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The Garden (Star Trek: Voyager) [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Scott
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Desperately in need of vital nutritional supplies, the crew of the USS VoyagerTM must risk dealing with an enigmatic race known as the Kirse, legendary for the bountiful crops of their world - and for their secretive ways. Despite Neelix's warnings, Captain Janeway leads an Away Team to the Kirse homeworld. But when the hostile Andirrim attack the Kirse, Janeway finds herself caught in a deadly situation. Forced to fight alongside the Kirse, Janeway and her crew can only hope that their strange, new allies are not more dangerous than their common foe.


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Desperately in need of vital nutritional supplies, the crew of the USS VoyagerTM must risk dealing with an enigmatic race known as the Kirse, legendary for the bountiful crops of their world - and for their secretive ways. Despite Neelix's warnings, Captain Janeway leads an Away Team to the Kirse homeworld. But when the hostile Andirrim attack the Kirse, Janeway finds herself caught in a deadly situation. Forced to fight alongside the Kirse, Janeway and her crew can only hope that their strange, new allies are not more dangerous than their common foe.

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  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (December 2, 2002)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0033CS6BC
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the best of times and the worst of times June 28, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The book seems out of order in the series. Instead of number 11 I would have guessed it to be one of the first three by the problems faced by the crew and references made by the author about the journey ahead and the conditions on the ship. It sounds as if the crew is still struggling for survival here, but in previous stories their situation seems to have already stabilized somewhat.
This was one of the most interesting story concepts that I have come across in the Voyager series. The only reason I could not give this book five stars and then some is because of the vast number of disconcerting typos throughout the book. I'm not talking about the simple occasional letter left off a word... at one point one ensign's gender pronoun references change back and forth several times in the same chapter. Proofreaders are worth the money! But if you're not distracted by grammatical incongruities, this is a wonderfully engaging story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my best use of free time. March 11, 2002
Format:Paperback
It's pretty rare that I don't fully enjoy a Voyager novel. Even if the story or the characterizations aren't the best, I just adore the show so much that I enjoy the book anyway.
The Garden is the exception.
It's well written, but the story itself just didn't entertain me. From beginning to end, I kept waiting for it to capture my imagination, but it just didn't happen. The aliens seemed a little flat to me, and the main characters were a bit off as well.
Janeway seemed more like a female version of Captain Jellico than the fair-minded leader we came to know on the show. She was constantly reprimanding someone, or sending a sharp glance. And Harry Kim or Tom Paris were continually blushing or apologizing in response. Maybe it's me, but I just don't see the characters that way. It quickly went from amusing to distracting.
While this story has some interesting moments, it fell short for me. It's not one I'd knock myself out to get a hold of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing idea, reasonably well-handled. January 30, 2010
Format:Paperback
Not a great book by any stretch of the imagination, it was certainly closer to a three-star than to a five-star, but I really felt that it was just a little bit too good not to jump it up to four stars. The characterizations were handled pretty well, the plot was an interesting if fairly standard early-first-season Voyager plot (or at least, the problem driving the plot was typical early-first season; the ramifications were somewhat more original) and the pacing and action were better than average. Worth reading if you're a fan of the series; maybe not if you aren't.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Slow Read... March 7, 2000
Format:Paperback
I have to say it, I did not like this book... Usually it takes me a week, tops, to read a good Star Trek book. But with this book it took me Three months to strugle through it... The only reason I keept going was because I paid for it and did not want to waist good money (Books are twice as expensive in Denmark than in the US). I the other reviews, and the only one I agree with is the first... Unless you absolutly have to have every single book in the series, I would NOT recommend thins book. For me personally it was a waist of money. Worst ST book I ever read, and I have read A LOT...
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2.0 out of 5 stars STV #11 The Garden - Overly unimaginative! April 27, 2004
Format:Paperback
There have been very few times over the years that I've started a Star Trek novel in any of the series and seriously entertained the idea of putting the novel down for good without finishing it but this novel fell into that rare category for me. Not surprisingly, this is the second of only two novels in the Star Trek universe for Melissa Scott, an author that I would hope found a more suitable niche in her own or other genres. Much to my chagrin, I found her writing to be somewhat lackadaisical in that the pacing was slow, the plot set up fairly plodding and the characterizations are off by a notch and the overall feel of the novel to be unimaginative.
The strange thing about Star Trek Voyager novels published at this time is that quite often the cover art is better for them while the stories weren't while novels in the other series were exactly the opposite.
The Premise:
"The Garden" is one more example in the Star Trek Voyager line of novels where the premise of "We're lost in the Delta Quadrant and we're desperately in need of supplies" was way over done! This time around, Neelix leads the valiant crew of Voyager to the Kirse homeworld. The Kirse are renowned for their bountiful crops and their enigmatic nature. As timing never seemed to be on their side, Captain Janeway attempts to negotiate a trade agreement with the Kirse when the Andirrim attack the Kirse and she finds herself and her crew caught in the middle and unsure as to which side to trust...
What follows from there, as stated above, is a novel that in its premise alone had lots of potential but ultimately falls flat in its execution. Despite panning this novel, I would still recommend it to other fans of Star Trek fiction but only on the basis of it being part of the "line" for those, like myself, who attempt to read them all. {ssintrepid}
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are 3 things about this book:
The Good: Plot, Dialogue and characters
The Bad: Several missed typos in the first half of the book. Several typos, calling Ensign Kim a Lieutenant, and some missing words.
Summary: Do not waste your money until Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc takes this book back and corrects the mistakes. There are far too many mistakes for a Professional Publisher like Simon and Schuster to have allowed this book to go to print like this. I intend to return it and get my money back because the number of mistakes is INEXCUSABLE for a Known professional. Had this been an amateur published book, then the mistakes would still be unacceptable while also being understandable. So, that being said, I hope Amazon contacts Simon and Schuster to have this book updated with all the typos corrected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars What I've come to expect.
It was a good book to loose myself in after a number of more difficult books. The story lines are always good and fitting with the franchise. Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by William H. Folk II
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ST novels to date
I am an avid Star Trek (TNG & up) fan and am reading some 300 of the books in as close to consecutive order as I can (full disclosure: my books were downloaded via BitTorrent). Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by Shimon Hova
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Free SF Reader
A pretty ordinary Star Trek Voyager tie-in story. The crew of the Voyager are hungry, and need to get supplies, given that they are, as usual, stuck on a ship in the middle of... Read more
Published on September 3, 2007 by Blue Tyson
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Star Trek book
Average - kept me reading but nothing I would push on a friend or even a fan for that matter.
Published on July 2, 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was so disappionted with this book.I expected a more intreging mystery,and I got almost zilch!Don't read this book unless you have an unsually long attention span. Read more
Published on April 20, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Janeway gives an excellant preformance!
Janeway and her crew always deliver great preformances in their books. Though this one was my favorite!
Published on December 4, 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventue book for those who love science fiction!!!
This is a book that describes the characters of the series very well. It is full of adventure and mystery. Read more
Published on July 5, 1998
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Melissa Scott was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she discovered science fiction as the direct result of breaking her arm during junior high gym class. She was banished to the library, and there the assistant librarian suggested she might enjoy "what's his name, Heinlein - or that Andre Norton guy." He was right. She devoured everything available at school, and then discovered the collection created by the Little Rock Public Library's À Son Goût Trust, which had been established to purchase "books people like to read" -- SF, fantasy, and Westerns

