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Geekomancy (Ree Reyes Series Book 1) by [Underwood, Michael R.]
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"If Buffy hooked up with Doctor Who while on board the Serenity, this book would be their lovechild. In other words, Geekomancy is full of epic win." (Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy )

"Geekomancy is a glorious blender of genres, like a sweet candy shell filled with pop culture and high heroism. Absolutely stellar." (Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Discount Armageddon )

"First and foremost, these books are FUN! Michael Underwood wears his geek cred on his sleeve, much like Ernest Cline who wrote Ready Player One and Armada." (The Fragile Muse)

"Magic in geekery, mysticism in celebrities, the Ree Reyes series by Mike Underwood is a celebration of everything that makes being a geek cool. Can't wait to read what he has in store next." (Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things )

"If you took wish-fulfillment, ground it into a powder, and shot twice the recommended dosage into your eye socket, the result would look a lot like Geekomancy. I want to live in this world, where all the books and shows and movies and games I love are a source of power, not only in psychological terms, -- which they already are -- but practical, villain-pounding ones." (Marie Brennan, award-winning author of the Onyx Court series )

"Modern, sleek, and whip-smart, Geekomancy is a wonderful blend of geek and pop culture -- you'll find yourself grinning knowingly at least every other page. And Ree is the perfect protagonist to navigate Geekomancy's world -- geek enough to hold her own, yet human enough for me to be deeply invested in her struggles. I can't wait to read the next one!" (Cassie Alexander, author of Nightshifted )

"Underwood's Geek Fu is strong-and he's not afraid to use it. Geekomancy is fun, fresh and full of geek culture references that will have you LOLing to the very last page. This book is one hundred percent pure awesomesauce and totally FTW." (Mari Mancusi, award-winning author of The Blood Coven Vampire series )

"Looking for a good book? If you consider yourself a geek or enjoy geeky pop culture, you are bound to enjoy Geekomancy." (lookingforagoodbook.com on Geekomancy)

"Michael R. Underwood’s HEXOMANCY is a clever spin on the world of geek-infused urban fantasy, a fun thrill ride to the end, even as it toys with my emotions. I hated characters, I loved characters, I loved characters that I hated minutes prior. This book is an excellent choice for any reader who wants a snappy story with a cheerfully smart protagonist and her party of adventurers.

I highly recommend you buy this book STAT and read it with your favorite cup of coffee, magical D20, and pizza at the ready. " (Forever Vogue)

From the Author

For information about the Ree Reyes series and more, sign up for Mike's readers list at the link below. Thank you, and geek on!
tinyurl.com/mikerunderwood

Product Details

  • File Size: 4232 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (July 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SNRRP8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Geekomancy centers around early twenty-something geek girl Ree Reyes, a barista at a coffee & comic shop with dreams of being a screenwriter who stumbles into a world of magic just behind everyday reality she never knew existed.

If the premise sounds terribly cliche for urban fantasy that's because to some extent it is. The originality comes from the world and magic themselves. The "sorcerers" per se here wield collectibles powers fueled by fandom and nostalgia. This is a love letter to geek culture and makes clever use of it's absurd premise through copious amounts of pop culture references.

Unfortunately the references are a bit too copious. I enjoyed this overall, and am a diehard geek that caught a very high percentage of what was thrown at me in this novel. But it was too much even for me at times. The author is too in love with the concept and the references, to the point where the actual story routinely gets bogged down by overly wordy descriptions of tangential details. There are lots of little things, like the D&D stats next to everyone's name when they are introduced, that don't lead anywhere and aren't quite as amusing or clever as intended.

