Star Trek and books: A Valentine’s Blog Hop

blog-hop-tag-3001Well, it’s that time of year again: the stores are full of chocolates, red and pink decorations abound, and if you’re not careful, Cupid might get you with his trusty bow and arrow.  That’s right, Valentine’s Day approacheth!  Joleene Naylor, one of the wonderful members of the Ink Slingers League, is hosting a little blog hop celebrating the loveliest of holidays and the loveliest of pastimes, reading!  Here, then, be my entry for the I ♥ Books Blog Hop! 🙂

Valentine’s Day is not the only special February day in the Kauffman house.  February 10 is a pretty special day, too.  February 10 is the anniversary of my first date with Seymour an unbelievable five years ago.  And February 16 is his birthday, so that’s another special day.  I can hear you all now: What the heck does your first date have to do with Star Trek and Valentine’s Day, let alone books?  Well, if you know us, or if you’ve been reading my rambling scribblings here for long enough, you’ll know that it was Star Trek that brought Seymour and me together (among other things, like small-town curiosity (okay, fine, small-town nosiness)).

On our first date at the local pizza place, we ran into my kindergarten teacher, who stopped to chat for a moment and asked if we were out for Valentine’s.  We said no, and I’m pretty sure my face turned an impressive shade of red as I stammered the word, because I was far too embarrassed to admit that we had never met prior to our date (blind dates – ya gotta love ’em).  I was also embarrassed because in our town at that time, admitting that you had met someone online was akin to having met them at a bar – it just wasn’t done.  Thank goodness that stigma is fading. 🙂

Anyway, Star Trek.  Love it.  Can’t get enough of it.  And Seymour didn’t believe me!  So I did what anyone would do: I quoted it to him.  Then I told him who said the line, who the character was talking to, what episode the line came from, what happened immediately before and after the line, and threw in some other random trivia to boot.

Seymour promptly asked for a second date.  We were married about eighteen months later.

thhBut it’s not just the shows and the movies we love (well, except for that last one…don’t get me started on the reboot…), it’s the books, too.  My favorite of all the series is Voyager, so naturally, those were the books that I gravitated toward.  They have pride of place on my bookshelf – they actually rated a higher shelf than my Jane Austen novels.  Every time I went into Waldenbooks as a teenager, I made a beeline for the sci-fi section to see if they had any new Voyager books in.  Sometimes they did, and sometimes they didn’t.  They were always hidden amongst the plethora of other Star Trek books available, and those were always drowning in Star Wars books, it seemed, especially after the second movie trilogy came out.

So, which are my favorites?  There are three that come immediately to mind (and I’m going to list them in no particular order).  One of them is a Captain Proton book whose exact title I forget, but I loved the Captain Proton episodes, so that one is an automatic favorite.  The second one is called The Hologram’s Handbook.  Written by the Doctor, who was one of my favorite characters, it is a hilarious look at life as a hologram in a world full of “organics.”

pathwaysThe third, and I think the one I’ve read most often, is called Pathways.  Written by Jeri Taylor, one of the co-creators of Star Trek: Voyager, the book tells the backstories of the members of Captain Janeway’s crew and is one of my favorite books ever.  As a matter of fact, I think of it often, especially lately with all the talk of the e-book revolution and whether or not the printed book will go the way of the dinosaurs.  If you’ve not read any of these books, I strongly recommend that you do. They are wonderful stories all.  In fact, there are many wonderful Star Trek novels available to take you where no man has gone before.  If you need a vacation, why not try outer space?

And now for the hop!  To visit all the other wonderful blogs taking part in this fun little blog hop, just click on that happy little guy below.  He’ll take you to the list of participating blogs.  Have a hoppy day! 🙂

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15 thoughts on “Star Trek and books: A Valentine’s Blog Hop

    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I miss the Voyager crew.
      So do I! So much. We watched “Endgame” this weekend at my kids’ request. Despite the fact that it’s the series finale, it’s their favorite episode.

      As for J.J. Abrams, I really don’t like the direction he’s taking things. I was irate when he blew up Vulcan and didn’t fix it. I was okay until the movie was over. I kept waiting for something to happen at the end, like in “Year of Hell” where Captain Janeway crashes into Annorax’s ship to reset the timeline, but it never did. I’d been avoiding the spoilers before I saw the movie, so I didn’t know what to expect at all.

