- Paperback: 118 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (January 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596006748
- ISBN-13: 978-0596006747
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Short but sweet, a highly recommended addtition to anyone's bookshelf - Trekker, Trekkie, geek or otherwise - we can't wait for his next book!" - Paul Hudson, Linux Format, July - Linux Format Top Stuff Award
About the Author
Wil Wheaton may be one of the most unusual celebrities of our time. Born into stardom with the movie "Stand By Me", and then growing up on television as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Wil was in the spotlight nearly his entire childhood. Instead of burning out as a child star, he left fame behind and became a computer specialist in what Hollywood might consider the middle of nowhere: Topeka, Kansas. Now, Wil considers himself "just a geek", and both Dancing Barefoot and the forthcoming biography Just a Geek are about his journey in rediscovering himself and coming to terms with what it means to be famous, or, ironically, famous for being previously famous.
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He and Anne are intentionally and intensely protective of their family. They are extremely respectful of their boys and consider what they might not want out there as public knowledge. Which is awesome. I don't think enough people in the public eye do that.
This book is a collection of five stories that didn't make it into his "Just A Geek" book, released in 2004. Houses in Motion, Ready Or Not Here I Come, Inferno, We Close Our Eyes & The Saga of SpongeBob VegasPants. I know most people hail the last story as the best, but as an adopted daughter, my favorite was Ready or Not Here I Come (House in Motion was a close second). I appreciate the way Wil writes about the people he cares about. I feel like THIS is his true self, separated from who everyone wants him to be in the Star Trek world (I've never seen an episode, so this probably influences my opinion, here) or in the other roles he's played. I like his husband/dad role the best. And in reading between the lines of his most vulnerable stories, I have the sneaking suspicion he does, too.
Wil Wheaton, you are a stand-up guy (I've seen you advocating for equal right for ALL on Twitter, whoop whoop!!), a loving, supportive husband, a thoughtful and present dad. I feel like if you were my next door neighbor, we'd be friends. I don't say that lightly; our culture elevates celebrities so high they can lose touch with average folks. But it doesn't seem like "celebrity" has done that to you. You put down deep roots that have kept you grounded, and you hold tight to them. Good job, neighbor. From now on, anything I see you a part of, I will definitely check it out. ;)
Wil's writing is engaging (yes, I know, bad pun), witty, honest, and at times, bitterly poignant. Though it's hard to relate to the life of an actor and the ups and downs that go with it, Wil found a way to draw people in to his life and to explain those pains, pangs and associated temporary joys in such a way that I ended up spending most of my time nodding and muttering, "been there, Wil, I know that feeling".
I found myself sucked into the stories - weeping with him over Aunt Val, watching the kids play in the front yard and stepping into the Time Warp of youth, sitting at a booth in the surreal surroundings of Vegas and even more surreal moments known as a Star Trek Con. In a way, it became less a book and more a conversation with someone I grew up with, a mirror to look at my own life in a different perspective.
The stories aren't about anything *that* exciting, and you won't hear a lot of great "on set" gossip from the TNG days, but they are a peek into what it's like to be a Gen Xer - stuck between childhood and adult responsibility, watching our beloved relatives pass, our children grow up, worrying about bills and relationships, looking back at what we've accomplished (or not accomplished), the self-doubt, and finally, that settling in to realize that we actually *like* the person that's looking back from the mirror.
Granted, a lot, if not all of the material can be found on the website if you look hard enough, but it's cool to have it in a bound form. I was willing to pay the $$ just for that. (The drawings were fun too!)
It's a fast read. I think I sat down and finished DB in about an hour. I couldn't put it down.
Say what you will about Wes Crusher, but this Wil Wheaton kid can WRITE!
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It resonated so much with many of my experiences.
A really good read