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Book Review: Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton
Reviewed by Michael Haislip

Earlier this year, I reviewed Wil Wheaton’s first book, Dancing Barefoot, a gritty look into the shady world of foot fetish pornography ... um ... I mean a sentimental look into the life of an actor coming to terms with his past. Thanks to my review, millions of copies were sold and Wheaton became the wealthiest author of all time. Massive shortages of the book led to worldwide riots and the caused the collapse of several South American nations. Now, the world again trembles as Wheaton returns with Just a Geek, an epic to end all epics.

Also, it has some cool Patrick Stewart anecdotes. Nifty.

Wheaton is an exceptional author who has a gift for narrative. His straight-ahead writing style compresses both description and story into one flowing memoir. The telling is so smooth that I actually finished this 260-page book in four hours. The book radiates an aura of affability (Aura of Affability lasts for 2d6 rounds ... D&D reference ... sorry).

Some highlights:

  • Learn how Wil was almost the co-host of Win Ben Stein’s Money, but lost to Jimmy Kimmel’s cousin
  • Thrill as he describes his days shilling for a product called the Video Toaster
  • Gasp as he encounters overzealous fans dressed as Klingons at Star Trek conventions

Just a Geek is published by O’Reilly. If you buy through Amazon, we get a cut of the profit. Help us out, won’t you?

-- MJH 2004

Michael Haislip is the editor of AntiMuse. For 6 years, he published the cult favorite American Assassin magazine, churning out almost 1000 pages of commentary and humor in that span. In his spare time, Michael is a freelance writer and musician. He also wishes it known that he has the longest biography out of all the staff writers.


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