- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (Oct. 17 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785654659
- ISBN-13: 978-1785654657
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 24.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 572 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Autobiography of Jean Luc Picard Hardcover – Oct 17 2017
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“fun, exciting, and emotionally satisfying, and brings new insight into one of Trek’s most beloved characters. Highly recommended!” - TrekMovie.com
“You can easily hear Picard’s voice through the text of this book” - Book Reviews and More
“I highly recommend this engaging read” - SciFi Chick
About the Author
David A. Goodman has spent the last 26 years writing for television. His credits include The Golden Girls, Star Trek: Enterprise, Futurama (where he wrote the Nebula Award nominated Star Trek homage “Where No Fan Has Gone Before”), and Family Guy where he was head writer for six years. He is the author of Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years. He lives in Pacific Palisades, CA with his family.
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I would say that in many ways this book was even more of a surprise then the one written about Kirk. There are some stories in this book that were alluded to in the series, and some that are new material. Overall it presents a very different man then I remember. Some of the stories regarding his relationships with his father and his brother we as startling as they were revealing. His initial failure on his entrance exams to Star Fleet Academy was a big surprise. It is interesting to watch the growth and progress as he moves up the command chain, and his years of service before commanding the Enterprise. Seeing some of his relationships that were successes and those that came back to haunt him.
The writing is done very well. It has that dry wit that we would expect from Picard. And yet it is open and vulnerable in places revealing the man within the captain’s uniform. You can easily hear Picard’s voice through the text of this book. And as such it is very enjoyable read. But as much as I enjoyed this I can only home it is the beginning of a long series, I would eagerly read volumes on Sisko, Archer, Janeway, even Work, Riker or Data who all became captains in their own right. Or even going back and doing one on Pike would be of great interest. A great read for any fan of Star Trek The Next Generation, or really any Trek fan who just wants a peak inside the mind and heart of Captain Jean-Luc Picard!
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Having said that, there have been some Star Trek books that piqued my interest and this is one of them. When I saw that "The Autobiography of Jean Luc Picard" was available I knew I had to read it. What a fascinating Captain! I grew up watching him and the crew of the Enterprise-D on their adventures.
I sat down and actually read this book in one day. It wasn't a marathon read, it was a very easy read. Mr. Goodman...er, um...Captain Picard gives us a very interesting story to be absorbed into and it makes the pages turn quickly. It was good to get a sense of his upbringing, why he wanted to go to the stars and how he got to command the flagship of the Federation.
Now, without giving anything away, I was a bit skeptical that he would come in contact with so many of the big names in Star Trek history. I don't see how fate would be so....specific. But he does and it makes for good story telling, but I did think a couple times, "Seriously he gets to meet..."
Some things are skimmed over, but it makes sense because we can see it on television and movies. But there are pieces of the puzzle that fall into place that expand on some of the television episodes and movies.
Overall, this is a good read especially for a Star Trek fan. I'll not want to read the Autobiography on Kirk and I hear there'll be on on Spock soon.
Some Trek sites tease there's a Star Trek:Discovery tie-in in this book. Yes, it's there, but blink and you'll miss it.