This week, Jake Sisko becomes the first kid in history to get grounded for acing a test. But when the hottest new video game on the promenade starts putting all comers into comas, he may be the only pinball wizard who’s up to the challenge. Why is a Ferengi giving out free plays? Where is the Ultimate Crown of Wisdom? And can video games truly be part of a well-balanced life? All this and more in Arcade, the book where all those games really will rot your brain!
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Quick Note to Readers: I am currently tasked with supervising my son’s virtual schooling. Due to the time commitment this requires, review postings (like this one) may be delayed to Friday evenings or Saturday mornings for the next few weeks. The reviews are getting written, but between handling virtual schooling and having to fit in sleep (because I work overnight), opportunities to transcribe them are severely limited. I know y’all will understand because you’re cool like that. I just wanted you to know. —Jess
This week, when a big brown furry thing takes a shine to Jake, Odo leaves it in his and Nog’s care. But when the wormholes burps up a soap bubble that’s looking for its abducted prince, their bylaws dictate that they can’t give out any useful information for finding him. Are Jake and Nog card-carrying members of G.R.O.S.S.? Does Morn ever panic? And do you even have to read this book at all? All this and more in The Pet, a book written by Mel Gilden. What a guy!
This week, Keiko’s class gets a new student, but the only class he’s interested in is Advanced Cardassian Murdering. But when they find a stowaway in the vents, they suddenly realize why there’s always cheesecake in the beef stew. Can the YA books handle full Garak? Is it harder to survive war or peace? And when did everyone turn British all of a sudden? All this and more in Prisoners of Peace, the book that may very well lay claim to the franchise’s first adorable Vulcan.
This week, Jake misses terra firma enough to take Nog up on some ill-advised shenanigans. But when their unwitting Uber driver gets kidnapped, suddenly they’re the ones playing secret agent. Is there any such thing as a poisonous snake? Is Vedek Bareil just chopped liver? And is there any way Ben raised Jake to talk to women like that? All this and more in Stowaways, the book where the beach is transparent.
This week, when Molly O’Brien’s imaginary friend turns out to be real, Nog fears a visit from the Ghost of FCA Future. But when Jake trusts the specter and crosses over, he’ll have to figure out how to turn clipping back on to warn his dad about a bomb. Do Japanese pitchers ever pan out? How do Ferengi ground their kids? And which crew member would narc on you for downloading ROMs? All this and more in The Star Ghost, the book where oo-mox ruins everything.