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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, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by), Brett McLaughlin (Editor)
 

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From the author of "Dancing Barefoot"—blogger, geek, and "Star Trek: The Next Generation's*" Wesley Crusher—comes his own personal story, to be promoted in both traditional "geek" and entertainment and sci-fi circles.

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From the author of "Dancing Barefoot"—blogger, geek, and "Star Trek: The Next Generation's*" Wesley Crusher—comes his own personal story, to be promoted in both traditional "geek" and entertainment and sci-fi circles.

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ISBN-13:
9780596007683
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/02/2004
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.05(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. 42 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.
PriPri 10 months ago
Very good read. It was a nice walk thru his time on TNG and how he basically shot himself in the foot by leaving the show. But he's succeed in spite of it. Wil is a very good writer and tells very funny stories that actually transport you as though you were living the memory yourself.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago