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Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture

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THE GEEKS HAVE INHERITED THE EARTH.

Computer nerds are our titans of industry; comic-book superheroes are our Hollywood idols; the Internet is our night on the town. Clearly, geeks know something about life in the 21st century that other folks don’t—something we all can learn from. Geek Wisdom takes as gospel some 200 of the most powerful and oft-cited quotes from movies (“
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Quirk Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Benjaminxjackson
This is one of those books where I often found myself thinking "I wish I had written that." It is a collection of quotes mostly from popular cultures, science fiction,and fantasy books, movies, and video games that most fans of the genre know. With each quote is an explanation of what those quotes mean in a larger context. This book is likely to do a number of things: provoke many arguments among fans of each of the entries, lead to late night dorm room discussions, and make a lot of people thin ...more
Carol
I'll admit, I was intrigued when I saw the title and description of this book on ThinkGeek.com. I'm very much a geek, and anything including the pop culture references with which I am intimately familiar must be worth investigating.
Yes, it was worth investigating, but it wasn't what I expected. To tell truth, I'm not sure what exactly I DID expect - perhaps a collection of quotes, where they came from, some humorous anecdote - but what I got was a very in-depth, sometimes stretched, application
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Marsha
I thought this book would be far more amusing. It takes itself far too seriously. I don't really need the quotes of my generation and my culture explained to me in black and white. I doubt that anyone not embedded in this culture would find it in interesting enough to pursue. This book feels pretentious.
Aaron Maurer
This is a great read to have on your bedside or bathroom or in your work bag. It is not one of those books where you sit down on page 1 and just read straight through. I found myself bouncing around finding a quote that struck a chord with me and then reading the short essay.

This book will be in my collection and will be read over the course of a long time. Not because it is bad, but because I will read at moments when I just need some good old geek talk. I really liked reading the various quote
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Erica
I only got 23 pages into the book + a full-book-skimming before giving up. I couldn't figure out who the intended audience was (it's not me, though) - was this written for people who are confused by geeks and nerds and want to know why they quote the things they quote? Was it written as a geek reflection, opening the door to a more thorough understanding of why geeks and nerds are the way they are? Whatever it was, I didn't feel the title matched the content; this was not a collection of sacred ...more
Sarah Keliher
I'm not going to finish this. I'm not actually sure where I put it. I didn't particularly like or dislike it. It was enjoyable for a few minutes, but didn't have much substance. Segal's tone was a little wary, which I thought gave the book a tinge of defensiveness and a little too much detachment, but who can blame him? No geek wants to discuss Geekdom with normal people within earshot, not really. And if this book fails to give an accurate depiction of the sincere and deeply held ethical belief ...more
Claire
The Sacred Teachings of the Nerd Culture: Really what more needs saying- snippets of our favorite movies, comix, and novels are blazed across the top of each page with a bit of back story or commentary supporting it.
From Jefferson to Darth Vadar; Vonnegut to Wolverine pithy statements that evoke pondering or a smile. Fun.
Vicky
“Computer nerds are our titans of industry; comic-book superheros are our Hollywood idols; the Internet is our night on the town…Yes, this collection of min-essays is by, for, and about geeks—but it’s just so surprisingly profound, the rest of us would have to be dorks not to read it. So say we all.”

Finally, a book of witticisms and wisdom for those of us who grew up entrenched in science fiction, computers, robotics, and so much more. “Geeks are passionate fans of stuff, and particularly of stu
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Tung
Facts about me: my water bottle and lunchbox have Superman logos on them; I've read the Lord of the Rings trilogy about a dozen times, and have seen the movies about thirty times each; for my birthday this year I got a plastic Captain America shield; about fifty percent of the daily blogs I read are tech blogs and I'm not in the tech industry. In short, I am a geek, which is why I really, really wanted to enjoy this book. The book is essentially a series of short (VERY short) musings about ident ...more
Sara
Copy received through the Goodreads First Reads program.

If you're a geek, you probably enjoy quotes. If you're an especially nerdy kind of geek, you might like your quotes annotated. If you're beyond that (like me), you will certainly enjoy that many of the quotes in Geek Wisdom also have footnotes.

