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Geektastic by Holly Black
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Jan 30, 2010

really liked it
Read from January 30 to 31, 2010 , read count: 1

It probably says more about me than about the book that the first, most important thing I need to say about it is that John Green, in his story 'Freak the Geek' got his facts about Aragorn and Arwen from LotR wrong. The story of their wedding is not told in the appendix, but rather in the final book. The story of their lives together is what's told in the appendix. Also, it's spelled orc, not ork. Ahem.

Now that I've qualified myself as one of the herd this book was aimed at, let me tell you how much I enjoyed it, nitpicking aside. There are some real stand-out stories here and only a few clunkers. M.T. Anderson's tale is perhaps the most nuanced, while Libba Bray's resonated with my own personal adolescence. David Leviathan's offering was poignant and sweet- just like his books. My favorite story, though, was the very first one, by Holly Black and Cecil Castelluci, which made me whoop with laughter. Highly recommended for the crowd I used to stand around awkwardly with. Running is for jocks, man.

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message 1: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Mishap Actually, their wedding is fully told in the compendium of...

Ha! Just kidding!

Melody *grin* If you really want to get me going, ask me about the LotR movies.

message 3: by Laurie (new)

Laurie It strikes me as rather appalling that a book called Geektastic could get Tolkien facts wrong. Factchecker! Proofreader/copy editor! Where were they? I'm glad you were able to enjoy some of the stories, despite the grievous misspelling.

message 4: by Sandy (last edited Nov 29, 2010 07:47PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sandy Actually, Tolkien used ork in his early elvish dictionaries. ;) Both are acceptable.

Melody I'd say not in the context of the story, but in the larger context of geekdom, yes, I'd let you slide with ork.

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

But it WAS a fun book! I loved Libba's story, having gone as Magenta throughout high school. And I agree, Melody, the first story is the best! Am trying to convince my good friend to write a "hooking up at cons" book. She would address the ins and outs of getting lucky at different type of cons. Plus, Holly is so damn nice!

Melody Oh, Lizz, absolutely! I loved it, as evidenced by the 4 star rating. And it's too bad we didn't go to HS together, as my Frank-N-Furter costume would have gone so nicely with your Magenta...

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