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Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  5,875 ratings  ·  750 reviews
The unique life story of one of the most talented and inventive comedians, star of "Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul, Spaced, "and "Star Trek. "
Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise -- actor, comedian, writer, and supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows. Having landed on the U.S. movie scene
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ebook, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Gotham Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jason Koivu
Simon Pegg wrote a book?! He narrates an audio version of it! I just piddled my pants!

Dear review readers, please realize you are looking at a five star rating of the most gratuitous kind. Because I don't have the womb capacity to physically bear Simon Pegg's babies, giving his book an extra star or two is the only way for me to proclaim my love. Perhaps you do not feel as deeply about him --NEY!-- Since you definitely don't feel as deeply about him as I do, consider Pegg's autobiography to be s
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Becky
Yeah... so, this was pretty much awesome.

I really love Simon Pegg's brand of humor, and I spent a pretty large portion of this book giggling a little too loudly and a little too long. It was actually a little awkward, and there was a moment while listening to this in line at the store (needed kitty litter) that people started to stare. To the other people in line, I was just some crazy lady holding a 30lb bag of cat litter in her arms and giggling maniacally. They had no way of knowing that I w
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Caris
In early 2005, I was hurrying to the mall to buy my grandfather a nice pair of underpants for his birthday.* I was hustling through the front doors when I saw the poster at the cheap, urine-drenched $1.50, dented-can-style mall movie theater: Shaun of the Dead. I’d only heard about the movie, but that image outside the doors of that cinematic deathtrap was enough to derail me immediately. I turned right, forsook the mall, and paid my dollar fifty. Needless to say, my dear grandpa never got his s ...more
Stringy
Jun 13, 2011 Stringy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Simon Pegg
Someone convinced Pegg to write an autobiography, and so he has. But it seems like he's not sure why anyone would read it, or what he should include. As a result, it's a bit like four books jumbled up into one: How I Became A Writer/Actor, My Childhood, Girls Who Gave Me Boners, and A Peggtastic Space Adventure. I enjoyed the first type of story, thought the second type gave a bit of insight into his curent themes, skim-read anything like the third and skipped the fourth type after slogging thro ...more
Jan
I adore Simon Pegg. I happen to be lucky enough to live in one of the only 3 cities that he came to on his U.S. book tour. Therefore, I got to stand in a long line to meet him/get my book signed. He was incredibly nice and gracious, especially when you realize that he was signing around 500 books in a very short amount of time.

I confess to being slightly disappointed in this book. If he weren't such a gracious, kind man, I might give it less stars. I think my biggest problem with the book is tha
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Staci
Jul 23, 2011 Staci rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: TLC Book Tour
Review courtesy of my son Marc:


A few reasons really come to mind when I'm asked the question why I wished to read the novel Nerd Do Well written by Simon Pegg. The most prominent one is the amazing similarities between us. Simon and I are both extremely smart, witty, handsome and undeniably charming. Our bodies are also hot enough to fry eggs on. All joking aside, I jumped at the chance to read this novel because of the simple fact that Simon Pegg has been one of my all time favorite actors sinc
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Jess Michaels
Amazing. This geek girl's heart is happy.
Joel
“It was never my intention to write an autobiography. The very notion made me uneasy. You see them congesting the bookshop shelves at Christmas. Rows of needy smiles, sad clowns and serious eyes, proclaiming faux-modest life stories, with titles such as This is Me, or Why, Me? or Me, Me, Me. I didn’t want to do that. It’s not really me.”


So starts Simon Pegg’s autobiography, Nerd Do Well, and despite his best efforts Pegg never really succeeds in writing something exceptional. Pegg’s writing enga
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Elle
I like Simon Pegg, really, so I almost feel bad about giving this such a poor rating. He seems like the kind of guy I could listen to raving about Star Wars and other geekeries for ages (and I'm not even a Star Wars fan). Unfortunately, this book features very little of his passion for nerd fare, or even any of his typical funny, charming personality. It's so stilted as he tries to juggle writing about himself but not actually telling you anything. It's like an awkward first-day-of-class introdu ...more
Caitlin
I like Simon Pegg. He's got nerd cred and has continued to gain and enhance his geek cred. Geeks love Shaun of the Dead because we all know the zombie apocalypse will be here any day now. All this was solidified when he played the young Scotty from the Engineering deck on Star Trek. Scotty is geeky in the best possible ways with his engineering know-how, risk-taking, and awesome accent.

