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Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek - The First 30 Years

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Opening that first Darth Vader figure and putting him in a Landspeeder. Imagining a snowy elementary school playground as the wastes of Hoth. Seeing Return of the Jedi on opening night. Moments like these - and a galaxy more - make up three decades of "Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek." John takes the reader from a childhood packed with Star Wars guys (never "action figures") ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published April 22nd 2009 by (first published July 20th 2008)
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Dec 24, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
Not a Star Wars Geek, not really a Geek, period, well just through association apparently it does rub off.

I didn't see Star Wars until the mid 80's, just not my thing. I meet and fell for a geek, and my world was changed.

I picked up this book at a little table outside a very cool bookstore for the DH's. John signed it and i went to the next table, not much thought involved.

The cool thing about John's little book is i pick it and read a chapter if i have a few minutes and I can see the boy my h
Feb 13, 2010 Bill rated it liked it
A fun, quick read, and it certainly brought back a lot of memories of my own childhood, when Star Wars was the all-consuming fire of my life, too.
Sep 16, 2012 Gib rated it really liked it
I came across John's book about eight months into writing my own. I admit that I was a bit annoyed at first, since I had thought the idea of writing a memoir of my childhood infatuation with Star Wars was an original one, and here John had beaten me to it by three years. But I ordered the book, read it, and couldn't stay annoyed! However different our backgrounds and childhoods were, it was impossible not to relate to his story. One of the points I try to make in my own book is just how many men ...more
May 08, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
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Star Wars figures were always referred to as "Star Wars guys", never "Star Wars figures". I had forgotten.

This book is full of reminders like that, and for those of us who remember the mind-blowing amazement of unwrapping a mammoth AT-AT box at Christmas, or not realizing that Return of the Jedi sucked when you walked out of the theater because you had so much fun, it's a really enjoyable book. It's well worth reading for that reason (plus you can knock it out in no time, so why not?).

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Feb 09, 2011 Khairul H. rated it really liked it
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Even though I'm not American and did not grow up in America when the Original Trilogy was let loose on an unsuspecting world, I shared the same feelings John Booth had when he first saw Star Wars (always will be Star Wars and not Episode IV) and the subsequent sequels, the lean years and then watching the prequels as an adult. A great trip down memory lane even if my lane was half a world away.
Oct 27, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
Taking a trip down your own memory lane is one thing, but following someone down theirs is a fascinating treat. John reminds us all how Star Wars changed our lives by telling us how it affected his life. It's a good feeling to know we are all connected by a common bond and reading John's memories makes all remember what it was like growing up with Star Wars. This is a must read.
Mar 13, 2009 Karl rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a trip! This book brought back memories that were so deeply hidden. It kinda freaked me out. Star Wars was a very important part of my life when I was 11 and I guess it will always be. This book chronicles the life of a young adult and his imagination that was stirred by Star Wars. If you loved this movie you will love it again while reading this book. Great fun!
Oct 22, 2008 Keith rated it it was amazing
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Great walk down memory lane if you grew up in the Star Wars generation! (disclosure: Booth is a close personal friend of mine, so I'm predisposed to love his work...also enjoyed "Crossing Decembers" quite a bit!)
Oct 11, 2014 Kent rated it it was amazing
If you were a child when Star Wars was new, you'll spend half of this read nodding along remembering similar "shared" times with your "Star Wars guys". This will make you feel young and old at the same time.
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Apr 10, 2012 Michael Feeney rated it it was amazing
one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. Every page brought back a wonderful memory.
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