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All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
The Arctic Marauder by Jacques Tardi
Babymouse: Monster Mash by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Born to Rule by Kathryn Lasky
Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
The Conductor by Laëtitia Devernay
Fullmetal Alchemist 21 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 22 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 23 by Hiromu Arakawa
Funny How Things Change by Melissa Wyatt
Geektastic edited by Holly Black
Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan
The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash
The Hole in the Wall by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
Images of Nature: The Photographs of Thomas D. Mangelsen by Charles Craighead
Just Like Bossy Bear by David Horvath
The Library by Sarah Stewart
The Lost Art of Reading by David L. Ulin
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
Once in a Lifetime by Cathy Kelly
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
Punished! by David Lubar
Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson
Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest by John Lechner
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 06 by CLAMP
When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
xxxHolic Volume 12 by CLAMP

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Geektastic

Geektastic: 01/11/14

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Geektastic edited by Holly Black is a collection of short stories by some of the best known contemporary YA authors. It was on my wishlist as soon as everyone started raving about it. I loved the cover. I love short stories. I'm somewhat of a geek. It should have been an all around win.

Sadly though, it turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments from my wishlist so far. The geek culture that most of the authors emphasized in their stories was cos-play and attending conventions. Neither of those sound like fun to me. Instead I felt like I was reading a Rashomon version of Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb. I was hoping instead for a broader range of geekdom.

The one enjoyable piece of the book were the inter-story comics by Hope Larson. Her little panels captured what I think as being geeky. I did read all of her comics in the book but gave up on finishing the short stories.

One star

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