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I Am Not Spock Hardcover – September 1, 1997

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I Am Not Spock by Leonard Nimony. Buccaneer Books,1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568496915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568496917
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is well-written and intelligent. Since I read Nimoy's later autobiography, "I Am Spock," first, that probably changed my perception of what might have been a 5-star review. Many anecdotes from this first book are incorporated into the second, but not all. Also, I find Nimoy's maturer style more insightful, as well it should be. (Some readers do prefer the young, "unjaded" personality that comes through in "I Am Not Spock," and that's understandable, too.) The second book came after the Star Trek movies, and is, therefore, a more complete life story. If you find this book expensive or can only afford one book, buy the second book. Die-hard Spock fans, however (of which I am one), will enjoy reading both books. Nimoy's voice in "I Am Not Spock" is clearly the voice of a youth of the 1960's, and in that respect, it does take one closer to the source, as this '60's cultural identity was influential in the formation of the "Spock" character. On the other hand, it takes the maturer voice of his second book to point out that fact. By the way, don't think he knocks the "Spock" character in this book. After reading "I Am Spock," I was curious to discover whether Nimoy had really loved Spock all along, as he insisted, or if he'd had an early disenchantment with the character, only to regret it later and try to backpedal in his second book to dispell the negative vibes that followed "I Am Not Spock." Not a chance: in "I Am Not Spock," it is immediately apparent that Nimoy loves Spock. And, although he would like for people to understand Nimoy as a well-rounded, human individual, (including the woman who insisted he stop trying to look like that Spock man on TV!) he never disavows the character, "Spock," to achieve his aim. Critics who claimed Nimoy hated "Spock" obviously didn't read past the title of this book.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By lexi521@aol.com on November 23, 1997
Format: Paperback
I first read this book when it was originally published. I wasalsotaken back by the title. But rather than "judge a book by it's cover" I took the time to read it. I had read other books by Mr. Nimoy and was delighted with the concept of this particular book. I was rewarded with the care that he took in writing it. It was a delight, an insight, and a true joy to read. Had any of the critics actually read the book from cover to cover they would have enjoyed a personal look at the stuggles of one man to accept himself. Mr. Nimoy's courage in working for his dream and in publishing his journey show the worth of his character. Mr. Nimoy continues to challenge himself and others to be the best they can be. This book is a must read for anyone struggling to fulfil their dreams, anyone striving to find themselves, and anyone willing to accept themselves. This is not just another "Star Trek" book but a book of self discovery and enlightenment.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful memoir of Nimoy's efforts to create the character of Mr. Spock and his subsequent efforts at photography, poetry and theatre. If you've been dissappointed with books by other actors, this will be a pleasant surprise -- Nimoy is definitely an exception. It is well written and thoughtful. The writing is genuine and warm. Don't judge this book by it's title -- Nimoy reveals that he has no animosity toward his Star Trek character whatsoever. A revealing look at a real artist.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By gunther@vivid.com on September 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this book after reading Nimoy's later (1990's) book I AM SPOCK. The differences were interesting. This book is written by a man of the idealistic 60's who describes his struggle as a creative actor against the wallet-minded producers of his works (and so on) vs. the more jaded (or wiser, depending on how you look at it) Hollywood veteran of the second book. Still, this book gives a better insight into Nimoy the *person*, which is what I find most interesting. This is definitely of interest to anyone interested in a glimpse of the psychology of an actor 20 years ago.
Oh, and trekkies. ;)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Wellman on May 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A short and thoroughly enjoyable read. Full of metaphysical musings, Nimoy allows a glimpse into his personal struggle with being identified by fans as his 'Star Trek' character Mr. Spock rather than himself as a person. I learned a great deal about Leonard Nimoy's career and approach to acting, as well as his personal loves and dislikes. Most intriguing was his list of favorite 'Star Trek' episodes. Most moving was his recollection of his experiences playing Tevye in 'Fiddler on the Roof'.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zauberlehrling! on September 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read "I am Spock" first. Then last year I found by incident the book "I am not Spock" and ordered it. I did read it in one go. My opinion about Leonard Nimoy was always a very high one. He is very intelligent, he has an absolutely gorgeous humour and he is a brilliant Actor, Author, Director and Photographer. I hope he stays with us still a long time. I adore him very much.

Everyone who is interested in his life and work and especially his life with that logical vulcan, should read this book ... and "I am Spock" (20 years later).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marshall L. Kiker on May 8, 2006
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If you are here, and not at his newer biography then your question must be, should I own this one, the other, or both.

This is a difficult choice. This book is worth it to Star Trek fans for the nostalgia factor, yet many parts of it are lifted directly into "I Am Spock".

A note on the library binding, for those curious. In this case it refers to a cardboard binding, like a school yearbook. Imagine if instead of having a lsipcover, the book itself is glossy perhaps. It's nice, so don't fret that part.
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