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5.0 out of 5 stars If this is the future of Voyager books, God help us all!
OK, maybe that's a little extreme, but... This book is nothing but poor stereotypes and cliques. The Quavok (bad guys) are particularly annoying, I mean everything in their language starts with Q and that seems very childish. The Q race was understandable because they have a comedy- centered attitude. Janeway is constantly either thinking or talking about coffee...
Published on 27 Jun 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars One-dimensional characters, dull plot
I was sorely disappointed in this latest Voyager book. The writing itself was competent--I didn't feel like I was reading some overzealous teenager's fanfic (fan-written fiction). But the book suffered from the same problem that makes so many other Star Trek books dull reading: the characters are one-dimensional and serve only to advance the plot (which wasn't all that...
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2.0 out of 5 stars One-dimensional characters, dull plot, 8 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager) (Mass Market Paperback)
I was sorely disappointed in this latest Voyager book. The writing itself was competent--I didn't feel like I was reading some overzealous teenager's fanfic (fan-written fiction). But the book suffered from the same problem that makes so many other Star Trek books dull reading: the characters are one-dimensional and serve only to advance the plot (which wasn't all that exciting to begin with). They had no meaningful personal attributes, no thoughts or interactions that made us smile and say "ah yes, that's EXACTLY how she/he is!" To give you an idea of how lifeless they were, here are some of the highlights: Janeway drinks a lot of coffee. Tom Paris sweats during a particularly difficult navigation routine. I'd name off the other crew's contributions but I don't even remember them. There is the requisite exchange of fire with other ships, and the standard degradation of shields down to some perilously low level. Warp drive goes out, which is pretty much what we expect since it happens in almost every episode. One thing that did make me sit up and take notice was the ridiculous stereotyping of the aliens. The alien good guys looked very much like humans, and were beautiful. The alien bad guys were reptilean and ugly. Hmmmm.
Star Trek Voyager books don't have to be like this. Many of the others in the series are rich and complex, focusing as much on the people as on the "action." "The Murdered Sun" and "The Black Shore" are two examples that come to mind. I've kept a small set of Voyager books that have this depth of characterization and/or absorbing story; "Death of a Neutron Star," however, is making a quick trip to the library book sale.
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2.0 out of 5 stars COFFEE AND A LITTLE STAR TREK, 25 Feb 2001
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B. Green "BEans" (Brentwood, ESSEX United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager) (Mass Market Paperback)
In all the delta quadrant the voyager crew finally find some coffee! Although the actual discovery is not coverred by the book, we get an indepth description of how muchis has been missed. There is also a small matter of a dying bynary star system that is being manipulated to end a long running war between two worlds. Voyager does manage to manipulate this stellar phenomeon with the usual star trek panashe, but there is a need for copious fluid intake throughout the story. Buy this book if you really like Janeway, coffee or just can't have a gap on your shelf. Not for the casual reader of Star Trek.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If this is the future of Voyager books, God help us all!, 27 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager) (Mass Market Paperback)
OK, maybe that's a little extreme, but... This book is nothing but poor stereotypes and cliques. The Quavok (bad guys) are particularly annoying, I mean everything in their language starts with Q and that seems very childish. The Q race was understandable because they have a comedy- centered attitude. Janeway is constantly either thinking or talking about coffee. Again, annoying! In fact, the first ten or so chapters ALL contain references to coffee! This book makes Janeway out to be obsessed with coffee. The aliens are stereotypical, the bad guys ugly reptiles, not like in "Seven of Nine" or "The Dragon's Honor" where the reptilian aliens are graceful, but deadly or so, and the good guys are the unusually beautiful humans so common in the TOS trek series. Speaking of Seven, in this book she lacks the depth and complexity her character requires, and comes of sounding like the original Enterprise's monotonous know-it-all computer. And another recycled Voyager plot, the "Oh no, a terrible spatial anomaly threatens Voyager again!" like we don't get enough of this from the TV show. The writing style is boring and childish. If you want a good Voyager story, read "The Black Shore" or "Ragnorok".
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book died!, 6 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager) (Mass Market Paperback)
Oh God was this ever awful.
