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Shatnerquake Paperback – April 15, 2009
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"...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
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You see, Jeff Burk gets it. He takes the geek culture, that massive cult of personality, and twists it on itself. The result: people worshipping at the altar of various cult figures, and very eager to kill on their behalf. The setting itself is the ridiculously immense convention aptly called "ShatnerCon." But tension bubbles under the surface, as the deranged terrorists of Bruce Campbell seek to destroy all things Shatner. The Campbellians set off a reality bomb that turns the great works of Shatner into an army of maniacal clones, and that's where the fun starts. Burk describes a geek convention the size of a city, all of it in utter chaos. And the varying Shatners are utter gold. Captain Kirk wielding a lightsaber. Nuff said. Shatner himself becomes hunted down by his own career, forced to fight for his life against himself. And if he fails? Then the world itself will be consumed by Shatner's titanic identity. All will be Shatner, and Shatner will be all. But by the end of this book, you'll be wondering if that's actually a bad thing.
In this book, Captain Kirk fights using a lightsaber.
When it came out, everybody and their mama happily linked to the news. I pursued it further and bought one, because to avoid doing so is a distinct lack of Shatnition.
Shatnerquake has William Shatner fighting characters he's played in TV and movies. Shatner is a self-aware cheeseball in real life. Shatner would write an action-movie story like this about himself (or have someone write for him), but he ain't got the time, baby. He's William Shatner. So writer Jeff Burk has done Shatner a great service.
The villains are Bruce Campbell fans. You think you're getting an all-Shatner story, so that's bonus nerdiness. They explode a Fiction Bomb that brings Shatner's TV and movie selves to life. Hijinks ensue.
The story is only 80 pages. It could have been padded with a few hundred more, but instead, it gets right to the punchline. It's all about the Shatners.
Every Shatner performance I can think of shows up, at least in cameo. My personal favorite TJ Hooker is in it, and so is Denny Crane from Boston Legal and the guy who saw something on the wing in Twilight Zone.
The Shatners are like the Gremlins. Like in a TV or movie tie-in novel, the key here is depicting characters we already know. I'm pretty sure the book does a good job with that, but I may have been dazed by the neatness of reading a story with TJ Hooker in it.
One of my favorite parts is when Rescue 911 Shatner narrates over a gory death.
Shatnerquake is a zombie-movie style gore-fest in print. Everyone except the Shatners hangs around only a page or two until their gross deaths. The detailed writeups of the deaths are a distraction from all the Shatners.
Apparently the proofreader fell asleep reading TekWar. This isn't a big deal to some normal humans, but I'm an editor. I see typos and mistakes everywhere. I can not un-see them, like Tyler Durden in Fight Club. Here, each glaring mistake stares at me, and says "Nyah."
There is no love interest. Shatner and the Shatners learn nothing about themselves. That is thinking too hard, and this story does not call for it. Everyone just fights, until the fight is over, then they move on to another fight.
Shatnerquake tries to capture Shatner in a bottle. It reaches for Shatner and comes up short, as we all do. But at least it tries, as we all must. (Joe Crowe, http://www.revolutionsf.com, http://www.twitter.com/revolutionsf)
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