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

Michael R. Underwood
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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?

Editorial Reviews


"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

About the Author

Michael R. Underwood is the author of Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, Shield and Crocus, and 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. He has a BA in Creative Mythology and East Asian Studies, and an MA in Folklore Studies. Mike has been a bookseller, a barista, a game store cashwrap monkey, and an independent publishers’ representative.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his fiancée, an ever-growing library, and a super-team of dinosaur figurines and stuffed animals. He is also a co-host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show. In his rapidly vanishing free time, Mike studies historical martial arts and makes homemade pizza. He blogs at and Tweets @MikeRUnderwood.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4232 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (July 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SNRRP8
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great potential, but hit or miss in execution. September 16, 2013
By para
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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16 of 18 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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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 9 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Well it took me foreveerrr but I finally finished
The book was amazing!! But the references, as great as they were, began to be too much. Every couple of paragraphs there was a reference. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Geekomancy, by .Michael R. Underwood
Loveable characters, chic, pop, modern art references....a lot of fun things going on. The plot is unusual....can a cup of coffee really be brewed in one minute? Read more
Published 6 days ago by shiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fun and not what I expected
Fun fun and not what I expected. Bounces around a bit but that's part of the fun. Quite enjoyed this one!
Published 1 month ago by D. S. Northcote
2.0 out of 5 stars First in series.
Very interesting idea. People gain powers by reading about them, but only for a time. Not new. The idea that the sorcerer has to read the spell and it only stays in his mind for a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by E.P. McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fun book that has something for the geek in all of us.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Holy References, Batman
I really liked the sample I read, so I bought the book. Unfortunately, after many, many pages of OVERT references everywhere, the novelty wore thin. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris C
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
OMG I love it. Already tearing through the other books. SO many awesome geek references. I'm in nerd nirvana.
Published 5 months ago by Sheri
5.0 out of 5 stars much geek. such good. will love.
This entire series hit the bell on all my "geek-out!" Triggers. From Reynolds and Cobb to D20 crit hits and land Mana, this series takes you on the wild ride that most geeks dream... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alison
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's a fun read.
Published 5 months ago by M. Shaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Snarky Geekfest, Full of Fun!
First, let me say I'll definitely be picking up more books in this series. Ree Reyes is my new hero. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lester Smith
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More About the Author

Mike has circumnavigated the globe, danced the tango with legends, and knows why Tybalt cancels out Capo Ferro. He also rolls a mean d20.

He is the author the several series: the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes series (GEEKOMANCY, CELEBROMANCY, ATTACK THE GEEK), fantasy superhero novel SHIELD AND CROCUS, and supernatural thriller THE YOUNGER GODS. By day, he's the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his fiance and an ever-growing library. 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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