The premise was ok but he spent so long explaining it we got no character developement (at all). I can tell you that a binary neutron star system is very rare and very dangerous but who cares? This is Star Trek, I haven't got a clue how the warp engines work. Does that bother me? NO!
Tyla and Dr Maalot were about as one dimensional as aliens got. There were lots of lame - 'Stop that countdown' jokes and the J/P interaction was just dire! The dialogue was stayed and boring, the plot lacked drive. The concept was routine, the action sequences over-long and the twist, if it can be called that, you could see a mile away.
Oh and I read this on holiday, on the beach, so it wasn't as though I began to read when I was depressed. That's part of the reason I got through it in 3 days as well...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent Star Trek Voyager book!, 26 May 2003
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K. Wyatt "ssintrepid" (Cape Girardeau, MO United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager) (Mass Market Paperback)
While not being one of the best "Voyager" books, this is defintely not among the worst of them. In fact, it was pretty refreshing in that it wasn't the normal "Voyager" book which is typically based on the old "We need food from this planet and the bad guy's won't let us get to it." That said, I rather enjoyed the book, despite what some of the other reviewer's stated about the author focusing too much on Janeway's enjoyment of coffee and the ever present technobabble. Star Trek in and of itself is based a lot in technobabble, no big deal.
In my opinion, this was an extremely well done first foray into the Trek world by Eric Kotani. Hopefully we'll see some more trek stories from him in the future. Overall a well done book and I would recommend it to anybody who reads trek. Thank you to author for a good read. {ssintrepid}
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death of A Neutron Star-a winner, worthy Voyager adventure, 24 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager) (Mass Market Paperback)
I was surprised how intriguing this book was. At first you might think it is boring because of all the scientific data, but the author certainly did enough research to bring to life the awesome threat of a powerful force of nature. This novel is like the Voyager show in the sense that you get a feeling the characters really care about each other, and not only the crew but the guests. I really enjoyed the relationship between Dr. Maalot and Tyla and it drove the story nicely. I couldn't put it down! got throught it in less than 3 days. They even threw in the doctor with his patented, "State the nature of your medical emergency." Somebody replicate Janeway more alien coffee!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It needed something more..., 2 Sep 1999
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This review is from: Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager) (Mass Market Paperback)
If you enjoy hearing about Janeway's obsession with coffee, than this book is for you, otherwise, read "Marooned". "Neutron Star" had potential, it could've been an exceptionaly good book, but it lacked something. Through out the book, I kept hoping it would get better, but it didn't. To me, a good Voyager book is one that leaves you feeling like you just read an extended version of an episode, but this leves you feeling like the Powers-That-Be were in need of publishing a Voyager book, and this was all they had.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it - except for the coffee., 10 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager) (Mass Market Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book - it was fairly average, but enjoyable. In the first chapter, Captain Janeway's coffee is mentioned consistently, and the reader feels that the coffee plays a major role in the story, however it tends to be mentioned only occaisionally. I felt the plot line was slightly weak, in a "been-there, done-that" kind of way. Aliens played a prominent role, and sometimes their background was not clear to the reader. Overall, I did enjoy this book, and would recommend it to Star Trek enthusists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A phenomenon never seen before is a lure to Janeway and co., 26 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager) (Mass Market Paperback)
Whe Captain Janeway saves an alien physics expert and his partner, he tells the crew of a neutron star pair that is extremely rare; it is the first ever seen Starfleet. They get mixed up with other aliens, who all have thier own agendas. This book is very good in that it explores an idea of space that has never been really commented on. The aliens had strong character, and were well witten. It is certainly as good as the other Voyager novels written. I believe that it is worth a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not one of the best, 15 April 1999
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This review is from: Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager) (Mass Market Paperback)
Death of a Neutron Star did feature some interesting new alien characters and a plot that did not have too much "science" for my taste. I did like the alien scientist & the young alien pilot (I forget their names). However, I was expecting to learn that the fantastic coffee Janeway kept drinking actually had some unknown properties that would have a horrendous effect on her. It was a big disappointment that it didn"t.
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