The Queen of Bangkok
|Title:||The Queen of Bangkok|
|Author(s):||Patricia Laurie Stephens|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine Counterpoint #8.
"A/U: Kirk is forced to take along a Vulcan scientist while he investigates the new drug making the rounds, but decides he wants to keep him around after they become lovers."
Reactions and Reviews
The story is well written and griping, but, and it's a big but, I sometimes feel that the story she's telling is somehow apart from K/S, that the ending would be different, and the direction at key points would change, if K/S weren't there. Unfortunately, I think it might be a better story if that were true. K/S seem grafted onto something independent from then but this one hung together better. Still, her imagery is captivating and her characters are forceful, leaping off the page. 
This story was 121 pages of drugs, murder, mayhem, gloom, doom, and gratuitous violence. I really hate to be critical but this author seems to write stories that are nothing less than depressing. Maybe it's just my reaction, but a couple of friends agree. I read K/S, and most other fiction, for that matter, to relax and enjoy. I can nearly always get my daily dose of "downers" just by looking through the morning paper. "The Queen of Bangkok" seemed to be another of the author's well-plotted but morbid scenarios. It's a shame because she is an excellent wordsmith, and she does know how to tell a story. However, even in a Mirror universe I found it nearly impossible to relate to Ms. Stevens characterizations of a speed-popping Kirk, and a Vulcan who seemed to be somewhat of a latter day hippie. In fact, several aspects of this offering had a 60's, hippie, drug culture flavor. I'll not going to give the plot away as I know there are people who like this sort of thing but I was extremely disturbed by the fate of Christine Chapel. I am a fast reader but it took me nearly two days to plod through this offering, and there were several times when I was tempted to throw it down in disgust. Unless this author can come up with some plots that are a little more upbeat I plan to avoid reading her work in the future. 
I read a Trek novel that really blew me away! Patricia Laurie Stephens' "Queen of Bangkok" was fantastic. Everything in it was original. I loved that Kirk! And the dialogue just jumped off the page.