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I Heart Geeks Paperback – February 3, 2016
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About the Author
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
Stephanie Kayne loves reading and writing Paranormal Romance. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two dogs. She can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ stephaniekayne42
Leslie Ann Brown is an Ottawa-based writer of science fiction, fantasy and a bit of horror, all with a dash of romance. She has published short stories in On Spec, Neo Opsis, Strange Horizons, Tesseracts 15 as well as other anthologies. This will be her first contemporary romance short story. Her day job is as a research technician in the field of Alzheimer's disease where plenty of geeks abound. She is a member of SF Canada, Romance Writers of America and Ottawa Romance Writers' Association. You can find a list of her publications at http://www.leslie-brown.com/
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Top customer reviews
A quick read, these stories feature characters who are real - the guys are a bit nerdy, the girls somewhat shy. It was hard for me to pick a favorite, but Love in Armor wins; for the humor and the fully realized characters. All of the stories are enjoyable, though.
One minor bone of contention with the last story....Aggies don't usually wear longhorn shirts....
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
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