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Night of the Living TrekkiesWhen I got an email asking if I would be interested in receiving and reviewing a copy of Night of the Living Trekkies, I totally jumped on that shit!

 

While my sister is more of a Trek fan than myself (sorry guys, I’m a Star Wars kinda dork), I have fond memories of watching reruns and whatever current series was airing when I was a kid. Plus, a sci-fi/horror/parody about a dork convention? Definitely couldn’t pass that up.

The novel, by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall, follows glorified bellhop Jim Pike (who just happens to have been through two military tours in Afghanistan) and a rag-tag bunch of con-goers including his sister, a booth babe and a pompous nerd as they try to survive a zombie apocalypse and escape the con with their lives.

Now, I know that this may sound like a regular convention to you, but I promise that it’s just a little bit more dangerous than the normal conventions you and I are used to.

Just days before GulfCon, an all-Trek convention in Houston, Texas, there was a terrible accident at a secret bunker located beneath Johnson Spaceflight Center that was used by the government to hide creepy-crawly experiments from the general public.

Flash forward to the first day of GulfCon. At the hotel Jim works at people are showing up to the hotel in costumes, people are speaking in odd languages and people of all ages and races are acting like aliens from another planet, but Jim notices that something just isn’t quite right.

Soon after his sister and her friends arrive at the con, shit really hits the fan and a fun little story unfolds with twists and turns and plenty of fun Trek history and knowledge to wrap your brain (if you still have it) around.

I have to say that I really did enjoy this book right from the start. The prologue draws you in and sets up a familiar scenario, giving you just enough to fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the ride.

As hinted, the story itself is relatively predictable, but the novel wasn’t trying to completely reinvent the zombie-survival genre. Instead, it glued a Klingon headpiece to it and took it for a ride in an RV decked out like the USS Enterprise.

It’s also a relatively easy read. Once I finally just sat down and read, I leisurely made my way through the 253 pages in just around four hours (taking my time to re-read a few of the more fun parts). It is only a paperback, after all.

I think this is much better than the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series that Quirk also publishes in that the novelists aren’t trying to force a new element into a story that was just fine as-is. Here, they took two things that already melded well together, zombies and dorks, and baked a delicious brain-cake with oozing red frosting on top.

At $14.95, I probably wouldn’t have picked this up at Borders or Barnes and Noble, but for $7.50 I would have been all over this at Half-Priced books. I’m just a poor college student of course, so if you have the disposable income, feel free to have at it!

I’m going to assign this a ranking of five severed limbs out of five for providing me with fun Star Trek facts, a bit of Star Wars quotery and tons of zombie fun that I’ll be able to re-read a few times.

PS If you would like to win a copy of the book and a poster (warning, they’re kinda bent-up from being shipped to me), PM me the answer to the following question as well as exactly 100 words on what makes you a DoorQ. I’ll give ya’ll a week to give me the best you’ve got before I pick someone!

 

In what episode did Captain James T. Kirk first say the words, "Beam me up, Scotty"?

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