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Geektastic by Holly Black
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Jun 24, 09

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Read in June, 2009

This is a combination of short stories and single-page graphic humor ("Ten Words or Phrases You Should Know in Klingon," "What to Remember When Going to a Convention," "What Kind of Geek Are You?") that should go like gangbusters with middle grade and even early high school readers. The author list is like a Guide to Who's Hip: Holly Black, Cecil Castellucci, David Levitan, Barry Lyga, Cassandra Clare, Scott Westerfeld, and I won't wear out my fingers giving the whole list, but it is a stellar one. It starts with a rocker (well, I can't say bang, can I?) when a young Klingon wakes up in bed with a Jedi padwan at a science fiction convention, and confusion ensues (it seems the forms aren't supposed to mix).

The stories go from fun to serious (Garth Nix hit all of my chimes with his damaged costume player who finds his game values matter in the real world), including biting satire, coming out, and something very few people mention, geek ambition.

It's a good thing this book wasn't a box of chocolates, because with the way I devoured it, my blood sugar would be over the moon today. It hits the stores in August. Take it for those last beach days!
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Deva Fagan Sounds delightful! (says the sf-fantasy-comic-book-loving-Live-Action-Roleplayer) I will certainly be checking it out.

And now I am curious what you mean by "geek ambition", if you have the time to respond...


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