Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Star Trek #13: The Wounded Sky
by Diane Duane


An alien scientist invents the Intergalactic Inversion Drive, an engine system that transcends warp drive, and the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM will be the first to test it! The Klingons attempt to thwart the test, but a greater danger looms when strange symptoms surface among the crew, and time becomes meaningless. 

Captain Kirk and his friends must repair the fabric of the Universe before time is lost forever. 

Well - how many times have I read this one?  Diane Duane does Trek RIGHT - a good story, a great take on Trek, with interesting details about life on the Enterprise, and wonderful characters like Harb Tanzer.... I'm sure I'll come back to it again....

Star Wars: Millennium Falcon,by James Luceno


Two years have passed since Jacen Solo, seduced by the dark side and reanointed as the brutal Sith Lord Darth Caedus, died at the hands of his twin sister, Jaina, Sword of the Jedi. For a grieving Han and Leia, the shadow of their son’s tragic downfall still looms large. But Jacen’s own bright and loving daughter, Allana, offers a ray of hope for the future as she thrives in her grandparents’ care. And when the eager, inquisitive girl, in whom the Force grows ever stronger, makes a curious discovery aboard her grandfather’s beloved spacecraft–the much-overhauled but ever-dependable Millennium Falcon–the Solo family finds itself at a new turning point, about to set out on an odyssey into uncertain territory, untold adventure, and unexpected rewards.
To Han, who knows every bolt, weld, and sensor of the Falcon as if they were parts of himself, the strange device Allana shows him is utterly alien. But its confounding presence–and Allana’s infectious desire to unravel its mystery–are impossible to dismiss. The only answer lies in backtracking into the past on a fact-finding expedition to retrace the people, places, and events in the checkered history of the vessel that’s done everything from making the Kessel Run “in less than twelve parsecs” to helping topple an evil empire.

Not bad  - a relief not to be in a huge sweep of multi-novel stories, nor in some huge dark family story like the last series.    But now... I'm in a Trek mood after being in A Klingon Christmas Carol....