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A Stitch in Time

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #27)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,147 ratings  ·  264 reviews
The enigmatic Garak - Cardassian-in-exile on space station Deep Space Nine - refers to himself as just a simple tailor, but everyone knows that there's more to him than that. Why was he banished from his home planet? And why does he choose exile on Deep Space Nine? ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 396 pages
Published May 2000 by Pocket Books
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It's not easy to be a Cardassian.


The life of Elim Garak in his own words...


Since the novel is written by Andrew J. Robinson, which is the actor who played the recurring character in the TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

I'm glad that they gave the chance to Robinson to do this book, since he really did a great job at it.

This novel tells the life of Elim Garak since he enters at pre-teen age to the Cardassian military school, passing to young adult with his years
Apr 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Not just another Star Trek spin-off. I've read a bunch, and not many of them rate being added to a list of what I have read (they are not usually very memorable.)

Garak was an intriguing character, one of my favorites, and this novel (for those who don't know, and are interested--I can't imagine who) was written by Andrew Robinson, the actor that played him. I think that's why it rings true to the character I became so familiar with. The emphasis is not on the parallels to real-world events Trek
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is essentially the autobiography of Garak from Star Trek Deep Space Nine, as told by Andrew J. Robinson, the actor who portrayed the infamous exiled Cardassian spy/tailor and master obfuscator. Garak is perhaps Star Trek's most secretive and complex character. His is a dark and tortured soul, having committed some truly atrocious acts, yet he is not without morality and compassion, and not to mention a sharp tongue and quick wit. Cardassians have always seemed to me one of the most fascinat ...more
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have long been familiar with the actor Andrew J. Robinson before he came to play Garak on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. You may remember him from Dirty Harry (1971) as the Scorpio killer, or from movies like Hellraiser (1987) and Shoot To Kill (1988).
Of all the Star Trek spin-offs, Deep Space Nine remains my favorite. While I would be hard-pressed to pick just one character that stands out, I always knew that if the storyline involved Garak, things would be interesting. Garak usually had some of
The Shayne-Train
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
A spectacular story told by a spectacular character

Now hold tight to some nearby furniture as I reveal....I'm a Trekkie.
I know, right? Well, I am. And my favorite out of all the Treks is Deep Space 9. While it starts off in the same cheesy, episodically safe way the previous Treks had, it eventually turns into the filthy, blood-spattered underbelly of the Trek universe, and I love it for that.

One of my favorite character's in DS9 is a plain, simple tailor named Garak. He is
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, 100-books
It's always interesting to read stories written by actors about the characters they portrayed. Sometimes it works better than others. Avon: A Terrible Aspect by Paul Darrow left me wondering how Darrow had managed to portray the character so well without understanding him. With The Companions of Doctor Who: Harry Sullivan's War, Ian Marter captured his character perfectly, but, if memory serves (it has been 24 years or so since I read it), it had some writing and plotting issues. So it was with ...more
Memoirs of a Tailor.

Andrew J. Robinson's performance as Garak over the years showed that he put a lot of thought into the character. With the series over he's written one of the best Trek tie-in books I've read to to tell the story of Garak's rise and fall that led him to become the plain, simple tailor of Deep Space Nine and also to give a glimpse of what has happened to Cardassia since the end of the series.
Daniel Kukwa
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, star-trek
A 400 page epic I finished in a matter of hours. Engrossing, melancholy, emotional and astonishing...the ultimate last word on Garak, from the pen of Garak himself (Andrew J. Robinson). There are several books that compete for the rank of best "Star Trek" novel...and this one may have actually topped all the others. This is a truly special read.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jenny T
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Star Trek books out there -- the memoirs of Elim Garak (Cardassian gardener, student, spy, tailor, and diplomat) as told by the actor that played him. The book was well-written, with a fantastic exploration of the Cardassian educational and political systems and insight into the Obsidian Order, with some GREAT character backgrounds.

The book alternates between Garak's work helping Cardassia recover after the Dominion War and the story of his growing up, discovering his true paren
Casey McKinnon
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spy, science-fiction
I read this book right after DS9 finished airing and I absolutely adored it. Andrew Robinson knows the character of Elim Garak better than anyone and fleshes out his backstory with ease and intrigue. I'm currently reading this book again a second time and it makes me want to rewatch the whole series again. ...more
Matt Tomaso
Surprisingly excellent biography of a great character from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. A Stitch in Time is a semi-postmodern mosaic of interwoven retrospectives, soliloquys and and first-person stories written in the voice of Garak, the brilliant Cardassian tailor, or is it "spy"? The action takes place before, during and after DS9, from the perspective of an Elim Garak once again reinventing himself and Cardassia after the empire's liberation from the military's Central Command.

