Title: Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
Author: various - edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
"Haven't you heard? Geek is the new cool! Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to bring together stories from some of the bestselling and most promising players in young adult literature. This collection includes stories from the following geeks:
M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Cynthia & Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Tracy Lynn, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld, 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!"
Short stories are a whole different thing unto themselves. There's not enough story to care about the characters by the end of the story, but the author has to immediately pull you in to make sure you're interested from the get-go. Some authors do this better than others :).
I picked up this book because it contained so many of my favorite authors. You can see them all listed in the summary. The ones that I was excited about really didn't disappoint. Their writing styles were really what I was looking forward to and they lived up to my expectations. But it's hard to get settled into their story just for it to end so quickly.
And though I do consider myself a geek, some of these stories were way more geeky than I could follow. Perhaps I fall more in the nerd category... which is a sad thing to find out. Alas, I did enjoy all of these stories. Full disclosure: there are a few that I kinda skimmed through (I'm not tellin which ones, that might be mean).
These stories are great for any geek - closet or otherwise. I'd definitely recommend it. If you don't consider yourself a geek, you will need to do some geek-like research before you read these stories. Wouldn't want you to get confused.
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