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Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd Hardcover – August 1, 2009
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Grade 9 Up—From Trekkers to science geeks, Buffy fanatics to Dungeon Masters, nerds of all persuasions are sure to find themselves in the pages of this anthology. It contains fun reads such as Black and Castellucci's "Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way" in which a Klingon wakes with a Jedi in her hotel room while at a sci-fi convention, and Tracy Lynn's "One of Us," in which a cheerleader enlists the school nerds to teach her the basics of geekdom so she can impress her Trekker boyfriend. The collection also includes more profound fare such as Kelly Link's moving and masterful "Secret Identity" about a 15-year-old girl who has pretended to be her 32-year-old sister on an online RPG. She must face the consequences of her lies when she arranges to meet the man with whom she has developed a relationship. Also included are stories by YA lit greats such as John Green, Libba Bray, Scott Westerfeld, and M. T. Anderson. Each story is followed by a comic-book-style illustration offering information or advice such as "What Your Instrument Says About You" and "How to Look Cool and Not Drool in Front of Your Favorite Author." Simultaneously addressing the isolation and loneliness that geeks can feel as well as the sense of camaraderie and community that can be found when one embraces a world or ideology in which he or she can completely invest, Geektastic is a completely dorky and utterly worthwhile read.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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About the Author
Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is www.blackholly.com.
Top customer reviews
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.
First of all, I was surprised. I bought Geektastic because of the authors I recognized and like -- John Green, Wendy Mass, Scott Westerfeld, and Holly Black. I recognized quite a few of the other authors, and have even read their works before, but I was never a big fan of them, such as Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, and David Levithan.
Now, here's what surprised me.
Scott westerfeld, one of my favorite authors, wrote one of my least favorite stories in the entire anthology. The only reason his story wasn't considered to be the WORST, was because John Green's story was so bland. Maybe this is because John Green is good at writing novels, not so much Short stories. I wouldn't know, but needless to say I am disappointed.
Now, I had a few favorite stories.
1.) One of Us by Tracy Lynn won as my favorite, which was completely surprising because she is an author I've never heard of in the past. I plan on reading more of her work in the future.
2.) The next winner would be Quiz Bowl Antichrist by David Levithan. This was surprising, because although I liked him in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I entirely DISLIKED Boy Meets Boy. His character reminded me so much of will grayson though, who I loved, which might be why I fell in love with this story.
3.) It's Just a Jump to the Left by Libba Bray. It was a cute story, though the characters remind me of myself at that age in the worst possible way.
Other prizes go out to The Wrath of Dawn by Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, because I love the Buffy Fandom involved, and The Stars at the Finish Line by Wendy Mass.
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