For me, Nerd Do Well was just okay. The science fiction novel Mr. Pegg weaves throughout the memoir is actually
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ADignorantium
I couldn't wait to enter into the controversy that surrounds this book, all due to someone's comment on the price.
(Check Amazon's reviews. You'll find an amazing amount of bickering over the price of the ebook.)
I purchase the hard cover print version, as opposed to the digital version, because of all the controversy. I'm glad I did, as there are pictures of Simon taken throughout his life. And I don't know if they'd be available in the digital version.

Shortly into the book, you get the idea tha
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Kim
One of the best autobiographies I've read. Simon Pegg is a funny, intelligent nerd and his combination of self-mocking fiction with the story of his life is a winning mixture. I would have liked to have read more about his movie career but I believe he is working on a second volume which may cover it. A well-written, interesting book I recommend it to all nerds.
Saoirse Sterling
Simon Pegg is one of my all-time favourite comedy actors (and writers) after watching Shaun of the Dead a few years ago and marvelling at him starring in Rik Mayall's and Ade Edmondson's Guest House Paradiso. Now, I'm not a big autobiography fan. If it was written by a comedien or someone comic (with the exception of my alarming obsession for anything Cricket related) then there's every chance that it's going to be funny, and that is what the main point should be.

I'm not a nerd or a geek or a dw
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Joe
"You could argue that the comic is the most impatient and neurotic amid the ranks of the insecure. Not only do they require approval, they require it immediately, that evident and tangible assurance, asserted by an unquestionable reflex of confirmation: laughter. 'You love me! YOU LOVE ME!' internalizes the mad clown, whilst looking confident and a tag smug."

Simon Pegg did not want to write this book. He tells us as much in the opening pages. He believes that autobiographies of famous people are
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Alex
Ever since I went to see Shaun of the Dead in theaters on my 22nd birthday, I've closely followed the work of both Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. They're extremely talented individuals who I believe have a lot in common with myself--plus they both have charming British accents. As I've admired their work for almost ten years now, it became a necessity to read Pegg's memoir.

Here's the thing: I didn't like it that much.

No disrespect to Pegg himself--the dude is living the dream, and he has definitel
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Andy
It's approaching the biography time of the year so I checked out a few from the library. I'm a fan of Simon Pegg, I like Spaced and I enjoy most of his performances so was curious to read this. Unfortunately it's not that good.

Pegg makes it quite clear a few times that he didn't really want to write this (even insinuating that his editor may have written it at one point) and he's not that comfortable detailing his private life. He also doesn't want to tell his 'Hollywood secrets' or anecdotes. S
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Gavin
Simon Pegg the writer isn't that far off of Simon Pegg the actor. Funny, quirky, and thoroughly enjoyable. This autobiography tells a lot more of his formative years in school, about positive teachers and their influences, as well as parental influence, and a love of the arts/drama/music fostered at home. It's all very easy to relate to, and even more, Pegg comes across as someone you'd have a pint with and really enjoy yourself. There's also a rather humourous robot spy novel he's interspersed ...more
Jennifer Rayment
Mini Book Review: A delightfully touching, real and nerdy memoir from one of my favorite British actor/writers. You can really tell while reading it that he doesn't quite understand why anyone would be interested in reading about him, but was convinced to write a memoir in spite of this. His self deprecating humour makes reading it worthwhile and at times I felt a connection with him based on our similar nerdy ways. I got a kick out of him talking about listening to the Noah skit by Bill Cosby o ...more
Sean Kennedy
(3.5 / 5)

Simon Pegg is one very talented and funny guy. I felt I could relate to a lot of this book as we're roughly the same age, grew up with the same nerdy interests and seem to view movies as more real than actual reality. This book, however, is a bit of a hodge podge.

Ultimately it remains enjoyable, but there are two things that let it down: the time jumping which makes it hard to figure out the timeline in your head and how it relates to other stories Pegg has been telling, and the fact th
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Gabrielle
Simon Pegg is an excellent storyteller: funny, engaging and very good at finding the perfect turn of phrase.

