Star Trek: Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom by Robb Pearlmann

Book Review


Star Trek: Redshirt's Little Book of DoomBook Genre: Graphic Novel, Humor, Star Trek

Book Series: N/A

Released: 7/20/16 by Insight Editions

Pages: 64 Price: $14.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book. 

Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

I found this book while visiting a used bookstore that is known to carry Star Trek items and decided to treat myself.  I picked up one other Trek book that is a bit longer, I hope to review that one for you later this winter.  This book is the one we are talking about today so let’s get reviewing!

Simply put this book is a delight.  It is meant to remind you of an early reader book but only with a Star Trek theme.  The book is quite short but extremely well done.  Fans of the original series will get more out of it than Next Gen fans.  So many funny situations are thought up for the doomed Red Shirt to encounter not all set on board Enterprise either.  Lots of inside jokes that mainly Trekkies will get but enough to entertain even the casual fan too.

I absolutely loved this book and plan to keep it promptly displayed in my Star Trek hallway with my other memorabilia.  If you are looking for something to get your Trekkie this holiday season then I highly recommend this book.  Too cute!

My Rating: 5 Redshirts


Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Book Review


Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No NormalBook Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic, YA, Superheros

Book Series: Ms. Marvel #1

Released: 10/30/14 by Marvel

Pages: 120  Price: $15.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I Borrowed this book from my library.



Book Synopsis:

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! 

My Review:

Teens are a fickle group of readers and one area that is severely lacking at the library where I work is in the graphic novels section of YA.  With the popularity of the Marvel movies, I decided to start there and came across this comic.  Now I’m not really a fan of GN but even I have heard of Ms. Marvel from when it came out and decided to add this one to our library.  Of course, when it came in I needed to check it out for research purposes.  The wink is implied here…

I actually quite liked the GN and finished it in one sitting.  I liked that the hero is female and Muslim yet remains relatable to most anyone from the age group.  She faces much of the same problems any teen is going to have of fitting in, peer pressure, overbearing parents, struggling to find one’s own identity.  I liked that the comic wasn’t over sexualized which will make it an easier sell to parents.  It was fun and I hope teens in my community give it a chance.

Overall this book isn’t quite my style and didn’t convert me over to GN or Comics.  I still struggle to appreciate the graphics part of them.   Ms. Marvel wasn’t really written for someone like me however and I’m keeping that in mind with my rating.  I liked it.  I see the value of it and look forward to introducing it to others.

My Rating: 4 Stars

CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington

Book Review


CatStronauts: Mission MoonBook Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Comic, Cats, Humor

Book Series: Catstronauts #1

Released: 4/18/17 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 160 Price: $16.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this book from my library


Book Synopsis:

CatStronauts, you are needed!

When the world is thrust into darkness due to a global energy shortage, the Worlds Best Scientist comes up with a bold plan to set up a solar power plant on the moon. But someone has to go up there to set it up, and that adventure falls to the CatStronauts, the best space cats on the planet! Meet the fearless commander Major Meowser, brave-but-hungry pilot Waffles, genius technician and inventor Blanket, and quick thinking science officer Pom Pom on their most important mission yet! 

My Review:

Not the typical type of book that I review on this blog but it was new book day at the library and the first couple of pages of this one made me chuckle so I decided to check it out.

I was actually the one that suggested this title be added to the catalog where I work.  Cat books have been fairly popular with this age group and I thought the premise sounded cute.

First impressions turned out to be spot on as this was a charming read that tackles quite a serious topic of renewable energy.  The gags were cute and each catstronaut had a unique personality quirk that carried through the book.  The artwork is well done and I made sure to pay attention to what was going on in the background imagery and not just read the text which I tend to do with graphic novels.  I did catch a few clever details that I would have missed had I not been forcing myself to pay attention.   I’m still pretty new to the graphic novel scene so cut me some slack…

Anyway, I’m glad I suggested this book to our library and look forward to my young patrons discovering a new series.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

Book Review


Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles, #3)Book Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic, Humor

Book Series: Sarah’s Scribbles #3

Released: 3/27/18 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Pages: 112  Price: $14.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.


Book Synopsis:

Sarah valiantly struggles with waking up in the morning, being productive, and dealing with social situations. Sarah’s Scribbles is the comic strip that follows her life, finding humor in living as an adulting introvert that is at times weird, awkward, and embarrassing.

My Review:

I’ve read this author’s first book in this ‘series’ but somehow managed to miss the second book when it was on Net Galley.  When this one popped up I decided to give it a shot since I have enjoyed her work before.  I was expecting a compilation of her latest work but was delighted to find more within the pages of the book.

There is, of course, some charming and witty comics where Ms. Andersen captures perfectly how many of us feel about the world, online and off. I found myself repeatedly thinking that is exactly how I feel or that was such a great observation.  I chuckled as I turned the pages until I reached the second part of the book where Ms. Andersen gives us a pep talk on how to survive this vicious online world that we all must learn to navigate.  She was coming from the area of an artist who must put themselves out there and become vulnerable to attack from all the negativity that makes up much of the online world.  I, however, believe her point and words of wisdom could apply to just about anyone that has felt the negative impact of too much social media.

This was a particularly timely read for me as I am currently struggling with how to deal negative interaction online and the desire to just give it up completely.  I’ll definitely take her advice to heart at the end.  This little book was a great read that not only entertained but made me think.  I recommend.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Fowl Language: The Struggle is Real by Brian Gordon

Book Review


Fowl Language: The Struggle Is RealBook Genre: Humor, Graphic Novel, Comic

Book Series: N/A

Released: 10/10/17 by Andrew McMeel Publishing

Pages:  128 Price: $14.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher for an honest review.



