Geekomancy [NOOK Book]

Overview

Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire the Slayer in this original urban fantasy eBook about Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.

Ree Reyes's life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comicshop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.

When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the ...

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Geekomancy

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Overview

Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire the Slayer in this original urban fantasy eBook about Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.

Ree Reyes's life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comicshop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.

When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic "BOOM!" echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town's magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves, and elegant Gothic Lolita witches while wielding nostalgia-powered props.

Ree joins Eastwood (aka Scruffy Guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to recover from her own drag-your-heart-through-jagged-glass breakup. But as she digs deeper, Ree discovers Eastwood may not be the knight-in-cardboard armor she thought. Will Ree be able to stop the suicides, save Eastwood from himself, and somehow keep her job?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451698138
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Series: Ree Reyes
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 70,608
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Michael R. Underwood is the author of Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, and the forthcoming Younger Gods and Shield and Crocus. By day, he’s the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books. Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. He has a BA in Creative Mythology and East Asian Studies, and an MA in Folklore Studies. Mike has been a bookseller, a barista, a game store cashwrap monkey, and an independent publishers’ representative.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his girlfriend, an ever-growing library, and a super-team of dinosaur figurines and stuffed animals. In his rapidly vanishing free time, he studies historical martial arts and makes homemade pizza. Mike blogs at MichaelRUnderwood.com/blog and Tweets @MikeRUnderwood.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    Let me start out by saying that I hate most Sci-Fi/Fantasy books

    Let me start out by saying that I hate most Sci-Fi/Fantasy books. I was forced to read a Sci-Fi book in 9th grade and loved it, read every single one in the series, and then, pretty much lost faith in the genre after a multitude of authors failed me with too-detailed discussion of weapons, miserable excuses for dialect, and terrible, terrible plot and character development.

    Michael Underwood did not fail me. The characters are relatable and realistic, the action moves along with an appropriate level of exposition, and even though my geekiness stems largely from living vicariously through a D&D-playing spouse, Dr. Who fanatic friends, and a well-read/watched corps of slash-fanfiction-writing college friends rather than actively participating, the abundant geek cultural references (some of which were way over my head) did not detract from this read.

    This book is billed, quite rightly, as a book for geeks, but I’m not a very adherent one and I loved it all the same. If you, like me, have a chequered past with Sci-Fi/Fantasy, you’ll be doing yourself a favor by giving this one a try.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

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    Ree is a lovely, geeky lady that sells comic books and lattes fo

    Ree is a lovely, geeky lady that sells comic books and lattes for a living. Her dream is to write a screenplay that takes off and launches her career. Until that happens she's content working at Cafe Xombie and hanging out with her friends. A strange customer comes into the comic book store one day and everything in Ree's life changes.

    Ree's eyes are opened to magic and creatures that go bump in the night. After talking with Eastwood (the strange customer) she begins to submerge herself into that world. Ree quickly learns more about the powers available and the local hangouts/markets for people in the know. She then decides to help Eastwood solve who is behind the teen suicides.

    I can honestly say I was surprised at who was behind the suicides. Geekomancy is a book that all geeks should be required to read. It pretty much collected all things geek and shoved it into a book and made it work. There were tons of references that I came to look forward to while reading. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Not bad.

    Great plot premise (

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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    Interesting, but didn't live up to my hopes

    Geekomancy is an ok book. People who disliked Ready Player One for all the name dropping need to steer very clear of this one. I have to admit, while the author was setting up his magic system, and we were getting to know Ree, the near constant pop culture and "geek" references were distracting to me. They come hard, fast, and often. The magic system is great, something fresh and different to most fantasy. Geekomancy is quirky. Sometimes it's a fine line between quirky and whackadoo, but I don't think this tale ever got absurd. The magic system made a lot of sense. There was learning, limits and consequences. Different people have different strengths. It's not all geek power, either. The characters were enjoyable but a tad cliché though as this is all about references and tropes the characters fit the story. The story wasn't the strongest. It was predictable and if it wasn't for the setting wouldn't have been worth reading. I would be interested in seeing what comes next but not quite sure if it would be on my list of must haves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Geeks forever! Big nasties never!

    Fun. Inventive. A darn good read. You could do a lot worse. He needs to write another quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Good but...

