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A Brilliant Read!,
This review is from: Distant Shores: A Tenth-Anniversary Celebration (Star Trek: Voyager): Star Trek Voyager Anthology (Paperback)
If you're a Voyager fan, then you're bound to find at least one story in this book that either answer's a question, or touches on a part of the show you liked, or thought neglected.
For me, personally, it was the latter. And I'm sure for many Voyager fans out there, you will agree with me.
Distant Shores fills in the gaps left by 'The-Powers-That-Be' for various reasons: what happened to the Doctor when he was left on the planet in 'Blink Of An Eye'; what happened to those the crew left behind in the Alpha Quadrant; the Talent Night mentioned in 'Coda'; the former Borg, Bajoran 'Marika Wilkara' who was liberated in 'Survival Instinct' and elected to stay on Voyager for the month or so she had left; and also a look at the unique relationship of Voyager's 'Command Couple'.
I am biased when it comes to chosing my favourite story, and I have to say that the one of the most interesting stories is 'Isabo's Shirt', by Kirsten Beyer. I don't want to give anything away, as to attempt to do so would ruin the wonderful and slightly mysterious story Beyer weaves - but we all have a niggling feeling we know to whom she refers from the beginning. The events of this story are probably what a lot of people would have liked to see happen in the TV show, but had no chance of occuring because of other directions the Producers wanted to take. It is my favourite because I finally got to 'see' what I wish had been shown only briefly, even if it is taken away to set everything back to normal. Part of me wonders, however, whether if it had happened in canon whether things could have ever gone back.
I digress, but it is hard not to on a subject one feels passionately about.
Overall, it has to be say the Distant Shores anthology is worth it. The stories are short, as they are fillers between episodes or seasons, so you don't have to sit and read all 389 pages in one go, and each is uniquely intesting. Whether you're a Chakotay, Neelix, Doctor or B'Elanna fan, you'll enjoy this collection.