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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Review: Star Trek: The Stardate Collection Volume 2 - Under the Command of Christopher Pike

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Star Trek: The Stardate Collection Volume 2 - Under the Command of Christopher Pike Star Trek: The Stardate Collection Volume 2 - Under the Command of Christopher Pike by David Tipton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The adventures of Captain Pike are interesting, even though Marvel canceled the series in mid-story.  Some characters are really out-of-character with what we've seen elsewhere in the Trek-universe, but this was still an interesting read :-)

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2020 Year In Books

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 I usually post these a bit earlier in January, but here is my 2020 Goodreads year in review 🙂. I guess I met my minimum reading for 2020, even in a pandemic lockdown ;-)


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Review: Star Trek: The Stardate Collection Volume 1

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Star Trek: The Stardate Collection Volume 1 Star Trek: The Stardate Collection Volume 1 by Scott Tipton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was fun to read. This collection puts together comics in chronological order, so we get to see the original commissioning of the Enterprise 1701, we are introduced to "Number One" as a cadet, and later on we get to see Captain Pike and some of the "original" crew, pre-Kirk. Some stories are stories we know but narrated from the perspectives of other crew members.  I wish more of the older comics (regardless of the original publisher) were collected like this :-)

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Review: The Orville #4: The Word of Avis Part 2 of 2

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The Orville #4: The Word of Avis Part 2 of 2 The Orville #4: The Word of Avis Part 2 of 2 by David A. Goodman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

More of a comment on both parts of this story: Interesting commentary on religion (in a way that only a comedy can do it). I did find the story a bit unbelievable - anthropologists converting from (essentially) atheists to the religion of the Krill just by studying their sacred writing, but it was an interesting Orville tale nevertheless. At the end of the story, it sets up a potential for a continuing series in comic form.


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Review: The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1 of 2

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The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1 of 2 The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1 of 2 by David A. Goodman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

More of a comment on both 1+2 of this series.  Interesting story. Gives a bit of background on the "federation" equivalent in the Orville universe.  It's interesting that the old-style uniforms had rank insignia like TNG ;-). We also get to see sentient fowl, which was very Mighty Max :-). Some of the Orville crew get stranded on a planet where they discover the remains of a ship that was lost a long time ago. One of the ship's junior officers rigs the replicators to produce food for the locals after the econological disaster (that the ship inadvertently caused) kills most things off and makes life on the planet unsustainable.  What will the crew of the Orville do?

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Review: DS9: Hearts And Minds

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DS9: Hearts And Minds DS9: Hearts And Minds by Mark A, Altman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's interesting how much play the gamma quadrant gets in the comics, yet in the series I don't recall them ever making such a big deal of it (most issues on DS9 seems alpha and beta quadrant related).  This mini-series is all about the Klingons and the Cardassians butting heads because the Romulans make it look like a Klingon ship has been destroyed by a Cardassian ship in the gamma quadrant.  Interesting story, with a nice little quark sub-plot.

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Review: Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke

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Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke by Paul Allor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always enjoy a good mirror universe story.  Voyager (like TNG) didn't have an on-screen mirror universe, but it's interesting to see that even in the mirror universe Janeway and crew were stranded in the Delta quadrant.  Faced with the prospect of returning to the alpha quadrant to fight a losing battle with the KCA, they decided to stay in the delta quadrant and become space pirates.

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Review: Star Trek: Discovery - Aftermath

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Star Trek: Discovery - Aftermath Star Trek: Discovery - Aftermath by Kirsten Beyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was a rather interesting epilogue to the most recent season of discovery.

Synopsis from Memory Alpha: Many Klingons, including Kor's father, decry L'Rell’s position and actions as chancellor as well as her self-appointed nickname of "Mother." Pike contacts L'Rell in an effort to build a lasting peace atop their temporary alliance. She agrees to preliminary talks on the planet Vaset III and appoints Kor as head of her personal security. Still on leave, Spock copes with Michael's absence and considers his path forward without her. Pike asks for his help with the peace mission, though Spock questions his own presence at such an historic event. L'Rell asks Spock for a private conversation, seeking logical input on dealing with her internal enemies. However, some of those enemies, calling themselves the Shadows of Kahless, strike quickly, seizing control of her flagship and bombing the conference. They intend to return L'Rell to QonoS for a public execution. Spock evades capture long enough to rescue L'Rell, who remotely takes back control of her ship and crashes it into the planet's surface, eliminating at least some of her enemies. She abandons the peace conference, instead returning home to root out the rest of her enemies. Spock realizes that his place is indeed aboard the Enterprise and returns to duty.


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Review: The Maquis

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The Maquis The Maquis by R.A. Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of those stories that I could see being adapted to a DS9 episode. Bashir takes some well deserved R&R to Risa (the number of days he takes off seems ridiculously low, but whatever), but he gets abducted by the Maquis because they need a doctor. Of course, this isn't the real reason, one Maquis is trying to get her relative back from the Cardassians, and the Cardassian wants "plain simple Garak". Through some hostage arbitrage, via Bashir, this happens. This story takes place just after Voyager disappears into the badlands.
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Review: Star Trek Deep Space Nine - Worf Special #0 : Bonds of Honor

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Star Trek Deep Space Nine - Worf Special #0 : Bonds of Honor Star Trek Deep Space Nine - Worf Special #0 : Bonds of Honor by Dan Mishkin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not a bad main story: Worf has been accused of sabotage on Starbase 113. Sisko is instructed by Admiral Nechayev that Worf must be arrested immediately upon his return to the station. Instead of returning directly, Worf follows another vessel, the one that left immediately before him. He trails it to a Klingon ship and, with help, confronts the commander of the ship and turns the tables. These Klingons have no honor ;-) The second mini-story was Worf in the holodeck in a wild west simulation given to him by Alexander. Kira and the gang try to figure out what's so special about the wild west.

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