by Wil Wheaton
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Drawn from his experiences in life and as an actor, Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame) provides his reflections within five true short stories. Of these, my two favorite are Houses in Motion and The Saga of SpongeBob VegasPants. In Houses in Motion, we share in the range of emotions he feels as his late aunt's house and contents are sold where he played as a kid. I can relate to this, as my parents moved out of the house I was raised in, where they had lived for 50 years. The Saga of SpongeBob VegasPants is a jaunt through the land of Hollywood sets, Trek fans and conventions, friendships, being a teen TV star, and growing up. I would have preferred his leaving out the cuss words in describing his fractured encounters with his childhood idol, WILLIAM F@*#>! SHATNER, known for his super ego. It wasn't necessary, and was only used for shock effect. Other than this, it was an entertaining read. Besides writing and acting, Wheaton also maintains a blog at Wilwheaton.net. As I'm a Star Trek fan, I enjoyed the behind the scenes viewpoints in the book, where he was a good friend of Gene Roddenberry during the filming of the show. My wife and I have been to the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas, eating triangle shaped burgers at Quarks, and found it interesting that he had the same starry eyed experience.
Through Wheaton's writings, you can tell that he's still a kid at heart.
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