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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best Trek novels ever written
These days, when you pick up the newest Star Trek book, it seems like you can categorize the plot into one of three basic storylines:
1. Enterprise goes to potential member world and "Something Isn't Right"TM
2. Enterprise goes on "The Biggest Adventure Ever"TM, but to finish reading about it, you have to buy parts 2, 3, and 4.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It's *OK*, but let's not kid ourselves, folks!
I haven't read any Star Trek books since I was a 12-13 year old kid a couple decades ago. I saw the sequel to this book prominently displayed on the Amazon site, and flipped over to this page. After reading the glowing customer reviews, I decided to give it a try to see what I've been missing. (To be honest, I checked it out from the library.) All I can say is that...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best Trek novels ever written, 24. März 1999
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These days, when you pick up the newest Star Trek book, it seems like you can categorize the plot into one of three basic storylines:
1. Enterprise goes to potential member world and "Something Isn't Right"TM
2. Enterprise goes on "The Biggest Adventure Ever"TM, but to finish reading about it, you have to buy parts 2, 3, and 4.
and/or ...
3. The life of a main character is threatened and it's either them or the Enterprise (Which can't happen in the end - there's a rule about killing off main characters or significantly changing the state of the Star Trek Universe - i.e. giving someone a kid, wife, etc...)
That said, let me happily tell you that Imzadi is a much different breed of Trek novel. It's a good first start for a beginning Trek novel reader.
Imzadi follows a few plot lines, each at a different point in history.
A. Past: When Riker was a Lt. Com. on Betazed and was doing his best to win the heart of Deanna Troi, a young university student.
B. Present: Riker and Troi, now friends, are in the middle of a diplomatic meeting on the Enterprise when she suddenly falls ill...and dies...
C. Future: A bitter, angry Admiral Will Riker learns that Deanna's death was a result of someone tampering with history. Against all odds and orders, he fights friend and foe to get a chance to travel back in time and save the only woman he's ever truly loved.
Imzadi is a tale of a love that spanned the reaches of time and space. It is an epic in every sense of the word. In reading it, you will learn the romantic story of the origins of Will and Deanna's tempestous romance that had cooled before we first met them on the TV series, and once and for all, you will learn what it truly means to be Imzadi.
This is the absolute best Star Trek Novel ever written. End of Story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Peter David turns the Imzadi idea into an epic love story, 26. Mai 2005
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If telling the back story of William Riker and Deanna Troi was not ambitious enough, David is also audacious enough to work in the Guardian of Forever from the classic original "Star Trek" episode "The City on the Edge of Forever," scripted by Harlan Ellison (and you all know how Ellison felt about what Gene Roddenberry did to the episode, so you can imagine the second thoughts David had to have about picking up on the idea--the volume is dedicated to Harlan). The result is as fine a "Star Trek" novel as you will ever read, with an ending that I still pick up and read from time to time, and which still touches me. David took what ended up being a throw away element from the pilot and turned it into a truly epic love story.
The novel actually begins with the end of "The City on the Edge of Forever," as Captain James T. Kirk says, "Let's get the hell out of here." The event is being observed by several people, including Commander Data. The setting is the future, in which Riker is now an admiral, Wesley Crusher is the Captain of the "Hood," and Lwaxana Troi dies cursing Riker for letting Deanna die many years before. We then go back to the beginning, when young William Riker was assigned to Betazed and found himself intrigued by the tantalizing but completely uninterested Deanna Troi. What follows is one of those rare times that a love story in the "Star Trek" universe reaches a believable level of pathos, which, granted, is hard to do in a television episode.
In addition to the aforementioned challenges of coming up with a compelling story for the Riker-Troi romance and working off of the Ellison episode, David also decides to tell the story of "Imzadi" by jumping around in time from "The End" to "The End of the Beginning" and eventually to "The Beginning of the End." However, this is not a concern because David has worked out the logic of his story and all of the pieces fit together. Besides, if you have any questions, the Guardian of Forever can answer them.
