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Book Title: Ghost Ship|
The size of the: 19.83 MB
Edition: Titan Books Ltd
Date of issue: June 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9781852860677
The author of the book: Diane Carey
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books Ghost Ship:(Cross-posted to my blog, Android Dreamer.)
A consistent problem in bigger franchises such as Star Trek in which tie-in media is released almost simultaneously with the primary media is that who a character really turns out to be is a bit fuzzy. Generally, a writer of a novel such as this has very little to go on aside from rough preliminary outlines and early scripts. Keeping this in mind, I went into reading Ghost Ship reading kid's gloves.
Being the first novel in the Star Trek: The Next Generation series, there are serious issues when it comes to character. LaForge is depicted as whiny, Picard as overly grumpy, and worst of all, Commander Riker is shown to be an idiot with racist feelings towards Data, even going so far as to yell at him for trying to be more human. Poor characterization is a really major problem of the novel. Carey does manage to get a good handle on Data, Troi, Worf, and to some extent, Yar, but of these four, only Data and Troi have prominent roles. Worf and Yar essentially do nothing aside from provide a few lines of explanation here and there. All totaled, they both have a dozen or so lines.
The story, set during the first season of the show shortly after Wesley Crusher is made an ensign, is the strongest point of the novel. Early on it is at least as good, if not better, than the higher points of the first season. The Enterprise is haunted by the life-essences of a Soviet crew whose aircraft carrier was destroyed by a mysterious creature in 1995. The crew is tasked with trying to communicate with the creature to prevent it from draining the energy of the ship and leaving the crew and residents of the Enterprise to a similar fate. It is interesting to note that the history has proven to be incorrect: this book was written in 1987 when there didn't appear to be any reason to think the Soviet Union would collapse any time soon, but it ended up ceasing to exist in 1991. This is not the only instance of this unforeseeable error being made in Star Trek, but it is still interesting.
By about the halfway point, the plotting loses a lot of steam. It starts out well, but it feels like toward the middle the writer is padding heavily; it seems like a story that could have made a good 45 minute episode, but didn't stretch out well into a novel. Overall, despite minor positives, this a really forgettable story. All Star Trek media is considered non-canon officially, but even if that weren't the case, this novel would have had to be written out, because these really aren't the characters from the show. Worth passing up.
Read information about the authorDiane Carey also wrote the Distress Call 911 young adult series under the name D.L. Carey.
Diane Carey is primarily a science fiction author best known for her work in the Star Trek franchise. She has been the lead-off writer for two Star Trek spin-off book series: Star Trek The Next Generation with Star Trek: Ghost Ship, and the novelization of the Star Trek: Enterprise pilot, Broken Bow.
For more information, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Carey
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