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Every Starfleet officer knows of the Hamlin Massacre, of how the tiny Federation outpost of Hamlin was destroyed, its entire adult population mercilessly slaughtered and the colony's children abducted by Choraii invaders who attacked with a ferocity and speed that outmatched their Starfleet pursuers. Now, 50 years later, the Choraii ships have reappeared, but this time theEvery Starfleet officer knows of the Hamlin Massacre, of how the tiny Federation outpost of Hamlin was destroyed, its entire adult population mercilessly slaughtered and the colony's children abducted by Choraii invaders who attacked with a ferocity and speed that outmatched their Starfleet pursuers. Now, 50 years later, the Choraii ships have reappeared, but this time the Federation is better prepared, with the starship "Enterprise" TM standing at red alert....

Title : The Children of Hamlin
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ISBN : 9780671735555
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Number of Pages : 252 Pages
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The Children of Hamlin Reviews

  • Mary Kelly
    2019-05-08 01:35

    Fast and dramatic it makes you think while still being a good "dime novel".

  • Anna
    2019-04-29 20:29

    I don't know why, exactly, but I enjoyed this even more than when I read it first (and then about 20 time more) at 12. Was quite intrigued by the Choraii space ship, wish we could have seen more of it. The inside, in particular, I found fascinating. I also liked the interaction between Picard and Crusher, was a nice touch to have the book begin and end with them in the lounge.

  • Benjamin Plume
    2019-05-03 03:36

    As far as Trek books go, this one isn't tops. Even for Sci-fi a good bit of it isn't believable, and the parts that are believable are predictable from the very early stages. It still manages to be a semi-fun read, though.

  • Sean Whelan
    2019-04-27 00:29

    Not bad for an early entry into TNG novels. This could have been a successful TV episode. Characters seem on point and the story moves along well.

  • Jerry
    2019-04-26 03:41

    More enjoyable space opera.

  • Liz
    2019-05-16 00:38

    With the title and the basic plot as guide (planet is destroyed by music-loving aliens and only the children are saved) this story is an obvious allusion to the nursery rhyme "The Pied Piper of Hamlin." Intertwining the two stories--a 50-yr-old tragedy and the resettlement of a technology-averse people--makes for an interesting narrative on communication. How do vastly different species/ideologies/hierarchies communicate effectively with each other? What happens when language fails to communicate what the individuals want, not what's best for the group?These are just some of the questions touched on in this story, but I think the real shine comes from the crews interactions with each other. Carmen Carter did a great job capturing the voices of Enterprise crew. She even goes so far as to extend the narrative of miscommunication to them and their relationships with each other--harkening back to Jack Crusher's death as an impediment between Picard and Dr Crusher's friendship and Wesley Crusher's narrative of himself as a boy without a father. Also it's really nice to see Wesley have a friend his own age, even if for a short period of time. In the series he is nearly always alone, the only child in a room of adults. It was nice to see him as just a kid for once. As as side note, I would've loved to see this story as a TOS book. It would've been amazing to see Uhuru, our canon linguist, learning the musical language of the Charaii in order to communicate with them. I can see why TNG was chosen (pretty sure there is already a TOS book the revolves around this idea) and it does work well in the TNG universe. It just fits so well with Uhuru's character that I can't help myself from imagining.

  • Daniel Willis
    2019-05-20 04:46

    Still not certain what to make of this one yet. The antagonists brutally massacred a colony of adults and kidnapped the children, who now live in the alien's literally womb-like ships as pets, having all needs met. Federation bargains for them back, and most of the rescued soon die, never adjusting back to "normal" human existence. Humans are better off fat, dumb, and happy?Also, furthering a TNG trend, anyone who dares to eschew technology is portrayed as a backwards intolerant religious cultist, like the Farmers (read Amish) are here. Don't question the "scientists", they know what's best for you?Maybe I'm just expecting too much from these books. To me sci/fi should creatively make a point (even if, and especially if, I don't agree with it) to challenge my thinking. Didn't get that here. However, the story, action and pacing were good. As others commented, would make a decent TV episode.

  • Joel
    2019-05-12 22:35

    This was the first early TNG book that I've felt that captured the characters and the feel of the series right, in the sense that as I could believe that this was an episode of ST:TNG. Obviously it's not the greatest writing out there, but it was an enjoyable read overall.The interesting thing for me was that the plot of the book seemed to mirror the plot of several TNG episodes which came out before or just after this book was published in January 1988 - The Big Goodbye (Before the book), Up the Long Ladder (after the book), and The Ensigns of Command (after the book).

