- Series: Star Trek (Book 35)
- Mass Market Paperback: 247 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; First Edition edition (August 1, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671634984
- ISBN-13: 978-0671634988
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Romulan Way (Star Trek) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1987
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Right now DD is probably best known for her "Young Wizards" series of young adult fantasy novels, featuring the New York-based teen wizards Kit Rodriguez and Nita Callahan. The series now enters its third decade with Nita's and Kit's newest adventure: "Games Wizards Play," the tenth Young Wizards novel, is scheduled for publication by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in winter 2015/16. Interested readers can find weekly teaser excerpts from the book at the blog at gameswizardsplay.com.
DD shares a two hundred-year-old cottage in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland with her husband, the Belfast-born novelist and screenwriter Peter Morwood, and various overworked computers... an odd but congenial environment for the staging of epic battles between good and evil and the leisurely pursuit of total galactic domination. (And a lot of ethnic cooking: her own favorite foods come from the cuisines of central Europe and the Mediterranean.) In her spare time DD gardens (weeding, mostly), studies German and Italian, chats with friends and fans on her Tumblr at dduane.tumblr.com, listens to shortwave and satellite radio, and dabbles in astronomy, computer graphics, iaido and amateur cartography... while also trying to figure out how to make more spare time.
Her favorite color is blue, her favorite food is a weird kind of Swiss scrambled-potato dish called maluns, she was born in a Year of the Dragon, and her sign is "Runway 24 Left, Hold For Clearance."
Top Customer Reviews
The plot itself takes place in the 23rd century, long after the Romulan-Vulcan split. The Federation has lost contact with an undercover operative on Romulus, and now fears for her life. Dr. McCoy is taken prisoner by the Romulans and ends up incarcerated at the same place where the Federation agent has infiltrated Romulan society and is passing for a household servant. Now she must be very careful about acknowledging McCoy, lest she blow her cover and get them both killed. Nahraht the Horta (a silicon-based lifeform who eats rock, and who also appears in several other Duane novels) plays an important, if at times humorous, role in the rescue of Dr. McCoy. To tell you more would be a spoiler, so let me just say that this book is one of the best reads in the TOS series. It also sets the scene for a number of characters and events in future books by Diane Duane.
All Star Trek novels are at heart fanfic, which can be a very bad thing, but which can also produce quite excellent results. This is an example of good fanfic---a creation of a totally original character (Arrhae, the human posing as a Romulan) who avoids becoming a Mary Sue; the exploration of Romulan history and culture; the discussion of how Romulans are changing as a result of contact with the Federation and the Klingons. It's fun to read, too. :-)
I personally liked the manner in which the Romulans created their culture: they formulated, discussed, and propagated it via their Internet while they were en route to a new home. It doesn't sound terribly unlikely to me.
The only real flaw is that, since this book was written, the "canonical" back-history of the Romulans has been created, and it isn't this one. Worse, the back-history of the first Federation-Romulan war she writes here involves contact between the Federation and the Romulans BEFORE contact was made between the Federation and the Vulcans, and that's CLEARLY wrong. But it isn't really fair to hold this author responsible for that; she wrote her history first, it simply wasn't accepted by the canonical writers.
The only other thing that needs to be mentioned is that some Star Trek readers will doubtless be unhappy with the fact that the ONLY Enterprise regular that we see in this book is McCoy. Some will doubtless consider this a failing; I found it kind of refreshing. Not that I don't enjoy the other characters, but there's no reason why ALL Star Trek stories have to include Kirk and Spock. They've had their share of books in which they get the lion's share of the action, and McCoy appears little or not at all. No reason not to feature him for a change.
A couple of caveats. This is one of a handful of ST novels in which Kirk and Spock barely appear, so if they're your favorite characters you may be disappointed. Rumor has it that this novel brought on the Wrath of Roddenberry since it based its picture of the Romulans on D.C. Fontana's work in the original series rather than the vastly different Romulans of ST:TNG.
With these qualifications I recommend this novel highly, esp. if you're looking for something diffferent and challenging in the ST canon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I decided to pick up this book after reading how detailed it went into TOS Romulan culture. I hoped it would be as flavorful as The Final Reflection was for Klingons. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Norsehound
I was curious about the non-canon stuff that was rolled into Star Trek Online's fun depiction of the Romulans, so I checked this out. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brendan Clay
Excellent story, The description of the Romulan way of life is something never broached on the Classic TV series.Published 15 months ago by BG
I like this book because it is a continuation of the Horta episode from Star Trek the original TV series. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good story slow to develop and not really clear in some detail. It you like the history of the sundering you'll enjoy this.Published 21 months ago by Appolas
It isn't canon, but the story is great. The central plot revolves around Dr. McCoy sneaking behind enemy lines to Romulus to find out what happened to LCDR Terise... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Edward C. Morgan
Unfortunately, whoever the powers behind Star Trek are, they decided to chuck the whole of Duane's excellent "Rihannsu" story in favor of the crud we got with... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by John Nemesh
The book that could launch a thousand anthropology theses just for its ability to nurture the turn of thought necessary to study other cultures.Published on April 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I loved this entire series and have read it many times. I was absolutely delighted to add it to my kindle, and extra delighted that the final story was available.. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Marjorie Ihssen