Scott studied history at Harvard College, where she was involved with the now-defunct college-sanctioned SF 'zine that spawned the Harvard/Radcliffe Science Fiction Association, and was introduced to a new round of SF, particularly media SF -- like Dr. Who -- that had been unavailable in her home town. After graduation, she was admitted to Brandeis University's comparative history program, and also sold her first novel, The Game Beyond, quickly becaming a part-time graduate student and an -- almost -- full-time writer. She earned her PhD from Brandeis with a dissertation titled "The Victory of the Ancients: Tactics, Technology, and the Use of Classical Precedent."

Over the next twenty years, she published eighteen original novels and a handful of short stories, as well as tie-in novels for both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Proud Helios) and Star Trek: Voyager (The Garden). She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1986, and won Lambda Literary Awards in 1994 for Trouble And Her Friends, 1995 for Shadow Man, and again in 2001 for Point of Dreams, the last written with long-time partner and collaborator, the late Lisa A. Barnett. Scott has also been short-listed for the Tiptree Award, and won a Spectrum Award for Shadow Man.

During Barnett's struggle with breast cancer, and for several years after her death in 2006, Scott focused on short fiction. She returned to longer work in the summer of 2009, when good friend and fellow writer Jo Graham invited her to participate in a new project: Legacy, a six-book series of tie-in novels for Stargate: Atlantis, to begin where the fifth season had ended. Scott was immediately hooked by the idea, and she, Graham, and Amy Griswold completed the project in 2013 with the release of Stargate Atlantis: The Inheritors. Scott and Graham also began a new series of adventure novels set in the 1930s, featuring aviation, magic, and secrets hidden in plain sight. The first two novels, Lost Things and Steel Blues, are available as of this writing, and the series will continue as The Order of the Air. Scott and Griswold also teamed up for the original novel Death By Silver, a gay Victorian murder mystery with magic (or fantasy with murder), and will continue the series with A Non-Conforming Death. Scott has also returned to the world of Astreiant for two more books in the Points series (Point of Knives and the forthcoming Fairs' Point) and has more original work on the way.

Scott currently lives in North Carolina, where her living room overlooks a pond filled with alarmingly active and carnivorous turtles.

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