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Ships of the Line (Star Trek) Hardcover – November 7, 2006
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Too small to be a real coffee table book, and too lacking in the sort of minutiae information a Trek trivia fan craves to be useful as a real Star Trek reference guide, 'Ships Of The Line' needs to head back to the literary version of space dry dock for a content refit.
Images of the U.S.S. Enterprise do dominate this collection but there are also wonderful representations of plenty of other Starfleet ships, as well as vessels associated with both friends and foes.
The variety of images is fantastic. Battle shots, alien landscapes, illustrations depicting the wonders of the universe and images that commemorate some of Star Trek's most memorable moments can all be found within the pages of Ships of the Line.
Each full-page illustration is accompanied by text written for each image by Michael Okuda on the opposite page. As you turn the pages it is a bit like an illustrated history of Star Trek as interpreted by Okuda.
Even if you've been collecting the calendars over the years that contain these same images, the high quality production values and the bargain price of $19.99(US) make Ships of the Line a must-have for every fans collection.
Overall, it is a good read BUT, it could've and should've been sooooo much better.
The one thing I'd change is that the book (at 11.25"x7.25") is a mite small for an 'art book' in my opinion. Leaves me wanting more, both in size and future editions. ;-)
If you buy only one book, buy the red-striped cover
That said, I was really hoping that the book would feature ships that we don't get to see very often in video (Enterprise B and C). I was really disappointed that the Enterprise B was repeatedly depicted as an Excelsior class ship, minus the refit, as it was depicted in "Generations" when it first launched. They even missed it on the cover!
Also, I wish the actual book cover matched the slipcover, but instead it's just about the plainest binding I've ever seen. However, I will be leaving the book setting out for guests to see, open to the purported Starfleet initial conceptual design for the refit Constitution class Enterprise.
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