While there is no breakthrough material here, I think Hardwick does a good job of telling his story of how he went from big 'ol steaming pile of crap to a productive and happy person. The context is what kept me listening though. I do consider myself a nerd and this was a pretty nerdy book. I found it easy to relate to his stories and jokes. I never watch any of his shows and I only vaguely remember him from "Singled Out". I plan on doing some more reading on the Nerdist website too.
I found it really hard to get through this book. I consider myself a fan of Sci-fi and chose this book based on some good reviews. Unfortunately the reviews were only of the beginning of the book which starts pretty fast and keep a good pace throughout. I think that the characters were just a little too "over the top". The main character was a hacker/samurai/all around bad-ass. There really seemed like nothing he couldn't do! The outlook on the future also seemed a little too much for me to swallow as well. That being said, if you have an extra credit laying around and plenty of time to burn, then this book maybe something you would use to kill both.
I was really into the story and couldn't wait for the end! Then I feel like the author got tired of it and said "The End". Too many loose ends. No explanations. Were they planning sequel to wrap things up? After seeing this booked hyped up I was really left expecting more. I can't really recommend it. I gave 3 stars because it was good 3/4 of the way through.
I picked this book up after a review on This Week In Tech. I got hooked pretty fast and thought that while yes some of it was a little cheesy, it was a great story. I like tech but am not much of a gamer and that didn't seem to matter much. Wil does a good job narrating and I think that since his voice is synonymous with geek culture it keeps you in a geeky mindset. If I had to pick a Con to go with the Pros I would have to say that reading of the scoreboard had me ready to skip forward from time to time. Like the other commentor mentions, you might want to be near a PC when somethings are mentioned be cause I knew about but had long forgotten some of the characters and things mentioned, I was born in 77 so some references were a little of a stretch.
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