A side quest novella in the best-selling 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 A Natural History of Dragons).
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Great for geeks, but not for newbs.
The unabashed love for all things genre. The winks and nods to existing IPs was boggling, though with not having read the first two novels in this series, I didn't get to appreciate the winks and nods to what had come before in the series. Still, for a genre mutt like me, there was plenty to love. That said, the story is a lot of sizzle, but not much steak.
Bruce Willis. It's not flashy like a lot of the other magic, but there is a moment when Ree harnesses the tenaciousness of John McClane in order to survive that I really enjoyed. No hurling fireballs or Spidey senses, just the yippee-ki-yay quality that only John McClane can deliver.
This is my first chance to listen to Mary's narration work and she does a very good job of it, perhaps due to years of hosting one of the more popular writing podcasts out there. She delivered lines with enough balance to the humor and tension that really helped the story move along.
If I had the time to sit down and listen to the story in its entirety, I would definitely have tucked in for the long haul. It was a rollicking good time with few lulls (bonus points to me for using "rollicking" and "lull" is a review).
I think the book is best when read AFTER reading the first two books in the series, which I did not do. I have them on my to-be-read pile, but opted for listening to this because it was a relatively quick story and thought it might serve as a sampler for the series as a whole. Not so much, but still enjoyable.
- Wag The Fox "Genre mutt."
better than the second one