Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise Hardcover – Jul 2 2004
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"A cleverly constructed and vivid collection of memoirs with flashes of brilliant wit, this title betters even Dancing Barefoot." - Paul Hudson, Linux Format, Nov (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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What you will find is a book full of stories about a man coming to grips with his past and looking to his future. True, a lot of the content was taken directly from his blog, but there is so much more depth presented here.
When I watched TNG I really hated the Wesley character, I don't care if he did say nice things about me:) Reading this book over the past week, especially when I'm hitting about the same point in my life, has helped me to come to grips with the consequences of my own life decisions. <--Your mileage may vary here.
The problem is that it ended too soon and while I'll check the blog regularly for more great writing, I truly hope he writes another book in this vein.
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 equalled 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. If the narrative is occasionally awkward, it is because it reflects real life, not a polished fiction.
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.
"Just A Geek" is proof in print that Wil Wheaton is more than "the guy who used to be the kid on TV." With his life as the backdrop, he uses a natural story telling ability-with the feel that you're not reading some celebrity's memoir, but listening to a friend relate his tale in person-and leaves the reader not only wanting more, but leaves him hoping for astounding success for Wil and his family in the future.
This is a book for the masses-fans, people who want to be actors and want to know what they might be up against, readers who enjoy a peek into the life of someone who has tasted fame, and anyone who enjoys a good memoir.
Wheaton's real talent, though, doesn't lie in his embrace of real-life twenty-first century technology, but his unflinching honesty and sometimes brutal self-examination, something largely missing from most Trek autobiographies. Check out the chapter posted on O'Reilly's website to see what I mean: he's willing to reveal that his weblog posts may have concealed how he truly felt, and that he is guilty of many of the same faults as the people that he's spent most of the chapter criticizing. How common is that?
Most recent customer reviews
This was such an awesome read, and it was one book that I couldn't tear myself away from. I haven't read a book like that in a while. Read morePublished 22 months ago
Wil Wheaton provides these short stories taken from different aspects of his life. Some are sweet or funny while others make you want to root for the underdog or remember a time... Read morePublished 23 months ago by canadianmoose
You don't have to be a Star Trek or even a Wil Wheaton fan to enjoy this great book with wisdom from one of the biggest geeks today. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2013 by AliKira
While some think of celebrity as the end all and be all, Wil brings us back to the reality that actors are humans too. Read morePublished on May 11 2012 by JohnD
Just A Geek, written by Wil Wheaton is a wonderful read. Whether or not you are a Star Trek fan, I feel Mr. Wheaton has something to offer every audience. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Mariann West
After reading WWdN I knew I needed to read Dancing Barefoot. After reading Dancing Barefoot I knew I needed to read Just A Geek. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Andrew Crocker
I'm a big fan of Star Trek, have most of the autobiographies of the actors, and thought this would be a good addition to the collection. It wasn't. Read morePublished on July 18 2004
Yeah, so, I wasn't on Star Trek or in Stand by Me and I didn't have a period of misery because of those previous achievements. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Rebecca Richkus
One question I'd like to pose to Mr. Wheaton is this:
What is the purpose of this book and why?
The book tries to read like a self journey but it falls short. Read more
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