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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
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Published March 5th 2004 by O'Reilly Media (first published 2003)
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Jim
This was fun. The first few stories were short, kind of sappy & OK. I was going to give this 3 stars. The last story was longer than the rest put together & was really good. Wheaton bares his soul & does all actors a service. Just how much the audience reaction matters is very well told. I also loved the look into the various Star Trek actors.

I'm surprised that Shatner was a dick, but I generally try to remain ignorant of actor & author personal lives. I rarely like them any bet
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ian
May 21, 2009 ian rated it it was amazing
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.
Sarah
Jan 23, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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.
Stephanie Johanesen
Dec 22, 2010 Stephanie Johanesen rated it it was amazing
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
Kate
Jun 15, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2011 August rated it really liked it
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
Kari Ramirez
May 01, 2014 Kari Ramirez rated it really liked it
Wil Wheaton writes five short, but sweet and insightful stories about love, loss and growing up but remaining a kid at heart. While all the stories had their high points, the longest story The Saga of SpongeBob VegasPants was my favorite because it had a bit of everything. I think that the most endearing thing about Wil Wheaton is that he is still unsure of himself. He is confident when it comes down to it and he's in his element, but before he finds his bearings he's sort of just this normal gu ...more
Kristine
Sep 11, 2011 Kristine rated it it was amazing
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
Casey Hampton
Jul 06, 2014 Casey Hampton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ographies
Some say short and sweet.
I say brief, but savory.

If you're contemplating reading this book, chances are you're already aware of Wil Wheaton. These five stories provide a slivered glimpse into childhood, and adulthood. Wheaton writes in an authentic voice that transcends Hollywood personas. These stories are filled with insightful feeling, genuine introspection, and honesty. Whether Wheaton is relaying a chance encounter with a beautiful girl at the age of fifteen, or showing his wife Ann walking
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Ian Coomber
Sep 10, 2009 Ian Coomber rated it liked it
Shelves: biographical
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
Jun 17, 2008 Erik rated it liked it
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
Jan 27, 2011 Sofia rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
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
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Geoff Young
Jun 19, 2016 Geoff Young rated it liked it
This memoir is a light, easy read that can be (and in my case was) consumed in a single afternoon. The first third consists of four vignettes that didn't connect with me and felt like fluff. The final two-thirds is a humorous and poignant account of the author's struggle to come to terms with his former identity as Star Trek's Wesley Crusher. This latter part, if expanded and perhaps combined with similarly themed stories, could lay the foundation for a book I'd read in a heartbeat.
Jay
Oct 04, 2014 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I found this quite a nice listen on audio, with Wheaton doing the reading. I haven't read other Wheaton books and haven't kept up with his blog, and I guess that's important to know since I read that the stories appeared elsewhere first. I liked his short stories at the beginning of the book, but I thought he read them with too dramatic timing. The last longer story, about a Star Trek convention in Vegas, was great. I'll definitely read more.
Marie
Aug 02, 2010 Marie rated it liked it
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
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Darby Stewart
Apr 05, 2016 Darby Stewart rated it it was amazing
fun short stories from Wil, if you are curious at all about his time on Star Trek you will enjoy this open and honest heartfelt set of stories.
Ian Hrabe
It's a little weird coming to an author via seeing him do a hilarious parody (although maybe it's not a parody, but his constant one-upping of Sheldon is a delight) himself on the Big Bang Theory and being an enormous fan of his audiobook narration. Naturally, I picked up the b-sides to Wil Wheaton's autobiography Just a Geek on audiobook (and haven't had a chance to get to Just a Geek because the audiobook is super out of print). Wheaton warns up front that one story is very sad (the one about ...more
Tracy
Mar 28, 2015 Tracy rated it really liked it
I remain a huge fan of autobiographies as read by the author. This is a collection of autobiographical stories that wouldn't fit in Wil Wheaton's Just a Geek: Unflinchingly Honest Tales of the Search for Life, Love, and Fulfillment Beyond the Starship Enterprise (which I haven't read/heard yet — and it looks like NYPL doesn't have an audio version, phooey) and it ranges from funny to sad, although not in that order. I'm not sure how much fun this book would be for people who aren't already Wil W ...more
Ryan Sestric
Jul 03, 2014 Ryan Sestric rated it it was amazing
Damn good read! I'm a fan of Wil Wheaton, and chase his stuff around the interwebs (in a non-creepy stalker way). I have to say that this book was a highly entertaining, well written, and a super easy read for those lazy days where you just need to be entertained. It's really short and digestible, so you can plop this book in when you are getting tired of the other books you are reading. If you've seen Wil on Tabletop or any panel discussions, this book is just the written form of his performanc ...more
Salimbol
Apr 27, 2012 Salimbol rated it liked it
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.
Jill
Aug 20, 2015 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I am not entirely sure what to do with this one. First off, I listened to the audio book, read by Wil himself. I am glad I did. His personal anecdotes are more alive when he tells them; I am pretty confident my inner reading voice would not have done the stories a bit of justice. Second, I appreciate that he is sincere in his writing, but for some reason he bothers me. I wish I could say that shouldn’t matter, but this book is autobiographical in nature and my opinion of him should and does matt ...more
Meara
Aug 28, 2010 Meara rated it it was amazing
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.
Keith Blodgett
Mar 25, 2014 Keith Blodgett rated it really liked it
This was pretty good. Amusing, touching in places. A little too short, it was over quicker than I expected. Liked it enough I'm going to give another of his books a try. Dancing Barefoot, a collection of short stories that didn't make it into a previous book, well worth reading.
Jamie
May 07, 2011 Jamie rated it really liked it
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
Nov 15, 2010 Virginia rated it really liked it
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.
Penny Ramirez
Who knew Wil Wheaton could write? I mean, really WRITE? I've admired his acting ability, and been wowed by his capability as an audiobook narrator, and been entertained by his tweets, but this - this is good stuff.

I'm only sad because now I want to read his longer biography, Just a Geek, and it doesn't appear to be available in audio. I know, I can read it and imagine his voice - but it would be better to hear him deliver it!

I enjoyed all 4 of the stories, but I was especially moved by the stor
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Kirk
Jun 01, 2009 Kirk rated it it was amazing
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.
Eric
Feb 26, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it
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
Mar 17, 2009 Bob rated it it was amazing
Short but bittersweet, these few outtakes from Just a Geek (released after this one) definitely warranted their own book.
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Wil Wheaton began acting in commercials at the age of seven, and by the age of ten had appeared in numerous television and film roles. In 1986, his critically acclaimed role in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me put him in the public spotlight, where he remains to this day. In 1987, Wil was cast as Wesley Crusher in the hit television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Recently, Wil has held recurring r ...more
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