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Amish Vampires in Space

(Peril in Plain Space #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Jebediah has a secret that will change his world forever and send his people into space. The Amish world of Alabaster calls upon an ancient promise to escape destruction. Then end up on a cargo ship bound for the stars. But they are not the only cargo on board. Some of it is alive...or used to be. Now, with vampires taking over and closing in on the Amish refugees, these s ...more
Paperback, 492 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Freeheads (first published September 30th 2013)
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The Shayne-Train They borrowed others' technology. Like today, an Amish person can ride in a car, just not own one or benefit from possessing the technology.

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The Shayne-Train
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Look at that title. Drink it in. It's what made me want to read this book, period.

Now, with a title like that, I'd prepared myself for a shortish, pulpy camp-fest. But no. Oh, no. THIS is a straight-up, well-written sci-fi novel.

This is a vision of the future I've not seen before. Kept simple, recognizable as a place we could indeed end up at. The tech was cool, and the evolved belief-system was nice and rational.

Contrarywise, it also had in depth and obviously researched depictions of Amish li
Jill Williamson
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw this book cover, I didn't know what to think. It looked like a joke. But I loved this author's other books, so I wanted to read this one and see for myself.

Here's the gist: Jeb is an Amish man living on the planet Alabaster as part of a group put there to colonize the planet. But Alabaster's sun is dying. And the Amish people must relocate before the sun explodes. A transport ship arrives to move them and their animals. But along the journey, something gets out of another cargo
Dec 04, 2014 marked it as to-read
I want to read this based 100% on the title, alone.
I mean...come on. Amish? Vampires? IN SPACE???
How can this not be a gem?
John Otto
Nov 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story of how this book came to be is telling. Some people at a Christian publishing house, noting the popularity of Amish books, vampire books and science fiction in today's culture, thought up a title that would be a sure-fire hit. What they came up with was "Amish Vampires In Space," a hilarious idea, but so ridiculous that no writer would ever write it and no publisher would ever publish it. Hah! Someone decided to take it seriously.

This is the worst book I've ever read. I gave it one sta
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I like to think that over the past several years, I've cultivated an image of myself as a thoughtful, discerning reader with good tastes.

So, uh, how do I explain the fact that I found a book with the title "Amish Vampires in Space" to be a legitimately good book? >.>

Maybe it would help to mention the fact that the book was written as a challenge where the author took an intentionally terrible premise (combining the worst trends of the 2010-era publishing world) to see if he could write a l
Joood Hooligan
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to start out by saying that this is perhaps the most original story I've ever read. I will admit that I was drawn in by the title after finding it on The Fussy Librarian, it was just so odd that I needed to check it out. After skimming through the reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon, and seeing it was an actual story - and not just a joke - I decided to give it a chance. I've been reading the same type of story lately, and I was in the mood for a change.

The story starts out slowly, intro
Steve Rzasa
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite what you may think upon reading the title "Amish Vampires in Space," this is no parody, nor is it a big joke. This is a serious sci-fi novel that approaches a premise -- namely, how would you get Amish and vampires into space? -- and plays it totally straight.

It starts off as a tale of a young man's concern for his Amish community, and when faced with impending danger, the choice he makes that has consequences for his place in their community. It transforms into a space opera tale involv
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You must have discernment. That is what I told myself before reading this Christian fiction book. I thought for sure it would either be totally dumb or some distorted version of Christianity (“everything goes” cuz because God is all about love). I read the statement of faith on the Marcher Lord Press website. Right on target! The Scripture quotes in the book are from the NASB. Great! The acknowledgements at the beginning praise God. As it should be! The forward explained the goal – to gain new f ...more
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When I first heard about Amish Vampires in Space I was sure it was supposed to be some kind of a spoof. Quickly, I found out that in fact it was a serious science fiction novel concerning Amish, vampires and space.

