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The Hologram's Handbook (Star Trek Voyager (Paperback Unnumbered)) Paperback – April 9, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek Voyager (Paperback Unnumbered)
  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (April 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743437918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743437912
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Picardo is the actor who portrayed the Emergency Medical Hologram Doctor through all seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager.

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He writes with flair and with great humor.
D. Bell
A brilliant and witty piece of Star Trek writing, possibly the wittiest piece of Star Trek writing I've ever read.
Elim Garak
I just got this book and I couldn't put it down!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "ensignabby" on April 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was wonderful. As soon as I started reading it I could not put it down. Robert's charming humor is quite evident and makes the book an easy read. If you were to pass by me when I was reading this book, you probably would have heard a few giggles. It has everything you need to know about the Doctor, and the book is a great insight into his soul. It answered many questions that I have had ever since I started watching his character on Star Trek Voyager, like his thoughts of other members of the crew, how he views himself, and exactly when he had that..um..'addition' to his programming.It also appeals to fans of different levels of obsession, and each person is bound to find a personal favorite chapter. I feel like I have a better understanding of him and love him all the more for it. The Foreward by Brannon Braga was hilarious and does indeed show the playful side of Robert us fans have all come to love. And the cartoons drawn by Yagher are a nice touch. In conclusion, if you have ever stopped and watched Star Trek Voyager and said 'What's up with the Doctor?', this book is for you. If you watch Voyager every single day no matter what time it is on and have said 'I love the Doctor. He's so hot', then the book is for you as well. :) This book is for anyone who has stopped and enjoyed the Doctor's immense character. Happy reading! And might I add: 'The Doctor and Seven of Nine Forever!' and 'Holograms are people too!' :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joe Zika TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Star Trek Voyager: The Hologram's Handbook by Robert Picardo is written with the distinctive flair of the "Doctor" of the Star Trek Voyager series. The little tome is packed with humor, wit and down right fascinating insight into one of the series most interesting characters... the hologram program of the "Doctor".
This book is an interesting departure from all of the other books on TREK as it is a rather self expose of the "Doctor" revealed. Written by the only person who could have the knowledge and insight to do it justice the "Doctor" himself... Robert Picardo.
I found the book to be lighthearted enlightenment... something to read and get a chuckle out of. And chuckle I did. Yes, if you remember the "Doctor's" character, you'll find all of his quirks and witticisms here, or at least enough of them to make a nice reading diversion.
The book is lavishly illustrated by Jeff Yeager. You'll remember him from the Star Trek: Voyager series titled "Flesh and Blood" as Iden, the rebel leader of a band of renegade holograms.
The Hologram's Handbook is an attempt to bridge the everyday interaction between the holographic and biological life and is an essential guide.
This is a good look into the psychi of a character popular on the Voyager series. Cleverly written.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Buttner VINE VOICE on November 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Robert Picardo opens his Foreword to the book asking "Do you often feel you are the only intelligent one in a universe of idiots?" Brannon Braga, one of the executive producers of "Star Trek: Voyager," has something else to say in his introduction, that the book is "a hundred page cry for help."

All joking aside though, "The Hologram's Handbook" is truly a revealing insight into the chacter of The Doctor from "Voyager." Robert Picardo goes completely in character to write this missive that includes information on everything from "the pros and cons of hololife" to "the program upgrade of kings."

Throughout, the book is written in The Doctor's style, assured of his own superiority and yet enriched for the experiences he has had with his friends and even family. The book provides the expected background on The Doctor as well as adventures that had never been previously be revealed. The book contains images from "Star Trek: Voyager" throughout, as well as cartoon caricatures which The Doctor seems to abhor, but says his publisher felt it would help him to not appear elitist.

If you wish to know more about The Doctor, then pick up "The Hologram's Handbook" today. Or, if you're a holographic reader who hopes to improve your well-being and social skills, simply download it onto the nearest padd and prepare to be enlightened.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara McCardle-Blunk on July 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
A 100-page ego trip, plain and simple. Robert Picardo captures the true "Doctor essence" in a tasteful and hilarious style that would probably anger some organic readers... if it weren't so darned funny! The only problem is that it's short- I read it in an hour, since I couldn't put it down. If you don't have it already, get it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elim Garak on January 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
A brilliant and witty piece of Star Trek writing, possibly the wittiest piece of Star Trek writing I've ever read.
Robert Picardo catches the essence of Voyager's EMH, our beloved Doctor, in a way that only he could. Witty, insightful and thought provoking are all words that perfectly describe this book.
I couldn't put it down, Picardo's writing is so smooth it's like listening to the Doctor himself talking. And not only does he provide insightful views on his character, but also some views about life in general, which are recurrent themes throughout all the centuries portrayed on Star Trek.
And, unlike the show, this book gives equal credit to pre-Scorpion and post-Scorpion time periods, and the Doctor speaks of both Kes and Seven of Nine fondly.
However, the book wasn't perfect. While Picardo covers the Doctor's views on some of the major characters nicely, I felt that he failed to provide enough insight into his relationships with the other characters on Voyager, particularly Neelix and Harry Kim.
Another low point of the book me was his continued references to Lt. Joe Carey, a recurring guest star on Voyager. In one early episode, Carey was abrasive to the Doctor, and Picardo has played that out to the extreme here, often saying he didn't like Carey. I found that to be a little rough, Carey eventually died on an away mission for Voyager, and to speak ill of a dead crewmember like that doesn't cut it in my book.
I would also have liked to have read more about the Doctor's experiences in the Delta Quadrant, and not just about personal relationships. The Doctor remained active and onboard the ship during most of the alien takeovers, and more often than not entire episodes were devoted to his adventures.
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