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“...sincere in helping dweebs discover that love is really the final frontier.”—Den of Geeks
 
“...a solid manual.” —Official Xbox Magazine
 
“The Geek’s Guide to Dating could be the answer to a single geek’s prayers.”—Suvudu
 
“Eric Smith's The Geek's Guide to Dating sets out to aid geeky guys everywhere with humorous instructions on finding the Princess Peach to their Mario.”—Pop Sugar

“...this is a welcome alternative to the 'pick-up artist' phenomenon courting this same demographic.”—Publishers Weekly

“[The Geek’s Guide to Dating] offers serious advice for getting a girl and knowing how to keep her…a perfect stocking stuffer!”—Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
 
“If dating seems more like a dismal game of Frogger instead of a fun Zelda adventure, you need to read "The Geek's Guide to Dating" by Eric Smith! Learn how to meet people in the real world and connect off-line for a change. You may even level up to a romance worthy of an RPG!”—Bonnie Burton, author of The Star Wars Craft Book & host of Geek DIY

“For the right person, this book is the Marauder's Map, the Konami code, the Gray's Sports Almanac of the opposite sex. It's dangerous to date alone: take this.”–Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America

The Geek’s Guide to Dating is a must-have for anyone who feels like they’re foundering in a dating galaxy far, far away.”—Carrie Tucker, author of I Love Geeks: The Official Handbook

“Single geeks, plunk down your quarters for this book!”—Tara Bennett, co-author of Fringe: September's Notebook and LOST Encyclopedia

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Eric Smith is the cofounder of Geekadelphia, a popular blog covering all-that-is-geek in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as the Philadelphia Geek Awards, an annual awards show held at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, and Philly.com.

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The Geek's Guide to Dating 21. August 2014
Von Angie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Geek's Guide to Dating is a quick, funny, and educational journey through the world of relationships, but geek style! It uses lots of references to various aspects of pop culture, and draws parallels between them and dating, which surprisingly made a lot of sense. Thinking about finding your own Player Two as a videogame quest was actually quite helpful and put things into an easy to understand perspective. I'm a single geek and the idea of getting out there and dating is quite cumbersome, but after finishing this little guide, it seems more fun and doable.

The target audience of The Geek's Guide to Dating is straight male geeks, but I do think many of tips are applicable to women and even gay geeks (although non-geeks may be out of luck). There is a blurb within the first chapter to address "gal geeks," so that was nice, and it's true that you only need to switch around a few pronouns to make it relevant to you if you are not in fact a straight male. Although I do think this could have been better and even more helpful if the advice had been gender and sexuality neutral, with a few specific sections for women or non-straight people. Geeks come in all types!

In general, I found the advice given in The Geek's Guide to Dating to be good and organized in a logical manner (geeks love logic!). It starts with addressing yourself first, which is great, since of course, you need to know exactly what you want and have to offer in a relationship. Then it goes through how to meet a potential partner, asking them out, first date ideas, and taking it to the next level. There's also a chapter on dumping and being dumped, and how to get back out there after a failed relationship! The one section I had a problem with was on what to wear on the first date. I do agree that you should you look your best, but there were too many clothing don'ts. I think you should look presentable and wear something appropriate for the date activity, but you also need to be yourself! I was kind of annoyed that hoodies were on the do not wear list, since I literally have a closet with just hoodies in it. I'm a geek gal who loves her hoodies (zip-ups not pullovers).

