Wednesday, July 21, 1999 3:36 PM
I finished reading Peter David's new novel Once Burned, the
fifth book in the new series "The Captain's Table". The books in the
series aren't really related (you'll understand how if you read one of
them). In fact, Once Burned is a chonologically unattached
continuation of Peter David's "New Frontier" series, following the travels
of the USS Excalibur and its captain, Mackenzie Calhoun.
An alternate title could very well have been A Rock and a Hard
Place 2. It's obvious to see that the Quintin Stone in Peter David is
still alive and kicking, even though he has undergone a Xenexian
face-lift. Not that I'm complaining about the similarity between the two
characters. M'k'n'zy really is the next best thing to a QS sequel, though
as an outlet for this particular muse of David's probably guarantees that
that will never happen. Still, it is good reading and I heartily
recommend the "New Frontier" series, even though those people who aren't
all that much into Star Trek. You see, the great thing about Peter
David's writing is that it's not about all the technobabble and
mumbo-jumbo that's so prolific in so many Star Trek shows and books.
David's stories are about characters and people. The events do not drive
the people, the people drive the events. Reading his works will not turn
you into a geek, if that's what you're afraid of.