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Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid [Kindle Edition]

Simon Pegg
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The unique life story of one of the most talented and inventive comedians, star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul, Spaced, and Star Trek.

Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise -- actor, comedian, writer, and supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows. Having landed on the U.S. movie scene in the surprise cult hit Shaun of the Dead, his enduring appeal and rise to movie stardom has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronic, but mostly just plain great.

From his childhood (and subsequently adult) obsession with science fiction, his enduring friendship with Nick Frost, and his forays into stand-up comedy, which began with his regular Monday-morning slot in front of his twelve-year-old classmates, Simon has always had a severe and dangerous case of the funnies.

Whether recounting his experience working as a lifeguard at the city pool, going to Comic-Con for the first time and confessing to Carrie Fisher that he used to kiss her picture every night before he went to sleep, or meeting and working with heroes that include Peter Jackson, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino, Pegg offers a hilarious look at the journey to becoming an international superstar.




Editorial Reviews

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"When the hilarious Simon Pegg asked for a quote for his book, I said no."
(Ricky Gervais )

“Simon Pegg is the nerdiest nerd ever to nerd out about nerdiness. Read this hilarious book, nerd!”
(Michael Ian Black, author of My Custom Van )

Nerd Do Well does the necessary job of telling Pegg’s story, but does so in an intimate manner.”
(The Times (London) )

"I read over 1 million books a year and this is the best book I have read in 15 years."
(Kristen Wiig )

“Hollywood’s go-to geek talks about the chronicle of his passage through the lower-lying lands of popular culture.”
(Word magazine )

“How did a geeky kid with a love of Star Wars end up a cult film hero working with Steven Spielberg? Simon Pegg reveals much more.”
(The Observer )

“An anthology of childhood milestones and film analysis, Pegg's book isn't your run-of-the-mill celebrity tell-all.”
(Time.com )

“Anyone over 13 who ever wrote middle-school-aged standup comedy, filmed stop-motion movies with their action figures, storyboarded Star Wars: Episode VII or mixed fake blood using corn syrup and food coloring will probably find a certain kinship with the writer of Nerd Do Well.
(Wired.com )

“As promised in the title, Pegg lets his nerd flag fly, offering extended reflections on the inner workings of comedy and his own fannish obsessions. Sweet, funny and moving, Nerd Do Well is about what you’d expect from Simon Pegg. Yeah, it’s that good.”
(Kirkus Reviews )

Nerd Do Well makes an ideal summer read.  Pegg’s discourse on the merits and shortcomings of the Star Wars movies are worth the price of the book themselves.  It’s everything that Patton Oswalt’s Zombie Spaceship Wasteland could have been but wasn’t.”
(Examiner.com )

“Overflowing with alarmingly bang-on analyses of geek/nerd iconography from the Enterprise to the Death Star to Comic-Con, the Pegg's Tale, so to speak, is the kind of personal history you wish all your four-color heroes would write but generally don't.”
(Austin Chronicle )

“A charming collection of stories”
(Slate.com )

About the Author

Simon Pegg is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and author. Best known for his roles in Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Spaced, and Paul, he also played Scotty in Star Trek (2009). Simon lives in London with his wife and daughter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846058112
  • Publisher: Gotham Books; Reprint edition (June 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RKXO1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For hardcore Simon Pegg fans only October 19, 2011
By J-Dubs
Format:Hardcover
I consider myself a pretty hardcore Simon Pegg fan. I, like many Americans, discovered him through Shaun of The Dead and ended up watching the majority of his other work and always enjoyed it (especially Spaced, which i believe is his best work).
As far as the book goes, it's pretty much for devout Simon Pegg fans (the kind that has listened to all his audio commentaries and still want more). The book is average. It has some funny stories and interesting info i never knew about the guy but like many mediocre biogrophies, the book focuses far too much on his childhood/teenage years (about 50-60% of the book actually). And i also found his chapter intros involving his robot servant to be more annoying than funny, although it had a few funny bits i guess.
I certainly dont regret reading the book, its a quick read as i easily finished it in 2 days. But I wish it focused more on his thoughts on the film industry and his career.

So all in all a decent read, but if you only know Simon from Shaun of the Dead or you're just a casual fan, you'll probably want to avoid reading this, however you should pick up the Spaced DVD.

Simon is a great actor/writer and i'm glad to see he's been getting more mainstream attention in America. Hes a intelligent/hilarious guy who's done some great work and i hope his success continues.

