Night of the Living Trekkies

By Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall

Science Fiction/Horror

Started on September 14, 2010

Finished on September 15, 2010

First Reading

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In a Nutshell:

This novel is not for everyone. If you’re not a geek then most of the humor will probably fly right past you. If you’re not a Star Trek or Star Wars fan then you probably won’t get most of it. If you’re not a fan of the zombie genre then this probably isn’t the book for you. If you’re the kind of person reading a webcomic about a group of fans at a large fantasy convention who are subsequently sucked into that world, however, then I’m thinking it’s a safe bet you will absolutely love this book.

Night of the Living Trekkies is a book-length love letter to Star Trek, Star Wars, zombies, and old fashioned mass market paperback pulp science fiction books from the early to mid twentieth century. I’ve seen a lot of people describe this book as the literary equivalent of a summer blockbuster and mention that they went into it with low expectations and were pleasantly surprised. I think that these readers are missing the point entirely. Trekkies is deliberately light on the characterization and heavy on the action and funny because that’s exactly what those old pulp novels were all about.

Night of the Living Trekkies isn’t a bad book that manages to rise to greatness based on its humor and its premise. Night of the Living Trekkies is a great book that deliberately hearkens back to an era where science fiction titles sold based on the number of scantily clad women in tinfoil bikinis featured on the front cover. I think that a lot of people reading Trekkies are missing that subtle strain of pulp parody, but the rest of the book is so great that you’ll have a blast no matter what.

Seriously. Buy this book today. If you love Star Trek, Star Wars, zombies, or seriously old school cheesy pulp science fiction then you will love Night of the Living Trekkies.