- Verlag: POCKET BOOKS (3. März 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ASIN: B001VEW5XO
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[A Burning House: "Star Trek": Klingon Empire] [by: Keith R. A. DeCandido] (Englisch)
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Guest-starring Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Trek's most popular series, the most popular villains of the Star Trek universe take centre stage in this novel focusing on a complex and wide cast of characters from every level of life in the infamous Klingon Empire. From its highest echelons of power to its shocking depths, from its savagely aggressive military to its humble farmers; from the political machinations of galactic import to family strife, the Klingons are revealed as never before in a sweeping tale of intrigue, love, betrayal, and honour.
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The story is well written and sound. I decrease one star for the story being a little lame. There is not enough action since for the first 200 pages nothing serious happens. It takes the reader quite a while to figure out what the story is all about.
I admit not every Star Trek novel is about war and space battle and the book fits into the genre but the story is to loose for my taste.
Doch auch wenn die Verteidigungskräfte Berufe mit viel sozialem Beruf bieten, sind nicht alle ihre Mitglieder aus diesem Grund da. Für Einige ist es eine familiäre Verpflichtung, für andere eine Möglichkeit solchen Verpflichtungen auszuweichen oder einer anderen Sache aus dem Zivilleben zu entfliehen. Doch wenn man Heimaturlaub hat, dann können einen solche Dinge wieder einholen. Und so geht es mehreren Besatzungsmitgleidern der GORKON auch.
Und so sehen wir in diesem Roman soziale Brennpunkte des klingonischen Reichs, das Leben der Bauern und die Probleme, die sich dabei ergeben können, die Medizin der Klingonen zu modernisieren. Außerdem kommt Kurn zurück - auch wenn er ja eigentlich gar nicht mehr weiß, wer er ist und auch andere Momente aus Worfs Vergangenheit tauchen wieder auf und machen dem Botschafter das Leben schwer.
Neben einigen guten Geschichten ist dies auch ein Roman, der uns in die Tiefen des Lebens der Akteure der klingonischen Oper einführt und uns so ein ziemlich umfassendes erweitertes Bild der klingonischen Gesellschaft gibt. Sollte man sich wirklich nicht entgehen lassen.
Ich hätte gerne noch 300 Seiten mehr davon gelesen. Hoffentlich schreibt Keith R.A. DeCandito schnellstmöglich noch einen Klingonen Roman.
Also eigentlich 4-5 Sterne für ein tolles Lesevergügen.
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This latest epic would seem to start on a weak premise, the Gorkon is being repaired at the Klingon home world, and we follow the adventures of various members of the crew during their leave. So there are four or five different stories playing out here, but rather than giving the impression of being unfocused, instead they illuminate a number of different aspects of Klingon life, and do converge in some ways.
Two of the stories take us to places we haven't seen before, the lives of rural farmers and urban poor Klingons. Not every Klingon is a warrior and these commoners have very different lives, and often very different values, than those we have experienced before.
One danger in Star Trek books is that if authors make major changes in the lives of key characters, following books have to include those changes. So they better be worthwhile. This book takes up the case Worf's brother Kurn, who willingly surrendered his memories and took a new identity in a episode of "Deep Space Nine", and who has figured in the earlier three Gorkon books in his new identity. In this volume he gradually recovers the identity of Kurn, and the treatment of that process not only works in with the Gorkon story, it also fits well into the development of the Star Trek universe.
The secret planet Carraya, which Worf visited in two episodes of "The Next Generation", also plays a key role in this book, as do some of the people Worf found there.
Perhaps the highlight is a look at the Federation embassy on Qo'noS, and Worf as ambassador. Plus there's a nice scene on Deep Space 9 where Kurn confronts Dr. Bashir about the operation that removed his memory.
This book moves the Star Trek canon and is a fun read. The previous Gorkon book was published three years ago. Hopefully, if enough people buy this one, we won't have to wait quite so long for the next.
I have to admit that when I bought this novel I did not realize that this is the fifth tale of the I.K.S. Gorkon, the first four were DIPLOMATIC IMPLAUSABILITY, A GOOD DAY TO DIE, HONOR BOUND, and ENEMY TERRITORY. I must find time to read them all!
Early STAR TREK: maybe producers felt these strange, rough, people just kept "clinging on" so the Klingons became permanent residents. Their dress and portrayal was very much uncertain in most early STAR TREK shows, with the Klingons looking much different, especially in costume, than now. But with this book, we are afforded as never before, a chance to meet and view these vibrant people up close as never before.
We see them collectively and individually, and not broken down into the aristocratic houses as usual, no, we see both the aristocrats who are officers in the defense force and those less elevated, the common folk as well. Or to paraphrase the book, both the "echelons of power" and the "lowest castes". We also get a chance to view their cities, with an eye on their architecture, while receiving a history lesson at the same time. One example, "most Klingon cities were built around a system of roads that could accomodate pedestrians and people astride a mount", we also see that some of their buildings while monumental, can also be small, and box like.
When viewing the various people of this book we are allowed a view of not only the military and political, but also the farmers with their smaller communities, learning also that many Vulcans live here as well. We see the Klingons and hear them in a more personal way than ever before: while the Klingons may value honor highly, wishing to die well, they also can love and laugh just as any other group of people. And as the book relates, though the Houses yet battle with one another, it is much tamer than in the past.
The Klingons have always been one of my favorites, and anyone else enjoying these Klingons as a race, or as individuals in their customs and beliefs, will need peruse this latest book on them. True in some spots the book meanders abit slowly, but at the same time, I have not enjoyed a STAR TREK book as much in a long time.
Included in this book is glossary of Klingon words and expressions as used by the author throughout his book, this not only adds 'fun' to the reading experience but also helps one understand the less than understandable present in the Klingon dialect.
Best in reading, and Qapla!