Considering that Star Trek is largely a planet of the week product, it's too bad there aren't more short story collections. This anthology, built arouConsidering that Star Trek is largely a planet of the week product, it's too bad there aren't more short story collections. This anthology, built around tales published in Amazing Stories, follows the crews of TNG and VOY and is surprisingly character driven.
Captain Picard attends Sarek's funeral while contemplating his relationship with his own father. Troi pushes herself beyond exhaustion to save a dying world. Tom Paris thinks about what his holodeck recreations say about his personal interactions.
It's all compelling stuff, written by pros and largely fitting into "canon." The only misfire is a Captain Proton story which feels like filler. ...more
Library Journal 08/01/2016 Bill Murray the actor takes a backseat to Murray the trickster figure in this collection of notable, implausible, even inexplLibrary Journal 08/01/2016 Bill Murray the actor takes a backseat to Murray the trickster figure in this collection of notable, implausible, even inexplicable offscreen appearances. Whether it's crashing a karaoke party, photobombing engagement pics, or covering a stranger's eyes and asking, "Guess who?" Murray comes across as a man set on adding a surreal moment to people's lives before saying, "no one will ever believe you," and walking away. Is there a method to Murray's madness? Edwards (Last Night at the Viper Room) posits ten principles comprising the tao of Murray such as "invite yourself to the party" and "your spirit will follow your body." Each tenet is backed by firsthand accounts and interviews, making for a hilarious read—occasionally heartwarming, sometimes head-scratching. It's easy to find Murray stories, but the author's attempt to make sense of them adds a new dimension. His access to celebrities (including an interview with Murray himself) strengthens this work, which concludes with a 100-page retrospective of the subject's movies with anecdotes from each one. VERDICT Sure to please Murray fans, this book would do well as a companion to Robert Schnakenberg's The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray....more
From 1967 to 1978, The Carol Burnett Show made television history and is regularly recognized as one of the best shows of all time. Here Burnett (ThisFrom 1967 to 1978, The Carol Burnett Show made television history and is regularly recognized as one of the best shows of all time. Here Burnett (This Time Together) offers a breezy reminiscence of the show's creation, its cast and guests, and much-beloved characters and sketches. While there's some sense of chronology, most of the book is a collection of similarly themed anecdotes so readers can jump straight to the amazing guests (Ray Charles) or movie parodies (Went with the Wind). Burnett delivers hilarious and heartfelt stories that are full of comedy and light on drama. She stays positive even when discussing the frustrations of being a woman in the television industry and refuses to name names when it comes to her least favorite guest. VERDICT: Who doesn't love Carol Burnett, and who better to tell the story of the show bearing her name? This quick trip down memory lane and great behind-the-scenes look at a truly one-of-a-kind production will have strong appeal for fans and readers who remember that era.