by J.D. Cook
I stumbled upon Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid whilst escaping the hot summer day at my local Barnes and Nobles. I picked it up intrigued by my love of his films and was instantly drawn into buying it because of Simon Pegg’s hilarious writing style which is a mixture of pure candor and theatrical flare. Reflections from his life are intermixed with the narrative of a fictional Simon Pegg, presented as half Batman half James Bond, and Canterbury, his robot butler (Pictured to the Right). The story runs parallel to the non-fictional Simon Pegg’s autobiography and I couldn’t help but picture it as a future film with Canterbury voiced by Nick Frost. I’m happy to report that I recently asked Mr. Pegg about whether he would develop this narrative further and he said he was writing a sequel focused entirely on these two characters. Now back to the autobiographical parts of this autobiography. It’s always interesting to realize that your heroes are just as human as you and in the case of Pegg somewhat similar humans. His take on the meaning of Star Wars to America is fascinating and the amount of thought that went into the writing of Shaun of the Dead with Edgar Wright is enormous. There is of course the description of the monumental first meeting of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost which shall ever remain etched in the annals of history, wherever the annals of history are located…Greece perhaps? Along with this there is a loving description of the bar that inspired the Winchester in Shaun of the Dead, called the Shepherds and Pegg touches on his disappointment with Star Wars Episode I but honestly there is not much more I could say about this book because If you are a fan of Simon Pegg like me you will love this book and if you are not a fan you will simply enjoy reading an exceedingly intelligent nerd discuss the passions and experiences that have shaped his life.
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