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Geek Fantasy Novel

2.89  ·  Rating details ·  379 ratings  ·  113 reviews
What happens when a science geek and magic collide?

Be careful what you wish for. Really. Because wishes are bad. Very bad. They can get you trapped in fantasy worlds full of killer bunny rabbits, evil aunts, and bothersome bacteria, for example. Or at least that's Ralph's experience. He's been asked to spend the summer with his strange British relatives at thei
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published March 29th 2011)
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Heidi The Reader
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
This book is a meandering, young adult novel that takes the reader into weird fantasy worlds through the power of wishes and on an epic quest by an unexpected hero who strives to make everything right, when things continually go wrong.

Along the way, you experience fairies, snow queens, the undead, and plenty of teen angst.

"(Ralph's parents) were, in fact, endlessly tolerant — except when it came to their one ironclad rule: Ralph must never, ever, make a wish. Not under any circumsta/>"(Ralph's
Sage Collins
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book had the perfect premise for me. I mean a geek ends up wished into fantasyland. What's not to like about that for a RPG-playing geek like me?

Well, it turns out, quite a lot.

First of all, here is another book where the part that's advertised is only the first third or so and the rest is totally different. There are reasons why each section of the book is very different than the rest (as the result of different people's wishes landing the MC in different types of f
Monica Edinger
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a very entertaining read. Yes, yet another intrusive narrator of sorts, but done in a very different way indeed. While I'm not a gamer I know enough about gaming to have seen at least some of the references here.

The story? Has something to do with poor geeky Ralph who, after being disappointed by not getting the gaming job he applied for (given that he is twelve-years-old it was in his dreams anyway), takes his British aunt up on an invitation to come to their castle to set up their in
Bethany Larson
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: signed-copy
This book is not AT ALL what I expected. I thought it was going to be a cute little foray into geek culture, (with which I am very well-acquainted) a romp through a world full of comic book in-jokes and World of Warcraft references. While Geek Fantasy Novel has those, as well as fire-burping bunnies, the book is soooo much more than that--it's smart and meta and inventive and full of SAT words and freakin' layered--there are TWO narrators! Not that it's a hard book to read; it's definitely not t ...more
Aug 13, 2011 rated it liked it
The premise of this was fantastic, but I don't think the author did enough with it. As a geek, I would have loved to see a real geeky response to fairy tales. Like: Ralph actually putting on a helmet like the one pictured and trying to figure out how to use binary code to solve one of the puzzles. Rather than doing lots of geeky things, he sort of complained and tagged along and didn't really seem to do anything. In that respect it was disappointing.

However, I love meta where the nar
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Absolutely hilarious. And also slightly disturbing and seriously mind-bending. The narrative voice reminds me a bit of Brandon Sanderson's Alcatraz books, but drier and more absurd (if that's possible!) and the plot is unique.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ralph is a geek, but not the type who would ordinarily dream of becoming the hero in a fantasy novel. In fact, Ralph's boring parents have done their best to instill in him a flat, unheroic, unimaginative character. Their reason is that it is dangerous for members of their family to make wishes. The closest thing to a wish that has ever crossed Ralph's mind is his dream of being a computer game designer. I know, right? What a geek! But then the fantasy novel happens to him.

It starts when the di
Claire McNerney
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cannot begin to explain how much I loved this book. Oh wait, I can! And with my earbuds in and playing the soundtrack to Jurassic World, I will.
First of all: Ralph. He is just your average, stereotypical geeky sidekick from any decent children's or teen sci-fi/fantasy, but instead of just being a minor character who doesn’t have any role other than comic relief, he is the main character. And I, being extremely partial to those amazingly intelligent and nerdy characters, read the synopsi
Krys (Krys Reads)
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My final thoughts:
Ralph had a terribly boring upbringing. He had very few friends, does the pet rock collection count? And as such he dove into the world of computers and technology with his life goal of becoming a game designer for MonoMyth. After a series of a unfortunate events, Ralph receives a letter from his mother’s sister, Gert.

Aunt Gert, admittedly tells Ralph that one of her children randomly found him through an online web search and they found his blog, and re/>My
Laura (Madsen) McLain
I confess: I am a geek by any common definition of the word.

