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The Klingon Way: A Warrior's Guide

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Marc Okrand, the foremost authority on Klingon language and customs, offers the first distilled collection of proverbs and aphorisms from the most famous warriors in the galaxy. From fierce expressions of character ("A warrior's blood boils before the fire is hot") to enduring nuggets of practical advice ("To find ale, go into a bar"), these 200+ gems of wisdom, each offer ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Star Trek
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In Star Trek there isn't an alien race more popular than the Klingons.

Sure, in this franchise you have many fan favorites like the Vulcan, the Romulans, the Borg, and so on, but it's clear that the impact of the Klingons in Star Trek is one with honor, fierceness and versatily.

Since depending the century that you're watching and/or reading a story involving Klingons, they may be bitter enemies or formidable allies, and you always will be thri
Benjamin Barnes
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
November 25, 2020 -- 9%. Total running time 78'. Tried out the first few minutes on 20.11.17, but didn't continue until yesterday (when the end was coming into sight for Wars: Aftermath). As this is non-prose (rather, a reference work; or a collection of annotated nuggets of 'warrior wisdom'), I suspect it'll be possible to enjoy in tandem with a paper prose work, without too much confusion. (Edit: due to life getting in the way, reading another book on the side did not actually happen...)

Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found the audiobook to this, and I'm assuming like just about all of them from back then, it was an abridged version. But the substance was still pretty good - it takes sayings, proverbs or the like from various times or series that a klingon might have said, and explains it in terms of Klingon history or behavior. It's a nice behind the scenes look to the culture. The audiobook though, for as good and cool to have the two main Klingons narrating it from the year this came out - Worf and B'Ela ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Visualize Great and mighty Klingon Warriors all with their heads in the book learning the ways of Khalos , I couldn't either, this is written as if you were trying to learn the foreign language, It was an audio book and I have to give it points for getting Michael Dorn and Roxann Dawson to do the voices, but I guess personally , I wasn't ready to learn great and mighty Klingon sayings, at this time , maybe after I learn Spanish, or Hebrew, I may be ready. This was a good read for the right perso ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute, but short. It was an interesting insight into Klingon culture, but nothing revelatory.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
Nothing wrong with it, really. I think I've just absorbed too much data on Klingons, and thus there wasn't really anything new and interesting. ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book is a collection of proverbs and quotes from one of the most famous alien species of the Star Trek universe. If one follows the series, then the fact that Klingons are an honor bound, violent, battle loving species is not surprising but the variations of quotes attributed them over the years is enough to give credence to the idea that this fictitious species has been building a culture and refining phrases related to their honor code as they have interacted with other species. If you lik ...more
Dec 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
A book about Klingon traditions, proverbs and hence a good guide to their culture. However, linguistically it doesn't provide any new information. "Written in both English and Klingon" only refers to the proverbs, which are given in both languages. Hence I didn't fully read it and just had a few looks into it. ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This entire book is nothing but proverbs and axioms, along with interpretations of those and stories of their in-universe origins. If you are expecting a book with organized rules, codes, etc., this is not it. I enjoyed it, but it does require some work on the reader's part to make something resembling a "code of bushido" out of it. ...more
Fascinating. I should start putting some of these quotes on my Facebook timeline :p
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
life affirming.
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I tend to listen to the audiobook of this once or twice a year. It offers a great insight into Klingon culture and ideology through common phrases in Klingon.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Want to insult your buddy in Klingon? Here is the source book for you. Tons of words & phrases for everyday use. Recommended
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