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Attack the Geek

(Ree Reyes #2.5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  409 ratings  ·  81 reviews
A side quest novella in the bestselling Geekomancy urban fantasy series—when D&D style adventures go from the tabletop to real life, look out!

Ree Reyes, urban fantasy heroine of Geekomancy, is working her regular barista/drink-slinger shift at Grognard's when it all goes wrong. Everything.

As with Geekomancy (pop culture magic!) and its sequel Celebromancy (celebrity magic!
ebook, 194 pages
Published April 7th 2014 by Pocket Star
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Dan Schwent
Mar 07, 2014 added it
Shelves: 2014
I got this from Netgalley and could not finish it.
The Short Version: It was too concerned with being a GEEK book and not concerned enough with being a geek BOOK. Too many geek references, not enough plot, the end.

The Much Longer Version: Back when I was a never-getting-laid fifteen year old, I would have thought this book was the shit and probably the toilet paper, too. The very things that make me unpopular make me powerful enough to smite my enemies? It's a geek boy's wet dream. Throw in a bis
Michael Underwood
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A note to readers: This is a shorter work, about 1/2 the size of a normal Ree Reyes novel. It should be accessible to readers of either GEEKOMANCY or CELEBROMANCY, so if you've read either of the previous works, then dive on in to ATTACK THE GEEK!

ATTACK THE GEEK leads directly into the third novel, HEXOMANCY.
**Thank you to Pocket Books and Netgalley for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review**

This was my first encounter with the Ree Reyes series. I missed that this was a later in series when I requested it. I was completely lost for the first few pages and thought I'd have to put this aside until I read at least the first book. Thankfully, I stuck it out. I came to the title for chapter one and found out I was supposed to be unsure of what was going on. The author does a little recap o
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Geekomancy
If you read and liked Geekomancy, the first book in the Ree Reyes urban fantasy series, then be assured you will enjoy this novella length "side-quest," which is, for the most part, self contained. It actually could easily serve as an entry point into the series for someone not inclined to read a full novel, but you would miss the "origin" story of our pop-culture powered super heroine.

The set-up for this adventure, which feels an awful lot like a D&D module, puts our heroes in a pub right befor
Want A wild ride on the geek side ? Here it is, comics, card games, movies, steampunk and all their powers and weapons. I was a happy giggling fangirl at all the pop culture references. A fun spirited magical read.
This was my first look at the series I did not realize it was not the first book. I was a bit lost in the beginning and nearly quit but a light saber pulled me back and I started ti really enjoy the ride. What to do when the bar you are attacked at work,Grognard's Grog and Games by sew
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

**I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


Attack the Geek is a Ree Reyes side project that Michael Underwood is releasing in lieu of a third book. At 194 pages, I personally think that Underwood perhaps could have written a bit more and made it a full length novel instead, but who am I to complain about more Ree and gang? I surely hope we do
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
★ ★ ★ 1/2
It's a typical Saturday night at Grognard's Grog and Games -- "V: TES tournament, half-priced Jaeger, and Grognard getting morose." Ree's got her hands full serving the crowd, which happens to include our friends Eastwood and Drake. This is pretty handy because while things are still going strong, the bar falls under a pretty serious attack. They're able to hold it off for a bit, but before long, it becomes a night-long siege. It was only missing a few Uruk-Hai (or a reference to them)
Robin (Bridge Four)
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 15 year old boys; 32 year old men living in their mothers basement
I have been out geeked. That’s right I thought it was impossible but it has happened. I have an immense well of pop culture, gaming and fandom knowledge but even I had a semi difficult time keeping up with all of the references throughout the story. This is not geek lite, it is a gauntlet of continual fight sequences with movie, magna, magic, gaming, comic book and fantasy references all over the place. That isn’t a bad thing I liked many of them it is just pepper very heavily throughout the en ...more
Beth Cato
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, urban, ree-reyes
I received an early reviewer ebook through the publisher via NetGalley.

