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Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture Hardcover – 5 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; 01 edition (5 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594745277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594745270
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Geek Wisdom" proves that insight needn't come from dusty old tomes and the lips of long-dead philosophers. Maybe C-3P0 isn't Socrates and The Superfriends aren't a French S"alon", but that doesn't mean they don't have anything to teach us."--""
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""Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teaching of Nerd Culture" is not only an invaluable guide into geekdom it's also indispensable if you have to go undercover and penetrate a secret geek society."--"
"Any good story, religious or not, can be deconstructed to find an underlying message. That's the unifying theme of "Geek Wisdom", which treats pop culture as a form of secular religion, delivering insights on life from talking robots, flying dragons and everything in between." --"PopMatters"

...what the editors have done is nothing short of wondrful...' --Starburst maagzine, Nov, 2011

have to talk a little about the design of this book! It s freaking awesome! The cover is black with yellow accents, look a little closer and we get these shiny outlines of tetris blocks, Slimer from the Ghostbusters, Homer Simpson and many more cool geeky icons. Take off the dust jacket and yowzers, it gets even better! A bright yellow hardcover with GEEK slapped across the front, this is my kinda book! I love the way Quirk design their books, and if you re anything like me, who likes to display books, this one can t be missed! What is Geek Wisdom? It s 223 pages full of awesome, really! If you re a little nerdy, or have an interest in pop culture, film, games or quotes then this book is for you! Maybe you have a friend with a birthday coming up, not sure what to get them, they ll love this! This would also make a cool stocking filler or an excellent coffee table book. Geek Wisdom is a book that wants to be shared on a movie night with friends or laugh with it over a few beers. I absolutely loved this book, and so did everyone who I showed it to, quite a few of those people will be finding this in their Christmas stocking this year. The book is split into sections, for example : wisdom about humankind. Under each section you ll find a quote, followed by a passage of how it can be translated into every day life and what that quote means on a larger scale, sometimes very funny, other times more profound. You re a vampire. Oh, I m sorry. Was that an offensive term? Should I say undead American? Like Buffy, we ve all caught ourselves on occasion saying snide, harmful things to the ones we love~ mainly even mocking or spurning something that matters profoundly to them. Yet beneath that moment of nastiness, Buffy can t forget that she found it in her heart to recognize and love Angel s damaged humanity in the first place. There s a lesson here for all of us: If you re going to breach the line of decorum do it with someone you can trust to accept your apology later. There are lots of little illustrations that add personality to this little book. I loved the quotes that were featured, a lot of them took me back to the time where I first heard it. It bought back memories of my teenage years, and reminded me of films that I want to watch or want to watch again. I truly loved this book, and I ll be dipping in and out of it again and again, I highly recommend! --bigbookslittlebooks, May, 2013

About the Author

Stephen H. Segal (editor) is the Hugo Award-winning senior contributing editor to Weird Tales, the world's oldest fantasy/sci-fi/horror magazine, and a staff editor at Quirk Books. His portfolio includes work for Tor Books, Viz Media, WQED Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon. A native of Atlantic City, he lives in Philadelphia. Zaki Hasan (cowriter) is a cultural critic and contributor to the Huffington Post. A Chicago native, he teaches communications and media studies at San Jose State University. N.K. Jemisin (cowriter) is the Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated author of the fantasy novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. A counselling psychologist by day as well as a political blogger, she lives in Brooklyn. Eric San Juan (cowriter) is the coauthor of A Year of Hitchcock and author of Quirk's forthcoming Stuff Every Husband Should Know. He also edits a chain of seven weekly newspapers around his Jersey Shore hometown. Genevieve Valentine(cowriter) is a geek-culture columnist at Her steampunk-circus novel Mechanique is forthcoming in 2011, and she was featured in 2010's The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy. She lives in New York City.

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Bought this as an impulse purchase whilst browsing as it seemed like a lighthearted geeky purchase.

It's a well presented book with a nice matt black dust jacket with black glossy characters and icons from nerd culture on it (Optimus Prime, Homer Simpson, a D&D D12) Inside is a collection of quotes from a variety of cultural texts including; television, comics, film and video games. Underneath is a small paragraph long 'lesson' or 'teaching' derived from the quote all relating to a common theme such as 'My Name is Inigo Montoya (Wisdom about the self). Some of the quotes were easily recognisable but there were some I'd never heard of before but still enjoyed reading.

Overall a great read for any geeks out there or someone wanting a gift for a geeky person in their life.
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I bought this product as a jokey style present, but it turned out to be a Philosophical style guide to inner workings of the Geek "Cult".

For any media geek, this is the book to read if you take yourself seriously. From quotes and references from Games, Films and TV Shows that will make genuine Geeks feel proud.
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Great book, and this extends to the slipcover as well as the contents.

Unfortunately, the slip cover is different from the book cover itself. Whereas the slip cover is a nice matt black with gloss black silhouettes of appropriate images (eg. dragon, Homer Simpson, a halberd, a unicorn), the book cover is a fairly lurid yellow with the word GEEK printed on it.

The contents are sometimes surprising, but all fit the theme, some are very funny, a few thought provoking. It's perfect for handing to non-geek friends to see what they make of whatever page it opens at. I've been amazed by 2 friends who've never seen 2001, for example. All good stuff.

Recommended. So long as you're at least a bit geeky. Otherwise, prolly just don't bother with it.
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