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You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You’re hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you’ve discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall. What’s a geek to do? Take some tips from Eric Smith in The Geek’s Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer leads ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Quirk Books
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Kate
Dec 11, 2013 Kate added it
I will admit to having not read the book. However, I was interested.. until I read the description. I'll just put it nice and simple:

NOT ALL GEEKS ARE GUYS!

Added on December 11, 2013:

Given that this short little review continues to get likes and comments, I thought I should comment further as to why I originally posted it. As of the time of this posting, I still have not read this book. I turned down the author's offer of an ARC due to having too many aggravating things going on in my life at t
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Beth Cato
The publisher sent me this book by accident--I was supposed to get another title--but it was really a delightful mistake. I adored this book. Even though I'm a geek, I'm not in the target demographic at all. The book is targeted for single men, though most of the information is highly relevant to women and that issue is addressed right at the start. As for me: I've been married for thirteen years, since I was 20. I don't need dating advice at this point; more like, advice on how to tell my husba ...more
Amanda
Oh, me, oh, my. So seeing as I really did just read this book in less time than a day again (though not as fast as a Gayle Foreman, Alexandra Harvey, Rowling, etc) I definitely think this needs reviewing pretty much on the spot. I really want to be able to give this book five stars, because it is a truly, adorably, fabulous little book *but* (and I want to start with these to knock them out of the way as possible), this is a niche book and it gets it down a level for me.

Especially because you w
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Crystal Starr Light
NOTE: Thanks to the author, Eric Smith, who saw my interest in the book and offered me a free copy for review.

How this book got into my hands is a rather fun story. I actually had never heard of it until I was perusing my library's ebook selection and saw it as an available loan. Being a geek (though not one currently in the market), I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

I also couldn't help but check it out here. It turns out, one of the most prominent "reviews" also had an interesting discussion
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Bonnie Burton
If dating seems more like a dismal game of Frogger instead of a fun Zelda adventure, you need to read "The Geek's Guide to Dating" by Eric Smith! Learn how to meet people in the real world and connect off-line for a change. You may even level up to a romance worthy of an RPG!
Cassie-la
REVIEW ALSO ON: http://bibliomantics.com/2013/10/19/a...

Author and Geekadelphia founder Eric Smith gained his 15-minutes of nerd fame when he found out his girlfriend was cheating on him and he sold the engagement ring he had planned to give her and bought a full set of Master Chief armor with it. He then wrote about it in a hilarious if devastating internet post entitled: Master Grief. Ring any bells? Get it, ring?

Anyway, what better person to pen a book of dating advice by a geek for a geek? O
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Liviania
I was instantly drawn to THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO DATING. The cover is cute and, well, I'm a geek and not all that great at meeting new people. I am, however, a girl. THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO DATING is aimed almost entirely at straight guys, which is made clear inside, but not on the back copy.

Now, there are plenty of bits of advice I found helpful, but I'd've liked for THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO DATING to try to make more than a few cursory gestures toward the whole dating spectrum. (In fact, I think there is
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Debby
4 stars

Now, I'm not really a non-fiction reader, but with its quirky title, The Geek's Guide to Dating quickly became a must-read for me. And reading it was an absolutely wonderful experience. I giggled so much. This is just a great book for anyone on the geeky side of the spectrum looking to be entertained. You might just learn something too.

First off, the structure and design of this book is absolutely fabulous. The layout is reminiscent of a textbook, but it has cute little 8-bit drawings as
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Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
I know…you’re looking at this and you’re not sure you even want to read the review. A self-help guide to dating…yikes! But hear me out because this one is actually really fun and actually contains helpful advice, and the best part is it’s speaks our language: Geek.

This book uses the word ‘he’ a lot but fear not geek ladies, if you have common sense you are equipped to switch out those pronouns and use the advice yourself. Also you’re probably wondering if a book nerd will relate to something tha
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Cheryl
If you are a geek in any form of the work either by appearance or at heart then you will enjoy this book. Even if you are not looking for someone. I am a geek in the form of a computer gamer. I have played some video games but my heart really belongs with computer games like Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein, Civilization, and World of Warcraft.

