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GEEK MYTHS: TALES FROM THE COUNTER CULTURE Paperback – 16 July 2018
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Written by one of our own through and through, nothing about this delightful book feels unauthentic.
Stephen Hatcher, coordinator of The Whoovers Doctor Who Group.
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I've been listening to the author's podcasts for a few years now, and was aware that this book was in progress. I then bought a real hard copy from Amazon-USA. I did not read it very fast though, at least not the first third of the book. The beginning of the book paints a rather bleak portrait of a sci-fi fan trapped behind the counter of a rather bland shopping mall media store. Something that I'm about 20 years removed from (back then I had a GF who worked in a mall store but since then I almost never venture inside malls)
Now, I understand the inherent pun of the title of the book but I don't know if there are any real "myths" on display here. Just a first person narrative (I'm not sure if we ever even hear his name) of a mildly amiable chap that has long moved on from his previous relationship, and when that former "ex" re-emerges into his life, instead of soap operatic melodrama, it's not really an issue. It's hard to state exactly what the "issue" is in this book other than following our unnamed main character out of a dreary existence. I think that if I had written this book I might have chosen a different punnish name "OVER THE EDGE" referring to name of the retail chain our main character works form.
There are some definite humorous bits along the way in this book, many of which I think have to be informed by a level of sci-fi fandom. But the "hero arc" is mostly a rather bland sci-fi geek dealing with a rather hum-drum existence along with his own employer's issues, then trying to find some kind of meaningful relationship in his off hours.. and how that works out in the end.
I thought it was a decent book and do not regret buying and reading it, even though I live thousands of miles away from the culture depicted.