This is probably my favorite "Star Trek" novel. I have a tendency to like stories that connect the dots more than those that try to tell stories that are too big for the small screen (or too expensive for a theatrical film). Even though I had already read the book at the library I went out and bought a copy, in hardcover, and when Marina Sirtis came to the Zenith City for a "Star Trek" convention it was my copy of this book that I had her autograph.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's one Riker's beginning and another's Omega., 5. November 1999
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IMZADI is an exciting, well written novel that plays with the chronological aspect of a story. I haven't read any Star Trek books before, but I intend to read more now! For any Treky that cares, it goes back and explains the mysterious history behind Riker and Troy, and it shows us what the scars of time can turn us into. The characters interact realistically together, and every page is relevant and entertaining. The story begins with the future William Riker, a disgrunteled old man with unresolved issues. Forty years prior, his Imzadi (Deanna Troy) mysteriously fell ill and died. "Imzadi" is a Betazoid term describing the strong psychological bond they share, and Riker falls deep into a perpetual state of depression when he looses what he describes as, "the greater half of himself." When Lwaxana Troy (Deanna's mother) calls Riker to her death bed, old ghosts start popping out at him from his past, forcing him to remember, and he tries to remember back to a time when he felt no pain. From there, the story is told of how they came to know eachother, after which interisting plot twists and timeline jumps keep you on the edge of your seat. This book is realistically written, with an entertaining story line and well dedigned characters; one of them, whom the uncaring streams of time have forced into an intollerable universe, decides he wants to change his own destiny. And maybe he can-if he can get to the Guardian of Forever...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It's *OK*, but let's not kid ourselves, folks!, 2. Februar 1999
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I haven't read any Star Trek books since I was a 12-13 year old kid a couple decades ago. I saw the sequel to this book prominently displayed on the Amazon site, and flipped over to this page. After reading the glowing customer reviews, I decided to give it a try to see what I've been missing. (To be honest, I checked it out from the library.) All I can say is that if this is anyone's idea of a great book, or "the best book I ever read," that person needs to become a little more widely read. This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't really good either. I say that in the context of (1) good science fiction, and (2) good fiction in general. Go pick up a copy of Startide Rising by David Brin, or Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. Those are two SF books I've read (and purchased from Amazon <g>) in the past year that I consider to be terrific in concept, detail, and execution. The writing and weaving of a story was a little thin. The book reads like an episode of the show. I suppose that's good if that is the goal. It results, however, in a very flimsy reading experience, and in an ending that is rather lacking in surprise. If this is indeed one of the best of the Star Trek books, written by one of the best of the Star Trek writers, I can indeed not worry about losing any sleep over not reading another one for the next couple decades. There are more interesting, more engaging books to read out there, folks!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely Brilliant, 7. Oktober 1999
If you read only one Star Trek books this year, make this the one! Seriously, I've read around two dozen Star Trek books, and this one is by far the best. I wish all Star Trek books were this good. The non-linear way in which this story is told and the way it's integrated with the rest of the Trek universe was brilliance on David's part. This book read much more like a real novel than most other Star Trek books -- you can tell a huge amount of effort and thought went into this book. The only remotely negative thing I can say about this book is that it contradicts what we learn in "Infections" about Deanna calling Riker "Bill" when they first meet (which explains why Deanna calls Riker "Bill" in TNG First Season). This book is just as good of an addition to the Trek universe as any television episode you've seen. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen DON'T READ THIS REVIEW JUST BUY THE BOOK!!!!!, 12. Mai 1999
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This is THE Star Trek novel. I used to despise Star Trek novels until I found this one, and let me just say that it did a great job of showing me how great the Trek novel-universe can be. If you aren't a fan of Star Trek, or if you even plain out hate Star Trek you will still like this book! It has everything one could ask for: humor, action, love, and its nice and long! The only thing I regret is that they never turned this into an episode. This is one of those books that you feel horrible after completing because you know the next book you read will not be nearly as well written. At any rate THIS IS A MUST BUY FOR ALL STAR TREK NOVEL FANS!!! I just hope Imzadi II is as good as this one.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A pretty decent sci-fi romance, but..., 21. Juni 1999
