I Was a Social Outcast: Cassie-la Fraks Around With “Geektastic” from Holly Black

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd [edited] by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Genre: Fiction, anthology, nerd culture, geekery, young adult, holy crap stop stealing bits of my life
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Summary: Some of the best known young adult authors take on the subculture known as nerdom, from conventions to online gaming to super hero worship and beyond.

This collection of stories will take you to the farthest reaches of space, Middle-earth, and your own bedroom.

In high school I was a nerd. I am still a nerd. I have an unhealthy love affair for Wolverine, I have a Fellowship cloak in my closet and a ring of power on my dresser. There’s a plush Necromicon in my living room and a vorpal blade on my bookshelf. I dressed up as Sango from “InuYasha” complete with life sized hiraikotsu (AKA giant boomerang) in high school. And no, I didn’t have to look up the spelling for hiraikotsu, I just know it off the top of my head. I even worked in a comic book store. I was and am in all senses of the word, a nerd. Albeit a high functioning one.

It was the tie to the subculture of all things nerdy that drew me to Geektastic. My first impression was that this anthology was going to be similar to Zombies Vs. Unicorns (also edited by Holly Black). I found that Geektastic was a lot more entertaining, particularly because half of it wasn’t devoted to lame ass unicorns. It also features a lot of my favourite young adult authors like M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Kelly Link, and Scott Westerfeld.

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