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  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 5 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006747
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.1 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leah on June 19 2003
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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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. That said, I definitely recommend it if you liked Just A Geek.
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I bought Dancing Barefoot when Wil first self published it. Later at a book signing, he gave me a second copy. The day it was released by O'Reilly I bought another one here on Amazon. I love this book so much that I've loaned it to numerous other people who also love it. Wil is a geek like me. Wil is a great story teller. It's almost impossibly to believe that these are the stories that were cut out of Just a Geek. You can't read just one, so buy a few.
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By Pippa on April 22 2010
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I really enjoyed all of the stories in 'Dancing Barefoot'. This collection turned out well. His stories are interesting, moving, and emotional. He connects with his readers and allows us some of our own reflection, jumping off from the experiences he writes of, to those of our own memories. Having read Just A Geek, I could tell that the two were written around the same time - in tone, the two are similar, and the stories are relevant to same period in his life that Wheaton writes about in Just A Geek. While not necessarily having to be companion pieces, they compliment each other.

This type of personal writing is a genre that I find particularly interesting. While I love fiction, I have a certain curiosity about other people's lives, what they struggle with, what they find comfort in, how they live their lives.

Overall, a really enjoyable book of short stories, well written and captivating.

For a more detailed review see my blog at [...]
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By C. Bullis on Nov. 14 2009
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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. This book is great, it made me both laugh and cry(in a good way). Definitely worth buying.
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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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