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Geekomancy

(Ree Reyes #1)

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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,799 ratings  ·  328 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
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ebook, 255 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Pocket Star
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carol.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Honestly? No one.

Geekomancy
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
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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
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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 seen this before. I don't know if the fact
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Carly
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: SuperGeeks!
Recommended to Carly by: It was a dare, so here comes my truth.
**edited 11/27/13

~2.5
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
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Eric
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Ian
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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

Geekomancy
White Trash Zombie Apocalypse
Elspeth
Jun 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, urban-fantasy, meh
Yeah, I am not feeling the warm fuzzies for Eastwood.

Go die in a fire, you deserve it.
Andrea
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urbanfantasy
"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 ...more
Monstermom
Feb 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Michael
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked 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
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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:

https://tieryas.wordpress.com/2015/03...
David
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kim
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
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Nyssa
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comic and TV fans & geeks!
Recommended to Nyssa by: MrsJoseph *grouchy*
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
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Suzanne
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I enjoyed all of the geek culture references.
Mike
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Geeks
Shelves: fantasy, ebook, owned
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
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Beth Cato
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Andrew Shaffer
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Cyn Armistead
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Leanna Hieber
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
The Cyber Hermit
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody
I...did not like this book.

The premise itself was interesting: geek knowledge as superpowers, classified in sub-categories as to the type of geek (comics, D&D, furries, etc). I just really hate the characters and the execution.

Ree Reyes is an aspiring screenwriter currently working in a geek haven coffee/bookshop as a barista. Things are going along as normal when a disheveled, bloody guy stumbles in, demands a particular comic, pays and leaves. Soon after, Ree is introduced to the idea of
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Lexie
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Donna
Sep 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
I made it 20% of the way through this book and gave up. It had a fun premise: certain people can channel geek magic; e.g., watch a couple of TV episodes or read a comic book and gain powers. And sure, geek references are fun, but this was just overload. No subtlety at all, no working the references into the story in a natural way, just a geek reference every paragraph or two to show the author's geek cred. The main character didn't grab me either--after interviewing the grief stricken parents of ...more
April
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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Eric Mesa
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
To me, this book is Buffy meets Ready Player One done well. As I discussed in my RPO review, it was just way too overhyped for me vs what it delivered. This one, on the other hand, seemed to come from a more genuine place and fit in better into the story. Also, I love Buffy while dystopias (which I've been reading since middle school are starting to really bum me out). Anyway, this isn't an RPO trash session, let's get to this book.

Really quickly about my rating in case you're new to my ratings
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Deborah Sastroredjo
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
What happens if you give a geek a book about geeks having powers? A geekasm of course!!!

This fantastical book has a lot to give. I kind of got thrown at the beginning by the stats but luckily it did not have to be memorized to enjoy the story!
Ree is a seemingly normal girl with a larger than normal knowledge of anything geek and then it turns out it can do more then give you great quotes.

I can't say a lot more without giving away spoilers, but it's surely not something for "just women" to
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~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
Imagine that any TV show, book, or comic that you see, you can then pull a power (or ability) from said thing; and use it in the real world. Ree is a young woman who wants more out of life. She learns of her powers from a veteran “geekomancer” Eastwood. She helps investigate the string of suicides that are effecting young kids.

The story about the suicides feels original and helped carry the book despite many of the problems. It was exciting and the reveal was rewarding and worth the read. The
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Debrac2014
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
You need to be a scifi geek to really appreciate this book! I know I didn't catch of all the references to books and movies, but while it was confusing at times I did enjoy it! Ree has found an occult underground world of magic and geekomancy!
D.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: regrets
This book reads like a NaNoWriMo project that never got edited. Also, at some point I feel like this is just a try-hard attempt at breaking into the Geek Culture that was just rising up at the time.

The prose needed some major revisions. Describing the reaction to seeing a moving shadow shouldn't require the addition of "that or {insert Geek Reference}" needlessly. That's the BIGGEST problem with this book. It seems like an attempt to include every possible Geek Culture reference you can find
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Ken
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, geek
“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
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“Vampires used to be the Dracula types, but in the last ten years most of them have become weak, brooding androgynes that only go after teenagers. A friend of mine took the opportunity to rid his whole city of them after the forth Mormon Vamps book hit and the sparkle meme was at its strongest."

"So does that make Ms. Mormon Sparkle Vamp a hero?"

"Of a sort. Before they started to sparkle, there were a lot of vamps who were tortured antiheroes, thanks to Rice and Whedon."

Ree grimaced. "Do you know if she was clued in?"

Eastwood shrugged. "She's very secretive, no one in the Underground has been able to say for sure. It's all rumor. My guess is she lost someone to a vampire and decided the greatest revenge she could inflict was to turn them into a laughing stock.”
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