Neko yRnate universes time paradoxes and time travel so if handwavey science makesou angry this is probably not the book for Malice (Conspiracy 365, you But then again if it does why areou reading a Star Trek novel Logic fails At the end of a calamitous action scene a character is revealed to have a weapon they could have used at any point but didn t because of reasonsIt should also be stated that although 300 pages is not a very long book Killing Time took me months to finish because I put it down forgot all about it and then had to start over when I finally picked it back up Even though the premise itself was kinda cool and I really enjoyed how it provides a seuel to a specific episode in TOS the plot didn t hold me in suspense But at the end of the day a lot of these things are also what I feel characterises a TOS episode Lily (The Mauve Legacy, you know it s going to have a happy ending the science is not in any way even remotely convincing and the plot is ridiculous You watch it for the characters and the interactions between them and the warmth and humanity they bring The science is not the core of Star Trek after all it s the characters that are the core of Star Trek and in this case that means Kirk Spock and Bones as we don t see much of the others Even the not so good stuff the campy and the silly the tropes and the hamminess felt kind of like a TOS episodeCharacterisation and character interaction is definitely the strong point of the novel Especially in scenes with Kirk Spock and Bones I could uite easily imagine how the dialogue would sound in their voices The crux of writing an AU is the balancing act of showing the reader how different experiences have shaped a character into a slightly different version of themselves while still keeping them recognisable at the core and I thought the mirrorverse Kirk and Spock were pretty well done The original characters felt believable and a couple of minor characters from TOS were also developed and given screen time which was interesting How slashy is it thoughIn fanfic terms the only thing missing is the final chapter right at the end where the characters finally get their shit together and kiss and have sex For obvious reasons the book never gets that overt Everything else is there there s cuddling there s hands touching there s shirtlessness there s other characters being jealous or amused there s internal monologues about how they belong together in all universes forever There s even a metaphorical sex scene but see below Ifou can think of a trope this book s probably got it It is for all intents and purposes a 300 page slow burnAs far as KirkSpock goes I was very gratified with it and I definitely felt like I got my money s worth from reading this despite how much the book has been hyped by other Star Trek fans Despite having a token female love interest subplot it really is incredibly gayWhile on the topic of sexuality and lgbt themes though I wanna add a couple of small content warnings very minor spoiler1 There is a taunt on page 41 which although spoken with the express intention of provoking a bully
by targeting his toxic masculinity has not aged well and involves accusing him of wearing lipstick and playing with dolls2 There targeting his toxic masculinity has not aged well and involves accusing him of wearing lipstick and playing with dolls2 There a non consensual and violent mind meld on pages 173 6 which is framed very much like a sexual assault While this isn t an unusual trope in fanfiction and the meld is ultimately necessary in the narrative it s still something to be aware ofTL DR If ou re looking for something great in terms of the writer s craft this isn t the book for ou This is a fanfic and in my opinion if Progressive Consumption Taxation you re going to get the most enjoyment out of itou should treat it as a fanfic Killing Time has a lot going for it the choice to use temporal manipulation offers so much to
the author but alas also means ou have author but alas also means ou have 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 Alliance starship under the command of Captain Spock When Spock is ordered to prepare for an invasion of Romulan space 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 conseuencesKilling 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 EnterpriseShiKahr 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 KirkSpock 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 goo. Sign Kirk must free themselves from both their captors and their own altered selvesbefore the galaxy hurtles toward total destruction. ,
Racters have apparently developed a certain superstition reuiring The Clothier Natural Jumping Method you to borrow a friend s blue or gold shirt duringour first away mission which is regarded not only as good luck but a sensible precaution Fans of John Scalzi s Redshirts will doubtless appreciate the feeling of in jokey humour the novel has at times35 stars if Goodreads allowed half stars there was some bad het nonsense in here that i didn t like very much but overall i liked it a lot 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 uite notorious as bei 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 happyI enjoy a good SpockKirk 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 strangerI 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 itIf Two Bunnykins out to Tea you can getour 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 ou won t be disappointed Posted from my account 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 These notes were made in 1988 Now why does Ms Van Hise s name sound so gosh darn familiar I have the feeling