Monday, August 14, 2017

Literary Treks 199: Star Trek Murder Board

Star Trek: Preserver
By William Shatner (with Garfield & Judith Reeves-Stevens)

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What if our actions are not our own? What if all of us are merely pawns in a universe-spanning game, controlled by vastly older races with agendas and motivations that remain obscured? How would we know? And, most importantly, how would the mighty Captain Kirk deal with them?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson talk about the Shatnerverse novel Preserver. We discuss the nature of the Preservers, fate versus free will, duplicate Earths, secret groups within the Federation, the two Kirks, Teilani, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about Star Trek comic news from SDCC and review issue #10 of Boldly Go.


Literary Treks 199: Star Trek Murder Board
Preserver by William Shatner with Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens






Previous episode: Literary Treks 198: Behold the Scourge of Neil
Next episode: Literary Treks 200: Klingon Travel Guide by Dayton Ward

Literary Treks 198: Behold the Scourge of Neil

Star Trek: The Next Generation #48
The Q Continuum Book 2 of 3
Q-Zone by Greg Cox

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As the Enterprise holds her own against a swarm of energy creatures determined to keep the crew from completing their mission, Q leads Picard on a journey through his past, where a force even greater than Q and with an even wider cruel streak wreaks havoc on the galaxy.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined once again by Earl Grey's Amy Nelson to discuss the second book of the Q Continuum series, Q-Zone. We talk about stardate snafus, peer pressure, bad parenting, 0's gang of evil-doers, the end of the TKon Empire, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the upcoming e-book release, I, The Constable by Paula Block and Terry Erdmann, a new activity book called Search for Spock by Robb Pearlman, a resolution to the issue with Discovery novel pre-orders at Amazon UK, and we talk about the IDW comic releases for October, including some news about the Star Trek: Discovery comics.


Literary Treks 198: Behold the Scourge of Neil
TNG #48: The Q Continuum Book 2 of 3: Q-Zone by Greg Cox






Previous episode: Literary Treks 197: You've Been Macked
Next episode: Literary Treks 199: Star Trek Murder Board

Friday, August 4, 2017

Books and Comics News From STLV17!



Over on my YouTube channel, I've just posted a video featuring news from the Creation Entertainment Official Star Trek Convention, happening right now in Las Vegas!

Click here to watch the video on YouTube, or click the embedded player below for exciting news about Star Trek: Discovery comics and books, as well as some surprising news regarding the upcoming Pocket Books Star Trek book schedule!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Literary Treks 197: You've Been Macked

Exclusive Interview with Una McCormack
New York Times Bestselling Author of
Deep Space Nine: Enigma Tales

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Garak has gone from spy to revolutionary to ambassador to castellan of the Cardassian Union in just a few short years. In that time, Cardassia has changed immensely. But the people of Cardassia still share a lot of guilt, and ghosts of the past may be rising again to ruin the lives of some of Cardassia's finest. Now, it is up to Dr. Kate Pulaski to discover the truth before it is too late!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by New York Times bestselling author Una McCormack to talk about her new novel, DS9: Enigma Tales. We discuss the plot, the characters, some historical touchstones that the story parallels, the nature of Cardassian enigma tales, the state of Dr. Bashir, and wrap up with Una's upcoming projects and where you can find her online. Please note: the first part of the feature is spoiler-free, and we get into spoilers for the second half.

In the news segment, we have a link to a short supplemental to Dayton Ward's Klingon Travel Guide: "7 Common Offworlder Questions Klingons Are Tired of Hearing."

Literary Treks 197: You've Been Macked
Exclusive Interview with Una McCormack, author of Deep Space Nine: Enigma Tales






Previous episode: Literary Treks 196: Kindergarten Teachers of the Galaxy
Next episode: Literary Treks 198: Behold the Scourge of Neil

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Literary Treks 196: Kindergarten Teachers of the Galaxy

Department of Temporal Investigations
Shield of the Gods by Christopher L. Bennett


The Department of Temporal Investigations is responsible for maintaining the timeline, preventing galaxy-ending paradoxes, and stopping temporal criminals. Their track record for meeting these goals has been put in jeopardy by a criminal named Daiyar who intends to use an item stolen from the DTI's vault to change history, and it's up to the agents to put an end to her scheme.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the latest DTI e-novella, Shield of the Gods. We talk about Daiyar's scheme, character vs. plot, the Aegis Prime Directive, the Deltan concept of love, Ranjea's ultimate fate, the meaning of the title, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news, we mention the imminent releases of Eaglemoss's Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection volume 2 and Dayton Ward's Hidden Universe Travel Guide to The Klingon Empire.

Literary Treks 196: Kindergarten Teachers of the Galaxy
Department of Temporal Investigations: Shield of the Gods by Christopher L. Bennett






Previous episode: Literary Treks 195: Big Q, Big Q, and little q
Next episode: Literary Treks 197: You've Been Macked

Monday, July 24, 2017

Literary Treks 195: Big Q, Big Q, and little q

The Next Generation #47
The Q Continuum, Book 1 of 3

Q-Space by Greg Cox


When Q appears on the bridge of the Enterprise-E to stop a scientific experiment, Picard is understandably annoyed. Defying Q, the Enterprise presses on in its attempt to breach the galactic barrier that surrounds the Milky Way. However, they may be in over their heads as cosmic forces collide that may spell doom for the crew of the Enterprise and the rest of the galaxy!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by Earl Grey's Amy Nelson to discuss the first book in the Q Continuum trilogy, Q-Space by Greg Cox. We talk about the Enterprise's mission to the galactic barrier, Q's vulnerability, the cliffhanger ending of the novel, some fun bits in the story, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the recently announced release date for David Mack's Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours, and we review the latest comic, issue #2 of Mirror Broken.

Literary Treks 195: Big Q, Big Q, and little q
The Next Generation #47: Q-Space by Greg Cox






Previous episode: Literary Treks 194: Mr. Worf, don't put that in your mouth!
Next episode: Literary Treks 196: Kindergarten Teachers of the Galaxy

Friday, June 30, 2017

Control

Star Trek: Section 31
Control by David Mack
Release date: March 28th 2017
Read March 15th 2017


Previous book (Section 31): Disavowed

Previous book (Deep Space Nine): The Long Mirage
Next book (Deep Space Nine): Original Sin


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Spoilers ahead for Control!

Publisher's description:
No law…no conscience…no mercy. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answering to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group pledged to defend the Federation at any cost. The discovery of a two-hundred-year-old secret gives Doctor Julian Bashir his best chance yet to expose and destroy the illegal spy organization. But his foes won’t go down without a fight, and his mission to protect the Federation he loves just end up triggering its destruction. Only one thing is for certain: this time, the price of victory will be paid with Bashir’s dearest blood.

My thoughts:

Click here to watch my video review of Section 31: Control, or click play on the embedded video below!





Final thoughts:

Control is a novel that redefines much of what we think of the Star Trek universe. While this may irk some fans, I loved this novel. The emotional and physical sacrifices that the characters have to make to achieve their goals and the nature of the enemy they are fighting were very compelling to me. A perfect Trek novel, and the best of the year's crop so far.

More about The Long Mirage:


Also by David Mack:

Next time on Trek Lit Reviews:

My next video review will be for The Next Generation: Hearts and Minds by Dayton Ward, while my next written review will be for Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing by Michael A. Martin. Stay tuned!