Immediately my expectations were much higher, to have this kind of story and not mean it as a spoof, it was supposed to be really good. A novel that was just okay wouldn't do. So maybe I'm just judging this novel too
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

At our podcast live recording at the RT Convention, someone stated that there is a book called Amish Vampires in Space. Clearly, one of us was going to have to read this, and that someone was me. I was fully prepared to mock it to the heavens, but it turned out to be good – in a serious way, not as a parody. I’m very confused by this. My world is rocked.

According to the introduction, Amish Vampires in Space started as a joke. Jeff Gerke was working for a
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing short of amazing. I've read enough Amish and vampire fiction to like neither. I only bought and read this for a friend. "In space"? I couldn't conceive how that could possibly work. But it does. Very well.

The story starts slowly as Nietz assembles his cast and paints the background. In fact, the reader (tipped off by the title) sees the coming train wreck long before any of the characters. Typically, the humans are following their daily routines with sometimes maddening monomania. As the
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like poles on a magnet, Amish repelled me and Vampires attracted me. I heard about this title and thought it was going to be a parody and was disappointed that it wasn't. Not that it mattered, I really wanted to read this book. For a lot of reasons mostly that it sounded like a great read even if it wasn't a comedy. I was not disappointed.

I grew up in the Midwest not far from several Amish communities. The way of life lost its appeal with the end of the Little House on the Prairie and my desire
Dave Jones
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really, could this review be any more pithy than:

"Do we really need another Amish Vampires in Space book?"
-- Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show

"If you read no other book on this topic this year, make it this one!"
-- Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize winning author and columnist

This book came upon my radar as a result of one of those blogging lists (10 Best Book Titles or similar). What really intrigued me about this title is that one of its genres is Christian. Really? Christian? How can they pull that one
Lelia Rose
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title makes you think of a train wreck, the kind you drive by slowly so you can look even though you know you shouldn't. In this case, the slow down and look is worth it. Despite the camp title, Kerry plays the story straight. I even think he treats the Amish viewpoint with respect. He does disagree with said viewpoint, but does not make the mistake of saying that anyone who thinks a particular way is stupid. In the whole book with a large cast, there are only two people cast as stupids, and ...more
Lisa Godfrees
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s not a joke. It’s for real. And it’s really good. All 534 pages of it.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I got an advanced copy of Amish Vampires in Space from the publisher (in exchange for an honest review). I would have finished it much sooner but life intervened. Isn’t it frustrating how life can get in the way of a really good book at times? ;)

This book is science fiction, and that’s what makes it strangely plausible. From Amish colonization of their own planet (can you not see the Amish jumpin
Meldarion Sidhiel
The title seems so absurd that I just have to read it to see how it all comes together...
Thomas Edmund
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
So Amish Vampires in Space. Obviously not mean to be taken seriously, however begging the question – how should one take this book?
My first surprise in picking up this gem was an introduction from Jeff Gerke (who writes, the First 50 pages – recommended reading for would-be authors.) He explains that Amish themed novels had saturated the Christian books market, (and of course vampire fiction the general young adult) I’m not too sure where the Space came from, other than ‘In Space’ is a long-stan
John Otte
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It may sound like a joke, but this book is excellent. It's easy to imagine that a group of Amish would take the chance to leave the "English" behind and set up their own planet. But what would happen if those Amish then had to abandon their colony? What would happen to the person who decided that he had to call for help? And what if the ship that picked them up carried...well, I won't get into that. Spoilers.

I simply devoured this book. It is really, really fun!
C.S. Wachter
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. Cultures collide when a dying sun drives an Amish community from their sheltered world into the advanced technology of the English sent to rescue them before their world is destroyed.
The story begins with Jebediah’s secret, the weight of which propels him to use technology prohibited by his community’s laws. Though Jebediah’s actions save his people, his decision to use the forbidden technology leads to his being shunned by the very people he sought to save.
In an effort to honor the
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am going to stress what one can find others saying in their reviews of this novel on various forums: that this is not some campy or cheesy book. I remember actually being disappointed when I heard from author Kerry Nietz on the web site Speculative Faith that it was not camp, but serious. It would make such a delicious bit of camp, after all.

