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Star Trek Movie Tie-In Hardcover – June 16, 2009
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"Are you willing to settle for an ordinary life? Or do you think you were meant for something better? Something special?"
One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness and obscurity.
"You will forever be a child of two worlds, capable of choosing your own destiny. The only question you face is, which path will you chose?"
The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt.
In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world.
Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.
"The wait is over."
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About the Author
Alan Dean Foster work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as Star Wars, the first three Alien films, Alien Nation, and The Chronicles of Riddick. Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first Star Trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.
Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeurve includes more than 100 books.
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If I like a film, I'm usually eager to read the script adaptation to fill in the blanks, to expand the emotions. I've always found Foster to be one of the best at this. And I did like this book...sorta. I wish I could explain why the hesitation, but I can't. In this case, at least for me, the movie was better than the book. Not something I say often. 3.5 out of 5 for the book; 4.5 out of 5 for the film.
I'm not an avid fan of audiobooks. Usually they're slow, they're bland, the voices are never how I expect them. I'm a fast reader so I generally like to pick up books and read on my own. So, I was a little hesitant in buying this. Basically, I heard a clip of Quinto reading Chekov's voice and decided to try it.
I'm glad I did. Quinto voices EVERY character in a different voice. In his narration voice, if you didn't know who was reading, you probably wouldn't make the connection that it's technically Spock talking. However, when he voices Spock, THEN you know it's Spock talking. His accents for Scotty and Chekov are cute and pretty accurate. His Southern drawl for Bones makes me laugh- it doesn't really sound like Karl Urban to me- but it's not bad. I like it. You can hear the humour in his voice in some of the scenes and the disdain in his tone in others. Really, he does a superb job at capturing the tone, mood, and character voices.
As for the book itself, it follows the movie. It gives back story to details that may have been unclear in the movie, or just little details that maybe you wanted to know. Deleted scenes from the movie made it into the book- Spock's birth, Kirk's childhood leading to stealing the car in the beginning of the movie- and further develop the characters.
All in all, the audiobook is totally worth it if you don't mind having someone read to you, or if you're a fan of Quinto or his voice. The book is totally worth it all the way around, no matter what form you get it in. If you're a fan of Star Trek XI, then this book definitely is a must-have.
I've definitely enjoyed it during the morning commute. It really *is* just the movie in "novel-ized" form. In some scenes there you are treated to a little bit of extra embellishment (a few more lines of dialog etc) than the movie has, but in general it is very very very similar.
That said... if you are a trekkie, there is no reason not to get it. It's another way to enjoy what is a very fine Star Trek story, and for those contemplating the audiobook, it is very well done.
For the loyal fans of classic 1960's Star Trek, I will say this . . . this is NOT your Star Trek. This is a re imagining of the beginning of the Trek universe. If you are such a prude of change, this TREK film and audio is NOT for you . . .
So if you are willing to give this new film (and audio) a chance, you will enjoy it. It changes some of the Trek history what some die hard fans have known for years and years. It liking to a tweak in the Sherlock Holmes canon. The basic elements are there with new chemistry that will gel.
Also one of the best things this novel and audio has going for it is written by classic Star Trek scribe Alan Dean Foster. Foster wrote the Star Trek Logs (these were novellas based on episodes of Classic Star Trek the animated series . . . and the depressing news is NONE of these novellas are on AUDIO!). In his hands, this unabridged audio text sparkles with less high tech and more high adventure . . . similar to when he did the Trek logs. Foster fills in the detail gaps that the film glossed over. This novel should makes this text works as a spring board for a new classic Trek re imaged novels (and possibly more audio presentations).
Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the new film, takes on the narrative of the audio presentation. He capture all the characters vocally with an ease unknown to first time narrators, but without sounding like a characture himself. With his easy narrative style, he makes this a comfortable audio to spend six and a half hours with.
So beam up for a FIVE STAR TREK and enjoy!
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
The movie was wonderful, saw it twice, and much like the movie this book will be treasured and read again and again.
Highly recommend purchasing and reading this book. It is well written, with smooth transitions, and helps fill in the background history of Star Trek.