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Dreams of the Raven (Star Trek: The Original Series #34)

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Dreams Of The Raven

A merchant ship's frantic S.O.S sends the U.S.S. Enterprise speeding to the rescue! But the starships mission of mercy soon becomes a desperate struggle for survival against a nightmarish enemy Captain Kirk can neither identify nor understand, an enemy he must defeat without the aid of one of his most trusted officers.

For the Leonard McCoy Kirk kne

Mass Market Paperback, 255 pages
Published June 15th 1987 by Pocket Books (first published June 1987)
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Daniel Kukwa
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Carmen Carter is more famous for her TNG work, but with this novel, she also demonstrates a superb command over the crew of the Original Series Enterprise. In fact, it's full of amazing character work all around, combined with an interesting plot that puts Captain Kirk & crew in the way of some very serious, yet very unique jeopardy. It's also a great deal more subtle & contemplative than the back cover blurb leads a reader to believe...and we all need a bit more subtle & contemplati ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually the first Star Trek novel I've read (Having read loads of the graphic novels) and I've got to say I really enjoyed it.

I think how Bones' accident happened and then how he snapped out of it was all a bit corny, but then that's what Star Trek's all about.

When he lost his memory, it became all to clear that the friendship between Bones, Spock and Kirk is so integral to every Star Trek story - it was really interesting and strange to not hear Spock and Bones bickering with each oth
Elizabeth Nelson
I'm a Leonard McCoy girl and this gets deep into his character, as well as the themes of death and memory, and some truly terrifying aliens.
Plus, Carmen Carter really gets the whole crew, and every character's personality quirks come out so vividly that I really believed it could be an episode of the original show. Many interactions or comments had me laughing out loud, and this was definitely one of my favorite Star Trek books ever.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than usual for this series.
Mike Crate
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
Dreams of the Raven is a well written classic style story of the original series, some action and humour with one of the central characters having an issue they have to deal with. In this story it's McCoy who is feeling a little sorry for himself and thanks to his mood and a little alcohol gets himself injured and suffers some memory loss. Not the best time for McCoy but made even worse as the Enterprise has to battle an unknown alien species who it seems are capable of gaining control of vessel ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bones! Amnesia! A lieutenant called Benus! And a Vegan Tradeship! (which is sadly only a tradeship from Vega, not a tradeship delivering tempeh across the universe) This was a really good Star Trek novel, capturing the spirit and feeling of the original series.
David King
“Dreams of the Raven” by Carmen Carter is an Original Series Star Trek novel which is primarily focused around the character of Dr. McCoy. The overall plot follows the crew of the USS Enterprise as they attempts to deal with a new and dangerous species who are seemingly able to take control of ships and their crews with relative ease. Unfortunately, the crew aren’t helped by a head injury to Dr. McCoy which has resulted in him losing all his memories from his time in Starfleet. Devoid of all his ...more
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: McCoy lovers
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi
I know a lot of people think this book is absolute crap. I don't believe so. The way Dr. McCoy receives his injury is a bit... stupid for lack of a better word. But the rest is fascinating. It was more of a book for those who deeply love McCoy because it's more of a character study of what he was like 25 years before he became the Bones he is today. Of course, it isn't without flaws, and it wasn't a spectacular rendition of what I believe McCoy would have been like. He was lacking many of his ad ...more
Katharine Holden
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 1
Muddled, melodramatic Star Trek novel featuring the Original Series cast. McCoy loses a chunk of his adult memory and only has the memories and skills of the recently qualified and traditional M.D. that he was before he entered Star Fleet. It's an interesting premise. Unfortunately, Carmen Carter tries to make drama and nightmare out of the fact that the Bones we all know and love was created by his years in Star Fleet; without them, he is someone else and that someone else is immature. Well, of ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better titled "Bones Gets Amnesia". (What up with these Star Trek covers that all look the same anyhow?) A handful of minor characters get screentime.
Stacey L
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My fave of all the 1,000 Star Trek novels i've read. i think i read this one 4 times.
Darran Summerfield
The very first star trek novel I ever read, and I loved it
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come....
Ein netter ST-Roman bei dem die Frage aufkommt wie weit man gehen darf um eine Amnesie zu behandeln.
Daniel Willis
This is an ok Star Trek novel. Amnesia plots are trope yet this one is done well. I could have done without the love story. But the finish and action were good.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
In my opinion, this is not one of the better Star Trek novels. A new and dangerous species enters Federation space and is able to take control of humanoids (including Klingons) and make them operate against their will. Because the creatures have a resemblance to ravens, that quickly becomes the way humans refer to them. Unfortunately, McCoy suffers a knock on the head and reverts back to the time when he had just become a doctor. Devoid of all his experience, he is of little help to Kirk and th ...more
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The villains were scary. At least to me. I can see why McCoy would want to repress that.