Ree herself works against the narrative sometimes as well. She's the "perfect" geek girl in every way, and.. well "fetish" characteristics for lack of better words are given to her for apparently no other reason than to increase her appeal and then promptly forgotten. It's pointedly mentioned when she's introduced that she wears thick glasses and is legally blind without them. They are NEVER mentioned again. Not even to have her put in contact lenses.
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This is a book for all true geeks. Crossing between Star Wars and comic books and Sherlock Holmes and every conceivable cool (pronounced geek) icon in between it's just a fun popcorn blast of a read. I challenge those who think their Geek-fu is mighty to catch every reference and trope in this book. The Closest thing I can compare this too would be Ernest Cline's Brilliant Ready Player One.
Not for literary snobs, this book is just about having fun with our beloved geek culture. Team Unicorn would approve.
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Ree Reyes is a struggling screenwriter that is biding her time by working as a barista at Café Xombie. It's not a bad gig, and she loves the people, but life could be a little more exciting. Be careful what you wish for, because when Eastwood comes into her life, nothing will be the same. She manages to witness him fighting otherworld baddies in the alley outside the shop and is sucked into a world of all kinds of supernatural oddities. After overcoming her initial disbelief, Ree is asked to help him in his inquiries into recent teen suicides. Full on, geeky mayhem ensues.

I have to admit, while the author was setting up his magic system, and we were getting to know Ree, the near constant pop culture and "geek" references were distracting to me. They come hard, fast, and often. However, as I got into the flow of the book, and let myself go with said flow, I really had a quite a bit of fun with this one. The brand of magic (genre magic) used here is tons of fun. His characters can pick up magic abilities by watching moves or shows on whatever subject they need to use magic in conjunction with. Also, reading can do the same thing. For example, when Ree needs help with sleuthing, she watches Sherlock Holmes. With genre emulation, the more emotional attachment you have to the material, the more you get out of it. As Ree follows Eastwood, she meets all sorts of interesting folks, including some Geekomancers that give them a run for their money, Drake Winters, a displaced steampunk super hero, Furrymancers, and gnomes (probably not like you're picturing.) She also discovers that Eastwood might not be quite what he seems.

Can Ree stop the suicides? Will she manage to keep her job at Café Xombi amidst all the mayhem? Will she ever write that screenplay?
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What if Kevin Smith wrote an urban fantasy novel?*

If that question intrigues you, this book should shoot straight to the top of your TBR pile. If that sounds like it might be a little too heavy or meta, "Geekomancy" is still worth the read--but it might yield diminished returns if you're not highly fluent in geek culture. Since geek culture has gone pretty far mainstream, however, I doubt there will be many readers scratching their heads over lines such as "You *are* the droid they're looking for."

The pop culture references come at you fast and furious, and -- here's the kicker -- they're actually integral to the plot (which you can read in the synopsis, so I won't recap here...). The plot is pretty standard for urban fantasy--mentor trains a young heroine how to use her "powers." I can't wait to see what directions Underwood takes the premise in the future...

*Although I guess "Dogma" was technically urban fantasy.
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As a barista at a cafe/comic book store in a fictional California college town, Ree Reyes has a pretty typical life for a genre geek. Talk with the regulars about the latest Watchmen prequel, gather with her group of equally geeky girlfriends after work. Try and pay the rent and the bills in a recession. Continue to try her hand at her dream, screenwriting. Its not an overly exciting life, but its Ree’s to have.

All that changes one fateful night when Eastwood, a scruffy looking guy, definitely not a regular at her store, comes in with a burning need for a Grant Morrison comic. Her curiosity gets the best of her, and the impossible fight outside of Cafe Xombi introduces her to a hitherto unknown magical world. Ree quickly learns there is a special magic to geek culture objects and ideas, hidden from normal view. And she learns that she might have the potential to tap into this power herself.

Now, Ree is caught up investigating a series of suicides in the bucolic town that may not be a statistical anomaly, and discovering that she might have a real place in the hidden world that Eastwood has accidentally introduced her to. Such a life and a role, though, has its costs, if Ree truly wants to walk this path. And is Eastwood really all that he appears to be? Therein lies the tale…

Geekomancy is the debut novel from Michael R Underwood.

Geekomancy does remind me strongly of Jim C Hines’ Libriomancer (see my Functional Nerds review); employing a genre fan prone to using genre and geek references in explicit and meta ways, in a world where that knowledge is valuable.
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