Geektastic: anthology of nerdy fiction and comics

Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci's wonderful anthology of nerdy fiction and comics, Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd was a great read: the short fiction ran the gamut from soul-searing angst to high comedy and all the territory in between. Of particular note were Scott Westerfeld's "Definition Chaos" (a story about a gun-toting gamer and his nutsy ex-girlfriend transporting $80,000 by train to Florida to pay for a con's hotel deposit); Garth Nix's "The Quiet Knight" (a disabled LARPer finds his true self in boffer armor); Lisa Yee's "Everyone But You" (a baton-twirling midwesterner reinvents herself in a Hawaiian high school); Kelly Link's "Secret Identity" (the book's top piece; a novella about a girl who travels to New York to hook up with a man she met in an MMORPG, despite the fact that doing so will reveal to him that she has lied about her identity); and Libba Bray's heartbreaking "It's Just a Jump to the Left" (a girl discovers she can't escape her life at Rocky Horror)

Intercut with the stories is a series of charming one-page comics drawn by Hope Larson and Brendan Lee "Scott Pilgrim" O'Malley.

All told, Geektastic is a cliche-busting, smart, and funny book about celebrating your inner mutant. Highly recommended.

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd


  1. I actually read a galley of this a few months ago (it came with some delicious geektastic candy) – it was pretty fantastic for geeky / nerdy kids. Holly & Cecil came up with a great anthology! I wish I’d had this when I was in High School… then I probably wouldn’t have read Ophelia Speaks 500 times.

  2. Aloha Cory,

    A quick note on usage of the diacritical ‘okina ( ‘ ). As a writer based out of Keauhou on the Big Island, I puzzled over proper use until I consulted a local copy editor/publisher friend.

    The okina is used only when a word appears as it would when used in Hawaiian, not in an anglicized version of a word. So, “Hawai‘i charter schools deserve better funding” is correct, but “Hawai‘i’s charter schools face 25% budget cuts.” is incorrect. Likewise, it’s “Hawaiian” not “Hawai‘ian”.

    Mahalo for respecting the language and culture and trying!

  3. Cory, thank you for the great review! I designed the book and just want to point out to everyone that the brilliant Eboy did all the illustrations. BB readers know them as the designers of the BB logos, amazing posters, and the awesome Peecol series, which inspired these drawings.

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