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The Geek's Guide to Dating [Kindle Edition]

Eric Smith
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Book Description

You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You’re hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you’ve discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall. What’s a geek to do? Take some tips from Eric Smith in The Geek’s Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer leads geeks of all ages through the perils and pitfalls of meeting women, going on dates, getting serious, breaking up, and establishing a successful lifelong relationship (hint: it’s time to invest in new bedsheets). Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek’s Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.


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"For the right person, this book is the Marauder's Map, the Konami code, the Gray's Sports Almanac of the opposite sex. It's dangerous to date alone: take this."-Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America
"The Geek's Guide to Dating is a must-have for anyone who feels like they're foundering in a dating galaxy far, far away."--Carrie Tucker, author of I Love Geeks: The Official Handbook

"Single geeks, plunk down your quarters for this book!"--Tara Bennett, co-author of Fringe: September's Notebook and LOST Encyclopedia

About the Author

Eric Smith is cofounder of Geekadelphia, a popular blog covering all-that-is-geek in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as the Philadelphia Geek Awards, an annual honors show held at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He lives in Philadelphia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 12264 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DACWBNY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny and awesome but whoa, totally gender specific January 9, 2014
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I am a closet geek, less so in recent years. Prior to being more or less happily married the last decade, I used to enjoy reading dating books - sometimes for the funny tips that I could whip out as party tricks either for my own amusement or that of my friends (or occasionally the guy I was seeing), so I really looked forward to this book. As geek girls (that's grrl to you) start to come into their own (hey, they even have their own convention in Seattle!) I was expecting to see at least one chapter directed towards us. Uh, we got one page (0018, if you're interested, where he points out pieces that might be applicable). If you're a geek grrl who likes other grrls, well, pass on this one and keep trolling the "Orange is the New Black" forums for better luck.

In some cases, though, the advice in here geared towards men (specifically hetero men) is in direct opposition to the experience for women. For example, having a male wingman that is better looking than you is -250 to your physical appearance. As an example, having a more beautiful wingwoman netted drinks and more men who'd talk to me (because I seemed a lot more approachable, and/or as a way to try to get into meet my friend before they found out how captivating and charming I was. /eyelid flutter ) I mean, who wants to fight a big boss when they might get the same gameplay from a mini-boss?

However, the book is chock full of a lot of great geek references and is still fun to read. I would disagree that "breaking up" belongs in the "boss level" as it's more a server reset (all that XP and loot! LOST!) than actual end-game content. And heck, if you are a guy, timid of meeting an actual girl, if it helps you get out of your mom's basement and engaged in actual chat, by all means, go for it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A light-hearted how-to on finding love as a geek... December 3, 2013
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I self-identify as a nerd more than a geek, but I thought this book was wonderfully funny. It mostly deals with the process of finding love, such as using online dating and managing awkward social skills, but there are some lovely tidbits about what to do once you've found your prince/princess. And speaking as a woman, I really appreciate all the notes about how women aren't *really* princesses that need rescuing, because unfortunately nerd culture still skews toward that type of story and a lot of men think that's what women want (definitely isn't!). This is definitely not a book for your average joe schmo, though; it is rich with references you'll only truly enjoy if you identify as a geek. If you "look inside" and don't get half of the references, you may not enjoy it all that much, but I encourage anyone who enjoys a little humor to give it a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly but filled with solid advice April 20, 2014
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I am a happily married geek mom who ordered this guide to assist the introverted young geeks in my life. I have to say that I am impressed with the advice given and I also found the extreme geek-speak used throughout the guide to show a depth and breadth that goes far beyond a clever catch=phrase or two. The author clearly knows his stuff, and references WOW, Star Trek, Dr. Who, Dungeons and Dragons, and many other geek culture genres with aplomb.

Topics covered range from personal grooming to gauging interest, first date scenarios, when to retreat, and more. I worried that this might be a handbook for socially impaired pick-up artists, but it is instead a rather charming guide to finding a date with common interests and learning how to project your best self to a new acquaintance. "What not to wear" on a first date is sure to come in handy, with tips on when to break out the gamer t-shirts (later!) and cut off sweatpants (never!).

