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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Gorgeous
The vessels portrayed in Ships of the Line cover the length and breadth of the Star Trek universe. Arranged chronologically, from the earliest warp vessels to the futuristic Enterprise-J and darn near everything in between, this is a book you'll never tire of looking at.

Images of the U.S.S. Enterprise do dominate this collection but there are also wonderful...
Published on November 12, 2006 by Amazon Customer

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2.0 out of 5 stars So much promise, so little content
Sure there's some excellent artwork in this picture book. But instead of being an artistic guide to the ships of the Star Trek universe, 'Ships Of The Line' ends up being more like a photo album (albeit artist-rendered) of the central ship of each of the Star Trek television series. This is not anything close to a comprehensive spotter's book for the various Federation...
Published on April 18, 2007 by monoblocks


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice try but misses the mark, December 18, 2007
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This review is from: Ships of the Line (Star Trek) (Hardcover)
Some of the illustrations look like pre-production art of things that were much different in the various series. Some technical details would have been nice. More of the story behind each illustration would have been wonderful. More views of more ships would have been great. I am afraid that the target was not locked on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bookworm Speaks!- Star Trek Ships of the Line, August 22, 2014
This review is from: Ships of the Line (Star Trek) (Hardcover)
Bookworm Speaks!

Star Trek: Ships of the Line

by Doug Drexler and Margaret Clark

****

This edition of Bookworm Speaks is first for Bookworm, as it is not a novel. It is a science fiction book but it is an art book. In celebration of the beloved science fiction series’ fortieth anniversary, Star Trek Ships of the Line was created using images from the ships of the line calendar series.

The Story: The book has no story in that there is no real plot or characters. That being said, what it does have is art book story detailing the saga of the various Star Trek television shows. It begins with Enterprise, then The Original Series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and the various films. Each image has a block of text that describes what is going in the picture.

The Good: The fact that each picture tells a story is what really separates this from other art books as well as art say from the internet as well. It is always such a letdown when you come across this superb picture of a starship flying through space. It is beautiful and provocative and when you scroll down to the description and all you see is Drawn on Artprogram X and 1600 by 1600 pixels. That’s it!? We want to no more! Who is on the ship? Where is it going and why is it going there at all? It’s these questions that inspire writers and these questions are answered in Ships of the Line. The little block of story on the page may be brief but it does add another layer of depth that makes the concurrent image more than just another pretty picture.

In space opera stories, the main focus is the characters of course and how they interact with the setting around them, many times the stories do not move beyond the bulkheads of the ship that they call home. The starship is more than just where the show is set. We see it travel through outer space in all its beauty, it fights enemies and gets wounded in the process. It has it’s own quirks and issues that the crew must deal with. In essence, the starship becomes a character all its own. It is exactly that motif that runs all throughout Star Trek, perhaps echoing the tales of ships and aircraft that were the mainstay of popular literature a generation ago.

The illustrations are top of the line, as to be expected from the world of Star Trek. Even if you are indifferent to Star Trek in general, no science fiction fan can deny the appeal of seeing beautiful starships traveling the heaven in a quality hardcover format.

The Flaws: The main problem Bookworm has encountered is the physical structure of the book itself. This book is obviously meant to be placed on a coffee table of someone’s house. It’s long and thin book and is an awkward fit on most standard bookshelves, it sticks out. Also, if one is not familiar with Star Trek most of the things mentioned in the stories may very well go over their heads. It is unknown where these people actually are for their whereabouts are shrouded in mystery, but they’re out there somewhere.

Final Verdict: Star Trek: Ships of the Line is a beautiful and creative look into one of the beloved aspects of the shows. A must have for any fan the legendary science fiction series or simply a fan of starships in general.
Four out of Five Stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greater Content would have been Ideal ==> but the Starship designs presented here are Fantastic!, September 1, 2014
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Star Trek has always tried to present the flip-side or antidote to the 'dystopian' future = imagining, if not quite a 'Utopian' one, at least the possibility of averting complete Chaos, and actually forming a galaxy-spanning 'Federation of Planets' that respects the basic precepts of strength thru diversity, free-will, and mutual-cooperation! Even in the future, the Federation is a very much imperfect system, but at least one constantly striving to be better (also with the ability to lean on good old Vulcan 'Logic' when things get a bit out of hand!)