This handy, pocket-size volume claims to explore the wisdom to be found in the holy texts of geekdom. Never fear--said explorations are bite-sized, keeping to a single page. Inside, you'll find a bit
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David Brzezinski
I picked this book up in the humor section of my local Barnes & Noble. But, in reading it, I found it grossly misfiled. This collection of various pop culture quotes from everything from movies to books to historical figures is not just a collection of cool quotes (which it is). It is an exploration of what exactly these quotes actually mean, exploring the meta-meanings very profoundly, revealing the deeper meanings of statements which everyone, geek or not, has heard in their lives. I often ...more
Elena
Lo entiendo, de verdad, lo entiendo. Seguro que los autores de este libro crecieron en una época en la que tener intereses frikis* era más difícil, sin internet para ponerse en contacto con gente que los compartiese, mayor presión social, etc. Pertenecen a la generación resentida. Pero, al menos en mi opinión, los tiempos han cambiado, y los que siguen aferrándose a la "superioridad" intelectual o moral del friki™ sobre el "hombre común" están haciendo lo que a ellos se les hizo, o lo que tanto ...more
Mickie
Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. My family and I have been ripping this book out of each others hands and reading aloud from it. My teen son loved it so much that he bought a copy to give as a birthday gift to another teen!! What teenager gives BOOKS as presents!?
Reader
One line in Geek Wisdom sums up my childhood, my teens and my twenties: "Sometimes it's hard to accept one's inner weirdo."

Geek Wisdom brought back memories of forgotten moments in my life; I didn't expect the trip down memory lane but was grateful for it. It reminded me of books and movies I want to revisit. The book also introduced me to some bits of geek culture that I missed somehow.

It's impossible for a book like this to cover all available material out there. I'm hoping for another volume
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Rebecca
A life manual based on nerdy quotes that is surprisingly profound. I felt in-the-know when I knew the quotes, and educated when I didn't. Geeks are definitely my people, and those who love them should read this, too, for insight into the geek personality. The footnotes, index, and up-to-the-minute trivia are amazing. If nothing else, I am convinced that I need to get acquainted with Dr. Who, which is mentioned about 627 times.

Favorite bits:

"What is religion?...It's a framework of ideas -- a bod
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Jenn
I picked this up on a whim while at the library, and I still don't know why. The authors take a defensive tone in some of the short blurbs and that really turned me off. I don't feel the need to self proclaim myself as a "geek," I am a person who happens to like geeky things. So maybe I am not the intended audience. The section on the universe also made me slightly uncomfortable because many of the snippets were written with a bend towards atheism and its superiority to religious belief.
Jane
Think of every great geek movie quote ever (well at least through 2010 when this book was published). And consider what it's meant to you. Why might you toss it into a conversation, dare to utter it during an important presentation, call upon its sentiments in your hour of need? That's what this book does--in a tongue-in-cheek yet serious manner, finds the wisdom even as it laughs at such phrases as (if you can't finish the quotes, you probably wouldn't like this book...) "By Grabthar's Hammer.. ...more
Jill
Geek Wisdom is a collection of mini-essays that expand on, interpret, comment upon, and philosophise about, some of the most well-known quotes from movies, television shows, literature, games, science, the internet etc. Some essays are humorous, most are profound, and as a collection, I’m sure that they all speak to our inner nerd.
The fact that most of these quotations are now a part of everyday pop-culture says it all - maybe "the geek shall inherit the Earth". So get your geek on and read thi
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Sharon
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This is a great book that anyone who considers themselves a "geek" will love. The quotes are pulled together, in an enjoyable way, from all sorts of sources (cartoons, sci-fi, movies, comicbooks, etc.) The writing is witty and humorous. Where else can you find quotes from The Kids in the Hall, Firefly, Simpsons, Star Wars, and Clue? The insight that is shed on every quote is wonderful. I recommend Geek Wisdom to anyone (self-proclaimed geek or not) and would make a perfect gi
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Irene McHugh
A perfect read for those times when you're too tired or too busy to read a chapter of another book. Each page has a geek quote like "As you wish," "I find your lack of faith disturbing," or "I have been, and always shall be, your friend" from books, movies, video games, comics, and the Internet. I usually only read a few pages at a time because I liked thinking about the points Segal made with his analysis of each quote. Definitely going to have to read this book again to absorb even more.
Andy Cyca
What can we learn from Geek culture? As it turns out, a lot.

