Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Geektastic (YA review)

For the entire two days it took me to read through this story anthology, I laughed hysterically. Seriously, I cannot tell you how funny most of the stories in Geektastic are, without almost busting out laughing again! Editors Holly Black and Cecil Castelluci have put together a completely awesome collection of short stories that will appeal to even those who aren't big short story fans (including me!).

Jacket description:
"geek \gek\ n :1. a person often of an intellectual bent who is disapproved of 2. a person who is so passionate about a given subject or subjects as to occasionally cause annoyance among others.

geek-tas-tic \gek-tas-tik\ adj : 1. marked by fantastic geek qualities; a compliment of the highest regard.

Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to bring together short stories from some of the best-selling and most promising players in young adult literature, including stories from the following geeks: M.T. Anderson, Cassandra Clare, John Greem, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Tracy Lynn, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld, 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 Kingons 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!

I most definitely fall within the "geek" realm of description, but I even found myself having to ask my husband to explain in detail what some of the geeky things the stories were based on were actually about (which just solidifies the fact that he is waaaay more geek than I am). I think the opening story, "Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way", written by the editors, was the funniest story in the entire anthology, with Quiz Bowl Antichrist by David Levithan a close second. Both had me laughing the entire way and reading paragraphs aloud to the geeky husband.

Not all the stories are funny (though most are) favorite out of all the wonderful pieces of work was probably "The Stars at the Finish Line" by Wendy Mass. It was sweet, moving, and still entirely geek based.

Geektastic will appeal to all types of geeks, intellectual geeks, theater geeks, Trekkies, etc., and to those who just want a good story by their favorite authors. I would instantly hand this to someone as their jumping off point with short stories, as it really is a celebration of all things "geek."

I loved it! Unfortunately, I was reading from an ARC and Sara Zarr's story was not included yet, so I'm going to have to make a run to the bookstore to sneak a peek at what she had to write about in terms of "geekiness!"

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
416 pages
Young Adult/Short Stories
Little, Brown Young Readers
August 2009
Review copy provided by publisher

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Michelle said...

I've never been much of a short story/anthology reader either but when I saw a book about geekery I couldn't restrain myself. I found so many of the stories to be great fun. Out of all I liked Mass' the best as it displayed geekishness that I think even non-geeks can relate to.

Thanks to this book I think I'd be more inclined to read another anthology. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

Kailana said...

I have this book started right now! I have only read a story or two, but I am enjoying it too!