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While Kirk, Spock, Chekov and an archaeological team are exploring the ruins of an ancient civilization on the uninhabited planet Careta IV, they discover strange devices that appear to be simple windows. But the windows prove dangerous when Kirk and Chekov enter them, and disappear. Now, while the two struggle to survive, Spock struggles to unravel the mystery--while fighWhile Kirk, Spock, Chekov and an archaeological team are exploring the ruins of an ancient civilization on the uninhabited planet Careta IV, they discover strange devices that appear to be simple windows. But the windows prove dangerous when Kirk and Chekov enter them, and disappear. Now, while the two struggle to survive, Spock struggles to unravel the mystery--while fighting off aliens....

Title : Windows on a Lost World
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ISBN : 9780671795122
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Windows on a Lost World Reviews

  • Mike Crate
    2019-05-15 03:53

    The Enterprise is assigned to ferry and assist an archaeological project within the Dulciphar star cluster and more specifically the world Careta IV where ruins had been observed which may hold the key to why this are of the galaxy has so many dead cultures and worlds. The archaeological team and landing parties beam down and almost immediately the world feels "wrong" but no one can explain why. Chekov is accompanying the Djelifan native Talika Nyar who looks down with some scorn on the weak male she is lumbered with. They do however discover something buried or more accurately hidden and screened, a few days later a device is uncovered and the mystery of what it does, why it was hidden and who hid it needs to be answered.Through some experimentation the "mirror" like device reveals an image of another location, it seems to be some sort of gateway (similar to the Iconian devices) and even with extreme caution Chekov and Talika are pulled through to appear somewhere. Further misadventures or plain carelessness causes more people to be pulled through the device and the only indication of where there are going is the new life form readings of large crab like creatures appearing elsewhere on the planet. Some of the "transported" people begin to understand what has become of them and to manipulate their surroundings, contact is made and slowly but surely the story behind this world and her people is revealed and it's not pretty.Windows on a Lost World is an epic piece of scifi and expands upon what you would expect from Trek with scifi more akin to independent stories. There is a darkness in the narrative that makes the Klingons and Romulans look like playground bullies yet a determination and courage that allows the Enterprise and the scientists to eventually triumph and reach the point where there is only one decision to be made. The irony is not lost that the same lesson is being learnt by the Federation people as was learnt 100,000 plus years ago by another people.An entertaining and disturbing story at times, adds to the collective work of Trek with some style.

  • Cheryl Landmark
    2019-05-21 20:57

    Usually these books are comfort food, brain candy, imaginative and fun reads for me. I'm a Trekkie fan from way back when, especially of the original series with Captain Kirk and company. And, while this one fit the bill in many ways, it was also not one of my favourites.I thought the author did a fairly decent job of describing the ancient civilization of the Kh!lict, crab-like aliens who were both fascinating and horrifying. Their depictions of brutal sacrifices and annihilation of other cultures were very reminiscent of the Aztec society. But, after a while, these descriptions became a little too repetitive. We get the picture already! These creatures are repulsive, xenophobic, ruthless and dangerous. We just don't have to be told this repeatedly throughout the whole book.The book was quite technical and seemed to drag in places to the point where I almost became bored. I get that it's science fiction and, of course, there will be technical aspects that have to be explained, but my eyes kind of glazed over after a while.Kirk and his gang of intrepid space explorers will always hold a place in my heart and, most of the time, I enjoy their adventures. This one just fell a little flat for me.

  • J.D.
    2019-05-02 01:52

    Out of tons of ST books I own and read, this one cries DO NOT READ. thankfully it's not canon.

  • John
    2019-05-05 04:47

    Interesting take on xenophobia

  • Clay Davis
    2019-04-26 20:47

    I liked the audio book with Walter Koenig.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-09 00:54

    Well this was a struggle....I had picked this off the bookshelf just as a bit of light reading before moving onto something maybe a bit more substantial...a kind of stop gap bit of reading I have to say however that this took more of an effort to read than I had thought.This wasn't due to the story being particularly complex or interwoven with any hidden subtext...I just found as tales go this one was rather boring.I have read through a few Star Trek novels so far as I picked up a load of them once at a charity shop generally they have either had the feel of the original series or they have shown unfettered imagination and gone beyond the scope of what could have been achieved on TV at the time...this was a different beast!!...the characterisation seems about right the sniping between Bones and Spock was within and Kirk also strives for a surprise(and amusing)love scene however the pace of the book was meandering and plodding....almost like the crab like creatures found within the book!!This wasn't therefore an essential read all I can say for it is that it may have made a decent short story but as a full blown novel it struggled....it had its moments but to be honest the only good thing I can say is its off the bookshelf now!!

  • Mikael Kuoppala
    2019-04-22 02:41

    A very frustrating novel that has many interesting and original concepts which are left unexplored for some reason.The book is almost solely composed of the inner dialog of people trapped inside alien bodies. One would think that such a premise would allow for some good character content through the subjective point of view of someone experiencing world through unusual stimuli. These potential elements are touched upon in the most superficial of ways and ultimately left with way too little attention.“Windows in a Lost World” isn't exactly bad, and the way Mitchell describes the workings of our favorite character's scientific minds feels accurate enough. It's just very sad to see so many obvious opportunities missed.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-05-02 22:52

    It's my least favourite of V.E. Mitchell's "Star Trek" novels. The plot feels as though it drags on for much longer than it should (I almost lost interest at the half way mark), and I find the ending rather abrupt & overly dour. That said, once again Ms. Mitchell creates a fascinating & detailed alien culture...I just wish the story surrounding it had been as adrenaline pumping as "Enemy Unseen".

  • Kathleeen
    2019-05-13 20:41

    I don't think I even got half way through with this book before I completely gave up on it, which is sad. I don't like giving up on books, and I really wanted to know what happened to Chekov, but I just couldn't bare myself to finish it. The story obsessed over the alien life form that had taken over Kirk and although it was interesting to see how he'd manage it, it was just too heavy. Much more could have been explored.

  • Scott
    2019-04-25 00:55

    A little slow, but this is a bit of an ingenious tale about Kirk and Chekov beaming down to a planet where... they get turned into little crabs. How do they get back to regular form if they can't communicate? It's padded, but it's a clever little story.

  • Michael
    2019-04-28 02:38

    After listening to this Star Trek novel as an audio book, i wasn't as impressed with it as i have been with other Star Trek Novels. If you are a trekkie then worth a read but it my opinion not the strongest Star Trek Novel out there.

  • D.K.
    2019-04-29 01:39

    3.5

  • Cary Spratt
    2019-04-26 03:40

    An okay read, but not terribly imaginative.

  • Michael T Bradley
    2019-04-29 21:01

    Here's what I got out of this book: archaeology, archaeology, ARCHAEOLOGY!!!!If you like archaeology, boy, have I got a book for you ...

  • Kay
    2019-05-18 02:35

    3.5 stars! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this.