SHATNER-CON IS OPEN
I was really excited to read this crazy story with a fantastic premise...
In the middle of a fan convention dedicated exclusively to William Shatner, the chaos explodes and all the characters, that he ever performed in his acting career, come to life menacing his own existence.
Ah?! That was brilliant!!!...
...Or at least it sounded so brilliant that I expected a really bizarre tale full of humor and horror.
ShatnerQuake is awesome, no two ways about it. From William Shatner looking down on his fans to Denny Crane, Priceline Shatner, Rescue 911 Shatner, and C ...more
During a giant ShatnerCon, a group of Campbellians (terrorist devotees of actor Bruce Campbell all named Bruce, and each lacking a hand) explode a "fiction bomb" that backfires, unleashing a multiplicity of Shatners on an unsuspecting world.
As a consequence, the Real William Shatner is forced to do battle with Captain Kirk, "Boston Legal" Shatner, Black-and-White "Twlight Zone" Shatner, "Priceline" Shatner, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" Shatner. T.J. Hooker, Esperanto Shatner (!?) and others. ...more
This is basically a 75 page mind-blowing, ego stroking, SHATNERGASTIC "love me fest" that ...more
This is a crazy book, it’s over the top, it’s violent and it’s absolutely hilarious! I loved ...more
I'm not much of a Trek fan. There, I said it. Draw me, quarter me, tar me, feather me. I'm not much of a Trek fan, but William Shatner is one of the most bizarre and intriguing personages in media history. From Kirk to a bizarre musical career to his numerous appearances in an eclectic array of commercials, I've found Shatner incredibly fascinating. Now in Shatnerquake, Jeff Burk explores the ins and outs of Shatnerdom, sci fi mania and the Jungian ...more
If you haven't listened to it, YOU GOTTA! This was the pinnacle of his cultural zeitgeist; the culmination of so much of his career. A tongue-in-cheek caricature of himself as a celebrity, and a rumination on all the tribulation that brings. It was heartfelt and odd and funny and original. A true work of art.
Thing is, Shatner has been doing the meta-modernist thing long before Shia Labeouf or Miley Cyrus came onto the scene. ...more
I would have rated it higher, but it desperately needed to go to a copy editor, especially for the last two chapters.
With a little bit of clean up, though, this could become an underground sensation.
My first thoughts before reading this book involved a slight worry that I was not versed enough in Shatner's career to catch all of the jokes. I was afraid the book would rely on inside-humor too much. Thankfully, this did not happen and I'm fairly certain I caught all of the funny bits. Before I started the actual book, I was already laughing due to Burk's request for Shatner's considerat ...more
I'm going to breeze through the summary just as the book breezed by me, not in a bad way, in a couldn't stop reading way. Shatner shows up at his first Shatner-Con, some Bruce Campbell'ians set off a reality bomb that goes sideways sending all of Shatner's characters he has ever played to life. Then it becomes all out chaos as the real William Shatner tries to escape the convention with his life!
I really really enjoyed the co ...more
I couldn't resist Shatnerquake when it came up on my Amazon recommendations. It was as funny as the title and the main character promised. It's pretty gory, but a lot of fun. Burk does a great job of capturing Shatner's speech patterns in print.
The only reason this book gets 3 stars instead of 4 is that it's too darn short. It only took 45 minutes to read. But, it was one of the most entertaining 45 minut ...more
I can't do a better synopsis than this:
"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. Feat ...more
Jeff Burk's Shatnerquake is the finest story ever told containing multiple William Shatners. Lesser authors have been shackled before now with writing only one role for Shatner. This is understandable, in the field of television and film, for logistical reasons. However, this has never been the case in the literary realm and Burk has led the way here with both great panache and bloodletting.
Unsatisfied with a single Shatner, Burk here provides a wall of Shatners. A smor ...more
I don't think he has too much to worry about, really. This book is a quick, fun read that, while not necessarily painting William Shatner in the best of lights ...more
The plot is great and rips along at breakneck speed. Almost too quickly for my tastes, really. There's very little set up before the reality bomb goes off, 11 pages to be ...more
Couldn't resist. But I think I may live to regret it!
When I described the basics of the story (various Shatner characters/guises trying to kill the real Shatner) my partner said "Good. I hope they succeed!" Now that's not very nice ;-D.
When you put it that way, how could it fail?
On the plus side: It's a novella, so the joke doesn't have time to fall too flat. It treats the "Real" Shatner kindly. Great running gags abou ...more
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.
I'm not a huge fan of long, drawn-out descriptions (Herman Melville, you are evil), but I had a difficult time trying to follow the action at times. You could tell Burk had a picture in his mind of what was happening, but he didn't describe it well enough to convey the events to the reader in order to ach ...more