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

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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...

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Overview

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).

To be Shatner, you must follow the rules included in this lively, entertaining, and thought-provoking volume. This collection of rules and fun factners, 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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Editorial Reviews

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The man who embodied Captain Kirk and currently stars in $#*! My Dad Says offers not so much a birth-to-now memoir as a demonstration of personality. For fans, including his 400,000 Twitter followers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451236487
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 379,847
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

William  Shatner

William Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over fifty years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman. He is one of Hollywood's most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist. In 1966, Shatner originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the television series Star Trek. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed. Shatner played the title role in the hit television series T.J. Hooker and won several Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his role on The Practice and Boston Legal. Shatner's Raw Nerve, currently airing on Bio, is his edgy celebrity interview series. Most recently, he was the star of the CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, a sitcom based on a Twitter feed of the same name. Shatner has authored nearly thirty fiction and nonfiction titles, including his autobiography, Up Til Now, which was a New York Times bestseller. An avid horse rider and breeder, he has won numerous world championships in several equine events. His passions for horses and philanthropy were united when he started the Hollywood Charity Horse Show in 1990. The annual event benefits Los Angeles-based children's charities.

Chris Regan is a five-time Emmy Award-winning comedy writer who has written for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Lopez Tonight. He was one of the contributors to the Daily Show's bestselling America (The Book) and is the author of Mass Historia: 365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions

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Table of Contents

Introduction: RULE: Start Every Book with an Introduction 1

Chapter 1 RULE: Say "Yes" 5

Chapter 2 RULE: To Be Shatner, You Must Know Shatner 15

Chapter 3 RULE: Busy Is Measured in Units of Shatner 21

First Rule for Turning 80: Just Smile. You're Lucky You Made It. 31

Chapter 4 RULE: Go West, Young Man. And Leave the Map at Home. 35

Chapter 5 RULE: Stay Hydrated 45

Chapter 6 RULE: It's Good to Bury the Hatchet-So Your Former Costars Won't Find It and Use It on You 51

Chapter 7 RULE: Get the Damn Line Right! 61

Chapter 8 RULE: Always Have a Spare Set of Underwear on Hand 71

Chapter 9 RULE: Eat What You Kill! (Provided It Doesn't Kill You First!) 77

Chapter 10 RULE: If Anyone Asks You to Star in a Movie Shot Entirely in Esperanto. Say "Kiam Kaj Kiel Multa?" 87

Chapter 11 RULE: Balls Are Important, but Stones Are Money 95

Chapter 12 RULE: You Can Always Find a Good Friend in a White Crowd 105

Chapter 13 RULE: Know When to Turn Shatner On, and When to Turn Shatner Off 111

Chapter 14 RULE: Grab Life by the (Golden) Throat 121

Chapter 15 RULE: Respect the Artistic Process of Others, Even If Their Process Takes Forever 129

Second Rule for Turning 80: Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help. 137

Chapter 16 RULE: Don't Trust the Facebook 139

Chapter 17 RULE: Remember Where You Came from…Eh? 155

Chapter 18 RULE: If You Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, You Might Find More Gifts! 165

Chapter 19 RULE: Know Which Conversations Require a Bulletproof Vest 173

Chapter 20 RULE: Talk Is Cheap-Unless You Can Make Money with a Talk Show 183

Chapter 21 RULE: Birds of a Feather Flock Together. But They Make for Dull Football Parties. 191

Third Rule for Turning 80: You're Eighty. Say What's on Your Mind. 195

Chapter 22 RULE: If You Go to the Land Down Under, Thumb It! 203

Chapter 23 RULE: Dying Is Easy. Dying Onstage While Doing Comedy Is Easy, Too. 213

Chapter 24 RULE: Settle for Second Billing Only If the Top-Billed Act Can Beat You Up 221

Fourth Rule for Turning 80: Get. Out. Of. Bed. 231

Chapter 25 RULE: Don't Die. You'll Miss Out on All the Lifetime Achievement Awards. 239

Acknowledgments 249

Photo Credits 251

About the Authors 255

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    So disappointed!

