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2.1 out of 5 stars

on 19 October 2016
The basic mystery in this story is certainly intriguing, and although many parts of the 'surrounding' mystery are eventually resolved, the main mystery of The Fold itself remains shadowy right to the end of the book. In a way there is a lot of story in this book that's not actually written - the fate of the crew of the Federation Starship the Enterprise is trying to rescue, for instance - although certain - is never revealed to us - that's where a whole unwritten story sits side by side with the written one, in a way - (and in a way that I think just about works within the warped reality, or rather 'realities', of The Fold itself). As to the characterisation of the main leads, they don't quite sound themselves - or perhaps we have just got too used to other writers feeling the need to pepper their books with Kirk-isms, Spock-isms, and McCoy-isms every few pages. The Enterprise crew as depicted in this book seem more professional in a way, if a little colder than usual. The body-count is surprisingly high too - there are a lot of running battles in the bowels of the huge alien vessel being explored, as Kirk and company fight a contingent of Romulans without quarter. This is where the story really goes wrong for me - its like cowboys and Indians with laser guns, perhaps what the series was originally sold to the network as, but Star Trek was never that, Kirk always tried not to kill and regretted the deaths he caused, whereas here, well, just a warning - several crew members and lots of Indians, I mean Romulans, are ruthlessly killed off to serve the rather harsh dictates of the plot. That's not Star Trek as we know it, Captain...
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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.
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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...
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