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Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows Paperback – 2 Feb 2009

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (2 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416558500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416558507
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Marco Palmieri is a popular editor, writer, and walking encyclopedia of Star Trek lore. He lives with his family in New York City.

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I enjoy these detours into the Mirror Universe and beyond. It gives authors a chance to let rip with their imaginations, and generally speaking, they deliver the goods. The stories presented here are like all Star Trek fiction: it's very much a case of "if you like that sort of thing". With that caveat established, I'll say the writing is of a high standard in the context of what you expect from Trek. The pattern here is that you get three distinct tales, each centred on the Mirror version of a character from the Trek universe. Naturally, they interact with other such characters.

My only criticism, and it's just a little niggle... the writers sometimes feel it's a cool idea to kill off a character. Take a well-established character, and obliterate his or her Mirror Universe counterparts. The trouble is, this becomes a bit tedious once the novelty wears off and, because you sometimes feel this is a throwaway idea, rather than central to the plot, it narrows the scope for sequels, and makes bookkeeping difficult, especially for multiple writers ("Oh, hang on, he died in so-and-so's story...")

Otherwise, it's a fun diversion, and the books in this series are nice and chunky, so a solid read is assured.
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Always loved star trek always will and books are just as good but feel the mirror universe has more scope than the normal universe.
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Loved the Enterprise story, more please
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Bought as an Xmas present for my Son so can't comment on the story. Quick delivery and good condition. If its like others that he has it will be good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a sequel and a mandatory read if you want to find out more about the MU 27 Sept. 2015
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with the comments that this would've been better as 3-4 longer novellas that wrapped things up more. I haven't read "Rise Like Lions" yet and I'm hoping that will finally wrap up all the dangling threads and questions about the fate of the Mirror Universe. In order to appreciate this book you have to read the prior books "Glass Empires", "Sorrows of Empire" and "Obsidian Alliances". This is NOT a stand alone book but a direct sequel.

That said, if you are interested in what many of the characters in the MU that haven't been introduced and explored yet in prior books this is the book to read. Suddenly you see crews from Voyager, the New Frontier (now I want to read those books as a result of the MU version) and a continuation of some of the characters from Glass Mirrors and the DS9 MU plotlines.

The DS9 stories are the most developed, not surprising considering that DS9 featured and developed the MU plotline the most of all the Trek series. The stories relating to it are very well done and take the plot forward. Unfortunately the "Enterprise" follow up "Nobunaga", was the most disappointing in that it failed to wrap things up. You never find out exactly what happened to Trip, Archer and how things panned out except you do know that the Terran Empire did exist until the events of "Sorrows of Empire". But having watched "In a Mirror Darkly" on Enterprise and reading "Glass Empires" I would've liked to have some closure on this.

In any case, if you want to find out what happened to some of the dangling plotlines in "Obsidian Alliances", the sequel to "Glass Empires" along with other storylines, this is the one to read. I enjoyed it a lot and recommend it highly.

BTW, if the Kindle price scares you (it scares me!) then check out the prices under "Used Books". They are much more palatable.
5.0 out of 5 stars Take me to the Mirror Universe again! 28 Jun. 2012
By Picardfan007 - Published on Amazon.com
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What do I like about these anthologies? If one story is bad, there others that are better or at least give you a glimpse of what could be. I was only hoping that the editors would give this paticular take on the Star Trek Universe a regular spot on the book shelf. The other reviewers can give you plot descriptions and insights into the stories. You won't want to put this book down. Sure there are a few stinkers. However, there are more hits than misses in this very dramatic anthology. What I don't like about the regular universe are the fact that the characters can't change. In the Mirror Universe the characters go through life changes and some don't make it. If the current editors could take a little of that uncertainty and apply it to the regular universe characters. It would be all the more richer and perhaps they would get a few more readers!
5.0 out of 5 stars These stories take you through the darker side of the already dark Mirror Universe and let you see that there are truly good peo 5 Dec. 2016
By Joe Pranaitis - Published on Amazon.com
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This Anthology is set in Star Trek's original Mirror Universe and continues some of the stories that were published in Mirror Universe: Glass Empires & Obsidian Alliances. These stories take you through the darker side of the already dark Mirror Universe and let you see that there are truly good people on both sides of the major conflicts. From the early years in the twenty-second century right after the USS Defiant (Constitution-Class) was brought through to giving hope to both the Terran Revolution and Memory Omega operatives. This is an anthology that I highly recommend for anyone who is interested in Star Trek's original Mirror Universe.      
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Compendium of Mirror Universe Stories 23 Mar. 2017
By Melvin K. Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a pretty good collection of mirror universe Trek stories. Using characters from across all the series and written by well known and experienced Trek writers, this was an entertaining and engaging read if you enjoy Trek.
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Boldly Going... Thru the Looking Glass 16 Sept. 2015
By Gary S - Published on Amazon.com
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For some reason, some of the science-fiction (I refuse to use the derrogatory "Sci-Fi") series books like Battlestar, Babylon 5, and Star Trek are difficult to find - this book is one of them. It was worth the search. The stories herein are smooth reads, but just enough edge and depth to keep even a long-time fan interested. A few twists and turns, a few little surprises - both by the writers' skill. Very worthwhile!
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