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Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large Paperback – September 4, 2012
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“This book is an utter delight. It is, literally, laugh-out-loud funny. The stories are full of twists that are at times surreal—like having Henry Rollins and Rush Limbaugh together at a football party in Bill’s house. Shatner Rules is a light, clever, witty book that is all about enjoying life from the perspective of a now eighty-year-old man with fascinating stories to tell… this is a great read.”—Portland Book Review
“The galaxy's most famous starship captain offers a mostly tongue-in-cheek guide to his rules for living, complete with anecdotes and life lessons. Eighty years old and still going strong with multiple TV shows, films, books and appearances…Shatner's lust for life shines through… Whatever the situation--be it an awkward dinner with Charlton Heston or a fight to the death with a wild boar—Shatner applies his rules as only he can…[his] fans will relish the opportunity to learn from the master.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
William Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over fifty years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman. He is one of Hollywood's most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist. In 1966, Shatner originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the television series Star Trek. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed. Shatner played the title role in the hit television series T.J. Hooker and won several Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his role on The Practice and Boston Legal. Shatner's Raw Nerve, currently airing on Bio, is his edgy celebrity interview series. Most recently, he was the star of the CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, a sitcom based on a Twitter feed of the same name. Shatner has authored nearly thirty fiction and nonfiction titles, including his autobiography, Up Til Now, which was a New York Times bestseller. An avid horse rider and breeder, he has won numerous world championships in several equine events. His passions for horses and philanthropy were united when he started the Hollywood Charity Horse Show in 1990. The annual event benefits Los Angeles-based children's charities.
Chris Regan is a five-time Emmy Award-winning comedy writer who has written for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Lopez Tonight. He was one of the contributors to the Daily Show's bestselling America (The Book) and is the author of Mass Historia: 365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions.
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First, although it's not too much of a quickie-read as to disappoint, it's an easy read, and a fun one. Shatner regales us with his stories of the things he's done and learned over the last 60 years (He turned 80 this year) and drops the cutest one-liners all through his tales. The tone of the book is his humorous opinion of his reputation for having a huge ego. He makes fun of his ego, his reputation, and all those (his Star Trek co-stars) who still carry a 40 year grudge over the series that made them all famous. With easy-going quips and sheer bafflement over it all, he lets the reader in on the joke, with wonderful hilarity. At the same time, he really does give some rules for having a happy life, and lets us see a few of his disappointments and the appreciation he feels for all he's been given. May he live to be a hundred, and continue to keep his legend going for the next generation.
I can't recommend the book enough for any fan of William Shatner, Star Trek, or Boston Legal. You won't want to put it down once you read the first page.
Amidst all the humor, though, is a truly inspired message: say yes. Shatner says 'yes' to life, its challenges and opportunities. Sometimes this has made him appear foolish. But, it has also made him a successful and much beloved character on our landscape.
Ignore the serious self-help stuff out there. Pick up Shatner Rules, have a great laugh, and learn some important lessons.
There are autobiographical passages illustrating each of the rules, such as "Stay Hydrated," inspired by a coughing fit while performing in a 1961 Broadway play with Julie Harris and Walter Matthau, and my favorite, "Say Yes," which offers a behind the scenes look at the 2006 "Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner." There are many such passages about events in his life and career I was already familiar with, but each delivers new details I wasn't aware of. The rule of saying yes is returned to throughout the book, and its positive sentiment about the unexpected benefits to be found in things to which you might otherwise say no powerfully resonated with me.
Star Trek fans- about the feuds with co-stars of The Original Series accusing him of line and limelight stealing, he points out the fact that "...the stars of shows and films get more lines, more close-ups, and a slightly larger dressing room." And to everyone who yells "Beam me up Scotty" to him when they see him in public, he suggests alternatives from his non-Trek work ("Hey, Dad? Say some bleep!").
There's a lot more to enjoy in this book. The whimsical tone is punctuated by some serious and moving junctures about the accidental death of his wife, a beautifully intense fan encounter in New Zealand, and more.
I devoured "Shatner Rules" in just a few sittings. The only fault I could find was that its two hundred and fifty page length was too brief. I would have loved a thousand more.