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After a reality bomb goes off at the first ever ShatnerCon, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner. Featuring: Captain Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane, Priceline Shatner, Cartoon Kirk, Rescue 9-1-1 Shatner, singer Shatner, and many more. No costumed con-goer will be spared in their wave of destruction, no red shirt will make it out alive, and not even the Klingons will be able to stand up to a deranged Captain Kirk with a light saber. But these Shatner- clones are about to learn a hard lesson . . . that the real William Shatner doesn't take crap from anybody. Not even himself.

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MSRenfrow, May 17, 2009 (view all comments by MSRenfrow)
I really wanted to like this book. As Jeff Burk says in the opening of the book (a letter to William Shatner), "You have made a career out of playing a caricature of yourself." Shatner has chutzpah, and that should be honored.

This book, however, is a poor candle held to the light of Shatner's extensive and sometimes dubious filmography. The plot appears briefly to give you tantalizing glimpses to a world where there are Network Wars and Fiction Bombs and Campbellians out to kill every actor who isn't Bruce Campbell, but then the plot decides it's more important to describe the exact dimensions of the convention center rooms. Do we care that the green room is 100 by 100 feet? Or that the party room is 100 by 20 feet? Or that the theaters seat 3,000 people? No. "We're reading a book called 'Shatnerquake'", the people cry out, "Give us more Shatner!"

Instead, the book somehow manages to make one of the most iconic and recognizeable actors into a nameless, faceless Everyman. Rather than honoring William Shatner as he states in his opening, Jeff Burk dresses all his Shatners in a red shirt and makes them disposable, tossed into the grinder of the story and spit out, then stepped over and forgotten.

I paid 12.95 for 100 pages with a cheap binding and many, many grammatical and spelling errors, awkward sentence structure and for something billed as an 'action novel', Burk does a miserable job of actually, you know, describing action.

I like cheesy books, otherwise I wouldn't have picked this up. I like cheesy actors, otherwise I wouldn't have picked up a book that touted not only multiple William Shatners, but a cult dedicated to Bruce Campbell. But this book is like buying vegan rice cheddar cheese instead of the Kraft slices; it may be the same bright orange color, but it smells funny and doesn't melt.
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ISBN:
9781933929828
Author:
Burk, Jeff
Publisher:
Eraserhead Press
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Star Trek fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
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Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
100
Dimensions:
5.50x8.50x.21 in. .30 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , After a reality bomb goes off at the first ever ShatnerCon, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner. Featuring: Captain Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane, Priceline Shatner, Cartoon Kirk, Rescue 9-1-1 Shatner, singer Shatner, and many more. No costumed con-goer will be spared in their wave of destruction, no red shirt will make it out alive, and not even the Klingons will be able to stand up to a deranged Captain Kirk with a light saber. But these Shatner- clones are about to learn a hard lesson . . . that the real William Shatner doesn't take crap from anybody. Not even himself.
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