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Shatnerquake Paperback – Apr 15 2009
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From the Inside Flap
"...getting a lightsaber-wielding Captain Kirk in the same room with "Boston Legal's" Denny Crane is definitely worth the cover price in comedic gold." - Wizard Magazine
"It's like Lloyd Kaufman and Sam Raimi's mutant offspring wrote a book." - Wil Wheaton, Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation
"This is surreal and weird and funny, and it's also super violent, in the same food-coloring-plus-corn-syrup-equals-fake-blood sort of way as Evil Dead 2 or Bad Taste." - THE PORTLAND MERCURY'S BLOGTOWN
"It's like Die Hard, but instead of Bruce Willis fighting terrorists it's William Shatner fighting other versions of himself... In other words, it's fucking awesome!" - CARLTON MELLICK III, author of Satan Burger
Top Customer Reviews
I want to add that my favorite Shatner was the Priceline Shatner. (He was also the creepiest.) The story also gives a nod to other sources of cult-hero worship, most notably Bruce Campbell, and also Adam West. This is a book to buy and then share with friends.
Very cheesy and at times sloppy, but it just makes it feel all the more like some of the films Shatner has graced us with. I don't want to give anything away and spoil it, but there are some pretty original things in this book that are SO worth reading.
And the ending is perfect!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Unsatisfied with a single Shatner, Burk here provides a wall of Shatners. A smorgasbord of Shatners. Indeed, every possible variation of Shatner is set upon onlookers, each other, and the reader. No one is safe, let alone Shatner.
While some people have, in the past, mocked Shatner, deriding his skill as a thespian, song stylist, or margarine spokesman, Burk has shown that the problem has never been one of too much Shatner, rather too little. Free of casting limitations the literary form allows for full Shatner on Shatner action. At last Shatner is presented on a level playing field, where characters are of the same caliber.
With Shatnerquake, Burk has solved the Shatner dilema, which has plagued man since 1951, and he shall be remembered forever for this.
Jeff Burk has created something smart and amazing with Shatnerquake. The whole concept is hilariously brilliant. William Shatner? William Shatner. William Shatner! That truly says everything about the thrill-ride through the Shatner-tastic world-bending event. It's a quake in all senses of the world. It will rock you.
Even when Captain Kirk is rampaging through the sickest convention center in all the land, phasering bystanders and later chopping up everything around him with a lightsaber, I wanted to be there.
I'm pretty sure nearly every memorable character Shatner has ever played is in this book--all at one time. It's like an electric Shatner pie. It's non-stop. It's insightful. It's an homage in perfect Bizarro form. It is seriously a blast to read.
Jeff Burk takes a look at juicy bits of society through a Shatner-tinted looking glass, turning show business (conventions in particular) on its side for the readers to get a good look. He's done a great job of keeping it fast and funny and sliding ideas past us in the melee surrounding a Shatner-disaster.
It's obviously an ode to a tremendous entertainer, and Mr. Burk treats William Shatner and his career with great respect, while still taking us on a crazy ride through the public persona of such a well-known and illustrious performer.
Rock and roll in written form.
There's even a Bruce Campbell sci-fi cult. (They're the ones that make Shatner's convention experience so much fun.)
Buy this book!
What follows is one HYSTERICAL, bizarro/action romp that had me laughing on nearly every page, especially one scene where Shatner uses the original Twilight Zone-ambulance to try and escape an attack from TJ Hooker (yes--this book goes there and FAR beyond)
My only drawback was Burk's use of the Real Shatner's dialogue; in nearly every sentence he speaks like...Captain Kirk...did...on...the classic...TV show. It worked for the first half, then became a bit worn out. But despite this minor irritant, I can't see anyone not getting a real charge out of this (and IF he ever reads it, I think Shatner hmself would approve--especially after the author's heartfelt open-letter/introduction).
Add a HUGE plus here for a light-sabre-weilding Kirk attacking a room full of Bruce-worshipers whle the scene is narrarated by Rescue 9-1-1- Shatner.
SHATNERQUAKE is a truly outrageous laugh-riot (let's just hope the author doesn't get sued for using so many copyrighted characters without permission!).