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Geekomancy (Ree Reyes series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael R. Underwood
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire the Slayer in this original urban fantasy eBook about Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.

Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comicshop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.

When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves, and elegant Gothic Lolita witches while wielding nostalgia-powered props.

Ree joins Eastwood (aka Scruffy Guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to recover from her own drag-your-heart-through-jagged-glass breakup. But as she digs deeper, Ree discovers Eastwood may not be the knight-in-cardboard armor she thought. Will Ree be able to stop the suicides, save Eastwood from himself, and somehow keep her job?



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"Geekomancy is a glorious blender of genres, like a sweet candy shell filled with pop culture and high heroism. Absolutely stellar." - Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Discount Armageddon
“Magic in geekery, mysticism in celebrities, the Ree Reyes series by Mike Underwood is a celebration of everything that makes being a geek cool. Can't wait to read what he has in store next.” (Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things)
If Buffy hooked up with Doctor Who while on board the Serenity, this book would be their lovechild. In other words, GEEKOMANCY is full of epic win.
- Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy

If you took wish-fulfillment, ground it into a powder, and shot twice the recommended dosage into your eye socket, the result would look a lot like GEEKOMANCY. I want to live in this world, where all the books and shows and movies and games I love are a source of power, not only in psychological terms, -- which they already are -- but practical, villain-pounding ones.
- Marie Brennan, award winning author of the Onyx Court series.
Modern, sleek, and whip-smart, GEEKOMANCY is a wonderful blend of geek and pop culture -- you'll find yourself grinning knowingly at least every other page. And Ree is the perfect protagonist to navigate Geekomancy's world -- geek enough to hold her own, yet human enough for me to be deeply invested in her struggles. I can't wait to read the next one!
- Cassie Alexander, author of NIGHTSHIFTED
Underwood's Geek Fu is strong-and he's not afraid to use it. GEEKOMANCY is fun, fresh and full of geek culture references that will have you LOLing to the very last page. This book is one hundred percent pure awesomesauce and totally FTW.
- Mari Mancusi, award winning author of The Blood Coven Vampire series

Product Details

  • File Size: 3962 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (July 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SNRRP8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Geeky, goofy, and tons of fun! July 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ree Reyes is a struggling screenwriter that is biding her time by working as a barista at Café Xombie. It's not a bad gig, and she loves the people, but life could be a little more exciting. Be careful what you wish for, because when Eastwood comes into her life, nothing will be the same. She manages to witness him fighting otherworld baddies in the alley outside the shop and is sucked into a world of all kinds of supernatural oddities. After overcoming her initial disbelief, Ree is asked to help him in his inquiries into recent teen suicides. Full on, geeky mayhem ensues.

I have to admit, while the author was setting up his magic system, and we were getting to know Ree, the near constant pop culture and "geek" references were distracting to me. They come hard, fast, and often. However, as I got into the flow of the book, and let myself go with said flow, I really had a quite a bit of fun with this one. The brand of magic (genre magic) used here is tons of fun. His characters can pick up magic abilities by watching moves or shows on whatever subject they need to use magic in conjunction with. Also, reading can do the same thing. For example, when Ree needs help with sleuthing, she watches Sherlock Holmes. With genre emulation, the more emotional attachment you have to the material, the more you get out of it. As Ree follows Eastwood, she meets all sorts of interesting folks, including some Geekomancers that give them a run for their money, Drake Winters, a displaced steampunk super hero, Furrymancers, and gnomes (probably not like you're picturing.) She also discovers that Eastwood might not be quite what he seems.

Can Ree stop the suicides? Will she manage to keep her job at Café Xombi amidst all the mayhem? Will she ever write that screenplay?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great potential, but hit or miss in execution. September 16, 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
Geekomancy centers around early twenty-something geek girl Ree Reyes, a barista at a coffee & comic shop with dreams of being a screenwriter who stumbles into a world of magic just behind everyday reality she never knew existed.

If the premise sounds terribly cliche for urban fantasy that's because to some extent it is. The originality comes from the world and magic themselves. The "sorcerers" per se here wield collectibles powers fueled by fandom and nostalgia. This is a love letter to geek culture and makes clever use of it's absurd premise through copious amounts of pop culture references.

Unfortunately the references are a bit too copious. I enjoyed this overall, and am a diehard geek that caught a very high percentage of what was thrown at me in this novel. But it was too much even for me at times. The author is too in love with the concept and the references, to the point where the actual story routinely gets bogged down by overly wordy descriptions of tangential details. There are lots of little things, like the D&D stats next to everyone's name when they are introduced, that don't lead anywhere and aren't quite as amusing or clever as intended.