So as I was reading this book I could relate to references that the author was making on the different persona, how to approach and interact with your date, and w
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Karen
This book is absolutely wonderful and adorable. It was full of references to popular shows, movies, games, and music, and much more- half of which I didn't understand!
There was only one real problem I had with The Geek's Guide to Dating: it was only targeted towards guys. I understand that this was the intent, but it would have been nice to see a few shoutouts to the female readers. There was one at the beginning that mentioned that most of the tips were applicable to males and females alike, bu
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Camille
I received this book free from LibraryThing in exchange for a review - there was a delay in the delivery, so I received it a few months late, but it was worth waiting for!

This book was so cute and funny, and it actually contained great dating tips! The Geek's Guide covers a variety of topics from how to meet people, how to assess your personal stats and find someone who compliments them, date ideas, pre-date prep work, how to get to the next level (pun intended) and even how to survive a break
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K Y L A
This review is also posted at Carmel & Kyla.

*Copy provided by publisher in exchange of my honest review. This does not affect the rating or contents of my review.*

MY THOUGHTS:

I don't usually take time in reading non-fiction books but this is going to be an exception. Why? Simply because this book is amazing. This is the first non-fiction novel I've ever read and I can say that this is a great one. I'm very much looking forward to read other non-fiction titles.

“So, we both know why you’re he
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C.R.
Mar 31, 2014 C.R. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 1
Recommended to C.R. by: Everyone
A fun and highly informative book into the world of dating utilizing geek analogy. I picked this book up for fun and I got to say it was pretty darn informative, a lot of dating advice is very hoakey and makes things very complicated, but I love that Eric uses not only gives straight up/simple advice but uses geek analogy as i call to make it even more so, while Eric's book was good, I do haft to say In terms of geek dating advice nothing really beats Harris O'Malley AKA Dr. Nerdlove I mention t ...more
Dean Tsang
As I was browsing the shelves at Waterstones for a self-help book I came across this little gem. A few days later, I began reading, and once I started it became very hard for me to stop.

Before I address how much of a brilliant book this is, I'd like to express my opinion on some of the issues and criticisms relating to the concept of this handy guide. Firstly, there's the issue that the book only addresses male geeks, and ignores female gamers. Yes, I agree that it is an issue, but there is a se
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Rei
Aug 28, 2014 Rei rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any fellow nerd who needs some help in the dating world
Shelves: reference, romance
One of my friends showed this book to me shortly after her store got it in stock. I took a quick look through the pages and instantly loved it. Though it's mostly written with men in mind, there's plenty of things in this book that are applicable to women. The tips and advice are legit too! Different women have different tastes, but I think a lot of the advice applies to many different types of women. Seriously, I would recommend this to any nerdy guy (Or even girl.) who has a tough time sociali ...more
Lisa
Really cute book! I'd rather give it a 3-3,5 with regard to contents (not that it was bad, not at all) but due to the amazing illustrations and the book design (such an eye candy in everyone's shelf) it's definitely worth 4*.

Guess I should go out looking for a possible Player Two, hm?


Ken
Dating is hard, no matter what your demographic, but geeks have some negative stereotypes to overcome. I picked up Eric Smith's book to see what advice he might have.

For those of you seeking your Player Two, Smith breaks down the game into seven stages, including getting your life in order, asking her out, preparing for the first date, and having the first date, as well as end-stage games such as moving in together or breaking up. Little of the material is groundbreaking, such as "Stand up strai
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Angie
Angela's Anxious Life - full review

First up... book cover. I love it so much. I think of myself as a geek and so I was in!! I mean YES! A friend, myself and my husband sat around reading this book aloud and laughing so hard.

Let me say.. I am a girl. I am a girl who is a geek. This book is not really written for girls. Just men. You can take what is written and put a girl in the place of situations... but it's still not totally for girls. There is a page that Smith writes to the geek girls readi
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Karissa
I got a copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. It was a fun read. The book is aimed more at the male than the female daters, but can apply to both. I really enjoyed the sheer amount of geekiness that is packed into this book.

This dating guide is laid out like a gaming manual, which is really clever. The first chapter is “Selecting Your Character”, followed by chapters on “Engage!”, and “Do or Not Do”. You get the idea.