I also must admit that the subject being done in a realistic way was hard to imagine at the time that I first heard of this book, though I took author Ker
R.J. Rodda
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, christian, sf
As great as it sounds and totally my kind of book. The concept is funny - good Amish people becoming vampires! - but the topic is treated seriously. Amish people because of dire circumstances go against their anti-tech principles and let a spaceship move them to a new world. Their leadership is very worried that time on a spaceship will corrupt the Amish. Their fears seem wholly justified when one by one the Amish start radically changing in their behavior. Love how serious ideas in this are dis ...more
J.S. Bailey
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard about the novel Amish Vampires in Space, I was just as skeptical as the next person for reasons that should be quite obvious if you know anything about the Amish. The title and cover scream "camp." Just look at that girl's face. LOOK AT HER. And at the body lying on the floor. And at the chicken hidden on the back cover.

So imagine my surprise when I learned that AViS, as this book shall henceforth be called, was supposed to be a "serious" novel. That's right. Nobody is making
Keturah Lamb
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hate vampires and zombies and werewolves (they are stupid and don't make sense, especially zombies) and I don't like most Amish fiction (I've known Amish my entire life so most Amish fiction just feels completely unrealistic to me).

But when I saw this book combined two things I dislike I had to read it. Great logic, I know.

The thing that stopped me for so long was the thickness. Seriously, these books are waaaayyyyyy too long. But I persisted and bought them and persisted some more and read t
Joshua A. Johnston
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amish Vampires in Space is one of those ideas that could easily have gone horribly, horribly wrong. We all know this because there are entire cable channels devoted to movies with titles like this one where the story goes horribly, horribly wrong.

But this book doesn't. In fact, it takes a premise and runs with it with more straight-faced attention to detail than most people who first crack open the book would expect.

Kerry Nietz does an excellent job of weaving together a slow-burn plot that take
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
As the author of an upcoming work of Amish Sci Fi myself, I found myself compelled to read this book. Because Lord knows it ain't a big category. I'd seen it, first, in one of those "crazy Christian book cover" lists. And sure, the cover is worth a giggle or three.

But Sweet Mary and Joseph, this thing is actually readable. You get five pages in, and you realize it's not just a joke. Nietz gives us a real book, with a plausible distant-future setting and characters. There are Amish Vampires. The
Kathleen Fuller
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As an author of Amish fiction, I wasn't sure what to think about this book. It's been in my TBR pile for a long time and I was finally able to read it. I'm so glad I did. The blending of Amish, sci-fi, and supernatural shouldn't work, but it does. The fact that it's extremely well written is why. Recommended for sci-fi and fantasy fans, and Amish fiction readers who enjoy those reading those genres (which I do).
M Grant
I have to attend super-secret book club before I write this review. However, for as campy and spoofy as the title suggested it might be, the author played this one straight... And it worked.
Hahahahaha! I don't know if I have it in me to read the sequel yet though.
Alex Lewin
first-rate sci-fi, with some unusual seasonings

If you are a fan of any of sci-fi, vampires, or Amish, you will enjoy this book. If you happen to be a fan of all three, well...

Great characters, great plot, nice twists.
Jessica McCarty
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good! Recommend!
Jan 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: dafuk
So let me get this right. It's a Christian, Sci-Fi, Horror story set in space with Amish folks settling on other planets...

I had to make a new shelf for this.
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Kerry Nietz is an award-winning science fiction author. He has over a half dozen speculative novels in print, along with a novella, a couple short stories, and a non-fiction book, FoxTales.

Kerry’s novel A Star Curiously Singing won the Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award for Christian Science Fiction and is notable for its dystopian, cyberpunk vibe in a world under sharia law. It has over a hundred

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