2011-09-18

Is he "Just a geek"? Yes, ideed.

This isn't going to be an indepth book review, rather a quick recommendation to my fellow geek friends out there to check out "Just a geek", an autobiographical piece by Wil Wheaton.  If you're not familiar with Mr. Wheaton, well then you've been living under a rock for the last twenty or so years, and I feel sorry for you.  Wil most famously starred in Stand By Me and in Star Trek: The Next Generation as adolecent genius Wesley Crusher. Oh, poor Crusher.  Such a loved and hated character of the series, and Wil, such a tormented soul about it.  If you've been paying attention lately, Wil has become quite popular again, appearing in Iternet sensations such as The Guild, as Evil Wil on Big Bang Theory, and most recently as has been on Eureka.  Things are definitely looking up for this geeky actor, though it has been a rocky journey.

There are people out there who are unfamiliar with his body of work, including the author of the Foreward to Just a geek, Neil Gaimon.  Neil is the author of the Sandman series of graphic novels, Good Omens, a recent Dr. Who episode, and the claymation movie adaption of his children's novel Coraline.  He even recently had a celebrity spot in a season 5 episode of The Guild.  (And no, I did not have to look any of that up on the interwebz. I happen to be a fan.) He had never met Wil before, but enjoyed this book enough to introduce Wil's self-relized rediscovery.

The question remains, "Is he really a geek?" I can say, with the authority of being a geek myself, most certainly, "Yes! Wil is a geek!"  It has taken me too long to figure that out myself.  Wil earned his geek bars early on in his career when he opened his first website, eventually migrating to a blog platform.  He has been sharing his undistilled self on the internet for over ten years now, to the benefit of his fans and netziens alike.  Just a geek is a selection of his posts from Wil Wheaton dot Net and includes details that fill in the gaps, building a cohesive progression of his life.  Even if you aren't familiar with Wil's previous body of work, I have no doubt that you would quickly become a fan based on that website alone.

I don't do many book reviews, but this one is definitely worth a read.  You can also find Wil on Twitter as @wilw and G+ as himself (of course, who else can you be on G+ these days?).

Enjoy!