Even more rarely do I enjoy one enough to want to continue reading it. Up Till Now surprised me. I found myself looking forward to the moments I could sit down and read and easily lost myself in his story. This book was William Shatner's autobiography. I completely enjoyed this.
It made my morning cruise right along. William Shatner is kind of charming in an eccentric great-uncle kind of way. It was a fun read. He was funny in his narcissism. He has had so many varied experiences through out his career. What I enjoyed the most was his humor. He poked fun at others, as well as himself.
I also liked the tender way he talked about his family.
View all 5 comments. Apr 30, Jeanne Thornton rated it liked it. This is demented in a glorious way.
Up Till Now: The Autobiography Paperback – Bargain Price, April 28, After almost sixty years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. It was the original Star Trek series, and later its films, that made Shatner an. Up Till Now: The Autobiography is a autobiography by actor William Shatner with David Fisher. In the book Shatner discusses several aspects of his life.
Lots of stuff about powerful animals, eerie postcoital scenes where women talk about how at last they've taken Captain Kirk to bed while Shatner stares into the darkness in depression and gloom, homophobia and vague sexism as leitmotif, a kind of strange unawareness that other people are real entities who may be harmed by one's actions, plus the best Gene Roddenberry anecdote "You're just going to have to learn to bow down and say master.
This does not give a ton of insight into that, except into the weird detachment Shatner felt from it, which explains much? Also, um, Leonard Nimoy's terrible alcoholism. Another good thing about reading Star Trek biographies is figuring out what's not being said: George Takei's "To the Stars," in which his husband figures as a minor character, Nimoy's "copious swigs of honey" in his trailer from "I Am Spock," the marvelously weird Warped Factors.
This one is excellent fodder for that because it says shockingly little, and most of that about Shatner's creative process--memorize the words, don't really question impulses you have ever, etc. William Shatner provided a surprisingly candid and detailed portrait of his life. He reveals his insatiable desire to continuously work as an actor, no matter how strange the parts may be. However, he recognizes that even these kept his work in the public eye and ear and resulted in other opportunities, some of which turned out to be very wel William Shatner provided a surprisingly candid and detailed portrait of his life.
However, he recognizes that even these kept his work in the public eye and ear and resulted in other opportunities, some of which turned out to be very well-received and lucrative. He provides very interesting coverage of the Star Trek phenomenon and his relationships with Leonard Nimoy and the other actors, some who were not particularly friendly toward him. Likewise his coverage of his other television series hits, T. Hooker, Rescue , and Boston Legal is also interesting. In addition to his career, he provides much candid information about his personal life, including his four wives.
He interjects many humorous stories and thoughts throughout the book. I believe this book reveals that Shatner is not the characters he has played over the years. However, perhaps his insecurity about the possibility of being unemployed has made him fearless about taking chances with his career, and his persistence and actual talent eventually made him very successful. I found it to be a very enjoyable and interesting look at a very unique person. Feb 02, John G. I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, come away having learned something about the man I didn't know before, and also having learned something about life and living as well.
Shatner actually has quite a command of words and language and surprisingly, comedic insight and timing. Getting an insider's view of both TV series and I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, come away having learned something about the man I didn't know before, and also having learned something about life and living as well. Getting an insider's view of both TV series and movie production was quite fascinating, not areas I examine frequently or know much about.
Shatner strikes me a normal, decent guy who has paid his dues and can enjoy his success. He's learned some tough lessons and has hung in there when he felt hopeless, so he understands what it's like to be lost and confused and alone. He has both pride and humility. I think one thing he learned that opened up his life and career, was to poke fun of himself and the world around him, he understood then power of humor to improve life! Very happy I read this book! Oct 28, Mom rated it really liked it. I did not enjoy this book as much as the two previous ones by William Shatner however it is still an important read.
This book adds details or fills in the gaps and also adds his personal life to what we already know.
Shatner has great affection for Kirk and Star Trek, obvious by his confusion at the end of the book between himself and Kirk. However, there are Trek themes that are emotional and effective, and there is some new revelations. All in all, a good read, and quite a bit of poking fun at himself. He has since established a charity for alcoholic women in her honor. May 22, pm. In a world where most showbiz personalities take themselves too seriously, Up Till Now sounds like three friends talking over a couple of beers. You can take classes at your college.
Sep 27, Lori rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir. I would give this a 3. I could really "hear" William Shatner's voice in this memoir.
It was pretty good for the most part. He was born in Canada and came to the states in his early 20s. He was good about talking about his experience playing that role for three years in the s. Can't blame him really. Shatner tried to write and honest memoir of his life the good and not so great parts of his life. If you are a fan of William Shatner you may like this memoir.
Jun 10, Red rated it liked it Shelves: kindle-books , biography. So far Shatner tells interesting stories. I like biographies.
I like to learn where people came from and what experiences made them who they are today. So I wanted to read Trek stories from the horse's mouth, I wanted to put more flesh on the experiences of those years. That didn't happen nearly as much as I wanted. So don't read the book if all you want is Trek lore, there is some but not in depth. I guess should have known he had So far Shatner tells interesting stories.
I guess should have known he had already written his Trek memoir: Star Trek Memories. Going off to add that to my "to read" shelf.
Shatner has lead a storied life and it was interesting to hear his take on events. He has a varied sense of humor, and apparently hasn't taken himself seriously for decades. He covers his entire life, in a very nonlinear way. Sometimes in more depth than you care about, but more often glazing over areas where I'd wish he'd stopped and reminisced for a while. I enjoyed hearing about his life, it has increased my respect and affection for him.
Sep 24, Wendy Dranfield rated it it was amazing. I found this book hugely entertaining. I grew up in a household of Trekkies so by default I've seen every single episode of every single series and every single movie , but I didn't know anything about Shatner. I bought this book for my brother but he already had a copy so I read it myself.
It's written in an engaging way and it feels as though you're sat across from Shatner, listening to him chat. He's got a great sense of humour with some real laughable antics, but it was the fascinating behi I found this book hugely entertaining. He's got a great sense of humour with some real laughable antics, but it was the fascinating behind-the-scene facts about working in TV, theatre and film from the sixties onwards that held my attention.
Shatner has been in just about every single TV show ever made! The photos from his own collection are great too.