Just a Geek: Unflinchingly Honest Tales of the Search for Life, Love, and Fulfillment Beyond the Starship Enterprise

Just a Geek: Unflinchingly Honest Tales of the Search for Life, Love, and Fulfillment Beyond the Starship Enterprise

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by Wil Wheaton
     
 

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Wil Wheaton has never been one to take the conventional path to success. Despite early stardom through his childhood role in the motion picture "Stand By Me", and growing up on television as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Wil left Hollywood in pursuit of happiness, purpose, and a viable means of paying the bills. In the oddest of places,

Overview

Wil Wheaton has never been one to take the conventional path to success. Despite early stardom through his childhood role in the motion picture "Stand By Me", and growing up on television as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Wil left Hollywood in pursuit of happiness, purpose, and a viable means of paying the bills. In the oddest of places, Topeka, Kansas, Wil discovered that despite his claims to fame, he was at heart Just a Geek.

In this bestselling book, Wil shares his deeply personal and difficult journey to find himself. You'll understand the rigors, and joys, of Wil's rediscovering of himself, as he comes to terms with what it means to be famous, or, ironically, famous for once having been famous. Writing with honesty and disarming humanity, Wil touches on the frustrations associated with his acting career, his inability to distance himself from Ensign Crusher in the public's eyes, the launch of his incredibly successful web site, wilwheaton.net, and the joy he's found in writing. Through all of this, Wil shares the ups and downs he encountered along the journey, along with the support and love he discovered from his friends and family.

The stories in Just a Geek include:

  • Wil's plunge from teen star to struggling actor
  • Discovering the joys of HTML, blogging, Linux, and web design
  • The struggle between Wesley Crusher, Starfleet ensign, and Wil Wheaton, author and blogger
  • Gut-wrenching reactions to the 9-11 disaster
  • Moving tales of Wil's relationships with his wife, step-children, and extended family
  • The transition from a B-list actor to an A-list author

Wil Wheaton—celebrity, blogger, and geek—writes for the geek in all of us. Engaging, witty, and pleasantly self-deprecating, Just a Geek will surprise you and make you laugh.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596806316
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Pages:
298
Sales rank:
505,185
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet 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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Just a Geek 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wil Wheaton is best known for his teenage role as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek - The Next Generation. But after several seaons, he left. In part, as he explains here, because he wanted to branch out into other acting roles. Probably unlike most of you, I'd only seen a few episodes of TNG. I was familiar with his role and had assumed that he'd made a packet and was now quite well off financially. But this book disabused me. Wheaton gives a searing autobiographical narrative that expands upon his earlier work, 'Dancing Barefoot', and is far better written. In 'Geek', he fleshes out a lot of the backdrop to the first book, which in many ways is a set of disjointed essays. This book describes his travails in trying to find acting roles, especially back in TNG. Very revealing of how, even for someone with an accomplished record, rejections are so common. I've known people in Los Angeles who've dreamed of becoming professional actors, and also a few SAG members. None has even remotely equally Wheaton. Yet even at his level, it can be heartbreaking. He chronicles a series of failed auditions. All the while struggling to help support his family. Also poignantly, he regrets many times not staying with TNG for its full run. At the very least, it would have let him build a nest egg and so enabled less hardship later. In retrospect, his decision to leave was one of those fateful junctions in life. (The moving hand having written, cannot now unwrite, and all that.) Many readers will find much to identify with here. Even if you have nil interest in acting, his experiences speak to broader issues in life that so many have encountered and endured. Wheaton writes for Everyman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm almost at a loss for words about this book. It truly is unflinchingly honest, and I think the amount of times I've laughed out loud and the times I've basically been reduced to tears because of it are about equal. It's an outstanding book, and I'd recommend it to anyone at the drop of a hat. If Wil Wheaton has any difficulty landing acting roles, he should feel safe knowing he could easily make a living as an author. Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wil Wheaton's truthful tale in his blog and behind Star Trek: The Next Generation leads readers down the struggling reality of outliving past shadows. Honest and open, he let's us see what really happens behind the scenes and growing up during and after the Enterprise. This autobiography is certainly worth a read, even those that aren't Star Trek fans. Only four out of five because writing style was a little repeatitive after time, but still a delight none-the-less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a proven nerd myself. (Ecleast evreyone ive ever known or maybe not known has siad so.) I can relate to wil. And when i read this book ive found a number of sad and funny parts that i think you can relate to as well. This book is not just for us geeks as well. (Is there a diffrence beetween nerds and geeks ? Anyways.) I think other peaple can relate it more beacuse he is very 'down to earth' but very funny at the same time. As the cover tells this book tells boyond than just the USS enterprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
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I really enjoyed this book. Well written and honest tales of life in the lime light and being a nerd
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Great book, awesome stories!
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ThomasBrock More than 1 year ago
Wil Wheaton's stories are excellently written and very touching. It's a great peak into the life of an actor as he changes roles to father and writer. My only complaint is that the ebook is not compatible with the Nook 2nd Edition.
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