The galaxy’s most famous starship captain offers a mostly tongue-in-cheek guide to his rules for living, complete with anecdotes and life lessons.
Eighty years old and still going strong with multiple TV shows, films, books and appearances (all of which he promotes tirelessly within these pages), Shatner’s lust for life shines through in this lightweight, amusing effort. The book apes the familiar self-help format, with the rules (“Say Yes,” “Stay Hydrated,” etc.) used as starting points for funny and poignant anecdotes from his “unique, strange, and wonderful” life, and instructions to the reader on “how to live a Shatneresque existence… [and] experience the essence of Shatner in its purest form.” In addition to the rules, there are frequent asides in the form of “Notes” and “Fun Factners,” basically one-liners playing off the narrative. Shatner is a true raconteur, and in between the jokes there are surprisingly profound ruminations on life and death, from someone whose career in the spotlight stretches from the early days of TV to the age of Twitter. Much of the ground covered here will be familiar to readers of his autobiography, Up Till Now (2008), including Shatner’s feelings about his former Trek cast-mates’ public criticisms and the tragic 1999 drowning death of his wife Nerine. However, his legions of fans probably won’t mind, or be put off by his outsized personality, though they may think twice about shouting “beam me up, Scotty!” when they encounter him. Whatever the situation—be it an awkward dinner with Charlton Heston or a fight to the death with a wild boar—Shatner applies his rules as only he can.
This book may not boldly go where no man has gone before, but Shatner fans will relish the opportunity to learn from the master.