The premise was interesting; I like the idea of amnesiac!McCoy, at least for a while. Particularly under the circumstances the author sets up beforehand. And the fact that there was a plot-relevant reason for it made it even more interesting.

The only thing I would've liked to see more of is the interactions between Spock and amnesiac!McCoy. There are a few, and they're a pretty awesome look at Spock's side of
Jason Potrzeba
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I added this book to my Star Trek collection when it came out in 1987. I hadn't gotten around to reading it until now, almost 30 years later. I think part of my reluctance to getting into it was due to the fact that this particular novel had a lame title, a lame cover and the back cover description was a bit weak. Several times I had picked it up and decided to reach for something else to read.

What a mistake. This story was an enjoyable quick read and I think it could easily translate to either
Jun 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ST:TOS tie-in. This wasn't a bad novel, it had an interesting plot and it revealed some background information about the main characters, especially McCoy. The thing is - I didn't like Dr McCoy as Carter portrayed him. It was really hard for me to find any sympathy for him. I understand that his personality changed but the author could have still made him more likable. Acerbic is one thing, whiny something completely different.

Also, I read the book in Czech and the translation was awful. I mea
Oct 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Definitely the best Trek book I have read so far. The characters were spot on and acted as they should, the villains were formidable and the story kept me turning the pages to see what would happen. The whole amnesia bit is a little overdone I'll agree, but in this story it worked out ok. The ending did seem a bit rushed, and I really wanted to see more of the Ravens. They left it open for a sequel, but I'm not sure there is one. And the title isn't very accurate either, come to think of it. McC ...more
Justin Rees
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
this was an interesting novel in my opinion. Though no the greatest trek novel i have read, it was by no means bad. The banter between Spock, Mckoy, and Kirk throughout is what made the novel for me. The premise was a little weak at points and the accident that happens to Mckoy is silly beyond belief, but hey sometimes that is why we love star trek original series right? I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to others, but bear in mind that you have to be able to put some reservations asid ...more
Ann aka Iftcan
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting because it gave us a glimpse of Bones as a young man--not a flash back, per se, but as the result of an accident he mentally 'regressed' to when he was just out of medical school, before he joined--or even thought of joining--Star Fleet. Personally, I always liked the episodes where Kirk and Spock were not the "main focus" but the other primary characters were. Scottie, Bones, Sulu--I always wanted MORE stories about them. And this one provides a look at Bone's inner wo ...more
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-tos
Just how much damage can a ship take and still remain spaceworthy? Even Scotty's remarkable skills are taxed beyond limits in this book. There is also a serious technical fault in having the ship limp back to base at impulse (a trip which took a few hours at warp took only over a week by impulse??!!?? Does the author even know how fast Warp Speed is?)

All in all, barring the technical errors the plot was OK.
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I enjoyed this quite a bit. We learned more about Bones, and I thought the characterization was well done. I liked the alien enemy the Enterprise had to deal with, although maybe it was a bit close to "Alien" in some ways. A good solid story. I thought the title was a bit misleading. Bones was having some dreams about the aliens apparently, but this was never developed and never turned out to be important in the story. The ending was strong, though.
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first science fiction paperback I ever read. My mom took me grocery shopping, at Safeway, and I saw this and wanted to buy it. I was becoming a Trekkie and wanted information, it started me reading, now 1000's of books later....
Cary Spratt
Mar 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned, star-trek
Boring. McCoy's amnesia (cause & recovery) is mostly just annoying, and the bad-guy-alien plotline was okay, but not good enough to earn additional stars.
Jul 09, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: startrek
3.5 stars
E.A. Lawrence
A fun, character driven piece of quality science fiction and a dang fine Star Trek adventure.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This is one of the better Trek books I've read. The characters were right and the plot was suspenseful and even a little dark. Very well done.
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