Saturday, 17 December 2011

Bookish Gifts For Nerds, Geeks, Fanboys and Fangirls

Whether you know a full time or casual nerd, there’s always something for their geeky soul.

1. Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture edited by Stephen H. Segal This book features clever explanations of popular quotes loved by nerds everywhere. From Goodreads: "Geek Wisdom takes as gospel some 200 of the most powerful and oft-cited quotes from movies (“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”), television (“Now we know—and knowing is half the battle”), literature (“All that is gold does not glitter”), games, science, the Internet, and more. Now these beloved pearls of modern-day culture have been painstakingly interpreted by a diverse team of hardcore nerds with their imaginations turned up to 11. Yes, this collection of mini-essays is by, for, and about geeks—but it’s just so surprisingly profound, the rest of us would have to be dorks not to read it. So say we all."

2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green This is John Green's most often overlooked book, and also the nerdiest. With math equations, tons of interesting facts and a boy genius as the protagonist, An Abundance of Katherines is a must read for anyone slightly geeky. Colin Singleton has only ever dated girls named Katherine. And he has always been dumped by each Katherine he dated, nineteen times in total. After graduation and his nineteenth breakup, Colin and his best friend embark on a roadtrip where they go on a detour to see the grave of Franz Ferdinand and end up finding jobs. Colin is trying to make a theorem that will predict the outcome of any relationship. Can romantic relationships be broken down into a mathematical formula and is Colin destined to always be the dumpee? 

3. The Geek’s Guide to World Domination by Garth Sundam Written for lovers of trivia. From Goodreads: "Finally, here’s the book no self-respecting geek can live without–a guide jam-packed with 314.1516 short entries both useful and fun. Science, pop-culture trivia, paper airplanes, and pure geekish nostalgia coexist as happily in these pages as they do in their natural habitat of the geek brain."

4. Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci Illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley, this book includes short stories written by Cassandra Clare, John Green, Libba Bray, Scott Westerfeld and David Levithan. From Goodreads: "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!"

4. The Scott Pilgrim Series by Bryan Lee O'Malley Videogame and comic references galore! Plus, lots of epic battles. You can buy the first book, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, here or splurge on the full series here. As the series starts, twenty-three year old Scott Pilgrim’s life is pretty awesome. He lives in Toronto with his roommate, Wallace Wells, and he’s currently in-between jobs. Scott spends his time playing bass in his band, shopping at goodwill, playing video games and listening to music. Scott is also dating Knives Chau, who is only seventeen. Things become complicated when he meets Ramona Flowers, who is literally the girl of his dreams. Cool and mysterious, Ramona is the opposite of Knives, and Scott can’t stay away. Unfortunately, if Scott wants to date Ramona he will have to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Will Scott, the ultimate slacker, be able to fight to be with the girl he loves? Full reviews for  volume one,  volume two, volume three, volume four, volume five and volume six.

5. Star Wars Moleskines From "The Star Wars saga has furnished Moleskine with fantastic material to commemorate both sides of the Force: memorable quotes, Space-scapes, and battle scenes."

1 comment:

  1. Gah! I loved An Abundance of Katherines! It was complicating sometimes with all the math, but on the whole, a really great story.



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