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The Folded World (Star Trek: The Original Series)

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  117 ratings  ·  17 reviews
En route to a diplomatic mission, the U.S.S. Enterprise receives a distress call from the U.S.S. McRaven. As the Enterprise approaches the area where the McRaven appears to be, Captain James T. Kirk and his crew encounter an anomaly unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. Space itself seems inconsistent here . . . warping, changing appearance. But during the brief period ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Pocket Books/Star Trek
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Randy
I looked forward to this one for a couple of reasons. I'm an old geezer, an original Trek fan(Trekkie or Trekker, I answer to either), there for first time broadcast of The Man Trap, the first Trek episode aired. The other reason is my admiration for the work of author Jeff Mariotte, original or tie-in. You're always in for an enjoyable ride when you crack a book of his.

Here, the Enterprise is on a diplomatic mission when they receive an SOS form the McRaven, another Constitution class ship. It
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Dan
A generally entertaining and fast-paced novel, The Folded World was a fun read. The anomaly was interesting, but not satisfactorily explained in my opinion. Some of the character stuff was a little too melodramatic, but works for the most part. I did really enjoy Scotty's part in the novel, and it was a great deal of fun seeing him wrestle with the fine points of diplomacy while trying to deal with the Ixtoldan ambassador and the Federation diplomats aboard the Enterprise. His coming to a greate ...more
David
Christmas 2014/early 2015.

There was a gift pack available in Easons, with said sealed pack including 2 sci-fi film magazines, and one of six Star Trek novels. As the pack was sealed, there was obviously no way of knowing which novel is in which pack.

When I purchased said pack, this is the novel that was in mine - if I'm honest, it's probably not one that I would have picked up in a bookstore, nor was it the novel I was hoping would be included.

Set during The Original Series era (i.e the original
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Gene Wines
This is definitely not one of the better Star Trek: The Original Series books. The concept seemed interesting, that of a spatial anomaly that folds space and time, but the execution leaves much to be desired. Huge sections of the book involved tramping around on a gigantic spaceship, seeing largely the same things over and over.

The dialogue of the main characters seemed awkward, at best, and the characters introduced in the story just weren't that interesting.

There's a drinking game you can play
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Neil Campbell
I am a fool for Kirk and company. I laughed out loud more than once at the aciurate portrayl of the tri-chotic relationship of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. When you add in reluctant acting captain, the firehearted no nonsensical Scotty, to the captain's chair, well.. Classic Original Star Trek. While all that machismo made for a nostalgic return to the series, the story was inventive and fresh. As fresh as theoretical dimensional folds with no closure as to their cause are concerned. Some explanation ...more
J.D.
"Would it have been better to admit his fears to the doctor? Should he take advantage of the momentary calm to tell McCoy goodbye and that he never served with a better officer and a better friend? Should he go back up and say the same to Spock?"

If not one of my top ST novels, then it comes inches from being one. It has everything, that keeps me in good characterization, the feel of ST, a mystery, and the friendship that shines thru. it is fast and well written. Some OCs were getting on my nerve
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Paul Lunger
New Star Trek author + Original series story = another somewhat ho-hum entry in the Original series novels. Jeff Mariotte's debut Star Trek novel "The Folded World" actually is a concept that in theory works. The Enterprise is headed toward the Ixtolde system when it intercepts a distress call from the U.S.S. McRaven which is also headed toward the same system ahead of them on as part of a twofold diplomatic mission which is to allow the planet into the Federation. When the Enterprise reaches th ...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"Would it have been better to admit his fears to the doctor? Should he take advantage of the momentary calm to tell McCoy goodbye and that he never served with a better officer and a better friend? Should he go back up and say the same to Spock?"

While on a diplomatic mission, the Enterprise receives a distress call from the USS McRaven. But what they find when they track the ship down is a cluster of ships all caught within a strange dimensional fold, where nothing is as it seems. When Kirk lead
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Sean
There are people who will buy and praise this book simply because it has Star Trek on the cover. God bless them. For Pocket Books, this loyalty must be a wonderful thing to count on. In a market where most books struggle to turn a profit, having such a loyal fan base that you can count on must feel gratifying.

Or not.

Having just finished The Folded World, it's difficult not to see it as a cynical cash grab. The writing is filled with cliches, with many narrative and tonal inconsistencies that kno
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Daniel Kukwa
Now THIS is my kind of "Star Trek" novel: a crisp writing style, a concise plot, a temporal anomaly with a very interesting twist (in your eye, TNG), and a confident command of both the regular cast of characters and the story's guest stars...especially the red shirts, who are anything but cliches. But most appreciated is the fact that the novel charges ahead from page one, and the intense pace doesn't quite until the final page. Classic "Star Trek" at its best.
Anne Thorpe
Enjoyable story with good characterizations of the major Trek figures plus interesting new personnel. Just what you want for an escape story.
Zombie0721
I've been away from the Star Trek books for awhile, but when I saw this in the shelf I figured it would make a good time killer.
It's by no means a bad book the story reads like a mix of Event Horizon meets Trek so it's really fun. The characterization is spot on you can hear the voices of Deforest Kelly, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and the rest of the classic Trek actors as you read the story.
If your looking for a fast fun sci fi story you could do much worse than this and if your a Trek f
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Rich Meyer
Very good TOS novel...with a lot of action. There's also a lot of good characterization, especially with a lot of the new obligatory red-shirts on the Enterprise's crew. This is well-written story, with a new race for the ST universe.
Dorthea Kemp
Not up to the usual Star Trek standards. A rambling story which tries to focus on one crew member and her back story. I couldn't really get up much interest in any of the action.
David
Interesting premise, but boring writing and uninteresting characters.
Sean Whelan
A little tough but a fairly faithful trek.
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Award-winning author Jeffrey J. Mariotte has published more than 30 novels, including horror epic The Slab, award nominated teen horror quartet Witch Season, and the recent supernatural thrillers River Runs Red and Missing White Girl, in addition to tie-in novels and many, many comic books. He is also co-owner of specialty bookstore Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. He lives in southeastern Arizona. ...more
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