Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

Geektastic Stories from the Nerd Herd Acclaimed authors Holly Black Ironside and Cecil Castellucci Boy Proof have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature M T

  • Title: Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
  • Author: Holly Black Cecil Castellucci M.T. Anderson Libba Bray Cassandra Clare John Green Cynthia Leitich Smith Greg Leitich Smith
  • ISBN: 9780316008099
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Acclaimed authors Holly Black Ironside and Cecil Castellucci Boy Proof have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature M.T Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott WestAcclaimed authors Holly Black Ironside and Cecil Castellucci Boy Proof have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature M.T Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers Whether you re a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on
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    • Kim says:

      It’s 7:55am. I’m at the light at Susie Wilson Road. (Local folklore states that Susie Wilson was the town Madam. Bit of trivia for you there…) I woke up 10 minutes ago, showered, dropped my kid off at school and here I wait. I hate this light. I hate driving. Most of all, I hate vanity plates. ‘GOTHAM1’ is in front of me. A blue mid 2000s Durango. I’m sure that Batman would be honored. I wonder if other superhero fans nod or finger pistol the driver like there is some sort of unspoke [...]

    • Cara says:

      I seriously thought I wasn't going to be able to finish this book. I had gotten to around page 60 and I felt like I wasn't going to be able to connect with these stories. In a way I'm glad I pushed through it but I wasn't as happy with it like I thought I would be.Clearly what interested me was the whole culture of being a geek and there were a good collection of young adult authors who contributed to this book, so I totally expected to be thrilled with it. I figured out fairly quickly that my c [...]

    • Tamora Pierce says:

      This is a combination of short stories and single-page graphic humor ("Ten Words or Phrases You Should Know in Klingon," "What to Remember When Going to a Convention," "What Kind of Geek Are You?") that should go like gangbusters with middle grade and even early high school readers. The author list is like a Guide to Who's Hip: Holly Black, Cecil Castellucci, David Levitan, Barry Lyga, Cassandra Clare, Scott Westerfeld, and I won't wear out my fingers giving the whole list, but it is a stellar o [...]

    • Mon says:

      I don't have much geek-cred. The only star trek I've seen is the new one with Simon Pegg, and I only read Lord of the Rings because it was on sales. I watched Firefly because my ex was a massive fan, and I still confuse Star Trek with Star Wars (don't even talk to me about Battlestar). Although I love comix, JLA and anything too DC is out of my league. Most superheroes are misogynistic and my appreciation of fantasy is limited to the one Discworld I borrowed for a train trip. I also failed histo [...]

    • Criss says:

      Like others, I didn't connect to all the stories; I don't think I qualify as a "geek" (in high school I was more the Sweet Valley High type than the Star Trek type) but that didn't stop me from enjoying the stories.Until I got to "The Truth About Dino Girl." I wanted to love this one. I wanted to like the character, and I did. I LOOOOOVED the line about dinosaurs and lizards and who survived.But then we found out Dino Girl's plan to "get even." And NO. What she did is completely unacceptable and [...]

    • AennA says:

      I would like to believe that we all are geeks at a certain degree. We may not be like the stereotype geeks but we geek when something hit our geeky nerves. Geektastic is a fantastic tool to wake up the sleeping geeks inside us. Reading this book helped me get in touch with my inner geek, and helped me remember those times when I was addicted to watching and collecting trading cards of Street Fighter, Ultraman and other Japanese superheroes in my younger days. Funny though, I cannot remember much [...]

    • Jamie says:

      This was an interesting collection of short stories plus some amusing one page panels (my favorite being about lucky dice). Some are are tinged with romance (including some LGBT), others are funny. Some heartbreaking, some very realistic. From roleplaying, anime, comics, sci-fi, astonomy, theatre and even your more commonplace school nerd, this book has a wise variety of stories. Not all are up my alley, and others I really liked. A little something for everyone. Here are my thoughts on the stor [...]

    • Mike says:

      Rating: 3.5/5As its name suggests, this anthology consists of 15 stories about geeks. There are a lot of different kinds, with a main focus on sci-fi fans. I thought that the stories would get repetitive and the geeks would be cliched, and while there was some of that, it was largely not a problem. There were a bunch of stories that I really liked, and only one that I hated. Here we go:Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci: 5/5I didn't like Tithe, whi [...]

    • Kogiopsis says:

      This is an awkward book to review.I first read this back in 2009, as the two galleys sent to the library teen group were passed around enthusiastically from member to member. I can’t remember any of us disliking it - we all saw something of ourselves in this book, and it didn’t hurt that it was full of authors we all loved. (Mortal Instruments was at its heyday in that group, for a start.)Now, seven years later, I’ve returned to that same galley to find that oh yes, I still see my high sch [...]

    • Melody says:

      It probably says more about me than about the book that the first, most important thing I need to say about it is that John Green, in his story 'Freak the Geek' got his facts about Aragorn and Arwen from LotR wrong. The story of their wedding is not told in the appendix, but rather in the final book. The story of their lives together is what's told in the appendix. Also, it's spelled orc, not ork. Ahem.Now that I've qualified myself as one of the herd this book was aimed at, let me tell you how [...]

    • Wealhtheow says:

      Like most collections, this has its good stories and its bad. It begins with the punchy "Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way," a really enjoyable piece by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. I loved it because it was both about geekery (Klingons vs Jedi, the ideas of the purpose behind anger and gender in Star Wars vs Star Trek) and about being a young adult geek. It felt fresh and imaginative, and not only did I like the main characters, but I got a good feel for them, too.The cartoons [...]

    • Callie Rose Tyler says:

      This was a mixed bag, with some horribly terrible stories and some that are absolute MUST READS.The GOOD- These stories all deserve 5 stars and two thumbs WAY up!Secret Identity- If you only read one story it should be this one! Kelly Link is brilliant. Her narration has style and the story is incredibly interesting, different, and strange. She doesn't beat the 'geek' theme to death showing once again that she is the master of subtlety. Genius! The King of Pelinesse- This story is seemingly simp [...]

    • K. O'Bibliophile says:

      When I clicked on the little words here on to update my reading status of this book, then clicked, "I'm finished," a little box popped up."Are you sure you want to mark this as read?" it ask me.No. I do not want to mark this as read. I want the minutes I wasted on it back.Is it wrong I wanted more geekery and less teen angst? Most of these stories were regular teen drama with MMORPGs thrown in. I don't care about the guy you spoke with over the internet who isn't as cool as you thought, Catheri [...]

    • Charley Cook says:

      Probably a percentage of like 40% good stories and 60% meh stories. I will go through and note my highlights and maybe do a video on them.

    • Lauren says:

      Have you ever wondered what would happen if a Klingon and a Jedi slept in the same room together? What if the popular girl fell down the teen social ladder and become awkward and lonely (and thus, relatable to Geeks around the world)? Or if one boy discovers LARPing as a form of social expression; if another cruelly teases GEEKS only to realize he's become one himself? Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd is a collaborative effort between several Young Adult authors, born of the minds of Holly [...]

    • joanna says:

      So awesome! Made me want to write my own geektastic tale and get in into Vol. 2 (IS there a Vol. 2? There should be!) There's something for everyone - gamers, Trekkies, LARPers, even those geeks with vengeance in their hearts for their suffering in high school. Some of the stories are straight up nerd anecdotes woven with a little character and plot development, and in others the geek element is a little more difficult to spot. Any geek will see themselves in here somewhere. I really enjoyed rea [...]

    • Madeline says:

      A collection of stories by some amazing young-adult authors (Libba Bray! WOO!) celebrating la vie en geek. (I made that up right now PATENT PENDING PATENT PENDING)My favorite story of the bunch: a girl dressed as a Klingon for a sci-fi convention wakes up in a hotel bed, takes stock of the various props and costumes belonging to the sleeping boy next to her, and realizes that she spent the previous night having crazy drunken sex with a Jedi. Hilarity, drama, and a massive Klingon-Jedi fight in a [...]

    • R. C. says:

      I checked this out for me, but my nine-year-old browsed through, then asked if she could read it. This child has never been to elementary school, let alone high school, so I'm not sure what the appeal is. I'm also not sure it's entirely appropriate for a kid this age. She "reeeeeeally" wants to read it, "please, Mama." So we're reading it together. Edited to add, a few stories and a bunch of comics in So far, it's the geek culture that is obviously drawing my kiddo to the end of the book. The ba [...]

    • Isamlq says:

      I have seen all the Lord of the Rings movies. I’ll even admit to having watched them more than once. I have read Harry Potter. But if we’re talking fantasy, I am very INTO David Eddings. Do these facts make me a geek? Erm, reading the stories in Geektastic seem to throw support toward an affirmative answer. So OK, I think I may be a geek. But, I am not as hardcore geek-y as the characters in these stories. For instance, I’ve never debated about the virtues of one Star Trek captain versus a [...]

    • Tanabrus says:

      Una raccolta di racconti davvero piacevole.Tutti i racconti sono ambientati nel mondo dei Geek, presentando diverse sfaccettature dell'universo geek americano.Dalle faide tra Trekkers e appassionati di Star Wars, ai geek scolastici che primeggiano nello studio e sanno tutto di tutto; dal gioco di ruolo dal vivo ai MMORPG; dalla passione sfrenata per uno spettacolo agli incontri reali dopo le conoscenze virtuali.In certi casi mi sono sentito meno nerd vedendo la scala che certi fenomeni assumono [...]

