- 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: 10.6 x 1.5 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Star Trek Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2010
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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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Top Customer Reviews
I would have preferred to visit more of the characters' heads and seen their thought patterns, but instead, like the film, we stick with Kirk, seeing things from his narrow perspective and getting very little extra information about what's going on inside.
The only redeeming feature to this were the scenes that were deleted from the film... an excellent scene where Kirk as a child is cleaning his step-father's car, and a useful one where Spock is born, which would have been an excellent place to introduce the traditional Vulcan finger rubbing, which could then replace the most out of place scene later on.
Foster completely ruins all the jokes. It's almost as if he's gone through, found them all, and altered them just a tiny bit so they don't work. The most obvious example is when Kirk and McCoy first meet, and McCoy states that all that he has is his skeleton... instead of the correct 'bones'.
Overall, not good, but hopefully everyone who reads it will have already seen the film, which is fantastic, and not be put off by this poor showing.
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.Read more ›
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)
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing I Love It , Great choice for voice actor xxxxxxxx would recommend to any Star Trek fan.Published 16 months ago by wolvie 101
The story struggles a bit for the first couple of chapters - what was Kirks mother doing on the USS Kelvin in the first place, and where was his older brother? Read morePublished on 13 May 2015 by Bridget
Great novelization that includes lots of detail, and a well-rounded backstory for all the characters.Published on 27 Aug. 2014 by Stephanie D. Briggs
Going into the story in more depth than is possible in a movie, this book is a perfect acccompaniment and essential for fans.Published on 8 Mar. 2014 by Mr. J. R. Slatcher
For those who love the film, I suggest that you read this! Everything the film offers but a little mroe character building!
Such an amazing job done by Zachary Quinto reading this audiobook, i love his role as spock in the 2009 film.. such a diverse acting.
well worth the great price!
This book is brilliant! well written and a great story :) Best buy for ages. Cant wait to read into darknessPublished on 2 Jun. 2013 by Anon
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