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Windows on a Lost World

(Star Trek: The Original Series #65)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  25 reviews
While Kirk, Spock, Chekov and an archaeological team are exploring the ruins of an ancient civilization on the uninhabited planet Careta IV, they discover strange devices that appear to be simple windows. But the windows prove dangerous when Kirk and Chekov enter them, and disappear. Now, while the two struggle to survive, Spock struggles to unravel the mystery--while figh ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Star Trek (first published January 1st 1993)
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Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Star Trek as I've come to expect it. I almost felt like I was watching the original series.
Mike Crate
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
The Enterprise is assigned to ferry and assist an archaeological project within the Dulciphar star cluster and more specifically the world Careta IV where ruins had been observed which may hold the key to why this are of the galaxy has so many dead cultures and worlds. The archaeological team and landing parties beam down and almost immediately the world feels "wrong" but no one can explain why. Chekov is accompanying the Djelifan native Talika Nyar who looks down with some scorn on the weak mal ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Usually these books are comfort food, brain candy, imaginative and fun reads for me. I'm a Trekkie fan from way back when, especially of the original series with Captain Kirk and company. And, while this one fit the bill in many ways, it was also not one of my favourites.

I thought the author did a fairly decent job of describing the ancient civilization of the Kh!lict, crab-like aliens who were both fascinating and horrifying. Their depictions of brutal sacrifices and annihilation of other cultu
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
A very frustrating novel that has many interesting and original concepts which are left unexplored for some reason.

The book is almost solely composed of the inner dialog of people trapped inside alien bodies. One would think that such a premise would allow for some good character content through the subjective point of view of someone experiencing world through unusual stimuli. These potential elements are touched upon in the most superficial of ways and ultimately left with way too little atten
Daniel Kukwa
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
It's my least favourite of V.E. Mitchell's "Star Trek" novels. The plot feels as though it drags on for much longer than it should (I almost lost interest at the half way mark), and I find the ending rather abrupt & overly dour. That said, once again Ms. Mitchell creates a fascinating & detailed alien culture...I just wish the story surrounding it had been as adrenaline pumping as "Enemy Unseen".
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I don't think I even got half way through with this book before I completely gave up on it, which is sad. I don't like giving up on books, and I really wanted to know what happened to Chekov, but I just couldn't bare myself to finish it. The story obsessed over the alien life form that had taken over Kirk and although it was interesting to see how he'd manage it, it was just too heavy. Much more could have been explored.
Oct 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-trek
Out of tons of ST books I own and read, this one cries DO NOT READ. thankfully it's not canon.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Interesting take on xenophobia
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
There is something appealingly basic about Victoria Mitchell's second contribution to the Pocket Books series of Star Trek novels. In it the Enterprise takes a team of archaeologists to a deserted planet. There they uncover evidence of an even older civilization than the one they were sent to investigate, one that left behind mysterious "windows" that are still active and were subsequently buried by their successors. An accident sends Kirk, Chekov, and one of the archaeologists into the window, ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: t-v-tie-in, sci-fi
Well this was a struggle....I had picked this off the bookshelf just as a bit of light reading before moving onto something maybe a bit more substantial...a kind of stop gap bit of reading I have to say however that this took more of an effort to read than I had thought.
This wasn't due to the story being particularly complex or interwoven with any hidden subtext...I just found as tales go this one was rather boring.
I have read through a few Star Trek novels so far as I picked up a load of them o
Clay Davis
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked the audio book with Walter Koenig.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a "Star Trek" novel in a couple of years...most are pretty good, some are amazing such as David Mack's "Destiny" trilogy...but I have to pick "Windows on a Lost World" as just about the worst one! I read it a few years ago and was so disappointed. I admit to judging this book by its cover as I thought that the windows must have belonged to a mysterious race called the Iconians...but I was wrong to do so. The crew of the Enterprise is called to assist a research team that discovers ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was rather interesting. It's a take on the well known idea of someone from the regular cast switching bodies or otherwise finding themselves or their consciousnesses elsewhere. Here, instead of a humanoid type of body, it's a crab like being. Very bigoted, xenophobic, warlike crab like beings that no longer exist. It's not something I'm likely to listen to again, but it is an interesting story to read once. Part of me does wish this was an episode of any generation at some point - it might ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
After reading Yesterday's Son and The Entropy Effect I thought I was done with Star Trek novels, but then I read this one and the characters were well written and it was like an episode from the TV show and now I'll have to find more Star Trek novels like this one.
Roz  Milner
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: its-trekkie
The crab aliens are a nice touch, and there’s some fun world building but on the whole pretty unremarkable fare
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This story wasn't bad , It was just weird. Alien Teleporters can make a person Crabby. This was a Good Read.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
A little slow, but this is a bit of an ingenious tale about Kirk and Chekov beaming down to a planet where... they get turned into little crabs. How do they get back to regular form if they can't communicate? It's padded, but it's a clever little story.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, audiobooks
After listening to this Star Trek novel as an audio book, i wasn't as impressed with it as i have been with other Star Trek Novels.

If you are a trekkie then worth a read but it my opinion not the strongest Star Trek Novel out there.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my favourite Star Trek novels and one I would definitely read again.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cary Spratt
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek, owned
An okay read, but not terribly imaginative.
Michael T Bradley
Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Here's what I got out of this book: archaeology, archaeology, ARCHAEOLOGY!!!!

If you like archaeology, boy, have I got a book for you ...
3.5 stars! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this.
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