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About the Author

Self-proclaimed geek Alex Langley has a dangerous, borderline nuclear passion for writing. The author of The Geek Handbook, Langley writes news, interviews, and comics for his website, rocketllama.com. He has more than 20,000 faithful followers on Twitter, and edits content for geek girl/web celebrity @actionchick Katrina Hill at actionflickchick.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (November 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144023860X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440238604
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Langley can control gravity, swim at over eight-hundred miles per second, and has a dangerous, borderline nuclear passion for writing. He also writes news, interviews, and comics for the website rocketllama.com, has over 15,000 followers on twitter, and edits content for geek girl/web celebrity @actionchick Katrina Hill at actionflickchick.com. Thousands follow his work online, and he has been a speaker on panels at conventions, including Wonder-Con, and San Diego Comic-Con International. His published works also include academic papers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Yarbrough on December 22, 2013
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Never have I seen a more authentic approach to the subject at hand. This book was a joy to read, and my only complaint is that it wasn't longer. One can often seen a swath of books approaching the subject of geek culture and all things related, but failing miserably; there is never a shortage of people trying to cash in on whatever has become lucrative or popular. Alex, however, is the real deal.

He has spent his whole life surrounded by movies, games, tabletop and video games alike, comic books, science fiction books, the list goes on. It's refreshing to see a labor of love like this book, from someone who never gained, in fact sometimes suffered, for his love of all things geek, BEFORE it was a positive word. Having great social skills and writing chops on top of that means that we the reader can enjoy the concise, thorough, hilarious musings of a veteran for the cause.

If you have -any- interest in anything from movies, to games, television, comics, you name it, you owe yourself to read this book. The Stygian wasteland of blogs, message board arguments, and armchair critics that consumes the internet can be a hopeless scary void; the author has fought through the labyrinth of expletives and finger pointing to bring you this text. Books like this remind us that you can love something, have an educated approach, get some laughs, and not hate everything else. BUY IT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By laurie on December 20, 2013
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Basically, this says it all: "If you yearn for time travel, robotics and cloning; if Kirk still captains your imagination; and if, when all is said and done, you still can't decide between Linda Carter's Wonder Woman or Lucy Lawless's Xena, Warrior Princess," then this book is for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cate's Book Nut Hut on June 30, 2014
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Once upon a time being called a geek was an insult that many tried to avoid, but now with advances in technology and a recognition that we can all be passionate about something without being a threat to society, the tag ‘geek’ is now one many seek without totally understanding what it encompasses, or thinking only those enthusiastic about sci-fi are entitled to claim it.

In this book the Author lays all that to rest by covering the geek aspect of everything from science through movies to books. Yes, all passionate readers out there you are worthy of the title ‘geek’. Using a combination of well researched facts, and more than a liberal dose of humour in some place this book will steer the budding geek through the never-ending world of meanings, facts and little known titbits that will have the reader thinking ‘hmm, I never knew that’. If you are a misunderstood geek, this book will, after you finish reading it, make an excellent primer for those around you who may think you have finally lost your mind.

I found parts of the book made me roll my eyes in disbelief, after all who doesn’t know who Dr. Who or Peter Parker are? But then I realised some out there don’t; I actually know someone who has no concept of the whole Star Wars universe, and so this will be lent to them to bring them up to speed. Along with breaking down geek culture into sections, the Author manages to weave the sections together showing how everything is, at some level, connected with the others. The Author is also not afraid of voicing their opinion of what they disliked about certain movies, for example, and this could cause a great jumping off point for discussion among lovers of these films; don’t worry book lovers, he does the same for some of our much loved reads too.
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By Goddess Zilla on January 19, 2014
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This book proved to be a delightful surprise. It includes some excellent advice and clever wit. I laughed out loud at the humor and found myself nodding over and over as I read the author's very smart observations about movies, TV, comic books, relationships, and many, many aspects of nerdy life and of a nerd life among non-nerds.GREAT STUFF!! I just wish it had a better fitting title. I'd originally overlooked it because the title made it sound like something else, so I'm super grateful to the person who gave me this for Christmas.
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