Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd


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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 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316008105
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/07/2010
Pages: 403
Sales rank: 503,464
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is

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Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Galleysmith More than 1 year ago
Who says nerds and geeks are out of style? Certainly not Black and Catellucci as they've done an amazing job of collecting stories that highlight the dorkdom of quiz bowl athletes, nerd quotient of roll playing gamers, and flighty disinterest of a popular princess prom queen turning to the dark side and befriending a loveable group of losers. While it is difficult to provide a succinct summary of this book or review its many stories with great detail it is safe to say that there truly is something for everyone in this collection. As a reader I did not enjoy every story, in fact I skipped over a couple entirely, but the majority were entertaining, enlightening and heart-warming. I mean, honestly, we've all been through high school and most of us have also felt periods of inadequacy so I doubt there isn't at least some small something somewhere in these stories that a reader won't relate to. Though difficult to read at times stories surrounding the persecution of teens for being different (Lyga's The Truth About Dino Girl for example) all seemed quite realistic to me. High school is a brutal place where kids who are different are treated like social pariah and even worse abused mentally and physically. This issue is addressed in multiple ways in multiple stories - from the dork subtly changing their own lives to fit in with a more mainstream crowd or by acts of revenge that turn the nerd into a bully themselves. All in all I would recommend this book to anyone who finds different types of culture interesting or engaging. I admit I do not have a great deal of knowledge of much in the way of roll playing games, quiz bowls, or other such thinky and different past times but I walked away from these stories a better person for having learned more.
Capfox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This will come as a big surprise, I'm sure, but I was a pretty big geek in high school. Now, I wasn't into all of the different things that are represented in this book - it hits a lot of bases, from Star Trek and Star Wars through LARPing and Rocky Horror and on to quiz bowl and biology - but I knew at least something about pretty much all of them, and this was quite the fun book for me. It's a whole lot of stories, mostly about teens, in a variety of situations. Yes, there are largely geeky ones, but people have to make their ways through life either way, and it's not all focused on sci-fi cons and LARP outings; no, you have awkward meetings and navigations of who you are, the way it probably should.Like most short-story collections, this has its ups and downs in terms of quality, but on the whole, it's pretty high. For me, the highlights were David Levithan's "Quiz Bowl Antichrist" (a caustic teen doing quiz bowl, with his team going a long way, and the interactions between the members), Cassandra Clare's "I Never" (a number of people meeting up from an online RPG that covers any fictional character out there, and the awkwardness of that), and Garth Nix's "The Quiet Knight" (a short-even-for-this-collection story about a large LARPer). I didn't particularly like Libba Bray's entry on Rocky Horror, although I've never really gotten her writing, so perhaps that's not a surprise, and Lisa Yee's Everyone But You, a baton twirler moving to Hawaii and trying to fit in, also really did very little for me, feeling flat and not well characterized. And there's a special place of badness for Barry Lyga's story "The Truth about Dino Girl," where the ending left me feeling just appalled with the lead character. That one's so bad I'm taking a half-star off just for that piece. Sigh.But overall, this is a book coming from a good place, amusing and sweet and caring about the people it portrays, and the little one-page comics by Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley keep the tone light and fun. This is not the best short story collection out there, no, but it's pretty fun and fast reading, overall, and its plusses outweigh its minuses by a good margin.
delphica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Boy, the stories in this collection were all over the map in terms of quality. Some of the authors really seemed to be phoning it in, which surprised me in a few cases where I was familiar with (and enjoyed) their other work. A few pieces were delightful. Each story focuses on a different type of geekdom, anything from online gaming to Rocky Horror to quiz bowl. Grade: So uneven, I can't give it more than a waffly B-, although several were excellent (I thought Kelly Link's "Secret Identity" was especially outstanding).Recommended: To geeks of various stripes, although with the caveat that I would skim for what interests you and not to be at all hesitant about skipping anything that doesn't grab you right away.
waxlight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute. And I can attest to the truthfulness of probably half of these stories.
dingleberries11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book opened my eyes to the fact that I am not as geektastic as I could/should be. Yes, I was pretty much raised on Star Wars and I read LOTR multiple times before the movies came out (which I now own all the extended versions of) and I have read more than half my life away, but¿ Wait, this is not proving my point.Geektastic is a brilliant and enjoyable read. The anthology brought together some of my favorite authors, including John Green, Libba Bray and David Levithan. Also, there are interval comics with one of the illustrators being Bryan Lee O'Malley, the creator of Scott Pilgrim!The stories are well written, sometimes hilarious, sometimes thoughtful and generally just awesome and creative. I definitely recommend Geektastic for all nerds or geeks or losers of any kind whether literary, gaming, fantasy, anime or what have you!
bacis88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vulcans and dragons and quiz bowl, oh my! Nerds and geeks all battle for love, truth, and courage against the oppressive powers that be. Evolution made them for a reason and they're here to stay.
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Overall Summary, Review, and Recommendation: How do you know if Geektastic is a book you should read? Let me toss out some names: Stormtroopers. Lothlorien. The Brontë sisters. Dr. Frank-n-Furter. Chaotic Neutral. Buffy Summers. Daleks. Wesley Crusher. James Watson. LARPers. Peacekeepers. The Green Lantern. Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex. Browncoats. Richard III. The Andromeda Galaxy. Cylons. If any of those terms elicit a reaction, you just might be a geek. This book is not only geared towards the comic-book-reading, convention-going, D&D-playing, Spock-ears-wearing variety of geek (although there's plenty for them as well.) Rather, this book takes a broader definition of geek, as "a person who is so passionate about a given subject or subjects as to occasionally cause annoyance among others." And, as the title suggests, this book is a celebration of geeks and geekdom in all its many and varied forms.Still not convinced? Let me toss out some more names: John Green. Garth Nix. M. T. Anderson. Libba Bray. David Levithan. Scott Westerfeld. Interested yet? This anthology is populated with short stories by some of the best, funniest, smartest, and nerdiest YA authors out there. It's varied enough that every story isn't the same, but it's all united by a common sensibility that being smart and passionate about something isn't something to be ashamed of, but rather something that we should wear with pride.Unsurprisingly, I enjoyed the heck out of this book. Some stories worked for me more than did others, but with only a few exceptions, they were all really well written, emotionally honest, and thoroughly, gleefully geeky. I got a little thrill any time I caught a reference to a fandom that I share, and even the stories that were based outside my own sphere of geekosity were relatable, plus they frequently had extraneous nerdy tidbits that I could pick up on and say "Hey, I know about that!" I think geeks of all ages and persuasions will find something here they relate to, and something they will enjoy, particularly (but not limited to!) the sci-fi/fantasy geeks. (And, let's be honest with ourselves. You're reading book reviews on the internet in your spare time. You're a geek. Congratulations, and welcome to the party!) 4.5 out of 5 stars.Individual Summaries and Reviews:"Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way" by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci is the story that sparked the idea for this collection, about what would happen if a Jedi (peace-loving Star Wars do-gooders) hooked up with a Klingon (ragewad Star Trek warriors) at a convention. I've never been to a Con, but I know enough about them, and enough about the various characters/groups of people involved, that this story made me giggle all the way through."One of Us" by Tracy Lynn. A cheerleader approaches a group of geeks, asking them to train her in all things geeky so that she will be better able to talk to her boyfriend, a football players who secretly likes sci-fi. A story that manages to be sweet without being sappy, which I appreciate. As a former cheerleader and current geek, I also thought the characterizations on all sides of this story were really well done."Definitional Chaos" by Scott Westerfeld. A guy tasked with delivering the rental money for a Con has a run-in with his ex-girlfriend on the way, in which they argue the finer points of morality, relationships, and D&D character alignments. Not what I was expecting from Westerfeld at all; which I guess once again goes to show his range. This story is kind of strangely neo-noir-ish and cerebral, and also the one that I think relies the most heavily on pre-existing geek knowledge (in this case, Dungeons and Dragons-based). However, despite my very limited understanding of D&D and the bizarreness of the story, I still found it an interesting read."I Never" by Cassandra Clare is the first of two stories in t
BrownDeer32 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the Editors' Note, Black and Castellucci reveal that they came up with such a great idea for a story while waiting in line at Comic-Con that they needed to collect an entire anthology of such stories in order to get theirs published. While the idea (and anthology) is pretty good, it's unfortunate that "Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way", the first story in the collection (and that dreamed up by the editors) is not very impressive and arguably the weakest in the anthology. The interspersed comics, also by the editors, continue the trend, being mildly amusing at best. It is still an entertaining collection though, with many higher quality and amusing stories by other contributors.
farnsworthk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an uneven mix of "geeky" stories. There are some good ones like Scott Westerfield's Defintional Chaos or Garth Nix's The Quiet Knight which showed real characters with geeky sides, but many of them were just too stereotypical and some so dismal that I almost didn't finish them. Overall the comics were pretty bad as they were only about stereotypes and those which I assumed were supposed to be funny were not. On the positive side, there is a story for nearly every geek out there (I must admit that I'm quite fond of "dino girl").
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This collection of short stories celebrating geekdom was everything you might expect from a short story book: Some stories were good, some were bad, some were GREAT, and a few nearly put me to sleep.But, that's also what I like about a collection of short stories -- there's often something for every taste. Mind you, I prefer borrowing short story collections from the library than buying them (if it's a first-time read) for that reason as well... and Geektastic is right up there with the lot of them.Everyone from Star Trek geeks to math geeks to theatre geeks have a home in this collection, which on the one hand was really interesting: All these different things that tend to get labeled "geeky" were put together, showing the variety and contrast of the interests society tends to lump under one banner.On the other hand, at times it made the book feel jumbled, and a bit unfocused. Such a wide definition of "geek stories" made it seem, at times, that I was simply reading a collection of random stories as opposed to stories fitting a particular theme.Honestly, I can't recall which of the stories were my favorites, but there were a few really excellent gems in the book that makes it worth reading. You'll probably skim a few stories here or there, but you don't need to feel bad about it -- not all books are for all people, and therefore not all short stories will be for all people either, even when they're contained within the same covers.Pick it up, read a bit, see what you think!
bigorangemichael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wide variety of stories that embrace the geek lifestyle. As with any short story collection, there are some stories you'll like more than others, but for the most part the collection holds up well and if you're a geek of any kind you'll find something in here to smile about.Whether its the quiz bowl contestant with a crush on his fellow quiz bowl participant or the story of what happens when a Klingon and a Jedi become romantically entangled, the stories hit close to home in a loving and not pandering way. This is clearly geeks poking fun at themselves and their fellow geeks and not people looking down on the geek lifestyle.There are a few stories that didn't necessarily work for me, but part of that could be my lack of context for getting some of the jokes and in-jokes.
twonickels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spotty anthology, but there are a couple of standouts - particularly the story from Kelly Link. A few of the selections felt like they were more about establishing the author's geek cred than telling a great story. Some fun design, with plenty of short comics sprinkled in, the little avatars from the cover serving as section breakers, and author bios inside speech bubbles.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Geektastic is a combination of short stories and single-page graphic humor by some of today¿s hottest YA authors (M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr). The stories range anywhere from laugh out loud funny to some more serious and touching - and although I¿m not a big fan of short stories - this one is definitely worth the read.Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci's opening story ¿had me at hello¿ - just uproariously funny. Libba Bray¿s story and my new hero ¿David Leithan¿ - were amazing. I will confess there were some great stories and some not-so-great one¿s - but in the end I think it was a good all-around package. I really wasn¿t much of a geek during high school and at one point even doubted whether or not I was geek enough to get some of these stories- but other than a handful of references that went over my head - I felt right at home.This is great reading for those of us who at one point were obsessed with Klingons, Jedis, Dr. Who, astronomy, dinosaurs, drama club, marching band, crushes, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Quiz Bowl, etc.This is a must read for any geek, geeklover, or undercover geek. I'm totally doing the ¿live long and prosper hand signal¿ right now.
Wrighty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of more than two dozen short stories from some of the best-selling and most promising young adult authors such as: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, David Levithan, Scott Westerfield and more! There are stories fro every kind of geek, Jedi and Klingon enthusiasts, Science Fair participants, theater buffs, gaming nerds, lunch table status, band geeks, etc.I never really considered myself much of a geek but I certainly enjoyed these stories. There¿s quite a variety and something for everyone. I expect we¿re all familiar with the importance of lunch table status. And I bet we can all identify with the illustrations about How to look cool and not drool in front of your favorite author. (#1 is Try not to throw up.)One of my favorite features is a brief geek biography of each author at the end of their story. Wouldn¿t you love to know who waited in line for 6 weeks for Star Wars? And which author met her future husband at a Star Trek convention while another met hers when they were rival Dungeon masters? There are also humorous illustrations from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O¿Malley. While this is recommended for ages 12 & up there are some mature themes and words that may not be for the youngest readers.
elizardkwik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun collection of stories that covers a range of "geeky" subjects, from Star Wars to Star Trek, role playing to Rocky Horror, and more. A great collection by a great bunch of authors...I didn't want it to end.
brooklynboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I read the names that contributed to this anthology, my mouth started to water. Scott Westerfeld, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Garth Nix, Kelly Link, M.T. Anderson, Barry Lyga (sigh). Yet, when I started to read it, my excitement dimmed. Many of the stories dragged and meandered and really didn't have any point all. Anthologies like these prove that just because you are a great writer, does not mean that you can write short stories. Some of the authors such as Libba Bray and David Levithan write exquisite short stories. David Levithan's story is quick and to the point, yet it tells a cohesive story. Other authors, like Scott Westerfeld, rushed their stories and even after three reads, made me scratch my head as to exactly what story they are trying to tell. In all, it is an acceptable and modestly pleasing YA anthology. I would recommend to teens that like certain authors and those may feel like an outsider. Yet, I won't be pushing this on anyone anytime soon.
MrsBond on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun collection of short stories, all celebrating our love, fascination, and sometimes obsession with movies, films, books, games, etc.
Krylon77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Some of my favorite authors added their "geek" stories to this book. My favorite part was the little author blurbs at the end of each story. It made me laugh to read that some of my favorite authors were, or still are, geeks.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short stories about geeks and nerds of various stripes. Some of them are more-or-less realistic, some of them aren't realistic at all, most of them are hysterically funny. Authors include MT Anderson, John Green, David Levithan, Garth Nix, Cythia Leitch Smith, and Scott Westerfeld.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite story is I never. All these stories are great! -Words from a nerd herself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, basically its a great quick read i am in eighth grade and love this im now ALONE in nmy geekyness ;)
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Every body needs to have this book , geek or not. Embrase your inner geek, you know ou wanna. Lol great book will make you laugh