- Gemworld, Book Two of Two
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I know Reg is a bit eccentric, but this is beyond the pale even for him. At the same time, the predictable betrayal evolves as Elayasian Jeptah Tangre Bertoran stages an ill-advised takeover of the Enterprise and attempts to derail the crew's plan to switch off the shell. While there are some fun scenes of Geordi and his gang of engineers attempting to take back control of the ship, the plot failed to gain the traction it should have.
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Indeed, the eventual "pay-off" if you can call it that between Melora and Tangre was so casual that it only succeeded in doing both characters a disservice. This also leads me to Melora's divided loyalties: she spends half of the book secretly plotting against her colleagues fine, I can live with that This really didn't sit right with me. And finally we have the story's resolution. Sadly, this was a mess, and obviously sacrificed in favor of exploring Gemworld's weird and wonderful inhabitants. I can get on board with the Lipuls traveling across dimensions in their "dream ships" - and I actually quite enjoy the explanation for why Gemworld is so diverse - but the whole "dark entity" story was so vague, poorly written and badly executed that it totally undermines both books' underlying plot.
The resolution between Troi and the entity is laughable and only serves to make a joke out of Picard's desperate attempts to collect all six crystalline shards over the past two books. A bad, bad ending, and very disappointing after so much wonderful material preceded it.
Unbelievably perfunctory. Almost to the point of being a throwaway footnote.
Enjoyable to an extent, but then he just seems to disappear, almost as if the author gets bored with him. The entity?
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The possessed Lipul engineer? Why was Picard so convinced that rebooting the shell would close the rift? What happened to the runaway dark matter collection story? With so many problems especially in the final 2 or 3 chapters , this should deserve a two star rating at best. However that would overlook Vornholt's wonderful world-building work that occupies the first two thirds of this book, so I'm tossing in an extra star for that. Dec 23, Marcello Tarot rated it it was ok Shelves: star-trek , narrativa.
Ci sono rimasto malissimo quando — giunto alla fine del libro — ho avuto la conferma che il colpevole era invece proprio quello che pensavo!
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Per concludere, consiglio il libro a chi vuole leggere qualcosa di diverso e che esuli dai canoni Trek cui siamo abituati, volendosi gustare qualcosa di fantasy e una punta di horror. Lo sconsiglio a tutti gli altri e in particolar modo ai divoratori di gialli!! Feb 26, Maurice Jr.
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Time is running out for Gemworld. In a matter of days, the shell surrounding their world will kill them with a lethal burst of thoron radiation. Melora Pazlar continues to guide an away team from the Enterprise Picard, Barclay and a recovering Counselor Troi around the planet to find the remaining Senior Engineers from the six races that live on Gemworld.
They have to find the Alpusta, the Yiltern and a race they had yet to see, the Frill. And they had to find where the deceased Elaysian Se Time is running out for Gemworld. The Frill are sentient three-meter-long moray eel-looking creatures with razor-sharp teeth and a taste for flesh.
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Picard and company meet them at Zuka Juno's funeral. With limited meat available on Gemworld, the other races feed their dead and sometimes their criminals to the Frill. After the funeral feast consisting of Juno and the dead Alpusta from the failed mission to reprogram the shell , the away team notices a human being among a group of Frill apparently being served up for dessert.
Picard successfully negotiates for the man's release to them and gets their engineer to give up his key. Keefe Nordine is an adventure seeker who became stranded on Gemworld after his similarly thrill seeking friends were killed by the Frill he impressed them enough for them to let him live. He becomes valuable to the away team- with him, there are now two guides, which means they can split into two teams.
Transporters don't work on Gemworld, which means time is of the essence. Troi recovers from her encounter with the rift and leads one of the teams Picard leads the other. Between the two teams, they chase down the other jewel keys. Unfortunately, Elaysian leader Tangre Bertoran has no plans to go through with the agreed upon solution: shut down the shell their Sacred Protector , power the planet using the Enterprise to keep the planet in one piece, turn the shell back on and reboot.
He engineers a coup, seizes the Enterprise and steals a bank of phasers to try and destroy the rift. Geordi LaForge and some of his engineers retake the ship, but the damage is done. The rest of the book is a frantic race to undo the damage and find a way to stop the deadly flow of thoron radiation. I enjoyed the book, and the ending made good sense. This was a good story-I hope we see more of Lt. Pazlar in future books, particularly given the romance between her and Barclay. Nov 12, Jimyanni rated it it was ok Shelves: star-trek. Even given that it eventually admits that they are not truly native to the planet, I would expect them, over the millennia that they have inhabited the planet, to have diverged more from the human norm than they have.
The book also features Reg Barklay prominently, which I consider a bug rather than a feature; i "This is a well-written book based an the moderately interesting but completely implausible concept of a world without gravity that nonetheless has a "native" species that is humanoid.
The book also features Reg Barklay prominently, which I consider a bug rather than a feature; if you LIKE the character of Barkley, you might consider this a four-star review, although even then I'm not so sure. And as a final drawback, it is a "continued next time" story, which I've always hated.
Again, if you don't share my dislike of books that "end" in mid-story and require us to buy another book to see the end of the story, take my rating with a grain of salt. But what was particularly distressing is that the conclusion to this story was even less satisfying than the non-conclusion at the end of book one; the plot twists were predictable, the villains obvious, and the solution to the problem a deus ex machina or more accurately, a deus ex Betazoid. So I can't even say that it was well-written anymore. I expect better of John Vornholt.
Nov 03, Robert rated it really liked it. Since Vornholt left several mysteries at the end of Book One that drew the reader to pick up Book Two rather quickly, one would think that Book Two would have a smooth beginning and that the two volumes would flow from one to the other.
Sadly, it did not flow so well. Perhaps it was the editor's fault for wanting a reader who picked up Book Two without having read Book One to be able to enter the story mid-way with a minimum of fuss. Too bad. I would have preferred just one more re-write of at l Since Vornholt left several mysteries at the end of Book One that drew the reader to pick up Book Two rather quickly, one would think that Book Two would have a smooth beginning and that the two volumes would flow from one to the other.
I would have preferred just one more re-write of at least the first section of Chapter 1.
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The other four were from the other dimension. The malevolent being wants vengeance on the culprits who transported the four sentient races to their new home. In the best Star Trek fashion, things get worked out. Where is Federation law on murder, even if it is manslaughter? Still, there is a Star Trek kind of satisfaction when one reaches the end of the book.
The story fits into the tone and style of the hundreds of Star Trek stories. Four stars is fair, or 3. Jun 21, K rated it liked it Shelves: star-trek , the-next-generation.