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December 7, 2009

Ghost Ship



Ghost Ship, by Diane Carey

So I got it into my head that I'd like to re-read all the ST:TNG books. I have the vast majority of them sitting on one of my bookshelves and I do occasionally go on "good bits" sprees. Grabbing my favorites and just re-reading favorite scenes. But actually re-reading them cover to cover... I haven't done that in a very long time.

Starting with #1!

This one has a couple parts that I know really really well. Mostly because they are Geordi-centric and he's always been my favorite.

As for the rest of the book, a lot of this one was a bit odd. Most of them didn't really act like themselves. I understand why, it's the first book, the show had hardly been on the air, there really was very little chance of the characterizations being spot on. Geordi and Beverly seemed the best. Picard was off, but only when compared to how he is from season 2 on. He acted a lot more like how he was originally in Encounter at Farpoint. Much harsher and more closed off than he quickly became.

Riker also struck me as being quite a bit off. His inner monologue is entirely too insecure. He's almost nasty to Data which doesn't really match how he behaved in Farpoint. He seemed fascinated by Data, not dismissive of him. Which brings me to Data whose inner life is just odd. He seems to have emotions which it was established from day one he doesn't.

But, there's lots of really great Geordi stuff in this one which makes me happy. Lots of detail about how he sees the world (both literally and figuratively) that does match up with how he is going forward.

December 10, 2009

Peacekeepers



The Peacekeepers, by Gene DeWeese

This one is #2 in the numbered ST:TNG books.

As opposed to Ghost Ship everyone seems much more like themselves in this one.

Geordi and Data end up getting transported far away by an artifact and have to figure out some complicated politics when they arrive. Everyone else has to figure out where they went and go get them.

December 12, 2009

Children of Hamlin



The Children of Hamlin, by Carmen Carter

TNG #3

This one has some interesting questions about kids. There are children that were abducted when they were very young, many years later their people find out about them and want to "rescue" them. They are being well cared for and only know the new people and that environment, which is completely alien to their birth environment. Bringing them back "home" is completely traumatizing because of the severe language and environment changes. So is this a rescue or another abduction?

December 16, 2009

Survivors



Survivors, by Jean Lorrah

TNG #4

This one goes right before Skin of Evil, and is pretty much exclusively about Tasha and Data. There are a lot of flashbacks to her childhood and Starfleet Academy. The two of them have to investigate a planet's government that is asking for Federation help with "rebels". The rebels are led by the guy that rescued Tasha from New Paris, so the question is who are really the good guys?

December 17, 2009

Strike Zone



Strike Zone, by Peter David

TNG #5

I finished this one thinking that the characters were well done and it was emotionally satisfying. Then I looked at the author, Peter David, which would explain it!

The Klingons and the Kreel are fighting over a planet full of very very advanced weapons. Enterprise is sent with diplomats to resolve things. Wesley is trying to find a cure for his friend's deadly illness.

December 21, 2009

Masks



Masks, by John Vornholt

TNG #7

This time we have an ambassador on the Enterprise to try to restore contact with a planet that was sent back to the dark ages a couple hundred years before. The inhabitants were originally theatre folk and ended up keeping and expanding the tradition of masks. They swap, earn, and buy masks based on their social status and jobs, never taking them off.

Picard, Worf, Deanna, and the ambassador go down first but lose contact with the Enterprise. Riker, Data, Pulaski, and two red-shirts end up going to look for them. There are also Ferengi wanting to establish contact with the planet.

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