Cheers
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Pegg is the Man January 8, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book splits the difference nicely between giving a straightforward autobiographical overview of the man behind "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and other great comedies, injected with a dose of Mr. Pegg's acute comedic sensibilities. I have always enjoyed watching Simon Pegg in interviews because he is the kind of celebrity that is so missing today: down-to-earth, intelligent, polite, and genuinely funny as hell. Well worth reading.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Leah
Format:Hardcover
If you're familiar with the cult film hits "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," seen him act in the mainstream flicks "Star Trek" and "Paul," or even heard of the TV series "Spaced," then NERD DO WELL will appeal to your senses since it is penned by none other than the star of these titles, Simon Pegg.

What Mr. Pegg has done with this work is blow everything you thought you knew about him out of the water. His love of entertaining people is present throughout this memoir, complete with a totally true life story where he is an action hero. Told with that "dry British humo[u]r," things you always wanted to know (making up hilarious scenarios or when he met his comedic partner in crime, Nick Frost) and a few you didn't are revealed in this pages as we travel with Mr. Pegg on his quest to become a comedic actor. But you're most likely reading this to relish in your inner nerddom, because, as the title does suggest, Simon Pegg is one of the biggest nerds out there. Think you have the knowledge about the real deal behind Luke Skywalker? Or have the know how on action movies? Chances are, Mr. Pegg and his dear friends know more than you.

Prepare to check real life out the door when you pick this book up as we travel to the final frontier, to a galaxy far, far away, all the way to a mystical place called England, where an adult boy waits for his next adventure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aah, Simon Pegg. Never Change. August 10, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
While not exactly what I expected, Simon Pegg's memoir "Nerd Do Well" was an enjoyable read.

First off, it focuses on his earlier life. There is not a detailed recounting of the making of "Shaun of the Dead" or "Hot Fuzz" or even that much on his time working for the BBC pre-SotD. Those films, and others, are touched upon here and there, but only briefly and usually just to highlight the oddly coincidental things that Pegg connects from his childhood to his blossoming career, such as enjoying "Star Trek" as a youngster and then shooting a scene with Leonard Nimoy who tells him, "You are Montgomery Scott." Now if there were only some way he could go back in time to tell himself as a child that these things will happen...

I really enjoyed all the coincidences he points out. He makes it okay to geek out by example. One of my favorite aspects about "Shaun of the Dead" is all the foreshadowing or parallelism between the first twenty or so minutes of the flick and the rest of it.

Rather than stick to a strictly linear narrative tract, Pegg's stories or tangents really follow themselves to their logical end, jumping around in time from his childhood to wearing a motion-capture suit for a movie and back to his earlier life.

It seems Pegg is an intelligent, thoughtful, regular guy. Good news for his fans like me who imagine someday we'll get to hang out even though I don't attend ComicCon and won't ever be in the same building with him so there's no way I'd even be able to buy him a Cornetto, or Drumstick, as we say in America. Perhaps this book is only for his fans and then only for really big fans, and maybe that's intentional. I'm fine with that.

But wait.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, touching, easy to relate to. January 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Simon Pegg bares his soul, perhaps without even realizing to what extent. He shares a lot of personal history, feelings, and raw emotion in the book. Hes clearly human and I feel can connect to almost anyone that would read his autobiography/spy novel. Very hilarious stuff mixed in with real life. He definitely appreciates what he has and has been through, something we should all do.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's sad but the best part is actually the fake story ...
It's sad but the best part is actually the fake story he tells between each chapter. still really good and really funny. A+ would yiff.
Published 1 month ago by Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars and love the book
quickly shipped, and love the book. i'm a huge Simon Pegg fan.
Published 1 month ago by Cheyenne Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, interesting for Oeggsters-pop culture nerds
Just what I needed. Funny, interesting for Oeggsters-pop culture nerds... I feel like he's family now. Loved it.
Published 3 months ago by Pimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really like it.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect item.
Published 5 months ago by leonard diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny and talented guy
We love Simon Pegg and his movies, and the book helped us relate to him even more. Hes very talented and very smart.
Published 8 months ago by Gerald Fagan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Enjoyable to read
This was an enjoyable read. I wanted to like it more than I actually did. I really loved the story Simon Pegg writes into the biography.
Published 8 months ago by tiredmommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Still breaking new ground in familiar territory, a wonderful read
A very entertaining approach to writing about himself, I won't give away anything, and as fascinating as you'd expect it to be. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it if you're a fan.
This was an entertaining way to read about Simon Pegg's early days and career. If anything, it makes me want to check out the few shows he has done that I haven't seen.
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars More like "Nerd Do Great"
A great book- gave me some insight to one of my favorite actors. Also, a quite scholarly look at Star Wars. If you like Simon Pegg, you'll love this book.
Published 8 months ago by Lily H.
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