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Shatnerquake by Jeff Burk
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Aug 08, 11

bookshelves: bizarro-fiction
Read from September 08 to 09, 2009 — I own a copy, read count: 1

William Shatner. No other name in popular culture pulls so many emotions from the consciousness of the media-consuming public. Alternately reviled and respected, loved and hated, the man and the myth surrounding him have been inseparable since his first utterance of Shakespeare. He has become a self-perpetuating in-joke, and his fans love him for it.

No fan, I think, has expressed this love in quite the same way as Jeff Burk has with his 2009 Eraserhead Press release Shatnerquake. This one-hundred page action-movie-in-a-book delivers a highly entertaining look at the many facets of Shatner's storied career, all while those facets attempt to kill each other.

Yes, that is the premise. At the first-ever ShatnerCon a militant group of Bruce Campbell fans detonate a fiction bomb, a device designed to wipe all knowledge of a creative work or works from the collective consciousness of mankind. In this way, Shatner would become a nobody, and Bruce would reign supreme on the convention circuit. Of course something goes wrong, and instead of erasing all forms of Bill Shatner, his many fictional incarnations are pulled from the celluloid with a burning desire to destroy the source of their two-dimensional pain, the real William Shatner.

The bloodbath that ensues leaves a pile of fans, convention staff, and Shatners littering the convention complex. In equal parts of humor and horror, Burk disposes of the many characters in very poetic ways.

More incredible than the violence is the many versions of Shatner that are included. From the obvious choices of James T. Kirk and Denny Crane, to the more obscure or almost forgotten “Rescue 911” Shatner and Esperanto Shatner, Jeff Burk leaves no cinematic stone unturned to bring his audience a memorable and engaging story of one man forced to fight his own past in a very literal sense. More than that, he also brings to light the absurdity of the fan-boy mentality, the lengths that some will go to express their undying devotion to the object of their passion.

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