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Old 02-26-2008, 04:42 AM
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Go back and try to get the original Bantam novels from the 1970s...

Outside of the Phoenix books (sorry, the S&M twins were not my fave authors) most are quite good.

Keep an eye out for David Gerrold's "The Galactic Whirlpool" particularly.
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Old 02-26-2008, 05:28 AM
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Hi everyone!

I'd like to start reading Star Trek books. Having never read any before, it is confusing to try and figure out where to start. Most novels that I've seen are in a large series and they say "book 14 of 26" or something. Can anyone recommend a starting novel to someone who has never read a Star Trek book before? I'd prefer to stay in the TOS-era.

Thanks!

The first book I'd recommend is Covenant of the Crown. by Howard Weinstein
It's about Mc Coy and I recall it was a book that stood out more than most.
But if you want to read a GREAT BOOK...

Dreams of the Ravens by Carmen Carter....GREAT ACTION GREAT SUSPENSE.
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Go back and try to get the original Bantam novels from the 1970s...

Outside of the Phoenix books (sorry, the S&M twins were not my fave authors) most are quite good.

Keep an eye out for David Gerrold's "The Galactic Whirlpool" particularly.

I can't agree that Galactic Whirlpool is a good book to pic up unless you're just hard core. it's difficult to get into and from what I can remember I don't think it was very true to the Trek Characters...I'm not saying it did usual things by
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Old 02-26-2008, 06:34 AM
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I would strongly recommend the 40th anniversary "Crucible" trilogy by David R. George - McCoy: Provenance of Shadows, Spock: The Fire and the Rose, and Kirk: The Star to Every Wandering. They were designed to be enjoyed as a standalone trilogy, with no continuity with any preceding novels and so was based on information from the series and movies only.
Oh my goodness, yes! I have only read Spock's book, but it was AMAZING! I would definitely second this recommendation.

Also, Any of the books by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz. Vulcan's Forge, the Vulcan's Soul trilogy (which is pretty easy to find) and one or two others. Their books are excellent and they really have a feel for the characters and so the characters felt right to me.

And then of course, there are Shatner's books. I have read the latest one (Captain's Glory) which was excellent, and so I picked up several more that I found. I was really very pleasantly surprised at how good Captain's Glory was--obviously he knows the characters, so they are perfect. Kirk is pretty much the central character, but that's okay because he's awesome, and because we're getting it from him.

That's my two cents. Hope you enjoy the hunt and make some good finds.
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Old 02-26-2008, 07:45 PM
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I have yet to jump on those books.
I'll jump on them next time I see them.
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Has anyone read the very first novel "Star Trek 1"? I just bought it from eBay. Is it good?
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Old 03-09-2008, 12:10 PM
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I don't remember...it was when I was 6 years old I read those novels...
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The episode "novels" are neat, but some have added stuff to "pad them out"
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I'd like to get my hands on those--I'm reading he novel based on the screenplay for movie V right now, and it's actually very good.

It's amazing how knowing the history behind the characters and knowing what they're thinking at all times can make you understand the story better.

Don't get me wrong, I like the movie, but I feel more like there's a point to everything now (looking at the story in book form). I feel like there's more of a point to Sybok now.
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Go back and try to get the original Bantam novels from the 1970s...

Outside of the Phoenix books (sorry, the S&M twins were not my fave authors) most are quite good.

Keep an eye out for David Gerrold's "The Galactic Whirlpool" particularly.
When I think about the fact I donated all those Bantam books to the library when I started middle school, I want to pluck out my eyelashes. (Don't even get me started about the dolls!)

Imzadi was good for a little back story on Riker & Troi.
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Ouch...I still have ImazadiI learn nothing by Peter DAvid ever leaves the house.
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