Date of Publication: 2009, Three Rivers Press
Number of Pages: 245
Synopsis (from back cover): Sorry, beautiful people. These days, from government to business to technology to Hollywood, geeks rule the world.
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.
In short, dear geek, here you’ll find everything you need to achieve nirvana. And here, for you pathetic nongeeks, is the last chance to save yourselves: Love this book, live this book, and you too can join us in the experience of total world domination.
Review: Yes, I consider myself to be a geek. But despite what the author claims, this book seems to be meant for geeks and nongeeks alike. For nongeeks, topics such as nuclear energy, thermodynamics, and the subtleties of the Klingon language are explained in easy-to-understand terms that even the nongeek brain can grasp. For geeks, there are ample opportunities to indulge in our various geeky obsessions…for me, the sections on J.R.R. Tolkien were particularly satisfying. This book gives geeks a reason to be proud of their geekiness, and gives nongeeks the ability to pretend that they are geeks…which of course, all nongeeks wish they could do.
Reading this book will give one the ability to impress anyone he or she encounters. You’ll be able to show off your shadow puppet-making skills, impress people with your expert martial arts moves, and help out your friends be making them chain mail armor. In all seriousness, this book is both entertaining and informative. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their knowledge of both absurd and useful topics.
Reviewed by Sarah