Sunday, January 10, 2010

Book Review : Star Trek Mirror Universe The Sorrows of Empire

Author David Mack expands on his Mirror Universe Spock story from the anthology, Glass Empires, which was published in 2007. The novel opens with the murder of Captain Kirk by Spock, shortly after the events of the original television episode, MIRROR, MIRROR. The novel unfolds as the reader follows Spock and his path of logic to become Emperor and beyond. Filled with wonderful cameos and scenes from other Trek episodes and novels, but with the mirror twist, Sorrows of Empire is a fan's dream.

Mack is a fantastic writer and this proves to be no exception. I will admit I was hesitant to pick this up, because I enjoyed the original story and wondered how Mack would be able to double its length and make it worthwhile and not be a rehash or redundant for readers of Glass Empires. I'm happy to report that this novel not only stands on it own, but also exceeds the original. Summation: If you've read the original, you'll be glad you picked this up. If you haven't read the original, then hurry up and start reading! (The cover kind of stinks. Can you say bad Photoshop?)

9 out of 10