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Table Of Contents

Foreword
A Note to the Reader
This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven
Where’s My Burrito?
WIL WHEATON dot NET
SpongeBobVega$ Pants
The World Has Turned
Last Place You Look
Balance
A Sort of Homecoming
April’s Fool
Alone Again, or . .
The Wesley Dialogues
All Good Things . .
Hooters 2: Electric Boogaloo
Appendix A APPENDIX A
The WWdN FAQ
Appendix B APPENDIX B
Selected Interviews
Acknowledgments
Further Reading
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Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise

Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise

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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.

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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shirezu reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I read this. I had heard of Wil Wheaton through Star Trek and then over the last couple years popping up all over the net but never really looked further. I've never been a reader of his blog.

I think the reason I picked it up was because I was curious as to why I was starting to see him or references to him in all my favourite webcomics, etc. And after reading this book I'm still not sure why.

This book really felt like it was missing something. I know it was adapted from the work he has done on his blog and it's very easy to see that as it reads in much the same way. It just felt like one big rant with no real purpose other than to vent or reminisce while reflecting on how he's changed.

I empathise with how he felt after he left TNG and batteled with his existence and lack of work but at the end of the day it wasn't a great piece of literature just a collection of rants.
hairballsrus reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This memoir is straight forward, honest and funny. Well done Wil! There are two sides to every story. Thank you for revealing yours.
daniel5estes reviewed this
Rated 4/5
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.
salimbol reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Another funny, bittersweet collection of anecdotes. Extremely readable, especially if you've ever liked Star Trek, been a geek, or just doubted your path in life.
silentq_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This was a pretty fast read for me (done in a day), maybe partially due to the fact that I've followed Wheaton's blog for quite a few years and was familiar with the blog posts that he included. The material joining together the posts was new and really held it together as a continuous story. It's definitely worthwhile to read if you're at all curious about how a child actor can make the transition toward being a writer. It would be neat to see version 2.0 which could include his forays into the world of poker.
shy3shy reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I saw Wil Wheaton speak at DragonCon 2011. He told the story of the time he first met William Shatner, and he was hillarious! I bought this book hoping for more of the same, and I was NOT disappointed. His book is an easy read that has you angry, sad, and laughing out loud as you learn a little about his life and also what it means to be a struggling actor. I can't wait to read Dancing Barefoot!
tigergladys reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I actually knew of Wil Wheaton as a writer before I ever saw him on TNG. (I fell firmly on the Star Wars side of the Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate when I was growing up.) But he was writing his website and being a geek and staying up all night playing Diablo II at the same time I was. (I remember reading The Trade when it was posted.) So a lot of this book was very nostalgic for me. I mean, I used to be very active online and many of my oldest friends are people who I originally met online. I loved this part of the book.The other part, which was more depressing, was that Wil was describing his transition between careers and all the frustrations and rejections that this entails. Which is what is going on in our household right now. ("It was between you and the other guy, and we went with the other guy.") It was great to read about how it worked out well for Wil, but it is kind of hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel personally. I feel like something like this is much better to read in retrospect.
bragan_8 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Wil Wheaton is best known for playing Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation during his teenage years, a fact which has caused him a lot of difficulties and mixed feelings, from bearing the brunt of fans' hatred of his character to spending most of his adult life second-guessing his decision to leave the show to pursue a film career that never materialized. These days, he has successfully reinvented himself as a writer, largely thanks to his blog, wilwheaton.net, which has gained quite a following among the geekier sections of the internet population, not all of whom are reading because they're interested in Star Trek. This book is about that personal journey, and about his lifelong, love-hate attempts to come to terms with Star Trek and his with his child-actor past. It's very honest-feeling, often very funny, and sometimes surprisingly moving. A fair amount of the book does consist of material originally posted on his blog, most of which I'd seen before, but I found I didn't at all mind reading it again, and there's also a lot of new material, much of which helps put the blog posts in context. All in all, an enjoyable read by a sympathetic and likeable guy.
rigfield_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I'm not a fan of biographies or memories. I find them to be self-glorified, embellished tales written by ego-centric individuals looking to capture (or capture) their fifteen minutes of fame. Wil Wheaton is not that guy and Just A Geek is not that kind of memoir. It is well-written, brutally honest, intriguing and filled with enough pathos that you truly care about this guy, and what he's been though - whether you know him or not. For those that don't know Wheaton, he was the youngest cast member on a little tv show called Star Trek: The Next Generation. But this book is MORE than just a 30-something actor remembering his teen years. It's about a man trying to be a good husband, a good father, and overall, a good person. It's about a man being unemployed and struggling with his self-identity. It's about a man coming to realize what is truly important in his life, and being ok with it. At no time does Wheaton hold back -- he puts it all out there in a truly refreshing and honest way that often is lacking in these celebrity memoirs. Proof that Wheaton is not just a good actor, but also a great writer. Here's hoping he'll write more.
freddlerabbit reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I rarely read memoirs or autobiographies - in fact, the last one I can remember reading, clearly, was when I was in eighth grade or so. I think this is because, for the most part, I can be amused or sympathetic with the narrator, but in the end, I just can't care about them enough for the actual details of a real life to be compelling to me (I have a different experience with fiction, for some reason). Just A Geek won't convert me to the memoir genre, but it stands out as a marvellous, honest, open and passionate book that I thoroughly enjoyed - sometimes actually laughing out loud, and sometimes feeling my eyes prickle.Wil Wheaton talks about his struggles to understand what is important to him, in his life, and some of the mistakes he makes along the way. He is honest about his mistakes and failings - his own anger and hangups and all the worst parts. He discusses how difficult celebrity at a young age was for him, especially when, post Star Trek, that celebrity didn't carry on in terms of work and exposure the way he hoped it would. He is unflinching in this book, and deeply compelling. Wheaton writes about the people in his life - those he loves, like his family; those he doesn't know well, like many of his blog readers; and those who have treated him poorly, like some "fans" and directors - with empathy, compassion, and, where appropriate, gratitude - and also without hesitating to stick up for himself when he feels he's been treated badly. He clearly cares about being a good human being, a wonderful father and husband, and a creator who can be proud of his works.Never before have I read a book where I have ended my reading thinking, man, is this guy someone I would very much like to be friends with. Never before, too, have I felt so inspired by someone who strives to be the best person he can be in the context of, at least in many respects, a very normal life. It is hard to feel like you can be a good person, sometimes, if you're not Overcoming Adversity or Saving the World, but by example (never by preaching), Wheaton lives that out, and we can all be inspired by it. One of the most touching motifs for me is Wheaton's gratitude to his fans and supporters. He writes with an awareness that he is part of a community of people, and that we all need one another for different things - that no man is an island. I think you will like this book if you are inspired by people growing in spite of themselves and in spite of obstacles; if you appreciate and admire gratitude and effort, and if honesty, humour and affection appeal to you. After finishing the final pages here, I went out and picked up everything else he's written.

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