I really enjoyed this book. I laughed so much while reading Memories of the Future, more than I have for any other book in recent memory.
The episode rI really enjoyed this book. I laughed so much while reading Memories of the Future, more than I have for any other book in recent memory.
The episode recaps are the real stars of the book, and I would often stop to read a particularly hilarious passage out loud to my girlfriend. However, this isn't just a book of condensed snark; Wheaton's love of Star Trek TNG comes through on every page. His profound respect for his fellow actors, and his affection for what the show will become gives the recaps a humane quality. As a result, the snarky episode recaps, feel less like a nasty internet posting (the natural habitat of undiluted snark), and more like the playful ribbing of a friend at the dinner table, while reminiscing about that embarrassing event that everyone had to go through back in high school.
It's a great book, but I do have a tiny niggling complaint. There's a lot of references in the recaps to later episodes by their title, which I wouldn't mind if the recaps of those episodes were in the same volume, however a few of them are slated for volume two, and since I don't have the 1st season of TNG around the house to figure out what Wheaton's referring to, I felt left out of a joke that probably won't make sense to me until the second volume comes out (soon, I hope).
There were also a couple episodes where Wheaton didn't actually recall anything from behind the scenes, so for those entries the "Behind the Scenes Memory" section would be a little weak.
To sum up: I loved this book and can't wait for volume two. However, I knock off one star for the two small complaints I mention because I am a bit of a prick despite Wil Wheaton's sage advice: "Don't be a dick!"...more
I quite enjoyed this chapbook collection of essays from Wil Wheaton, the uber-geek. His style is very personal and approachable, and I quite enjoy theI quite enjoyed this chapbook collection of essays from Wil Wheaton, the uber-geek. His style is very personal and approachable, and I quite enjoy the way he writes in general.
While I enjoyed all of the essays, I found the included piece from his upcoming "Memories of the Future" (a collection of his snarky reviews of episodes of Star Trek:TNG) particularly amusing.
It's a self-published book via Lulu's print-on-demand service. I actually ordered the PDF ebook version so I could read it on my Kindle. There's some great advantages to this, as he gets a more substantial percentage of the sales, and thanks to print-on-demand he doesn't end up with unused stock. The only downside to this is that there were a few spots in the books containing typos that a copy editor would have been been able to catch for him. Or not, I've read my fair share of traditionally published books that contain typographical errors.
Anyway, it's well worth a read for all of us geeks....more