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Posted March 30, 2013
As one of the contributors to this book (unpaid, so this isn't a shill review), I got a preview copy in the mail. It's a coffee-table-quality printing with excellent, readable full-color patterns. The fluff text accompanying the patterns is interesting and humorous. The example pieces get good close-up shots, so my ego was sufficiently stroked. And even if you're a complete cross-stitch neophyte, each project has excellent instructions. It's on preorder until its May release at almost half off - you've got nothing to lose! I'm proud to have been part of this project with such a fine result.
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Posted July 23, 2013
I would have loved this a whole lot more if it had more Star Trek: Enterprise (NX-01) projects to make. There's the Klingon typefont, but not the Vulcan 'musical' script. There are small size Classic and NexGen phasers (for trim and in samplers), but not Reed's phase pistol. There are cross-stitch charts for the Classic tricorder, silhouette Deep Space 9; Spock, Picard, Kirk, and Wesley charts (Why Wesley?! Why not Trip Tucker?!!); NexGen and Classic command staff for 'guest' hand towel trims, Ferengi, Klingon, and Borg charts, LCARS Holodeck and datapadd charts, and a 'traditional' (i.e., read "TOS" for that) format sampler.
There are NOT the things I was hoping to find: complete, accurately detailed 'portrait' charts of the starships: NX-01, NCC-1701, NCC-1701A, NCC-1701D (first NexGen Enterprise), Voyager, or a detailed DS9, not to mention a "Trip Lives!" portrait chart, a Porthos chart, or even an Enterprise sampler ("Phase pistols have two settings: stun and kill. It would be best not to confuse them." Lt. Malcolm Reed).
This book could easily have been five times as big as it is; in fact, it would be a VERY cool idea for the author to 'spin-off' and write/chart additional books, one for each series--starting with Enterprise NX-01, of course, and going through the rest. I mean, I AM a Star Trek fan, but it seems that everyone seems to ignore Enterprise (except me), and I'm just very disappointed by the obvious omission in a Trek book, yet again.
Personally, I'm just waiting for someone to come up with a paint-by-numbers velvet (Elvis-style) Trip Tucker kit... Trip lives!
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