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Just a Geek: Unflinchingly Honest Tales of the Search for Life, Love, and… (2004)

por Wil Wheaton

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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.… (mais)
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There are things to love and things to hate about this book. Some of the things to hate: (1) He makes so many references to "Dancing Barefoot," which was probably realistic at the time, but did not age well as I cannot obtain a copy; (2) if you were drawn to Wheaton from his current website or speaking, you will be sorely disappointed with the lack of skill from these early years (though he has clearly improved from the earlier years in his excerpts); (3) unless you are interested in site-building, there's not really a lot to geek out on in his book (it describes him but a more accurate title would be "just a human" but it's not as punchy) - and if you are a page-building geek, his technical ability at this stage is so woefully inadequate to geek out; (4) the references to ST:TNG are largely about his emotional journey, not any specific story, so the fanatic in me was not wholly entertained; (5) dude, I totally think less of you for the Hooters references.

That said, this is a true memoir. If you seek out memoirs over autobiographies, this hits the mark. This book may not go as deep as I hope for but it is truly about the emotional journey he went through (and while historically men have gotten to go through this more and certainly publish, given current biases, it is refreshing to watch a man tackle his emotions). It is interesting to watch someone go through the classic (a) you don't appreciate things at the time, and (b) our best moments have consequences well past those moments.

But it is not the most entertaining, narratively. You have to want a memoir at this moment in order to enjoy his book. ( )
1 vote OptimisticCautiously | Sep 16, 2020 |
There are things to love and things to hate about this book. Some of the things to hate: (1) He makes so many references to "Dancing Barefoot," which was probably realistic at the time, but did not age well as I cannot obtain a copy; (2) if you were drawn to Wheaton from his current website or speaking, you will be sorely disappointed with the lack of skill from these early years (though he has clearly improved from the earlier years in his excerpts); (3) unless you are interested in site-building, there's not really a lot to geek out on in his book (it describes him but a more accurate title would be "just a human" but it's not as punchy) - and if you are a page-building geek, his technical ability at this stage is so woefully inadequate to geek out; (4) the references to ST:TNG are largely about his emotional journey, not any specific story, so the fanatic in me was not wholly entertained; (5) dude, I totally think less of you for the Hooters references.

That said, this is a true memoir. If you seek out memoirs over autobiographies, this hits the mark. This book may not go as deep as I hope for but it is truly about the emotional journey he went through (and while historically men have gotten to go through this more and certainly publish, given current biases, it is refreshing to watch a man tackle his emotions). It is interesting to watch someone go through the classic (a) you don't appreciate things at the time, and (b) our best moments have consequences well past those moments.

But it is not the most entertaining, narratively. You have to want a memoir at this moment in order to enjoy his book. ( )
  OptimisticCautiously | Sep 16, 2020 |
Smart, honest, funny, and engagingly written. I only know Wil Wheaton from his time on Big Bang Theory, and this book was written well before that. You don't have to be a fan to enjoy this book. It's a book for anyone who enjoys reading. ( )
  ErinCSmith | Jul 24, 2020 |
From the second Humble eBook Bundle.

Okay so. Before I started reading this book, which is a collection of Wil Wheaton's blog posts and some extra autobiographical commentary, my opinion of him was on the positive side of indifferent: I watch his show Table Top and he's alright in that and I liked him in Eureka, but since his characters in that show, Leverage, The Guild and The Big Bang Theory all seem to have the same personality I didn't believe him to be a particularly good actor. So I didn't understand why my boyfriend and large portions of the internet love him so much, since it's apparently not because of Star Trek.

After reading this book, my opinion of him is that he is an entitled, misogynist snob and that no matter how many times he tells me he's totally over the fact that quitting Star Trek to make films, no really he is, his constant bitterness every time he talks about anything to do with the show doesn't inspire me to believe him.

For the entitled snobbishness, please see this Goodreads review, which I agree with except that I also disliked the first half of the book, particularly the part where he made his aunt's funeral all about him.

Misogyny-wise, I particularly disliked the part where he compares not enjoying appearing at conventions to being a domestic abuse victim. Also, near the beginning of the book with an anecdote about the time a Hooters waitress asked him if he "used to be an actor", and he was offended but then told himself that her opinion didn't matter because she was only a Hooters waitress and also a bimbo with over-processed hair and "ample cleavage seductively long[ing] to bust out from beneath her thin cotton T-shirt" (ugh are you serious). In the epilogue, he returns to Hooters, and this time a waitress with a different name and hair colour but otherwise identically described does know who he is and also sits on his lap. How marvellous for him.

In conclusion, I now dislike Wil Wheaton much more than I did before reading this and I wish I had not read this book, because it annoyed me so much it gave me a headache. But at least it was short. ( )
  tronella | Jun 6, 2020 |
I wrote a brief review (of sorts) on my blog: http://beachedlibrarian.com/2010/05/11/just-a-geek/ ( )
  obtusata | Jan 9, 2020 |
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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.

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