Review: Star Trek 5,6,7,8,9,10 by James Blish (1972-1973)

This blog has been a serious challenge to me. It’s much easier to read than to write, and getting down a decent opinion is also a bit difficult.

Also, not all the material is that engrossing: let’s face it, most of the stuff is mill-pulp written, just to get stuff out with the Star Trek stamp on it. Especially the earliest material, and even more so, the first novelizations.

They’re not badly written, after Blish got the hang of it, it was fairly easy to him to just plow through all the scripts and write them down almost as he got them. There are sometimes a few interesting differences from the script to the final episode, but not enough to warrant reading through. I have tried to slave over them, and even though they are practically the definitive “episode scripts”, it’s too much effort and not sufficiently engaging than just rather turn on the tv and put the episode.

So I’m just going to bunch the whole rest of ┬áthem in this review.

As before, this are almost a straight forward novelization of the scripts sent to Blish. He does not “frame them” or add a bit of material like Alan Dean Foster does in the TAS novelizations. If you are a fan of the show, the whole suspense/thrill is broken as you know exactly what is going to happen in exactly what matter. It’s like reading a script play you already know quite well, it’s not very engaging.

These novels WERE in their time very successfull, even more than Blish’s original books, but that was because at the time many people had not seen the series, or was not broadcast where they were; also, there WAS a lot of thirst for ANY Star Trek material at the time. Upon the realization of the popularity of the series in syndication, and the success of these books that the novels were rushed to publication.

I’m not going to bother with any more detail of these books, especially on the immense amount of material I still have left to read and review. I would NOT recommend them for any fan, unless you are really interested in a specific episode and you’re left out of any other material.

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Comment by Jay Subscribed to comments via email
2013-06-17 04:51:49

I just want to thank you for doing these reviews. I’m even happier to see that this site is still up to date and going strong! I too am on a quest to read all the Star Trek novels. I saw that these Blish novelizations existed and I was not looking forward to them. It’s good to hear that they are utterly skippable. You have a new faithful reader of this blog and keep it up!

 
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