This book is sourced from a ton of books, shows, movies and even a few internet memes from at least the last 30 years, so you can expect a lot more that just a cheesy "5 things I learned from videogames" crappy listicle.

It's made of several column-like articles with a quote or two from geek media and the lesson one can learn from it, grouped in six big categories: The self, relationships, humankind, conflict, the universe and the future
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Cameron Meiswinkel
I consider myself a partial geek. I certainly contain geek DNA. And though I did not get every reference this book talked about, it wasn't truly necessary that I did. The author took an interesting idea and executed it wonderfully. Life themes are exemplified through our favorite childhood movies, books, and comics, and Geek Wisdom lays them out in a nice, neat format.
Lady Lioness
I loved this book. As I was reading it, I kept wanting to revisit some of the quoted source material, like Ghostbusters. The little footnotes were hysterical. I'm buying a copy for myself & I think this would make a great stocking stuffer for the geek in your life.
Sarah
Amazing book. Poignant, brutally honest, moving. Supposed to be a quick fun read, which is definitely is, but it also makes a lot of very good observations about the world we live in and the way we interact with one another. By far the best book I've read in a long time!
Colette
This was not the book I was looking for. But . . . it ended up speaking to me in a sort of spiritual way the author promised in the introduction. If you are a geek, you will know the lines and enjoy the life lesson/interpretation/laugh.
Timothy McNeil
There are some major qualms to be had with the light piece of pop-philosophy through the use of pop culture touchstones.

First, way too much love for the reboot of Battlestar Galactica and Dr. Who . It isn't just that both appeal to the later generation, psuedo-geeks and nerds than they do to my generation of geekdom. It is that both have an issue with using 'new' information to destroy the continuity built up. For Dr. Who , this is to be expected. The central conceit of the show pretty much de
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Heather Faville
'"You have no power over me" Sarah, Labyrinth...She wasn't just a babe-she was the babe with the power.'

'"Snozzberries? Who ever heard of a snozzberry? ~Veruca Salt, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory....Being a know-it-all isn't smart, it's a sign of closed-mindedness."' 

These two statements are merely just a taste of the thought-provoking and highly entertaining essays that you will find within the pages of Geek Wisdom. Some may consider some of the exposition to be obvious analysis' of
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Lisa Lucas
I won this in one of the Firstreads Giveaways on Goodreads.

I debated between giving this 2 stars and 3, and had the little sketches not been included, it would have been a 2. The little sketches are mildly entertaining and included in about 1 in 5 of the quote summaries.

I thought this was going to be an interesting read, however it fell a bit flat. The books consists of some quotes from various different movies and books, and a couple of video games, some of these quotes are very obscure, and
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Anna
Not much to say on this one. It was partly amusing, partly a bit pretentious, but I'm still leaning on 'amusing' as the final verdict. Gotta love the little details and comments in the footnotes, and I'm just that kind of a nerd that gets a huge kick out of someone mentioning something I recognize. This is why my personal favourite had to be the page where Sephiroth is mentioned. Because, really, that's where it all went right (or wrong, depends really) for me, finally. Even though I'd been mad ...more
Jennifer
The premise of Geek Wisdom is nothing short of brilliant. After all, who hasn’t tried to apply the lessons of The Princess Bride/The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy/Portal to situations at work or home; “As You Wish”ing your spouse, “Don’t Panic”ing during crises, or recognizing that sometimes(okay, often) at work “The Cake is a Lie”? Editor Stephen H. Segal sets everything up beautifully with his introductory essay on how science fiction resembles nothing so much as a religion, “a framework of ...more
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