Dancing Barefoot by Wil Wheaton
March 27, 2006
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When I heard that Deluxe Car Wars appeared in Wil Wheaton’s collection of short stories, I absolutely had to track it down to read it. I was disappointed at first… the first couple of stories are sentimental and didn’t quite draw me in. The Car Wars reference was just a brief cameo to highlight Wil’s geekiness as a teenager. No spinouts, bootleggers, or flaming subcompacts appear in the action of the stories….
However… the story about the Star Trek convention is surprisingly good. I felt so many emotions reading it… going from excited to angry to horrified to cracking up to sad and all back through the list again. The language is a bit off color, but nothing you don’t hear at a typical highschool. The writing is not bad at all, though. It’s strange… this guy that everybody (well, at least geeks, anyway) loved to hate is actually a real person. If I ever watch the Next Generation again I’ll be rooting for the guy instead of rolling my eyes at him. If you don’t think you can possibly ever become a fan of Wil Wheaton, then definitely read this book!
So buy the book because its Wil’s stuff. You’ll be disappointed if you’re looking for cool Car Wars anecdotes like I was… but the rest of the book more than makes up for it. It’s very entertaining and witty.