    I saw Mr. Shatner this morning on Good Morning America, and I have admired him since I was a teenager and first saw him in late night re-runs of Star Trek. I still do admire the great body of work he has produced over the course of his lifetime, and I will still enjoy watching him on television, but I must warn you --- DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! You will be so upset that you wasted your money. First off, don't waste your time downloading the free sample. It does NOT even provide you enough pages to cover what is in the contents, and I can see why. The book is so poorly written and utterly boring that I can't even get through half of the book. If you must see for yourself, at least do yourself a favor and purchase the hard copy of it. At least that way you can return it and get your money back. It is described as funny, but I think the only ones laughing are Mr. Shatner, his agent, and publisher, all the way to the bank. Mr. Shatner, you should be ashamed of yourself. What a piece of drivel.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2011

    Entertaining at times....boring in others

    There are stories that Shatner shared that were interesting and entertaining, especially the ones that involved his feud with various Star Trek cast members. Another good part of the book was some of his interactions with his family and his fans. However, there was a point during this book where William Shatner slipped into a completely foreign tongue. It was not as funny as I am sure that Shatner thought it would be. That part of the book lost my attention. There were other times where the Shatner prose did not entertain me, but he did manage to slip in a good story here and there.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

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    If I learned anything from this book, it is to say “Yes&rd

    If I learned anything from this book, it is to say “Yes” to life a lot more often! Avoiding saying “Yes” is safe, conservative and typically very dull. Conversely, taking risks opens one up to new opportunities, amazingly wonderful experiences one never would have enjoyed if he hadn’t given himself the chance. It’s time to be a little bold and outrageous!

    This is an autobiography intertwined with humorous anecdotes and William Shatner’s own blend of rare philosophy. Learn about Shatner’s “salons,” in which attendees exchange ideas while watching football. Find out whether Captain Kirk of the starship Enterprise ever said, “Beam me up, Scotty!” and how William Shatner got his start in acting.

    This is a fun and easy read. I chuckled my way through it and would recommend it to my friends -- and fiends -- as well!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    De4We8

    William Shatner holds nothing back. Whether you love him or hate him, there's no denying his talents to entertain. Loved the book, Bill!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Well this explains a lot.

    Shatner is one of those gents who you find asking yourself "How does he work?" And now, a week later, I think I have a pretty good idea.
    Shatner writes in a way thats personal, like he's there with you shooting the bull. You will read it in his voice, I guarantee it. While I personally maintain my stance that he is the worst singer I have ever seen, the man knows how to spin a yarn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Good Book

    This is a very fun book! I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Enjoyable, light reading. I liked it.

    William Shatner writes a delightful and humorous account of life after 80. His general rules for living the good life are right on and his comments about his career and interaction with fellow cast members is informative.

    He admits his faults and seems to truly seek reconciliation with those Trek cast members who, for some reason unkmown to him, to this day harbor ill-will toward him.

    His easy writing style and self-deprivatung humor were endearing and I found his oft-stated respect for the fans who have stayed with him throughout his career, especially the Trekkies, was a genuine surprise to me.

    I liked the book and purchased it because I wanted a break from the more serious stuff I tend to enjoy reading (science, history, biology etc.) I picked it up, read the first few pages and was impressed that he got my attention immediately. That, to me, is how I judge a book. If the author can't interest me at the very start, what chance does he or she have of impressing me 100 pages into the text.

    Oh yeah, and if you ever meet him, try to avoid saying, "Beam me up, Scottie"; he's heard it said in greetings a lot, maybe too much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    The free review is a waste. Hence no review.

    Read the headline... it says it all.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Hilarious

    Thoroughly enjoyable romp through the hyperactive world of the one and only William Shatner. I laughed out loud.

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