Saturday, September 19, 2009


I read Shatnerquake by Jeff Burk a while back. Here's what the publisher's website has to say about it, in case you haven't heard about this book yet:
William Shatner? William Shatner. William Shatner!

It’s Shatner VS Shatners!

It’s the first ShatnerCon with William Shatner as the guest of honor! But after a failed terrorist attack by Campbellians, a crazy terrorist cult that worships Bruce Campbell, 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, Rescue 911 Shatner, Singer Shatner, Shakespearean Shatner, Twilight Zone Shatner, Cartoon Kirk, Esperanto Shatner, Priceline Shatner, SNL Shatner, and – of course – William Shatner!

No costumed con-goer will be spared in their wave of destruction, no redshirt will make it out alive, and not even the Klingons will be able to stand up to a deranged Captain Kirk with a lightsaber. 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.

It’s Shatnertastic!
It's a thin trade paperback, only 83 pages. And it's very silly, as one would expect of a story in which Shatner finds himself surrounded by the characters he played on TV and in movies due to a fiction bomb gone haywire at a Shatnercon. For the most part it's a goofy runaround with a lot of violence, neither as satirical or surreal as it might like to be. The scene with the two-dimensional animated Kirk was good, almost poignant, though.

Dunno if there's enough Trek-related content to make it worth adding to the website. It's more about the current oddball pop culture icon Shatner of Denny Crane, Priceline, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds on youtube, etc than it is about Kirk.

Oh, and the list of other books by the author includes Shatnerquest and Shatnerpocalypse. If Burk is really thinking of writing those, I can only say, brevity is the soul of wit. 83 pages is brief enough.


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