Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
So we find ourselves again asking the same question as last time: will the Enterprise get to the planet so the real action can start? You CAN mix action with character development but so far it’s been all character moments and not much else. Meanwhile, we have a potential run-in with Klingons that I hope will be more than an a one-chapter space fight. Well, only one way to find out. Time to read the next chapter.
It’s been years since I originally read this book but I forgot a lot more than I realized. I’m getting ahead of myself, though. The chapter starts with a performance by the vaudeville company. Most of the performances are glazed over, but the focus is Lindy’s magic act, which Spock unknowingly heckled trying to figure out how she does her trick. This causes Spock to get drawn into the show and talked down by Lindy, who sets him straight with how magic works and how schtick works. It’s actually a fun scene but finally we get something happening in this story.
Namely the Enterprise being pulled out of warp when an alien ship accidentally crosses their path. It’s hard to describe the ship or the aliens within the confines of this article, but suffice it to say “alien” is a more descriptive term than usual thanks to how they look, how they communicate, and the nature of their ship (having what appears to be an ecosystem). It’s probably the most interesting first contact ever, and I wouldn’t mind seeing someone try to adapt it even though seeing the aliens and the ship in your mind’s eye may be more fascinating that whatever Hollywood (read J.J. Abrams) would come up with. Naturally, this is when Koronin finally returns to the story and she’s going to be trouble. The story ends with the worldship sending some guests back to the Enterprise. I wonder how Koronin is going to respond to that.
This was a better chapter. As I said, you can mix action, character moments, and discussions like the debate Spock and McCoy have…debates, actually…together into a story. This may be the best chapter thus far. Hopefully the momentum continues in the final two chapters and epilogue to come. We will see what happens in our next installment.