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Night of the Living Trekkies (Quirk Fiction) Paperback – September 15, 2010
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“Has the zombiepocalypse ended its undead run on bookstores yet? Not if Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall can help it.”—Los Angeles Times, Jacket Copy
“A fun, highly readable action tale packed with obscure Trek references, all wrapped in a sturdy, fast-paced and cinematic story.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Shock Room
“Lovers of the zombie genre will definitely breeze through this book, while Star Trek fans will revel in the abundance of in-jokes and shout-outs to their beloved franchise.”—Geeks of Doom
“Night of the Living Trekkies can be enjoyed as a standalone story by ANY zombie or ‘Star Trek’ fan, and while pre-existing knowledge of the ‘Star Trek’ universe or the nature of zombies is helpful in places, it is definitely not required.”—ScienceFiction.com
- Publisher : Quirk Books; 1st edition (September 15, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1594744637
- ISBN-13 : 978-1594744631
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.24 x 0.68 x 8.04 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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OMG if anyone knows me, they know I'm a huge Star Trek fan. I love the show, love reading the novels and getting deeper into the Rodenberry universe. I love learning about the show, the characters, behind the scenes, the history behind the alien cultures depicted... I've even taken classes at the STARFLEET Academy to learn more.
Yep, I am Commander Angela Spugnardi (OMG she has a pen name!) in the STARFLEET Fan Organization, I run the college of Genealogy and assist with the college of Communications and just received my Boothby Award for completing over two hundred academy courses.
Still not impressed by my nerd credentials? That's ok, I don't need your adoration (LOVE ME!), I have my love and devotion forever tattooed on my arm.
So when I say, as a living, breathing Trekkie, that Night of the Living Trekkies was fanastic, you know I'm telling my honest opinion.
If someone screwed up my Star Trek with horrible books (Shatner) I'd be more than ready to spread my outrage all over social media. (Shatner shat on Star Trek)
Night if the Living Trekkies has so much to like for Star Trek fans and Star Wars fans alike. Let's all get along folks 😉 There are so many references to both franchises that I couldn't help but squeal with delight all the way through. You don't have to be an all out Trek nerd to enjoy this book, yes there are deeper and more nerdy jokes than some may understand if they're not as crazy Trekkie like me, but there is so much to like about this book and so much to still enjoy. And if you don't understand those nerdy references I'm talking about-Go watch more Star Trek! 😉
The chapters are cleverly named after Trek episodes and the curse of the red shirt prevails as the Trekkies test their warrior skills with very real replicated weapons on hordes of Trekkie zombies.
The book is so clever and original in a time inundated with zombie stories. It's a mix of a Star Trek episode with a Resident Evil, super beings twist, only you can actually believe there's a chance of surviving this scenario.
I think I'm going to have to start looking into Quirk Books because this is exactly the kind of read I've been looking for!
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I became aware of its existence through the trailer on YouTube, which I found extremely funny (although it transpires it bears little relation, narrative-wise, to the plot of the novel), and decided it was probably merited a read.
My first reservation was the fact that some years ago I'd read Star Wreck, a so-called parody which I found excruciatingly difficult to read, given that I found nothing at all even remotely amusing in it. This could be just as painful, or even worse!
My second reservation was the whole "Trekkie-culture" parody thing, which I assumed would be some guy who has a grudge against Trek making Trekkies/Trekkers look like life's biggest losers (or an uneducated fanboy trying, and failing, to lift the profile of his pastime into a respectable position)
My third reservation was the fact that the nominal hero is called Jim Pike. Yes, that's right. Jim Pike.
So I got the book anyway. It reads as neither a parody nor a comedy, although there are moments of both, and done well at that. The story centres on a group of fans attending a convention trying to survive against a zombie horde. The text openly references Dawn of the Dead, and makes no apology for it. But there are so many Trek references (no, I'm not telling you, find them yourself...) that it's clear the author has a profound love of Trek and the culture it promotes. The Star Trek/Star Wars grudge match also gets an honourable mention in a cool way...
Despite the book giving all the outward appearances of a vanity-published fanboy work, complete with the "unauthorised by anyone connected with Star Trek" tagline, this is a well-crafted story with fantastic pacing, genuine suspense, and a simple but captivating plot. Jim Pike makes for a very believeable character. The in-jokes are scattered liberally, but serve only to enhance the story rather than detract from it.
I feel I owe it to people reading this review to find something to criticise about it in order to present a balanced article. I'm sorry, I just can't. It's worth five stars, and that's it.
Someone, somewhere, in an official Star Trek capacity should read this book and give the author a place on the writing team. Or at least ask them to organise the next convention. But without zombies...
This is a very well written book, which is humourous and contains just enough Star Trek references to keep Trekkies happy but not enough to thoroughly bore non-fans. The same goes for the zombie aspect - it's exciting but not overly geeky. There's plenty of excitement and a great little twist that means these aren't your traditional zombies.
I want to rave on and on about the book but I'm afraid if I do that I'll fill this review with spoilers. I'll just finish by saying that fans of either genre should give this book a go - I don't think you'll regret it.
Same way as the can of pringles, when you were finished, you had a vague feeling that, "was it really worth it to have eaten the whole can?"
Overall I think it was.
Oh and check out the book title on YouTube - a very amusing promo for the book.
If you're a trek fan then I think you'll enjoy it. I must admit zombies are my least fave horror genre but that didn't put me off at all.