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Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story Paperback – December 10, 2013
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Second, this is my first official Platypire review, and I could NOT have chosen a worse book for the task! Why? Elementary, my dear Watson! I am now supposed to string words together to create sentences, and they are somehow supposed to do justice this wonderful, geeky, brilliant piece of awesomeness! Alas, I must try.
Honestly, it’s a well-written book about engaging young-adult aged nerds, falling in love. It also contains the most beautiful love poem I have ever read in my life. Where could this possibly go bad? These characters weren’t like those in many books, where the heroes are perfect and Adonis-like. Rather, they were real. The bad guy wasn’t some super villain, hell bent on the destruction of said heroes. Nope. He was just that one annoying guy most of us have in our circle of friends for some reason. I adored them all, every last character. Well, except for Trevor and Clovis. You’ll see.
The plot was enjoyable and engrossing, with lots of fun references that had me laughing out loud. No, seriously, my kids thought I had lost it when I just randomly burst out in chuckles and shouted, “They’ve got Monty Python in here!”. Best time I‘ve had reading in a long time.
Only warning: Harsh language. It doesn’t phase me, but if you are sensitive to that, you might steer clear. Please, please don’t be sensitive to it! I am now fully convinced that EVERYONE needs to read this. I don’t know I managed to go so long without doing it.
So, in closing: I LOVE THIS BOOK, and I highly recommend it to pretty much anyone!
5 of 5 Platypires
Basically some college age gamers meet when a new game gets released. they become friends. a couple become more than friends. they have hilarious sidekicks. they team up to beat a hidden level. they all live happily ever after (or maybe since they still have to get jobs and finish college).
i saw a lot of reviews by offended gamers who obliviously took the book way too seriously. it's kinda like the movie Dude where's my car? not every person who smokes weed is an idiot or the movie couldn't have been made since the people who made it smoke weed. This book, like that movie, is an exaggeration of every stereotype with a lil romance and an actual plot thrown in.
i am not a gamer. I am a bit of a geek. i know gamers, geeks, and nerds. some of the characteristics reminded me of all of my friends who are gamers, geeks, and nerds. not EVERY single action of a single character was like me or my friends but there were enough familiarities for me to find it funny. Also i grew up in a town where there was not that many things for teens or young adults to do, especially if you did not own a car. So yes college kids basically did the same things they did when they were in high school when they came home on break.
i doubt any of the gamers, geeks, or nerds i know would be offended by the book. they are really smart but can still recognize a joke when they read it (which is rather rare for nerds). oh for the humor impaired the last bit is a joke based on a nerd stereotype. if you do not understand it, you are the stereotype.
“One of the paradoxes of video games is this: I love playing games with my friends. I also like hanging out with my friends. However, Lanyon’s (friend) character is at his house. Mine is at my house. So, in a fine example of how technology is ruining the world, I drop him off at his house and then drive to mine so that we can play together.”