- File Size: 600 KB
- Print Length: 69 pages
- Publisher: Serial Box (June 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XYDVXVV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,439 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
WTF (Geek Actually Season 1 Episode 1) Kindle Edition
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With that said, this first episode did wonderfully capture what it's like for females in geek industries. Having worked as an EIC on a geek site for two years, and now working as a freelance writer on another, I know how difficult it can be to be accepted by males in the industry and the story managed to capture the unpleasant confrontations that tend to happen from time to time. (Seriously, I had plenty of Michelle moments as an editor; and I've had plenty of Aditi moments when it comes to writing.) Where the story fell short for me was in the romance aspect. The relationships were poorly constructed, and lacked any real background to make sense of the events that take place within this first episode.
I do plan to follow the series through though, as it looks to be a fun read, but I'm hoping for more character development going forward so I can actually come to care about these characters.
There isn't really a plot in WTF. It's more like a slice-of-life story about several different women. Picture Sex and the City, except with geeky women.
+: Michelle is a Filipina science-fiction editor for a publishing company. She does a lot of hand-holding and sometimes doubles as a bounty-hunter, tracking down clients when they go AWOL instead of submitting their drafts.
+: Aditi is one of those AWOL-going writers that Michelle deals with. She initially intended her book to be a standalone and is now stressed because she was only able to sell it as a series, and has no idea where she wants to go with it. Aditi is Indian. She has a very interesting marriage, and some very interesting relationship quirks.
+: Taneesha is a video game programmer for a gaming company that was just acquired by a larger media company. The hierarchical tree is shifting, and she's annoyed to learn that she's about to be screwed. They're keeping her on as a token because she's a woman and black, and increasing her pay to keep her happy, but they're also taking away the responsibilities that gave her challenge and meaning. She is understandably frustrated and annoyed by this. I would be, too.
+: Elli works at a coffee shop where she is routinely hounded by creeps when all she really wants to do is play Pokemon go. She is Jewish (and celebrates Purim!), but she's also the quintessential millennial slacker who doesn't want to work in a cube or follow a routine - all she wants to do is geek out and go to conventions and basically live life by her own schedule.
This was so short. Like, under 100-pages short. I was skeptical about how much Yardley would be able to accomplish in so few pages. I was wrong to doubt. I may have found a writer who rivals Queen Courtney Milan when it comes to owning the "short and sweet" side of fiction. Each character is nuanced and developed, and all the pop-culture references are seriously on fleek. Their problems are relatable, and best of all, Yardley manages to discuss a lot of important feminist issues without being preachy or relying on straw men. Please tell me this is going to be optioned as a TV show. I would watch the static out of it.
I can't wait to read the next two books (which I luckily own!)
Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy!
3.5 out of 5 stars
This was a pretty fun little short story, although it's not the kind of thing I usually read. I loved how real the characters felt, a very diverse cast of women dealing with problems every geeky girl can relate to. I was kind of worried because NetGalley had it under the erotica category, but there is only one sex scene in the last chapter [a few pages long] and you can easily skip past it [I kind of skimmed]. Just make sure you read the very last page-ish after the sex scene. Overall I'm not crazy about the serial publication style but I might try a few more of these.
I was really pleasantly surprised. It wasn't just a series of gratuitous sex scenes strung together with badly written segues. It was funny and topical and spot on. Bonus points for the proper use of SJW in context, and the barbed references to the Hugo puppygate drama made me snort until my diet coke almost squirted out my nose.
I had not expected to, but I will check out the next installments. I can admit when I'm wrong.
Three and a half stars. Recommended for us unicorns (female gamer geeks).
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.
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