His life story from young to adult nerd (who gets to make a living from said nerd quality) is fascinating is that, in and of itself, it's not out of the ordinary. Like many of us, he fell in love with popular culture at a young age. What is interesting to see is how, through various actions of fate and personal choices on his part and on the part of others, he managed to slowly but surely
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Celeste
If this book had 100+ more pages, I would be content to keep on reading. Pegg is one of my heroes, a nerd after my own heart, and reading his book gave me a fuller appreciation for a man who takes care of his friends and remembers his roots. Funny, charming, sincere, and clever, I adored every anecdote he chose to share.
Leah
We cannot choose our family but we can choose our friends, and we do, sometimes before we have even met them.

Simon Pegg's autobiography was equal parts funny and moving. Obviously I expected the humor but it was the really personal, tear-jerking moments I didn't expect. My only complaint, if I was forced at blaster rifle point by Boba Fett to complain about something, is I would have liked more stories and anecdotes from his late twenties and on. Pegg shared quite a bit about his childhood and
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Jillian
Hilarious, energetic, and utterly charming, much like Pegg himself. He entertains with amusing episodes from his childhood, marked unsurprisingly by his enthusiasm for the great nerdoms of Star Wars, Star Trek, Romero's zombies and the like. He goes on to explore, with much gratitude and glee, the connections, coincidences, and circularities that shaped his life and career and led him to become a part of so many worlds and film franchises that he loved growing up. The origin stories of Spaced, S ...more
Tim Canny
Listened to the audio version. I didn't think I was going to like the sci-fi, super-hero adventure story that is woven in between the autobiography chapters but as it went along it turned out to be a funny, listenable, pulpyish, sci-fi story good for at least one listen.

In the autobiographical sections Pegg works on a circularity theme that starts out well but by the end of the book turns into a spirograph of confusing time-travel through his life bogged down by name droppings of industry insid
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Speeda
I am pretty sure this is the first celebrity auto/biography I've read in which the author has no crippling chemical addictions to overcome, appears to be genuinely gracious in his serious moments, and exudes no whininess about childhood adversity, yet it's still fairly entertaining.

Pegg tends to depict any of his traumas briefly in a matter-of-fact, they-built-character kind of way, and focuses instead on how seemingly incidental events, moments, or people shaped and guided him as an artist. For
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Jonathan Forisha
Simon Pegg is an interesting fellow. He writes very well, at times even flooring me with the cadence of his paragraphs. He is, after all, known as an actor - and even though he's co-written quite a few of his best-known films, he generally makes his bucks reading the lines of others.

Whether he filled in the gaps or not, Pegg remembers a freakish amount of his childhood. Thinking back, I don't know that I could fill as many pages recounting the events of my happy youth as he did and he's a good d
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Elaine
I thought this book was fantastic, and I am not one prone to finding celebrity memoirs at all interesting. In fact, right after 99% of YA and most books written about soldiers, they're my least favorite genre.

While there's certainly enough inside scoop on his films to interest fact-finders, the main crux of the book is about his childhood. And not in a whingy way, I hasten to add. His writing is incredibly open, smart, quick, and of course funny. At times he's touching, at other times he's next
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Patrick Sprunger
Disclaimer: I'm inconsistent on ratings. I'm not firm on the question of whether to grade something by its real merit or as an example of its genre. Witness: Water for Elephants (which I gave a staggering five stars), which is only a good book because the rest of the genre is so bad. I've gotten into the habit of rating books based on the pleasantness or unpleasantness of surprise if the book turns out to be different from what was expected.

Fortunately for this exercise, my admittedly capricious
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Theta Sigma
I'm a fan of Simon's work since as far back as Spaced and although it has taken a while for me to get hold of copy (on my new Kindle), I was looking forward to reading this book.

People could be mistaken for thinking that this could be a biography of Simon's work since his early days on programmes such as Big Train and Spaced or his film work such as Shaun Of The Dead or Hot Fuzz. In fact, this book is more a memoir to what makes his nerd gene tick.

Remembrances of his love of Star Wars, Zombie Fl
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Bill
My attraction to this book began with the title. How could I resist the offerings of a fellow nerd? The jacket blurb further cemented my need to read it, invoking and evoking love for the same cross-section of science fiction and adventure genre films that I crave. It was instantly on my to-be-read (someday) list. That day came when it showed up on the display shelf of the local library and I snatched it up without thinking if I could even find the time to read right now. I couldn't. But I did a ...more
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