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Books 25 & 26 - 2013

Book 25: Star Trek Enterprise: The Good That Men Do by Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin – 446 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker was not killed in an explosion, but rather, his death was staged. With the assistance of Captain Archer and Doctor Phlox, Trip is swept up by the shadowy organization that was employing his best friend, Lieutenant Malcolm Reed, and sent deep under cover. After discovering that the Romulans have a new warp drive, faster than any vessel, Starfleet sends Trip to determine if this will be a threat to the new fragile alliance.

My brother lent me this book thinking I might enjoy it. It’s a retelling of sorts of the final episode of the Star Trek series Enterprise. Many a fan of the show was pretty upset and disgusted with the Frakes directed finale that killed off the awesome character of Trip. I loved Trip – he was pretty much my favourite character in Enterprise and I was devastated when they killed him off. So I was really looking forward to this book. I shouldn’t have bothered. This book was just so damn boring. I don’t read a lot of Star Trek literature (compared to how much Star Trek I watch) but I have read other books and really enjoyed them. These authors just couldn’t inspire me. It took me months and months to read this book. I’m not even sure I can put my finger on what it was that bored me so, it just did! Perhaps it was a combination of the jumping perspectives (which I normally like but found annoying in this book), the rather dull storyline used to ‘save’ Trip, and the stupid insertion of two characters from Deep Space Nine which just made it seem as if even in the case of this retelling, Enterprise wouldn’t be allowed to stand unattached to another Star Trek series. Don’t get me wrong, there was some good bits. I do much prefer the idea that Trip didn’t die, and there was a sweet reunion scene between Trip and T’Pol towards the end, but as I personally come from a fanfiction background, I feel so much more could have been done (and probably has been done by some twenty year old on the internet) with such a juicy idea. Disappointing.

25 / 50 books. 50% done!

9315 / 15000 pages. 62% done!

Book 26: Company by Max Barry – 336 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Stephen Jones is a shiny new hire at Zephyr Holdings. From the outside, Zephyr is just another bland corporate monolith, but behind its glass doors business is far from usual: the beautiful receptionist is paid twice as much as anybody else to do nothing, the sales reps use self help books as manuals, no one has seen the CEO, no one knows exactly what they are selling, and missing donuts are the cause of office intrigue. While Jones originally wanted to climb the corporate ladder, he now finds himself descending deeper into the irrational rationality of company policy. What he finds is hilarious, shocking, and utterly telling.

I love Max Barry’s books, and this was no exception. He writes books in a style I’ve never encountered anywhere else. Short, snappy, with diverse characters and based mostly in the business world. Syrup is a clever look at marketing, Jennifer Government an analysis of extreme capitalism. Company asks the question: how much do we actually question our jobs and what we do in them? Zephyr Holdings looks like any other large corporate, but there is something seriously weird going on. The idea itself was one thing, but its Barry’s execution, with his cast of ‘Yep, I’ve worked with one of those guys’ characters and the manner in which he gets you to care about the characters without spending years setting them up is the thing I love most about this book and Barry’s writing style overall. I read this book on a Brisbane to Honolulu flight and it was a great read for that type of environment – not too much to keep in your head, a page turner, and fast paced. The actual ‘purpose’ of Zephyr Holdings will seriously make you question the company you work for and what they do, and the things people will put up with for the sake of a job drew vivid reminders of my own chaotic job (I was an auditor with the big four at the time). A very clever book and highly recommended.

26 / 50 books. 52% done!

9651 / 15000 pages. 64% done!

Currently reading:
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-        Sex Drive: In pursuit of female desire by Dr Bella Ellwood-Clayton – 312 pages
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And coming up:
-        The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
-        The Odyssey by Homer – 324 pages
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Tags: adventure, business, comedy, sci-fi, television

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