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Geekomancy | [Michael R. Underwood]

Geekomancy

Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comic shop slave 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 down into her town’s magical flip-side.
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Publisher's Summary

Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this original urban fantasy book about Geekomancers - humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.

Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comic shop slave 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 down into her town’s magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves, and elegant Gothic Lolita witches while wielding nostalgia-powered props.

Ree joins Eastwood (aka Scruffy Guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to recover from 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?

©2012 Michael R. Underwood (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 04-13-14
    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrators voice made me grit my teeth"
    What did you love best about Geekomancy?

    The story, it's a good story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ree. Obviously she's the primary character...but she's fun, witty, sexy, sweet, and something that every nerd wishes the girls he built up the courage to talk to would turn out to be.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Farhat?

    Anyone. Her pitch was just at that level that felt like nails on a chalkboard


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Flanders, NJ, United States 05-30-13
    Amazon Customer Flanders, NJ, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Did anyone actually listen to this befor releasing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Using a narrator that was capable of producing sounds less like fingernails on a chalk board, for a start.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael R. Underwood again?

    I'd definitely pre-listen, first


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Farhat’s performances?

    NEVER


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Geekomancy?

    All references to the Gamers skill / power rankings. --- very tedious


    Any additional comments?

    Warning to all: please preview / listen before purchasing

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 06-18-13
    Jason 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I hope this one turns into an ongoing series"
    If you could sum up Geekomancy in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome Geeky FUN


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ree for sure she is every Nerd/Geeks Dream Girl Gamer, Comics, Movie Quotes and HOT. I got a Superman Kingdom Come shirt because of this book.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Farhat – was your favorite?

    Ree of course


    Any additional comments?

    the stats when she meets new people is great. and the Princess Bride references are great too, my friends and I do this all time. A TV Show or movie version could be GREAT. I vote Kevin Smith to write and Direct.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aamund Lakewood, CA United States 08-26-15
    Aamund Lakewood, CA United States 08-26-15 Member Since 2010

    techninja

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    "Lsten to the narration b4 you buy"
    Where does Geekomancy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mainly, the audio quality. I don't know if it is the mixing of the recording, or the narrator. Every time she says "Ree", it is annoyingly loud and treble enhanced, and unpleasantly loud in a grates on my nerves way. It's like any bass or mid-level tones were filtered out, and recorded with a flat filter. I really like the series (I listened to the 2nd book first, and really liked it). So sample before you buy, is my best advice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Geekomancy?

    the name "REE" being blasted at me.


    What aspect of Julia Farhat’s performance would you have changed?

    The equalizer settings.


    Any additional comments?

    No, I don't want to dissuade anyone from giving this book a chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Minnesota 06-10-15
    Amazon Customer Minnesota 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This is why we READ books."
    What did you like best about Geekomancy? What did you like least?

    I love the pop culture references and anyone who is even remotely a 'geek' will get many of the references. It's just pure fun. Like living in a role playing game.


    What other book might you compare Geekomancy to and why?

    Good question ... it's not like anything I've read before, but I haven't read a lot of urban fantasy.


    How could the performance have been better?

    ANYTHING would have made the performance better. I've read some of the other reviews that have hated the performance and they are spot on. I can deal with a narrator's voice, as long as there is some inflection involved. This struck me as a 1980's tape recording for the blind sort of reading. Every word was crisp and clear and there was no intent or meaning behind anything. At one point I thought to myself, "Wow...they couldn't get a reader who actually understood the pop culture references that were being mentioned?" And I noticed then that every sentence was being read in EXACTLY the same way. It was like watching a college production of Shakespeare ... where no one knew what they were saying, but they fell in to a rhythmic speaking pattern.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book shows why it is SO important to get the RIGHT person narrating. A clear speaking voice doesn't mean the voice is right for the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-17-13
    Kristin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, poor narration."
    What would have made Geekomancy better?

    A different voice reading the audiobook to me.


    What other book might you compare Geekomancy to and why?

    This is like the Dresden Files series, but Ree is a lot less jaded at this point than Harry is, and there are a lot more nerd references.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounded monotonous. I could always tell she was reading. Her voice also had a quality that irked me personally, which is my fault, not hers.


