Nerdalert Friday

Not content to be simply Likely Stories’ resident comics guy, I’ll also assume the helm of all things worthy of conventions, standing in long lines at conventions, and dressing up in costumes while standing in long lines at conventions. So, it falls to me to hyperventilate about tonight release of the new Star Trek film. Except, as one of the perks of being me (ok, the perk of being me), I’ve already seen it! And the point is GO SEE IT NOW because it’s super and terrific and great. Really, I’ll wait here until you get back. Quietly reading . . .

I’m kind of having a hard time figuring out exactly how hilarious I find this book. On the one hand, I think it’s absolutely hilarious. On the other hand, it’s really absolutely hilarious. Here’s the Amazon description for all you naysayers:

William Shatner? William Shatner. WILLIAM SHATNER!!! It’s the first ShatnerCon with William Shatner as the guest of honor! But after a failed terrorist attack by Campbellians, a crazy terrorist cult that worships Bruce Campbell, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner. 

Oh man. We sadly don’t have this one in the offices, but who cares? This is the second concept book I’ve personally been excited about this month alone (the other being Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). Is this a trend? Looks to be. Is it a good trend? As a professional book reviewer with mildly overcrammed reading time, I’m all for books that I can get the gist of without even having to read a single page. And any book that gets people excited (PP&Z is sitting at an astonishing #18 on Amazon’s bestseller list) just plain makes me happy.

BONUS FEATURE after the jump.

To melt your brain just a little bit more, here’s Kirk 2.0 coming face-to-face with Kirk 1.0 on what appears to be some sort of intergalactic party cruiser during a lull between rad phaser battles. The alien corpses must be just off camera. Or, they were awesomely disintegrated.

Sigh. Sorta disappointing actually. But, Shatner Prime was wearing a swell white cowboy hat for some reason, and only seemed passingly aware that he had traveled back in time to meet a younger version of himself. Which. Must mean! That he’s . . . an imposter!!



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  1. Keir says:

    Did Shatner know who Pine was? Or is? I couldn’t tell. As a former Bruce Campbell fan, I can’t think of anyone who belongs in a novel about Shatner as much as Campbell. Great post.

  2. Keir says:

    On another note, I think REaD ALERT should be partnered with a new newsletter, NErD ALERT.

  3.' Mary Fran says:

    Ian, as both the comics guy and the official convention-goer on staff, were you at Anime Central at the Rosemont Convention Center this past weekend? In trying to get into the Rosemont Theatre (their spelling, not mine) parking lot to see Sesame Street Live with my two youngest boys, I was surrounded by all sorts of costumed folk. Was this a Star Trek 2.0 weekend opening party? Could have been, for all I know about either Star Trek or graphic novels, but a little research afterwards told me it was Anime Central, the Midwest Anime and Manga Convention. Hope it was fun!

  4.' Michele says:


    See also “Bimbos of the Death Sun” by Sharyn McCrumb. LOVED the new Star Trek…Karl Urban as Bones just cracked me up.

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