The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Genre: Nonfiction, advice, dating, geekery, humor, do you have what it takes to give her the ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL!?!
Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars
Summary: Geekadelphia co-founder, runner of the Philadelphia Geek Awards, author and teacher Eric Smith can help the geeks of the world find love. You know, assuming that they want to find love. There’s no jokes about fat dudes living in their parents basement in a haze of cheeto dust here, this is loving advice from one geek to another that just might work. You will want to check this one out.
Author and Geekadelphia founder Eric Smith gained his 15-minutes of nerd fame when he found out his girlfriend was cheating on him and he sold the engagement ring he had planned to give her and bought a full set of Master Chief armor with it. He then wrote about it in a hilarious if devastating internet post entitled: Master Grief. Ring any bells? Get it, ring?
Anyway, what better person to pen a book of dating advice by a geek for a geek? One who has recently landed himself a smoking hot fiance might I add. No one, that’s who.
Dateless geeks, I give you your Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Despite dealing heavily with the male pronoun (seeing that Eric’s a dude and all), as a married female I still found this book incredibly enjoyable. As a section in the book notes, there’s no reason why the pronoun can’t be changed as if a female were to ask a male out or a male a male or a female a female, this is the 21st century after all. And for us ladies, there’s always the hilarious references and insight into the male psyche. Or you know, what little of the male psyche there is. I kid, I kid.
I totally don’t kid.
Eric speaks directly to his reader, titled throughout cheekily as Player One who is seeking his Player Two because “you’re tired of living life in the single player mode.” Others vying for dates are referred to as NPCs (non-player characters) throughout to keep up with this video game theme.
To keep things simple, Eric’s advice is broken up into easy to digest sections from figuring out what type of geek you really are (Select Your Character: Your Quest Begins) to preparing to put yourself out there (Engage! Plotting Your Course Through the Dating Realm) to taking things to the next level (Beyond Thunderdome: The Day After, and Beyond) to breaking up with your Player Two if things don’t work out because let’s be realistic here (Boss Level: Advanced Geek Dating).
To keep things lively the advice is part real life examples and part references from geek popular culture as well as actual statistical data. For example, the second date is compared to franchise movie sequels, meeting her parents is compared to interacting with an alien species and break up advice is gleaned from events in Star Wars. Don’t worry, it works so well.
In addition to practical advice that is helpful rather than judgmental- as is the case in some advice/self-help books- Smith’s work is full of hilarious references that will have you stifling your giggles. For example, the line “Rome wasn’t built in a day-not even space Rome,” “Supernatural” references such as “keep calm and carry on, my wayward son” and using puns like the “double-edged vorpal sword” and marriage retitled to “the fellowship of the ring.”
Have no fear though, The Geek’s Guide to Dating runs the gamut of plenty of fandoms, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Doctor Who,” Star Wars, X-Men, “Star Trek,” Harry Potter and a billion video games references that I recognized but didn’t necessarily understand. Unless it was about the cake being a lie! There’s even a hilarious To Serve Man footnote that had me rolling on the floor. Almost literally.
For us bibliophiles, there’s even a nerd type for us in the section about determining what your geek classification is. A section that can be enjoyed by both sexes. Read this excerpt on the weaknesses of the Book Geek and tell me it’s not you, because I am more than willing to admit that it is definitely me.
If you’re a bibliophile, your eyes will immediately dart to the bookcase when you walk into someone’s home for the first time. You know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover (as it were), but you can’t help it. You’re only human (unlike the protagonists of the Twilight box set you’re casting your judgey glance on). Instead of treating someone’s taste in reading matter (or lack thereof) as a red flag, use it as a jumping-off point to ask questions that go deeper than the usual get-to-know-you fare. Hey, maybe there’s some redeeming value to the Twilight series that you’ve overlooked. (Spoilers: There’s not.)
I was lucky enough to get my hands on/get emailed an earlier draft of this book before any of the pictures or formatting was added and if I was amused and impressed by the content, the layout and design makes it even that much better. Can you say adorkable? I’d hope you can, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily want to so feel free to ignore me.
Basically, what I’m saying is, get ready for some 8-bit adorable in your future you lucky reader you!
The Geek’s Guide to Dating will be out on December 3, just in time for that unlucky in love geek who needs a Christmas gift! Or for us non-goys, it’ll be available for the last three days of Chanukah! PRE-ORDER NOW!!!
And don’t forget to check out the acknowledgments page, you might recognize a name in there. ::insert me cheesing really hard here::
-Speaks on the reader’s level, not down to it
-Plenty of humorous nerd references to tickle your funny bone
-Uses practical examples as well as hilarious geek ones
-When used properly you could actually land yourself a date, or just a new friend
-I don’t have a penis nor am looking for love (but I still enjoyed the book nonetheless)
For Eric’s fiction work, check out his book about indie bookstores, writers who needs support groups and finding love in all the best places in his novel Textual Healing.