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Star Trek: The Original Series 365 Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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Paula M. Block spent 19 years as publishing director for Paramount Pictures and CBS, and with Terry J. Erdmann, has written numerous books about the entertainment industry, including Star Trek 101, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, and Star Trek: Action!. They live in Oregon.
Dorothy “D. C.” Fontana served as writer and story editor for many beloved episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. She was instrumental in the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She lives in California.
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Whether you are nostalgic to get your hands on your old childhood vintage trading cards again, or you're a Star Trek fan who wasn't around to have experienced these first-hand, this is the perfect way to see these beautiful vintage cards collected in this awesome 216 page hardcover book. It even includes a set of 4 all-new trading cards stuck to the back of the book with the same slick printing on thick cardstock, two of which correct an oversight of the absence of Lieutenant Sulu on any of the original cards or stickers. And what pack of bubblegum cards would be complete without the bubblegum? Of course, they couldn't include an actual stick of bubblegum so they at least included a picture of it on the cover inside the waxy dust-jacket wrapper, including a broken piece on the back cover (as they often came broken up into tiny pieces in the wrapper)! For those of us who can remember, the gum was a disgusting rectangular stick of pink bubblegum sprinkled with white powdered sugar which was always hard as a rock when you would bite into it and would crumble apart in your mouth and deteriorate before you could chew it!
Ahhhhhh... the Good 'Ol Days!
One problem/issue is the way the book is laid-out, it's rather strange. It is as if the book was originally suppose to be bound one way but got hacked-up into a totally different configuration. For example, the word "introduction" in the introduction is cut-off. Also, the page numbers (I guess they are page numbers) are treated the same way. Another bizarre thing is that the page number on the bottom of one page also appears at the top of the next page; as I wrote "bizarre". It is as if one publisher started the project, but dropped it only to be taken-up by Abrams of New York who, apparently, had no idea what the original publisher had in mind.
One good thing is that the book is heavy and appears to be solidly constructed and bound. So, I would expect many years of use.
Publishing problems aside, the book has good information for the novice. From that standpoint, it is fine. For the die-hard fan that already has many such books, I would give it a pass.
Because of this, although the content is fine, I might recommend other books on this subject.
But about the book! It's FULL of awesome photos and little tidbits of info. Those that are well-read and versed in the shows history won't be surprised with a handful of the stories/anecdotes (how many times have we heard about Shatner stealing Nimoy's bike on set?). It's just awesome though. If you feel like you can't get enough visual stimuli of Star Trek, this book is an excellent coffee table purchase, and conversation starter (as if your friends didn't already realize that you are a Trekkie).
It's big and heavy (so not a good bedside reader), but the reason it's so cumbersome is because it's packed with awesomeness. Tons of full color bright photos and laid out in a non-chronological order...it's just fun to sit around and flip through.