Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

From The Cover:
Haven’t you heard? Geek is the new cool! Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside)and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr. With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!

After seeing all star cast of authors that were contributing stories to this book, I decided I had to read it. And, boy, did that turn out to be an excellent decision. This book delivers it all in a nifty little package. (The cover has all the authors and comic book illustrators on the front in old school video game style.)

This would be a very long post if I reviewed every story/comic in the book, but it is safe to say that this book comes with something for everyone. We’ve all gone through a point where we felt inadequate or judged for who we are, so everyone (even if you aren’t a geek) can relate to the something in Geektastic. The stories range from laugh out loud funny (“Once You’re A Jedi, You’re A Jedi All The Way”) to ones that make you remember the horrors of high school (“The Truth About Dino Girl”.) Every story gives you something, even if you don’t realize it at the time.

While each story in the book was wonderful, I believe my favorite part was the comics. In between each of the stories, there is a tiny comic. Each one made me shake with giggles that could not be stopped.

Non-Geeks and Geeks, come one, come all, for this book is amazing. Even if you don’t understand Klingon, even if you don’t have any idea what cosplay is, and even if you don’t know what a con is, you will walk away a better person from reading this book.

I give this book 10/10 stars.


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