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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  1,168 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire the Slayer in this original urban fantasy eBook about Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.

Ree Reyes's life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comicshop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.

When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the
ebook, 255 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Pocket Star
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Feb 06, 2015 Carol. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Honestly? No one.

has many, many problems, including an extremely superficial world-view reference set and stereotypical characters (which largely come courtesy of the male gaze). By far the most serious offense is its emotional center and core plot concept: a string of teen suicides is occurring and no one knows they are connected. Using teen suicides as the foundation for a glossy, bubble-gum, pop-culture laden urban fantasy negates the seriousness of suicide, the third leading cause of death for you
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
According to a friend of mine, if you don't love this book then you have to hand in your geek card... so I guess consider my card revoked?

Here's the thing: I can - and do - enjoy geek references and in-jokes and things as a sort of icing on top of a cake, but I still need the cake to be good.

For instance - I enjoy the TV series Castle. It's a pretty standard police procedural, but I like the characters. They have good chemistry and work well together. I already enjoy the show. And when they thr
Jul 10, 2014 Carly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SuperGeeks!
Recommended to Carly by: It was a dare, so here comes my truth.
**edited 11/27/13

I recently had a conversation with a non-native-speaker in which I tried to explain that American phrases are not the sum of their parts, and, in particular, that (a) telling a woman that she "really gets around" does not imply admiration of world travel, and (b) to "put out" doesn't mean "put" plus "out." He complained that speaking with Americans was extremely difficult: they speak fast, use colloquialisms, try to turn every remark into a joke based on some obscure referen
Nov 12, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Geeks, dorks, nerds, and other table-top gamers
Recommended to Eric by: Sword and Laser
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A fracking geek explosion for all the Scoobies, Jedis, and Browncoats out there who wish to wield their D20s and replica LoTR swords to do battle against the eternal forces of doom.

While the constant use of geek terms can at points be overmuch, the story of twenty-something barista Ree's journey down the rabbit-hole into a Neverwhere-esque underworld of geek magic is an enchanting blend of adventure, humor, urban fantasy and geek wish-fulfillment.

It also doesn't hurt that I got a digital copy
Jul 28, 2013 Ian rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who know the value of a Boba Fett action figure in a Star Wars blister pack.
Did Not Finish -- Surrendered @ 50%

There is a market for this book...12 year old boys and 45 year old men who still play with their toy lightsabers.

Not me. I've had enough.

Below are links to two of the better reviews I've read this week. The reviewer gets my gold star for her review of this book and of White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

White Trash Zombie Apocalypse
Yeah, I am not feeling the warm fuzzies for Eastwood.

Go die in a fire, you deserve it.
I’ve never really been able to get into Fantasy too well but occasionally I find an Urban Fantasy novel that I really enjoy. Geekomancy tells the story of Ree who discovers that she is a Geekomancer; a human that derive supernatural powers from pop culture. One day she is a struggling screen writer work as a barista at a comic shop the next she is discovering the town’s magical flip-side as well as her own abilities. Ree needs to help Eastwood in solving the mysterious increase of teen suicides ...more
Peter Tieryas
Geekomany by Michael Underwood is a love letter to pop culture. I read it in a weekend, and now two weeks later, I’m writing this review and I don’t know how to encapsulate its brilliance in just a few hundred words. It’s a fantastic romp that’s as exhilarating as it is mind-bending for all the references and the way they all meld into each other. It’s like the ultimate crossover on steroids to the nth degree.

The rest on my blog:
I was very sceptical when I first saw this. Was someone trying to make a quick buck from geek society? Was it someone just trying to ram as many references into a book as they could? Well it might be a bit of both but it's also a fun, entertaining action-adventure read.

The magic system is great, something fresh and different to most fantasy. The characters were enjoyable but a tad cliché though as this is all about references and tropes the characters fit the story. The story wasn't the stronges
"Geekomancy" is aiming for the same sort of audience as "Ready Player One" - readers who have soaked deep in SFF culture and to whom half the fun of reading will be in spotting references - to D&D, to comics, to movies. [Presumably to books and computer games as well, but these were far less common.] Part of what made "Ready Player One" work was the straightforward joy in the genre the book conveyed. Even though the main character had soaked himself in 80s/90s culture in order to win a prize ...more
As someone else wrote, this is full of Geek-fu. If you get the world of d20 dice and played D&D until dawn, you buy both the monthly AND trade paperback versions of your favorite comics, you watched the DVDs of Buffy and Battlestar Galactica with the directors' voice-over (twice), AND you know the difference between Boba and Jango Fett, you'll have a blast reading this. OK-- I don't play games with d20 dice and I only watched a few episodes of BG, but I once had hundreds of comics and I took ...more
Beth Cato
If you love all things geek--video game, movie, comic book--if you have brown coat and aren't afraid to use it--if you succeed at a task and hear the Final Fantasy victory music play in your head--this book is for you. Geekomancy blends urban fantasy with the awesomeness of Ready Player One, though I found Geekomancy much more accessible. Ready Player One was all about the 1980s; Geekomancy isn't confined to any decade or media.

