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Star Trek [Mass Market Paperback]

Alan Dean Foster
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1 Oct 2010 Star Trek
Few films have been so keenly awaited or the subject of so much internet debate as the twelfth Star Trek movie -- the first since 2002 -- which was released in May 2009. Directed by J.J. Abrams, creator of cutting-edge cult television shows Lost and Alias, the film launched the Star Trek franchise into a new stellar era. Going back to the very beginnings of the classic Star Trek, the film tells how James T. Kirk, the half-Vulcan Spock, Dr McCoy, engineer Montgomery Scott and crew members Chekov, Sulu and Uhura first came together as rookie Starfleet recruits, and how they embraced the destiny that would later send them out across the galaxy accompanied by the immortal words: 'These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise...' A largely brand new cast including Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto (Heroes) as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Karl Urban as McCoy alongside Eric Bana, Winona Ryder and Leonard Nimoy will bring Star Trek to a whole new audience, while at the same time Alan Dean Foster's novelization will enthrall both existing fans and a new generation of readers.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Film tie-in edition edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439194874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439194874
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Dean Foster is the author of several bestselling Star Wars novels as well as science-fiction, fantasy, detective, western, historial and contemporary fiction.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Once you get over the initial very pleasing shock of SEVEN DISCS & EIGHT HOURS OF STORYLINE, and the initaly slight disappointment of a lack of sound effects you're on a roller coaster ride!

Alan Dean Foster is a veteran Star trek writer. He's made excellent use of the story which Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote for JJ Abram's 2009 film, "Star Trek".

On a practical level there are chapters on each disc, so you don't have to "fast-forward" or "rewind" if you're trying to find a bit you missed!
The box set has 3 dividers and it's nicely packaged with a pleasing "Star Trek" logo, looking carefully you'll see the characters from the new film embedded into the letters!

It's a LONG LONG story. So we get more than the film shows us. But that's no problem. Of course we don't have the visuals, or the sound effects.

What we DO have however is a genuinely enjoyable book, read by someone who shows their great enthusiasm for the variety that in essence IS Star Trek.

So how has Zachary Quinto done? Well, his menacing chilling interpretation of the Romulan villain NERO is spot on! Sylar might need to look to his laurels.. We also hear the tender side of humanity as Uhura takes form in this recording. ZQ is capable of a wide range of voice control, emulating feminine voices without pantomime.

As for his interpretation of Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy, that irascible Southern Gentleman's drawl certainly comes close to that of Karl Urban, who in turn is often second cousin to the late marvellous DeForest Kelley.

Zachary Quinto is well known as Sylar from Tim Kring's "Heroes". Of course he is the actor who plays the younger Spock in the film, and was the first actor JJ recruited.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your time 16 Sep 2009
This a review for the film tie-in novelization of the JJ Abraham's Star Trek film released in 2009. The novelization is authored by Alan Dean Foster. No stranger to novelizations, Science Fiction or Star Trek. I understand that this is his first Star Trek novel for 30 years. Before we get to the book let me give you a few of my thoughts on the film to position this review.

The film was a huge success. It delivered what was required of it: a re-branding of the Star Trek franchise via a big budget summer blockbuster to introduce Star Trek to a new generation. What was delivered was a beautifully directed, fast paced film, with a cast of actors doing a great job, satisfying new comers and existing Star Trek fans, with continuity references and the right balance of humour and action. (not dissimilar to what Casino Royale did for the Bond franchise)
Job done.
If I had any gripes with the film, it was the story. The story wasn't great, somewhat lazy, but functionally it served a purpose: there is now a blank canvas to work on, canon is out the window. For all those die hard trekkies out there you have your shiny boxsets with 100's (thousands?) of hours of Star Trek to watch and debate on your forums, let the masses enjoy this rebranding.

The question is, why would you want to read the book? The story presented in the film was not particularly well laid out, it's not particularly challenging and not a patch on the quality of writing within the TV series.
I gave it a try. In the past I have been a "the book is better than the film" kind of guy. I wondered what I may find here. Given a sequel is in the offing, the writers would have to raise their game given that the novelty of the new "look and feel" is likely to ware off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great bedtime story! 13 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Zachary Quinto gives a great reading of the story, with great characterisation, and while it is generally difficult to get a convincing Scottish accent if you aren't Scottish, his characterisations are all full of charm and great to listen to. It makes a lovely bedtime story at night, and his soft tones are very relaxing to hear, while his methods of increasing the tension and atmosphere are incredibly well managed. Just another string to an already incredibly talented bow! If you liked the film you'll love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! 17 Sep 2013
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For those who love the film, I suggest that you read this! Everything the film offers but a little mroe character building!
Highliy enjoyed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 2 Jun 2013
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This book is brilliant! well written and a great story :) Best buy for ages. Cant wait to read into darkness
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling read 30 May 2013
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This story was well written and was a good adaptation from the movie. It had all the action and intrigue that was featured in the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Trek film adaptations 30 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
As a long term Trek fan - I watched the series in black and white when it was shown on the BBC in the early 1970s - I approached the JJ Abrams film with some trepidation. Would a 'reboot' work? Well, yes, it did, thanks to a script with many a homage to its origins, but not a reverential tone. Now for the book. Alan Dean Foster might have been seen as a safe choice, but it was one that works. His adaptation adds a large amount of backstory, smoothly integrating detail into the main plot points of the film. As a reader, Zachary Quinto is very good. Overall, an enjoyable package.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Star trek and Zachary Quinto fans. 8 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I think this item is great for all Star Trek and Zachary Quinto fans. I have throughly enjoyed listening to the product as it reveals more about the story than the film itself i.e Spocks birth on Vulcan, how Kirk inserted the rogue programme into the Kobyashi Maru simulation and the verbal battle with Spock in Kirk's cadet trial. These little things serve to round out and enrich the whole experience of the new 'Reboot' concept.

Zachary Quinto (Spock) was an excellent choice for which cast member to be the voice of the story as his previous acting role of Sylar/Gabriel Gray in NBC's Heroes necessitated the use of variations on his own Pennslyvainian accent. His Russian was extremely good and his interpretation of Highland Scottish was highly amusing.

I have listened to it time and time again even though it is 8.5 hours long. Time and money exceptionally well spent.
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