Review: Night of Living Trekkies - Kevin David Anderson & SamStall

Title - Night of Living Trekkies
Author - Kevin David Anderson & SamStall
Year - 2010
Stand Alone or series - Stand Alone
Pages - 253
Reading Time - 3 days (September 2010)
Rating - 8/10

Journey to the Final Frontier of Sci-Fi Zombie Horror!
Jim Pike was the world's biggest Star Trek fan—until two tours of duty in Afghanistan destroyed his faith in the human race. Now he sleepwalks through life as the assistant manager of a small hotel in downtown Houston. But when hundreds of Trekkies arrive in his lobby for a science-fiction convention, Jim finds himself surrounded by costumed Klingons, Vulcans, and Ferengi—plus a strange virus that transforms its carriers into savage, flesh-eating zombies! As bloody corpses stumble to life and the planet teeters on the brink of total apocalypse, Jim must deliver a ragtag crew of fanboys and fangirls to safety. Dressed in homemade uniforms and armed with prop phasers, their prime directive is to survive. But how long can they last in the ultimate no-win scenario?

Now this was a strange yet very pleasant read. I always have enjoy the Star trek universe; both the movies and the series (with the exception of the last series). And as you know enjoy reading books about zombies and so we have a mix of both of them. It was a good combination. It's not the best zombie story out there but it's quite appealling because we have the interaction of the two worlds.

We begin our journey is a hotel that is overrun with zombies and several characters are bound together to leave the city as they find out that the army is trying to containt the plague via destruction of the city. The book itself ends nicely and without any loose ends. Of course if you want you can make a sequel but I think it's not intended.

The characters are quite good. The main character has some war problems and this story makes him confront them. He has some large knowledge of the Star Trek world and over the pages him and other characters give us some information about the series. The other characters are quite good and Leia (a woman he saves dressed as the star wars's princess Leia from the the Return of Jedi movie)  is another quite good character giving all those hints and cataphrases from the Star Wars movies. There is also a interesting character that is dressed in red and as he point out whenever a red dress character would go to a planet with Kirk or other members (from the original series) he would die. It's was very entertaining to see the situations he was in and when this character would die.
The zombies are just like ordinary zombies with a particular difference that is the interlinked community that they share like a internet thingy. But in my opinion they aren't that good adversaries. The arch enemy of this book is an upgraded zombie 2.0 that is almost undestructable (yet it died).
Quirk was the company that launch this innovating book. They have being releasing some interesting classic novels with supernatural and zombies elements. This was my first book from them yet I have them all. Let me read another and see how it works out.

I recently read another zombie called Death Troopers that's a crossover from Star Wars universe with Zombies. Both books work out pretty good. The Living Trekkies was not set in the Star Trek universe so it work out pretty nicely;a parody if you will. The other brought elements of zombies into the Star Wars universe. In my opinion it was a very bad idea. You've got the universe all work out and now you add zombies ... It was not a good idea and I thing some fans got upset (the same won't happen in the living trekkies...) Overall it was a good but and anyone interesting in zombies or star trek should read the novel.
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