Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Night of the Living Trekkies

 ****1/2 (ok, ok, ok I KNOW we don't rate books but this was such a unique find!!)

This delightful work of fiction opens with two quotes:

"It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning." -- Gene Roddenberry

"Horror is a genre that never dies." -- George A. Romero
I picked up this jewel at downtown Berkeley's Half-Price Books for $5 knowing it'd be the perfect read for the plane trip to the east coast. I hardly slept on the red-eye flight out of Oakland, CA to New York's JFK Airport.
Night of the Living Trekkies focuses on a Star Trek fan and US Marines veteran, Jim Pike, who's been lucky to survive two tours to Afghanistan and is awkwardly adjusting to the civvie life in Texas, taking on the least amount of responsibility as a bellhop of a small hotel. Before long, however, he finds himself heading a mission to get the hell out of Houston, accompanied by a memorable band of characters. Along the way they find out that these zombies are on a mission themselves to consume a lot more than just your brains.
I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that I feel Night of the Living Trekkies is a noteworthy contributor both to the universes of Star Trek and zombie fandom. It offers a new look at both, and is just as splattered with amusing Trek references as it is with entrails.


Octopunk said...

Fascinating! These images you've found are hilarious; are they a coincidence or do they actually pertain to the book?

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Ok I want to read it now - don't give it to your sister!

JPX said...

Great post! We should do more book reviews here. I’m glad the book lived up to your expectations. The quick blurb I read about it when you were visiting sounded like it was a lot of fun.

Catfreeek said...

Send it to me when your done JSP:)

Kevin David Anderson said...

Here is the award winning Book trailer

Crystal Math said...

OMFG are we going to play hot potato with the Trekkie book? :-P

Kevin thanks so much for the link! I couldn't stop laughing when the Vulcan Trekker tried to pull a neck pinch on a Klingon zombie!

Octopunk said...

Geek slap! I believe, Crystal, that vulcan was a TrekKIE because he's dressed like Spock from the original series. A TrekKER would be wearing a costume dating from Next Generation or something later.

Sorry ladies, I'm taken!

That trailer was a hoot! I loved it when the green chick slapped that guy and left a huge green slap mark.

Crystal Math said...

Octo, I don't know where you got that idea from.

I was under the impression that Trekker referred to a single Star Trek fan, and TrekkIES was the plural. Wikipedia suggests that to call fans Trekkies suggests they are crazed fans of the franchise; Trekkers, on the other hand, are more reasonable members of society.

But I will also concede that I should look into more than one website to confirm this.

Aw, shucks, what do I know? I'm just a Niner.

jack said...

I have read this and it is a very good read. I hope Scfy gets a hold of this and makes a weekend movie.

Kevin David Anderson said...

I dedicate an entire conversation to the trekkie vs trekker debate in the book. Could not resist.

You can follow the happenings with Night of the Living Trekkies at: