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Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B004T4KRFQ
- Publisher : Pocket Books/Star Trek (29 November 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1481 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 418 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 309,617 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although I had come away and gone back to the book a few times with the first act, I spent much of my afternoon reading the second and third act. (The first act wasn’t bad, that was good too, there were just other things I have been doing.)
Needless to say even with minimal knowledge of Star Trek, it like its predecessor, The Sorrows of Empire, can be enjoyed on its own merits.
There's a hint towards the mirror universe Dominion at the end of the book, so I'm hoping the sequel will be better.
Comme quoi on peu faire du Star Trek punchy et plein d'action sans rendre la franchise ridicule...
The complexities of the mirror universe become even more confusing in this novel that finally gives a lot of answers. In a very real way David Mack closes the long mirror-universe-storyline (always keeping in mind that ST-storylines never truly die).
A good read that needs the books before to be fully enjoyed.
David Mack is an excellent author, and his writing style is probably the reason why I bumped up the rating one star. However, I personally think his comfort zone is writing stories in situations he has the largest contributions in; such as the aforementioned S31, and not in one he just participates; such as MU. I imagine that the MU is fun to write in, since it's NEARLY a clean slate to do whatever you want with it, but there seemed to be no restraint in RLL.
With the exception of a few characters, almost none of the actions taken really mattered due to the near omniscience of Memory Omega. Their technology is awesome, but quite unbelievable; even in the ST universe. It's not even explained how MO came about their level of gadgets in this book... it's quickly glossed over in S31:D by stating they got it from other dimensions, which is a cop-out IMHO. Also, while the MU is a different dimension, it's still a 'near universe', which is why recognizable people are in roughly the same place at the same time. Considering that, it's jarring to see Vulcans suddenly able to perform extreme telepathic feats on par with comic book characters. They've always had parapsychological abilities, but nowhere near the level depicted here.
There were a few small nitpicks that irked me as well: on several occasions hand weapons were referred to as "blasters." Every weapon in Trek is either a phaser or disruptor; blaster is a Star Wars term (that's pretty eye-rolling, I know, but it's true). There were several spelling/grammar errors throughout the book, which often ruined the pace of the scene for me. While somewhat common in the MU, I just couldn't picture some of the characters in their roles; namely Keiko and Neelix. Since I haven't read the MU books that preceded this one, the character Calhoun was new to me. Perhaps that's the reason why I thought Calhoun, and his telepathic link to a person physically connected to his ship, to be out of place, and more than a little ridiculous. Finally, the conclusion of the book took place at least four chapters before the book actually ended. While there were a few nice moments in those last few chapters, they were entirely unnecessary for an already overly-long novel.
Looking at the rating and comparing it to the review appears to be a bit inconsistent, but if you've read other books in the Mirror Universe series, I'd recommend picking this one up as well. It's gritty, provides decent character arcs for a few people, and introduces some incredible technology/locales. I felt it could've been edited more, and not lose anything important, but it was often difficult to put down, which is obviously a good thing. It was more enjoyable than S31: Disavowed IMO, and a fine conclusion to a series I didn't even read.