"Live long and prosper." There are probably not many people who aren't even vaguely familiar with this saying and its connections to pop culture and the like. And while Kirk was the captain of the Enterprise, Spock might have been just the actual favorite of the original series (if not the entire 'Star Trek' franchise). So it seemed like a good time to pick up this book about an interesting man who was best known for a certain role but was actually much more. Unfortunately that didn't shine through for me.
I've never read 'I Am Not Spock' so that may color my review a bit. There's not much out of his personal life here (covered in the other book?) but rather it's a focus on his career, including his appearance on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' (book was published in 1995 so it doesn't include his newer ST roles).
Overall: I was bored. I didn't find his writing style particularly compelling, although I don't know if that is more about me and my general mood/mindset or if it's something else. Usually my interest in a subject (and I LOVE ST!) can carry me through but this really did not.
Although I wouldn't consider myself obsessed and am more of an ST:TNG fan, I found there wasn't a lot that was really new to me, having heard most of this from some other form (interviews, obituaries, other books like the new book Shatner wrote about his relationship with Nimoy), etc. I appreciated his insights about how he fought for Spock the character and how he evolved over time, but again there wasn't a whole lot that was new. But then again, I suppose it has to do with the fact that I probably read a lot of this in some form or that it was in his obituaries, etc.
That said, his thoughts on Spock in the last ST film with the original crew really interesting. There's a scene towards the end where Spock gets visibly upset. He slaps a phaser out of Valeris' hand and forcibly performs a mind-meld with her. I'm not sure if I've read his thoughts about these scenes elsewhere so that was interesting. However I'm not sure if I agree with his assessment of Spock;s change throughout those six films. I suppose it's unfortunate that his development and change ends with 'The Undiscovered Country' but the mind rape Spock performs on Valeris was disturbing.
I don't regret reading it but at the same time I didn't really get a lot out of it either. Wish I had gotten it from the library instead.