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A Very Klingon Khristmas (Star Trek) by Paul Ruditis
Edited by Dana Youlin
Cover Artist: Patrick Faricy
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gallery Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781476746807
Date: 29 October 2013 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Author's Website / Artist's Website / Show Official Info /

A Very Kingon Khristmas is a parody of The Night Before Christmas, and maintains the scansion of the original poem. This one is more for adult or older youth fans of Star Trek who will appreciate the in jokes that are scattered throughout the book.

There's the mention that Klingons have had Khristmas, which celebrates the birth of their great warrior Kahless's, which Earth stole for their knockoff holiday Christmas, just as humans stole Shakespeare. Bad little Klingon boys and girls just may find a Tribble in their stocking -- a much scarier event that getting a piece of coal.

The artwork is rich in color and plays it fairly straight as a poem to celebrate the original story with Klingon substitutions. It's a joy to read and share with other Star Trek fans.

If you plan this for a very young child, be sure to read it over first and decide if they would be okay with some of the images. There is nothing violent, but some of the images may frighten a young one such as a tribble with teeth or a stuffed sehlat (sort of a cat with fangs), weapons as gifts, and some rather pointed innuendo about mistletoe. As always, vet your young child's reading material to avoid nightmares.

For adults, just enjoy the fun of a Klingon Khristmas poem with plenty of insider Star Trek jokes. There are also several places where actual Klingon language is used -- I don't read or speak Klingon so can't say for sure what it all means. There's a few names for weapons, a Khristmas carol, and a phrase or two.

Great gift for a Star Trek fan.

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