Nerd Do Well: A Small Boys Journey to Becoming a Big Kid

Nerd Do Well A Small Boys Journey to Becoming a Big Kid The unique life story of one of the 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

  • Title: Nerd Do Well: A Small Boys Journey to Becoming a Big Kid
  • Author: Simon Pegg
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Audiobook
  • The unique life story of one of the 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 actor, comedian, writer and self proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times Having landed on the U.S movThe unique life story of one of the 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 actor, comedian, writer and self proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times Having landed on the U.S movie scene in the surprise cult hit Shaun of the Dead, his enduring appeal and rise to movie star with a dedicated following has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronic, but mostly just plain great.From his childhood and subsequently adult obsession with science fiction, his enduring friendship with Nick Frost, and his forays into stand up comedy which began with his regular Monday morning slot in front of his twelve year old classmates, Simon has always had a severe and dangerous case of the funnies.Whether recounting his experience working as a lifeguard at the city pool, going to Comic Con for the first time and confessing to Carrie Fisher that he used to kiss her picture every night before he went to sleep, or meeting and working with heroes that include Peter Jackson, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino, Pegg offers a hilarious look at the journey to becoming an international superstar, dotted with a cast of memorable characters, and you re rooting for him all the way.

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    1. Nerd Do Well is Simon Pegg's life story interspersed with the tale of a fictional alter ego, Pegg, a James Bond figure with a robotic sidekick. His coming of age stories and fictional bits are hilarious but once Pegg gets into his movie making period, the book loses it's momentum.I preferred the nostalgia of the first time he saw Star Wars to the actuality of meeting his hero, George Lucas and finding him stand-offish. There's something heart breaking about seeing childhood hero worship crumble [...]

    2. Simon Pegg wrote a book?! He narrates an audio version of it! I just piddled my pants!Dear review readers, please realize you are looking at a five star rating of the most gratuitous kind. Because I don't have the womb capacity to physically bear Simon Pegg's babies, giving his book an extra star or two is the only way for me to proclaim my love. Perhaps you do not feel as deeply about him --NEY!-- Since you definitely don't feel as deeply about him as I do, consider Pegg's autobiography to be s [...]

    3. Yeah so, this was pretty much awesome. I really love Simon Pegg's brand of humor, and I spent a pretty large portion of this book giggling a little too loudly and a little too long. It was actually a little awkward, and there was a moment while listening to this in line at the store (needed kitty litter) that people started to stare. To the other people in line, I was just some crazy lady holding a 30lb bag of cat litter in her arms and giggling maniacally. They had no way of knowing that I was [...]

    4. Someone convinced Pegg to write an autobiography, and so he has. But it seems like he's not sure why anyone would read it, or what he should include. As a result, it's a bit like four books jumbled up into one: How I Became A Writer/Actor, My Childhood, Girls Who Gave Me Boners, and A Peggtastic Space Adventure. I enjoyed the first type of story, thought the second type gave a bit of insight into his curent themes, skim-read anything like the third and skipped the fourth type after slogging thro [...]

    5. I knew this was going to be a tough read - given Peggs love of zombies (I DON'T DO ZOMBIES), but I gave it a go, because I also know he loves Star Wars.His love for both is evident (the original trilogy that is - not the prequels, he treats those with complete disdain).For a biography it's weird. Scattered through the tales of his childhood is a sci fi superhero story with Pegg as the James Bond/Tony Stark hero complete with Robot sidekick. The most rounded tales are those concerning his childho [...]

    6. I adore Simon Pegg. I happen to be lucky enough to live in one of the only 3 cities that he came to on his U.S. book tour. Therefore, I got to stand in a long line to meet him/get my book signed. He was incredibly nice and gracious, especially when you realize that he was signing around 500 books in a very short amount of time.I confess to being slightly disappointed in this book. If he weren't such a gracious, kind man, I might give it less stars. I think my biggest problem with the book is tha [...]

