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Just A Geek – Review

After having finished reading PS I Love You, I needed to read something light-hearted and comic. Just A Geek, by Wil Wheaton is proving to be a great transition book from the heavy-hearted to the more simplistic.

I met Wil at a comic book convention in San Jose about a month ago, when he gifted me his newest book The Happiest Days of Our Lives. I also found out that he had penned a handful of books and comic books and had more writing projects in the work. Just A Geek, similar to his other works, is a collection of entries from his blog. What sets this apart, is that Just A Geek takes us through Wil’s journey post-Star Trek. Based on his interactions with the rest of the cast, to haggling speaking fees with convention ceo’s, Wil’s humor, and insecurities about his career, and his own self-esteem leaves no doubt why he is so popular in the world of blogging today.

As a former child-star, Wil was stuck in that certain spot where you’re too famous to do commercials, but not famous enough to be called on to do any acting projects. One of his biggest regrets is having left Star Trek TNG too early in his career, thus severing ties with his acting career in the future.

While reading this book, and although it is heavily slanted towards his constant emotional battle with all things Star Trek, it is still a struggle that most actors have to deal with at one time or another. Wil has a very unique and witty sense of humor, that shines in his blog. You can follow him from the beginning of his blog and witness him mature and realize that his real calling is in writing, not in acting.

The book is broken up in 4 Acts, with cleverly named chapter titles, usually taken from past blog entries. There is even a forward by Neil Gaiman, which was another draw to this book for me, personally. At the end, there is a FAQ section compiled by Wil, as well as excerpts from online interviews.

From the writer Gordie LeChance from Lean On Me, to Wesley Crusher, and now to Wil Wheaton: blogger/writer, he has traveled far just to wind up back where he started.

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Just a Geek

Just A Geek
by Wil Wheaton
Published by O’Reilly 2004
ISBN 059600768x
267 pages

The Happiest Days of Our Lives – Review

San Jose hosted the Super Con, a comic book convention, on Sunday and I had gone with the intent of meeting Jorge Garcia (Hurley of LOST) and Wil Wheaton of Star Trek TNG and Stand by Me fame.

Those two are about as polar opposites when meeting fans as celebrities can get. Jorge was very reserved and quiet. He didn’t really talk much, but Will Wheaton was so friendly and talkative.

I’ve been a huge fan of Star Trek for a little over 4 years now, and in April I had a chance to meet and talk to Brent Spiner (Data) and now I got to meet Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher). I told him I was new to the comic book world, so he recommended some great titles to me; HellBlazer, League of Extrordinary Gentlemen, anything written by Warren Ellis.

I mentioned that I had graduated on Saturday and that I was going to be a librarian. His eyes lit up, and he gave me one of his books. He signed it and said that librarians had a huge impact on his life when he was growing up, he was very excited for me. Words cannot describe how infinitly cool I feel that Wesley Crusher thinks that I’m cool.

So, in due course, I sat down and read his book, The Happiest Days of Our Lives. Obviously, I bring a lot of bias to this review, because I’m such a huge fan of the actor and his work. That being said…

Its a short book of recollections of his childhood, his family and his experiences working on Star Trek. His stories are funny and his senese of humor about his life is really amusing to read, particularly his interactions with his stepsons. The entires were taken from his blog. He has a few other books published as well, Just a Geek, and he’s collaborated on a few comic books and mangas. He has some fiction work pending in the next couple of years, including a wholly original comic book. I can’t wait to see what he puts out there. Maybe at the next Super Con, I’ll actually be able to talk comic books with him on a more literate level.

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The Happiest Days of Our Lives
by Will Wheaton
ISBN: 0974116025
137 pages