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Spock's World

(Star Trek: The Original Series)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,798 ratings  ·  177 reviews
It is the twenty-third century. On the planet Vulcan, a crisis of unprecedented proportion has caused the convocation of the planet's ruling council -- and summoned the U.S.S. "Enterprise(TM) " from halfway across the galaxy to bring Vulcan's most famous son home in its hour of need. As Commander Spock, his father, Sarek, and Captain James T. Kirk struggle to preserve Vulc ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Pocket Books (first published September 1988)
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Let me start by saying Vulcans are my most favorite species in StarTrek universe and Spock is my most favorite character. That said, I really really enjoyed reading this book. It was an amazing read!

Spock's World revolves around a movement on the planet Vulcan to secede from the United Federation of Planets. A plot that nearly gave me a heart attack. All the while reading this book, I had to remind myself that there's no way for that to happen! A scary notion indeed.

The book alternates chapters
King Haddock
Absolutely nothing wrong in being a Trekkie. Absolutely nothing wrong with a Trekkie novel. However, whenever I pick up a book that is basically fanfiction off of some other media, I watch myself warily. Reputation of such novels tends to be that they are crap or poorly written. This book was not so poorly as written as that. Furthermore, it entertained. Trekkies, this book is safe from painful divergence - I caught only a few minor tweaks from the canon, and overall even the minor details held ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great stuff here...but nowhere near as epic as it could have been.

EDIT: This was actually better than I remembered! Maybe more familiarity with the Trek universe helped me to appreciate it better the second time around.
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi, trek
Well written history of Vulcan. The chapters alternate between the present day "Enterprise" story of Spock, Kirk & McCoy being called to testify at hearings to decide on Vulcan's succession from the Federation and the pre-history/history of Vulcan.

The Enterprise chapters were delightful, and true to the characters - especially McCoy who surprisingly takes the main stage by being the most fleshed out and in relation to plot, the most important of the trio. Duane must really like the character of
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I started reading ST novels when the Destiny trilogy came out, so i'm kinda new to the books even though I'm 35 & have loved everything ST ever since TNG started airing in the late 80's . I have enjoyed the recently published ST novels so much it made me want to go back & check out some of the older more popular/higher rated novels of times past & this book was on my list,....& I'm glad it was! This book gives the reader a ton of insight into Vulcan culture & history. Dianne Duane is really in a ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This book is a loving ode to Spock's World. There is very little action but the work is still compelling. We find out a lot about the evolution of Vulcan and Vulcans, and get some fascinating insights into the Vulcan people. We learn a lot more about Sarek and how he got together with Amanda, and how Spock was born. It was also beautifully written with a lot of poetry in it. I much enjoyed it.
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am not a Trekker, having seen a bare handful of episodes across all the extant series and only a few movies, most lately Nemesis around the time it came out. I still call myself a Star Trek fan, though, since I've have read dozens of Star Trek novels and spent hours at work browsing Memory Alpha/Beta looking up various articles. And of all the reading I've done, the book that sticks out most for me is this one.

Spock's World is about a Vulcan vote on secession from the Federation and the argume
Vulcan debates seceding the Federation; the narrative takes a deep dive into the planet and the people's origins. Both of the Duane Star Trek spinoffs I've read impress me with their minutiae and scope, things the source material lacks as a matter of course. (It works as often as not--it doesn't feel particularly like Star Trek, but expands on things I wish the series could have explored.) It's a natural fit to an ethnography of Vulcan, although in combination with a political/low-action A-plot ...more
I actually read this from 9 July to 13 July, but didn't have internet access at those times. Anyway, on with the review.

I didn't remember reading this when I was young, but certain passages were familiar as I read them, so I must have read this at least once before.... Anyway, the re-read was interesting. Some of the author's similes and metaphors don't really all. It makes her attempts at lyrical, descriptive writing seem laughable instead. Also there were some minor errors at logic a
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek, e-books, tos
An excellent entry into the panoply of Star Trek fiction, and one that should be a must-read for every fan of Star Trek novels. Diane Duane writes the characters pitch-perfect, and her presentation of the history of Vulcan is every bit as fascinating as the page-turning "contemporary" events of the novel.

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Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another great example of the books giving you so much more to feel for the character.
Drew Perron
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an interestingly different take on Spock, Vulcan, and the Star Trek universe. I don't know if I'd want it to be "full canon", but I respect it a lot.

Diane Duane wrote this one, and it's very steeped in her style of writing - down to the idea that Vulcans have a constant sense of the immanent presence of God. She does the deep dive, building up not only Vulcan history and culture, but day-to-day life on the Enterprise and even 23rd century Earth itself. And it's good stuff, treating Vulca
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
Diane Duane is really good at alien races. She gets it that with the written word the sky's the limit for creating weird body shapes and bizarre worldviews. She gets it that even the ones who do look kind of like us would still be incredibly different from us. And she gets it that even though there are all of these beings with crazy bodies and crazier ideas, they're all people. She just plain gets it, and runs with it, better than any other Star Trek author I've ever read.

Spock's World explores
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kathi
Just like Uhura’s Song this book is as perfect as it gets, regarding writing a wonderful story and keeping everyone completely in character.