This novelette takes place in the same world as Underwood's previous novels, Geekomancy and Celebromancy. He offers a cool, fresh take on urban fantasy where fandom means power. Geekomancers pull magic from pop culture--watch an episode of BBC's Sherlock, and for a brief time, you see as Sherlock. Others can tear a Magic: the Gathering Card and absorb that skill. Ree Reyes is still new at this geekomancer gig but she's surviv
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Even without having read the two preceding novels in this series, Geekomancy and Celebromancy, I was eager to check out this novella by Michael R. Underwood, because playing with pop culture within an urhan fantasy universe sounded like it was right up my alley.

Before reading it, I wondered how much I'd be left in the dark about, having not read those first two books. Well, the story is pretty straight-forward, even promoted as a "side quest" in the series, but even with that sentiment there is
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it

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I must admit that I enjoyed the first volume as we had such a highly original world, but I was a little disappointed by the second novel. So when the author proposed a novella, I was immediately curious to see how it was going to be. And I must say that this novella was finally a nice surprise.

I was quite impressed by the pace of the story as everything happens really fast. There is no downtime and it is true that there is always something going on for R
Wayne McCoy
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
'Attack the Geek' by Michael R. Underwood is numbered 2.5 in the series. It's a fun series with lots of references to geek culture.

Ree Reyes is working her shift at Grognard's, a bar where geeks hang out to drink and play boardgames. The usual crowd is in the place and it seems to be a normal night until something starts pounding on the door. When the Grognard crowd looks into the hallway, they find themselves under attack by all manner of magical beings. For those unfamiliar with the series, th
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

ATTACK THE GEEK is a delightfully quick and geeky adventure in the life of our favorite geekomancer, Ree Reyes. Like the full length books in the Ree Reyes series, ATTACK THE GEEK oozes geekiness into giant puddles of geek. Whatever genre you can think of this book makes references to it. Ree and her friends use science fiction and fantasy pop culture to gain certain powers in order to combat monsters of various kinds.

While I enjoyed the references I go
Nancy O'Toole
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, paranormal
Attack the Geek is a "side quest" novella in the Ree Reyes series that takes place after Celebromancy. I don't think you have to have read Geekomancy, or Celebromancy to understand this novella, but I think having read the novels, and already being emotionally involved in the characters helped me enjoy it more. Attack the Geek provides the geeky, action packed fun you'd expect from a Ree Reyes story, and it also does a good job at touching on existing character relations and hinting about future ...more
Jeff Raymond
Attack the Geek is, in a lot of ways, a short D&D one-shot campaign in capsule book form. With the first two books doing a good job establishing the existing magic with the new novella offering what might actually be a more fun way to handle the systems on a whole. In some ways, I enjoyed the novella more due to the pacing, even though it loses out on characterization somewhat (as everyone's already established). ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
Firstly, the cover is gorgeous. Secondly, I loved this little adventure with Ree and the gang. It seems like a nice way to bridge the gap between Celebromancy and the forthcoming third book of the series. I absolutely love all the geekery. The idea of Geekomancy from this series and Libriomancy by Jim C. Hines are both abilities I would love to have. Completely awesome.
Gary Sundell
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this series, it speaks to my inner geek. :) I can see the next full novel picking up where this novella ends.
Jacob Sindic
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewing the series as a whole as well as individual installments.

This one is labeled as the third proper installment in the series though it runs only a novella's length, however it still manages to pack an entire properly contained story in without sacrificing the developed character focus and world atmosphere that the author hammered into shape in the first two books. While some may consider it being too short, I found the contained narrative worked in doing just what it needed to do and did
I'm just choosing not to rate this book because I swear I have no idea what I just read. I don't think it would have mattered had I read the first two books in the series either. I can't say the story was not good because in fact a few passages even had me laughing but it's just really that I don't feel it was my type of read. It was totally not what I had in mind when I picked it up.

