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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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The more I read this book, the more I questioned if Alan Dean Foster EVEN READ THE SAME SCRIPT that was written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman! It also became obvious that Foster DOES NOT KNOW HIS STAR TREK!!!!!!! He has Sarek, Spock's father, behaving like a HUMAN instead of someone born and raised on Vulcan! He has Younger Spock behaving like Kirk, punching out a Romulan, during interrogation, INSTEAD OF USING THE VULCAN MIND MELD THAT IS SO PROMINENTLY PORTRAYED IN THE MOVIE!!!!! Plus there were several inconsistencies; for example Foster cites two different Regulation numbers referring to the SAME regulation of being emotionally compromised while in command! He mentions that Spock Prime called Kirk "Captain" at the first meeting at the cave entrance. (Which didn't happen! Spock Prime asks, LATER, "You are not the captain?") He also IGNORED the fact that Dr. McCoy IS FROM GEORGIA, NOT KENTUCKY!!!! And that line he wrote in the book: "Left with nothing but my skeleton"?!?!?!? HELLOOOOO, the line in the movie SPECIFICALLY SAID THE WORD "B-O-N-E-S", which is WHERE HE GETS HIS NICKNAME FROM!!!!!!! And tossing the dog in, at the end, making a strange reference to the dog's ears???? WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?!?!?!?!?!? In my opinion, Foster should have had a Trekker proof-read the galley proofs BEFORE it hit the publisher's desk!
Either Foster needs to go back to TREK School or the TREK fans can write BETTER than he did!!!!!!
Would definitely recommend, especially for fans of the reboot.
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
I'd hoped that would be the case with this book. I'd hoped it would help me to better understand a lot of what happened in "Star Trek" the movie. I'd hoped to have some of the holes filled in (notably that gaping hole in the middle of Iowa), and learn some things, like what Nero and crew did for twenty-five years while waiting for Spock to show up.
We didn't learn any of those things, nor any of the other stuff I'd hoped to learn (though we did find out why a Romulan has a name like Nero). Basically this is a near letter-perfect rehash of the screenplay without any real changes to the dialogue, no extra scenes, nothing. Even scenes that were apparently filmed but cut from the finished product, like showing what Nero and crew were up to for twenty-five years, aren't in this book.
Movie novelizations are tricky. At their best they open up new paths in the story. At their worst, they suck so hard they make the film unwatchable. This book isn't the latter, but it's also not the former, and I'd hoped it would be.
Basically, if you wanted something that would give you more background and flesh out the movie, don't hold your breath. If you want you want instead is essentially the shooting script with some scenes altered very slightly you'll likely be happy with this book.