- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Wyrd Romance (February 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996781609
- ISBN-13: 978-0996781602
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,348,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Heart Geeks Paperback – February 3, 2016
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Susan Renee Page is a self-professed geek and romance junkie. She received a writing degree from Northern Michigan University, but quickly discovered that her true calling was in editing. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and can be reached at Susan@wyrdromance.com
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Susan introduces this special collection of stories in her Introduction – ‘I’ve been a fan of romance since my friend Lindsey asked me to ferry a few books for her. Bored, I picked up The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning and have been hooked ever since. But before that I’d been solely a comic book geek and proud of it. Before collecting the works of Sabrina Jeffries, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Eloisa James I was eagerly waiting for the next issue of Hawkman, X-factor, and Bill Willingham’s Fables. My first heroes were actual superheroes like Batman, but it was no hardship to start loving Regency lords. Unfortunately, as much as I’d begun to love Romance, Romance didn’t seem to love me or the type of person I identified with: a geek. Sure there were geeks in a few stories and even some main characters, but the majority of portrayals were unflattering until the inevitable makeover that was necessary to become appealing. To me it seemed like in Romance, geeks couldn’t be loved as they were. And I was tired of it! Thus “I Heart Geeks” was born, an anthology celebrating geeks finding love and. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Be proud. Be.geeky. Be you.’
So Susan has selected stories by a fine assortment of authors - Stephanie Kayne, Layla Kelly, Kristyn F. Brunson, Rae Lori, Aria Glazki, Leslie Ann Brown, and Bella James. The results – a thoroughly entertaining series of stories that celebrate geeks from a comic convention where a crowd-phobic Julie, dressed as Catwoman has a charged encounter with Batman (“To be purrrfectly honest, living right is boring.”) and it is all make believe – or is it?
No, just wonderfully geeky. Each of these seven stories have a thread in common – the sweet and wonderfully perky side of geek dialogue, fascination with the ridiculous, the media obsession – it is all here. Tough to find an enjoyable read such as this. Something for everyone who knows (or is) a geek. Grady Harp, May 16
Nevertheless, my family and friends, they all tagged me as a ‘geek’, I like video games, comics, mangas, tv series, movies, all of that, and recently my new favorite superhero movie of all time is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s just so amazing! But that’s not the main focus of this review so let’s start.
I would like to describe this book as a really well written fanfic, a ‘fanfic’ is a reference to people who like to write or draw a fictional story of another fictional story, for example: I read a comic about Batman, and I create a completely uncannon and unofficial side story about Batman, it’s just that, a creation of a fan.
I think a lot people can identify with this story, especially the introvert protagonist, it is a relatable one, and it’s filled with such emotional moments, the chemistry between the protagonist is amazing, to the really goofy moments and jokes to the adorable and loving scenes, I swear, while I was reading it I have this fool smile all the time, it’s like I was picturing me in those situations, it is a very cute story, and it should satisfy all those people scared of going out of their rooms, the clear message of this story is very clear, if you don’t even try it, you would never know.
We outside the geek subculture, can learn of the raw emotions geeks feel and how dressed in character, explore their personalities without being ridiculed or ashamed.
Video games do fill that niche in allowing the user to participate in a make believe world. The story telling is no different to that of a novel or movie, and in some cases more personal. The interaction you make with the protagonist varies from person to person, whether or not you become attached. On the off chance you manage to develop a strong connection, the journey transcends into that of a unique experience.
Similarly with role play. You enter into the person whose persona, real or fictional, you wish to emulate, and instinctively take over his actions, interacting in person, time and place with the co-player, taking on the history, likes, features in costume and character of the act portrayed.
A geek is described as an unfashionable or socially inept person. Also a carnival performer who performs wild or disgusting acts. As a verb when you geek, you engage in or discuss computer-related tasks obsessively or with great attention to technical detail.
When a geek becomes your protagonist in a story of romance in the geek subculture, the reader is fascinated by the spirited, clever but awkward associations, word play, and attitude of the young people who take on the geek socials or con gatherings. They feature real, or fictional characters from, computer games, videos, movies, plays, contemporary or dated from the 30’s , 40’s, etc.
We are brought back in history to enjoy the established characters like Batman and Cat woman, and many more.
The stories are well written and easy to read.
10 May 2016