BAM!
1/31/2008 10:48:00 PM | Author: Christa
One week ago today, I joined BAM! No, it's not some spicy chef-worshiping cult.

BAM is the Book A Month Challenge, created by Katie, the Young Librarian. Each month, Katie reveals a theme. Then you read a book that relates to that theme, and post a review of it.

So, I just learned about BAM a week ago. Yeah, not much time to figure out what to read, and read it, and write a coherent review of it.

The theme for January is Time. And guess how lucky I am? I was already half-way thru a book that fit the theme!

For Christmas, I received two biographies by Wil Wheaton. Yes, THAT Wil Wheaton. Wesley Crusher himself! Sometime last year, I don't remember when, I discoverd his blog. And then his Twitter...and then Flickr. Makes me look like a stalker, doesn't it? But no, I'm not. He puts himself right out there, just like the rest of us.

So, I started with Just A Geek:Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise. Wow, that's a freakishly long title. We'll call it Just A Geek from now on. It's a collection of some of the posts from his blog, but with updated info and commentary by him.

Now, you may only know Wil Wheaton as an actor. But I've discovered that Wil is also a great storyteller. I started just reading his blog, jumping around seeing what he has been saying over the years. He is funny and smart and he can definitely make you all teary-eyed if he wants to. Which is why I asked for all his books for Christmas. I have to read Dancing Barefoot next. And I still need to get his newest one, The Happiest Days of Our Lives.

My favorite part of Just A Geek is when Wil looks back on his old blog posts with a new perspective. Time changes things. He looks back and see events very differently. Sometimes he had to wait until years later to understand what was really happening. And other times, you learn that the real story wasn't really told in the first place. Looking back on his life helps him come to terms with what really happened and share the truth with his readers.

Yes, there are some Star Trek stories in there, which made the Star Trek fan in me squee. And yes, he is quite the geek, another plus from the geek in me.

Wil Wheaton is now working on writing fiction. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
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