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Mosaic (Star Trek: Voyager)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,052 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
The co-creator and executive producer of Star Trek: Voyager explores in detail the character she created, Captain Kathryn Janeway, commander of the Federation Starship Voyager. While fighting a desperate battle on alien planet, forced to choose between the lives of the Away Team and the safety of her ship, Captain Janeway reviews the most important events of her life--and ...more
Audio Cassette, Abridged, 0 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Audioworks (first published 1996)
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Sometimes it's really hard to find a good novel written for the spin-off Star Trek: Voyager. No doubt that the books published after the return of the vessel to the Alpha Quadrant and its later expedition returning to Delta Quadrant must be really entertaining (and I plan to read them eventually). It's not so easy to find really engaging novels set on its time when the crew was stranded 75,000 light-years away from Federation space. You can find a lot of very good novels of The Original Series a ...more
The Fog Witch (Nikki)
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Janeway
Recommended to The Fog Witch (Nikki) by: I found it laying around at my in-law's

Ah-may-zing. Janeway is my favorite Captain and anything involving her is of immediate interest to me. When I found this book laying dust-covered in the corner of my in-law's living room, I ran off with it and devoured it in 2 days.

We follow two stories: the 'present' issue of an away team being trapped on an alien planet while dealing with the Kazon, and then glimpses of Janeway's growing pains: from an adorable four year old up to her first command. We see her grow as a human and I felt more o
Jeri Taylor gives us Captain Janeway's backstory, from her childhood days trying to be the best and brightest to impress her father, through her friendships and relationships in high school and at the Academy, to her early years in Starfleet.

The writing is clunkier than I remembered from reading this when it first came out, but the spirit of the story still holds up.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Definitely one of the better Voyager books. The plot of the events happening in real time was fairly disposable, and so were the characters - with one notable exception.. Janeway. Ultimately it is a Janeway biography, and I wasn't expecting miracles from the set up so it didn't bother me too much.

Janeway's back story is creative, although at times almost too dramatic. Her characterization in the actual tv series is haphazard at best, but this really solidified her for me. A couple lines thrown h
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, voyager
Wow! An excellent Voyager book! Mosaic starts out with the crew trying to find food, and encountering a situation which reminds Janeway of something that happened to her when she was younger. The book basically bounces back and forth between the present time and Janeway's youth. Very interesting to see how Taylor linked other characters such as Data and Riker into the book. Definitely top 3 Voyager books I have ever read. The only thing I did not like was there was no closure on the nocha cake a ...more
Paul Nash
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi
I was a bit disappointed in this one! (I read Pathways and loved it). First of all there were 2 parts to the story; one part in present day and the other part discussing Janeway's rise to the captains chair. There was nothing exciting about Janeway's rise to becoming the captain of Voyager and they didn't even touch on how Janeway and Tuvok became such good friends. Also, they didn't even tell you how Janeway became captain of Voyager either. And the present days scenes were jumbled and hard to ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read. I ended up downloading the Audio Book for a trip a few months later because Kate Mulgrew reads it. Trek Pocket Book stories tend to always be a full crew event, so I really enjoyed the clear focus on just the character and background of Captain Kathryn Janeway. Written by creator Jeri Taylor, this book is considered canon by most Trekkies. If you love the Janeway character, you will enjoy this book immensely.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply put: a must read for any Kathryn Janeway fan.
Carolyn McBride
I was torn. I grabbed it off the library shelf because Janeway was my #1 favorite Captain, followed closely by Picard. So Janeway anything I'm going to read. But while I enjoyed the deep look into her formative years and why she became the person she did, parts of it annoyed me. Trying not to give anything away...we saw flashes of a person so unlike the Captain we know that I wanted to reach in and slap some sense into her. But then at other times, there were holes. We met some faces we already ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, favorites
Captain Kathryn Janeway was, quite possibly, my favorite Captain. This story, of her life, was utterly fascinating to me. I loved reading about her childhood, her time at Starfleet Academy and her early missions. She was such a strong, intelligent character. Her relationship with her father was so strong, and deep, it shaped a lot of who she became.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Look, it's a Star Trek novel. The writing is mediocre, the plot is rocky, but it's so darn enjoyable to just read without any expectations or though. Really good, lightweight fluff that does a passable job of expanding the Janeway universe.
I really loved delving into the backstory of Janeway.
Drake Tungsten
This was some nice background about Kathryn Janeway's character, especially what led to her decision to strand her ship in the Delta Quadrant.
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-inner-trekkie
I've indulged in a couple of Trek novels since I started to watch the shows earlier last year, and this is one of the better ones.

Due to being busy, I had to listen to the audiobook, instead of reading the prose, and boy, was I lucky. This particular audiobook was read by none other than Janeway herself, Kate Mulgrew.

