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Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
This book tries to be 'The Ultimate Guide to Geek Culture' (as the subtitle says) but for me it fails at being ultimate. I miss things in it, and it seems to have a strong bias towards America.
The book documents the history of geekdom, from 335 BC to 2003. Items are categorised under 'geek food', 'geek cars', 'geek tv', 'geek sci-fi', 'geek science + technology', 'geek comics', 'geek robots', 'geek movies', 'geek fashion', 'geek pop', 'geek gadgets', 'geek computers', 'geek hackers', 'geek games', 'geek miscellaneous', 'geek internet' and 'geek cyberpunk'.
Short (hey, the Nintendo generation can read this) bits about each subject try to recall interesting bits. There are also opinions on the quality of movies, books and such, which does not seem to take into account that geeks can have very strong (and very differing) opinions about subjects such as the best Star Trek series and the ideal editor.
Especially 'geek tv' seems focussed on US tv, but also other categories like 'geek pop'.
There is also stuff I really miss. This book acknowledges that there may have been some 'Internet' before world-wide-web, but thinks it only really started at info.cern.ch. There is not a single word in this book about the BBS phenomena, which I consider a grave omission, as a geek hobby and as a communication and community system that predates the web.
A nice book to read, with lots of 'ooh, I remember that' stuff in the eighties, but not 'The Ultimate Guide'.
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