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Wil Wheaton - blogger, geek, and Star Trek: The Next Generation's Wesley Crusher - gives us five short-but-true tales of life in the so-called Space Age in Dancing Barefoot. With a true geek's unflinching honesty, Wil examines life, love, the web, and the absurdities of Hollywood in these compelling autobiographical narratives. Based on pieces first published in Wil's huge...more
Paperback, 115 pages
Published March 5th 2004 by O'Reilly Media (first published 2003)
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Sarah
i love wil wheaton. love him. like most people, i hated him as wesley crusher, but then i discovered his blog. he writes well, is funny, is a real person with a real life who just happens to be a celebrity. and i like his stories and the way he tells them. so, yeah.
if you like his blog, you’ll like this book.
ian
I read this book just as I was preparing to leave Iraq. The stories inside are just great--heartwarming, funny, geeky and more. It provided some much-needed escapism from my then daily life of warfare.
Stephanie Johanesen
Entirely too short, is what I say. Who knew Wil Wheaton, the loved/hated character named Wesley on Start Trek the Next Generation was a good writer? Well ... he is. This is the first piece I've read by him, and it's a small compilation of short pieces he wrote for his website. The stories range from a very touching, heart-wrenching piece about the passing of a family member, to a lengthy missive about attending ST conventions, meeting William Shatner for the first time and more. You go from bein...more
Ian Coomber
Mostly based on his blog entries, Dancing Barefoot was the first of his books to be published, but the third I have read. Although autobiographical, it is more anecdotal in tone, mainly about good times spent with his wife, stepchildren and Star Trek, but opening up on something of a more serious note. “Houses in Motion” is far from the most entertaining of chapters from any of his books, but then I’m very sure it was never meant to be. In this particular chapter, Wheaton tells us of his emotion...more
Erik
Fresh from having seen Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation) read several of his essays to the large crowd at last month's Emerald City Comic-Con, I eagerly picked up this second and shorter collection of his essays. (Most of which have appeared in one form or another on his frequently-hit website, by the way.) But I'm under-whelmed, I have to say. Maybe it's the tedious melancholy of a thirty-something ex-Star Trek actor that doesn't work for me anymore. Or maybe it's s...more
Sofia
Posted on my book blog.

After reading Wil Wheaton's memoir, Just a Geek, I figured why not go ahead and read his other works too? So I picked this one up.

It's very similar in tone and subject matter to Just a Geek, even though most of the stories focus less on his relationship with Star Trek and more on his life and memories. Still, the last (and longest) story, The Saga of SpongeBob VegasPants, was a bit repetitive for me because there was already a shorter version of it in the other book.

This a...more
Katelyn
For a quick short read, this was wonderful. I finished reading it prior to reading Wil Wheaton's larger book "Just a Geek" since chronologically this was published first. As a lover of all fiction work, and usually a snob to anything else I am so glad I took a chance and read Dancing Barefoot. Though all the stories in this book I have already read, (courtesy of WWdn) being able to sit with a book in your hand and reading them by paper and not by computer makes the experience much for fulfilling...more
August Williams
Wil Wheaton is one of my favorite celebrities, because he's honest about the fact that, you know what, there's no such thing as a celebrity -- everyone is just another person, some more well-known than others. He isn't afraid to display his nerdiness, his quirks, his awesome gigs and his adorable relationship with his wife. I'm not the hugest fan of his writing style, and frankly this book could have used at least two or three more pairs of sharp eyes for the punctuation, but Wil's got heart. I...more
Kristine
I had to read this after I saw Wil Wheaton do a performance of "william fucking shatner" at DragonCon 2011. I really enjoy sci-fi tv/movies, but I'm not a fangirl, so when I read this, I was not approaching them as writing from a celebrity author (often mediorce), but as a window into a world I don't know. I really liked them. Sure, some of the essays pull on familiar themes, loss and grief for starters, but I loved the essay where he went to the Star Trek Experience in Vegas, and was overcome b...more
Marie
I thought I would follow up the two volume Italian epic with something nice and short, and this is indeed short. A lunchtime read, it's mostly warm but full of expected nostalgia and very mainstream life. Well, except for the Star Trek bits. I am told, though I do not quite believe it, that there are people who don't know a thing about Star Trek and have never been to a convention or met a rabid Trekkie.

Wil Wheaton claims to have met these people, but then, he moves in no doubt larger circles th...more
Salimbol
Another of Wil Wheaton's collections of autobiographical anecdotes. Not as polished as some of his other work (they're bits and pieces that didn't make the final cut for his other earlier book, 'Just A Geek', and I think it shows with most of them), these were nevertheless highly readable - especially the centrepiece of the book, 'The Saga of Spongebob Vegas Pants, or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Star Trek', which is by turns funny, touching and illuminating.
Meara
I loved this book! At least one of the stories will make you cry, "who had a heart to love, and courage to make's love known." Have tissues at the ready. At least one other will make you fall in love, or perhaps fall back in love. All of them will make you think, and wonder, and remember, even when perhaps you'd rather not. This is a wonderful examination of the ways we grow up.
Hollowspine
These are the 5 stories left out of "Just a Geek" Wheaton's memoir. I haven't read Just a Geek, nor was I a follower of his blog, though maybe I should have been. I never really think of actors as real people, they're part of a different world that I sometimes get glimpses of, but overall it's a far off world from the mundane place I live.

