Sunday, August 1, 2021

{Sunday Post} - Jakob's Wife, ST: TNG: Shadows Have Offended, and The Final Girl Support Group

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

Good Morning, Everyone! 


A Sicky Weekend

I've been sick on and off for the past week. I felt halfway decent on Thursday and Friday, but whatever sickness this is, came crawling back on Saturday. I spent the morning hours cuddled up underneath a heavy blanket. In the afternoon, I watched the Kansas City Royals lose to the Toronto Blue Jays. I went back to bed before 6 PM and didn't wake until near 11 PM. And, now, here I am writing this post.

I don't believe it's the Delta variant. I haven't had a full-on fever. It all started in my nose and gradually moved up to my eyes, which has caused several sinus headaches. The extreme heat and dryness are probably the reason for my illnesses. My sinuses and allergies are always wacky when the humidity is high. Then my other aliment is a stiff neck, which is the result of napping on the couch during the baseball game. Rubbing a bit of Icy Hot seems to do the trick.  


What Am I Reading?

When I was feeling halfway decent on Friday, I started reading Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clarke. For many years, the TNG, DS9, and Voyager books have all had chronological settings. William T. Riker is now the captain of the USS Titan. The original Deep Space Nine got destroyed, and the Federation built a new space station in its place. Oddly, Shadows Have Offended is set just before the TNG series finale ("All Good Things . . ."). Typically, Gallery Books (formerly Pocket Books) only publishes new Trek novels by veteran Star Trek authors. However, Shadows Have Offended is Cassandra Rose Clarke's first time dabbing in the Trek universe.  

For me, there are three different types of Star Trek novels - novelizations, juniors, and old-school science fictions. Novelizations are either book adaptations of the episodes and movies. Juniors are what I call shorter stories that are lacking Trek terminology. These types of stories remind me of the water-down young adult tie-ins from the '80s and '90s. There's nothing wrong with these stories. They're just missing specific details and descriptions that only Trekkers would understand. Old-school science fictions are the longer and more detailed Trek novels written by veteran science fiction writers. These stories contain all the Trek terminology and have more in-depth descriptions of the starships, space stations, etc., and the plots are less episodic.  

(FYI: I hope everyone understands the above paragraph.)

Shadows Have Offended falls into the "juniors" category. I'm only five chapters in, but the story already has a late TNG 7th season vibe. There are two separate plots - one is a lighthearted episode involving Deanna Troi's mother, and the other is about an away team mission on the isolated planet Kota. 

Recent Reviews

What's in the Mail? 

The only thing review-wise in the mail was Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended by Casandra Rose Clarke.

What's New On the Bookshelf?

The only new book on my Kindle is The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix. It's a library rental that I'll be reading next.


  1. Oh no- hope you feel better! I got deathly sick on vacation a few weeks back and was awful. Hopefully you're not too bad...

    I heard good things about that book! Hope it's excellent.

    Take care and hope you are better very soon!

  2. I keep wishing the Royals will make it to the World Series again someday (and win). Hopefully there won't be another 30-year gap. Hope you're feeling better — take it easy!

  3. Sorry to hear you're sick. I hope you feel better soon.

    Nice new reads! Hope you enjoy them!

    Here's my StS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  4. Hope you feel better soon! I've been in the same boat but with hay fever this week. I hope you enjoy The Final Girl Support Group, I've been seeing that one everywhere.

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  5. Hi Billy. Your illness sounds horrible, I hope it buggers off soon.
    I understood your paragraph about Star Trek books, it made perfect sense. I suppose there's a need for all three types, perhaps newbies will read the juniors and their love of the franchise will blossom.
    Hope you have a better week. X

  6. The Final Girl is on my TBR.
    I hope you are feeling better. Delta is incredibly infectious, and symptoms vary, please consider getting tested if you are still ill in a few days.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  7. Hope your feeling way better this week. Looking forward to reading The Final Girl Support Group too. Enjoy.


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