Geekomancy

Geekomancy

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by Michael R. Underwood
     
 

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.

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451698138
Publisher:
Pocket Star
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Series:
Ree Reyes , #1
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
169,053
File size:
4 MB

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award-winning author of The Blood Coven Vampire series - Mari Mancusi
Underwood's Geek Fu is strong-and he's not afraid to use it. Geekomancy is fun, fresh and full of geek culture references that will have you LOLing to the very last page. This book is one hundred percent pure awesomesauce and totally FTW.
author of Dead Things - Stephen Blackmoore
Magic in geekery, mysticism in celebrities, the Ree Reyes series by Mike Underwood is a celebration of everything that makes being a geek cool. Can't wait to read what he has in store next.
author of the Legend trilogy - Marie Lu
If Buffy hooked up with Doctor Who while on board the Serenity, this book would be their lovechild. In other words, Geekomancy is full of epic win.
New York Times bestselling author of Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire
Geekomancy is a glorious blender of genres, like a sweet candy shell filled with pop culture and high heroism. Absolutely stellar.
award-winning author of the Onyx Court series - Marie Brennan
If you took wish-fulfillment, ground it into a powder, and shot twice the recommended dosage into your eye socket, the result would look a lot like Geekomancy. I want to live in this world, where all the books and shows and movies and games I love are a source of power, not only in psychological terms, -- which they already are -- but practical, villain-pounding ones
author of Nightshifted - Cassie Alexander
Modern, sleek, and whip-smart, Geekomancy is a wonderful blend of geek and pop culture -- you'll find yourself grinning knowingly at least every other page. And Ree is the perfect protagonist to navigate Geekomancy's world -- geek enough to hold her own, yet human enough for me to be deeply invested in her struggles. I can't wait to read the next one!

Meet the Author

Michael R. Underwood is the author of Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, Shield and Crocus, and The Younger Gods. 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 fiancée, an ever-growing library, and a super-team of dinosaur figurines and stuffed animals. He is also a co-host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show. In his rapidly vanishing free time, Mike studies historical martial arts and makes homemade pizza. He blogs at MichaelRUnderwood.com/blog and tweets @MikeRUnderwood.

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Geekomancy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
ARoseFormo More than 1 year ago
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.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
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.
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Great plot premise (
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Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
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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Fun. Inventive. A darn good read. You could do a lot worse. He needs to write another quickly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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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.
Grey-Paladin More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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drrhonda More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.