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Still Just a Geek

By: Wil Wheaton
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton,Neil Gaiman
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Celebrated actor, personality, and all-around nerd, Wil Wheaton updates his memoir of collected blog posts with all new material and annotations as he reexamines one of the most interesting lives in Hollywood and fandom—and now for the first time in audio, narrated by Wil himself, with an introduction written and read by Neil Gaiman!

From starring in Stand by Me to playing Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation to playing himself, in his second (third?) iconic role of Evil Wil Wheaton in The Big Bang Theory, to becoming a social media supernova, Wil Wheaton has charted a career course unlike anyone else, and has emerged as one of the most popular and well respected names in science fiction, fantasy, and pop culture.

Back in 2001, Wil began blogging on wilwheaton.net. Believing himself to have fallen victim to the curse of the child actor, Wil felt relegated to the convention circuit, and didn’t expect many would want to read about his random experiences and personal philosophies.

Yet, much to his surprise, people were reading. He still blogs, and now has an enormous following on social media with well over 3 million followers.

In Still Just a Geek, Wil revisits his 2004 collection of blog posts, Just a Geek, filled with insightful and often laugh-out-loud annotated comments, additional later writings, and all new material written for this publication. The result is an incredibly raw and honest memoir, in which Wil opens up about his life, about falling in love, about coming to grips with his past work, choices, and family, and finding fulfillment in the new phases of his career. From his times on the Enterprise to his struggles with depression to his starting a family and finding his passion—writing—Wil Wheaton is someone whose life is both a cautionary tale and a story of finding one’s true purpose that should resonate with fans and aspiring artists alike.

©2022 Wil Wheaton (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Wil is sorry for offending you

I finished this book a few days ago and wanted to take some time to process it before giving a written review.  My guess is you are only here if you either never heard of Wil Wheaton or are a fan.  He is a polarizing personality.  I am a fan of his work including some of his writing, his web series and his acting on star trek.  

On to my review.  This book has a very negative tone overall.  Wil is constantly apologizing to everyone for seemingly everything.  This apologizing probably takes up a good third of the book.  most of the annotations, instead of adding more insight into the situations or more detail are mostly Wil saying sorry for using offensive words like "lame" (I had no idea this word was offending people until I listened to this book)  I really dont think all this apologizing really helps the situation.  We live now in a different time than when he first wrote the book and at that time some words or phrases he used were part of the common vernacular.  Apologizing now about it every time he used that word just seems really needlessly self deprecating.  Many times he will annotate something with a "i know this sounds bad because.. and i really didn't mean it that way."  so just put a disclaimer on all the old stuff at the beginning saying some of this i find offensive now and so should you. and leave it at that and then just add annotations that add additional insight into your work.  In 20 years maybe the word "cool" becomes offensive because of global warming and then in his next reannotated version he will have to spend hours lamenting and apologizing to everyone for using it constantly?   Maybe this should been a totally rewrite and editing of still just a geek with some new and old annotations. Take out all the things you found offensive and rewrite it for the Wil you are today. That would have been a great book. But that isn't what he did and so this is what we have.

Many times he talks to the listener like he assumes we have some sort of mental illness like depression and is giving us encouraging words of wisdom. That's fine and possibly helpful to some but it kind of made me feel unwelcome as someone without his condition, as if this version of the book was written for someone else and not me.

Parts of the book were entertaining and interesting and I really love Wil narrating anything.  A few new insightful tidbits about his life and career were in there. 

I was mostly enjoying the book until close to the end, when Wil says, sorry he doesn't ever respond to fan mail, or emails.  He doesn't like to think about having fans and so totally ignores fan mail.  "And to the person who sent me that thing to be signed, you aren't ever getting that back." That just really rubbed me the wrong way.  Like "hey i am glad you are a fan and bought my book but turns out i would rather not have you as a fan."  Or something.  It was just a very sad way to end the entire experience.  and then in the credits in the "about me" section of the book he goes and lists an email address where you can contact him... What is the point?  He just said he doesn't read or respond to email from strangers.  

After listening to this book I think I'm slightly less of a fan of his.  To me that's sad.  Losing a parasocial friend doesn't feel great. But I guess that's kind of what he wanted so... you're welcome? <shrug emoji>

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I wanted to like this book

Will wheaton should not have narrated this book. He is unable to narrate without letting his emotions interfere with the tone of narration. After one chapter of yelling, i returned the book, it might be an interesting read, but it is an awful listen,.

