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  • By Alka Dighe on July 16, 2013

    I am Star Trek fan and have read many books, this was nice because it focuses on Troi's gifts, and she is one of my favorite characters

  • By Anne-Marie G on November 9, 2006

    I was surprised when I started reading this to see such an inclusion of Christianity in it--that is something that is alien in Star Trek. Wrapping my mind around that this is sort of a Man in the Iron mask tale. A man is about to become king, but is prevented from doing so by his previously unknown twin brother--twins are thought of as a birth defect on this planet--among other things.Deanna is the central figure in this novel--which works well in the end, but at first she was absurdly whiney, never having enough time for herself, failing miserably, not able to take her hot bubble bath. Once she was on a mission and seemed to remember she was a starfleet officer she was much more enjoyable to read.I did feel uncomfortable with so much religion in this, while spirituality has never been banished from Star Trek, earth religions seemed to have been ignored in favor of alien metaphors, and perhaps there was a way to do this in this novel so there could be more of a consistency with the Trek universe. Another minor quibble I had was everyone's ability to speak english in a hostage situation where they had no universal translator....(they had no communicators and were in their pjs, its hard to argue that someone had one).Scott did do a very good job of layer all of her plots and subplots though. This wasn't a painful read and was pretty thought provoking at times, but I won't rank it as my absolute favorite.

  • By Jim Morrison on December 20, 2009

    The crew of the Starship Enterprise are taking a couple of nuns to Capulon IV. The king is about to be crowned and The Federation is there to deliver the "Little Mothers" and also sign a treaty. But suddenly (surprise, surprise) everything goes seemingly wrong. Picard, Troi, and Mother Veronica are captured and there seems no way out. Even the king is captured and held in a cell. The best parts of this book, for me, were the philosophical treatment of religion that take place as a series of dialogues the android "Data" has with humans. I don't quite agree with the conclusion (we all need to seek our own "God" and all religions have some common ideas), but there were some interesting comments along the way. Also, a lot of coverage was given to the psychic powers of Troy and the Mother Veronica. The author gives you the details of the psychic abilities, processes,feelings and emotions of the psychics. It is all fiction of course, and for me not convincing. It does however follow the classic Star Trek motif. This story is well written enough to hold your interest and the ending, I thought, was even remarkable, even though somewhat predictable.

  • By Rachel E. Watkins on August 15, 2003

    I was very plesantly surprised when I read this book. I've read more than my share of badly written TNG novels lately, and picked up this one from the library with a bit of trepidation, wondering if there were no more TNG books worth the time to read them. Fourtunatly, this was an excellent book.Dianna Troi is well portraied, and her empathic talents are streched to the limit in this mission. This book also has religion as a central theme for a change. As someone who is facinated by the study of various religions I found this to be a refreshing change, however I would have liked to see something a little less centered on catholicism and/or christianity. The religion of the people on the planet is also very similar to catholicism.The Enterprise is on a mission to take two members of the religious order "The Little Mothers" to a planet who has requested thier assistance and Picard is on a mission to bring a treaty to the planet for entrance into the Federation as the monarch heir is being corinated as the supreme leader of the planet. The Little Mothers care for orphans and unwanted children no matter what thier physical or mental condition. Thier being sent on this mission turns out to be an unexpected godsend for one of the little mothers who comes to term with a gift which she has always seen as a curse.However, there is something devious happening there which you should discover by reading on your own. This is a well written, enchanting story which is a great addition to the trek world.

  • By K. Wyatt on September 25, 2003

    This numbered Star Trek The Next Generation title is but the only title from this outstanding author that added so well to the genre. This is somewhat sad as I found her writing style to be quite good and it would be very interesting to see her revisit the genre in any one of its many variants.The cover art for "Guises of the Mind" is somewhat standard fare for the period in which it was released.The premise:Inspired by a quote from Sarek of Vulcan entailing mastery over emotions thus gaining peace through embracing the many guises of the mind, this author sets off to tell a different but extraordinarily intriguing STNG tale.Capulon IV is a planet that has been waiting for several years to petition for membership in the Federation and they're finally ready. In order to gain this membership the planets' new ruler must go through coronation and the signing of the final treaty. The Enterprise is dispatched to Capulon IV with a group of women from a religious order dedicated to helping the downtrodden. This group expects to be welcomed with open arms but they instead find deceit and treachery and the crown prince now refusing to join the Federation.Captain Picard, Troi and Mother Veronica, the abbess of the nuns beam down to the planet in an attempt to determine the problem and work it out with crown prince. They're soon drugged and captured though. Captain Picard must now find a way to escape and stop the crown prince from being crowned as they soon learn that he will not only stop his planet from joining the Federation but he also intends to destroy the Enterprise.What follows from there is one of the most intriguing STNG novels to date that explores areas of Gene Roddenberry's universe that are rarely visited but is done quite refreshingly in this novel.I highly recommend this earlier Star Trek The Next Generation novel as it will make an excellent addition to your Star Trek library. {ssintrepid}


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