Ree is a great heroine--strong, yet vulnerable, completely at ease w
Prelim Review: I won't lie this book may have been too pop culture laden even for me to handle. I like it as much as the next obsessive person--Whedon is my God and shows like Buffy, Farscape and Eureka top my list of favs, but Underwood packed so much pop culture ('geek') knowledge into this book it too often distracted from the plot.

I believe there is not a single 'page' (as this is an e-book, your page may vary dependent on your device) that goes by without half a dozen geek references. I can
Andrew Shaffer
What if Kevin Smith wrote an urban fantasy novel?*

If that question intrigues you, this book should shoot straight to the top of your TBR pile. If that sounds like it might be a little too heavy or meta, "Geekomancy" is still worth the read--but it might yield diminished returns if you're not highly fluent in geek culture. Since geek culture has gone pretty far mainstream, however, I doubt there will be many readers scratching their heads over lines such as "You *are* the droid they're looking fo
Mar 05, 2014 Nyssa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comic and TV fans & geeks!
Recommended to Nyssa by: MrsJoseph
That was a LOT of Fun! Talk about Pop Culture Nirvana; especially for the Fantasy and SciFi set!!

Admittedly, some of the references were over my head and above my pay grade, but I don't think that was necessarily a bad thing. The sheer amount of geekiness could easily have turned into overkill.

Ree is funny, smart, incredibly lucky and occasionally, quite unbelievable, but, the reader really doesn't care about that last part. You just want her to succeed, kick butt, win, and stay alive.

I think
I'm having a hard time trying to say something coherent about this story.

On the one hand, it was completely illogical, nonsensical and crazy.

On the other hand, it had good characters and was lots of fun. It was so fun I wanted to give it four stars. But then I remembered the nonsensical stuff and the sleight of hand used to hide the plot holes.

So, while I mostly enjoyed it and will probably check out the next book in the series because I liked the characters enough to care about what happens nex
Cynthia Armistead
This book was mentioned in passing by someone on a MobileReads forum. The title was just too intriguing. How could I not look up a book called Geekomancy? I had never heard of the author, but it and Celebromancy, the sequel, had very good reviews on Amazon, so why not?

I'm glad I took a chance on Underwood's work. Ree's tale is highly entertaining, and absolutely hilarious at times. I didn't catch every reference, as I don't do video games or CCGs, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment at all. I lo
Mike (the Paladin)
You will note I didn't rate this book. I was somewhat mislead about it and started thinking it was more of a mainline UF. What I found was a teen romance. I mean the character was a good idea. She's a sort of teen geek/nerd and likes comic books, sci/fi etc. That said while she espouses early on that she really isn't interested in being someone's girlfriend it seems to be all she actually thinks about.

Secondly I downloaded the book from Audible. I've see this before. I don't know if the fact tha
“If Buffy hooked up with Doctor Who while on board the Serenity, this book would be their lovechild. In other words, GEEKOMANCY is full of epic win.” - Marie Lu, author of Legend series. Honestly with that kind of endorsement, can any geek pass on this book?

Well Geekomancy is definitely a book written by a geek for geeks. It is a fun and entertaining story that combines what we love most about popular culture with a light-hearted mystery. I'm sure all geeks would love to have Ree's power in the
This isn't going to do the book justice. But, it's the best I can do...What didn't I love about this book? Practically nothing. Possibly not the best book I've read in the last year--but I can't think of a book that was more fun. (yeah, am trying not to gush here, so that's why I'm throwing so many negatives around here). Rather than just declare my love for every page (and practically every line), let me focus on three critical elements.

First, you have a Ree, a very unconventional UF heroine. S
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Michael Hanscom
A thoroughly enjoyable geek fantasy. Turns out that for some people, being a geek doesn't just mean comprehensive knowledge of all sorts of obscure pop culture trivia -- it also means being able to use that knowledge as magic. Need to brush up on your hand-to-hand combat? Watch the Matrix films! Think you might need to best someone in a sword fight! Go for the Princess Bride. Need super-strength? Pick up a Superman comic! Then use those powers to fight evil and slay demons.
David Schwan
I gave this three stars but 2 1/2 is a better fit. The basic theme doesn't work as well as it sounds. In this book a select group of people gain special powers from items of popular culture. We are presented with a Hodge-podge of supernatural creatures (at times if felt like the author backed themselves into the corner and needed a new creature to try and re-invigorate the story). The main character Ree and the British guy from the past are what makes this worth reading; they are both well writt ...more
Leanna Hieber
Blurb: "Geeks rejoice! This is your new favorite book. A frakking clever, funny, engaging novel that toes a surprisingly perfect line between meta and unabashedly delightful storytelling. There is a reference for everyone and even the unwashed masses of non-geeks can enjoy it and hopefully learn a thing or two about being awesome." - Leanna Renee Hieber, award winning, nationally bestselling author
Jeff Raymond
Closer to a 3.5, gets bonus points for fun.

