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The Geek's Guide to Dating Hardcover – December 3, 2013
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“...a solid manual.” —Official Xbox Magazine
“The Geek’s Guide to Dating could be the answer to a single geek’s prayers.”—Suvudu
“Eric Smith's The Geek's Guide to Dating sets out to aid geeky guys everywhere with humorous instructions on finding the Princess Peach to their Mario.”—Pop Sugar
“...this is a welcome alternative to the 'pick-up artist' phenomenon courting this same demographic.”—Publishers Weekly
“[The Geek’s Guide to Dating] offers serious advice for getting a girl and knowing how to keep her…a perfect stocking stuffer!”—Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
“If dating seems more like a dismal game of Frogger instead of a fun Zelda adventure, you need to read "The Geek's Guide to Dating" by Eric Smith! Learn how to meet people in the real world and connect off-line for a change. You may even level up to a romance worthy of an RPG!”—Bonnie Burton, author of The Star Wars Craft Book & host of Geek DIY
“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
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book overall is a funny read and actually can give some nice life advice. Would recommend to anyone with time to read something nice and silly.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Geeks Guide to Dating is exactly what you would think, a how-to guide for geeks. I wish I had found this book before I met my boyfriend, it might have helped me to understand... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ms. Laurie J. Bell
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 morePublished 10 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
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 morePublished 11 months ago by jv poore
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 morePublished 13 months ago by Kelly