129. Star Trek Memories by William Shatner & Chris Kreski
Publication: Harpercollins; 1st edition (October 1993), Hardcover, 320pp / ISBN 0060177349
Read: June 7-9, 2010
Summary from Amazon:
Encompassing plot summaries of all seventy-nine TV episodes and the six hit films, “”Captain Kirk”” shares his reminiscences about the making of Star Trek, a history of the show as a cultural phenomenon, and behind-the-scenes antics.
Somehow or another I became enamored of everything Star Trek over the past few months, so much so that I’ve begun to track down various books on the subject to get my fill. Star Trek Memories is a funny book, as I was expecting it to be because it is, after all, partly written by William Shatner who is funny dude. But it’s not even really about Shatner– it’s more about the history of the show, the way it was created and what the crew did to get it filmed each week. It’s about Shatner’s cast members and the fans, the writers and the producers, and basically almost everyone else except Shatner. Not to say that he doesn’t talk about himself! There’s just way less about his own life and role in the show than I was expecting.
I only knew a little bit about the behind-the-scenes stuff before I read Star Trek Memories, and so i really enjoyed learning more about how the show was created and what the people behind the scenes were like. I also appreciated the fact that Shatner doesn’t lambaste anyone, even when an opportunity presented itself. When he’s telling a story that involves other people, he almost always directly quotes those people to get their side of things. Almost a whole chapter is devoted to the topic of how other cast members felt about Shatner while they were filming Star Trek– because of that whole “omg everybody on ST hated Shatner” controversy– and Shatner is very fair about the whole thing. Star Trek Memories could have been “Shatner’s Star Trek Saga,” but instead it’s a really sweet and amusing book, and I have a fun time reading it.
Other reviews: Cromely’s World (who writes more in detail about what Shatner actually wrote)
I’m not ashamed to have read this (Star Trek nerd in training, ahoy!), but carrying a book around with a giant picture of Kirk on the cover (and Shatner on the back) was a little embarrassing. Have you ever been embarrassed by the cover of a book you were reading?