Book Review: Fan Fiction by Brent Spiner


Title: Fan Fiction

By: Brent Spiner

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 256

Release Date: October 5th, 2021

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

A Mem-Noir: Inspired by True Events

From Brent Spiner, who played the beloved Lieutenant Commander Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, comes an explosive and hilarious autobiographical novel.

Brent Spiner’s explosive and hilarious novel is a personal look at the slightly askew relationship between a celebrity and his fans. If the Coen brothers were to make a Star Trek movie, involving the complexity of fan obsession and sci-fi, this noir comedy might just be the one.

Set in 1991, just as Star Trek: The Next Generation has rocketed the cast to global fame, the young and impressionable actor Brent Spiner receives a mysterious package and a series of disturbing letters, that take him on a terrifying and bizarre journey that enlists Paramount Security, the LAPD, and even the FBI in putting a stop to the danger that has his life and career hanging in the balance.

Featuring a cast of characters from Patrick Stewart to Levar Burton to Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, to some completely imagined, this is the fictional autobiography that takes readers into the life of Brent Spiner and tells an amazing tale about the trappings of celebrity and the fear he has carried with him his entire life.

Fan Fiction is a zany love letter to a world in which we all participate, the phenomenon of "Fandom."


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I never knew Brent Spiner had such a wonderful sense of humor. This read was an incredibly disturbing and hilarious journey that frankly, I'm not sure how much is true, but love it just the same.

This story portrays an obsessed fan who takes stalking to a whole new level and takes place during the filming of Star Trek The Next Generation (huge Star Trek nerd). Spiner tells the tale of his life outside of the show. This creepy stalker fan becomes brutal, sending pig wieners among other things in the mail to Spiner.

Although, I'm not sure how much of this story is true, and Spiner even states at the beginning of the book that it may or may not be true also, its still a crazy read that made me chuckle.

A great fun in the sun read.

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