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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy
by Sam Maggs
Quirk Books (Penguin Random House)
ISBN: 978-1-59474-789-2
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Description: Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

The Good Stuff




  • Such wise beautiful advice
  • Chapter on Five Myths about Feminism needs to be read by everyone
  • Geeky Girl's Litany for feminism - a must read and a way of life my friends
  •  the privilege paragraph made me think - something we all need to be reminded about regularly
  •  Hilarious!
  • I think we should all follow "Wheaton's Law" - Don't be a Dick!
  •  Extremely useful (and entertaining) information regarding the Seven Kingdoms of the Internet (Must show these to my many non geek friends)
  •  Defining characteristic of Trekkies -  yup I have been known to have some of these characteristics - see also Whedonites (yup got the hatred of FOX network)
  • Appreciated the information on the geek subculture of Otaku, this is one subculture I know very little about
  • Excellent, practical information about geek conventions
  • Never heard of geekycon, but now really, really want to go
  • Fabulous introduction to new kick ass female characters
  • Found some new YA series that I am interested in checking out
  • Might let my non-geeky bestie take a gander at it, so she can understand more this part of me
  • Nice little gift for your fellow nerds
 The Not So Good Stuff
  •  Serious lack of Canadian references (I know, picky, picky)
  • Way too brief
  • More for the young geek than this old geek

Favorite Quotes/Passages

 "Your fandoms are like that: fiction, no matter the form, allows you to live a thousand meaningful experiences and relationships that you could never have in real life."

"Still, life is long, and (not to sound like your mom) tattoos are permanent."

"You wouldn't go up to someone in person in person and say horrible things to their face, so don't do it online, either."

4 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review

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