As someone who only got into TNG during the later seasons, and hasn't had much experience watching the earlier ones, this book was a great way for me...moreAs someone who only got into TNG during the later seasons, and hasn't had much experience watching the earlier ones, this book was a great way for me to recap on some of the episodes I was only barely familiar with, and in a geniuinly humourous way.
Although it's fair to say that a fair chunk of the humour comes from self depreciation, it is generally releiving to finally read a book that doesn't put Star Trek on the pedastal, and gives an honest account of where it goes wrong. Not every episode can be a 'Darmok', and for a series that is (possibly too?) well known for it's views on equality, pointing out the obvious sexism and racism in episodes such as 'Code of Honour' is something which I have rarely come across before.
The fact it was written by a cast member also adds to not only the authenticity of the book, but it's charm as well. Wil gets to explain to where the die.die.die fans came from, and also has the objectivity to actively agree with them.
While the book isn't perfect, some of the long running gags are a bit too long running, but it is nice to read something of Wil's that isn't entirely autobiographical (and no, I haven't read Sunken Treasure, but with £80 for postage, you wouldn't have read it either!)
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, i...moreMostly 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 emotional last journey to his late Aunt’s house and the memories it stirs within him. As a nostalgic story about nostalgia, he shows the reader what to expect through out the following pages, and indeed books to come.
Not only is this particular tale a great first impression due to the theme of nostalgia 2, but also because of the sadness and regret. Although it is safe to say that most readers of his books would be readers of his blog, not everyone would be as familiar with him as they would be after this chapter. Although far from A-List (which is a good thing), Wheaton is widely regarded as a celebrity of the highest degree in certian circles, and by sharing with us his feelings of grief and sadness, Wheaton’s book of anecdotes is not only saying ‘this is a book about me’, but ‘this is who I am, and I’m just as human as you’. More importantly than this even, it is also Wheaton’s way of saying Thank You. ‘Rather than just read my blog for free, I realise and appreciate that you’ve actually paid hard earned money to read what I have to say’ he says, and he rewards us accordingly.
Depsite being a good book and a great read, it is very much one for completists, however. The first four of the five chapters are short but sweet to say the least, and “The Saga of SpongeBob VegasPants” doesn’t give you much, except perhaps a deeper hatred of William Shatner, that you won’t get from his second book, Just a Geek.(less)
**spoiler alert** Invisible Monsters is the third Palahniuk book I have read (after Fight Club and Choke), and certainly the most bizzare. Retaining h...more**spoiler alert** Invisible Monsters is the third Palahniuk book I have read (after Fight Club and Choke), and certainly the most bizzare. Retaining his style, the book follows a central narrator who remains largely nameless, and often uses a repetetive phrase, in this case, 'Jump to me' when exploring her back story.
The book relies more on the characters than story, which is no bad thing, seeing how Palahniuk has taken great care when creating them.
Whilst the twist of Brandy being the narrators broter was indeed unexpected yet still believable, I felt the subsequent revelations of previous character interaction seemed a litte far fetched, and detracted slightly from the major revelation of Brandy.