As a reader of this fine magazine, you’ll know beyond any logical doubt that we, the geeks, have indeed inherited the Earth. Our lifestyle is celebrated on TV, the cinema and of course in the accomplishments in the field of science. We are pretty much here to stay.
But one thing lacking is a kind of handbook to help us navigate our sometimes tricky way through the mundane and often confusing trials and tribulations of everyday life. Well, fortunately there IS now such a book. The Geek Guide to Life is precisely what it says. Although written with a clear sense of humour, it isn’t a jokey book pointing the finger of fun at a stereotype, but rather a handy reference book of hints and tips offering solutions to a diverse range of everyday situations that one might encounter.
Subdivided into eight sections: Health and Body, Work and Career, Love and Relationships, At Home, Leisure and Sport, Travel, Money, and of course Technology, there is literally something here to appeal to everybody – and the advice given is actually backed up by hard, proven scientific fact, with studies and sources quoted – thus giving the book a great deal more credence than the normal self help guides.
So, if you want advice on the best way to shake off a bad cold, how to save money in the supermarket, how to win at Monopoly by buying the properties with the most favourable odds of your opponents landing on them, it’s all here. Written in a warm and friendly vein with a touch of humour, this book also advises on geekier matters such as the best placement of your broadband Wi-Fi router to optimise its performance and how to choose the best possible seat at your multiplex to enhance both your viewing and listening experience. (Seriously, how many of us have agonised over that over the years?)
Should you walk, or run in the rain? How do you increase your chances of winning at sports? What colour car should you buy that is statistically safer than the rest? Networking, memory boosting, confidence building, sleeping well – the book contains a staggering amount of common sense, scientifically solid advice, much of it new information to this particular reviewer, who will be adopting some of its principles immediately.
Its only drawback is the Minecraft style computer generated graphics, which may well have looked great on a computer but translate poorly to the printed page. We’re holding back one star on the rating for that.
THE GEEK GUIDE TO LIFE / AUTHORS: COLIN STUART & MUN KEAT LOOI / PUBLISHER: ANDREDEUTSCH / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW