on 26 June 2013
I don't really enjoy the TOS era novels as much as the 24th century books. The era just doesn't hold as much interest for me, but I do keep up with them as they come out. Thankfully, some are pretty good stories but that said, Allegiance in Exile, Devils Bargain, Weight of Worlds, The Shocks of Adversity and now The Folded World have come together and have proved to be a bit gruelling.
Having recently read The Folded World I have to say it is the worst of the bunch. Allegiance in Exile was superior, Devils Bargain an unexpectedly pleasant revisit with the Horta, The Weight of Worlds a real romp and The Shocks of Adversity was great !
The Folded World was a hugely missed opportunity. The cover grabbed me - I expected to explore an interesting spacial anomaly, resolve a mystery, some alien ships, another Constitution class and (most tempting) an older Starfleet ship.
The anomaly remained an unexplained plot device, the fate of the crews likewise and the ships entirely unexplored. The story itself was O.K. - it would have been an average TOS episode. The author had only a basic grasp of the characters and the dialogue didn't always feel quite right. It was a struggle to get through...
on 12 June 2013
In this book a landing party go onto some ships which are trapped in a fold in space. Once in the fold then weird things happen, some apparently manifestations of the unconscious minds of one (or more) of the crew. The problem with this sort of story is that you can (and in this case do) end up with an unsatisfactory jumble of events which fill pages but don't have any depth. Alhtough a link is made between some events and a crewman's past this is really just stated in passing and seems more like a way finish things off. Although there is a link to the situation outside the fold, this is, again, not well developed. Overall there is little real plot and poor character development.