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The Captain's Table 4 : Fire Ship [Mass Market Paperback]

Diane Carey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Memorable Oct. 30 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For those of you who are mad that this ook doesn't feature Voyager or anyone besides Janeway: If you skim through the book, you can easily tell that this book is Janeway and nothing but Janeway.
That being said: Yes, Janeway is out of character. But guess what? It's a story that Janeway's telling. Maybe it happened, and maybe it didn't. That's what we're left to guess at. Here's another way to think about it: Chakotay making up Indian stories to prove a point to someone. Jesus coming up with a parable. Did it happen? Probably not. Or maybe not that exact way. It's a story and you just 'go with it' and enjoy the ride.
Anyway, back to the book... Basically, Janeway is exploring and comes upon this little bar where all these captains sit around telling 'war stories'. She's asked to tell a story and begins. The whole novel is her story, basically.
What did I think of the book? I loved it. It was an interesting story and I really couldn't put it down when I first read it. And get this: I've read it several times after. Now that's a good book!
So do yourself a favour and read 'outside the box...er, ship' this time. Well, unless you hate Janeway - then don't read the novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Feb. 17 2003
By jrmspnc
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I am very loathe to give any Star Trek book more than three stars. Star Trek books are almost by definition entertainment light, and mere entertainment should not, generally, receive more than three stars. But then along came Diane Carey and Fire Ship, and try as I might I cannot bring myself to give it only three stars.
Like Sulu, Picard, and Sisko before her (Kirk had been there before), Janeway stumbles into the incredibly dopey "Captain's Table", a bar exclusively for captains of ships from all times and places. Like her predecessors, Janeway must tell a story. But there the comparisons with previous Captain's Table debacles ends. Carey boldly ignores the Captain's Table conventions and lets Janeway tell her story without the constant interruptions that plagued the previous books.
And what a story it is. Janeway finds herself alone with an alien crew, forced to adapt to no longer being in charge and literally swabbing decks. Carey has found her stride as an author (see the atrocious TNG novel Ghost Ship for an earlier effort), weaving a narrative that is compelling, interesting, and evocative. There are, inevitably, some bits that do not entirely "work," but this was the first Trek novel in a long, long time that I a) didn't want to put down and b) looked forward to picking up again. It is also the first Trek book in recent memory that I actually *want* to read again.
An observation about the negative reviews. I have never been a big Voyager fan. I am familiar with the characters, of course, but, except for the Doctor, am not attached to any of them. So, the lack of other Voyager crew did not bother me in the slightest. Similarly, I am by no means a Janeway afficionado. Is "Fire Ship"'s Janeway a realistic portrayal of the original?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny how some things work out in life, isn't it? Nov. 28 2001
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What I mean is, I read the beginning of Rudyard Kipling's book Captains_Courageous, the story upon which this installment of the Captains' Table series is based, when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, and I hated it. But I like this book. Go figure, huh?
While this book is not, in my opinion, the best of the Captains' Table series, it is quite a good story in its own right. Captain Janeway's attempts to fit herself into an alien culture and crew with a quasi-Victorian view of women are interesting, and her growth into compassion for a woman of the mysterious "Menace" race is touchingly realistic, as she struggles to overcome the hatred for them which is almost all that has kept her going since the destruction of the USS Voyager, which she has witnessed. Plus, there's a special twist to the ending, but I won't tell you what it is, except to say this: the story does not end exactly the way one might expect it to. Buy it, especially if you like "coming-of-age"-type stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Janeway as you've never seen her! March 11 2002
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WOW! I simply can't articulate how much I enjoyed this book! I am a devoted Janeway/Kate Mulgrew fan, and I found this story irresistable.
The fact that it takes place away from Voyager and the rest of the crew was a bit daunting to me at first. (I was in a rut, and liked it just fine.) But I quickly realized that that fact alone made this book unique and memorable. And Diane Carey delivered all the way through. The story was well thought out and entertaining from beginning to end.
This was a look at a side of Janeway we never saw on Voyager. Can you imagine Kathryn Janeway swabbing the deck? Wonderful! And the thing I loved the most about this book was that Carey portrayed Janeway with dignity and grace, even in the worst cirmustances imaginable. And on a far more shallow note, it also answers the question about what happened to her long hair.
If you are a Janeway fan, you simply must read this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Captain Out of Character Oct. 27 2002
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It is interesting to see everything from the captain's point of view, but I noticed one fatal flaw: Captain Janeway is out of character. She is almost a raving lunatic for a few chapters instead of keeping her usual level head. The worst part is when she gives up trying to find Voyager. She doesn't know for sure if it is destroyed, doesn't go to check, and almost immediately accepts Voyager's destruction.
Another thing I didn't like was the lack of other Voyager characters. They were mentioned, but appeared only at the beginning and end of the book. Half the fun of seeing everything from the captain's point of view is watching how she deals with some of the members of her crew. Take Tom, for example. If he makes one of his characteristic remarks, does the captain mind? Does she feel annoyed?
On a more positive note, I did find the book entertaining, and the lack of Voyager made me more happy to see it in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK! Must Read!
I was expecting this book to be good, but it was more than good, it was excellent. An excelent plot that keeps the book up non stop until you are done.
Published on June 11 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A shove to the wall!
This was indeed a very thrilling book because you dont know the characters and its makes it very unpredictable! Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2002 by Mylene Tan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most memorable Voyager books!
"Fire Ship" is a particularly intriguing and well written book by one of "Trek's" best authors. Read more
Published on July 21 2002 by K. Wyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and deep - it swallows you up!
A totally wonderful book! At first I did not warm up to the idea of Janeway 'losing' everyone on Voyager, but Diane Carey did a great job! Read more
Published on March 23 2002 by friendlyvoyager
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts of the Fire Ship
It's a very good story. The way it put every thing into a first person point of view. It's different from a 3rd person point of view. Everyone in the story was well laded out. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2000 by jonathan
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see Janeway for once not in command
I generally don't like Captain Janeway and it was hard at first to get hang of her being the only one present, but this story was well written. Read more
Published on June 10 2000 by Mel Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good entry in the series
I love "Captain's Table" series, and while I am not a big fun of Janeway, this book embodied the best of Star Trek attractions, even though some of the elements are not... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2000 by Thorn
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed review for Fireship
I basically enjoyed this book, but I sometimes found that Carey's characterization of Janeway did not match my own impressions of the character. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 1999
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