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Doctor's Orders (Star Trek, Book 50) (edição: 1990)

de Diane Duane

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Doctor's Orders When Dr. McCoy grumbles once too often about the way the U.S.S. Enterprise(tm) ought to be run, Captain Kirk decides to leave the doctor in command while he oversees a rountine diplomatic mission. Kirk beams down to a strange planet nicknamed "Flyspeck" to negotiate its admission into the Federation, leaving Dr. McCoy to enjoy his new authority. However, the doctor soon learns that command is a double-edged sword when Kirk disappears without a trace. Desperately trying to locate his catain, McCoy comes under pressure from Starfleet to resolve the situation immediately. Matters go from bad to worsewhen the Klingons arrive and stake their own claim on Flyspeck Then another, more deadly power threatens them all, and suddenly Dr. McCoy and the Starship Enterprise find themselves pitted against an alien fleet in a battle they have no hope of winning.… (mais)
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Título:Doctor's Orders (Star Trek, Book 50)
Autores:Diane Duane
Informação:Star Trek (1990), Paperback, 291 pages
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This review was originally posted here at Anime Radius.

There are benefits, of course, to being a writer of tie-in novels for a science-fiction series. You get to play with your favorite characters in a story that is of your own creation, for one. There is also no limitation on what kind of scenarios you can dream of as opposed to in the show – which means no budget limitations, so the planets and aliens and other myriad things can be as fantastic and expensive-looking as you can muster them to be. One can only imagine the excitement of writers like Laurence Yep and J.M. Dillard when they realized the expansive Trekverse was open for development via the written word in ways the television series could not due to technological limits.

With Doctor’s Orders, Diane Duane has presented us with a story that could have very well been the plot of a TOS episode, were it not for the fact that it is so unfilmable. The CGI capacities to create on screen such creatures as the ;At or the Ornae are only now being fully realized; they were only a fleeting pipe dream back when Trek was on TV. It is through Duane’s captivating and intricately detailed writing that we can see the ;At and the Ornae and the Lahit fully in our minds, in ways our television set can’t really deliver. Obviously, Duane enjoys writing about the brave new world that is Flyspeck, letting us see it through the eyes of the Enterprise crew, who like us are new to the ways of Flyspeck’s people and must start from scratch. In some places, however, Duane’s love affair with her own creations threaten to overshadow the Trek crew, but she knows when to tone the ecological exploits down a notch when it becomes clear that characters must be put first.

As for those characters? When it comes to the crew, it is McCoy who is truly the star of the show, whether manning Sickbay or taking control of the helm of the ship. Duane does a great job at displaying Doctor McCoy in all his grumpy irritated self, while still staying the same clever-minded country doctor that has made him such an invaluable asset on board the Enterprise for so long. It’s McCoy’s unique ways of dealing with both Starfleet and the Klingons during the crisis that makes those specific scenes so gosh darn fun to read. His foil in is the narrative is Kirk, who is still the charming and witty hero fans remember from the series; regrettably, the story calls for Kirk to fade into the background for a good deal of time so McCoy can have a chance to shine in the captain’s chair – still, when we catch up with James, he handles his unusual situation in a very typical Kirkesque manner (which I won’t spoil, as it will give the fun away). The rest of the Enterprise crew is there, and although they are much in tune character-wise, they serve more as a backdrop for the main story. Note: if you really hate it when authors spell out character’s accents phonetically, you will find Chekov’s dialogue to be less headache-inducing than you’d imagine. Other than addressing Kirk as “Keptin” and the whole v-to-w thing (and claiming yet another thing as a “Russian inwention”), it’s the first time I’ve seen Chekov’s Russian accent spelt out in such a way that it doesn’t grate on the nerves.

Overall, there’s one word that can sum up Doctor’s Orders and it is fun. Everything is so much fun to read – the action, the adventure, McCoy as Captain, exploring the new planet, everything! Even with all the anthro-technobabble flying about from practically every character’s mouth, it never weights down the story or keeps it from being interesting. Is the notion of introducing a new planet into the Federation new? Not really. But when Duane gets her hands on it, and gets to throw poor Bones into a whopper of a mess in the process, what you end up with is a great read for any like-minded Trek fan. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
I like this a bit more each time I read it. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
This book was just the riot of laughs it promised to be. I will read it again and again. ( )
  ameliadefield | Jul 29, 2017 |
This is another of Diane Duane's Original Series Star Trek books, this time featuring Bones McCoy when he is given command of the Enterprise when Kirk goes down to the planet the Enterprise was surveying. It should have been a quiet time for the Doctor's first stint in the Centre Chair, but that would have been a boring story. First off, they lose the Captain, though the locals insist he is safe and still there, then a Klingon cruiser turns up and loses a patrol that the commander blames on the Enterprise. Finally the real baddies turn up in the shape of an Orion pirate ship.
Duane manages to keep the various strands of the story running fairly well; McCoy, Kirk and the Klingon patrol all get a decent showing, and she still manages to include her trademark humourous twists. ( )
  JohnFair | Oct 10, 2015 |
I'm no longer pretending that these Star Trek novels keep popping up in my library by accident, or for a dare, now! I love 'em, and this is currently my favourite (listen to me, I've only read four!) Bones McCoy is my second favourite TOS character, and Duane gets his droll Southern humour and friendship with Jim/Spock spot on. I was even amused by the alien life forms which Kirk et al liaise with ('greet, greet, greet'). Basically, Bones has to take command of the Enterprise while Kirk goes AWOL yet again - no surprises, but the final battle scenes were well paced and the captain's return suitably impressive for this fangirl. I can never get enough of the banter between the three lead officers, but I love McCoy's different approach to commanding a starship too. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Feb 7, 2013 |
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Doctor's Orders When Dr. McCoy grumbles once too often about the way the U.S.S. Enterprise(tm) ought to be run, Captain Kirk decides to leave the doctor in command while he oversees a rountine diplomatic mission. Kirk beams down to a strange planet nicknamed "Flyspeck" to negotiate its admission into the Federation, leaving Dr. McCoy to enjoy his new authority. However, the doctor soon learns that command is a double-edged sword when Kirk disappears without a trace. Desperately trying to locate his catain, McCoy comes under pressure from Starfleet to resolve the situation immediately. Matters go from bad to worsewhen the Klingons arrive and stake their own claim on Flyspeck Then another, more deadly power threatens them all, and suddenly Dr. McCoy and the Starship Enterprise find themselves pitted against an alien fleet in a battle they have no hope of winning.

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