Monday, 14 September 2009

Bookend (the one on the left)

Hello, and welcome to another entry from the book-type ingredients. I'm not doing very well at reading this year, what with one thing and another. In fact, up until a month or so ago, I'd only managed to read two books: Star Trek Destiny: Lost Souls, and Making Money (see the last Book-themed post). Oh, I am also quite a long way through Bone - I know I started it ages ago, but it's a very long graphic novel, what with being the collected works etc, and I find that I have to be in the mood to read it. It is very engaging, though.

Anyway, back to the update. I've got through five books in the last month. Pretty good going for someones with less and less spare time. They are, as follows:

Star Trek Vanguard: Open Secrets, by Dayton Ward.

It follows on from Reap The Whirlwind, by David Mack, which I have just realised hasn't been a part of my Book posts. That means that last year I must have read 23 books, not 22!

It continues the tale of Starbase 47 and the discoveries within the Taurus Reach. Even though that looks like the Enterprise ("N-C-C 1-7-0-1. No bloody A, B, C, or D.") on the cover, it is actually the USS Endeavour (NCC 1895) defending the starbase from a Klingon attack.

Star Trek Destiny: Lost Souls, by David Mack; Star Trek: A Singular Destiny, by Keith R A DeCandido; and Star Trek Titan: Over A Torrent Sea, by Christopher L Bennett.

Lost souls is the final book of the Destiny series - The one I was really looking forward to at the end of last year. The other two are set after the events of Destiny and feature the United Federation of Planets getting to grips with the devastation wreaked by the Borg, and the continuing exploration of the galaxy.

Star Trek: Countdown, by Tim Jones, Mike Johnson, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman with art by David Messina.

This is a graphic novel collecting the four prequel comics to Star Trek. Not a required read before you see the film, but it does give more information on why Nero is so intent on destroying the Federation. Plus, the Next Generation Crew feature to some extent.

Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding.

Need I say more? Actually, this is the first time I've read the book since seeing the film years ago. For a while, as I read it, I kept imagining Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth as the characters in their respective roles, but, thank gods, they were soon replaced by the original characters I imagined when I first read this book!

And that's it for now. I'll probably do the bookend on the right at the end of the year.


  1. I was so excited there I almost had an accident .

    Which Star Trek book series is the best for the borg
    I flippin love the borg
    I want to be one
    ***sticks colander on head and food mixer up sleeve and runs about shouting RESISTANCE IS FUTILE ***

  2. Ah, BEAST, that would be the Destiny series. Within its three hallowed tomes, one discovers the beginnings of the Borg, colanders, foodmixers and all!


  3. Not that the Star Trek novels are canon or anything.

    In other matters, I read the first two issues of Star Trek: Nero yesterday - it's a new comic series that fills in the gap between the destruction of the Kelvin and Spock's arrival in 2258. Very good stuff, and a lot of it is based on deleted scenes from the movie.

  4. You've certainly read a lot of books! The only non work related book I've read this year (and am still reading) is an art book. It has pretty pictures as well as discussions on the various art media and some info on some great (and some less famous) artists.

    So, do the Destiny books mention V'ger and a possible connection to the Borg? I bet they say the Roomba is really the ancestor of the Borg!

  5. What stinks in here?


    *looks up and sees Beast's soiled pants*

  6. ***flings soiled pants at MJ***

  7. Tim: Based on deleted scenes it may have been, but that doesn't make it canon!

    Eros: Aaaaaahhhhh! Autonomous vacuum cleaner Borg!

    MJ: I bet you wished you never looked up now?

    BEAST: Good shot!

  8. That sure is a lot of Star Trek!

    I am absolute rubbish at reading this year. I'm so behind on my book challenge that I fear I won't make it.

    The Showgirl Princess by Kylie may be dragged out of the kids section as filler.


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