Author: Sam Maggs
Published: May 12th 2015 by Quirk Books
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.
I started this book few mornings ago, during my commute and I immediately liked it. I didn't know the author, but her writing style was appealing to me, because it looked like I was reading a blog.
I really enjoyed the way she describes all the various fandoms adding all the quirks and the characteristics of each "world", the Tolkien one wasn't very accurate, but I think it's just because it's my main fandom, so I'm a bit picky. :) What I really appreciated from the first pages of this books was the dictionary/encyclopedia chapter with all the geeky words used by fangirls. I wish I had something like that when I discovered the Tolkien fandom online four years ago! Being a not native english person, it was very hard to understand the meaning and the right context of many words!
The book is a very easy reading and it's packed with tons of resources, useful even if you aren't a newbie anymore. There are different levels of knowledge of the geekverse in my opinion and there is always something to learn, so I think this would be a great resource for everybody, not matter your status.
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy is an enjoyable book, but I have a personal criticism to do: it's for american readers. All the conventions, the events and so on, are all things you can find in US, the author doesn't mention all the other geeky gatherings around the world. The general setting of this book made me feel like she wrote it just for american people, because she never mentions other countries. I cound easily entitle the book The US Fangirl's Guide...
That said, I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it to my fellow geek friends.