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This had been one of my favorites since I m a big fan of alternate universes, but okay, this is way overwrought WAY overwrought I enjoy a good drama fest, but wow WAY overwrought Did I mention it s overwrought It s overwrought And why didn t I ever see the glaring homoerotic subtext before I have lost my innocence Time travel Not just in the book, but I also time traveled reading it I have owned the German translation of this TOS novel for two decades, and I clearly remember it being one of my favourites It was interesting re reading it or rather, reading it in the original English for the first time , as it made it really obvious that even back then what drew me to Star Trek were the relationships, most notably the one between Kirk and Spock Because that s what this novel is about as the internet has informed me, it was actually quite notorious as being one of the slashiest pro novels Side note I find this rather amusing, considering that I had no notion that something like slash same sex fanfiction existed, being rather busy imagining myself as Spock s girlfriend g Even without this, I still enjoyed this book very much Some of the writing is a bit weak, tending towards drawn out exposition, and the plot is necessarily somewhat timey whimey, but I liked the characterisations and enjoyed the supporting cast Generally speaking, especially for a novel focusing so much on the two male protagonists and their relationship, the women we do see are treated well For example there s a nice scene with Chapel that, although short, manages to make her seem like a real person There s a somewhat superfluous pon farr sub plot and an overabundance of mind melds, but I can totally forgive that, and only wish we d have gotten time with the Kirk of the other timeline, since his incredibly angsty backstory is only hinted at Like, what the heck was up with that murder charge So yes, I consider the hours reading this well spent indeed. Second History A Romulan Time Tampering Project That Has Transported The Enterprise And The Galaxy Into An Alternate Dimension Of Reality Now, Kirk Is An Embittered Young Ensign And Spock Is A Beseiged Starship Commander Lured Into A Romulan Trap, Captain Spock And Ensign Kirk Must Free Themselves From Both Their Captors And Their Own Altered Selvesbefore The Galaxy Hurtles Toward Total Destruction there was some bad het nonsense in here that i didn t like very much but overall i liked it a lot This book was actually one of the best Star Trek books I have read so far About 20 or so The beginning was kind of corny, before the alternate universe takes over, but from then on it s a blast There s enough action to keep the story moving, with enough character interaction to keep me extremely happy.I enjoy a good Spock Kirk FRIENDSHIP story, and that s what this brought Although some might argue this could be viewed as slash, meaning homosexuality I don t view it that way The book was that of the bond of brothers through the screw ups of Romulans It was immensely personal and sweet between Kirk and Spock getting to know each other and feeling uncomfortable meaning to much to a stranger.I can understand why Roddenberry banned this book because it doesn t show Kirk as the hero he is, but I like a flawed hero, and all too often we don t get to see that flawed side of Kirk No character can be pristine and survive the public, and this proves it.If you can get your hands on a copy, DO IT It was the best decision in a Star Trek book I ve made thus far The review at the top that has censored in the title convinced me to buy it Please do, you won t be disappointed Posted from my account. Killing Time has a lot going for it, the choice to use temporal manipulation offers so much to the author but alas also means you have to find a way to reverse everything and in that respect it can be a disaster waiting to happen Events begin small as those on board the Enterprise experience strange dreams which get vivid until the dreams become the reality and life aboard Enterprise is the dream Kirk is back as a reluctant Ensign and serving aboard an Alliance starship under the command of Captain Spock When Spock is ordered to prepare for an invasion of Romulan space doubts are raised over the validity of the orders, further investigations indicates a subtle but growing in balance in the minds of many of the crew and soon it s clear that the whole galaxies population could be affected On the Romulan side of the border the Praetor is laying down plans to make use of Spock in an effort to change the course of the Empire but failure could mean a galactic war but as the madness spreads the worlds of the galaxy may not be around to suffer these consequences.Killing Time was an entertaining story, I like the call backs to the original series episodes and time manipulation is never boring It was also interesting to see humanity serving aboard Starships belonging to the Vulcan led Alliance and the idea that maybe humans were not that critical in creating a galactic superpower Jerry Richardson and S Parva were also welcome additions to the crew of the Enterprise ShiKahr. It s very intense, in terms of characterization, and it does best when it s exploring the Enterprise crew trying to figure out why their new parallel universe is insanely wrong But this is also a book that tends to hammer home its points both large and small with a sledgehammer The Kirk Spock relationship is extra intenseand I can see where the original, infamous pulped version of this novel was heading Frankly, it isn t necessaryand the author could have dialed back the emotional intensity without losing any of its power As for the Romulans, with the exception of one particular character, they certainly weren t as interesting as the human characters I m also disappointed that there wasn t exploration of what this new universe was like, and we re given only hints of the great expanse outside the walls of starships It s a fascinating, gripping storybut it s also far too high strung and exhausting for its own good. I was promised slashy subtext Well damn, I got it alright Even the injection of some compulsory heterosexuality could not erase the fact that the interactions between Spock and Kirk are the core of the novel The plot is enjoyable, not the most compelling scenario ever written but it works however, the characters are really what makes the book interesting and that includes the gallery of secondary characters Concerning the slash per se, it s obviously all subtext and it doesn t escape some of the tropes that could potentially make you cringe if you ve ever read some fan fictions with better writing, which I have there is that