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Nerd do well : a small boy's journey to becoming a big kid
Simon Pegg
Adult Nonfiction PN2598.P367 A3 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this memoir, Pegg, the British comedian-writer-director of the zombie film spoof Shaun of the Dead, admits that he is offering an account of his "journey from ordinary nerd to nerd participating in the world that made him nerdy in the first place," with an emphasis on the irony of how his childhood passions (Star Trek) have reappeared in his adult career (a role in the most recent Star Trek movie). But Pegg doesn't even discuss Shaun-the film that brought him to the attention of U.S. audiences, and which most readers would want to know more about-until more than three-quarters of the way through his book. Up to then, his book is, unfortunately, a standard-issue celebrity bio: early childhood experiences (kissing), discovering a love for comedy and film, his college-era comedic efforts, etc. Between chapters, Pegg offers a fake autobiography-the one he says he really wanted write-about his life as a superhero with a robotic butler. But the fake story isn't really that funny, and the real anecdotes aren't really that interesting. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

This is the latest contribution to a proliferating and increasingly annoying genre that this reviewer likes to call (g)eek lit, in which famous nerds like Kevin Smith, Olivia Munn, and now Pegg write memoirs for their San Diego Comic Con entourage because, well, because they can. English comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer Pegg may be the most talented of the lot. Best known in this country for starring in the cult favorite Shaun of the Dead and in Hot Fuzz and for playing Scotty in the 2009 Star Trek, Pegg here indulges fans with his preoccupation with zombies, Star Wars, and comedy and stories of working with Nick Frost, Jessica Hynes, and Edgar Wright. Interlaced throughout Pegg's text is an incredibly lame sf story featuring Pegg's superhero alter ego and his robotic butler. Interestingly, this is probably the only -(g)eek lit with footnotes. VERDICT Sure to be popular with the phalanx of fanboys who will don full Shaun and Scotty regalia in Pegg's honor at this year's Comic Con; still, "Scotty, we need more power!"-Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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