Science major in college? Check
Played D&D? Check
Been to a Star Trek convention? Check
Own a color-coordinated set of 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, 12- and 20-sided dice? Check
Able to quote entire scenes of Star Wars? Check
Have a home wi-fi network with five or more devices connected to it? Check

So when I saw the cover of GEEK: FANTASY NOVEL at the library, illustrated with a glasses-wearing geek in a b
Rawr Shazam
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book "Geek" by E.Archer is not only entertaining, but unique as well. As a young reader, I have read a lot of fantasy books, but nothing like "Geek". The main character is a fourteen year old bot named Ralph. One summer, Ralph gets an email from his Aunt Gert saying that she would like him to come over to her castle in England and set up her Wi-Fi. At the castle he meets his cousins. Cecil is a sixteen- seventeen boy, and he doesn't like being rich. Beatrice is around Ralph's age, if not tha ...more
C.O. Bonham
What can I say about this book? I so rarely give low star reviews.

Ralph has boring parents. Parents that want to humiliate him and stifle his creativity and will not let him wish for anything. So he runs-away to stay with his Aunt Gert and his three cousins in England. His parents do not call him, they do not come get him. Gert's kids are also not allowed to wish for anything. Their fairy Godmother takes offence to this rule. Ralph can have a wish of his own if only he will help her
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
If I could, I would give this a 1.5 stars. It doesn't deserve two, but I like to reserve a one star for books I absolutely loathe.

I admit this confused me. It was like Alice in Wonderland on a bad trip. Ralph is a computer geek who, after being bitterly disappointed when he is denied his dream job as a game designer (despite being a teenager and thus making it unlikely they would hire him), sets off to spend the summer with some relatives he’s never met in England without his parent’s permissi
Ralph has never been able to make a wish. Or, rather, he has never been allowed to make a wish. His parents strictly forbid it. And since they're pretty cool about everything else, Ralph never makes a wish. Then, one day, he receives a letter from his estranged aunt requesting that he come to Europe to set up their wi-fi network. Against his parent's wishes, he takes off for England and gets to work. And then another estranged aunt comes into the picture. One he's never even heard of; one that o ...more
May 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was TERRIBLE. From the cover art, you would think it had something to do with Greek mythology/fantasy. The art on the dust jacket is awesome, but extremely misleading.
Ralph gets a letter from a strange person he has never heard of or seen before claiming to be his relative asking him to go to Britain to help set up their Internet connection, so he, against his parent's will, flies to their estate. Then,a strange lady who allegedly killed her son comes, asking him to make a wish t
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Ralph has always known that you NEVER make a wish, they are dangerous. So far in life, he really hasn't had a reason to make a wish. That's all about to change. He is unexpectedly invited to visit his relatives who live in England, and he goes, without his parents permission. Once there he finds himself in the middle of his cousins wishes where his life is constantly in peril.
Reminiscent of the classic Edgar Eager book Half Magic, but for an older audience. Wish sequences are fun and action fill
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
The concept of the book was really good and the ending was really a shock. It's really hard to get into at first, which is why part one is called, "Boring but important." The book really picks up and the whole adventure is great. The main character Ralph was kind of easy to relate to being a geek myself, but sometimes I found myself not being on the same level as him.