    • Tortla says:

      Decent stories, but the geekiness was often so specific to online gaming or star trek/wars that I felt kind of alienated (punnn). Someone else's review commented on the prevalence of drinking, but I was more troubled by the prevalence of geeky revenge and/or cruelty. Like the paleontologist-aspiring-girlat story was so enjoyable until the verrrry end. And the quizbowl antichrist was, at first, irksome because of the protagonist's persistent teasing. David Levithan made a point of that geeky aggr [...]

    • a says:

      Before I start, a preamble: I find it impossible to review an anthology comprised of works written by a multitude of authors as one joint work, therefore I present to you reviews of each story in this book, okay? Okay. Firstly, allow me to say that this - I can't think of a more awesome idea for an anthology than the broad subject of geekery. No, really, as a card-carrying geek, discovering this book existed was the equivalent of some nebulous spaceship descending from the Heavens and opening it [...]

    • Janice (Janicu) says:

      janicuvejournal/80600mlI picked this one up at BEA since I'm a Holly Black fan and she was signing it.Geektastic is an anthology of geek related stories. According to the charming Editors' note, the idea was formed after Comic Con, where, in line for a burrito, Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci discussed what would happen if "you were a Jedi and you woke up with a Klingon in your bed" (the first story in this anthology). It's a fun concept, and this book has different varieties of geeks represen [...]

    • Sam says:

      These stories may be full of cliches and somewhat predictable endings but I still thoroughly enjoyed most of the stories contained within its covers. It was nice to read about characters that aren't popular or mainstream and that are on the fringes of school life due to their geekk credentials. These are my people and my people can be strangely predictable at times. Yes there are some stories that show the meaner side of the geek crowd but then I'm sure we've all been there at some point (I know [...]

    • Cassie-la says:

      REVIEW ALSO ON: bibliomantics/2011/05/06/iIn high school I was a nerd. I am still a nerd. I have an unhealthy love affair for Wolverine, I have a Fellowship cloak in my closet and a ring of power on my dresser. There’s a plush Necromicon in my living room and a vorpal blade on my bookshelf. I dressed up as Sango from “InuYasha” complete with life sized hiraikotsu (AKA giant boomerang) in high school. And no, I didn’t have to look up the spelling for hiraikotsu, I just know it off the top [...]

    • Emily says:

      This Collection was a varied and fun read. Some of the stories made me chuckle, and some made me think. All of them had heart. A perfect read for any geek who wants to feel a connection. It feels like a written reminder that we geeks are many.

    • Lexie says:

      My question is this: How can you not want to read this book? Even if your interest in (any) fandom is casual to the point of 'I kind of remember that blond chick with a pointy stick' this book will have you in stitches, tears or ready to be a more active member of some wonderful community. Whether you are a Trekkie (or is it Trekker now?), Star Wars fan, Whedonite, Otaku or a more obscure fandom (Blake's 7? Does anyone remember that show?) you'll enjoy this book.It's not perfect, I sometimes won [...]

    • Kelly says:

      Full review at yannabe/2009/10/08/review-Summary: A collection of stories from YA authors celebrating geekdom in all its many forms—from roleplaying to Buffy to being the smartest kid in school.Review: I recently told a friend of mine about this collection. She’s been reading some YA lately, she’s a huge Buffy fan, and she’s one smart cookie to boot. So I thought she might be into the whole “celebrate your inner geek” thing. But when I suggested that she might like it, I’m pretty s [...]

    • Craig says:

      A cute round-up of YA authors taking a stab at the various obsessions that keep a "geek" outside of the typically posh social circles5 stars to "Quiz Bowl Antichrist," "Secret Identity," "The Truth About Dino Girl," "This is my Audition Monologue," and "It's Just a Jump to the Left." All of these authors really 'got it' and presented deep stories that weren't flat approximations of life based on an assignment they were given for an anthology.The opening story by the collection's editors was quit [...]

    • Liviania says:

      Why does something I loved this much feel like such a misfire? This book contains stories for every kind of geek: lj RP, cosplay, D&D, Buffy, and more. For pan-fandom geeks, it's a godsend. Like any short story collection I loved some more than others, but the writing was generally strong.However, I felt like I relied on the knowledge I've learned from seven or so years as a Queen of Nerds (ask me for my credentials). GEEKTASTIC is not inclusive. I think most people without geeky or nerdy in [...]

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