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Dancing Barefoot [Paperback]

Wil Wheaton
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Book Description

March 5 2004

Wil Wheaton--blogger, geek, and Star Trek: The Next Generation's Wesley Crusher--gives us five short-but-true tales of life in the so-called Space Age in Dancing Barefoot. With a true geek's unflinching honesty, Wil examines life, love, the web, and the absurdities of Hollywood in these compelling autobiographical narratives. Based on pieces first published in Wil's hugely popular blog, www.wilwheaton.net, the stories in Dancing Barefoot chronicle a teen TV star's journey to maturity and self-acceptance. Far from the usual celebrity tell-all, Dancing Barefoot is a vivid account of one man's version of that universal story, the search for self. If you've ever fallen in love, wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a Star Trek convention, or thought hard about the meaning of life, you'll find a kindred soul in the pages of Dancing Barefoot. In the process of uncovering his true geeky self, Wil Wheaton speaks to the inner geek in all of us.The stories:Houses in Motion - Memories fill the emptiness left within a childhood home, and saying goodbye brings them to life.Ready Or Not Here I Come - A game of hide-n-seek with the kids works as a time machine, taking Wil on a tour of the hiding and seeking of years gone by.Inferno - Two 15-year-olds pass in the night leaving behind pleasant memories and a perfumed Car Wars Deluxe Edition Box Set.We Close Our Eyes - A few beautiful moments spent dancing in the rain.The Saga of SpongeBob VegasPants - A story of love, hate, laughter and the acceptance of all things Trek.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful June 19 2003
By Leah
Format:Paperback
Many people think of Wil Wheaton as that kid from Stand By Me or that geeky acting ensign on Star Trek. Many people don't think of him at all. However, many more of us (more and more as time goes on) have gotten to know a different side of Mr. Wheaton through his website. We have been with him through his frustrations as an actor in Hollywood, his joys and sorrows as a parent and husband, through his trials with Star Trek and William F'ing Shatner, and have been amazed by the truly personal and wonderful things he has shared through his blog.
Those of us who have been devotees of his website have known for a long time what a terrific writer (and person!) Wil Wheaton is. Now he has decided to share his talent and stories with us in book form. I ordered this book the minute he started offering it for sale, even though I knew most of the material I had already read on his site. I read through it in one sitting. I was not displeased. The stories range from hilarious, to whimsical and nostalgic, to downright tearjerking. Though I had read them before they were just as resonant as the first time I had seen them. He has also finished up the Saga of SpongeBob VegasPants that he had teased us with on his website but never gave us the ending to. It would have been worth it just for that.
I am not as eloquent as some of the others who have reviewed his book, and especially not as much as the man himself. But I just have to say that I am amazed by this book and so proud of this man who has let so many of us into his life as no other celebrity has before and made us all feel like friends (but not stalkers or anything. I swear!). I, for one, cannot wait for his next book, Just a Geek, to come out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wave Maker July 18 2004
Format:Paperback
Will Wheaton, a hugely successful actor (see his performances in Stand by Me, Star Trek: Next Generation, etc....and note that any actor with this kind of resume' IS hugely successful), brings us stories about growing up Hollywood/Trek. If you watch and enjoy Stark Trek on T.V. or at the movies, Dancing Barefoot will delight, replete as it is with inside takes and recaps of many on-the-set moments. But this is no Hollywood marketing gimmick or lame tell-all, Dancing Barefoot is a substantial literary work, with a pulse and rhythm born of one of America's most unique and talented young writers. Yeah, Sherman Alexie is funny, disarming and A+++ as writers go, but Wil Wheaton is on his way.
In Dancing Barefoot and his other recent title, Just a Geek, Wil Wheaton expresses himself as an insightful and hilarious writer, in several modes. The books emerge as children of his website log ("blog"), and they are the most powerful pieces of story telling
to yet emerge from the blog genre. He is part documentarian, part prankster, and :All Story.
Mr. Wheaton has found and embraced his delightful storytelling gift. Poised for continued success in several modes (acting, movie/t.v./play writing, directing, producing,story writing),