    7. Review courtesy of my son Marc:A few reasons really come to mind when I'm asked the question why I wished to read the novel Nerd Do Well written by Simon Pegg. The most prominent one is the amazing similarities between us. Simon and I are both extremely smart, witty, handsome and undeniably charming. Our bodies are also hot enough to fry eggs on. All joking aside, I jumped at the chance to read this novel because of the simple fact that Simon Pegg has been one of my all time favorite actors sinc [...]

    8. “It was never my intention to write an autobiography. The very notion made me uneasy. You see them congesting the bookshop shelves at Christmas. Rows of needy smiles, sad clowns and serious eyes, proclaiming faux-modest life stories, with titles such as This is Me, or Why, Me? or Me, Me, Me. I didn’t want to do that. It’s not really me.”So starts Simon Pegg’s autobiography, Nerd Do Well, and despite his best efforts Pegg never really succeeds in writing something exceptional. Pegg’s [...]

    9. Simon Pegg is one of my all-time favourite comedy actors (and writers) after watching Shaun of the Dead a few years ago and marvelling at him starring in Rik Mayall's and Ade Edmondson's Guest House Paradiso. Now, I'm not a big autobiography fan. If it was written by a comedien or someone comic (with the exception of my alarming obsession for anything Cricket related) then there's every chance that it's going to be funny, and that is what the main point should be.I'm not a nerd or a geek or a dw [...]

    10. I like Simon Pegg, really, so I almost feel bad about giving this such a poor rating. He seems like the kind of guy I could listen to raving about Star Wars and other geekeries for ages (and I'm not even a Star Wars fan). Unfortunately, this book features very little of his passion for nerd fare, or even any of his typical funny, charming personality. It's so stilted as he tries to juggle writing about himself but not actually telling you anything. It's like an awkward first-day-of-class introdu [...]

    11. Simon Pegg is an excellent storyteller: funny, engaging and very good at finding the perfect turn of phrase.His life story from young to adult nerd (who gets to make a living from said nerd quality) is fascinating in that, in and of itself, it's not out of the ordinary. Like many of us, he fell in love with popular culture at a young age. What is interesting to see is how, through various actions of fate and personal choices on his part and on the part of others, he managed to slowly but surely [...]

    12. I couldn't wait to enter into the controversy that surrounds this book, all due to someone's comment on the price. (Check 's reviews. You'll find an amazing amount of bickering over the price of the ebook.)I purchase the hard cover print version, as opposed to the digital version, because of all the controversy. I'm glad I did, as there are pictures of Simon taken throughout his life. And I don't know if they'd be available in the digital version.Shortly into the book, you get the idea that this [...]

    13. I've loved Simon Pegg ever since I watched Shaun of the Dead back in 2008, re-watched it countless times and then subsequently moved on to his other work like Hot Fuzz. I owe him for ridding me of my Zombie phobia. In fact now, I go seeking some Zombie adventure willingly even if it isn't intended to be comical. Don't read this book, listen to it. Simon Pegg does a great Simon Pegg impersonation. It's my favorite memoir of the celebrity lot. For someone like me who majored in Film and TV with an [...]

    14. I like Simon Pegg. He's got nerd cred and has continued to gain and enhance his geek cred. Geeks love Shaun of the Dead because we all know the zombie apocalypse will be here any day now. All this was solidified when he played the young Scotty from the Engineering deck on Star Trek. Scotty is geeky in the best possible ways with his engineering know-how, risk-taking, and awesome accent.For me, Nerd Do Well was just okay. The science fiction novel Mr. Pegg weaves throughout the memoir is actually [...]

    15. One of the best autobiographies I've read. Simon Pegg is a funny, intelligent nerd and his combination of self-mocking fiction with the story of his life is a winning mixture. I would have liked to have read more about his movie career but I believe he is working on a second volume which may cover it. A well-written, interesting book I recommend it to all nerds.

    16. This biography feels very disunited. It is clear (he states so several times) that Simon did not know who to write this book for and it clearly shows. The reader is thrown between interesting parts about Simons childhood, cool nerd-reflections and less catching parts about his movie-career. There are glimpses of his fantastic humor when he writes about his alterego but the thrill is lost when he throws in details about his childhood dreams about women

    17. I really love Simon Pegg! Going into this book I didn’t realize it was his whole life story. I thought it was going to be funny little life stories like Tina Fey’s book, but it started with him a baby and growing up into the man he is. Which was all interesting, but took me a minute to get into. Good read. I always love learning more about people who’s work I respect.

