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You just view it and do it! NERDbody is a great way to improve your mobility, your posture, your strength, your metabolism because those are the things that suffer the most when we spend all day working with our brains and ignore our bodies. I really enjoyed learning about the events in Simon's life that led him to be where he is today, and I admit to a little jealousy at all of the adolescent wishes that he has been able to fulfill. Meeting Leia? Acting in a favorite movie franchise? Working with some of the greatest directors in the world? Being able to work doing something that he clearly loves and is amazing at, and with his best friends beside him?
Yeah, I'm a little jealous. But truly I'm happy for him, because his good luck or excellent subconscious choices has led to many, many people being able to share in his brilliance and awesomeness. I love the philosophical concept Simon calls the "Laws of Quantum Attraction", which seems to be the driving force behind the myriad ways that his life has progressed along the path that led him to where he is now.
This, in particular, really stood out for me: "We might not know we are seeking out the people who best enrich our lives, but somewhere on a deep, subconscious level we absolutely are.
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Whether that bond is temporary or permanent, whether it succeeds or fails, fate is simply a conflagration of choices that combine with others to shape the relationships that surround us. We cannot choose our family but we can choose our friends, and we do, sometimes before we have even met them.
This truly resonates with me, given certain events that have shaped my life and led me to where, and who, I am today. Anyway, this is a great book. If you have any interest in Simon Pegg, or even just humor, I suggest you read this. And now, I think I'm going to go watch Shaun of the Dead View all 11 comments. 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.
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 Someone convinced Pegg to write an autobiography, and so he has. 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 through a couple.
I'd be pretty happy to read a whole book full of Pegg's opinions on movies. He's an insightful viewer and theorist, which I should have guessed after reading his great article on slow vs fast zombies a few years ago. The list of girls he had crushes on and relationships with was rather boring for me. It seems to be something most male writers want to catalogue, and if other people enjoy it then I don't see why he shouldn't include it.
And he drops his sister Kate into the narrative pretty late, when she's a teenager and I'd already assumed he must be an only child. However, this was a nice light read, pleasant if not exciting or challenging. Jul 03, Jan rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. 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. He was incredibly nice and gracious, especially when you realize that he was signing around 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 I adore Simon Pegg. I think my biggest problem with the book is that it jumps around a lot. You'll be reading some story about the public pool he went to as a child and the next thing you know you've got a 5-page dissertation on film theory before you get back around to finishing the pool story. It was a bit confusing. However, there was still a lot about this book that I enjoyed. There are many amusing anecdotes - the teacher who "farted his desk into oblivion" comes immediately to mind, and still makes me chuckle as I sit here, for example.
It's also strangely gratifying to read about someone who, as the title suggests, managed to turn his "nerddom" into major success. Let's face it, most of us sci-fi and fantasy geeks aren't living the high life off of our nerdy inclinations. I'm glad to know that some of us make it big. And I just love how he talks about Nick Frost. I envy him, that he could have a friend that he loves that much, and that he's not afraid to talk about it or express how he feels.
I think that's brilliant. One last thing I will say is that I noticed another reviewer said that she would love to read a book of Pegg doing movie reviews.
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I wholeheartedly agree! His review of the latest Star Wars movies, man, I just laughed and laughed. And he has this re-write of the "Darth Vader" scene in Revenge of the Sith that is a thing of beauty - it's absolutely how that scene should have been. If only Lucas had let him write it! May 01, Charlotte Buried in Books rated it it was ok Shelves: biography.
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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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. The most rounded tales are those concerning his childhood and I became increasing frustrated with the book as it went on. In the final pages Simon explains that the book focuses on his growing up as those are the experiences that made him who he is plus he doesn't want to upset anyone famous that he's worked with that he didn't really like.
I can understand that - however, if you've made a big thing about being a Star Trek fan - wouldn't to go into some detail about the awesomeness of being in aStar Trek film only a photo is included. You can tell stories about how disappointed you where with the Star Wars prequels - but you can't give an indication about what it was like to work with Tom Cruise on Mission Impossible again, only a photo? Bang on for chapters about meeting your zombie zeroes and making Shaun of the Dead, but there's virtually nothing about Hot Fuzz one of the funniest films I've ever seen at the cinema.
Colour me disappointed. However, it did he did mention Big Train which was hilarious and it does make me want to dig out the box set of Spaced I bought years ago and finally sit down and watch it. So, I guess something positive has come out of it. Shelves: reads. 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 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. 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 since I caught a clip of the trailer to the cult classic film Shaun of the Dead.
All it took were a few scenes and a touching glimpse of matricide to solidify his place in my heart as not only a great comedic actor, but one with control of many of the spectrum's of emotion. Nerd Do Well is not exactly an easy book to read as the vocabulary is actually quite impressive in this book, but any faithful fan would find it more than entertaining enough to continue reading from chapter to chapter.
Along with the serious sections of the book and I use the term serious lightly, there are short stories of Simon as a superhero who is much like his actual self Simon goes on an adventure that includes references to movies such as The Shawshank Redemption and the entire Star Wars trilogy, which ends in a tragic showdown with the villainous mastermind Lord Black.
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Simply put, Nerd Do Well is a terrific novel which follows the life of Simon Pegg from his time as the little class clown to the blossoming and booming actor that he now is. The book delivers everything that you could ever ask from a story, evoking laughs, groans, tears and often a peek around to make sure no one sees what perverted line your eyes have just read and re-read. Although I wouldn't advise this book to anyone looking for a light read, I would definitely advise anyone who considers themselves a film buff or in an ideal situation, someone who is a fan of redheaded, cheeky, and otherwise brilliant actors, this book should be added to your reading list.
Have a great day. 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 Simon Pegg is an excellent storyteller: funny, engaging and very good at finding the perfect turn of phrase.
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 make his way in this world he's always loved so much.
There is a genuine love for culture in this book and that is what resonates the most with me. I also very much enjoyed his musings on fate, on how much of our future depends on choices we make without knowing their outcome, on the people we meet and don't meet and how we are somehow drawn to people who share our idiosyncrasies. It's a very interesting outlook on life. View 2 comments.