Monday, July 22, 2013

G&T Book Reports round up

As I mentioned in my introductory post one of the things I write is the (usually) monthly Book Report feature for the G&T Show's website, where I present each month's new releases in the world of Star Trek prose, and collect interesting news about upcoming books - like announcement for new books, interviews with authors, cover and/or blurb releases etc.

Due to personal reasons I had to sit out one month, but here you can find my Book Reports since I started in February:

Book Report - February 2013

Book Report - March 2013

Book Report - April 2013

Book Report - May/June 2013

Book Report - July 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A short introduction

Hi, for those who don't know me yet a short introduction:

My name is Jens Deffner, I am 34 years old and come from Germany and for the time being this blog is meant to be some kind of focal point for me to talk about stuff I've written/done for various tie-in related websites/blogs. Most of it is Star Trek related, but I have also dabbled with other tie-in stuff and probably will do so in the future, so I kept the blog name a bit more open than on my previous LJ blog.

I have started to read the Trek novels in earnest sometime in the late nineties. At first I read the German translations, but when the German releases became fewer and fewer I started to transition to reading the novels in English sometime during the early ’00s and haven’t looked back since. As a result of some very extensive (and sometimes expensive) trips to flea markets and book shops I own and have read most of the novels and anthologies released by Pocket Books in one language or the other. Over the last decade or so I have published reviews of the books online, first on my LiveJournal and on message boards and since March 2008 on the UK based media tie-in centered website Unreality SF. For Unreality SF I have also interviewed a bunch of the authors about their novels both media tie-in and original, and plan to do more in the future. At the moment there is little new stuff by me due to lack of time, but if you’re into Big Finish’s audío plays there are regular reviews by Star Trek novelist Steve Mollmann there as well.

Since February I also contribute to the website of The Sunday G&T Show with a monthly feature called the Book Report. There I will talk about the new release(s) of the current month and try to give all the information you need to know to decide if it’s something you’re interested in.  Beyond talking about the current release(s) I try to collect all news about Trek-Lit I have encountered over the course of the preceding month to give  a destination to learn about all thing Trek-Lit without you having to spend a lot of time to search the different sources for news.

Beyond that I occasionally help out 8of5 of The Trek Collective  with information, mostly about the German line of Star Trek novels and spend time on TrekLit related forums, like the Trek Literature section of the TrekBBS.