Shatner Rules

16 Mar

As a memoir and a humourous one, “Shatner Rules” is a good read.  There are two things that prevent it from being a great read.  The first one is William Shatner’s ego, which brings to mind the line from Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “If there’s anything more important than my ego around here, I want it caught and shot now.”

The second one is the repeated attacks on George Takei.  Yes, I know the two men don’t get on. Yes, I know that in the opinions of many, George started it.  That is beside the point.  The repeated snarking just comes across as petty and pathetic and detracts from the humour of the book.  And, to be frank, makes William Shatner look more like a whining 3 year old than the octogenarian he is.

And the book is humourous.  Absolutely laugh out loud funny in many places.  The book managed to reduce me to helpless giggles on many occasions.

William Shatner also had much to say on the subject of growing old, and most of it is thought provoking and shows the true depths of the man.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to all Star Trek fans, but they’ve probably all ready read it.

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