The whole wish thing is cool too and it plays well with the whole "be careful what you wish for" thing because like I'
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Audrey by: Jill-Square Books Jr.
Shelves: jr-reads
This book was handed to me by Jill at SB Jr. as a means to tide me over until I could get my hands on the new Rick Riordan. I chuckle now that she has me pegged as a bit of a "geek" myself! As its title suggests, it is a geek fantasy novel. It is smart and funny in a way that I'm not sure young readers will pick up on, but if they do, hopefully they can stomach a book that pokes fun at all that is geeky and cool about the genre and its followers. Certainly the idea of multiple quests mixed up wi ...more
Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended for gr. 6-9. Older geeky gamers might also enjoy it. Many elements will appeal to the geek/gamer - the protagonist, Ralph, certainly fits the description. Other elements will appeal to the twisted fairy tale lover, for example, the fairy godmother and wishes gone awry. And we can't forget the exploding bunnies! That said, I felt the story was disjointed. The different sections of the book didn't flow together very well. One of the previous reviews called it a crazy roller coaster rid ...more
Ahmed Al-thani4
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fourteen year old Ralph Stevens escapes his humdrum life when he's invited to spend the summer with his British cousins, ostensibly to set up their wireless network. What he discovers is a family given to eccentricity, from boisterous Cecil to solemn Beatrice and would be princess Daphne. Things get seriously weird when their infamous aunt fairy godmother Chessie of Cheshire turns up, ready to grant each child a wish. From that point on, it's pure chaos: Cecil's wish becomes a twisted satire of ...more
Chasity Nicole
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Geek Fantasy Novel wasn’t what I was expecting at all. And I still really don’t know how I feel about the story as a whole. I wanted so much to like the story but found at times that I really didn’t. There were times I tried so hard to feel attached to the characters and ultimately I didn’t have that full connection with the characters.
My favorite part of the novel in a whole was the one part where you could select what happened, and I wished the author would have had more of the choose your ow
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Pretty interesting with some really excellent humor - but a bit precious - or precocious? - at times as the narrator steps into the story to clean up the loose ends. The core premise is some kind of overblown video game that is real, where a modern noble family with magical roots gets tangled up by a decision to forbid wishes. As the tangle unravels reality, the reader follows some fairly absurd plot twists that mostly work - altho the end becomes a bit convoluted. This will appeal to some geeky ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
While E. Archer's book Geek was a little confusing, what with the narrator butting in most of the time, it all was cleared up in the end, and in the end was a very good, very funny, suspenseful book. But I also think it had a deeper meaning for writers, seasoned and novice; the narrator is in charge, and can do anything to the characters in the book, but it's not fun to write something if the characters have no free will and can't make decisions. Unless you're writing about robots. Then they don ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, how-about-no
I can't do it. The writing is just so awful, I cannot go on. It has potential to be hilarious, but the writing just is so horrid I can't bring myself to finish. I really don't care about the characters, the narrator is an actual entity that interacts with the reader and that I do like, but the execution just ruined it. I think if it was handled better I'd have enjoyed it. Perhaps this should be targeted to younger readers and not young adults? I don't know, it just didn't do it for me at all and ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
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Emma (Miss Print)
May 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
I feel like a book that promises exploding bunnies really has an obligation to deliver said bunnies in the first 50 pages. This book did not. The whole venture also got off to a slow start but I suspect that was to be expected since the first part of the novel is called "Boring (But Important)." This book is fun and has a lot going on to draw readers in and keep them engaged--just not this particular reader I guess.
Laura K
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Like most others I was drawn to the prospect of some geek humor, and ended up with something entirely different. I fell in love with the beautifully developing plot line and amazingly used nonsense, and was constantly laughing when the author killed off the character about 3 times. Overall I think this is an amazing book for anyone who is open to something different, others will probably find it annoying and confusing.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I was excited about this book due to the idea that it was a totally geeky fantasy novel. What it ended up being was just plain weird. The plot was interesting enough...while it lasted. By the end the story has collapsed into randomness. The character's where difficult to identify with: they were shallow (which I guess is part of the point of the story) and hard to identify with. The narration was also wandering. There were whole paragraphs where I didn't know what was happening.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, humor
Eh. If I hadn't taken so long to read this I may have given it four stars. It is occasionally quite funny. While I don't usually mind a meddlesome narrator, it got a little out of hand in this book and completely lost the narrative structure at the end. It was intentional, but I kind of felt like it was a weak effort -- the only way the author could work his way out of the narrative hole he'd dug. Which is kind of ironic considering that's actually the whole plot.
Wayne C
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest fantasies I have read in a long time. Ralph, a geek, is invited to England to help his aristocratic relatives set up the Wifi in their new manor estate. In the interim, he is whisked into the forbidden world of wishes. In his house, however, wish is a four letter word because of the things that have happened to members of his family. A delightfully fun story that even breaks down the fourth wall of literature.
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E. Archer lives in New York City. He is a fantasy geek.