- 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shatnerquake Paperback – 15 Apr 2009
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From the Back Cover
"...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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I'm not as up on Shatner as one other reviewer but its a work of fiction and a piece of entertaining fiction that made me smile so quit moaning.
This is a crazy book, it’s over the top, it’s violent and it’s absolutely hilarious! I loved it when I read it a couple of months ago and if you are a fan of William Shatner, and have a weird sense of humor, then you will love this book.
I want to add that my personal favorite Shatner in the story was the Priceline Shatner. He was also the creepiest.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Conceptually, this should be the greatest thing ever. William Shatner must go up against his on-screen characters in a battle to the death. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2011 by D. S.
"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... Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2011 by Sarah A. Shaw
This is awful just awful.
First thing I thought it was a full novel. It is more of a novella. Read more
I thought this book was chockfull of fantastic ideas, and entertainingly written. It doesnt need to be shakespeare...it has pace, ingenuity and SHATNER (in many guises). Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2009 by Ms. AFG