*I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Ruby Ridge
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the main series but this not so much. minus one star for the silly schoolgirl crush - I hated every mention and at the end was hoping Drake would get killed.
The book just is too hard to really get into, but I still liked Rees apart from othe previously mentioned ridiculous crush.
Not recommended - read the main arc
William Tracy
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cool side adventure (sort of) in the Geekomancy universe. It leads directly into the third book, but also takes the chance to develop a lot of the "down time" activities of the characters we've seen before. Until everything goes horribly wrong, of course.
If you liked the other books, you'll like this one. Looking forward to reading the next one!
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but ...

I enjoy these characters and this universe. I love the criticisms and random geek references and puns. The non-stop battle in this story was pretty exhausting to read, with no gaps or breaks, and little to no character development. So, I'm glad I read it for community's sake, but I wish it was less of a high energy slog to read.
Peter King
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series

Love this series and the idea that some people are able to access magic through their beloved geeky passions, series, movies, props ect.
The Speculative Post
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dan-s-reviews
Don’t get me wrong: I’m a geek. I’m a nerd. I’m a dork. I may even occasionally be a dweeb. As culture-specific books go, this is right up my alley. The attack run to my Death Star if you will. I feel fairly confident that I got nearly every single reference in this book, and probably more of them than most people would. That said, when you have more references than you have pages, and more references than you have lines of dialogue, things are getting a little out of hand. This is where the boo ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I picked up this book because, as an alpha geek, everything about the series speaks to me, and I wanted an introduction before committing. For the most part, I really liked this. Strong female heroine? Check. Awesome magic system? Check. Cool pop and sub-culture references? Check... but not checked well enough, in my opinion. As a free-floating nerd, I loved the many call outs, but there were just too many, too quickly. I felt less appreciative and more pressured to feel appreciative: my reactio ...more
Pop Bop
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
One's Reach Should Exceed One's Grasp, or What's A Meta For?

This deeply cool book has everything - it's a fantasy actioner; it's set in a brilliantly conceived fantasy world; it's full of whip-smart banter and sly observations. Running beneath it all is a dialogue about how we consume, in this book literally, our popular culture.

"Geekomancy" is an urban fantasy series featuring "geekomancers" in which the hook is that items of pop culture, (books, games, cards, figurines, movie clips), are actu
Talk Supe
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014

One quiet Saturday afternoon at Grognard's Grog and Games turned into one heck of a hunt where Geekomancers were attacked, injured, betrayed by a friend and sold out by a Steampunk Lieutenant. ATTACK THE GEEK concluded in the Minotaur's maze with the perp in custody only to discover that this is the first of coming attacks. One of the Geekomancers is a moving target because of a "noble" deed done in the past which upset the balance of time. Now the time police are on a mission to
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
By the time I finished this book I was thinking wow, that was so fun! I should give it four stars! Then I thought about it and I thought about how I almost stopped on the first chapter and gave it a one star. Then my review rating went down a star.

The reason I almost stop at the beginning was the overload of references to different fandoms, the random introduction from the middle of the story that really confused me, the overload of characters right from the start, and the character "stats" that
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
WaaHoo! Strap yourself in and hold on tight, this is a wild Geek ride!

I'm new to the 'Geekomancy' world of Ree Reyes, but if this is any indication what the first two books might be like, count me in!

Essentially, this is a world in which all the books, comics, movies, television shows, and games (board and video) come to life in the hands of those few 'Geeks' who have found the way to tap into the tremendous geek powers.  But with great powers come great dangers and equally powerful villains and
John Patrick
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for an early review thru NetGallery, and because I am a fan of the series. I kind of stumbled upon the Ree Reyes series but I enjoyed the first book Geekomancy immensely. This short novella takes place in the space between the first book and the second book Celebromancy. Ree Reyes is tending bar at Grognards, a bar for the local Geekomancer scene. As the weekly card game night is winding down the bar/game shop/geek wizard emporium comes under attack leaving Ree and a motley crew ...more
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