This is the third Typhon Pact novel that I've read, but it would have made more sense to read it first, since it sets up some stuff with Vaughn that a...moreThis is the third Typhon Pact novel that I've read, but it would have made more sense to read it first, since it sets up some stuff with Vaughn that affects the other novels.
I originally thought that each novel was going to focus on one species from the pact, but this does two: Romulans and Tzenkethi. It's not bad, and I appreciate what the author has done to make the Tzenkethi feel like a genuinely alien species (rather than just humans with funny noses). However, it's not great either.
(view spoiler)[The storyline about reunification between Vulcans and Romulans is interesting, but I have to agree with one of the characters: what's the point? It makes sense for them to be able to travel and communicate with each other, but I don't think it would be practical or desirable for them to have a shared government.
There's a flashback to when Sisko first met the Tzenkethi: that's pretty good, but I think it would have worked better on its own, e.g. as a novella or as a short story in an omnibus.
The present day storyline with Sisko was just frustrating. If they (the Prophets and/or the editors) don't want him on Bajor then why did they pull him out of the wormhole rather than leaving him where he was? I have no real interest in watching him mope around.
I also have some quibbles with the worldbuilding. For instance, page 70 (set in Now Orleans) says: "The news kiosk still occupied the far corner". How would a news kiosk work when it's all digital? In Star Trek, the characters normally do everything on tablets, except for paper copies of special books (e.g. Picard's copy of Shakespeare). I don't think I've ever seen a character reading a newspaper. (hide spoiler)]
As usual, the ebook contains several errors. In this case, the afterword mentions that several editors came and went while this book was in progress, which may have something to do with it. I realise that this may seem like nitpicking, but is it really so hard to get it right? Also, I bought this ebook 3 years after it had originally been published, so even if these errors slipped through the net at first, they could be corrected later.
(view spoiler)[p51 refers to "Al?beta" (twice). I assume that the ? is supposed to be a different character. p104 says: "Your cause it not licit". I assume that "it" should be "is". On p111, "in-capacitated" shouldn't have a hyphen. On p281, "Would you like you stay" should say "Would you like to stay". (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
You definitely get value for money from these editions, and they have a lot of charm. The artwork is really good: even in black and white, you can eas...moreYou definitely get value for money from these editions, and they have a lot of charm. The artwork is really good: even in black and white, you can easily recognise the distinct characters. The only snag is that some of the disguises don't work very well, e.g. when someone dyes their hair and it looks exactly the same afterwards.
This does suffer a bit from "Scooby Doo syndrome": once you've read enough of the stories, you can start to guess the plot twists. However, they were aimed at children, and the original audience wouldn't have read them all in quick succession.
Really, it's the opposite of some modern comics which feel padded out to fit a paperback: each individual issue in this volume typically has 3 stories (about 8 pages long each), which are intended to be read in isolation.
It is worth mentioning that social/cultural values were a bit different when these comics were first published. Still, it does demonstrate how much things have changed. For instance, in one issue Jimmy Olsen wants to ask a "Rocket stewardess" on a date, but she tells him that she's married; this was supposed to demonstrate how different Kandor was from Earth, because she hadn't had to give up her job after she got married!(less)
As the back cover says, this is "for life, not just for learners". I recommend it to everyone, not just drivers.
It's a bit tricky to rate: I don't nec...moreAs the back cover says, this is "for life, not just for learners". I recommend it to everyone, not just drivers.
It's a bit tricky to rate: I don't necessarily like all the rules, but I need to know what they are. The book gets updated every few years, so it's important to stay up to date with the changes, otherwise you may not recognise new road markings (e.g. double red lines). Some of the traffic signs are confusingly similar, and I can't remember the last time that I saw a police officer using arm signals to direct traffic, but I have to recognise those signs/signals if I encounter them. There are also bits that I skimmed over when I was first learning to drive because they weren't relevant (e.g. speed limits for vehicles towing trailers on a motorway) which are more useful to me now.(less)
This is very short, but it's also very cheap. The basic joke has been going around for decades: "Hey, have you noticed that the random extras in the o...moreThis is very short, but it's also very cheap. The basic joke has been going around for decades: "Hey, have you noticed that the random extras in the original version of Star Trek kept dying?" If you're already familiar with that (e.g. from watching "Galaxy Quest") then there's not much more here, and I don't think that the world building really works. If you're not familiar with that, you probably won't bother reading it at all. John Scalzi has written a novel with the same name (Redshirts), so hopefully that explores the concept in more detail.(less)