The novel starts with Janeway on an unnamed planet, still stuck in the Delta Quadrant. From there, the plot involves plasma storms, a dead, angelic species, and the Kazon, who look
Peter Heisler
I'll always be grateful to Jeri Taylor for her role in creating the character of Captain Janeway, but this book just wasn't that great--way too much time spent describing puppies, Janeway's self-consciousness about her hair (?!), and odd details about her coffee preferences. The climax also basically replicated an episode of TNG with Dr. Crusher taking command, which was much better done in my opinion. Nice to revisit the Star Trek universe, but there are probably better ways of doing that. Try ...more
I haven't read a Star Trek novel in a very, very long time. Not because my love for the genre has waned, but rather because there are so many other books that need to be read. But this one came recommended to me, and no self-respecting female Trekker can't get behind the Captain Janeway (Picard is my favorite captain because he's so cerebral it even pushed out his hair follicles, but if I were in an emergency, Janeway is who I'd want on my bridge. Picard is for the ready room or the holodeck.). ...more
Michael Bedford
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Anja Braun
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans/ Cpt.Janeway fans
I'm a Janeway fan so I just had to get this book. I'm glad I did. It filled me in on Janeway's life and why she is the way she is. To her introduction to Data, to her blind date with William Riker, to how she knew Tom paris's father, Her first meeting with Tuvok(she didn't like him much at first), to her relationship with Mark,
to her greatest tragedy. This book was a page turner and I didn't want to put it down until I had read it all. Sometimes when I read a book about a series sometimes the c
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Die Rahmenhandlung der Geschichte bildet ein Planet auf den zum Zwecke der Suche nach Nahrungsmitteln ein Außenteam abgesetzt wird. Als dort ein interessanter archäologischer Fund gemacht wird teilt sich die Gruppe. Die Voyager wird in Kämpfe mit den Kazon verwickelt und auch die Außenteams müssen sich mit dieser Bedrohung herumschlagen. Dies ist jedoch bloß die Rahmenhandlung. Viel mehr geht es aber in diesem Buch um die Entwicklung von Kathryn Janeway - immer wieder erlebt sie Flashbacks. In e ...more
I had high hopes for this Voyager book because it is written by Jeri Taylor, one of my favorite writers of the show.

Unfortunately, she does this weird thing where she uses a rare word or a familiar word in an unfamiliar way and I am ripped out of the story while I look up the word. Luckily for me, I am reading on my Nook, so looking it up is just a matter of holding my finger on the word and selecting "look up." Still, I find the practice distracting. Please know that I have a very large vocabu
Joseph Masiello
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mosaic reads as you would expect an episode of Voyager to progress. It starts off peaceful then the conflict starts and finally the resolution. But intertwined in this story is the narrative of Captain Janeway's past, starting from early childhood all through her first command as a captain. This is where the book shines. The Delta Quadrant plot is wholly disposable and serves as the backdrop for Janeway's thoughts of her past. Jeri Taylor does an excellent job narrating the experiences that woul ...more
Jul 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Voyager trekkers
I thought this was a nice "fill in the blanks" book to fill in the life of Captain Janeway and it did a nice job until the end, which was totally unfulfilling. The author was a producer on the Voyager TV series and knows the character well, but trying to wrap up the entire book and give meaning to the title in the last paragraph was a little pathetic. And although I am new to the Voyager "book" universe, I was upset to find that although Taylor has Janeway meeting Riker at the Academy, the next ...more
I really enjoyed this story from Voyager-exec Jeri Taylor. I did find the back-and-forth between the "current" timeline story and the "flashback" (random) a bit jarring -- but, in the long run, I just sat back and enjoyed learning about Janeway's past. I enjoyed the mentions we had heard throughout the series get the "long form" treatment (makes me really want to rewatch "Coda"). I thought some of the TNG cameos were unneeded and a bit forced -- and may not have made sense on the timeline. But, ...more
Aug 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio book version of Mosaic. It was told by Kate Mulgrew, which was fabulous because it made the story so much more canon and Kate has a fabulous reading voice, she should do more audio books.

I ADORE Captain Janeway. She is one of my role models and had a strong influence on my growing up as Voyager was airing during my teens. I adore strong women on tv and Janeway is one of the best.

It was a nicely written backstory for one of my most adored characters. Built on the complex
Meg McGregor
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed Star Trek:Voyager, in particular the captain's role played by Kate Mulgrew! So, when I had the opportunity to see this book at the library, I picked it up and rapidly devoured it.

The story is told in flashbacks, featuring Captain Janeway's most important or crucial times, in her life.

Quite a bit is revealed in these flashbacks including how her father died. But I will not ruin it for the future reader.

Suffice it to say, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this character an
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Fairly standard psychological drama à la Gerald's Game et al: something bad is happening and only coming to terms with some terrible repressed memory can save the day.

The book's surprisingly dark at times for a Star Trek novel, but neither that nor the clunky cameos can save it from passable mediocrity.
Olivia Pointon
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
I listened to this as an audiobook narrated by Kate Mulgrew which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Being a Janeway fan, it was great to hear her backstory and to find out how she became the strong woman we see in the series. Kate's narration was also fantastic - it made the story that much more absorbing and believable.

It was a most inspiring story and I encourage all Janeway and Voyager fans to give it a read/listen.
Daniel Kukwa
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
In spite of my opinion on the merits (or lack thereof) of "Voyager", this is a rather solid biography of Captain Janeway, and what makes her tick. In fact, I find "Star Trek" producer Jeri Taylor's prose style to be very smooth & readable...and I would have rated this four stars, but (1) the framing story is too disposable/forgettable, and (2) I just can't buy her relationship with Mark. Thank goodness the Delta Quadrant took her away from this rather bland fellow...
İbrahim Varol
It was OK but not good. The story was too much divided. On the other hand, it was my first audiobook experience and I'm very familiar to Kate Mulgrew's voice. When she was narrating the story, every character's line in story was mixed with each other. This would be the reason why I didn't like this book. If you know Captain Janeway and Voyager, don't try to listen it. Otherwise you'll need an ultimate concentration power.
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Jeri Cecile Taylor is a television scriptwriter and producer who is known for her contributions to the Star Trek franchise.

She is an alumna of Indiana University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.
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