At least, how I think the characters should be.

I don’t know if the “Holy Trinity” is perceived like they’re written in Spock’s World by everybody or just by me, but THIS is how I’ve always imagined Kirk, Spock & McCoy to be: bright, well-considered, logical, sneaky, brave and capable of surprising not only Sarek and T’Pau but also the entire population of
Mary JL
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Star Trek fans but especially if you like Vulcans
This book begins with Spock and the Enterprise being called to Vulcan. A political situation has arisen on Vulcan, and the subject to be handled in a formal, public debate--a Vulcan custom--is whether Vulcan should cut off all contact with all other worlds.

The sections in Spock's modern time alternate with various historical events in Vulcan's history. Although well written, I sometimes read some of the historical chapters and thought "Vulcans would not do that". Of course, this is just one auth
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-other
I have liked Star Trek for over ten years by now, and have loved and even been a little bit nerdy about it for almost three years. So when I came across this book, about not only my favorite character from The Original Series - Spock - but also about a species that is so very central to Star Trek, I knew I wanted to read it. And I was not disappointed.

I liked that the book is divided into two really good stories that we get to follow in different chapters. One about the possible secession of Vul
Eric Mccann
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this by saying I'm not a "trekkie." I couldn't tell you the difference between a tribble and kibble, and really don't care which captain is "best" or anything like that. I usually am not fond of TV or movie tie-in novels - especially ones that make up a library of such size as those tied to the various Star Treks.

That said, this one hit me on all the right levels. I do enjoy getting into backstory, and you get to see the development of Spock's planet, culture and people intersper
I am not a Star Trek fan (I don't mean I dislike Star Trek; I just mean I have no exposure, beyond a couple of the recent reboot movies). I am, however, a Diane Duane fan. I picked this up because her name was on the cover, and as a Diane Duane book, it did not disappoint. The historical sections are basically Young Wizards/Star Trek crossover fic, to the point where I wonder how much sense moments like Surak making the Choice for his species made to people not familiar with Young Wizards metaph ...more
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually a big fan of Star Trek books (though a huge fan of the original show, TNG, and some of the movies), but Diane Duane's writing is so beautiful and so tactile that this book has become one of my favorites.
Arthur Sperry
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every once in a while, I relax by reading a Star Trek book, since I am a lifelong fan. I got this one at a library book sale for five cents. I chose it because I heard it was one of the better ones, and it was not bad at all. I read it in a day.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book brilliantly intertwines vulcan history with Spock's experiences, I've read it any times over.
R.J. Evanovich
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great book about the first season characters. read many years ago andf
recently reread.
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Star Trek novel from Diane Duane. A must read for fans of Spock and the Vulcan culture. Also for fans of the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triumvirate, which I totally am.
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I remember greatly loving this book and reading it multiple times. It's been far too long, and I definitely want to revisit it!
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: s-f, star-trek

Wow. This book. What can I say? It is amazing. It is not just a good Star Trek book, but a good *science fiction* book as well! Most novelizations of tv series read like glorified, official fan fiction (nothing wrong with that, mind you), but this book is so sophisticated and almost can stand alone from the source material. It captures the spirit of the genre, even as it delves into the Vulcan mythos. I am so glad I happened upon this at a used book store in Colorado! It instantly ca
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was enjoyable enough, largely thanks to the way familiar characters such as Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sarek and Amanda were portrayed. Chapters with the TOS characters are alternated with those on the history of Vulcan from the very beginning (astronomically and geologically speaking), culminating in the story of Sarek and Amanda's romance. Unfortunately, these Vulcan history chapters have no direct bearing on the main storyline about the Vulcan vote on secession from the Federation, so especiall ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I recently read a StarWars novel (Thrawn-excellent) and felt it only fair to myself to read a StarTrek novel for balance in the force/SiFi universe.
Spock. Spock is by far my favorite character in the Star Trek universe, and the Vulcans a culture that is not explored enough for me (I love the Klingon culture as well) and well, just thought this would be a great answer to Thrawn.
Wonderfully written by one of the better StarTrek authors, Diane Duane, the book opens with a prehistorical look
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi
I listened to the audio recording of this book (an abridgment) during my commute. Actor George Takei narrates the book and actor Leonard Nimoy reads Spok's personal log intros before each major section. It was great! Where else can you hear George Takei impersonate Kirk, Spok, and Bones?! His Kirk and Bones were the best.

In addition to this, the plot is very good. This is one of the better Star Trek spin-off novels I've encountered. It includes some famous supporting characters, and ties in clos
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than forty years.

Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and an

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“The spear in the Other's heart
is the spear in your own:
you are he.

There is no other wisdom,
and no other hope for us
but that we grow wise.

-attributed to Surak”
“He came back the next day, and the next, and the day after that, and they argued. The arguments always started about the binding itself, but then they began to stray out into more interesting topics--the relationships and interrelationships in their families, the politics that went on, and the doings of the kingdoms and lordships of the world; and finally, about themselves, or rather, each other. The arguments started early and ended late: it was almost improper.

After about three days of this, T'Thelaih realized that she was going to have to be bound to this man, just to have the leisure to argue properly with him.”
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