I really prefer these volumes with a single continuous storyline. The Flying She-Devils were cool and I think this is one of the better volumes I've rI really prefer these volumes with a single continuous storyline. The Flying She-Devils were cool and I think this is one of the better volumes I've read....more
Set entirely during the second World War, Atomic Robo battles the worst Nazi super-science (the most evil of the super-sciences) with two fists and onSet entirely during the second World War, Atomic Robo battles the worst Nazi super-science (the most evil of the super-sciences) with two fists and one liners....more
This first volume of Atomic Robo is a great introduction to the character. It's packed with humor, action, and a works really well to establish the seThis first volume of Atomic Robo is a great introduction to the character. It's packed with humor, action, and a works really well to establish the setting. ...more
The episodes novelized in within include All Our Yesterdays, The Devil in the Dark, Journey To Babel, The Menagerie, The Enterprise Incident, and A PiThe episodes novelized in within include All Our Yesterdays, The Devil in the Dark, Journey To Babel, The Menagerie, The Enterprise Incident, and A Piece of the Action. I’m pretty sure that All Our Yesterdays is the first Trek episode Blish has novelized where he keeps the multiple storylines from the episode. Within we follow both Kirk in ye olden not!London and Spock & McCoy in the Ice Age. It breezes through the story while being a solid retelling of the episode. The Devil in the Dark actually manages to maintain some of the mystery of the episode it’s based on while still condensing where it can. Journey to Babel is is the 2x speed version of the story. The Menagerie is actually just The Cage as the author’s forward to the story makes clear that the wraparound would have just been lost pages. I’d tend to agree with him as the novelization of the story manages to retain everything except the crew trying to blast their way into the Talosian base. I applaud Blish for managing to fit a rather dense episode into an extremely limited page count. The Enterprise Incident is shortened by mostly following Spock’s role in the story, a fair decision on the author’s part. A Piece of the Action is one of my favorite episodes and I’m glad to say the author does a pretty good job of adapting it to the short story format. Overall I’d say that this is a marked improvement over the previous three books and at three of five stars is something I’d recommend picking up if you stumble across it in a used book store somewhere....more
This volume in Trek Charm-ectomy includes The Trouble With Tribbles, The Last Gunfight, The Doomsday Machine, Assignment: Earth, Mirror, Mirror, FridaThis volume in Trek Charm-ectomy includes The Trouble With Tribbles, The Last Gunfight, The Doomsday Machine, Assignment: Earth, Mirror, Mirror, Friday's Child, and Amok Time The Trouble with Tribbles has a few differences from the episode, like the joke at end is different. This is the first comedy episode Blish has adapted and he doesn’t do a good job conveying the humor of the episode at all. The Last Gunfight (aka the Cowboy Planet episode) was dunb on the show and is a waste of pages here. The Doomsday Machine lacks the tension of the episode and reads like a log entry of the events. Mirror, Mirror is the first adaptation in this collection I’d say was worth reading, but only just. It maintains Kirk’s fight to save the Mirror Halkans, the difficulty the crew have with maintaining the deception, and the impassioned speech to mirror Spock at the end, but to do so it cuts all but a mention of the agony booth and completely removes Marlena Moreau and the Tantalus field. Friday's Child is so forgettable an episode when I finished reading its novelization I still couldn’t tell you what it was about. Amok Time has a slightly different sequence and kills the Death of Kirk suspense by giving you his point of view while he passes out but is otherwise unremarkable. Star Trek 3 isn’t so awful that I want to give it one star, but I can’t really bring myself to give it anything else than that. At this point in history only the most enthusiastic Trek fan will want to read these, and three books in I already want to skip to the next series of books One Star out of Five. ...more
This edition of “Let’s summarize an episode of Star Trek” includes adaptations of Arena, A Taste of Armageddon, Tomorrow Is Yesterday, Errand of MercyThis edition of “Let’s summarize an episode of Star Trek” includes adaptations of Arena, A Taste of Armageddon, Tomorrow Is Yesterday, Errand of Mercy, Court Martial, Operation--Annihilate!, The City on the Edge of Forever, and Space Seed. I can already feel Harlan Ellison spinning in his grave. Arena is about how I remember it from the show. Blish does a good job setting the scene of the, well, arena world and the Gorn. A Taste of Armageddon is a brisk retelling, but the characters all feel accurate to the show. Tomorrow is Yesterday felt like one of those really loud 1960’s computers that Kirk used to talk to death spit out a summary of the episode “BEEP BOOP” The Enterprise goes back in time, picks up a jet pilot, then returns him, then returns to the future “BEEP BOOP” Errand of Mercy, Court Martial, and Operation--Annihilate! are all just brief run throughs of the working scripts of the episodes, nothing really impressive or groan-worthy. The City on the Edge of Forever has this little note at the beginning stating that the author tried to stay as close to the script Ellison sent him, and except for a missing scene or two and a change to the closing lines it’s a pretty solid retelling of the episode. Space Seed is about as quick a run through of Space Seed you could manage without actually cutting plot points. I guess the few extra pages for City on the Edge of Forever had to come from somewhere.
Star Trek 2 is a collection that is very workmanlike. Nothing fancy, get the job done and do it quickly. I can only imagine the policies Blish was working under when writing these. Unfortunately the writing situation doesn’t cound for much in the final verdict. I’m giving this one two of five stars. Only really of interest to the most die-hard of Trek fans....more
This first book in the series (simply named “Star Trek”) adapts “Charlie X” (under the episode’s earlier working title of Charlie’s Law”), "Dagger ofThis first book in the series (simply named “Star Trek”) adapts “Charlie X” (under the episode’s earlier working title of Charlie’s Law”), "Dagger of the Mind", "The Unreal McCoy" (which was the working and IMO better title for a.k.a. "The Man Trap"), "Balance of Terror", "The Naked Time", "Miri", and "The Conscience of the King"
This book, clocking in at 140ish pages, doesn’t much page count to the seven episodes it covers. The story “Charlie’s Law” is bereft of most description, (Blish apparently felt no need to describe the Enterprise in even light detail), but most of the other stories have some feature at least some light description at the beginning to set up the story. Thishis adaptation of “balance of Terror” is entirely from the Enterprise’s POV, which helps to convey the tense nature of the episode very well, though the story lacks much of the cat and mouse nature of the episode and ends rather abruptly and without the famous “In another life we could have been friends” line. The Naked Time has lost any of the emotional tones of the episode. Miri is short and too the point, cutting most of the interactions with Miri and the children (this may be to its benefit.) The Conscience of the King is short to its detriment, gutting all but the basic core of the story. There are a couple of instances where the author seems to have been functioning from the idea that ships in Star Trek function at relativistic speeds. (also the cover of the edition I read has nice big rocket plumes coming out of the back of the Enterprise. There are a few things about the book that make in an interesting read as a star trek fan, but its brevity and extremely shallow treatment of the episodes mean I can’t really recommend going out of your way to pick it up. However if you’re like me and you find it in the dollar bin of your local used book store I’d give it a read....more
Ring of Fire is the first anthology of stories about the various citizens of Grantville, which Eric Flint opened up to a score of other writers. "HistRing of Fire is the first anthology of stories about the various citizens of Grantville, which Eric Flint opened up to a score of other writers. "History is messy" Flint states in the introduction, and rarely is a direct progression of characters from point A to point B. Within are stories of the recreation of the telephone company, or the potato chip, or of the first Grantville Christmas party, but the stories are more than that. They're the stories of people finding new loves and new meaning in a new world that they never expected to belong to. If you're at all a fan of alternate history stories I'd definitely recommend giving this a read....more