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A large "vault", but feels kind of empty
on December 12, 2013
As someone who can claim that he owns almost every single non-fiction book about the making of Star Trek ever published, I can say that this is definitely not one of the best, and in fact if you are like me and DO own most of the "about Star Trek" books, you could probably even skip this one. Information-wise, this book tries to cram the stories of all the Star Trek series, movies, and even merchandising, but unfortunately with so much to tell, it doesn't amount to much information at all. I would think that to pull off such a huge task successfully you would have to divide it into several books, much like Marc Cushman's "These Are The Voyages" series is attempting to do. (As of this writing, there is only the first season published of that title). But like another reviewer stated, it seems like this book is just skimming the surface of all things Trek. Just sampling the tip of each incarnation's iceberg, without even coming close to telling the whole story, especially when so much of it focuses on merchandising material from the series.
There are so many books, written by so many people (cast members, producers, writers, fans, even stuntmen) and each of these books have a unique perspective and a slightly different story to tell. If you want to know about budgets and production problems you could read Justman's and Solow's book, for example.
But this book seems to lack direction, just a mish-mosh of information, pictures and reproduced items (such as reproduced banners, blueprints, party invitations, and collectable baseball-type cards neatly tucked into pockets glued on to the pages. A somewhat unique idea amongst Trek books but still not enough to feel satisfied when you are finished. I came away feeling that each chapter devoted to one Star Trek TV or movie series was way too short, and a new chapter began before you even realized it
The quality of the colored pictures are great, but again most of the pictures are printed in other Star Trek books or even can be downloaded online from one of the many Star Trek fan sites.
With the exception of the merchandising pictures and reproductions, there is really nothing new to see here. And even many of those reproductions can be found in another book called "Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History", another so-so book about behind the scenes Star Trek. Recommendations, Mr. Spock? The previously mentioned "These Are The Voyages", "Captain's Logs", or the classic "The Making of Star Trek", all do a better job of telling the Star Trek story. But if you're a collector, like me, you'll probably end up purchasing it anyway, browse through it once or twice and stick in on your bookshelf in between the other Trek books you have.