Format: ARC (Edelweiss)
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Ree Reyes’ life was easier when she just had to worry about scraping together tips from her gig as a barista-and-comicshop slave wage in the port city of Pearson to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.
When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic ‘BOOM!’ echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole into Pearson’s magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves and Elegant Gothic Lolita fate witches by channeling genre tropes and wielding nostalgia-powered props.
Ree joins Eastwood (aka scruffy guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to avoid imploding after her own drag-your-heart-through-jagged-glass breakup. But as she digs deeper, Ree discovers Eastwood may not be the knight-in-cardboard-armor she thought. Will Ree be able to stop the suicides, save Eastwood from himself, and somehow keep her job?
Geekomancers - humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.
I want to be a Geekomancer!
Imagine absorbing your favorite hero's abilties for a day whether its super strength, mad skills with a light saber or Sherlock Holmes' super logic, it's way better than taking that Limitless pill if you ask me. Reading GEEKOMANCY by Michael R. Underwood sure had me fantasizing about having superpowers like flying, telekinesis, telepathy, etc. I'm pretty sure I had a glazed look on my face while reading this bad boy.
Rihannon Anna Maria Reyes or Ree (Strength 14, Dexterity 11, Stamina 15, Will 15, IQ 16, and Charisma 14 -- Geek 6/ Barista 3/ Screenwriter 2/ Gamer Girl 2) is an average girl who has a passion for coffee, Aliens and Zork. She is every fanboy's dream girl and even if my Geek is close to zero, I didn't find it hard to love Ree. She's loyal to her friends, loves her Dad very much, a black belt in Taekwondo and Hapkido, and never had illusions of grandeur much less save mankind from an evil entity, she to me was the perfect unassuming heroine. As a kick ass Geekomancer channeling Wonder Woman and Sherlock Holmes for starters, I can't help but envy her! It sure brought back memories of those early evenings with Linda Carter and her golden lasso, I too wanted to be a Princess when I was a kid but I always wanted to be an Amazonian royal than a fairy tale one. Thanks to Ree, I was again able to live that fantasy vicariously through her.
So why don't you just carry copies of Superman around and channel
Kryptonian badassery all the time?
I loved GEEKOMANCY with the plot blending fantasy and comedy in equal parts, it surely stimulated my imagination and other latent ponderings of becoming a superhero with bad ass superpowers. Even the conflict-resolution was in true form very "fan story" (told you my Geek is nil but I have to try) as it was this big moral dilemma every hero with great powers and even greater responsibilities deal with and Ree was no exception. So behind all that fun and games was an evil villain, his conniving sidekick, a clever conspiracy/manipulation plot with Ree in the helm teetering on saving the day or sending the world to a dark abyss. In the end GEEKOMANCY will make your jaw hang in frustration and your head spin in amazement for MRUnderwood.
She screamed with all the pain of losing her mother just when she needed her most, the pain of watching her father struggle, the pain of families broken by lives ended too early -- but she also screamed with hope, with her dreams, with the lives she needed to protect, even the ones she'd never asked to be involved with.
GEEKOMANCY was such an adventure to read I felt like I took a virtual pilgrimage to ComicCon. And the story is not limited to the fanboy/fangirl but it appeals to every reader of fiction. We've all dreamed about getting warped into these worlds we read and talk about and MRUnderwood gave us that avenue to make those fantasies come true. In the world he created, you can be whoever and whatever you want to be as long as you put your heart and mind to it, very Stan Lee if you ask me. But don't take my word for it, read an excerpt and you'll understand why.