      I thought the actors did a wonderful job, especially Chris Pine and Karl Urban. I could tell Chris Pine had done his homework – he had Shatner’s mannerisms down perfectly. And he and Urban really played well off each other; they were a joy to watch together.

      In the end, I felt it was an okay movie for what it was, but I didn’t feel that it was true to what the original Star Trek was. I guess if J.J. Abrams is trying to create his own thing, that’s cool, but I almost think he should just call it something else. It almost feels like a fanfiction to me – it’s set in the same universe and it uses the same characters, but it’s not really canon.

      Holy cow, my comment is practically a whole new post. 🙂 What do you think? Do you like the direction he’s going? And why (or why not)?

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      • rob1701 says:

        I totally agree with everything you said. On the one side it is great that Star Trek is getting the recognition that is deserves (especially at the box office) but personally I feel J.J. sold us original fans out. Leaning too far on overused Hollywood action sequences and playing too much with canon. I must be honest, I am also a big Star Wars fan and VERY scared where his vision will take it.

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        • Kay Kauffman says:

          I agree. Where violence was usually a last resort in canon, it seemed to be a first resort in the reboot, and I didn’t like that at all. My husband absolutely despised the Spock-Uhura storyline. I’m interested in seeing the new movie, and I think if I can look at it as something outside of canon then I can enjoy it, but I think that’ll be the only way. Are you going to see the new movie?

          As for Star Wars, I know exactly what you mean. I’m not a big fan, but my husband and my kids are, so I worry for their sakes. I guess all we can do is hope that he won’t do to Star Wars what he’s done to every other long-established franchise that he’s tried to reboot. *sigh*

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          • Kay Kauffman says:

            I think probably Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. I’ve only seen the first six movies one time each and I haven’t seen any of the TNG ones at all yet. But as soon as I finish my TNG rewatch, they’re next in line. 🙂 What’s your favorite?

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          • rob1701 says:

            The Voyage Home, The Undiscovered Country and the entire TNG catalogue. I was in High School when the TNG movies were screened, so I have fond memories.

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          • Kay Kauffman says:

            I was in high school when Insurrection and Nemesis came out, but I didn’t get to see either of them at the time. My husband and I have been rewatching everything, which has been lots of fun, and I can’t wait to finish the movies. We’ve finished TOS and DS9, plus the first six movies. We only have the second have of season 7 of TNG left to watch before we can finish watching the movies, and then it’ll be onto Voyager and Enterprise. Yay! 😀

            I’m really excited for the Voyager rewatch. I really miss that show.

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  1. ktelega says:

    I enjoyed the Star Trek shows and movies, but I admit that I haven’t read any of the books. Might be time to reconsider. Glad I stopped by on the blog hop.

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I haven’t read any of the books besides the Voyager ones, but I really enjoyed those, so I have to believe the others are good as well. Give ’em a try! If you liked the shows, I’m sure you’ll like the books.

      Thanks for stopping by! 😀

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  2. Joleene Naylor says:

    I’ve never read the Star trek books (well, the fiction ones), but my Dad has quite a collection – we were raised as Trekkies on the OS and the NG 😉 Seeing valentines and Star Trek together in the same post is an awesome experience!

    Thanks so much for joining the hop!

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      We’re doing the same with our kids, only we’re raising them on all of it because we have everything – all the series, all the movies, the whole shebang. The books I’ve read are great and, after I wrote this post, I added all the ones I’ve got to my TBR list. I want to reread them all again now! 🙂 They’re like old friends, always waiting. It’s like Fry said on the Futurama episode “Where No Fan Has Gone Before,” “…when I didn’t have any friends, it always made me feel like maybe I did.” I love how this show has brought so many people together in so many ways. 🙂

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      They’re really good! Voyager was the best show. I know a lot of people hated it, but I loved it. It was what really got me interested in Star Trek (for some reason, my mom wouldn’t let me stay up and watch TNG with her – something about bedtime and my needing sleep or some nonsense like that :D). And the books are just as good as the show. I’ve got a couple of TNG books to read, too, but I haven’t made the time to get through them yet.

      Yet. 😀

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