Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black


Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside)and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, 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 Klingons 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! (from Goodreads)

I don’t normally read short stories because I don’t think there is enough to them to for plot or character development.  I only read this one because it is one of last years Teens Top Ten nominees and I am still trying to get through them.

Another reason I don’t like short story collections is that there is no consistency in quality or maybe interest is the better word.  This book is no exception.

I really liked the first story about a Star Wars fan and a Star Trek fan hooking up at a convention.  Their friends were appalled that they would associate with someone from the “other side.”  Since I am a fan of both series (although, Star Trek will always be my favorite), I got a kick out of this one.

There were just enough good stories in the collection to keep me reading.  I had to finish them all just in case there were additional gems to be found.


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