Author: Eric Smith
Release Date: December 3rd
Category/Genre: Humor, Self-Help, Non-Fiction
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You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You’re hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you’ve discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall. What’s a geek to do? Take some tips from Eric Smith in The Geek’s Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer leads geeks of all ages through the perils and pitfalls of meeting women, going on dates, getting serious, breaking up, and establishing a successful lifelong relationship (hint: it’s time to invest in new bedsheets). Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek’s Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.
The Geek’s Guide to Dating is an adorable ode to a variety of ‘geeks,’ ‘nerds,’ and ‘dorks.’ I have to say right off from the start that the author, Eric, is one of my contacts when I’m requesting anything from Quirk and he’s a nice guy. I don’t know him too personally--but after emails back and forth several times, I just have to disclose that bit of info. It still doesn’t affect me when it comes to reviewing honestly, but I’m so happy to see he’s on the author side of things now, rather than the publicist!
That being all said, this was a quick read that I managed to get through within a day. I had some interest in this initially because I’m self-professed geek/dork/nerd (whatever, right?) for sure and I thought it’d be cute to see what would be said inside. I’m a married woman, but I have single friends. I also like looking up new ideas for the hubs and I, too. Haha. :P Anyway, I found this adorable book to be more for a male audience--which I think was the main intention, and that’s perfectly okay. It just wasn’t for my readership. I did like the set-up and the ideas, as well as the humor, but I would’ve loved seeing some geeky girl things or ideas aimed toward our audience also. Not all the geeks are guys, and it’s not always guys taking the initiative when it comes to dating. Don’t forget about us gals!
When finished, I can honestly say it’s a great little book to give as a gift to your favorite single geeky friend or relative. Or even as just a fun read. I’m glad I gave it the opportunity. Also as a total geeky girl and from the appropriate gaming era (because I'm old/old-school), I must say that I love the cover so so so much.