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Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World… (original 2011; edition 2012)

by William Shatner, Chris Regan

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Title:Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large
Authors:William Shatner
Other authors:Chris Regan
Info:NAL Trade (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Reviewed, Read but unowned
Tags:non-fiction, humor, biography, memoir, Gerri's Gift, autobiography, Star Trek

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Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large by William Shatner (2011)



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This book was a true joy to read. I wasn't even supposed to read, my plan was just to check in the first chapter but I was hooked, line and sinker. It was a quick read; it was both easy written and so funny that I couldn’t stop reading. Star Trek is kind of a big thing in America (see image below)

William Shatner is and always will be (I almost quoted the wrath of khan) best known for the role of Captain Kirk. If you want a deep biography about Shatner and Star Trek, this isn’t the book for you, then you should read [b:Star Trek Memories|77549|Star Trek Memories|William Shatner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386921185s/77549.jpg|1098955] and/or [b:Star Trek Movie Memories|77550|Star Trek Movie Memories|William Shatner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1387717473s/77550.jpg|287688]. But if you want a couple of hour of entertainment, then this book is for you!
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  MaraBlaise | Apr 14, 2017 |
I was actually ready to really hate this book. And for the first part of it, I did! Especially when he talked about his Star Trek co-stars and how much they apparently hate him. So much unnecessary bitterness in a book about life rules. But once he got past that, it was actually really lovely, a great look into the many roles and jobs he has taken over the years. I much prefer Bill over William Shatner, the nice guy who trains horses and always says "yes" to every thing. And I guess I'll actually have to listen to my Shatner records now! ( )
  SarahHayes | Feb 20, 2017 |
Review first posted at BookLikes:

This will be brief.

I have no idea what to make of this book.

It is not the book was bad, it just wasn't ... great, or consistently funny. Nor did it feel like an honest commentary on, well..., anything - apart from the incident with the underwear thief, maybe. (No, I won't elaborate.)

There seems to be a lack of direction in this book - some parts are rants about former co-stars or anything else really, some parts are memoirs, some parts aim at explaining Shatner's/Bill's characters (yes, there are two, at least) - and I can only guess that some of the uncertainty of what this book was about and where the stories were going stemmed from the co-authorship with Chris Regan. ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
This book was brilliant! ( )
  VincentDarlage | Jan 30, 2015 |
What can I say, except that this book is pure Shat. If you you like The Shat you'll enjoy it and if Shat doesn't do shit for you then why would you pick it up in the first place?

Part advice from a workaholic, the notes of a crotchety old man and some surprising moments of passionate honesty, it does give glimpses of the man behind the magic without ever really leaving the stage.

It's nice light reading, recommended for planes, trains and automobiles (provided you're not the one driving). Just please, don't tell George Takei I said so.

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  laurustina | Jan 14, 2015 |
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Shatner Rules is nothing except that which it purports to be. It’s an entertaining walk through Shatnerville, one where the regular tourists can admire the familiar scenery, and where newcomers can chuckle at their newfound surroundings. There’s a distinct been there, done that, feeling for the Shatner Faithful.
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I've gotten to the age where I am counting every precious minute, so although none of us knows what is going to happen next, the dice are loaded for me having less time than more. So it seems that I should give a giant shout-out to everything meaningful in my life, 'cause you never know when you are going to get another shout-out. So to my wife, my daughters, my grandchildren, my dogs, my horses, and my friends, I hope I see you all tomorrow. And I'd also like to give a shout-out to Chris Regan, who is a terrific guy, a wonderful writer, and a new friend.
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Introduction: I, William Shatner, am now eighty years of age, and I've been thinking a lot lately about my late mother's eighty-fourth birthday.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525952519, Hardcover)

You love William Shatner.

You admire his many and varied talents.

You appreciate his creativity and willingness to take risks.

You want to learn his master negotiation techniques.

You wish you could hang out with him.

Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner.

And now...you can (almost).

This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill's illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

Because let's face it...Shatner does rule, doesn't he?

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The actor best known as Captain Kirk on "Star Trek" shares self-deprecating memories from his on- and off-screen experiences while discussing such topics as his larger-than-life celebrity persona, his career longevity, and his views on modern technology.… (more)

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