I've seen Wheaton in Stand by Me and Star Trek, but I never followed his career after that point, until a couple years ago when I saw him on The Guild. Since t...more
Jamie
This is a companion to "Just a Geek" with five stories that didn't fit in the original book. I enjoyed this book quite a bit as they were a bit more personal. Much more emotional growth in these. I actually teared up reading the one about saying goodbye to his great aunt.
Virginia
The first several stories in this book felt a lot like they belonged in the "Lives" column of the New York Times (the one that appears on the last page of the Sunday magazine). The story about the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas was extremely touching.
Book was too short.
Seawood
Thrilled to get this for Christmas in hard copy. One day I will get it signed (please come to the UK :). I've read all of these tales before via Wil's blog but it's great to have the actual thing in my hands and to support a writer I really enjoy.
Kirk
Another great collection of short stories written by and about Wil Wheaton. Like his other books, the stories are told in a conversational tone, which allows us to live each adventure with him.
Richard
I have been a big fan of Wil Wheaton for many years (ok, there was that dark spot 20 years ago or so where he was basically invisible - but we wont go there). I even liked his character on ST:TNG.
I listen to his book Just a Geek just over a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. When he announced that his audio version of Dancing Barefoot was available, I purchased it straight away.

This IS a short book. It basically contains 5 extracts from his website. The narration was first class and as the stor...more
Eric
A small collection of short stories that got cut from Wil's other book - they are tales that evoke the emotions he felt during various events from his life.
Bob
Short but bittersweet, these few outtakes from Just a Geek (released after this one) definitely warranted their own book.
Kirsten
Fantastic book! A very quick read - the stories are brief, but well-written. Funny, sad, it's all here!
Rift Vegan
Wil Wheaton has such interesting stories to tell.
Ruth
Fun, short. He's an engaging storyteller.
Steven
Wil Wheaton is <3
Wayne Owens
Jun 17, 2013 Wayne Owens rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone
For those of you who only know Wil from his Film/Tv work (Stand by me, Star Trek, Big Bang, eureka, etc) you have no idea what you are missing.

Wil like his character in Stand-by-me, in that he grew up to be a writer, and what a writer.

Anyone who has read his blog knows the feelings he can put into his posts and stories, how he can make you feel like you were there.

Dancing Barefoot is his first book, although technically that would have been Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest Tales of the Search f...more
Mariko True
Feb 03, 2014 Mariko True rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mariko by: a google+ posting
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I highly recommend this book. It can easily be read in less than a day. That is not negative comment. A good book does not have to be part of a seemingly endless series or of an unbelievable size and weight (however I love and I read those books also) to be entertaining and worth the effort.

I came across this book in a Google+ posting by Wil Wheaton. He mentioned that although this book had been written in 2003, he had only just done the audio version. Being a bit of a Luddite and cheap, I bough...more
Brad McKenna
Wil Wheaton is a talented writer. These stories are ones that didn't make the cut for his Just a Geek book. He is good at laying bare his emotions and showing his insecurities for all the world to see. A step dad, a geek, a Trekkie who was on Star Trek but struggled to make peace with the fact that he would always be seen as Wesley Crusher, he provides snapshots into convention life as well as parental life. Nice quick read.
Shelle Pennington
Finally got a chance to read and enjoy this book!! I received it for Christmas from my son. Oh my.. Such wonderful, witty words which made me feel I was a treasured friend, and not just a fan, of Wil. Definitely made me appreciate the work that goes into his life craft, and made me smile at the joy he has found outside of the business. A great read!!
Tom
The ending of all books that don't have sequels is a melancholy affair for me, it's like saying goodbye to a friend you know you won't see in a while. I know Wil has another book out there that I haven't yet read so that's keeping my spirits somewhat aloft, but I was still mildly crestfallen putting this book down. The book's a bit of a roller-coaster, broken up into five separate stories which are alternately tearful, funny, inspiring, and joyous but it resonates on each of these emotional leve...more
Khara
If Wil Wheaton wrote every book that was published from here until the end of time, I would be ok with that. :) I think his writings should be on everyone's list of required readings. When you read his work he makes you feel like he's your oldest friend. When he describes people, they feel like they have been a part of your life forever. When he describes a situation, you are immediately transported there with him as if it is happening right now. When he's sad in his story, you shed a tear. When...more
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A worldwide audience may know him from recent roles as Evil Wil Wheaton on The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Isaac Parrish on EUReKA, or Fawkes on The Guild, but Wil Wheaton’s successful acting career began in 1986 with acclaimed roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers.

He continued to build his resume through his teen years as series regular ‘Wesley Crusher’ on Star Trek: The Next Generation and opposite...more
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