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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.
It's not perfect, I sometimes wondered if some of the stories rely too heavily on some prior knowledge of the geeky topic at hand or took some of the examples to extremes (though to be fair I knew a guy who literally grew up Klingon. It was the first language he learned--yes before English--started 'developing' forehead ridges around the age of five and who's parents left him out in the wilderness at the age of 13 for a month in the summer for his 'Rite of Passage' ceremony--since beating him with sticks is considered illegal of course. By the time he was twenty-one, you'd be hard-pressed to know that he was human underneath all the make-up, Klingon cursing and bloodwine guzzling), but the book made me feel less odd.
I grew up in a school where sports were #1, academics #2 and theater #3. Geeky things like Star Trek or D&D or comic books came in distant distant last place. Golf was considered cooler then Star Trek or comic book reading. The rare few who were part of the 'Nerd Herd' with me did so in severe secrecy--our school's QB for my 9th and 10th grade years would trade X-Men cards with me under the pretense of me tutoring him in english. The leading 'brain' of the school played Q-Bert down at the shore (a good hour and half away from us) twice a week--far away from anyone who would know him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 4 months ago by BlaiddDrwg
The stories are pretty good but the age limit seems to be 18. What happened, are there no 20+, 30+, 40+ year old geeks? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ella Shenhav
Geektastic was an entertaining collection of stories about all things Geeky. Some stories stood out as better than others. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dawn
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 11 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 11 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 18 months ago by Sarah Starnes