I’ve never really been a very big fan of Star Trek. Sure, I grew up on The Next Generation and – for my money – Jean-Luc Picard is THE commanding officer of the USS Enterprise, but really it’s never been a big deal for me. Which makes the fact that I walked out of Barnes and Noble this past weekend with Paul Ruditis’ A Very Klingon Khristmas all the more strange. As if the book itself wasn’t already bizarre enough.
A unique twist on traditional Christmas stories like Twas The Night Before Christmas, A Very Klingon Khristmas is 32 pages written in prose, complete rhyming verse. The story tells of our (human) traditions and rites being stolen from them before moving on to the tale of Santa Qlas, who uses his retractable claws, transporter beams and warp-twenty sleigh (pulled by eight birds of prey) to deliver weapons of war to good little Klingon girls and boys. Those unlucky enough to have been naughty… well, they get a few tribbles in their stocking for causing so much trouble.
It’s a short book, but pretty funny – even moreso for a true Star Trek fan who understands all of the referential in-jokes Ruditis has included. What really made me pick this one up, however, was the artwork by Patrick Faricy. Painted to resemble Norman Rockwell’s famous Christmas cards and The Saturday Evening Post covers, each page is extraordinarily impressive. Any one of them would make a fitting piece of fine art on the walls of a lucky fan’s home – even Klingon Shakespeare!
OUT OF 5
A bizarre book to be sure, but no stranger than a theatrical production of A Klingon Christmas Carol and definitely funny. Fans of the franchise will undoubtedly find more to love, but even if you just share a casual appreciation for geeky humor, this book makes a great gift (to yourself or someone else).
+ Beautiful paintings
+ Clever Christmas parody
+ Klingon Shakespeare
– Jokes can be hit or miss