If you choose to read Geekomancy, you probably know going in that you're not in for a revolutionary literary experience or some sort of significant exercise in worldbuilding. It's pulpy and quick in that regard, relying on a magic system that has the geekomancers pulling from nerdy popular culture to achieve whatever they're looking to achieve.

It's fanservice in book form, with characters that do what many fans of many things wish they could. It's a gee
Although this genre isn't normally something I would read, the premise sounded interesting enough... so why not.
I feel in love with Ree and Eastwood. Two cool characters. Ree was especially fun with her snarky comments to the reader throughout the story. Her realization that the Underworld existed along with the reader was a nice touch too. It added an extra level of realism to the story for me. Eastwood worked as the seasoned mentor to Ree's apprentice. The "Ben" to her "Luke". They had a chem
I dunno if it was me... or the book.
First and foremost I wasn't much of a fan of the writing style. Which would mean it was the book.
Then I kept on feeling like I was possibly not geek enough for this book.
Mostly I failed to find the pun funny, they seemed kinda well.. I dunno know.. but just not funny.
The world building was kinda cool but also kinda lame....
Allot of geek cliches were thrown around- but none of them were a hit with me.
I guess I shall keep my geek in the closet for a bit l
Nov 07, 2012 Mike rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Geeks
I picked up the Kindle version of Geekomancy to read on a trip a couple of months ago. I had seen a lot of positive reviews comparing it to Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, which I really liked, and I thought a fun, lighthearted novel would be perfect for travelling. Unfortunately, for me, Geekomancy didn't live up to my expectations.

Geekomancy is Michael Underwood's first published novel. I hate to say it, but you can tell. Although I liked the concept of the novel, it lacked the polish of nove
All Things Urban Fantasy
Like any true geek homage, GEEKOMANCY is aggressively packed with cult pop culture references, memorabilia, and television slang. Though these hallmarks are fun in conversation, in narrative form this deluge initially came across as “let me tell you everything I know” noise. It took awhile for me to acclimate to GEEKOMANCY‘s quippy style, but once I learned to relax and love the book… oh no, it’s contagious.

But seriously, after a few chapters of tell, tell, tell, Ree was finally up to speed and

This book ended the Great Reading Drought of 2012 and for that I can't thank it enough. Over the past few years I've slowly been stepping out of the geek closet, emmersing myself in the shows, movies and books my friends had been raving about and discovering that a lot more people shared my ultranerdy tastes than I'd ever realized. This book is for all residents of geekdom, whether your tastes run to gaming, comics, movies or TV. Having recently marathoned both Firefly and How I Met Your Mother
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  • Indexing
  • Club Monstrosity (Monstrosity, #1)
  • Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris, #2)
  • Spider's Lullaby (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter #1.5)
  • Monster in My Closet (Monster Haven, #1)
  • Nightshifted (Edie Spence, #1)
  • Hard Spell (Occult Crimes Unit Investigation #1)
  • Aligned (Immortal Essence, #0.5)
  • Death Warmed Over (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI, #1)
  • Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond
  • Hard Magic (Paranormal Scene Investigations #1)
  • Precinct 13
  • The Nekropolis Archives
  • Daughter of the Sword (Fated Blades, #1)
  • King of Marbury (The Marbury Lens #1.5)
  • Angel's Ink (The Asylum's Tales, #1)
  • Changeling (MetaWars, #2)
Mike is the author of:

The Ree Reyes urban fantasy series (Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack the Geek) about magicians who channel the power of popular culture.

Shield and Crocus, a superheroes-meets-epic fantasy novel where an aging revolutionary makes a deal with his most deadly foe to turn the tide of a fifty-year-long fight to free his city.

Forthcoming: Urban fantasy series The Younger Gods foll
More about Michael R. Underwood...

Other Books in the Series

Ree Reyes (3 books)
  • Celebromancy (Ree Reyes, #2)
  • Hexomancy (Ree Reyes, #3)
Celebromancy (Ree Reyes, #2) Attack the Geek (Ree Reyes, #2.5) Shield and Crocus The Younger Gods (Younger Gods, #1) Hexomancy (Ree Reyes, #3)

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