Mr. Robinson, w
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
This was actually pretty well written! Surprisingly entertaining to get back to one of my all time favourite DS9 characters.

Now, I still expect Alexander Siddig to keep his word and write a conclusion for this. I assume it will be about Julian and Garak living happily together as a retired couple who raise corgis and go to opera once a month (Julian complains that Cardassian operas are way too heavy, and Garak thinks that this is only further evidence that Julian needs the cultural education in
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek, ds9
An absolutely essential Star Trek novel for fans of Deep Space Nine and Garak in particular. Garak's life story as told by the actor who played him? How can you not love this? And Andrew Robinson is more than up to the task of telling this particular story. One of the best Trek novels of all time, A Stitch in Time earns absolute top marks from me.

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Much to my surprise when my book group picked this book, I had added it to my Goodreads listings back in 2014. I was so surprised because I'm not really a Star Trek fan--almost all my affection for Star Trek is for the original series, and even then, only through books like Spock's World. I read a ton of books as a kid when I was on vacation and would pick up whatever fantasy and sci fi the library in my grandparents' town had, and it included a bunch of original series books. That's my Star Tre ...more
Homer Frizzell
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun book. It was nice to spend some more time with Garak and to explore Cardassia through him. Must read for a DS9 fan.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, trek
4.5☆ An unexpected gem
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Having just recently watched the delightful 2018 DS9 documentary What We Left Behind, I felt a sudden urge to delve back into this world... and since I didn't have the time to fit all seven seasons into my schedule right now for a marathon re-watch, I figured it was high time I got back to the tie-in novels. This one, exploring the backstory of one of DS9's most fascinating and complex characters, I'd been looking forward to reading for a long, long time - and it turned out to be just as excelle ...more
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Of all the stories you told me, which ones were true and which ones weren't?" -- DS9, Season 2, Episode 22, The Wire, Bashir to Garak.

This book is fantastic. Absolutely must read for a DS9 and especially a Garak fan. He's simply one of the best characters I've ever come across, not just in Star Trek and the book does him complete justice!

The book tells the story of Garak's life, from his own point of view, as a communique to Doctor Bashir. These biographical chapters are intertwined with the ha
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
4.5 stars. I've missed Deep Space 9 a lot. I could hear Garak's tone and inflections perfectly in this book. I wish we had an audiobook of it read by Andrew Robinson. I loved learning more about Cardassian culture and religion. His first interaction with the Federation and comparing views on play, games, and sports was entertaining and fascinating. I loved the prose, and many quotes resonated with me. I wonder though if this book has killed some of the mystery of Garak that makes him so enjoyabl ...more
Jonathan Lin
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Written by the actor who played Elim Garak in Star Trek DS9. This book is a fitting end to the Cardassian story. It's where new Cardassia begins, told through Garak's eyes.

It reads like an actor's self-study, and it's got a quiet tone to it. Nothing at all like what I expected, filled with depth and emotion.
I'm just never going to accept that DS9 is over. ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
between this and "the nexus" i feel like a wild animal. i'm about to start throwing rocks, but like. in a good way. good rocks. ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommended to David by: Bernard
This is the latest in a series of Star Trek novels I've consumed, the first being a tropical rain-swollen TOS hardback whose name I've forgotten and which was the only thing I could find to read on St. John, and the second being The Battle of Betazed. Annnnnd, that's it: A Stitch in Time is the third ST novel I've slogged through. I read this one at home, thus breaking my Star Trek beach-reading run. But I doubled my run of ST loaners from my brother!

This is the official "Garak" novel, written b
Matthew Lloyd
"Doctor, you're not intimating that I'm some sort of spy are you?"
- Garak (Andrew J. Robinson), in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 1, Episode 2 "Past Prologue"

One of the reasons why DS9 is my favourite Star Trek is that beyond the core cast of characters - who are great - there are also a stack of recurring characters who are also great. On the top of this pile, perched on the ears of Nog as the Ferengi scrambles up Dukat's neck ridges, stands Elim Garak: tailor, spy, and the last remaining Ca
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
Someone, who admires Garak, will love this book... Best, I ever read!!
Damian Dubois
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
An absolute must read for any fans of Elim Garak from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Definitely my favourite Caradassian tailor!
Emily Lo
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I am a huge fan of DS9 and Garak as a character (who may be the best character in television history). This was a really intriguing book and provided so much insight into why Garak is the way he is.
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Andy Robinson is a professor of theatre practice and member of the MFA Acting faculty of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, as well as a graduate of the New School for Social Research and a Fulbright scholar at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he trained as an actor.

His professional career has en

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