The Geek's Guide to Dating was pretty great. It's packed full of a lot of straightforward advice, and I loved the use of videogame lingo to explain the different aspects of relationships. I didn't get all of the references, but I doubt many geeks will be well versed in every single game, comic, movie, and TV show out there. A lot of the tips are common sense, but I do think the way it's presented makes it feel fresh and more usable in real life.
5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Very fun, but male-specific 17. Februar 2014
Von Jennifer Miller - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Honestly, I grabbed this book as soon as I could because the cover is AMAZING! When a friend of mine had also received a copy, I figured it would be a fun read and chat book. This does hit that mark. It is a lot of fun to talk about, but I'm not certain that it actually fits the dating advice genre for a female. This is extremely centered on a male audience and Smith admits that it will be within his introduction. With that being said, figuring out what type of Geek I am and then enjoying all of the references through the book made it worth reading. For people looking for a fun read, this is humorous and engaging. For those looking for some real Geek dating advice, I would probably continue searching.
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Funny and awesome but whoa, totally gender specific 10. Januar 2014
Von Epilady - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am a closet geek, less so in recent years. Prior to being more or less happily married the last decade, I used to enjoy reading dating books - sometimes for the funny tips that I could whip out as party tricks either for my own amusement or that of my friends (or occasionally the guy I was seeing), so I really looked forward to this book. As geek girls (that's grrl to you) start to come into their own (hey, they even have their own convention in Seattle!) I was expecting to see at least one chapter directed towards us. Uh, we got one page (0018, if you're interested, where he points out pieces that might be applicable). If you're a geek grrl who likes other grrls, well, pass on this one and keep trolling the "Orange is the New Black" forums for better luck.

In some cases, though, the advice in here geared towards men (specifically hetero men) is in direct opposition to the experience for women. For example, having a male wingman that is better looking than you is -250 to your physical appearance. As an example, having a more beautiful wingwoman netted drinks and more men who'd talk to me (because I seemed a lot more approachable, and/or as a way to try to get into meet my friend before they found out how captivating and charming I was. /eyelid flutter ) I mean, who wants to fight a big boss when they might get the same gameplay from a mini-boss?

However, the book is chock full of a lot of great geek references and is still fun to read. I would disagree that "breaking up" belongs in the "boss level" as it's more a server reset (all that XP and loot! LOST!) than actual end-game content. And heck, if you are a guy, timid of meeting an actual girl, if it helps you get out of your mom's basement and engaged in actual chat, by all means, go for it! This book will have some tips to make it more fun...and there are more women who like geek guys than you might think.

Bonus RL HINT, Player One: There is no one cheat code that works on women. We're a constantly changing algorithm. Sorry, boys.
2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A little dumbed down, but provides some excellent guidance for us "geeks" 20. Februar 2014
Von The Bee Bee - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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By nature, geeks are suppose to be cerebral and thoughtful--maybe too much so, and that's why we struggle to make friends and maintain strong, healthy relationships. Eric Smith's "The Geek's Guide to Dating" is a fun read, and it is definitely full of practical (and a little impractical) advice about how to get a date, enjoy a date, start a fire, and keep the embers glowing (the tips are referred to in the marketing copy as "cheat codes, walkthroughs, and power-ups"). It's solid, common-sense advice, and it could easily apply to anyone looking for romance, not just us geeks. I think the biggest issue with this book--and it's hardly a deal breaker--is that it's a little condescending at times. Geeks are awkward, but we're not idiots, and I detected a certain amount of subtle contempt for geeks, which was a distraction. It's not a major issue, but it does take away somewhat from the overall impact of the book.
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What can I say, it was a dry spell and I was hopped up on corn flakes 10. Januar 2014
Von Brian Connors - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This isn't my book. It's an okay read, especially if you like memes and reference humor. It is, as other reviewers point out (and the author himself admits in the intro) hopelessly slanted towards straight men. Despite that, it avoids the raging sexism of the current profoundly dysfunctional geek community, and since it must talk about the friend zone no matter how obnoxious the term is, gives the right advice (ie accept a friendship, look elsewhere).

I'm not sure how it can help people with crippling degrees of social anxiety like, say, me, though. Geeks more than most need that kind of advice and I'm not sure it's something a book can fix. In that regard I'm not sure if a three star rating is entirely fair because I'm holding it to a standard it can't meet, but it is what it is. In conjunction with a therapist and an open mind, it'll probably be helpful, though.
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