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I picked MY ENEMY, MY ALLY up for fun, and while it was a pleasant enough read, I wasn t enthralled.There were good points Duane lets her imagination run wild with aliens Many diverse species, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities, colors, and body types roam the pages freely and happily Duane s deft handling of science and the mechanics of the Star Trek universe made for a solid, high stakes adventure Ael was a fascinating, fresh character, and her and Kirk s relationship was well wrough I picked MY ENEMY, MY ALLY up for fun, and while it was a pleasant enough read, I wasn t enthralled.There were good points Duane lets her imagination run wild with aliens Many diverse species, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities, colors, and body types roam the pages freely and happily Duane s deft handling of science and the mechanics of the Star Trek universe made for a solid, high stakes adventure Ael was a fascinating, fresh character, and her and Kirk s relationship was well wrought especially the ending.What majorly dropped my review star count was the plot s pacing The first 200 pages seem to exist only to set up for the last 100 pages, and while Duane s plethora of details build up the characters and world nicely, they can t hold my attention Put simply and horribly, I was bored and that s partially why it took me so long to finish the book.Once I got to page 201 though, the plot s My Enemy, My Ally remains one of the best classic Star Trek novels ever written, even thirty years after its original publication date I want to give this one to everyone I ve ever known who s been disappointed by a Trek book and say, Read this It will change your mind about Trek I will admit right up front that I have a rather large bias toward Diane Duane, who has written a considerable portion of my favorite books her YA fantasy series, Young Wizards Ael T Rllaillieu Is A Noble And Dangerous Romulan Commander But When The Romulans Kidnap Vulcans, Intending To Harness Their Mind Power Through Genetic Experimentation, Ael Decides On Treason Captain Kirk, Her Old Enemy, Joins Her In A Secret Pact To Destroy The Research Laboratory And Free The Captive Vulcans When The Romulans Discover Their Plan, The Neutral Zone Seethes With Schemes And Counter Schemes, Sabotage, And War Back in the day, before there were sequel series to the classic TV show, before the reboot, there were the Pocket Books Star Trek novels They built on the original stories, taking advantage of the novel format to create worlds and aliens and special effects impossible for TV or movies This was where my fandom was all these books.So one of the things I resented about Star Trek The Next Generation is that the show s creators completely failed to make use of Diane Duane s wonderful extrapolatio Back in the day, before there were sequel series to the classic TV show, before the reboot, there were the Pocket Books Star Trek novels They built on the original stories, taking advantage of the novel format to create worlds and aliens and special effects impossible for TV or movies This was where my fandom was all these books.So one of the things I resented about Star Trek The Next Generation is that the show s creators completely failed to make use o Picked this for cheesy vacation reading but was blown away by how great it ended up being Everything you want a licensed tie in book to be feels right and familiar, but one that expands the world and tells a story in a way they wouldn t or couldn t on TV or in a movie This book is one of my favorite rereads I can t believe I ve never reviewed it Duane s Trek novels come from a parallel universe where Trek, and its classic characters, are better than they actually were in a way, truer to canon than canon, pure Roddenberry There s a profound joy to her work aliens are wonderful, exploration is amazing, everyone has the potential to become their best self My Enemy, My Ally came from an era of Trek novels when really good writers could be tasked with expan This book is one of my favorite rereads I can t believe I ve never reviewed it Duane s Trek novels come from a parallel universe where Trek, and its classic characters, are better than they actually were in a way, truer to canon than canon, pure Roddenberry There s a profound joy to her work aliens are wonderful, exploration is amazing, everyone has the potential to become their best self My Diane Duane does SUCH great Star Trek Her OCs are delightful and her investment in characters having complex backstories and personalities really shines here. This is not a perfect book, but it is very good, and what sit s fascinating Yeah, it s got stuff that doesn t make sense, it s got buildup that turns out to not be foreshadowing, it s got starships moving at Warp 14, it s got conversations in untranslated Romulan for no particular reason Not to mention a few exchanges of banter that might as well have been in Romulan for all t Diane Duane has crafted a good basic story about a Romulan commander joining forces with the Enterprise crew to foil a despicable new weapon that she feels will be a permanent blight on the honor of the Romulan people It has some nice suspenseful moments and builds to a satisfying climax.However, it is also terribly padded There are pages and pages of exposition that do little to advance the story and belabor the character points that are being made Characters converse for pages about matters Diane Duane has crafted a good basic story about a Romulan commander joining forces with the Enterprise crew to foil a despicable new weapon that she feels will be a permanent blight on the honor of the Romulan people It has some nice suspenseful moments and builds to a satisfying Some of the other Star Trek books have been mediocre at best, but Diane Duane usually does an excellent job in her writingsand this book is no exception The story really drew me in, and I almost felt like I was watching the show instead of reading a book.