Anyway, this book 'Ships of the Line' does not pontificate on enlightened 'Star Trek' philosophy ==> it focuses totally on those gleaming celestial modes of transportation known as 'Starships'! And between the multiple TV shows, and classic & Next Gen. Movie series = there are a lot of fantastic star-spanning vehicles on display! Although I do agree with some of the Less-positive reviews stating that there could have been a lot more (in terms of content + perhaps some good old 'Blueprints'?!).

But what is here, is still mind-blowingly fantastic, in terms of imagination and sheer aerodynamic beauty! I still feel nothing can beat the original design of the Enterprise (form the Classic series) by Matt Jefferies, and in fact most Federation starships seem to embody the 'spirit' of that first design = and the ship has always seemed to represent a main 'character' in all the series, and movies, nearly as essential as Kirk, Spock, Picard or Worf! And all these Starship designs (even the adversarial ones) are filled with that magical idea of applying Creative-imagination to 'visualize' a most intriguing Future!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Purely a Picture Book, July 17, 2007
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As others have noted, this is not the kind of book that I imagined when I ordered it.
Given the title, and the cover, I expected that this would be a book of schematics and technical details on each of the ships, atleast for the federation.
It is actually a coffee-table styled art book with very little text.
A lot of the artwork is nice; however, this is probably not what you are buying the book for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars nice pic/art work little substance and not about "ships of the Line", December 13, 2012
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First a ship of the line is a sailing term for large battleships or draughnoughts. The term loosly refers to most impressive navel vessils from the 1700's to the late 1800's. Translate this to Star Trek then it should be the same, the most potent of warships. However this book is limited to the various incarnations of the Enterrise, the Deffant (DS9) and Voyger. The subsejt matter is limited the differnt shows primary vessils it does nto cover ny other alein ships or any ships that are displayed onthe front or back covers. Furthermore, the matter about the ships that are coversd is impresive artwork or move shpots and an expert form a novel or episode. No techinicla data or relivan facts or even basic infomation. In short this book is good for the art work
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I should have researched it better., December 16, 2014
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Not what I expected. Was thinking it would be a 'tech' type manual with detailed pictures and descriptions of the Star Trek ships through out the series. It just has artist depictions of some ships from various episodes on one page with a scene description on the facing page. I should have researched it better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, BUT...., May 7, 2010
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Beautiful art work on various STAR TREK ship designs. As I had NOT seen this in various bookstores, I thought it would have Technical information/diagrams of the ships. I was wrong! The Seller IS NOT at fault! I am happy with the purchase and the Seller!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Ships--mostly pictures, not much info..., March 29, 2008
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This is a great book, if you want to see what the ships look like. There isn't much in the way of written specs, but the artwork is fabulous.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Illustrated, March 8, 2008
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"Ships of the Line" is a handsomely illustrated volume of Star Trek art. Originally presented in the annual Star Trek "Ships of the Line" calendar, this volume adds some history or point of reference to each of the paintings. Some are directly from episodes from the 5 Star Trek TV series or movies, and some extrapolate further into the Star Trek mythos. My biggest complaint, and it kept this from being a 5 star rating, is the size of the book, I own all the calendars that this artwork is from, and the original sizing was 24 x 12 (double page calendar) and they have been reduced to 11 x 7. This can make for some clearer images but it also hides some of the details in the shrinking. I like having the images collected in a book like this. It does add to my sci-fi and fantasy art collection quite nicely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of pics from the calendars..., December 29, 2008
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No new material, just a collection of pictures from previous calendars of the same name.
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