Seize the Fire
The latest book I'm reading is another in the Star Trek: Titan series ... Star Trek: Typhon Pact #2: Seize the Fire
The series is set after the last Star Trek movie, the one in which Commander Riker and Counselor Troi get married and in which Data sadly dies. Now, Riker is the captain of his own ship, and Starfleet is renewing its mission of peaceful exploration and diplomacy, a mission spearheaded by the Titan, which in addition to Riker and Troi, is manned by "the most biologically varied and culturally diverse crew in Starfleet history. There are some familiar characters on the crew but three of my favorites are new ... Ensign Torvig, who is of an alien race that looks like a cross between a sheep and an ostrich ... Chief of security Lieutenant Commander Ranul Keru who's an unjoined Trill and (a first for Star Trek, I think) a gay character ... Dr. Ree, the chief medical officer, who looks like a velociraptor.
This book of the series is really pretty good. Riker and his crew encounter the Gorn, who were first introduced in a (pretty bad) episode of the old original series ;) ...