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Star Trek: U.S.S. Enterprise Haynes Manual Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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The concept for the book was terrific, the actual product does not deliver on the promise of that original concept. A shame.
Dissapointed. Would not recommend purchase.
This book is simply embarrassing. Coming from Haynes, one would expect technical details. Instead, it is just a piece of garbage intended to milk those die hard trek fans who will buy anything trek.
What get you get is a chapter on each ship.
a. Each chapter starts with cutaway diagram of the type shown on the cover. These diagrams are merely chapter icons. They are of low quality, poorly placed on the page and provide no useful information.
b. There is a flyweight specification listing. For example, length overall is given. Things you would expect (e.g. saucer diameter, engineering hull length) are not given.
c. Then there is a trek world biography of the ship. These are illustrated with scenes from the movie or TV show---the same kind of stuff that has been run in fan magazines for decades. This kind of material makes up the bulk of the book.
d. There are multi view orthographic diagrams of the ship. These are 1) so dark that little detail shows up 2) ineptly placed on the page so that they go into the spine, even when they could have fit on the page vertically and 3) (for you rivet counters) not accurate. My view is that for non-real objects like this, there is room for a certain amount of artistic liberties. Here the plans are both inaccurate view of what appears in the films and TV and are of low grade quality.
e. There is usually a bridge diagram. Rivet counters complain about these in the various forums.
In other words, there is:
a. Nothing new in this book.
b. Nothing of quality in this book.
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There were a couple of good diagrams and breakout explanations of things like quantum torpedos, which is why I gave two stars. But seriously, this is fifteen bucks and a few hours of reading I wish I had back.
Not surprisingly, unlike the Haynes car manuals, this book is not based on a complete strip down and rebuild of the Star ship enterprise! But like other reviewers, from a `Haynes manual' I expected and in depth manual with detailed technical drawings, information and well labelled cutaways. That's something it doesn't offer. And it's safe to say the level of detail does not match the `Star Trek: Starfleet technical manual' (Joseph Franz), `Mr Scott's guide to the enterprise' (Shane Johnson) or `Star Trek: TNG Technical manual (Okuda).
So what does it offer? Well once I'd got passed the fact that it isn't what I was expecting, it is actually a pretty good book. It's a book full of (in my opinion) beautiful colour artwork, background information, and history of each vessel. It covers 7 different Enterprises (not including the one from the new movie, although it does mention it). It includes some excellent descriptions of how certain things in each enterprise works, such as warp engines, transporters, impulse engines, holodecks and deflector shields etc. It's easy to read and I love the cutaways, really good for getting the scale of things (although they'd have been much better if they were labelled). The full colour elevations of each ship are great too. There are perhaps a few too many pictures from the Star Trek movies and episodes, but these are usually accompanying the histories of each vessel. It was nice to have an overview of what happened in the different series, and it's whetted my appetite to go back and watch them again.Read more ›
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A fun book to read that gives me a lot of the information I want to know about all the various enterprises!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't actually have this book, but had to point out that the word "owners'" in the title is spelt incorrectly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Valentine
Book looked great,fast shipping,great prices, excellent seller.Published 4 months ago by micheal jason sullivan
Arrived quickly and I like that it's hard-bound. It's not an actual "technical manual" as other Haynes manuals are, but entertaining none the less.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer