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SPRING CHALLENGE 2012: FIRE > 15.9 - Geek Pride Day

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message 1: by Kristina Simon (last edited Feb 17, 2012 09:16PM) (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
15.9 - Geek Pride Day
May 25th is Geek Pride Day!! Embrace your inner nerd by reading a book (fiction or non-fiction) that focuses on a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) topic or that features a hero or heroine that would be considered a nerd, geek, or genius. Here are some lists and examples to get you started: Books with Nerdy, Geeky, or Genius Heroes and Heroines; Hackers; Medicine and Literature; Best Pop Science Books; Nerd Do Well; Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions; An Abundance of Katherines; Steve Jobs; The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal Required: If the connection is not obvious in the GR description, please explain how your book fits the task when you post.


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mstan | 876 comments Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - would this be OK for science?


message 5: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
mstan wrote: "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - would this be OK for science?"

Absolutely.


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Sam | 175 comments Does The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley work. It says that the 11 year old heroine is an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison in the description


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Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Sam wrote: "Does The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley work. It says that the 11 year old heroine is an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison in the descri..."

I think Flavia would definitely be considered a geek ;-). Yes, it works.


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JennRenee (jennreneeread) | 1332 comments does this work Queen Geeks In Love


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Dee (austhokie) | 7544 comments does Defying Convention work - they meet at a sci-fi convention...which to me screams geek/nerd (although i've never been to one...)


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Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
JennRenee wrote: "does this work Queen Geeks In Love"

Yes, that will work.


message 11: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Dee wrote: "does Defying Convention work - they meet at a sci-fi convention...which to me screams geek/nerd (although i've never been to one...)"

From the reviews I read it certainly seems to fit.


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Dee (austhokie) | 7544 comments thanks Kristi ;) I have a back-up one just in case, but this one sounds cute


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Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 896 comments I read about that at some point. I thought it sounded cute as well, Dee.


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Jessica (sureshot26) | 771 comments I'm thinking about using The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry - it seems sufficiently science-y to me, but wanted to make sure.


message 15: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Jessica wrote: "I'm thinking about using The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry - it seems sufficiently science-y to me, but wanted to make sure."

Definitely science-y enough. Looks good!


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Kathy G. | 2073 comments Do the Artemis Fowl books work? He's a genius thief.
The Arctic Incident


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Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Kathy G. wrote: "Do the Artemis Fowl books work? He's a genius thief.
The Arctic Incident"


They do.


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KarenF (cleocleveland) | 274 comments I think this is OK but wanted to double-check - The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel?

I'm guessing Holmes qualifies as a genius and a bit of a proto-geek?


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Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
KarenF wrote: "I think this is OK but wanted to double-check - The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel?

I'm guessing Holmes qualifies as a genius and a bit of a proto-geek?"


Holmes works.


message 20: by JennRenee (new)

JennRenee (jennreneeread) | 1332 comments I think this one will work Evil Genius


message 21: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
JennRenee wrote: "I think this one will work Evil Genius"

Absolutely. It's on my list, too. Looks good!


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Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
JennRenee wrote: "Ok one more Art Geeks and Prom Queens"

That one works, too.


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Pollyanna (polly8) | 114 comments Does Looking for Alaska work?


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Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Pollyanna wrote: "Does Looking for Alaska work?"

Looks like Miles is a bit of an outcast so, yes, it'll work.


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Donna Jo Atwood | 3157 comments Last Thursday I checked How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. I haven't read it yet an wondered if it would work for this task.


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Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Donna Jo wrote: "Last Thursday I checked How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. I haven't read it yet an wondered if it would work for this task."

Sounds like it has science and technology woven throughout it so, yes, it'll work.


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April How about The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. I am professed Chemistry Geek (even have a degree in it) and this really sounds cool.


message 29: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (sureshot26) | 771 comments April, I read that one for Joanna's microhistory task in the current challenge, and it's really good! Hope you enjoy it!


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April Jessica wrote: "April, I read that one for Joanna's microhistory task in the current challenge, and it's really good! Hope you enjoy it!"

Wish I had read it for that one instead of Salt: A World History. Salt was not good.


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Meranda (msl87) Jessica wrote: "April, I read that one for Joanna's microhistory task in the current challenge, and it's really good! Hope you enjoy it!"

that does look really good. i'm a complete science geek, so i'm definitely putting it on my to-read list !!!


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Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
April wrote: "How about The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. I am professed Chemistry Geek (even hav..."

Absolutely. I've got that one on my list, too! I almost got a degree in chemistry but couldn't decide between that and biology, so I went with biochem instead ;-).


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Riya (riyaishere) | 191 comments Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond i hope this book works for this task (its about how societies developed technology)
- i really want to read it!


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Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Mariya wrote: "Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond i hope this book works for this task (its about how societies developed technology)
- i really want to read it!"


Yes, that works. I've heard it's really good, too. Enjoy!


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Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1049 comments Would Deception Point or Digital Fortress work for this task?


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Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Kathryn CA wrote: "Would Deception Point or Digital Fortress work for this task?"

Yes, either one would work for this task.


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Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1049 comments Kristi (Passion for the Page) wrote: "Kathryn CA wrote: "Would Deception Point or Digital Fortress work for this task?"

Yes, either one would work for this task."


Thanks!


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Jayme VA | 789 comments A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle was on the books with nerdy, geeky... heros list. I haven't read it- will it work for this task? Thanks!


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Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Jayme VA wrote: "A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle was on the books with nerdy, geeky... heros list. I haven't read it- will it work for this task? Thanks!"

Wikidpedia describes Meg (one of the main characters) as: "Mathematically brilliant but less than adept at other subjects in school, Meg is "awkward", unpopular, and defensive around authority figures as well as her peers." So, yes, it'll work.


message 40: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 218 comments I assume this would work for mathematics - The Square Root of Murder?


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Jayme VA | 789 comments Kristi (Passion for the Page) wrote: "Jayme VA wrote: "A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle was on the books with nerdy, geeky... heros list. I haven't read it- will it work for this task? Thanks!"

Wikidp..."


Thanks Kristi! I'm excited to finally read this!


message 42: by Anne (Booklady) (new)

Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo (wwwgoodreadscomAnneMolinarolo) | 939 comments Any Sherlock Holmes book?


message 43: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Suzanne wrote: "I assume this would work for mathematics - The Square Root of Murder?"

Yes, it will.


message 44: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Anne (Booklady) wrote: "Any Sherlock Holmes book?"

Yes, any book featuring Sherlock Holmes would work.


message 45: by Anne (Booklady) (last edited Mar 03, 2012 10:30PM) (new)

Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo (wwwgoodreadscomAnneMolinarolo) | 939 comments Kristi,
Another option:
Caine's Pestilence A Novel by John Bascom ?

WHEN John Caine, an obscure midlevel banker from Detroit, accepts the opportunity of a lifetime to manage the backroom business functions of an important National Institutes of Health medical research lab in Bethesda, he believes his ship has finally come in. But his quirky penchant for illicit tinkering results in the creation and accidental release of a powerful new virus, with effects no one could have imagined. Only he holds the answer to how it can be stopped, and he's not telling. Caine finds himself confronted with a desperate White House and an onslaught of rage from all quarters of the world's bureaucracies, while his compulsive and unrequited romantic fascination with a distinguished female scientist adds to his woes.

Fast paced, provocative, and offbeat, this cautionary story is thick with political satire and intrigue. It occurs in a world of government turned upside down, where Nancy Pelosi is president of the United States and George Bush a convicted felon. Caine's Pestilence brings together present and former U.S. presidents, would-be assassins, two Supreme Court chief justices, national media political commentators and the infamous prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, all in a story readers will not be able to put aside.


message 46: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Anne (Booklady) wrote: "Kristi,
Another option:
Caine's Pestilence A Novel by John Bascom?

WHEN John Caine, an obscure midlevel banker from Detroit, accepts the opportunity of a lifetime to manage the backroom ..."


That would work.


message 47: by Anne (Booklady) (new)

Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo (wwwgoodreadscomAnneMolinarolo) | 939 comments Kristi (Passion for the Page) wrote: "Anne (Booklady) wrote: "Kristi,
Another option:
Caine's Pestilence A Novel by John Bascom?

WHEN John Caine, an obscure midlevel banker from Detroit, accepts the opportunity of a lifetim..."


Thanks, I may do this one since I see many reading plans have Sherlock Holmes.


message 48: by Chris (new)

Chris (chrismd) | 938 comments Are either of these geeky enough?

Ysabel
Description: Fifteen-year-old Canadian Ned Marriner accompanies his famous photographer father, Edward, on a shoot at Aix-en-Provence's Saint-Saveur Cathedral while his physician mother, Meghan, braves the civil war zone in Sudan with Doctors Without Borders. As Ned explores the old cathedral, he meets Kate Wenger, a geeky but attractive American girl who's a walking encyclopedia of history. In the ancient baptistry, the pair are surprised by a mysterious, scarred man wielding a knife who warns that they've "blundered into a corner of a very old story. It is no place for children." But Ned and Kate can't avoid becoming dangerously entangled in a 2,500-year-old love triangle among mythic figures.

or

A Spy in the House
Description: Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there?


message 49: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10897 comments Mod
Chris wrote: "Are either of these geeky enough?

Ysabel works. A Spy in the House not so much.


message 50: by Chris (new)

Chris (chrismd) | 938 comments Kristi (Passion for the Page) wrote: "Chris wrote: "Are either of these geeky enough?

Ysabel works. A Spy in the House not so much."


Great, thanks. Ysabel was my top choice.


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