Book Synopsis:

Are you a mom or dad? How wonderful and annoying for you!
Do you know someone who will soon have a baby? How exciting and terrifying for them!
Are your friends parents, too? Of course they are, those poor sons of bitches . . .

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Fowler Language is for you.
And if you answered no, then congratulations, and feel free to sleep in this weekend!

Thirty percent of the content in Fowler Language is original to the book, and the Fowl Language bonus panels will be included.

My Review:

Let me start with I am not the targeted audience for this book.  I am not a parent and relish my child-free lifestyle.  When I saw this book’s cover and that it was a read now title over at Net Galley I decided to review it because who hasn’t enjoyed these illustrations when they pop up in their newsfeed on Facebook.

I have never laughed so hard while reading a book about the ups and downs of parenthood. I laughed so hard I worried about my blood pressure!  This book was so funny and I even found parts that, as a pet parent, I could relate to.  Other bits I got simply from having once been a child myself.  So no matter who you are, parent, aunt, uncle, child-free I believe you will enjoy this book.  If you know someone who is a new or experienced parent than this would make a great gift!

My Rating:5 Stars

Star Trek Boldly Go by Mike Johnson

Book Review


Star Trek: Boldly Go #1Book Genre: Science Fiction, Comic

Book Series: Boldly Go #1

Released: 10/19/2016

Pages: 22 Price: $3.99 IDW Publishing

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 1

Source: I own a copy of this comic



Book Synopsis:

STAR TREK’s 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with this all-new series following the adventures of Captain Kirk and the iconic crew! New worlds! New species! New ships! And a new danger unlike anything the Federation has encountered before! Boldly go into a new era of STAR TREK!

My Review:

Saturday May 6th was Free Comic Book Day 2017.  I happen to be in a bookstore that was giving away some comics and had some on clearance.  I picked up the free Star Trek one set in The Next Generation world and this one that takes place after the last movie releases on the Kelvin timeline with the new cast setting off for life post-Enterprise.  I’m not much of a comic reader but I enjoyed this so much that I can’t wait to get my hand on the next five copies to find out what happens next.  I’m not in a big rush, however, so I might check the local stores first before I download them all from the publisher’s website.  I wouldn’t mind having physical copies of these but will settle for digital.

The story was quite good, the graphics a little less.  I’m reading it for plot so it didn’t bother me that some of the characters looked a bit off, Uhura being the lest resembling the current actor portraying the character.  Major cliffhanger at the end that sucked me in and frustrated me to no end that the comic was only 22 pages long.  So it looks like I might be a new convert to these graphic novels even if it is just the Star Trek ones.

My Rating: 5 Stars

ARC Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1 by Mike Johnson

Book Review

Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1Book Genre: Science Fiction, Graphic Novel

Book Series:Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1

Released: 6/28/16 byIDW Publishing

Pages: 40 Price: Unknown

Links:  Goodreads

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for and honest review.



Book Synopsis:

This all-new adventure is set at the edge of explored space, as Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise come face to face with a new Klingon threat… with the fate of the galaxy at stake.

My Review:

Being a life long Trekkie I have a tough time passing up Star Trek books that are offered up for review.  When I saw this one was available I decided to add it to my to-read list.  The graphic novel was great, but very short.  Only 40 pages long I did not realize this was part of a serial.  I will keep my eye open for the other installments as it would be nice to see how things turn out.

This graphic novel is set in the same universe as the last two movies and features the younger original cast as they are on their five-year mission to explore the galaxy.  The graphics are stunning and the dialog true to the franchise full of the character chemistry and wit that the series is known for.

Great little book only complaint I have is it was so short.  Personally I would wait for the omnibus version and read it all at once.  Also on paper as the graphic novel format doesn’t seem to work all that well with my Nook.

My Rating: 3 Stars

ARC Star Trek: The Q Gambit by Mike Johnson – 4 Stars

Star Trek: Ongoing, Volume 9: The Q GambitCover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Graphic Novel, says ongoing: Publication March 2015

I received a copy of this from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.


The crew of the new Star Trek film franchise encounters the classic villain Q for the first time in this galaxy-spanning adventure developed in association with screenwriter/producer Roberto Orci! The mischievous Q sends James T. Kirk on a quest that will see the Enterprise joining forces with familiar faces from Star Trek lore.

My Review:

While this is not my first graphic novel (third maybe), it is the first one I have reviewed.  I’m kind of lost on how to begin and what to comment on.  A little back ground on why I picked this one up.  It was free for review on Net Galley and I am a huge Star Trek fan!   I figured why the hell not.

Reading a graphic novel is quite a different experience from a typical book. The story is much shorter, you don’t need to fill in all the imagery yourself and it doesn’t work so well on an e-reader.  I found the pages would lag and it disturb my reading flow and then you have the much smaller screen and teeny tinny little print.  I would have enjoyed and appreciated this much more if I had had the print version instead.

Otherwise the story was a lot of fun.  It took characters from two of the TV series and threw in the cast from the latest movie and sent them on an adventure orchestrated by perhaps one of my favorite Trek characters, Q.  So many great characters made cameos in this book I couldn’t wait to see who showed up next!  Compared to my last read the plot moves at warp speed and I found myself wishing for more pages.  I will definitely keep my eye out for more of these Star Trek graphic novels.

The art work was amazing and beautiful.  I was surprised at how well they captures these familiar ships and faces from the shows and movie.  Again the only thing I wish here is that I had the print version so I could have seen it on a grander scale.  I think it might have lost something on such a small screen.

If you are a Trekkie like me give this graphic novel a try.  I think it will keep you entertained for an afternoon and have you wanting to check more out.  It did me.