Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Book Review: Star Trek: Redshirt's Little Book of Doom

* I rated this book 5 stars originally right after I had read it. I have since changed that rating to 3 stars. If you have no idea what the stars mean please check out my review policy page at the top. Below is an in-depth explanation of the new rating.

Overall I found this to be an adorable little comic book. But honestly, it kinda felt lame. Our fearless red shirt is a tempting to do laundry one day and encounters all the interesting characters and species we love from Star Trek, such as Khan, tribbles, and the Gorn. There is some conversation with Spock and poking fun at Kick but overall... it was just kinda boring.  

The art was incredible and there were approximately 50 or so illustrations. It is a small square book and the illustrations filled up the entire page, which helped create some interest.

I am a big fan of Star Trek and I just expected more out of this little book. I think other fans might be disappointed in this one. I did have a few laughs and it was entertaining for a short while. Unfortunately it was completely unmemorable. I like graphic novels and comics that force me to want to go back and re-read them. The detail is so incredible you miss parts and have to really soak in the content. This was probably a once and done book sad to say.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Insight Editions in exchange for my honest and completely unbiased review. All thoughts are my own.

Links for purchase: Amazon // Barnes and Noble // Abe Books // Book Depository // Indigo 

Goodreads Description: 

Star Trek: Redshirt's Little Book of Doom casts a wry, satirical, and reverential eye on one of the most popular and well-loved television and film franchises of all time.

It’s common knowledge that if a Star Trek character is wearing a red shirt, chances are he’s going to die. But there are so many other ways red shirt-wearers can be humiliated. By mining the humorous depths of Star Trek's most popular in-jokes—that anyone wearing a red shirt is doomed—this book chronicles the many ways one Starfleet officer's day can be ruined.

Poor Red Shirt just can’t catch a break. Whether he's dealing with real-life problems we all face like accidentally mixing whites with colors or being stuck sitting behind a very tall Gorn in a movie theater or trying out a standup comedy routine in front of an audience of surly Klingons, our hapless hero faces a universe-sized number of obstacles.

Featuring hilarious illustrations and witty gags that both pop culture fans and Star Trek fans will adore, Star Trek: Redshirt's Little Book of Doom is a fresh new take on one of the most beloved sci-fi sagas of all time.

A Little Bout the Author: 

Robb Pearlman is the author of Redshirt's Little Book of Doom (Insight Editions, 2016); Movie Night Trivia (Cider Mill Press, 2016); I Left You a Present (Cider Mill Press, 2016); The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek (Cider Mill Press, 2015), Fun with Kirk and Spock (Cider Mill Press, 2014), 101 Ways to Kill a Zombie (Universe, 2013), Nerd Haiku (Lyons, 2012), Spoiler Alert!: Bruce Willis Is Dead and 399 More Endings from Movies, TV, Books, and Life (Lyons Press, 2010), The Q Guide to Sex and the City (Alyson, 2008), children's books Groundhog's Day (Bloomsbury, 2015) Leaf Dance (Little Simon, 2001), Passover is Here! (Little Simon, 2005), and two storybook engagement calendars: Disney's Alice in Wonderland (Universe, 2011) and Disney's Winnie the Pooh (Universe, 2011).  

Robb is an associate publisher of pop culture and entertainment books including The Bob's Burgers Burger Book, Anomalisa, Zombies on Film: The Definitive Story of Undead Cinema, Stuck on Star Trek, and The Princess Bride: A Celebration and a calendar program that includes major licenses as Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Teen Wolf, Downton Abbey, Bob's Burgers, and Family Guy. He has edited monographs of the work and lives of award winning animators Bill Plympton and Ralph Bakshi, the movie tie-in books to Burlesque and Amelia, The Joker, the first book solely devoted to the DC Comics super-villain, as well as children's books including Grandma Moses's The Night Before Christmas, John Patrick Byrne's Donald and Benoit, and A Poem as Big as New York City, illustrated by Masha D'yans.

Robb has had successful events and signings at San Diego and New York ComicCons, bookstores and comic book retailers in Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey. He was featured as an on air commentator in National Geographic Channel's "Generation X" series, contributed to HuffingtonPost.com, performed at the Nerdnite Nerdtacular, and has been featured on several pop culture blogs and SiriusXM radio shows. Robb serves on the Advisory Board of the MS in Publishing Program at Pace University and on the Board of Directors of Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

* Taken form Amazon Authors Page 

Author Links: Amazon // Website 

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