Review: The Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

January 16, 2014 4 stars, Book Review 7 ★★★★

The Geek's Guide to Dating

You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You’re hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you’ve discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall. What’s a geek to do? Take some tips from Eric Smith in The Geek’s Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer leads geeks of all ages through the perils and pitfalls of meeting women, going on dates, getting serious, breaking up, and establishing a successful lifelong relationship (hint: it’s time to invest in new bedsheets). Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek’s Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.

Reading The Geek’s Guide to Dating from a female, married perspective was pretty entertaining. I used to think I was a pretty big geek but after having read this my illusions have been dispelled because wow I tell you a lot of the geek culture references flew by me. Seeing as there were many ‘huh?’ moments for me it didn’t stop me from seeing the very good advice the author was writing.

Often times I think some of us that are ensconced in our hobbies and own cultures, whether thats geek culture, pop culture, etc – we can forget that we can be crippling ourselves in the romance arena by refusing to consider dating people outside of our comfort zones and social circles.  So while it would be awesome to find someone that loves all the same things you do – would it be just as great to find someone who has different tastes so you can experience new things and possibly even find new hobbies to love?

While, I view this type of book as a novelty item that I would more likely give away as a gag gift, Christmas party swap, it would definitely be found useful by single folks that want a fresh perspective on the world of dating. I already have someone in mind that I’ll be passing this book along to once I’m able to wrestle it back from the line of guys my husband’s coworkers have formed to read it!

I also lent the book to my husband’s single friend James as he is most definitely of the geeky persuasion. He enjoyed it and here are his quick thoughts that he was nice enough to provide us so we could get a single male perspective!

I thought the book was quite entertaining and a quick read.  It is filled with real, useful dating advice and tips that have been updated to the current social media world, while jam-packed with geeky references and metaphors to keep the tone of the book light and easy to read.  There were a few geeky references that flew over my head in the book, but most of the time the author does a good job explaining his points.  I would recommend this book to my friends, especially the nerdy, single ones!  Hehe. ~James Tong

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7 Responses to “Review: The Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Really did you! That is such awesome geekness! I think thats the dream a bunch of single gamers have. Oh that avatar could be my misses right (if she isn’t really a he in disguise haha)

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      It really thought it was cute too in the beginning but it was serious too you know? It’s funny because he calls the reader “Player One” all the time – and right now I’m listening to the audio book READY PLAYER ONE. So I’ve been seeing that “player one” reference a lot it feels like.

      I used to think I was a geek but haha after reading this I don’t think I am. I’m just a book nerd.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Haha you guys are so silly. I told my husband to give it to his friend James since he’s single and very geeky. And then like 2 other guys at his work want to read it and now my hubs Brandon says he wants to read it as well. I’m like REALLY? You want to read a dating guide – but you’re married. It was interesting to read especially given I’m not single anymore.

      • Pamela D

        My husband has this book called Geek Logic (I think). Each page has a different situation like likelihood of getting a second date, getting promoted, etc and you are asked different questions that have number answers. You take all of your answers and plug them into a formula to see how things are going to work out for you. We spent a night doing all the formulas for the dating section. It was a hoot. Books like these make us feel better that we are not uber-extreme geeks too! 😉
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