my step father, knowing i loved start trek found a box of star trek books at a comic book store. he bought them all. this was my favorite

i think i would want to have another copy of this book. i'll have to look for it
In honor of the 25th anniversary, of what would be my all time favorite show if it were not for The X-Files,Star Trek the Next Generation is coming to Blu-Ray totally redone. Having read most of the novels over two decades ago, I thought that I would write my general feel for the serial STNG novels. I could never do a real review now, other than to say that I loved them.

Star Trek the Next Generation was both my favorite science fiction series in college, and also my favorite serial novel. I was
"Waiting is not inactivity -- it's waiting, which can be much harder than taking direct action."

"Of all the emotional states, worry had to be the most unpleasant and least useful. Deanna hated succumbing to it."

If you don't mind being talked at directly like that, and if you don't mind the inconsistencies in the character's behaviors (apparently this was written during season two and Vornholt didn't get everything quite right), you'll probably get a kick out of this. Anyway, I did.
It was better than some of the Star Trek books that I have read. There was a neat twist that I wasn't expecting and I enjoyed the plot of the book. I did find some problems with the characters and I suppose I will with every Star Trek book I will read. The most glaring problem was giving Worf initials for a a first and middle name (J. G. Worf), I looked on the internet and he DOES NOT have any other name (Worf, son of Mogh). Also I did read it in 5 days, but it was interupted due to a ripped off ...more
Carolyn Snow
This book was absolutely amazing... the best I've read so far in the Star Trek: The Next Generation series. A complex and beautiful plot, involving so many of the characters on the ship, and a wonderful ending -- and then, of course, there are the masks. Such a fascinating concept, and definitely not something I would ever have thought of!!
Watch out, Patrick Stewart! Look..oh no! Aliens! CRAAAAASH! BOOOM! BOOOOOM! EXPLOOSIONS!
It is a good book if you need to be weaned off your Star Trek high.
I got completely drawn into this world with masks and I loved that the crew did so as well. You can almost touch the tension between Picard and piercing blade and I love it! I was holding my breath at one particular time... One thing that I have to note though is that it seems incredibly weird that with the captain gone, both the first and second officer would leave the ship. I just don't see that ever happening. I was also a bit confused with Felton Lewis who plays a major role in the plot, it ...more
Sarah Roberts
I read this book after I found it in a bargain box and, having watched the show, I found it to be pretty decent as a companion to the show. I thought it was good and is by far my favorite out of the series.
Obviously there are many Star Trek books for you to choose from depending on which series is your favorite. However this book by John Vornholt seemed to strike a cord with me and I have read it a couple of times since. The team of the Enterprise join and ambassador to a new world where the inhabitants all wear masks. Picard and Riker split into two teams and work to try and bring this world into the federation, whilst trying to defeat a Ferengi invasion. As the main characters are off the ship t ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Oh dear. I remember the enjoyable & occasionally mad first run of TNG novels that made me devour every one of them back-to-back...from the sublime "Children of Hamlin" to the outrageous "Captain's Honour". But "Masks" brought my fun to a screeching halt. I know it's an early best seller for the range...but even all those years ago, my younger self couldn't stand this book, and barely made it to the conclusion. Luckily, Mr. Vornholt would go on to write more palatable "Star Trek" novels (I hi ...more
Martijn Hartman-maatman
This book is actually not bad at all. Most of it doesn't happen in space or on the Enterprise, but still entertained me. And it made me wonder if a society like Lorca could really happen?

Great read for a ST novel....
An especially excellent early TNG book. Vornholt writes very well and the story is both rich and exciting. Picard's growing relationship with a local leader and the phenomenon of masks on Lorca combine to make this a very satisfying read.
Feb 04, 2008 Jeff added it
I read all these "Next Generation" books in middle school/early high school. Even then I thought most of them were pretty bad. But I'm a completist so they must be included in my book list!
A really enjoyable Next Gen romp. A possible missed opportunity for some exciting espionage near the end but an ending that made sense.
Jeff Gallagher
The first chapter sets up an interesting yarn. To bad it devolves into a silly, tiresome, and predictable adventure.

I've been in such a Star Trek and Jean-Luc Picard mood, you shall be read soon!!!
Richard Sampson
A very interesting read, stating the underlying nature of having to wear masks.
A clever concept for a society, where masks dictate who you are. An ok read.
Arlene Allen
I loved Piercing Blade. I had such a crush on Picard.
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