  • MWT
    2019-05-01 23:56

    The cover on my copy is purple, but it's the same ISBN. Hmm.

  • Daniel Devereux
    2019-05-12 02:56

    Once I started this book I just couldn't put it down. I was absorbed from the first page. The twists and turns were very predictable but no less thrilling.

  • Adam
    2019-05-07 20:49

    This book was a slight improvement over that of the “Peacekeepers”, which I found to be a rather tedious adventure. As we progress into the Star Trek books I feel the characters are getting a little stronger in their actual representation. It seems this author may have actually seen an episode rather than just read a script or two. However, there are still some things that are seriously wrong with the character portrayal compared with the show.The biggest issue was with Wesley. While I feel Wesley’s portrayal was well done, Carmen Carter was very liberal with Wesley’s duties. Now you have to remember in the first season Wesley is only an acting ensign, he’s not even a full ensign! Despite this it appears he can do whatever he wants to do. Picard is letting him sit in on classified meetings that have the highest level of secrecy and argues that Wesley is part of his bridge crew and therefore allowed to be in the meeting. This is utterly ridiculous.Another issue was with the technology in some cases. This may have more to do with lack of information at the time the author wrote this book. Maybe this comment is more in hindsight, but it just felt ridiculous when reading this. First off Wesley needed to get a book for someone, so he was printing one from a printing station on the bridge. This just seemed silly to me. In another instance Beverly had information on a tape cassette drive. There’s no way those would still exist, I can’t understand why the author thought that would be the pinnacle of data storage even in the late 80’s when this was published.Finally, despite really nailing Data’s character in this book unlike the previous two, Picard’s character was a little off. He was a little too mean and way too impulsive it seemed. It was strange because it never felt like he really weighed his decisions very carefully and he had multiple explosions of anger in this book. This just doesn’t mesh with the stoic captain we see on television. I suppose this irrational personality makes sense for her writing that Picard was convinced Data had emotions, which clearly isn’t true and it’s obvious he doesn’t believe such a thing in the show.Regardless of those weird things the overall story was okay. The Enterprise stumbles into a situation where the highest levels of Starfleet Security take a major role. Amidst all this secrecy they try to solve an old mystery involving missing children. Their original mission was to transport some back woods farmer type people that have decided to reject technology (despite their travelling in a star ship to another planet… go figure). Basically they’re Amish. Anyway, I could have done without the farmer people, but their role makes a bit more sense in the very end, not sure if it was worth the effort of having them there frankly. My one other gripe is the religious references to ancient human religions, such as Christianity, this doesn't get mentioned at all in the show. So Beverly’s name for a child as Moses is pretty foolish in my opinion. The human race in the Star Trek universe is supposed to have grown beyond such trappings and certainly not show favoritism in ones historical knowledge. Maybe it made sense… I don’t know… I just felt like it didn’t belong in this “world”, if you know what I mean.In the end 2.5 stars.

