This is one of those really popular books that I didn't think lived up to the hype. I found myself bored in several places, and the writing style wasnThis is one of those really popular books that I didn't think lived up to the hype. I found myself bored in several places, and the writing style wasn't nearly as engaging as I was hoping. I also a few of the conclusions drawn to be rather far-fetched, and since no actual data was provided, we only have the word of the author that the results were true. On the other hand, whatever my feelings, the book did make me THINK more than I had before about certain topics, and since that's probably the main aim of the book, I have to admit that it did its job. (The premise that Roe vs. Wade did more to curb crime than any other measure was specifically thought-provoking.) I'm not sure if I'll read the sequel at this point, but I'm at least willing to consider it....more
This absolutely FLAWLESS book had me in stitches from page one. Told in the style of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," this quick little book explainThis absolutely FLAWLESS book had me in stitches from page one. Told in the style of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," this quick little book explains all we Humans need to know about the Klingon holiday. Which, by the way, we totally stole, just like their Shakespeare. (taH pagh taHbe'!) Other items of note:
- While good little boys and girls receive shiny knives and daggers, honorless Klingon children might find nasty Tribbles in their stockings.
- The Klingon version of Santa is drawn in his sleigh by eight Birds-of-Prey. He often adds a ninth, which clears the way with its bright red nose disrupter beams.
- Untangling lights is one of the 12 Pains of Christmas for Klingons as well as Humans. Make sure to have a warm cup of mulled Blood Wine to calm everyone down.
- Khristmas is a good day for pie. (Probably prune pie, but pie nonetheless.)...more
I was really looking forward to a nice, funny book after reading The Casual Vacancy, but this just left me feeling bored...and occasionally a little aI was really looking forward to a nice, funny book after reading The Casual Vacancy, but this just left me feeling bored...and occasionally a little annoyed.
The premise is promising: Pit characters, ships, and weapons from Trek and Wars against one another, and see who wins. The problem is that the scenarios in which the the sides duke it out are completely unrealistic, and often just flat-out dull. Plus, it was fairly clearly right from the beginning that the author was biased at least a little toward Star Wars, if for no other reason than I continuously found typos and factual errors during the Trek sections, but never for Wars.
Some of the competitions were amusing. My favorite was probably pitting Redshirts against Stormtroopers. Redshirts can only stand around and die, but Stormtoopers can't hit the broad side of a barn, so....But this was a rarity, and too often I thought his conclusions were simply wrong, no matter which side won.
Technically it did the job I wanted - it gave me something light to focus on - but for a humor book, it wasn't very funny.
I read this book based on the recommendation of a friend - Thanks, Jess! - and I wasn't disappointed in the least. The writing is engaging, the characI read this book based on the recommendation of a friend - Thanks, Jess! - and I wasn't disappointed in the least. The writing is engaging, the characters are downright hysterical, and the plot is so completely unrealistic that it makes for the best sort of parody. My only complaint is that the author does introduce a LOT of characters at once, and I found it hard to keep up with who was who in the beginning. But considering three-quarters of them are redshirts...well, that didn't end up being a problem for very long!
Getting the full effect of this book means you pretty much have to be a Trekkie. And I do mean that in the literal, traditional sense of the word, meaning you adore The Original Series. Even fans of just the later shows won't get as much out of it, in my opinion. You have to love the cheesiness and the irony. If that sounds like you, then definitely pick this one up. It'll leave you in stitches!...more
Humour books are often difficult for me to rate, and this one was no exception. At times, I felt like the authors were trying too hard to be funny, inHumour books are often difficult for me to rate, and this one was no exception. At times, I felt like the authors were trying too hard to be funny, instead of just letting it happen, while other moments had be laughing out loud. Without a doubt, the best parts were the off-the-cuff references to time travel fandoms. Back to the Future, The Time Machine (and H.G. Wells in general), Star Trek, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Doctor Who all figured prominently throughout the book, which always just makes my inner geek excited. In the end, it's something I'd recommend to my fellow sci-fi fans, if for no other reason than the in jokes were absolutely the best parts of the story.
As a side note, the second half was much more enjoyable than the first, so if you find yourself getting a little stuck at the very beginning, try to push your way through. The first part discusses the actual mechanics of time travel, while the second takes you through history (and the future) and discusses how to survive, how to blend in, what things to take with you, how to repair broken time machines, and what you should avoid (such as the Black Death and the Robotocolypse).
And yes, it DOES culminate at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, as it should....more
This book is basically 200 pages of quotes from geek movies/books/t-shirts, etc., and how they apply to real life. It's pretty much hysterical, thoughThis book is basically 200 pages of quotes from geek movies/books/t-shirts, etc., and how they apply to real life. It's pretty much hysterical, though obviously it helps if you know the reference directly. It includes quotes from such things/people as Star Trek, Star Wars, Battestar Galactica, The Princess Bride, Dune, Indiana Jones, Labyrinth (<3333), Carl Sagon, Nikola Tesla and even Think Geek t-shirts! A lot of it shows how geeks tend to have different mindsets from "normal" people, and how that's ok and is actually pretty awesome when you think about it. If you're a geek and you want a laugh, then pick this up. I'd just recommend taking a moment or two to flip through it and make sure you recognize a good chunk of the source material, otherwise you probably won't enjoy it as much. But if you do, you're definitely in for a...well, geek-filled evening! :D...more