Saturday, December 29, 2007

Crucible: Kirk

by David R. George III

This is the third novel of the Crucible trilogy; the shortest and the most straightforward. For me, it was also the least enjoyable. Which is not to say that it's a horrible book. As far as Star Trek books go, it's quite all right. The main sin of this book was that it tried to follow the format of the trilogy and have the protagonist--Captain Kirk, in this case--come to terms with his life and especially, the events of the episode "City on the Edge of Forever". The problem is, unlike Spock and McCoy, who live to a ripe old age, James T. Kirk dies a heroic death. How can he confront the demons of his past after he dies? Unless, of course, there's some twist added to his death to make it quite not so fatal. Well, you get the idea. It's a story that, in one sense, shouldn't have been created, much less told. On the other hand, I did really enjoy the end, which made up for it just a little bit.

Waiting room material, of course.
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