And now I present the last Star Trek Book Tag I’ll do for SciFiMonth — a monthlong celebration of all things science fiction by the Wyrd & Wonder crew.
I can’t believe I managed to find so many versions of this tag to do, lol!
This Star Trek Book Tag was created by book blogger Port Jericho. The questions are based on the original show.
Kirk — This Captain doesn’t believe in no-win scenarios.
Name a character who likes to play fast & loose with the rules but whose heart is in the right place.
Cari from The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan
Cari is an orphan and thief living in the slums of a city called Guerdon, and apparently, she has some connection to the city’s bells. We learn in what way as the story goes on. But due to always being on the run, Cari doesn’t always go by the rules; however, she deeply cares for those close to her.
Spock — Spock is half Vulcan and half human and is often pulled between the two.
Name a character who is torn between two worlds.
Harry Crewe from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
The Blue Sword is a YA fantasy novel about a young woman who’s abducted and carried off to help defend the land from a demonic horde. Her people, the Homelanders, colonized the land of the Hillfolk. Now and old enemy has returned and poses a threat to the Hillfolk, so the magic drives the king of the Hillfolk to abduct Harry because she may be able to help defeat the demon tribe.
I enjoyed reading this book because of the various themes it touches on, like colonialism, identity, and displacement. The latter Harry experiences when she is abducted and carried off to be inducted into Hillfolk culture. Later, she is able to identify with both Hillfolk and the Homelanders and begins to see herself as a bridge between the two groups.
McCoy — The good doctor serves to balance Spock’s logic.
Name a character who is a gruff yet loyal voice of conscience.
Nighteyes from Robin Hobb’s Farseer Books
He’s not a voice of conscience, but he gives Fitz good advice, and he is gruff.
Nighteyes is a wolf companion to Fitz, the protagonist in Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy, the beginning an amazing fantasy series. The Farseer trilogy begins with Assassin’s Apprentice, which is about the bastard son of prince.
Uhura — Proficient in languages, she handles the communications station.
Name a book that focuses on communication.
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell, illus. by the Brothers McLeod
Lol! I just reread my review of this and laughed at my past self because I’ve since worked in a bookstore and now think I gave bookstore patrons too much credit back then. People ask for some weird shit in bookstores, especially these days, or come in and strike up odd conversations.
Scotty — The phrase “Beam me up, Scotty” was never actually used in the show.
What’s a book line that is oft misquoted?
“He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”
From Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil. Apparently that quote is often misquoted. I hope I got it right.
Sulu — Actor George Takei is gay, and this influenced the newest incarnation of Sulu.
Who’s your favourite LGBTQ character?
Chet from the Moonstruck comics
The Moonstruck comic book series is by Grace Ellis and illustrated by Shae Beagle. They are YA fantasy comics set in a college town that focuses on a werewolf barista and her friends, of which Chet, a centaur, is one. The story is silly at times and fun and LGBT friendly. The illustrations are gorgeous! And Chet is my favorite character.
Chekov — The Russian navigator likes to attribute everything as having been invented in Russia.
Name a book whose culture you love.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A fantasy novel about two magicians battling to see whose protégé is most talented. The stage for this competition is a circus that’s held only at night. At its core, this is a romance story, but the magic of the circus overtakes it and makes it more. It’s one of my favorite books.
I like the circus’s fan base in the book and know that if it were real, I’d be part of its fan base as well.
Khan — One of Kirk and co’s most deadly adversaries, Khan and his fellow “supermen” were genetically created to be peacekeepers in a war-torn world.
Name a character who is utterly ruthless.
Dodge from Locke & Key
Dodge is the “woman from the well” from the Locke & Key TV show, which I’m currently hooked on, which is surprising because I didn’t like it at first. I think that was because I started watching it shortly after rereading the first volume of the comic book.
Locke & Key was adapted from a horror comic book series by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, about the Locke family who move to an old family house after a fateful incident. At the house, the youngest Locke kid finds odd keys that open doors that cause various magical things to happen.
Christopher Pike — In the initial pilot, it was Pike and not Kirk who captained the Enterprise. (And through all of Star Trek’s iterations, Pike himself has changed numerous times.)
Name a book series whose lead character changed.
Wheel of Time
I believe the first couple books focus on Rand, but the others switch the focus to others from Emmond’s Field, but I’m not sure because I’m only a few chapters into the sixth book and haven’t yet completed the series.
But also, the lead characters change much over series. They started out as teenagers from a small town knowing nothing about the world to some of the most influential people in the world.
Gary Seven — This future-past secret agent works behind the scenes to keep Earth safe.
Name a character who is a protector in the shadows.
Kylar from the Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks
I think by the last book he’s basically operating in the shadows to protect his friends.
I really enjoyed the Night Angel books. They are grimdark fantasy about a street urchin who gets the opportunity to train with the most notorious assassin in his city.
Trelane — The “Squire of Gothos” is very likely our first introduction to the omnipotent, god-like Q Continuum, and he’s as much a trickster as Q later is.
Who’s your favourite trickster character?
the Jinster! 😀
At the moment, it’s someone from my real life, and it’s the Jinster. He has an acute sense of humor that he loves to share… or maybe he’s just plotting to get rid of me. Can’t tell with cats.
Well, this marks the end of my participation in SciFiMonth, i.e., cheering from the sidelines, because I ran out of Star Trek Book Tags, lol!