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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Stripes Publishing (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184715364X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847153647
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Andy Robb was born in Devon. Once he realized that he was too short to be taken seriously as a costumed hero, he decided to spend as much time as he could playing make-believe. After training as an actor, he went on to appear in plays, TV dramas and films. Andy lives in a house boat on the Thames.


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WARNING: This is the sequel to Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind and if you've read my review on that you're aware of my thoughts about it so don't spoil yourself here. Go read the first book and then this review. You won't regret it!

This is it folks. The sequel I've been waiting for and I've had it in my grubby little hands for two days, read it and so this means: time for my review. Which also means time to use real English words rather than just flapping around the room gleefully singing this book's praises and hugging it like an adorable kitten.

*deep breath and puts on sensible hat*

So Geekhood MI basically continues shortly after the ending of the first book and Archie is trying to get his head around Sarah turning him down and his dad moving to York, leaving him with his mum and Tony (now slightly less of a tosser it would seem). He's no less geeky and neither are his friends. In fact they are stepping up their level of geekdom and stepping into the world of LARPing (click here for info on LARP but imagine Role Play Gaming but dressing up and fighting with foam weapons for real).

I'm not going to pretend that I didn't completely love this book because I did but after my reaction to the first I didn't have much doubt I wouldn't love the second. What I will do is tell you why I loved it and the few bits I could see had room for tinkering. I still adore Andy Robb's writing and the way he makes you exist inside Archie's mind and experience the highs and the lows with him. There are some great highs and stomach churning lows and you feel every bit of them. Geekhood MI is just as funny and quick thinking as Book One and does what book one did so well and that was give you a heart felt message wrapped up in comedy.
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The follow-up is the tough one. How many sequels can you name that failed compared to how many that succeeded?

From the Alien-esque microcosm of Archie's world in Geekhood I, we are taken to the next Aliens-esque level in the sequel when all hell breaks loose in a life and death LARPing extravaganza.

The story flows nicely on from that of the first outing and we're soon drawn in to the trials and tribulations that make up the life of a geek/ teen in the strange-but-true world that is school and beyond. From creeping self-consciously around a house at night to use the loo (had me laughing out loud!) to regular snippets of an old familar Dark Knight, there's nerdness and normalcy alike practically oozing from the pages. And just as I nearly didn't read the first book but was glad I did, I'd heard that this one had 'uncomfortable moments' and so toyed pointlessly with perhaps not reading this one either. So it should be noted that the author handles said moments with a literary dexterity of at least 18 at level 1. Which is to say, with finesse.
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So, one reviewer has already ranted about how great this book is. She's a GIRL though and for us BOYS we need to know that BOYS will like it too.
Simply put Dude *conveys enthusiasm* You will!

Why - As she has already eloquently said, it is Adrian Mole for our modern generation and this aspect of Archie developing and commenting on his life breezes you along at the same time as it happens. As time passes in the book, you become anxious, wanting it to be the EVENT [spoiler will not be included here] as soon as possible.
The first book dealt with the geeky world of table-top roleplaying games - the second takes us into the world of LARP - Live. Action. Role. Play. Total immersion dude! [c]Beggsy
[If you've not read the first, you'll be able to enjoy the second without reading the first due To Andy Robb's previous, non-intrusive recaps BUT I'd recommend reading the first to FULLY appreciate the build up to this point.]
It is a whistle stop tour for those inexperienced with the world of LARP but contains enough winks, nudges and side humour for those older geeks who've dipped their toe into LARP [or, like myself, who own 3 swords, 2 bows, armour, potion bottles ... ... ... and are up to their necks in it!]

Yet again, Andy Robb deals with the growing up of a teenager who is experiencing family trouble, something a lot of younger adults will relate to in our ever changing dynamics of the modern world. It is great therefore for parents who may have to explain such notions to their own children, for those who are experiencing 'Big Trouble' [c]Archie or just having to deal with parents and step-parents who act like 'Tossers' [c]Archie at times.
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Yet another great book from Andy Robb. You can really feel what Archie feels as you read this well written and funny next chapter of his life. Thanks Andy, for giving us another look into a 'geeks' life, written with feeling, fun and emotion.
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I really enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to reading the second one. Archie is a great character and I wanted to disappear into his world of geekiness again, to see what he would come up with next, what strange event would he have to face.

He is feeling awkward after confessing his love for Sarah and being turned down, how do you face a girl after completely humiliating yourself? His friends have forgiven him for everything and they are back in their world of role play and magic once more, but things have just stepped up- Big Marv has invited the group to go 'LARPing' (Live Action Role Playing) Basically Geek heaven. You dress up as your 'character' and go to a big field and act out an invasion/game with all the other people playing along too, it's the Game - for real! BUt Archie has other things to worry about, his crazy new step-family (both of them- his Dad's fiance and 3 kids, and his mums boyfriend) could life get any more complicated.

Archie really comes to life for me in this book, the more you get to know him the more you have to like him. I realised he's got a great sense of humour and he reminds me so much of people I know. He is really well written, his traits and characteristics are so realistic.

In fact all of the Geeks grow up a bit in this book and it was nice to see them change and develop. I really liked the integration of Sarah and her friend into the group and how they react to it all.

The whole LARPing scenario is really well written too and I actually think it sounds pretty cool, sounds like fun. Something I would definitely consider trying one day. Yes that's right I am proudly announcing my own inner Geekiness!!!

A great follow up to the first book but still fresh and fun. I hope there are more in this series one day.
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