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Unprecedented and honest

Wil has a narrative style that is entirely unique, I feel as if I'm having a conversation with him. He's funny, self deprecating, poignant, insightful, and unbelievably smart. Likewise, there's a reason why he's found success as a narrator. Wil's delivery has a sincerity and vulnerability that sucks the lister in. In this book Wil confronts his past self head on bringing the reader along for the ride. This book is about the evolution of self. An example of seemingly disparate things being simultaneously true. It's thoroughly captivating.

I hope that with this book Wil has paved the way for others to follow his lead and reexamine their works with older and hopefully wiser sensibilities.

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Eh...

I should have read up more before buying. Wil Wheaton is my favorite narrator, and I have been a fan of his works for years.

However, this book is about 20% political/state of the nation rant, 75% mental health discussion, and about 5% geekness.

Sorry I spent my money, tbh, but hopefully it is someone else's cup of tea.

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Stop apologizing!

I appreciate that Will wants us to know that he’s grown since writing this book, but I would have preferred it if he had done so in a preface and not spent so much time self flagellating with every slightly cringy statement. Maybe it would work better in print, especially with a different font or italics to separate it, but as an audible experience it’s too distracting. I’ll be returning this book.

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Insightful and funny!

Stand By Me is my all time favorite movie so I was excited to pick this up. It’s a fast paced, and enjoyable read. His narration is great as well. All around a great book!

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Best book I heard in a long time

To be transparent - I was never a fan of Wesley Crusher in Star Trek NG - found him a pompous ass. I only got wise to Will Wheaton because of his role in Big Bang Theory and him reading audiobooks - and to be honest, I became a huge fan.

With this book, Will Wheaton has written a book which is deeply funny, deeply emotional and deeply insightful. Few people in *the limelight" are so willing to address mistakes from their past as Will Wheaton and be incredible funny about it.

If you want to spent some time with a great person and be highly amused while doing it - buy this book. What do I say - buy it anyway - this book and Will Wheaton deserve it.

And no - no one asked me to write this or do I have any interest in writing this - this is actually one of my first reviews ever.

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Stop Selling

There is an old adage in selling: "Once you have made the sale, stop selling (because you could unsell the customer)". Wil droned on and on about his terrible parents and his old politically incorrect self. I finally gave up and stopped listening to the book. I like Wil Wheaton.

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PLAY THIS AT 1/2 SPEED!!!

Wanna hear drunk Will Wheaton? Play this at .5x speed!! Best thing I've ever heard!! 😆😆😆😆😆

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THIS BOOK IS SO COOL!!❤️😎

First of all, I was a HUGE Will Wheaton fan in the 80's and 90's. I had the teen beat pics on my wall, and I wore the multiple watches, attempted to rip my jeans in the knee like he had in one of my favorite pics, and my family still roll their eyes when they hear his name because teenage me drove them crazy. In an interview that he gave to a teen magazine or something, he said he would wake up sometimes at night with the best plot line for a story, and he would get up and write for hours. I did the same thing! Then he started on TNG and for the life of me I could not make myself a trekkie!! it's just not my cup of tea. When he made Wilwheaton.net, I tried to follow on my sister's computer when I could, but sadly gave up because almost everything was above my head. So I grew up, and he made audiobooks which I love!! I think he is better at that than most narrators! So this brings me to his audiobook which I downloaded as soon as it came across my phone. OMG!! You can REALLY write! To learn that you felt like you did for most of your life made me look back on why I had the big crush on you. The eyes. Your eyes looked like how I felt inside as a kid and teenager. The difference in our stories is I know I had awesome parents now. Mine were still learning how to parent. But anyway, I really hope you were being honest when you said you are happy now. You have a beautiful family! You must have done something right for both boys to want to become Wheaton's! I'm not sitting here judging your life, but I am enjoying the part that you are sharing with the world. Wil, you are an awesome person, and more people genuinely love and respect you than you realize. You we're never a failure. You deserve more than you got, but you turned out smart, and learning all your lessons the hard way. I may even try the trekkie thing again. I hope all this means something! I wish you the best in your life! Oh, and you used cool just the right amount of times! Stay awesome! 😎

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