There is quite a lot of substance to this guide. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This isn't my book. It's an okay read, especially if you like memes and reference humor. It is, as other reviewers point out (and the author himself admits in the intro) hopelessly slanted towards straight men. Despite that, it avoids the raging sexism of the current profoundly dysfunctional geek community, and since it must talk about the friend zone no matter how obnoxious the term is, gives the right advice (ie accept a friendship, look elsewhere).

I'm not sure how it can help people with crippling degrees of social anxiety like, say, me, though. Geeks more than most need that kind of advice and I'm not sure it's something a book can fix. In that regard I'm not sure if a three star rating is entirely fair because I'm holding it to a standard it can't meet, but it is what it is. In conjunction with a therapist and an open mind, it'll probably be helpful, though.
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By nature, geeks are suppose to be cerebral and thoughtful--maybe too much so, and that's why we struggle to make friends and maintain strong, healthy relationships. Eric Smith's "The Geek's Guide to Dating" is a fun read, and it is definitely full of practical (and a little impractical) advice about how to get a date, enjoy a date, start a fire, and keep the embers glowing (the tips are referred to in the marketing copy as "cheat codes, walkthroughs, and power-ups"). It's solid, common-sense advice, and it could easily apply to anyone looking for romance, not just us geeks. I think the biggest issue with this book--and it's hardly a deal breaker--is that it's a little condescending at times. Geeks are awkward, but we're not idiots, and I detected a certain amount of subtle contempt for geeks, which was a distraction. It's not a major issue, but it does take away somewhat from the overall impact of the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Great premise. I really wanted to love this book. As a Geeky Girl the dating scene is rough and can be quite comical. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Geek's Guide
I received this book free from LibraryThing in exchange for a review - there was a delay in the delivery, so I received it a few months late, but it was worth waiting for! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Camille
3.0 out of 5 stars Completely leaves out women geeks!
This really should be titled "Male Geek's Guide to Dating". There was nothing in here for women! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Meg
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun, but male-specific
Honestly, I grabbed this book as soon as I could because the cover is AMAZING! When a friend of mine had also received a copy, I figured it would be a fun read and chat book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars The Geek's Guide to Dating
This is a pretty fun book to read. The unfortunate thing about this book is that I don't think a lot of people will take it seriously. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stacey B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute... but pretty much common sense.
I wanted to be head over heels for this work. It has a great premise, tapping into the rise of geekdom, but never really has anything all that insightful to say. Read more
Published 5 months ago by N. S. Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but not perfect
I was instantly drawn to THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO DATING. The cover is cute and, well, I'm a geek and not all that great at meeting new people. I am, however, a girl. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Liviania
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Dating Advice For Geeks Or Shy Guys
This is a thorough book that offers advice to geeks on everything from meeting a woman and dating, to rebounding if you get dumped. Read more
Published 5 months ago by scesq
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Dating Book for the Video Game and Geek Lit Savvy
Where was this book when I was in college and dating...!?!? The Geek's Guide to Dating is full of video game references, movie references, and yes, dating advice here and there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Katherine Chan
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, as well as funny.
Filled with references we all know and love, and comes packed with some handy tips that are not just simple ideas, but detailed and informative suggestions. Read more
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More About the Author

Eric Smith is the co-founder of Geekadelphia, a popular hyperlocal blog in Philadelphia, covering all-that-is-geek in the City of Brotherly Love. In 2011, he co-founded the Philadelphia Geek Awards with Tim Quirino and the Academy of Natural Sciences, a ceremony honoring local geeks.

His writing has appeared locally in the Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com, and you can catch him blogging almost daily on Geekadelphia. He contributes to BookRiot and his personal essays have been published in the literary journals The Apiary and The Bygone Bureau.

His essay in the Bygone Bureau, Master Grief, went massively viral in the Fall of 2011, and was featured on the front page of Reddit and Yahoo, on Kotaku, G4, CNet, Buzzfeed, and more.

Eric holds a BA in English from Kean University and an MA in English from Arcadia University, two schools he adores. He uses those fancy degrees to teach the occasional literature and composition course at Peirce College. His Mom keeps these degrees hanging in his childhood home, and won't give them back.

In another life, he used to photograph and tour with rock bands. He was a serious scene kid and once won an award from Alternative Press. Don't believe the scene cred? Check out this Silverstein's music video for If You Could See Into My Soul. Done? Did you see someone familiar? That should tell you enough.

A native of New Jersey (don't hate), he currently lives in Philadelphia. You can find him on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks and @geekadelphia.

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