Monday, November 10, 2014

Wil Wheaton's Dancing Barefoot

As a Star Trek fan I detested Wesley Crusher, and I put that contempt on the actor instead of the script writers. Years later I've come to realize my mistake, and have enjoyed watching Wil Wheaton in other roles (primarily on The Big Bang Theory). My estimation of him has grown as I've read his blog posts, and I admire his ability to write from the heart.

Wheaton is not just an actor. He's a husband, a stepfather,
an unabashed geek, a writer, and a guy who has made a career and a life doing something he loves. In Dancing Barefoot, a collection of five stories, he reminisces about his childhood, his family, and his years as Wesley Crusher. He talks about playing with his sons, crying over the loss of a dear family member, and the awe he felt when meeting William Shatner for the first time. Wheaton is an excellent author and storyteller, and I thoroughly enjoyed his stories. I recommend the title to fans of short stories, memoirs, and, of course, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Note: I really recommend reading this as an audiobook. There's something absolutely awesome about hearing someone tell their stories as opposed to reading them in your own voice.

Wheaton, Wil. Dancing Barefoot. Newton, MA: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated, 2004. 4 Stars

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