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Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd Paperback – June 7, 2010
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To be honest, I picked it up because Holly Black was one of the editors and I generally really appreciate and enjoy her work. And yet it surpassed all my expectations; I plan on tracking down works from a number of contributors and reading them from the pieces found in this collection. Their work will be great. The contributors are:
Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Cynthia Leitich Smith and Greg Leitich Smith
And between each short story is a comic, illustrated either by Bryan Lee O'Malley or Hope Larson. The back of the dust jacket gives definitions of both geek and geektastic. They are:
Geek \gek\ n: 1. A person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked 2.Read more ›
What I really love about this book is that I can totally relate to many of the stories. Even greater is the number of stories that feature girls as being totally into the geek culture. Too often the stereotype is that only nerdy guys who have no friends are geeks, but this book shows that girls, cool girls can be geeks and enjoy it. Of course there are also many stories that show how the "in crowd" shuns the geeks and the hardships that goes from feeling as you are a freak for the things you like. Many of the stories are painful to read because of the treatment received from others. However, there are still others that show it doesn't matter what others think as long as you enjoy what you do. I really loved the comic strips that were featured in between the stories. These were laugh out loud hilarious in their portrayal of the different types of geekdom. I wish there was a whole book on just these comics alone.
I did like some stories better than others. There were a few that I really just could not get into. I'm not sure if it was because I was unaware of the background of the story or because I was unfamiliar with the author's style of writing. Also some stories featured a bit more sex and language than I would have liked to read. That being said, there's something for everyone in this book. Even if you have no idea what a Wookie is or can't speak a lick of Klingon, you'll still enjoy the multitude of talent from the authors who contributed to the book.
Others were a bit slow or hard for me to connect with. Maybe that is a sign of my level of geekiness, which leans more Buffy and less Star Trek and Comic books. I am disappointed about some of the sex and drinking content. I was hoping to include this book in my classroom library, but it isn't really appropriate for me to give my students at the middle school level, though many of them would enjoy it. Secret Identity was kind of creepy. Overall an enjoyable collection of short stories.
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This was a decent collection of short stories although I'm not sure I had enough geek cred to read some of them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Thomas
I was looking for short stories for my middle schoolers, this book, while funny and appealing to me (a Con-goer), isn't necessarily something you want to bring into the classroom.Published 8 months ago by BlaiddDrwg
I couldn’t really get into this. I have a hard time with short stories and this was no exception. There were a couple I liked (Holly Black & Cassandra Clare’s stories) but for the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tattoogirl Reads
I was looking for a short story collection for my son, a "geek" who loves sci-fi and fantasy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sally M Otto
This is excellent so long as you know what you're getting into.
Okay, first, understand that this is strictly YA fare. Read more
These stories are so fantastically written. It's definitely a must-read and a very welcome addition to my collection; they're witty, incredibly entertaining, and totally relatable... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sarah Starnes
For the geeks and nerds and outcasts among us, this anthology should be required reading. Smart, heartfelt, and insightful, Geektastic truly captures what it means to be a geek, in... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by James Ramos