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My Girlfriend’s A Geek Volume 1.0

October 17, 2010

My Girlfriend’s A Geek volume 1.0
by:
Pentabu
Published by: Yen Press
from the publisher: This blog is a record of battle as dictated by a man with a fujoshi girlfriend.
Okay, that was a lie. I’m not fighting at all.
The war is purely one-sided. Each day I am dragged further and further into the world of otaku.
I cannot be held responsible for any damages incurred by reading this blog
and falling into the same predicament.
There is much otaku talk contained within, so please follow your directions carefully, and do not exceed your recommended dosage.
my ramblings:
This novel is fantastic. Ok, so it’s not technically a novel, it’s a blog that’s been published in book form, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. I can’t tell you the number of times I laughed out loud! I sped through the book in about two hours (since it really is nothing but short blog posts). The author, Pentabu, has an exceedingly hilarious writing style, that gives you a definite feel for what he was really feeling at the time. I think my favorite were the times he freaked out about the shojo manga (Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden to be exact!) left in his apartment and the time his girlfriend ordered a number of eroge to be delivered to his apartment because it was too embarrassing for them to be delivered to her apartment.
The pure number of anime references in this book is actually a bit astounding. And the number of those that I understood made me feel more and more like a fujoshi myself! (In the non-BL use of the word.) Yen included a note and glossary section in the back of the book that was useful for the extremely obscure references (and for those, like a brand of mothballs mentioned). The only problem I had with this was that it wasn’t done by page number of the reference, but alphabetically. It was still extremely useful, but it would have been more so if the notes and references were in order by the way they were mentioned in the book.
Yen uses a bunch of different fonts and bolding for emphasis and the like, which I’m assuming was in the original, and is a fun and easy way to get major points across. They also included a color page in the front, which was nice, but actually rather useless, as it was just a slightly different version of the front cover and there was nothing on the backside of the page. I didn’t notice any grammatical or spelling errors, so serious props to Yen Press for that.
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite of the Yen Press light novel series; it’s a shame there’s only one more volume! I suggest this to anyone who likes a good laugh over anime references or for someone looking for a short and extremely light read. It’s extremely well done and extremely hilarious!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. warriorhope permalink
    October 17, 2010 3:51 pm

    Sylph and your reviews make my want to read it right now.

    Though it seems Otaku girl and non-otaku guy narratives are rather popular right now in light novels/anime. I wonder if it was because of this guy’s blog.

    • October 17, 2010 4:07 pm

      It was awesome~ :D

      It very well might be, since the blogs were dated 2005 in the book, so it’s certainly been around long enough to be an influence.

  2. October 18, 2010 4:20 pm

    Blogging about a book that’s a blog in compiled form, more meta~ xD
    I can’t believe I missed this coming out— this sound awesome enough that I need read it asap o/
    Second novel comes out in Nov. too; ah Yen Press is so dependable ^^

    • October 24, 2010 2:32 pm

      hahaha, it is totally meta! xD
      It is awesome. :3
      It’s actually the second volume of the manga that’s coming out in November, the second novel doesn’t come out until next March. :[ (but Yen’s still super dependable~)

  3. October 27, 2010 2:06 pm

    I just finished this too!
    Such a good read :D
    Definitely a new favorite from Yen Press (sorry Haruhi ^^;)

    My friends keep telling me the manga is good so I’ll be getting that here soon (no rush since the second one is just coming out in…November I think?)
    (if only I could convince my friends to read the light novel. They just nod their head when I mention it, and resume talking about the manga. READ THE LIGHT NOVEL! SUPPORT MY LOVE!!!!! is what I want to shout after I jump on the table and do a dramatic pose. Poor light novels…)

    • October 27, 2010 3:09 pm

      I agree…I definitely liked it more than Haruhi. Haruhi’s fun, but this was just so much better~

      I’m sure the manga’s interesting, but I feel like it’s probably all stuff from the novel in manga form, and I think the novels are enough for me. :]

      haha, I totally understand! (though half the time getting my friends to even buy manga is a chore!) But I really wish more people would get light novels!!

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