Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

revenge of the nerds
Geeks of the world, rejoice! Several of the best YA authors around have let their freak flags fly in this nerdalicious collection of dork-shorts, and the result is no less than GEEKTASTIC. Are you an astronomy aficionado? A quiz bowl questioner? A crazy ComicCon-er? Perhaps you’re compulsive online gamer, A Rocky Horror crooner, or just simply a Buffy action-figure collector. Whatever brand of freak you are, you will soon recognize yourself and other members of your nerd herd in this outrageously funny and occasionally tragic collection of stories and comics. Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci imagine the impossible love between a Jedi and a Klingon in the star-crossed “Once You’re a Jedi, You’re a Jedi All the Way,” while David Levithan explores quiz bowl backstabbing in “Quiz Bowl Antichrist.” A couple of nerds outsmart their hazers in John Green’s “Freak the Geek,” Cassandra Clare explains what happens when online gamers meet in real life in “I Never,” and Libba Bray will make you cry in “It’s Just a Jump to the Left,” a gorgeously melancholic ode to the Rocky Horror Picture Show and lost innocence. Plus, there’s Lisa Yee’s story of baton-twirling angst, Tracy Lynn’s tale of a cheerleader who finally sees the geek-light, and some totally awesome comic shorts by Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O’Malley. Additional nerd-words are penned Scott Westerfeld, M.T. Anderson, Garth Nix, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass and Sara Zarr.  As a proud former show choir nerd and theater geek, I dug each and every one of these original stories and I’m sure you will, too. Because when it’s all said and done, “geek” is just shorthand for being passionate about what you love, be it karate or Klingon.  And who isn’t passionate about something? Jot this one down for next summer’s reading list, as it won’t be beamed down into a library or bookstore near you until August 2009. May the force be with you until then!

8 thoughts on “Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

  1. August? Yeah, that is so not a good marketing plan. This is such a great summer read! Why, oh why, not June???

    And yay for cheerleaders – we were our own special brand of geek…

  2. I know I should have waited to post this one, but it was just so yummy I just couldn’t help myself. Oh well, advance buzz never hurt anyone–except those dying to read something:)

  3. Best story collection in a long time.
    I think ‘I Never’ was my favorite story out of all of them.

  4. Oh, man, I got this book and it’s been my favorite short-story collection ever since. My personal favorite is “The Stars at the Finish Line”.

  5. I loved this, I loved the little comics before each story and I identified with the geeks in each story. The only thing that was a let down was that the were no one was mad that Luke Skywalker is related to Princess Leia( they’re brother and sister.) It was overall really great.

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