  • Lolly's Library
    2019-05-07 21:37

    3.5 starsAh, now this is much better! This read like a missing episode of the show, to the point where I could hear the actors' voices in my head and see them on the Paramount soundstage. Not only that, but Carter was able to write a story which held a great deal more intelligence and entertainment value than Gene DeWeese was able to in the previous novel, The Peacekeepers, plus hers suffered far less from early series novel issues. As in the characters are more like those we've come to know on screen and their personalities are more clearly defined than previously, especially in regards to interactions with each other (Troi and Riker, Picard and Beverly, even Tasha and Data to some extent). However, while it's obvious Carter did some research before writing the book, there were still some bumps in the road.For example, Worf, while he takes part in the action, is barely more than a name and some movement; as a reader, we don't get to know him at all. Riker seems to be a confusing mix of charming confidence and embarrassed shyness at times, which doesn't suit his personality (which was almost always charming confidence when it wasn't brash arrogance), Picard is often more brusque and given to outbursts of anger, when he's not making quick, somewhat irrational decisions, completely at odds with his calm, stoic, and measured role as captain of the Enterprise. But Wesley seemed to get the brunt of it as far as Carter's understanding of his role and duties, taking part in classified meetings he would've been shooed away from, casually strolling onto parts of the ship where he technically, as a simple acting ensign, has no business being.The worst part was the technology used. Instead of being the nonsensical technobabble so often relied on, but which still managed to have some kind of internal logic, Carter used laughably outdated technology. For instance, Dr. Crusher reads information off of tape cassette drives--what?! Those things weren't even used on TOS let alone TNG. Never mind the fact she also gets information from a stack of paper; again, nobody used paper in the future created on the show, that's what all those multiple padds were for. Wesley is helping one of the passengers on the Enterprise, a young farmer boy, by printing out books. Again, what?! Okay, yes, we're dealing with an agrarian society which is a technology-averse culture, but there's no precedent for having a book printing station on the ship, let alone on the bridge--it makes no sense.That said... That said, the Choraii ship was probably the most creative alien vessel I've come across. Personally, from the descriptions given, it's no wonder(view spoiler)[ the adult survivors don't want to leave such a calming liquid environment, even without being drugged (hide spoiler)]. The musically-based culture of the Choraii was so intriguing, I felt almost like Data in my desire to know and understand more about how their singing-language worked. And though I saw the ending coming a mile away, it was still written in such a emotionally strong way, I found myself tearing up slightly over the outcome.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-06 20:36

    Rereading these early Star Trek: The Next Generation novels is an interesting experience, servicing nostalgia for the show and characters, providing some light bedtime reading, and giving a more mature perspective on stories that I read when younger and now barely remember. All that I recalled of this title was that it didn't make any good impression, and that I couldn't recall enjoying any of Carmen Carter's Star Trek books. Returning to it, however, it left a far better impression. Compared to the first two TNG novels, this has similar issues with getting characterizations quite right compared to how they were in the show (even in that first season). Yet, despite not being too familiar with the characters yet, Carter manages to get the majority of them far more 'realistically' than the previous two novels, particularly Picard. The second thought I had while reading is that this was the first of the novels to really feel like a science fiction story, creating an alien race with unique and intriguing speculative characteristics. The secondary (noncast) characters were very well drawn, at least in the primary plot line of the novel, and posed significant questions/themes for the reader to consider extending beyond mere plot enjoyment. The plot here is actually fairly predictable, but the characterization and writing make this flaw easy to look past. For an early ST:TNG light read, these redeeming qualities make it rise above.

  • Reinhold
    2019-05-15 20:57

    Tadelloses FrühwerkDie Enterprise ist auf der Mission eine Gruppe sehr traditioneller, technikfeindlicher Farmer auf eine neue Heimatwelt zu transportieren, als sie aufgrund eines Notrufs von diesem Kurs abweichen muss, um der USS Ferrel zu Hilfe zu kommen. Unter hohen Anstrengungen gelingt es, die Choraii genannten Angreifer zu vertreiben, dennoch kann nur noch eine handvoll Überlebender von dem schwer angeschlagenen Schiff gerettet werden.Einer der Überlebenden ist ein gewisser Deelor, der offenbar Teil des Sternenflottengeheimdienstes ist. Er übernimmt das Oberkommando über die Enterprise und erörtert der Führungscrew nur ungern, dass er auf einer Mission ist um Menschen aus den Choraii-Schiffen zu befreien. Die Enterprise muss nun, ob die Crew es will oder nicht, den Platz der zerstörten Ferrel einnehmen.Die Story ist recht interessant gestaltet, und die Charaktere sind trotz der sehr frühen Entstehungszeit des Romans relativ gut dargestellt. Dennoch: zu den besten Star Trek Romanen gehört dieser bestimmt nicht. Will man sich durch die ganze Star Trek Reihe durcharbeiten so kann man getrost zu diesem Buch greifen, da es nicht schlecht ist. Will man sich nur die Highlights herauspicken, so kann man diesen getrost im Regal stehen lassen.

