Friday, October 20, 2023

A stitch in time

A Stitch in TimeA Stitch in Time by Andrew J. Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a big fan of Garak and DS9 in general, I devoured this book. The bonus for me was certainly that i did it via audiobook, narrated by the actor that played Garak. It immerses you so deeply into the world that it was like having a spinoff movie set in the DS9 franchise.

This book is told in a few different time periods. I’d highly recommend a DS9 re-watch prior to diving in here, but you can probably just strive to remember things along the way. May loose threads (see what I did there?) are tied up in this book, written by the actor and gives a supremely satisfying tale. So, back to how this story is told. We get to follow along in the present time, where Garak is writing a letter to Doctor Bashir. He’s on his “home world” and trying to literally dig it out of the rubble that the war created. The second bit of the tale is told from Garak’s time on DS9, leading up to the attempt to re-take his home world. Lastly, we get a really interesting look into Garak’s time growing up, getting trained as a spy, and, gasp, falling in love.

It’s hard to summarize this book in a coherent way because it takes a lot of twists a turns. Ultimately, where we end is satisfying because we get to spend time with the Garak who has been through many things that shaped him. Are all the open questions answered? Absolutely not - what kind of Garak book would this be if that were the case?!?! You get taken on a wonderful journey, told through the lens of a truly unique individual. It was very rewarding to see some random mentions make big waves in Garak’s past. I can’t recommend this enough for someone who wants to enjoy some DS9 with a different storyteller.

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