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Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Stuff of Dreams [Kindle Edition]

James Swallow
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • File Size: 1160 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (March 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MB5Q7M
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok **Spoiler alert** March 25, 2013
By Adrian
Format:Kindle Edition
I've just finished this short story by James Swallow and found it just ok. The story is alright, and is instantly recognisable as Star Trek Next Generation. The length is about right for this adventure, but it's over quickly, and it's essentially a rerun of when Soran lead to the destruction of the Enterprise D and the death of James T Kirk, except this time with some temporal/time travel as well, which I get kind of tired of seeing in Star Trek.

This time, the Enterprise E is called to rendevous with a science ship which has been studying the nexus, and discovered that it needs to be destroyed before it reaches Kinshayan space, and they discover that they could utilise the nexus's temporal altering abilities to possibly erase the Federation from existence.

In their efforts to destroy the nexus, the nebula class vessel is badly damaged, and discovered to be due to sabotage. Attempts to find the saboteur lead to the discovery of two separate parties, one of which takes Picard totally by surprise and leads to him entering the nexus again, where time travel/temporal events lead to the eventual sealing off of the nexus and defeat of the Kinshaya opponents.

One bright spark is the new tactical officer, Smrhova. She seems strong and no nonsense.

Overall, should you buy it? Sure- it's only a few dollars. I'd prefer it if it was only 1 buck, but still, give it a try. Maybe you'll like it better than I did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome ST TNG novella March 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
Its been awhile since I've read anything from the Star Trek universe, as much as I consider myself a closet Trekkie (not quite so closet to some of my friends). This was the perfect quick read to get my Trek fix in, since I haven't been able to go back lately and chill to the old episodes of Enterprise.
The author does a great job of adding a little to the Star Trek universe, while keeping to the skeleton of the Star Trek: The Next Generation that we all know and love. Jean-Luc is in there, along with Worf, Beverly Crusher and Geordi LaForge. William Riker, Deanna Troi, Guinan and Data are all given passing mentions.
The story is short, it is a novella in length, and it was just perfect enough to read in a day even with my busy schedule. The storyline wasn't overly complicated, and just short enough to be almost like an episode of the show.
Basically reading the book was like bringing in an old security blanket in for awhile, and enjoying the comfort of an old friend. I would love to read more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Info: Genre: Science Fiction/TV and Movie Tie-in
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: ST:TNG fans, especially those interested in the Nexus.
Trigger Warnings: suicide, genocide (historical Borg attacks mentioned), religious zealots

My Thoughts: This book is definitely for fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation. If you haven't watched the show and/or followed the various books that have been written in the cannon and/or seen the movie Star Trek: Generations you will not have any idea what is going on in this book. Then again, why would someone who is not a fan of ST:TNG even want to read this novella? So, there you go.

This was, however, for a fan a neat story. It takes place thirteen years after Star Trek: Generations and involves the Nexus. It also occurs after Star Trek: Nemesis. There are a number of new crewmembers, and Worf is the first officer. There is not a lot of character development as such; this book is mostly action and events, so if you prefer a more character-driven story you probably won't enjoy this much, but I was entertained. Then again, I am a Trekker, so of course I would enjoy it. I didn't find anything to nitpick about; the story flows quickly, and the Nexus, of course, allows a bit of temporal flux to give things a bit of excitement. If you are a fan of ST:TNG, and especially if you were interested in the Nexus, be sure to grab this fun novella. If you aren't, you'll want to find something else.

Disclosure: I received an e-galley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: The Enterprise-E arrives in unclaimed space for a rendezvous with the Starfleet science vessel Newton.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stuff of dreams May 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This Next Generation novel presents a return to the Nexus featured in the film 'Generations'. Jean-Luc Picard is commanding the Enterprise and travels to aid the Newton, a pure science vessel. By studying the nexus, a ribbon-like energy field travelling through space, the scientists have determined that it will pass into an area of the galaxy inhabited by religious fundamentalists the Kinshaya. Rather than let the irrational enemies of Starfleet use the nexus for destruction, the scientists have decided to try to destroy it.

Picard has spent time inside the nexus, experiencing his hopes and dreams, but has seen how a man called Soran was driven mad by the drugged state it creates and was prepared to do anything to get back inside the ribbon. Married and with his own child, the captain has a lot to lose. The attempt to destroy the nexus doesn't succeed and the science ship's captain is killed. Picard is now the senior officer and has to make fast decisions, including whether or not the attempt was sabotaged.

Picard travels inside the nexus but this time meets the memory of Soran, so we see the obsessed man's point of view and why he had been so desperate to return to his illusory family in the energy field. The Kinshaya are feathered and beaked, like griffins, and just as predatory. They make nicely unusual, if one-sided bad guys and their threats to eat Picard and regurgitate him for the nestlings are fun to read.

Knowledge of the series is assumed and having seen the film would definitely help, but those likely to read this book are surely fans of the Star Trek world. Main familiar characters are Worf, Dr Crusher and LaForge. A Czech officer is on the bridge having replaced an Indian officer, and females have a greatly expanded role including security. The Kinshaya starships are called Liberators, the name of the starship in BBC TV series Blake's Seven, for which this British author James Swallow has also written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a little different than other STOS but not 8 a negative way. Very enjoyable
Published 21 days ago by Glen Shook
3.0 out of 5 stars Great value and not a bad continuation of the Nexus saga but not up...
Posed interesting possibilities if granted access by foreign powers, and why the UFP consider this such a risk, but the book wasn't as good as other TNG novels before and after. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book
Pretty good book. It did lack a little depth in the plot that would keep the suspense or build excitement, but all in all pretty good.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Star Trek Story
Pretty good Star Trek book. Being a small novel, it was an quick and easy read which fit my small window of time to read lately. Enjoyed going back to the Nexus in the plot line. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dennis
3.0 out of 5 stars A So So Story
I love Star Trek but I was lukewarm on this one. Not sure why but I felt there was too much concern with using unusual words than simply telling a good story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lee MacRae
4.0 out of 5 stars great sci fi!
Nice bit of trek fiction. Short and enjoyable! Was like reading an episode in the trek universe. Defiantly would recommend for the trek fan.
Published 6 months ago by Ronald Blackmon
4.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTICALLY EXCITING!!!
The Enterprise is visited once more by the Nexus - the uncontrollable form of energy that traverses the universe, too large, too powerful to be controlled by anyone, or anything. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Greggorio!
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant time spent with Jean lux Picard and his family
Nice and short, but sweet. Not very deep, but still a satisfactory story. Always fun to spend some time with old friends.
Published 7 months ago by Amy T. Bidwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
James Swallow crafts a new masterpiece chapter in the continuity of the one true Star Trek universe. Couldn't put this one down!
Published 7 months ago by Jessica Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Picard - another mission
This novel is a good balance between Trek of the past and Trek of a future. The narrative gets a little confusing around the details, but the story line is highly engaging.
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