And most attempts at addressing these kinds of situations only succeed in alienating the perpetrators—which is certainly better than allowing that behavior to continue unchecked, but doesn’t do much to change that person’s views.Because sometimes, cosplay creeps (and other fine purveyors of horribly inappropriate social interactions) are not malicious, and are genuinely unaware of just how awful their behavior is.We’re long past the days when a girl couldn’t ask a guy out, after all.You may need to make some gender-specific tweaksbut I’m confident you can handle that. I would totally grow a twirly moustache if I could, though.What some fellow Goodreads users have been talking/complaining about is that the book is pretty much entirely targeted towards straight guy geeks. Just change the gender-specific pronouns to whatever your gender (and sexual orientation) is, and you’ll be fine.The author acknowledges all this, and there’s even a little note for the Gal Geek in the first few pages of the book:“It goes without saying, though I’m saying it anyway, that geeks come with XX chromosomes, too.Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek’s Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.
Instead, Smith presents a guide for putting your best geek forward, conveyed in a way that any self-proclaimed or incidental geek can understand.
I genuinely hope that Eric will write more books about geek culture in the future, I’d love to see more!
Rating: (4/5 stars)Thanks so much Quirk for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review! Not at the very beginning of the book, nor at the middle, not the end of it for that matter.
And yet, people continue write them, because people continue to buy them, because people are always looking for that has ever figured out—except, of course, for this author of the book, who purports to believe that his/her generic-at-best or sociopathically-manipulative-at-worst book is, in fact, that end-all-be-all answer that everyone has been looking, and that only s/he is brilliant enough to have discovered.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that, by comparison, by Eric Smith is the worst dating/self-help book ever written because it is so genuinely delightful without being at all presumptuous.