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Spock's World (Star Trek: the Original Series) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 1989

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD; Reprint edition (1 Aug. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671667734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671667733
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.3 x 10.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Diane Duane is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, amongst them the fan-favourite Star Trek titles DARK MIRROR and the 5-volume Rihannsu series of novels exploring the world of the Romulans (the first four volumes of which are now available as the omnibus THE BLOODWING VOYAGES 1416525777) released together with the fifth volume (THE EMPTY CHAIR 1416508910) in January 2007. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
While I have long been a fan of the Star Trek series (from the original series through the successive spin-offs: Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and the films), I rarely have time to read fiction, so it was only after great prodding on the part of a friend that I got this novel. I had once complained that the Star Trek universe seems to have far more affinity for the aggressive, combative Klingons (warrior schools, language camps, etc.) than the erudite and level-headed Vulcans. Perhaps that is why my friend thought this novel would have particular appeal. She was right.
This novel is a grafting-in of the original series, with Spock, Kirk and McCoy as primary characters, along with the rest of the usual crew of the Enterprise. It seems there is a Federation-threatening crisis on Vulcan, and the planet is in the process of a referendum, to decide whether or not to remain as part of the Federation with the humans of earth and other constituent planets. Entering in the situation is a formidible character from the original series episode Amok Time, the Vulcan mating time -- T'Pau, remarked by Kirk as being the only person to ever turn down a seat on the Federation council. Does this speak of a mistrust that could lead the Vulcans out of the Federation? The referendum is not merely a breaking of alliances, but rather an isolationism -- all Vulcans will be required to return home, or permanently exiled. All diplomatic, trade, and military ties will be severed.
The psychological and political make-up of the Vulcan world is explored from the very outset of Vulcan civilisation through different historical periods that would have made up the equivalent of classical, medieval and reformation times.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pocket Books start off their run of hardback novels based on classic Star Trek with #01: Spock's World by Diane Duane.
The story is set in the years between Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. Duane makes references to her own previous novels (published by Titan Books in the UK) of #4: The Romulan Way, #19: The Wounded Sky and #21: My Enemy My Ally. Although it's not critical to read these beforehand, it does give the ending away to #19 if you haven't read it yet.
Kirk, McCoy and Spock are all summoned by T'Pau to come to Vulcan. The Planetary Council has been called to vote upon the point of whether Vulcan should remain part of the Federation, or secede and remove the illogical and emotional influences of others, particularly humans, from their midst.
As the story unfolds, the depths of political manoeuvring and duplicity that have occurred in forcing this agenda into the Vulcan public consciousness are both shocking and satisfying to any fan of Classic Trek. The reintroduction of characters from the show and Duane's novels is very welcome and adds to the richness of the plot.
Alternate chapters in the story deal with important events in Vulcan's past, from the creation of the very planet itself through to Sarek's appointment as Ambassdor to Earth. These give an insight into Vulcan's past, those people who made the biggest impacts on the species and how those events rippled out to the current day.
This is not an action novel, it is all about Vulcan and reads like a well crafted political thriller, something of a departure for Trek fiction. That said, I found it to be one of the most satisfying Classic Trek novels I've read and certainly one of Duane's best. The ending was very well done and her use of McCoy as a detective was brilliant.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I want to start by echoing what a couple of other reviewers have said - I can't understand why this book has got so many good reviews. As a hard core Star Trek fan, proud owner of over 330 novels (3/4 of which I have actually read) and all the episodes of TOG, TNG, DS9 and Voyager, as well as all the films, I do like to think I know my Trek. So you can imagine my disappointment when I started this book.

Diane Duane's books have always been hard-going for me; I find her over-use of description trying to say the least and this book is no exception. In fact in my opinion she surpasses herself with pages upon pages of, quite frankly, useless description. At the risk of spoiling this for others, she dedicates an entire chapter to how the physical planet of Vulcan was created. This is great for astronomy/astrophysics students, perhaps, but not for a work of fiction that is supposed to be entertainment! Then there is the silly 'mixer' party that is supposed to be a way for all crew to catch up with each other before a new mission. To be blunt this is pointless and lends nothing to the story. Or as my dear, late, grandfather would call it - padding!

I also found her characterization all wrong. Most TOG fans have loved the love/hate relationship that goes on between Spock and McCoy and most of the Trek authors have been able transfer that to the books with no bother at all. But Ms Duane has McCoy all but openly antagonizing Spock during an officer's briefing, and as for Kirk - she has him positively gushing at his crew.

In a nutshell by the time I got to page 88 I'd found only about 6 pages that were actually related to the story itself. It was at this point I could take no more and gave up. I couldn't finish the book which is incredibly rare for me and needess to say I will not be keeping it.
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