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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (15 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929828
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HeroPress on 19 May 2009
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Some ideas are so simple and yet so brilliantly insane that it's hard to believe they haven't been acted upon before now.

Shatnerquake, by Jeff Burk, is one such gem.

A tongue-in-cheek homage to one of the great characters of our age, the novella pits William Shatner (as the star - and only - guest at the world's first ShatnerCon) against blood-thirsty, ghoulish incarnations of his various television and cinematic personnas after a reality-warping bomb is set off by zealous, one-handed followers of Bruce Campbell (who, in a Monty Pythonesque twist, are all called Bruce).

Shatner, aided by his number one fan, Bob (who has been surgically altered to look and sound like his idol), has to fight his way through the crowded convention centre and survive a confrontation with a blood-crazed Captain Kirk armed with a working lightsaber.

Burk exhibits a deft brevity in his writing of this mind-bendingly surreal comedy, which occasionally descends into gloriously graphic Grand Guignol, and a very visual style that suggests Shatnerquake would make one hell of a mental movie (probably requiring, sadly, a prohibitive amount of expensive CGI to realise the multiversal incarnations of Shatner who would have to share screen time).

There are few other actors (except maybe Bruce Campbell, of course) worthy of this kind of treatment, but Burk has gone for the Big Kahuna and nailed his target perfectly, while simultaneously establishing a slightly skewed sci-fi metaverse for his characters to exist in.

He also manages to squash in a tidal wave of in-jokes and references to Shatner's broad portfolio of work, the insanity of convention life, fandom and science-fiction in general. All in about 70 pages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Craig on 13 Feb. 2010
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Ever wondered what would happen if William Shatner came face to face with the incarnation of every character he ever played? Then this is the book for you.

I love the concept of this novel; would love it even more if it could somehow be put to filmed reality, but failing that this novel is a lot of fun to read, chock full as it is of bizarre and often gory situations as Shatner battles his way through the ultimate convention gone wrong. It's a little on the short side, but feels dense since so much is going on and it's fun to identify all the different Shatner roles as they pop up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. S. on 6 Dec. 2011
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Conceptually, this should be the greatest thing ever. William Shatner must go up against his on-screen characters in a battle to the death. Unfortunately the actual writing isn't up to it.

There seems the writer didn't even proof read their own work - the odd typo might be forgiveable but the obvious continuity errors are not. It feels like a piece of fan fiction which I may have praised if it weren't for the fact that I had to pay for this!

And if you do judge this is fan fiction, who are they a fan of? Certainly not William Shatner since not only do the on-screen characters barely resemble the ones we know and love (Denny Crane repeatedly refers to himself as the world's greatest lawyer, for example, whereas anyone who's seen the show would know that he would convey that by simply stating his name... Denny Crane) but no Shatner fan would phrase everything he says...in.... broken...shatnerian...prose. Maybe one instance of it while he was out of breath to make the joke, but not every damn time.

I wanted to much to like this book, it just seemed so wonderfully funny, but there's simply nothing here I could recommend to people thinking of buying this since the best of it, the concept, is given away for free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Thorpe VINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is awful just awful.

First thing I thought it was a full novel. It is more of a novella.

The author stated he wrote this out of his love for Shatner but that clearly is not the case. His depiction of Shatner boarders on cruel.
Even if you got past the rather tasteless humour and tried to take it as a light hearted ribbing, the humour simply is not that funny.

It just came across amateur and crass
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"Shatnerquake" is an action-packed fun fest starring, who else, William Shatner. This hilarious concept of William Shatner fighting his on-screen personas is original and quite surreal. There's blood aplenty, to boot. I laughed out loud several times while reading this, but I think that I would have enjoyed it even more if I had understood all of the references to characters that Shatner has played. I especially loved the Campbellians and their cult-like devotion to their idol, Bruce Campbell. Overall, this book is a hoot and I'll be reading more of Jeff Burk's work.
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