the readers of the world can selfishly hope that he will give us many more stories to read. Sure, Steven Spielberg is a Hollywood great whose fancy writing has recently appeared in the literary magazine Zoetrope: All Story (run by another Hollywood great, Francis Ford Copolla), but Wheaton's work is very much on its way, too, and should appear in such venues. Wheaton is next in line, after Steve Martin, to succeed as a Hollywood actor turned writer.
Enjoy Dancing Barefoot. As the product of an emerging and courageous writer, it will give you some inspiration and courage to go on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistable Forces July 18 2004
Format:Paperback
Will Wheaton, a hugely successful actor (see his performances in Stand by Me, Star Trek: Next Generation, etc....and note that any actor with this kind of resume' IS hugely successful), brings us stories about growing up Hollywood/Trek. If you watch and enjoy Stark Trek on T.V. or at the movies, Dancing Barefoot will delight, replete as it is with inside takes and recaps of many on-the-set moments. But this is no Hollywood marketing gimmick, Dancing Barefoot is a substantial literary work, with a pulse and rhythm born of one of America's most unique and talented young writers. Yeah, Sherman Alexie is funny, disarming and an A+++ writer, but Wil Wheaton is on his way.
In Dancing Barefoot and his other recent title, Just a Geek, Wil Wheaton expresses himself as an insightful and hilarious writer, in several modes. The books emerge as children of his website log ("blog"), and they are the most powerful pieces of story telling
to yet emerge from the blog genre. He is part documentarian, part prankster, and :All Story.
Mr. Wheaton has found and embraced his delightful storytelling gift. Poised for continued success in several modes (acting, movie/t.v./play writing, directing, producing,story writing),
the readers of the world can selfishly hope that he will give us many more stories to read. Sure, Steven Spielberg is a Hollywood great whose fancy writing has recently appeared in the literary magazine Zoetrope: All Story (run by another Hollywood great, Francis Ford Copolla), but Wheaton's work is very much on its way, too.
Enjoy Dancing Barefoot, as the product of an emerging and courageous writer, it will give you some inspiration and courage to go on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice addition to my Wil Wheaton library
I really loved Just A Geek. This book is shorter and while still awesome it doesn't pack quite the punch that Just A Geek did. Read more
Published 11 months ago by AliKira
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories with Impact.
I really enjoyed all of the stories in 'Dancing Barefoot'. This collection turned out well. His stories are interesting, moving, and emotional. Read more
Published on April 22 2010 by Pippa
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
Wil Wheaton is a wonderful author. His style of writing is very intriguing. I especially enjoyed the story about him going to a Star Trek convention. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2009 by C. Bullis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Collection
I've been an avid reader at WWdN since shortly after it went up. So I knew I would like this book. Outside of the content, which proves Wil's capability as an author, the format... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by E. Peck
5.0 out of 5 stars Wil Wheaton...Just Awesome
I grew up following Wil's career. I watched all of his movies and he is the reason I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Amber Ragland
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look if you have an open mind.
Why shouldn't people say a review isn't helpful if it doesn't tell you anything about the book? Wil may be a liberal, but you won't get that from this book. Read more
Published on July 3 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Grist for the mill! Fuel for the fire.
If book burning was an acceptable form of political expression, I would buy as many copies of this book as I could and throw a bonfire bonanza. Read more
Published on July 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I Laughed, I Cried, I Forced It On Several Friends
What happened to that kid from Star Treck: The New Guys? He grew up and became a writer. Strike that, he became a helluva writer. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dancing Barefoot" is a short but sweet read
I still remember Wil Wheaton from his days on Star Trek: The Next Generation (something I'm sure he's only heard a zillion times). Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by GB Banks (publisher, author)
5.0 out of 5 stars My Hero
Love the blog and the book. I look foward to reading more from Wil. I would love to hear him on NPR like David Sedaris. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by Lennon Patton
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