Author: Michael R. Underwood
Category: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: July 10th, 2012
Geekomancy drops you into a fun and exciting new world. Imagine that any TV show, book, or comic that you see, you can then pull a power (or ability) from said thing; and use it in the real world. Ree is a young woman who wants more out of life. She learns of her powers from a veteran “geekomancer” Eastwood. She helps investigate the string of suicides that are effecting young kids.
The story about the suicides feels original and helped carry the book despite many of the problems. It was exciting and the reveal was rewarding and worth the read. The fighting is fun and with all the interesting powers that are used, there is some cool variety. The many nerd references are catchy and draws the reader in. Unfortunately by the end of the book, the constant use of said references can get old quick. We get it. We are all nerds here. Move on from the Star Wars jokes and continue with the awesome fight scene.
While we mentioned that the powers that are used are interesting, they are not well explained. One guy has to tear up books and melt a disc to use his powers. Then our main character just watches a show and she can use it. Is she special? Why? Can anyone do this? Since this isn’t made clear then it causes confusion.
Ree is also a slightly boring main character. We know she loves nerdy things, but this doesn’t make her relatable. She is just a nerdy girl who does the right thing. She doesn’t battle any huge internal problems and is just kind of there.
Geekomancy is a good time. Thankfully it was a short one, because if the geek references kept going on and on, there would be even lower scores on here than they are.
I had a fun time with this book. The fighting and geek references were fun! I loved getting references for everyday things that I love. I was confused about the powers and if Ree was special or not. She is just kind of thrown into this crazy world, and I’m not sure. I would like to see other powers that exist. It seems like there is a endless possibilities. Good stuff and ready for more.
I am having a really hard time not comparing this book to Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz. Mostly because Flex is better and darker, which is interesting to say since the plot of this book revolved somewhat around a monster that went around persuading teenagers to commit suicide.
One of the things that bothered me the most about this book was that there seemed to be nothing to the main character, Ree, except for her love of all things geek. Which is great, I’m a geek myself so of course I enjoyed all the references made during the course of the story.
Whereas in Flex, the comparable character would be Valentine (who would kick Ree’s ass in about 3 seconds flat, just sayin’). Valentine is usually making some reference some video game or another but Steinmetz takes the time to go deeper into her personality. Because the thing is, no person is just one thing. I am not just a geek, I am many other things as well that add up to make me. There are many things about a person that makes them who they are and I really didn’t feel like we saw anything else about Ree so she was really one-dimensional.
I feel like this author relied too heavily on the geeky references to create Ree’s character and this annoys not only because it produces a very flat character but because it is kind of cheap. This author relied on his audience’s knowledge of dozens of other stories to create his character and to attempt to develop a connection to that character.
The rest of the story was just meh. It was original, I have to give it that. But I just could not get very into it.