Ree herself works against the narrative sometimes as well. She's the "perfect" geek girl in every way, and.. well "fetish" characteristics for lack of better words are given to her for apparently no other reason than to increase her appeal and then promptly forgotten. It's pointedly mentioned when she's introduced that she wears thick glasses and is legally blind without them. They are NEVER mentioned again. Not even to have her put in contact lenses.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Geekery July 10, 2012
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This is a book for all true geeks. Crossing between Star Wars and comic books and Sherlock Holmes and every conceivable cool (pronounced geek) icon in between it's just a fun popcorn blast of a read. I challenge those who think their Geek-fu is mighty to catch every reference and trope in this book. The Closest thing I can compare this too would be Ernest Cline's Brilliant Ready Player One.
Not for literary snobs, this book is just about having fun with our beloved geek culture. Team Unicorn would approve.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for Geekomancy December 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally posted at Bibliophilia, Please [...].

This book got me at the title. Geekomancy. Who wouldn't at least read the excerpt of a book which such a cool title? And that's just the tip of a can of awesome that doesn't stop until the last page.

In it, we follow the story of Ree, Rhiannon Anna Maria Reyes, as she stumbles/jumps into the rabbit whole and lands in a world full of geekyness. A world where all the fantasy books, memorabilia, props and toys have power. Power fueled by nostalgia and the love the fans provide to make them come to life. Like I said: Awesome.

Ree's introduction to this world comes at the hand of Eastwood (who I liked in the beginning, highly disliked in the middle, and ended up kind of liking again by the end [good writing right there]) and a troll, dead due to high levels of lightsaber to the kneecaps. And then it just got better.

The first two chapters are a bit slow, because they introduce us to Ree and the cast of friends, all described in D&D terms (Ree: Strength 10, Dexterity 14, Stamina 12, Will 17, IQ 16, and Charisma 15 - Geek 7 / Barista 3 / Screenwriter 2 / Gamer Girl 2). Each of the characters that play a role in the story gets introduced like this. And that's just a sample of all the geek in the book.

It's full of quotes, call backs, Serenity, Buffy, Superman, comics, werewolves, Jedi, coffee, drinking, evil dudes, a demon lord, monsters, a Victorian adventurer (who is great by the way), and so on and so on and so on... And so on.

It's very hard for me right now not to turn the Squee on and start babbling about how much I loved the book. Despite the fact that at least half of the geek references in it went over my head, I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy geekdom Batman
I loved loved this book. All the geeky references were spot on. It has the right mix of action and adventure with just a touch of romance. A must read!
Published 1 month ago by Cori Ard
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and fun read
A very interesting premise for this book and it is well executed too!
I liked the characters and thoroughly enjoyed the geek references but I felt the end kind of forced and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by El Gus
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating world-building
This book's world has a very Unknown Armies RPG vibe with less gravitas and more free-for-all fun. A highly enjoyable story.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great character!
Writing as a geek myself, I loved all the references to all the trappings of geekdom, and how they were tied into magic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars GEEKED out
All in all this was a decent book. I found it difficult to get through a lot of the references to comics, sci-fy movies and video games. Obviously I'm not a techno geek! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lisa F
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun 16, Adventure 10, Suspense 8, Snark 12, Geek 20
This a book which will appeal to geeks small, medium, or large. Those into gaming (tabletop, video, RPG, LARP, MMORPG) will especially enjoy it -- but I'm not really into gaming,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by illegiblescribble
3.0 out of 5 stars So Much Potential
Let me be clear right up front, I really wanted to like this book.

The idea of deriving magical power from genre props, movies, books, comics and basically a love of all... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richard Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Geek magic!
Geekomancy is one of the very few books I know of that has more geek goodness and pop-culture references than my book does. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bryan Fields
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a younger crowd but i enjoyed it too as an older reader
This is a great book even though I had to get my son to educate me on the geek lingo. It was fun to read and quite imaginative. A lot of action and humour. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Karin Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Squee fanboy fun
Oh my this was a fun book. The tons of references were fun, kind of like Jo Walton's Among Others but completely different.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Michael R. Underwood is the author of the Ree Reyes series (GEEKOMANCY, CELEBROMANCY, ATTACK THE GEEK) as well as SHIELD AND CROCUS and forthcoming THE YOUNGER GODS. By day, he's the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books. Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. Always books.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his fiance, an ever-growing library, and a super-team of dinosaur figurines & stuffed animals. In his rapidly-vanishing free time, he studies historical martial arts and makes pizzas from scratch. He is a co-host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show.

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