    What character would you cut from Geekomancy?

    One of the Rhyming ladies. There are three of them all filling the fairly small and simple role of the best friend that is not a part of Ree's new world.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun book, not only because of the enjoyable premise and likeable characters, but also because it becomes a sort of game to attempt to catch and place all the references.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey 05-13-13
    Lindsey 05-13-13

    I have to save my sensitive eyes for thesis-writing, so audiobooks are how I keep up with my favourite authors and have fun.

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    "Awesome concept, but buy in print."

    The concept for this book is awesome - pure geekery and tons of fun. It is a light read - nothing too deep or complicated - and one has to remember that when some parts of the plot seem illogical. The many references to geek culture and favourites (such as Firefly) are awesome.

    I cannot, however, under any circumstances, recommend the narrator. I'm not sure whether the narrator had a head-cold or whether the recording was just terrible in the beginning chapters. While the audio became crisper later on, the narration was still almost unbearable. The narrator reads S-L-O-W-L-Y. So much so, I often lose track of the plot. She also distracts terribly from the story rather than enhancing it, especially when fast-paced fight scenes are read like a bedtime-fuzzy-bunny tale. Her pronunciation of words and their syllables are off, and there's a monotonous rhythm and sound to it all. The character's thoughts, intuitions, and statments sound fake because the narrator's trying for something she's just not achieving. In her defense, some the the sentences in this book would be much more understandable in print rather than as spoken word - and that's the author's problem, not the narrator's. But still, the narrator manages to turn the main character into a whiny valley-girl instead of a sarcastic kick-ass heroine.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John F. Moore Seminole, FL USA 06-06-13
    John F. Moore Seminole, FL USA 06-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't finish it. The audio was unbearable."
    Would you try another book from Michael R. Underwood and/or Julia Farhat?

    Maybe from the author but I would have to listen to a sample first.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I can't imagine that the reader was the whole problem. This has to be an issue with the audio. The tone was high-pitched and sounded like it was recorded inside a box. The sound level kept changing, too.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Xander San Diego, California, United States 08-19-13
    Xander San Diego, California, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid story ruined by bad narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this audiobook to a friend, but the e-book is still worth getting.


    What other book might you compare Geekomancy to and why?

    This book reminds me of Diana Wynne Jones' Deep Secrets, for its cheery blend of urban fantasy and geek culture.


    What didn’t you like about Julia Farhat’s performance?

    Where to even begin! The story and main character have potential, if a tad heavy handed with the pop culture, but the narration is truly abysmal. Julia Farhat reads mechanically with hints of false cheer accentuating the ends of random words, transforming a character that should be likable and believable into an insincere Valley girl. She rarely displays any emotion that's consistent with what's taking place in the story, and on the occasions she does, it comes across forced and uninspired.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    So long as they got someone else for the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    The story has potential, so I'm going to finish this book up via e-book, and buy the second one, Celebromancy, on audiobook since they got a new narrator who I am already familiar with.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cavenewt 06-24-13
    cavenewt 06-24-13
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    "Soldiered through to the end, despite the narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    This story is somewhat of a hybrid of Ready Player One and Midnight Riot, both of which I listened to recently and enjoyed immensely. The geeky in-jokes were fun and I got a lot of them; the numerous Firefly references warmed my heart.

    However, I had to grit my teeth to finish this book because the narration was so awful. Perhaps it is this narrator's first attempt; still, it boggles my mind that a producer would let this out into the wild. The narration was monotone, the tempo and phrasing atrocious. Her attempt at different characters' voices, especially Eastwood's, was simply annoying. As other reviewers have noted, the sound balance wasn't very good and was painful to listen to at times. In addition, when a new character was introduced partway through the book, it sounded for all the world like someone else's voice had been looped in—someone who actually knows how to read; however, those looped passages had a hissy background.

    It pains me to be so critical of someone who is perhaps just embarking on their career as a narrator. While I would consider reading or listening to more titles by this author, unless this narrator improves a lot, I'm not going to suffer through another of her productions.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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