Attack the Geek by Michael R. Underwood
Review: (No Spoilers)
Every author has their particular strengths. If you’re Michael Underwood, you’ve aced the ability to create fast-paced, action-packed stories with fun, memorable characters. You’ve also littered the thing with enough pop culture and nerd-isms to make any geek happy.
I am that geek, sir.
I read the first book in the Ree Reyes series, Geekomancy, not long ago. I loved the nerdy spirit of the series, the pacing, the non-stop thrill ride. It’s so much genuine fun packed into one novel, I couldn’t help myself. I picked up the side-quest novella, Attack the Geek, and the 2nd book, Celebromancy, as soon as possible.
I am delighted to say that all of them are wonderful. Ree is an excellent protagonist, and with friends like veteran-geekomancer Eastwood and adorable-steampunk-inventor Drake, what more could a girl ask for?
Admittedly, there is one major drawback to this series: if you are not a geek, you probably won’t get it. The cultural references will be lost on you, and the stories will not have the nostalgic impact that they otherwise would.
However, if you are a geek, if you’ve played Dungeons & Dragons or still lament the loss of Firefly or spend your weekends in World of Warcraft or ever LARPed, then you should go out right now and buy Attack the Geek and the rest of the Ree Reyes series. You’ll grok how Ree rolls nat 20’s and why cave trolls are so frakkin’ scary.
And if you didn’t comprehend a lick of that last sentence, you are not the geek I’m looking for. *waves hand*
Publisher: Pocket Star (April 7, 2014)
Edition: Kindle, ebook, 142 pages
Blurb from GoodReads:
A side quest novella in the bestselling Geekomancy urban fantasy series—when D&D style adventures go from the tabletop to real life, look out!
Ree Reyes, urban fantasy heroine of Geekomancy, is working her regular barista/drink-slinger shift at Grognard’s when it all goes wrong. Everything.
As with Geekomancy (pop culture magic!) and its sequel Celebromancy (celebrity magic!), Attack of the Geek is perfect for anyone who wants to visit a world “where all the books and shows and movies and games [that you] love are a source of power, not only in psychological terms, but in practical, villain-pounding ones” (Marie Brennan, award-winning author of the Onyx Court Series).