    If you are not completely ingrained in all aspects of nerd culture some of the references will go completely over your head. It was a good read, but often I was bothered by how colloquially it was written because the details were usually missing to make the story more real. Otherwise, it was a fun little read and would be very relatable to many readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Creative

    Even though I am not a geek and did not get a lot of the geekdom references I certainly enjoyed this book very much. I loved the magic, the characters, the action, the plot with its twist, and the hidden world I was shown. I would definitely buy a sequel(s) to this fantastic debut. Who knows maybe the geekomancy will rub off on me! Thanks for a fun-filled read and an introduction to a world I can't wait to visit again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Fandom comes alive

    Geekomancy is a fun, fast, rich ride, where pop culture and geek
    references fuel the action (literally) and laugh out loud humor.
    Once I started reading it, I didn't put it down until the last page
    was done.
    4.5 stars; the .5 off for my lack of geek knowledge and the novel was too short for my taste, at only 264 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Fun and filled with geekdom

    I look forward to (hopefully) reading a series devoted to our hero, Ree and her Steampunk pal Drake. The only thing stopping me from giving it my full recommendation is that I do not think the author quite realizes the power that Ree posesses. I won't give anything away, but, for those who have read the book, I will say that Ree needs to go watch the 1987 movie Wall Street or perhaps even better the 2011 movie Limitless.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

    This was, beyond a doubt, the best "first novel" that

    This was, beyond a doubt, the best "first novel" that I've ever read. Exciting, intriguing, and well-constructed, with literally DOZENS of "geek-references," the book was nearly impossible to put down.

    More, please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Loved it!

    Would highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Enjoyed every minute!

    This was a great read even though, being a Boomer, I needed to stop and search gaming references on a regular basis. Actually, that just added to the book's educational value for me. Looking forward to reading more by Michael Underwood.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    I laughed, I snarfed, I couldn't put it down. Ree and the denize

    I laughed, I snarfed, I couldn't put it down. Ree and the denizens of Pearson kept me geeking out until the last word. Google even came to the rescue with some of the Land of Geek that I didn't recognize on my own. Absolutely cannot wait until Ree continues her journey. So say we all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Of the books I've read this year, this is definitely one where I hope there are more installments to come.

    Let me explain about this book. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. This is a book where when characters are being introduced in the first chapter, the reader is given a six attribute and character class stat block before we're given a description of their appearance. This is a book where a character will stop using strings of fictional/foreign language cursing and use modern English profanity to let you know that he has actually reach a stage of serious anger. This is a book that will have characters quote well known lines from films, and not explain the subtext of the line because the reader does/should know it, but still kind of gives the idea for those that may not be in the know. This is a book that slips a fourth wall break into the climax, and gets away with it.

    Is the book perfect? I'll say that I had some problems with it. Early on, the setting feels a little fictional. Okay, yeah, fiction book. Duh. But I mean, you start off so deep in the geeky culture that the city feels more like a group of nerds came over the hill and said "Yes, this is a fertile land and we will thrive" as opposed to a city being built and then culture developing there. Also, the mystic rules are a little vague. They start off with collector's items as spell components that get used up, but then watching videos will give power without destroying dvds, and then we're back to vulgar magick destroying trading cards out of a person's hand as effects go off. It works in a "the main character is being handed a max level toon and being asked to join a raid" kind of way. It should be a little confusing because our main character is new to magic, but my inner rules lawyer is hoping that if the series continues we get a better sense of how things work. And if I have to be honest, if you're paying close enough attention, one of the book's events is telegraphed early on because of the way geeky references are used.

    Now, even with all that, I really enjoyed this book. What for me was its saving grace was its sense of humor. I've highlighted books in the past to help me study things for school. I've never highlighted sections of a book I've read for pleasure just because I wanted to remember that segment before this one. The author redeems a different book series that I wil never read because of my low opinion of those books by offering an explanation for why those books exist that makes them awesome. A "we're all thinking it, but we don't always say it" truth about steampunk cosplay is pointed out in regards to one character's prefered method of defense. There are several times where the thoughts running through the main character's head would pop up in such a way that it felt like it would be an onscreen text blurb that would pop up in a film like Scott Pilgrim or a Family Guy cut away joke. It's this that made me take my early problems and go "this is an entertaining book, I should really just relax".

    Of the books I've read this year, this is definitely one where I hope there are more installments to come.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Geekomancy blends Clever with Creative. It features smart and s

    Geekomancy blends Clever with Creative. It features smart and sexy, yet believable characters in an Unbelieveable setting ( in the best way) It's a stunning combination of imagination, and all the little references that Geeks love. If that weren't enough Michael will buy you a drink if you can cite all the reference in the book to him personally


    (j/k)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Great read

    Geek references past and present make this a great read for the summer.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    Fantastic, fun book. Urban Fantasy/homage to geek culture. I ver

    Fantastic, fun book. Urban Fantasy/homage to geek culture. I very much recommend this to my fellow geeks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Great for geeks and the like

    This is a fantastic read! Very fun :)

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    Posted October 8, 2012

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