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Today is Star Trek Day! We Bring You a Video Review of Shatner’s Memoir “Memories”

Kim told me that today is Star Trek Day!  I had to be honest that I had to look up what exactly that was.  So you are also most likely asking, “What is Star Trek Day?”

Answer: On September 8th, CBS All Access is holding an all-day streaming event to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the premiere of the original Star Trek television show.  https://www.startrek.com

So today is the perfect day for Kim’s video review of William Shatner’s memoir Memories:

Memories
Author: William Shatner
Published: April 21, 2009
320 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

A living pop culture legend and one of American film and television’s most enduring stars, William Shatner will forever be associated with the role of James T. Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise. Star Trek Memories is Shatner’s classic behind-the-scenes look at the legendary series that continues to put forth movies, books, and series spin-offs decades after the last episode aired. A television phenomenon that suffered from shaky ratings from its first broadcast in 1966 through its entire run, Star Trek nevertheless exploded into a worldwide, billion-dollar industry. Avid Trekkers who were onboard at the launch, as well as fans of the later Trek incarnations, will be delighted with this eye-opening, eminently fascinating “captain’s log” from James Kirk himself.

Kim’s Video Review:

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Star Trek: The Klingon Gambit by Robert E. Vardeman

Star Trek: The Klingon Gambit
Author: Robert E. Vardeman

Published: January 2, 1990
158 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

The Klingons are hungry for war… their target: The Enterprise!

When Captain Kirk and his crew are ordered to Alnath II to challenge the deadliest Klingon starship Terror, they’re ready for anything–or so they think. But the defenseless Vulcan crew of a Federation science ship has been wiped out. The remaining members of the Alnath II mission have discovered a fabulous ancient city–but their report doesn’t make sense. The Klingon battle cruiser has the Enterprise in its sights, and is ready to destroy it.

But Captain Kirk can’t seem to make decisions. Spock has started to throw temper tantrums. And Chekov has disobeyed vital orders. The crew of the Enterprise are losing their minds… one by one… all victims of the Klingon gambit.

Kim’s Review:

This is a small book and more like a regular Star Trek episode than any I’ve read so far. It was simple and straightforward, but detailed enough to add a little oomph! While the action and story were classic Star Trek, it was nice seeing inside the minds and thinking of the characters. I never really thought to compare Kirk and Chekov while watching, but it’s true that Chekov always has the passion that Kirk is so known for. Chekov is definitely the more impetuous, but I liked seeing the similarities. Plus, Spock showing some intense emotion is always a fascinating ride!! Overall, I liked this book and it fit in well with the franchise! Definitely not one for anybody who has never watched Star Trek, but Trekkies would definitely enjoy it!

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Section 31: Rogue

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Section 31: Rogue
Authors:
Andy Mangels
Michael A. Martin
Published: June 2001
360 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

They are the self-appointed protectors of the Federation. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group committed to safeguarding the Federation at any cost. Six months before their ultimate battle against the Borg for the fate of Earth, Captain Jean-Luc Piccard and the crew of the “USS Enterprise”™ face a very different kind of crisis. A world in turmoil becomes the focal point of conspiracies and betrayal as an unexpected reunion brings with it startling revelations. Old friends become bitter enemies and one young officer reaches a crossroad when he’s forced to choose between the greater good of the Federation and the ideals for which it stands.

NO LAW.
NO CONSCIENCE.
NO STOPPING THEM.

Kim’s Review:

While I really enjoyed the first book in the Section 31 series, this book was a bit of a dud. As much as I love the TNG crew, I sludged through this book. To be honest, I can’t really say I remember much of what happened. I did go back and re-watched a couple of episodes of TNG to make sure I had all the groundwork. I just couldn’t really get into the story. It all just felt a little forced. It’s so sad, but I don’t think I could give any details from the story. I know there were Romulans and I learned a little more about Lt. Hawk before First Contact … but other than that, not much else. I remember kinda enjoying it while I read, but nothing stuck with me.

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