  • Brian Lewis
    2019-04-19 03:31

    I usually don't rate tie-in novels too high, generally because they seem to ride the coattails of the series, and they tend to do a lesser job of it. However, The Children of Hamlin hits all the marks that the show did, and I find that amazing considering that it was written back in 1988, when the show launched. It really felt like an episode that I had missed all these years.The story is engaging, the bizarre nature of the aliens is compelling and leads to many questions that the book explores. The side story is as entertaining as similar ones were on the series. Also, the characters are nearly spot on, which I find amazing considering the book was worked on at the launch of the show.There are a few things in the book that didn't hit the mark, namely warp drive wasn't quite right in one situation, a comment about Data was off, and the closing joke was extremely risque, and a bit too much for Riker's personality, but it took absolutely nothing away from the story as a whole.If you like ST:TNG, read this book! After finishing, I went straight to Goodreads and searched for Carmen Carter. Unfortunately, she has only 4 fiction books published (all of which are ST books). It's a shame such a talented writer has not written more.

  • Biographyguy
    2019-04-29 03:40

    I enjoyed this book far more than I did the first two in the Star Trek: TNG book series. The adventure was more entertaining and more well thought out than the first two. The characters were less one-dimensional. The Choraii were far more interesting as villains than the first two books as well. If I had read this book back when it was first published, I would have harbored a hope that more books would be written about the Choraii. They just have a lot of potential that I have a feeling will be unrealized. My only real complaints about this book are the very predictable ending and the 'wheel of fortune' style names some of the farmers had. Take your typical names and remove the vowels and you have some of the farmers' names. Mry, Krn, Dnnys, Dvd, etc. Other than that I enjoyed this book and am surprised that it had as low a score on goodreads as it currently does. Hopefully my 4/5 will help that.

  • Jason Vargo
    2019-04-22 04:51

    The Children of Hamlin doesn't suffer nearly as much from "early series syndrome" as its predecessors. Each character seems to have found their voice and their personalities come through the page. Now, they aren't perfect, nor are they the characters we will come to know. Picard and Riker are too quick to anger; Worf is nearly non existent. However, Wesley gets something meaningful to do in the B plot; the Riker/Troi dynamic is touched on, as is Picard/Beverly and Yar/Data.Carmen Carter tries a little too hard to tie this story into the televised universe with "bonk bonk on the head" mentions of Angel One and The Arsenal of Freedom. I can't fault the author too much for that, honestly. It makes sense to show where this story occurs in the larger universe.The story itself is unique and not one we'd be able to see on the screen. The effects budget would break the episode, which is exactly the point of a novel. Do things you can't do on television or in a movie.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-28 01:39

    [Right now this is a few notes thrown together and not necessarily a full-fledged review]At this point I'd probably give it a 3 1/2 if I could do so. I can't say that I had problems with the characterizations (but I'll note for clarity that even though I did start from the beginning on TNG as with other series, I ended up viewing the last season (7, I think?) in full before any other because of what was on) and it actually felt like a TNG episode. And not a bad episode, just not one that was quite my cup of tea. There was a reference or two with a biblical flavor (another reviewer mentioned the name Moses), which seemed a bit incongruous. [and somehow reminded me slightly of the way Omnianism (the Discworld's closest analogue to and a parody of the Christian church) is portrayed in the Discworld books.]

  • Brett
    2019-04-25 22:35

    The Enterprise crew answers a distress call on the way to relocating a group of farmers to their new home. Picard and the crew then come face to face with a group of aliens that had murdered a colony 50 years previous while stealing the children of that colony. Along with a Special Agent from the Federation, the Enterprise must reclaim some of the missing children from that 50 year old massacre. The Choraii proved an interesting foe while the farmers of New Oregon were for the most part pointless. We would not have had a reason to reach the books conclusion without this group but their role was such that they could have been left in the background a lot more than was done. Not the best nor worst of the STTNG books that I've read.

  • Abbe
    2019-05-08 02:27

    SUMMARY:The Hamlin Massacre -- every Starfleet officer knows the tale. The tiny Federation outpost of hamlin was destroyed, its entire adult population ruthlessly slaughtered, before the first defense shield could be raised. Even worse, the colony's children disappeared without a trace, abducted by the aliens who attacked with a ferocity and speed that outmatched their Starfleet pursuers. Now, fifty years later, the Choraii ships have appeared again. But this time the Federation is ready; this time the Choraii must pay for what they need. The precious metals can only be bought with the Hamlin children still living with their captors. This time, the Choraii must face Captain Jean-Luc Picard -- and the crew of the starship Enterprise...

