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Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large [Hardcover]

William Shatner
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: E P Dutton & Co Inc (4 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952510
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!! 9 Dec 2011
As a person who is a mere generation removed from that of William Shatner, I was thrilled that this book 'spoke' to me. From the wonderful cover photo to the very last sentence, I could not put this book down. In fact, I read it over the short span of two evenings.

A funny yet simultaneously serious look at life, Shatner Rules has me at last understanding the concept behind self-promotion. NOTE: As a writer myself, I've never been comfortable with promoting my work. Thanks to Bill Shatner, that has changed.

Throughout the stories and anecdotes this reader came away with the intended message: Say yes to opportunity because it may lead to something better. That happened frequently for Mr. Shatner and reading about it made for great entertainment. There were many places where I had to simply read passages aloud for my husband. My favorite story is of the William Shatner Thanksgiving Blowout!

Thank you Mr. Shatner for such an entertaining book and for teaching this reviewer the secret behind Saying Yes!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun in places but... 19 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Please don't get me wrong - I adored Shatner's previous book 'Up til Now' which was all over the place but so entertaining, but this seems quite bitter in places and spoilt the light touch that he generally has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shatner rules ok 30 Nov 2011
By Lynnh
Format:Audio CD
I bought the book and loved the style and great humour involved in it. Getting the cd was a brilliant idea so I can lighten the boredam on some of my longer journeys for work. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Hilarious! 6 Oct 2011
By Old T.B. - Published on
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Shatner Rules, the latest book by William Shatner, is loaded with anecdotes about his life and work. There are humorous "rules" to how he lives his life interspersed throughout. The book is a fantastic read, never boring or plodding. Shatner displays an affable personality, a man able to make fun of himself and his over-the-top, egomaniacal image. His jabs at himself, former co-stars, and Facebook are all fun and worth reading.

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.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Laughed Out Loud 12 Oct 2011
By Kathy E. Gill - Published on
I love Star Trek, in all its iterations (I petitioned for it to be resurrected back in the day), but I have never read a book about it or by a cast member. I've never even thought about buying a book from William Shatner. But I saw this, it spoke to me, and I bought it ... and am glad I did.

I laughed out loud from start-to-finish. Let me hasten to say that this isn't laughter for laughter's sake. There are sobering places, but in the main it is a celebration of life. Highly recommended, assuming you know enough about Star Trek to get some of the jokes. On the other hand, I've never watched Boston Legal and I got those jokes, so maybe you don't need too much backstory. :-)
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read! 6 Oct 2011
By Johhny Guitar - Published on
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great read! love shatner and all his creative endeavors. what an amazing man. very open and honest. he truly can have a laugh at life and himself.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Shatner really does rule, you know. 29 Oct 2011
By Jan Chilton - Published on
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As a big fan of William Shatner, it is probably hard for me NOT to like anything the man does, but this book tickled me the most of anything he's ever done. The night I got it in the mail, I went to a restaurant by myself to start reading it. I'm sure the wait staff and other patrons thought I was a nut, because on the second page I literally chortled out loud, and probably smiled and giggled for the entire time I was eating and reading.

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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny 16 Oct 2011
By D. Keener - Published on
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Shatner and co-author Chris Regan have written a very funny book. The material is fresh, covering some of Shatner's stranger choices (the movie in Esperanto, for example), his "singing," and his recent TV work, including the Comedy Central roast. But there are still plenty of Star Trek jokes and stories for those of us who will never get enough. With Bill turning 80, there is even a kind of wisdom to it. Say "yes," to Shatner Rules.
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