Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: GEEKOMANCY by Michael R Underwood

I can sum up GEEKOMANCY by Michael R Underwood in one word: Geektastic! 
 If you've ever watched Buffy, or played Dungeons & Dragons, or spent a weekend rewatching all the Star Wars movies (for the eighteenth time), or lovingly caressed your Marvel or DC comic treasures, then this book is for you.
The story is a geek's dream, no matter your preferred sub-genre of geekdom; there's something for everyone between the covers.  Where do the paranormal elements come in? Well, with geekomancy, of course.  The heroine is able to take on the powers of movie heroes by viewing the movie and then focusing those powers outward.  An episode of Buffy will give her slaying skills along with excellent banter.  Also, wearing a costume of a comic hero or wielding a replica weapon makes it real.  She is inducted into her skills by a seeming master of all things geek, Eastwood (who I couldn't help but wonder if he looked a bit like Nathan Fillion), and together they set out to solve a strange rash of teen suicides.  Many Surprises Ensue.  (Yep, the capital letters were necessary.) Much geektacular action and, oh—don't forget the heroine also has a life, and is trying desperately to keep her job at a local coffee/comic shop.
The geek culture referenced in this story is astounding, and if you can't relate to one reference, you'll certainly get the next one, and the next one.  (Even if you don't consider yourself a geek.)  Fast-paced and fun, you won't regret checking this one out if you're looking for a smart, unique read.

Here's the blurb:
Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire the Slayer in this original urban fantasy eBook about Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.
Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comicshop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.
When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves, and elegant Gothic Lolita witches while wielding nostalgia-powered props.
Ree joins Eastwood (aka Scruffy Guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to recover from her own drag-your-heart-through-jagged-glass breakup. But as she digs deeper, Ree discovers Eastwood may not be the knight-in-cardboard armor she thought. Will Ree be able to stop the suicides, save Eastwood from himself, and somehow keep her job?

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