Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Listened to the audio version. I didn't think I was going to like the sci-fi, super-hero adventure story that is woven in between the autobiography chapters but as it went along it turned out to be a funny, listenable, pulpyish, sci-fi story good for at least one listen.
In the autobiographical sections Pegg works on a circularity theme that starts out well but by the end of the book turns into a spirograph of confusing time-travel through his life bogged down by name droppings of industry insiders that don't really add much to the story that couldn't have been better communicated via his LinkedIn page for those really interested.
That said, Pegg comes across as funny, smart, and despite a couple of the standard ignorant religious slurs hinting at his agnosticism/athiesm that so many comedians seem to feel compelled to share, well-mannered and sincere. So in the end this was as enjoyable as any memoir of a nerdy comedian (and possible bummer) could hope to be. It also gets extra points for not being a biography of Ricky Gervais.
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