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Alli’s #CBR4 Review #29: Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg

Much like Simon Pegg’s feelings about the new Star Wars movies, I really wanted to love this book but I just couldn’t quite make it there. “Shaun of the Dead” is one of my favorite movies, and “Spaced” is a real gem, so when I found out that Pegg had written a book I made sure to get my hands on it. “Nerd Do Well” tells us the tales mostly of Pegg’s formative years. Overall they were entertaining, if not a bit confusing as the time frame jumped back and forth and it was hard to keep track of what era we were in.

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Quorren’s #CBR4 Review #7 Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg

So in the space of a week, I started watching Downton Abbey, finished watching the first season Sherlock with the gentleman caller, read a Discworld novel and then read Pegg’s autobiography.  I think I can piss tea and shit crumpets by now.   Not that that’s a bad thing!

There’s not a lot to say about the book.  Simon Pegg’s adorable and naturally his book is as well.  His main focus is on his childhood, typically on TV shows that influenced him then and his movie work now.  Interspersed between chapters is Pegg’s “real” autobiography of his crime fighting exploits with his robot manservant, Canterbury.

My only real tiff with the book is the exact opposite issue I had with Bossypants.  I would’ve liked more of of Pegg’s later life, especially Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz stories, whereas I wanted more from Tina Fey’s childhood.  Of course, I don’t blame either one.  Being a celebrity and balancing personal vs. private life is a problem I would never want to experience.  But then, why write an autobiography?  (At this point, I’m stream of consciousness-ing this review to make it seem longer.)

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