    18. 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 o [...]

    19. It's approaching the biography time of the year so I checked out a few from the library. I'm a fan of Simon Pegg, I like Spaced and I enjoy most of his performances so was curious to read this. Unfortunately it's not that good.Pegg makes it quite clear a few times that he didn't really want to write this (even insinuating that his editor may have written it at one point) and he's not that comfortable detailing his private life. He also doesn't want to tell his 'Hollywood secrets' or anecdotes. S [...]

    20. "You could argue that the comic is the most impatient and neurotic amid the ranks of the insecure. Not only do they require approval, they require it immediately, that evident and tangible assurance, asserted by an unquestionable reflex of confirmation: laughter. 'You love me! YOU LOVE ME!' internalizes the mad clown, whilst looking confident and a tag smug."Simon Pegg did not want to write this book. He tells us as much in the opening pages. He believes that autobiographies of famous people are [...]

    21. Ever since I went to see Shaun of the Dead in theaters on my 22nd birthday, I've closely followed the work of both Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. They're extremely talented individuals who I believe have a lot in common with myself--plus they both have charming British accents. As I've admired their work for almost ten years now, it became a necessity to read Pegg's memoir.Here's the thing: I didn't like it that much.No disrespect to Pegg himself--the dude is living the dream, and he has definitel [...]

    22. Simon Pegg the writer isn't that far off of Simon Pegg the actor. Funny, quirky, and thoroughly enjoyable. This autobiography tells a lot more of his formative years in school, about positive teachers and their influences, as well as parental influence, and a love of the arts/drama/music fostered at home. It's all very easy to relate to, and even more, Pegg comes across as someone you'd have a pint with and really enjoy yourself. There's also a rather humourous robot spy novel he's interspersed [...]

    23. (3.5 / 5)Simon Pegg is one very talented and funny guy. I felt I could relate to a lot of this book as we're roughly the same age, grew up with the same nerdy interests and seem to view movies as more real than actual reality. This book, however, is a bit of a hodge podge.Ultimately it remains enjoyable, but there are two things that let it down: the time jumping which makes it hard to figure out the timeline in your head and how it relates to other stories Pegg has been telling, and the fact th [...]

    24. I don't know why I keep reading celebrity autobiographies expecting something different.This isn't to say that Simon Pegg's memoir is necessarily bad. It has a lot of fun moments, a lot of great insight into what makes the man tick. It also has a lot of indulgent diversions throughout, and a significant amount of analysis of Star Wars, which it's great and all, but when you have a 300 page book and spend so little of it on the films people know you for?I don't like criticizing a book because it' [...]

    25. I listened to this audiobook narrated by Simon Pegg himself and it was very funny. I don't know if I can say it was very informative, since a lot of it was about how handsome he is and his robot butler but I really enjoyed it. I did learn some things about him that were cool since I'm a huge fan, all while having a good laugh. My brother even asked if he could borrow it after he heard some of it, and he's one of those "What's a book?!" kind of people.

    26. If this book had 100+ more pages, I would be content to keep on reading. Pegg is one of my heroes, a nerd after my own heart, and reading his book gave me a fuller appreciation for a man who takes care of his friends and remembers his roots. Funny, charming, sincere, and clever, I adored every anecdote he chose to share.

    27. Listened to the audiobook, sadly abridged. But, a lot of fun and plenty of interesting recollections. Strangely, Nick Frost didn't feature as much as I would have expected. Think I'll have to get the full book, too.

    28. Another fun read. I'm a huge fan of Simon Pegg and his work. Shaun of the Dead and Spaced IMO are two of his best and they both are discussed quite a bit in the book. I thought the side story running through it was amusingly clever.

    29. This was hilarious, definitely recommend listening to the audiobook. I don't think I would have liked it as much if I had actually read it -Simon's storytelling skills and humorous impressions make this LOL FUNNY!

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