that she has written far inflammatory stuff than this mild and rather interesting tale of time travelalternate universe Because of time tampering by the Romulans the crew of the Enterprise find themselves haunted by dreams shades of Strangers From the Sky and then slip into an entirely different universe where Spock commands the ship and Kirk is a lowly and embittered ensign Introduction of the first KS element Kirk out of power under the command of Spock O implacable females However even in this strange universe the two of them recognize each other in some strange way and confirm the real story through mindlink Introduction of the second KS element telepathy as symbol of sexual conjunction Together they restore the original version of history and fade unselfishly into oblivion mindlinked of course so that their alternate selves and the universe generally may continue to exist Third KS element cosmological importance of KS relationship Then of course there is the constant dwelling upon the emotional state of the two men and the introduction of the lady Romulan commander who seems to hold some great fascination for the KS crowd vid Marshak and Culbreath The time shift brings pon farr on for Spock rather gratuitously I thought and he or rather his alternate self actually sleeps with the lady commander to get rid of it There are two new characters Richardson who fills a sort of buddy role for Kirk the
ensign in exile and S Parva a telepathic canine girl whosein exile and S Parva a telepathic canine girl whose functions in the book seem to be 1 to illustrate Richardson s Romeo tendencies incidentally Richardson calls Kirk Juliet and to push Spock telepathically into dealing with his pon farr Did ou like it miss Oh come on give me a break of course I liked it VISIBLE SUBTEXT Not a great book but a lot of fun if ou re interested in vintage KS fanfic No spoilersSo to give some context here for a second Killing Time is infamous in the Star Trek fandom as the official Star Trek novel that got published then recalled censored and re published when the publishers found out that it was written by an established KirkSpock shipper and that the book had homoerotic undertones There is a comparison here but it contains spoilers About 150 000 copies of the uncensored version were put
into circulation and those copies which had already been sold and could not be recalled have become orcirculation and those copies which had already been sold and could not be recalled have become or collector s items for fans This book is a tangible piece of fandom history and I was so excited to get my hands on an uncensored copyWhat this means and this is a caveat to readers is that I went into this with a very positive attitude and extremely low standards I read this as a fanfiction not as a novel and I m reviewing it as a fanfic If ou re not like me a KS shipper a fandom history fan lgbt andor someone who has read a tonne of badfic this may not be the book for ou This book commits a multitude of writerly sins that I was very lenient with Purple prose Kirk s eyes are at one point referred to as hazel globes which is a deeply unfortunate image that is now seared into my memory Exposition dumps in dialogue So many At one point there is even an exposition dump on the mechanics of a weapon in the middle of an in theory fast paced fight scene Tropes and fandom cliches You could play fanfiction trope bingo with this book I d encourage someone to try I think it d be a lot of fun Worldbuilding science fails A lot of the plot of this book is based around alte. Lity Now Kirk is an embittered oung ensign and Spock is a beseiged Starship commander Lured into a Romulan trap Captain Spock and En. Having barely made a dent in the TOS tie in materials I only started watching the show a little over a ear ago I was drawn to read this book out of seuence by its reputation I was amused and intrigued by its almost urban legendary status as the KirkSpock 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 editionMy verdict as to its aforementioned reputation es there is some significant homoerotic subtext there but on the other hand nothing much outrageous than ou re going to find in some of the canonical material especially the movies not to mention the near infamous passage from Star Trek The Motion Picture A Novel which 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 KS 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 risue reputation attached to itHowever it s important to remember that regardless of Van Hise s actual intentions with regards to KirkSpock 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 uality 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 ou 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 et 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 jarringThe 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 of the Enterprise Kirk is an ensign
assigned to him primarily as punishment for an infraction at the Academy and Vulcan may or may not haveto him primarily as punishment for an infraction committed at the Academy and Vulcan may or may not have 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 uestion 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 ou re hoping to find out about who framed Kirk since that s clearly where that was heading Rock Hounding out of Bishop 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 allou 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 itselfVan 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 cha. Second History a Romulan time tampering project that has transported the Enterprise and the galaxy into an alternate dimension of rea.