  • Andrew Beet
    2019-05-02 01:39

    i really did like this i liked the scenes between picard and amabassdor deelor. he was a creepy character because every time picard asked deelor about something he wouldn't tell him. he is one of these characters who knows a lot more than he is telling. the character of ruthe was well written as well because it was good that carmen carter gave you little bits of this character and not in one chapter it was good to find out where ruthe came from. i enjoyed this book a lot and the b story with the farmers on the enterprise was good and where they were going tied in with this hamilin masssacre and the alien race the choraii

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-05-14 22:54

    This was my first Star Trek novel, all those years ago. Reading it today, you'd think the first season of The Next Generation was a glorious triumph all around, as opposed to being an awkward, earnest, occasionally brilliant/occasionally awful pilot year. "The Children of Hamlin" is the first book to "get" everyone well...the first book that understood the characters, and the first book to plunge those characters into a terrific adventure, in conflict with a truly alien culture. I cherish this book...and it still stands as one of the best TNG-era novels. Compared to the previous two disappointments in the range, this is a revelation!

  • Imzadiforever
    2019-04-30 01:57

    Bel libro, anche se non tra i miei preferiti, l'argomento dei Choraii è interessante, così come lo sono i personaggi creati dall'autrice. Avrei preferito vedere più Beverly, che d'altronde è in copertina, ma che nel romanzo compare solo poco più di Tasha. Marginale anche la presenza di Deanna e Will, ma, stranamente, non li avrei inseriti ulteriormente nel racconto. Mi sono piaciuti i collegamenti con la prima stagione, la gamba di Beverly da ancora fastidio a causa della visita all'Arsenale della Libertà e Troi parte per una missione che, come sappiamo, porterà l'Enterprise ad affrontare Armus... e la morte di Tasha.

  • Chris
    2019-05-08 02:35

    Once again the author messed up with Data: first he said a contraction at the beginning of the book; second the author was trying to give him feelings (which doesn't happen until the movies). The story itself was alright and I know this was set during season 1 so before we know what will happen with the characters of the show. I liked the accuracy of the Crusher family and the descriptive details of everything. I would say yes to read this book if you are a fan of the series, but know that there are better stories out there.

  • Damien
    2019-05-01 21:34

    An enjoyable novel that has the feel of a double episode. Some of these early STTNG novels focus a lot more on a single character than it would in a standard episode, and that's not a bad thing. With Picard & Wesley leading the A & B storylines respectively, we still have a lot of time with the rest of the crew.***spoiler***The author has done a good job in keeping the tension and conflict with the alien species the Choraii in the story - we hear them, we see their ships, we never actually see the species themselves.

  • Lovisa
    2019-04-20 01:43

    Phew, moral dilemmas and stuff! It has a nice amount of bad things to make you wriggle and feel a bit nauseous, without making you want to curl up into a ball and hum to yourself for nine hours(Torchwood anyone?). It felt very much like a real, and nuanced, TNG-episode. It gets 3 stars because it centers quite alot on the two visiting characters, and the book made me feel sad instead of happy as I wanted it to (those are negative things btw).

  • Jessica Stephenson
    2019-04-23 22:46

    There are some great redeeming qualities to this novel-- the emotional lives of the crew are well developed here, and the language used to capture them nears poetics at times. That said, sometimes I also found that the story element was lacking punch. It took me a long time to finish this one due to losing interest frequently. Genocide never fails to reel the human heart, though, and the treatment of the topic was well executed, despite the novel's other drawbacks.

  • ABC
    2019-05-17 04:46

    Children of Hamlin is the first pure Next Generation novel that I have read, and it was quite enjoyable. While the main alien threat was rather dull, their music speech was pretty cool, although I was dissappointed that nothing was really finished in the end.Weasly and Dnnys' playing was funny, but the rest of the Farmer plot was kind of pointless.3.5 stars

  • Cary Spratt
    2019-05-07 03:46

    I read this a long time ago and recall enjoying it, but all I could remember from then was a vague description of the interior of Choraii ships and Moses eating grapes. I definitely enjoyed rereading this one. The Choraii are an interesting species with some very unique traits, the Farmer group were a nice secondary story, and the ending is quite satisfying.

  • Scarlett Sims
    2019-05-05 23:41

    This was a decent quick read. I think my main beef with it was that it was early-seasons: still had Yar, Wesley was a bigger character, everyone was still kinda new to the Enterprise. Also, some of the reveals were pretty predictable. However, the alien adversary was an interesting one and there was nothing notably offensive. I think I might just seek out later titles in the series from now on.