Just A Geek

Just A Geek

Unflinchingly Honest Tales of the Search for Life, Love, and Fulfillment Beyond the Starship Enterprise

Book - 2004
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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, 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.

Publisher: Sebastopol, Calif. : O'Reilly, c2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780596007683
059600768X
Branch Call Number: BIO WHEATON W. Wheaton
Characteristics: xxvi, 267 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.

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danielestes
May 15, 2012

The strength of Wil Wheaton's memoir is his willingness to bare his soul, flaws and everything. His heart-on-sleeve style is nearly too much for me, but I can't help but admire his courage to be this honest. No doubt much of his strength comes from his supportive spouse and kids. Any person seeking answers in life would be lucky to have the family he has.

Just a Geek chronicles Mr. Wheaton's personal journey from successful child actor (Stand By Me, Star Trek: TNG) to a man in his early 30's searching for his niche. He uses a writing format of reprinting his blog posts and then commenting on them which works rather well. He wrote an earlier book called Dancing Barefoot which probably has more to say about the period of time just after he left Star Trek. This book basically starts with his first blog and the creation of his website.

lasertravis Nov 15, 2011

I enjoyed reading this book very much. I loved Stand By Me and I watched Wil on Star Trek TNG. I saw him in the Curse (which of course at the time I watched it I had no idea it was based on a Lovecraft novel OR even who Lovecraft was) and Toy Soldiers (I swear I am going to rewatch that now that I have read this book) all when I was in my teenage years (Just like Wil. We are almost the same age.) I can truly say I never really cared about Wil (certainly not as much as many of the girls my age who thought he was dreamy) until I saw him on I Love The 80's on VH1. He was hilarious and truly geeky in every way that I am geeky. I really connected with him from then til now. His roles on Big Bang Theory and on The Guild have only made me a bigger fan.

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RonNasty64
Apr 12, 2010

Great book. Must read for anybody who has ever been to a Con or wanted to go to one.

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brandont
Oct 22, 2009

I was skeptical at first but it very quickly grabbed me and I couldn't put it down. Wil writes in a very engaging way. It was fantastic to read about his relationship to Star Trek TNG, the cast, and the fans. It has made me a even bigger fan of his, and want to watch TNG all over again.

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