Lost and a long way from home Voyager must traverse
the almost endless space that separates the ship from Earth.
Aboard, the crew try to carry on life as best they can, but
confined to such a small space personal relationships can
often be just as difficult to navigate as they make their
way to the distant shore that is home...
Shores is a collection of twelve short stories which span
almost all the Voyager seasons. The set of stories
are book-ended by Heather Jarmans account of what really happened
to Admiral Janeway at the end of the last episode.
stories, for the most part, concentrate on individuals and
their relationships, so, regardless who your favourite character
was there will be something in this for everybody and out
of twelve stories there is only one shuttle crash - thank
goodness. The tales are arranged, as best they could, in a
chronological order, so Command Code by Robert Greenberger
is a Chakotay story set just after the events in Caretaker
and reflects the real problems of integrating the two crews
and the difficulties that Chakotay faces going from adversary
to second in command.
Winds of Change by Kim Sheard is a story of Kes's and
Lieutenant Torres growing friendship, indeed most of the stories
follow a similar pattern of exploring the various relationships
between the main characters. Now there's nothing wrong with
that, but it does get a bit Mills and Boons after a while,
with a lot of romantic and touchy feely emotions explored.
The exception to this are the stories involving Torres, which
should not be a surprise given the volatility of the character
on-screen. Indeed, my favourite story was Or The Tiger
by Geoffrey Thorne, with lots of scenes involving Torres
innate distrust and dislike of the surviving Equinox
crew and a new alien mystery thrown in for good measure.
work as back stories to action that had happened on the screen
and some as resolutions of plot ends which were never explained.
In Eighteen Minutes by Terri Osborne we find out just
what the Doctor was doing during the episode Blink of an
Eye, and get to know the family he said he had, which
were only alluded to in the show.
there you have it a new collection with a bit of something
for everyone, shame that most of the stories concentrated
on the emotional side of the crew as it made the whole thing
seem a bit samey, but who knows maybe that was their remit.
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