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...why is it that so many writers exaggerate the "woman becomes adult earlier than man" cliche? For all its basis in some degree of truth (mostly during adolescence), it seems like most times when that issue is part of a story, it's overdone to the point of grotesqueness. For example, the Deanna Troi we all know is pretty enough to rate a second glance, but the real secret of her appeal is her earth-mother femininity, which is based more on her warm personality than her looks. You can easily imagine her once having been involved with Will Riker--after all, the exceptionally feminine woman rates the exceptionally masculine man as her partner--that's one of the givens of life--sort of a mixture of natural law and birthright. But this book takes this former couple back to their early 20's, and guess what? Troi isn't one whole lot different from her present-day self, but the young Riker is a laughable mix of lovesick junior high kid and knuckle-dragging varsity jock! As we the readers can tell by his thoughts when he first sees Troi (and as she bluntly points out when he approaches her), his attraction to her is almost entirely physical. If author David is trying to say "yeah, us men think mainly with our hormones when we're that age, mea nissan maxima culpa", he sure ain't speaking for me. To tell you the truth, I met a girl a lot like Troi when I was that age (in fact, when TNG first came on the tube, Troi reminded me of her). It was the beginning of a friendship that has lasted to this day. And I'll tell you this; it damn sure didn't take until our 30's for me to value her as a person. I have some advice for Mr. David; being politically correct in terms of gender politics doesn't necessarily mean a guy has to go to far as to trash his own gender!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen TRULY ONE OF THE BEST LOVE STORIES EVER ! ! !, 8. Februar 1999
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It has been a long time since I read Imzadi.... but I as ran into this page by accident I decided to share my thoughts with you, I decided too compliment the writer on this work of art! I have read many Star Trek Books and I have never been astonished as much as when I read Imzadi.... It truly is a great story! Peter David really takes you where none have been before.... He talks about the love between Troi and Riker as something holy and sacred... as something that has been and always will be. But don't get me wrong, because as much as this is a love story it is also a story of well thought and well-paced mystery. The book starts confusing and bit hard too fallow, but as the story develops.... as you read it further and further you find yourself unable too put it down... you find yourself wondering what will happen next and soon you realize that it is not you who is holding the book, but that the book is holding you! The book will make you smile, and it will also make you cry...it will make you angry and it will make you glad.... It will confuse but it will make you understand.... There is so much I want too tell you, so much too share with you I just can't find the words too express the emotions and feelings that the book brought out of me... so I wont even try. I will just tell you that if you don't read this book...sooner or later that mistake will catch up with you. There is no hiding it or running away from it because this truly is the greatest love story ever.... BY THE WAY DON'T YOU THINK AMAZON SHOULD POST PARTS OF BOOKS ON INTERNET SO PEOPLE DON'T BUY BLINDLY... YOU KNOW A CHAPTER OR TWO...WELL ANY WAYS IT SEEMS LIKE A GOOD IDEA SO I WANTED TOO MENCION IT!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Well..., 13. Februar 2006
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Your opinion of the book is probably going to depend entirely on the expectations you had of it. If you are expecting to be confronted with great literature, containing the most original plot ever, you are very likely to be disappointed by the novel. This is not the best book I have ever read, not even close to it, but it is quite entertaining and, in places, moving. The characterization is a bit strange at times, using a lot of clichés of the heroic, but immature male and the overly analytical, intelligent, but essentially weak female. It's one of those stereotypical, sappy love stories where everything, most notably the emotions, seem exaggerated in places. Don't expect too much realism(if we can even speak of realism in science fiction). The style is beautiful at times, especially at the end, but it is far from outstanding and tends to underline the feeling that the story is exaggerated.
So why did I give it 4 stars? Because I enjoyed it nonetheless. The story takes place in three different time strata, as you probably read in the summary. The earliest of them drags out a bit(features an unnecessary rescue plot-too much!) and is the weakest, in terms of dialogue and the way emotions are conveyed, but the other two are very interesting. In them, Will has to cope with the loss of his love and the feeling of guilt that haunts him. My favorite scene is when Will travels into the past and sees Deanna again, it's very moving and sincere.
There are clearly some highlights in the story that make it worth reading, but only if you are a fan of romantic love stories.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best Star Trek novel EVER! David is a Star Trek genius., 9. Mai 1999
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This is the most ENGROSSING, COMPELLING, and BRILLIANT Star Trek book ever written. Peter explores the peaks and depths of the Riker/Troi relationship and does so in a can't-put-it-down kind of book. I read this book in two days! For those who may read one of the other reviews critical of the sex in the book, let me just say it was handled tastefully. Yes, Riker is a womanizing sleaze, but that is simply part of his character. The same man who is so successful and driven in his professional life, struggles with his sex drive and his personal life. This causes him some embarassment and costs him his one true love. That Riker has feelings for Deanna that are so strong he would defy Data, the Prime Directive and his feelings of duty - when that duty means as much or more to him than anything else in his life - is proof positive that he truly LOVES her. Sexual tension is part of any truly romantic relationship, is it not? In closing, let me say I bought "Imzadi" for a close friend and fellow Star Trek fan who had never read the books, and she loved it so much that she is now buying every single Star Trek book ever written by Peter David! I bought one of my friends who is quite pompous when it comes to Star Trek (he is an English major who feels that science fiction in general and Star Trek in particular is "drivel") "Imzadi" as well. He loved it! So pick up this book! Today! It's a masterpiece!
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