This book is aimed at male geeks who need help with dati
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Adam Di Filippi
I finished this well written book in one day: it was hard(er than normal) to stop reading. The writing is as humorous as it is helpful.
josh
Feb 23, 2014 josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovelorn geeks
Recommended to josh by: Shelf @ UAPL
A humorous look at the quirks of dating in a chic 8-bit, nerdtastic and geekdom-y sort of way.

Much like finance books and "new" sock-knitting books - there's nothing new, it's all marketing to attract a new crowd to part the covers and flip the pages.

*edit*
Now that I'm not writing on the phone, I can expand on a couple of points:

On our journey, we start out with 'classing' your character by identifying your personal geek-type so that you can figure out what strengths/weaknesses you can build on
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Mimi Zane
**I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**

1 Lucky winner will receive an autographed hardcover copy of The Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith. Enter in the rafflecopter below.

Visit mandemread.blogspot.com to enter! Ends September 7, 2014.


I saw this title on Erin (BookNut)'s Quirk Book giveaway and I just knew I had to get my hands on a copy. I mean the cover is gorgeous! I love video games and briefly glancing at this, I'm picturing my all time favorite 8 bits incl
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Sarah
In The Geek’s Guide to Dating, Eric Smith teaches geek males the ins and outs of the art of dating. Using metaphors and sayings from various geek sources (movies, TV, comic books, and games), Smith takes geeks from meeting a partner through the first date and finally to the end. Each topic of dating is covered and put into geek terms so that the reader can understand and relate to the material.
I must start by saying that I am not the target audience of this book. Although I am a geek, I am marri
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Amadeus
I received this as an ARC from the publisher (through a First Reads giveaway.) First, kudos to Quirk Books. I've received other ARCs before but their packet was a step above the rest.

Full disclosure: I, AmadeusJenkins, am a woman reviewing books under the name of my alter ego. Although I am not a man to whom this book is targeted, I feel quite confident in my geek-dom and approached this book eager to read about geek-dating from a male perspective.

The Geek's Guide to Dating is thorough and fun
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Leslie
Quirk Books sent me an ARC of Smith's 'Geek's Guide to Dating' at the start of the semester. It's main appeal is in its understanding of the geek subculture and using examples from that sub-culture to approach the subject of dating.
While it lays out the many steps of the dating process with attention to possibilities of advancement and defeat with cleverness, the book also offers practical advice and suggestions with candor and familiar 'geek' references. It's also structured to be accessible a
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Samantha Claire
This book was provided by the publisher for reviewing purposes.

Love is confusing enough for the well-adjusted. For geeks, it can be downright impossible. Enter The Geek's Guide to Dating.

I'll be completely honest with you: At first, I thought this book was fiction. I had assumed upon first glance that it was a YA book chronicling the misadventures of a geek in pursuit of a girl. I was definitely wrong, and I am delighted that I was. Filled cover-to-cover with geeky anecdotes and 8-bit illustrati
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Johnny Bergman
I would not really classify myself as a “Geek” but I have some geek qualities: I love to read books, I “fanboy” at certain fandoms, collect random popular culture items (posters and cards), and you can see me at random cons throughout the year. Well, I guess I am a geek in my own right.

When I received The Geek’s Guide to Dating in the mail, I was pretty excited that I was picked to read the book. It was my first ARC that I have had the opportunity to read. Of course, I kept telling myself that I
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Tabitha (Pabkins)
Reading The Geek's Guide to Dating from a female, married perspective was pretty entertaining. I used to think I was a pretty big geek but after having read this my illusions have been dispelled because wow I tell you a lot of the geek culture references flew by me. Seeing as there were many 'huh?' moments for me it didn't stop me from seeing the very good advice the author was writing.

Often times I think some of us that are ensconced in our hobbies and own cultures, whether thats geek culture,
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Eric Smith is the author of THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO DATING, out now via Quirk Books, and INKED, a YA novel out with Bloomsbury Spark this Fall 2014.

His writing has appeared locally in the Philly Weekly, The Inquirer, and on Philly.com. He's written for the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Boing Boing, and is a regular contributor to BookRiot and Geekosystem.

His essays have appeared in the Bygone Bureau and
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