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Just read: «Night of the Living Trekkies»

During my vacation I read the first two books Game of Thrones (magnificent! I loved it! Now I finally can watch the TV show. :-)) and two Pratchetts, but Game of Thrones and Pratchett are known enough as it is. Something that I bet isn’t as widely known is the first book I read during my vacation: «Night of the Living Trekkies» by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall.  It’s a mixture of Star Trek (from the fans point of view in the current time) and the zombie genre, which I’m really new to. Without knowing much about zombie movies and books, it seems to be the typical story, mixed in with a bunch of guys at a Star Trek convention, trying to survive. I like those parody books and it is especially fun to find it mixed into another genre. An example of the books style, I want to show you two things. The first is the disclaimer at the beginning:

Image at the beginning of the book

ATTENTION ALL STARFLEET PERSONNEL

The following text is an original work of fiction/horror/parody. Night of the Living Trekkies is not sponsored by, affiliated with, or endorsed by the owners of the Star Trek® brand. Any personnel claiming otherwise will be sentenced to one year of hard labor in the penal colony of Rura Penthe.

And the second thing is this image you can find also at the beginning of the book here on the right. Those two things were enough for me to buy this book and if you like Star Trek or maybe Zombies, you should too! 🙂

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Just read: Wil Wheatons «Dancing Barefoot»

After having read Wil Wheatons «Just a geek» (about which I wrote a week ago), I thought I’ll also read Wils first book «Dancing Barefoot». If you liked Just a geek, I bet you won’t be disappointed by its predecessor. But to be honest I liked Just a geek more, it felt more personal and told Wils story. Also there are a few (two?) stories told in both books. But I found especially the story about „WILLIAM FUCKING SHATNER“ interesting, because I couldn’t understand in Just a geek why Wil is calling him that. Dancing Barefoot tells the associated story.

Oh and from a geeks point of view I found the license quite curious: Creative Commons – Deed Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works Kudos to that! 🙂

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Just read: Wil Wheatons «Just a geek»

Wil Wheaton: Just a geekLast weekend I finished Just a geek by Wil Wheaton. As a Star Trek fan I always enjoy reading literature about the backgrounds and the people behind Star Trek, but this book wasn’t just interesting, I found it also quite educational about life, the universe and everything. Wil wrote a very open book about his life journey after leaving Star Trek – The Next Generation (TNG) and his search for happiness. It seems he didn’t skip the bad parts and decisions he made, but on the other hand is quite entertaining about it.

What I for example didn’t knew before, is that he left Star Trek on his own to pursue his movie career. Since there was a big Anti Wesley Crusher Campaign during TNG, I always assumed that he was written out of the show. I have to admit, I wasn’t a Wesley fan either and wasn’t that unhappy that he left the show, even though I never would have written him a fan hate letter or something like that. But I never really thought about the fact, that it wasn’t his fault: A 16 year old boy has not that much influence with writers/directors/whatever, he had to do what the script told him.

If you are interested in a bit Star Trek history from a unique point of view or perhaps follow Wils blog, this book is surely a good read, I enjoyed it very much.

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