'NIGHT OF THE LIVING TREKKIES' by KEVIN DAVID ANDERSON AND SAM STALL
RATING : 4 OUT OF 5
Wow, what a fun read. This book is a great homage to everything geeky and “Star Trek” related while putting a bit of its own unique twist on the Sci-Fi/Horror/Comedy genre. Though it has a few issues in its writing there are plenty of laughs and exciting plot points to keep you turning the pages.
The story is focused on a young man named Jim Pike, who after being in the war in the Middle East is now working for a hotel. He gave up his love for Star Trek during the war, even though his knowledge is very extensive on the subject. The GulfCon is taking place one of the weekends he is working; GulfCon is a huge “Star Trek” convention in Houston, Texas and he is nostalgic after seeing all the characters he used to adore. Shortly after, people start feeling sick and not acting right and before you know it, there is a complete “zombie” outbreak in downtown Houston. I put the zombie in quotations because they are not just regular zombies and I don’t want to ruin it for you. The majority of the book takes place inside the hotel and provides for some interesting scenarios. Along the way Jim finds survivors and develops solid relationships with them. Shockingly, you actually care about the people and their outcome. END SUMMARY!
This book is funny, I mean that is really what its good at and it’s actually pretty gory at times which gives it a nice “horror” feel. The characters always talk about movies we know, like “Dawn of the Dead”, “Resident Evil”, and “28 Days Later”. I always thought it was weird that in zombie films, no one seems to talk about zombies as something they already extensively know. It’s as if no one has ever seen a zombie film or ever even heard of one in those movies, so the book is clever in applying pop-culture to its goofy premise. The greatest thing was that no one would break the character they dressed up as for the convention, even when fighting zombies. Being a fictional character gave the stories characters strength; they were a team and needed to work together. I can’t say never broke character; there are some actually pretty nice sentimental parts to the book about loss, love, change, and the burden of doing what no one can.
Though it is a book about “Star Trek” (and zombies), there is one character dressed as Princess Leia from “Star Wars”. She tends to quote lines from “Star Wars” films without really knowing who she is. Times like these make the corners of my mouth turn up with joy and I found myself doing a lot of that throughout the book at little winks and nods here and there. Although I didn’t grasp all the esoteric “Star Trek” references, I knew most and honestly I don't think you need to be a complete “Star Trek” geek to get this book.
In fact, in terms of context and being sort of topical, reading the book is similar to watching “Zombieland”, in the idea of balancing a bunch of different elements and giving you an overall thrill ride. We all know that there are consequences to that idea though.
There are issues I had with the book, one being the writing. It’s not terribly great or in anyways really complex but I am willing to overlook that because the book had only one goal: to entertain (it does)! The real problem I had with the novel was the last 40 pages or so. The book kind of collapses quickly and tries to give you some sort of muddy ending. The comedy drops mostly out in that time and the lack of it shows how bad the book would have been without the comedic value. I can’t really talk about the ending but it left something more to be desired.
BUT! The first 200 pages of the book are great and I hope one of you sexy readers gets their blood stained hands on this book. Overall, this is a must read to those who love comedy in their horror and want to be entertained. I guarantee that you will have a kick-ass time
PROS- Fun story, dialogue, and characters. Great humor and blood soaked scenes. Unique twist on the zombie genre.
CONS- Unfortunate last 40 pages or so. Not complex. Some jokes not relevant to all types of readers.
Happy Stabbings- Jesse
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