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The Geek's Guide to Dating [Kindle Edition]

Eric Smith
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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.

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  • File Size: 13277 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Geek's Guide to Dating August 21, 2014
By Angie
Format:Kindle Edition
The Geek's Guide to Dating is a quick, funny, and educational journey through the world of relationships, but geek style! It uses lots of references to various aspects of pop culture, and draws parallels between them and dating, which surprisingly made a lot of sense. Thinking about finding your own Player Two as a videogame quest was actually quite helpful and put things into an easy to understand perspective. I'm a single geek and the idea of getting out there and dating is quite cumbersome, but after finishing this little guide, it seems more fun and doable.

The target audience of The Geek's Guide to Dating is straight male geeks, but I do think many of tips are applicable to women and even gay geeks (although non-geeks may be out of luck). There is a blurb within the first chapter to address "gal geeks," so that was nice, and it's true that you only need to switch around a few pronouns to make it relevant to you if you are not in fact a straight male. Although I do think this could have been better and even more helpful if the advice had been gender and sexuality neutral, with a few specific sections for women or non-straight people. Geeks come in all types!

In general, I found the advice given in The Geek's Guide to Dating to be good and organized in a logical manner (geeks love logic!). It starts with addressing yourself first, which is great, since of course, you need to know exactly what you want and have to offer in a relationship. Then it goes through how to meet a potential partner, asking them out, first date ideas, and taking it to the next level. There's also a chapter on dumping and being dumped, and how to get back out there after a failed relationship! The one section I had a problem with was on what to wear on the first date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun, but male-specific February 16, 2014
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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. This does hit that mark. It is a lot of fun to talk about, but I'm not certain that it actually fits the dating advice genre for a female. This is extremely centered on a male audience and Smith admits that it will be within his introduction. With that being said, figuring out what type of Geek I am and then enjoying all of the references through the book made it worth reading. For people looking for a fun read, this is humorous and engaging. For those looking for some real Geek dating advice, I would probably continue searching.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars It's an enjoyable, quirky reading experience!
The Geek's Guide to Dating is seriously adorable. That's the first word that pops into mind, even as the cover elicits a smile. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Smith Truly Rocks!
While the advice in The Geek’s Guide to Dating is undoubtedly spot-on for all single, self-professed geeks; it, in no way, should be limited to that audience. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jv poore
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure fantasy
Ridiculous premise. Geeks don't date!
Published 3 months ago by Robert F. Bischoff
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
Yet another BookCon giveaway. I stumbled into this signing line unintentionally (I hadn’t incorporated it into my schedule) and decided to stick around, and I’m glad I did. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very nice! Have 2-3 little scratch but its ok.
Published 6 months ago by marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My daughter love this book
Published 7 months ago by Big Daddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound advice
My only complaint is how it was so heavy on references. I know, it's supposed to be "Geeky", but the author was trying too hard. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Randomnerd
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 8 months ago by Dean G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a hit with this older geek
I don't think I was the target audience for this book (I'm a 55 year old geek). I found it too cutesy with too many pop culture references.
Published 9 months ago by Ziggy Q. Bozo
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 13 months ago by Jenny
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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,, 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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