Raequel Solomon's Reviews > Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms

Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks by Ethan Gilsdorf
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Jun 06, 2012

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well the good things about this book is that he got to travel all over the country and the world to persue and examine his geekiness and others. i liked how he talked to people from old school tabletop gamers to SCAdians and con-goers. i did appeal to the commentary on his childhood and adolescence dealing with both his mother's traumatic brain injury and the effect it had on his life and his own search for identity and purpose as an adult. it did satisfy the armchair cultural anthropologist in me.

however he lost me when he talked about trolling Pennsic and Dragon*Con for chicks and drunk dialing his estranged girlfriend and other ex from a hot tub in new zealand...i'm glad that he had the time of his life on his publishers' and agents' dime writing this book but i hope never to run into this guy at a con anytime soon. its a good quick read on a bus ride TO the next con or LARP. and thats about it.
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