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Monday, January 10, 2011

Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg: Mini Book Review

Nerd Do Well
by Simon Pegg
Century (Random House)
ISBN: 9781846058110
My ebook is from Kobo

Description: The unique life story of one of Britain's most talented and inventive comedians, star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Star Trek.Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times. Having blasted onto the small screens with his now legendary sitcom Spaced, his rise to the UK's favorite son status has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronnic, but mostly just plain great.From his childhood (and subsequently adult) obsession with Star Wars, his often passionate friendship with Nick Frost, and his forays into stand-up which began with his regular Monday morning slot in front of his 12-year-old classmates, this is a joyous tale of a homegrown superstar and a loval boy made good.

Mini Book Review:  A delightfully touching, real and nerdy memoir from one of my favorite British actor/writers.  You can really tell while reading it that he doesn't quite understand why anyone would be interested in reading about him, but was convinced to write a memoir in spite of this. His self deprecating humour makes reading it worthwhile and at times I felt a connection with him based on our similar nerdy ways.  I got a kick out of him talking about listening to the Noah skit by Bill Cosby over and over, when I also did the very same thing. Basically he just comes across as a very nice nerdy guy who has talent and got lucky to work at doing what he loves.  He mentions all of the other people that made his success happen and it is very obvious that he is thankful for them. He does a marvelous job at telling the stories about when he met his hero's like George A. Romero and Leonard Nimoy, which makes you feel like he is one of you. I am totally jealous that he got to work with Spock, I mean Leonard Nimoy (what can I say I'm a nerd). He doesn't slag anybody and he doesn't over share about his personal life which is extremely classy.  Also, in a decidedly unusual way for a memoir there is a hilarious adventure story interspersed within that will make you laugh.  My only problems with the book are that is jumps around a lot and you are sort of thinking WTF, and certain parts are a little dry. I think my favorite part of the whole book is the Appendix -- trust me if you are a Star Wars nerd you will enjoy it!  A must have book for nerds like me.  I think tonight will be a night for a viewing of Shaun of the Dead.

I don't usually do quotes but this one made me laugh

"Also, Pegg had spray-painted a pair of tits on Canterbury's breastplate after he got drunk on sherry at a Soup Dragons concert in 1991 and couldn't get it off.  He regretted the act enormously and had thought many times about spraying over the lewd graffiti but had refrained from doing so in case it invalidated his warranty. It was the same reason Pegg had refrained from removing Canterbuy's flashing earring, resulting in the asexual android being called "gaybot" by some of the other automatons at the 1998 science expo at Earls Court."

4 Dewey's

I bought this for my Kobo and didn't HAVE to review it, just wanted to bring it to your attention - Live Long and Prosper 

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