metaphorical mind meld scene well those who ve read it know what I m talking about But overall, I m glad I read it, since it s after all a quite iconic piece of fandom history. Having barely made a dent in the TOS tie in materials I only started watching the show a little over a year ago , I was drawn to read this book out of sequence by its reputation I was amused and intrigued by its almost urban legendary status as the Kirk Spock slash fiction story that actually got a brief publication run as an official tie in novel, so I made sure to get a hold of the PDF of the uncensored first edition.My verdict as to its aforementioned reputation yes, there is some significant homoerotic subtext there but, on the other hand, nothing much outrageous than you re going to find in some of the canonical material especially the movies , not to mention the near infamous passage fromStar Trek The Motion Picture A Novelwhich, in attempting to put the issue of the exact nature of Kirk and Spock s relationship to rest, actually added considerable fuel to that particular fire Van Hise s tongue in cheek claims that there s no truth to the rumours about this book s original content seem pretty unlikely after actually reading the first edition any time Spock attempts to mind meld with Kirk is played up as a pretty blatant metaphor, and there s even some vaguely unsettling stuff with Spock performing said action on a sleeping Kirk and then justifying his actions because his friend was practically asking for it I still can t decide if that s being subtly satirical of the K S slash following, or straightforwardly just plain creepy Or both But, ultimately, the novel ends on a rather sweet note between Kirk and Spock s alternate universe counterparts I won t give anything away, except to say that I think shippers who don t mind things staying just barely subtextual will like it a lot, but there s nothing so blatant as to detract from the enjoyment of fans who are happy to view the characters as just very good friends Either way, it s a surprisingly heartwarming conclusion to a novel with such a risque reputation attached to it.However, it s important to remember that, regardless of Van Hise s actual intentions with regards to Kirk Spock, Killing Time is first and foremost intended to be a Star Trek novel In that regard, I found it to be very much like other media tie ins I have read With very few exceptions, they are not particularly outstanding works of written fiction, and than a few are really dreadful, whether it be the poor quality of the prose or the failure to capture another creator s well known characters This novel is far from being one of the dreadful examples, but neither is it one of those rare outstanding ones Van Hise demonstrates a good understanding of the characters and their particular styles of dialogue, and whenever Kirk, Spock and McCoy are speaking you can or less hear the actors voices Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov and Chapel all play minor roles and are similarly well written I was happy to see Van Hise resist the temptation to render all of Chekov s dialogue in distracting phonetics, which some Star Trek authors do instead of trusting their readers to know what the character sounds like though she did lose points with me again for doing so with Scotty for some reason There s a nice use of if I m identifying the character correctly the guy who sits at the helm whenever Sulu or Chekov isn t there in Season 2 here called Richardson and identified as the swing shift relief for both Van Hise gives his personality some development and utilises him very cleverly as a significant character in the alternate universe sections of the book Having not seen all of the TOS episodes yet, I m not sure to what extent some other major characters were borrowed from one off guest appearances or created specifically for this novel, but they were all compelling enough that I m actually hoping a few of them do pop up somewhere along the way in the TV show Characterisation was definitely one of this novel s strengths and, while the prose was nothing special, it served its purpose well and moved the plot along without becoming bogged down in description, even if this resulted in a few phrases being repeated so often as to get oddly jarring.The plot Van Hise claims that the 2009 Star Trek reboot borrowed heavily from this novel, and there would seem to be considerable justice in that assertion a Romulan time travel plot creates an alternate continuity wherein Spock is the captain of the Enterprise, Kirk is an ensign assigned to him primarily as punishment for an infraction committed at the Academy, and Vulcan may or may not have been destroyed by the Romulans Sounds pretty similar Of course, there are differences as well the Romulans hijinks in the fourth dimension have wiped out most Terran contributions to the formation of the Federation, which is now Vulcan led, leaving most humans with considerably lower status than in the main continuity Further, Kirk s history is considerably darker suspected of the murder of one of his tutors, he s spent time in prison before a torturous stint in a mind reading machine concludes that he has no memories of the night in question, but most people still believe in his guilt, resulting in his assignment to Spock s crew as something like supervised probation, and the torture he underwent has resulted in an addiction to a mind numbing drug These last three plot points promise to be very interesting unfortunately, they are badly under used, and if you re hoping to find out about who framed Kirk since that s clearly where that was heading , you re out of luck However, though there are a few such dangling plot threads and inconsistencies has Vulcan been destroyed by the Romulans or not Spock doesn t seem sure , the story moves at a good pace, and is very entertaining It would have made a very good episode of TOS, which in my opinion is all you should really ask of a spin off novel and, of course, they or less made it into a movie, which says a lot about the potential of the story itself.Van Hise also gets in a couple of hilarious nods to the danger of wearing a red shirt while in the main continuity everyone seems blissfully unaware of the mortality rate of security personnel, the AU characters have apparently developed a certain superstition requiring you to borrow a friend s blue or gold shirt during your first away mission, which is regarded not only as good luck but a sensible precaution Fans of John Scalzi sRedshirtswill doubtless appreciate the feeling of in jokey humour the novel has at times.3.5 stars, if Goodreads allowed half stars. 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