Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday Gift Suggestion/Personality Leakage

17568806Smith, Eric. The Geek's Guide to Dating
December 3rd 2013 by Quirk Books
Copy received from the author.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a middle grade book. It is clearly meant for men in their early twenties to thirties, but I know that many of my readers would identify with this book or know someone who needs it.  Books like this are the reason that preordering exists. If you are a geek of any description, you should probably buy half a dozen copies to keep on hand to give for the holidays!

Even though this book is a bit cute, with "8-bit illustrations" (which must mean that they look like Space Invader characters), it has really good advice. I especially liked that the first chapters were concerned with deciding who you are. Sure, it's cloaked in video gaming language, but it makes a lot of sense. The following chapters offer advice on everything from what to wear to how to ask a girl out, what to do on a first date, and how to deal with following up on a first date, and planning others. There is a little bit about sex (I could have done without the detailed description of how to remove a bra, but it makes sense given the target demographic), but it is not detailed and the information is good (Along the lines of: Think this is an awkward conversation? It is, which is why sex on a first date is not a good idea.). While this is aimed primarily at men, there is a very nice explanation in the front about how this books could be adapted for use by geek grrrls. Since my daughter (who is a sophomore in college) has her own coconut shells and can quote Monty Python, she definitely needs to read this, too.
Strengths: Even without the various geek references (some of which I got; many I did not), this would be a solid guide to dating and social situations. Narrowing the advice to a specific niche market makes it all the more useful.
Weaknesses: No mention of Weird Al. This seems like a major oversight. This book should have been  around in the early 80s, when it would have been most useful to me personally. The content would have been different (how to chat up girls while you are waiting in line to see Star Wars for the 70th time, how to use your love of Tolkien and D&D to connect), the advice would have been useful.


  1. I don't know a soul in this age group, but in the blink of an eye, my grandson will be there. I will keep this one in mind. Thanks for telling me about it.

  2. Interesting. Now there is a guide to dating for geeks. I would love to read this one. Thanks for sharing! -