Geek is the new sexy
On the new Sweet Spot m/m romance mailing list (sign up if you haven't already), we had a discussion about our love of geeks and stories about them. I must admit, I am biased. I'm a geek (a computer programmer during the day), and my husband is a geek (too many ways to list). So I love reading about geeky people falling in love. I like writing about it, too: two of the characters in What We Deserve are geeks.
Let's begin our discussion with some sexy geek picspam :)
Oh, dear Lord, who doesn't love Nathan Fillion? Firefly. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Castle. Castle wearing a space cowboy Halloween costume.
I will tell you right now, this man is the only reason I watched Dollhouse. This picture of Fran Kranz is also how I picture Sean in What We Deserve.
Kevin Rose is probably the most adorkable tech millionaire you'll ever see. That's part of his charm. Check out the Diggnation show if you don't believe me. He is who I picture when I think of Tyler in What We Deserve.
Maybe it's just me, but I love Masi Oka. I weep over how they fucked up his Heroes character, but Masi Oka rocks. And how can you not be jealous of his work as a digital effects artist for Industrial Light & Magic?
Now that you are sufficiently schooled in the sexiness of geeks, here are a few books my Sweet Spot peeps and I enjoyed.
Vince Dandro might be going through the quietest quarter-life crisis of all time. He lives alone, works at a comic book shop, and has a crush on his coworker he can't seem to act on. His life is just fine, but only just fine. Everything changes when Vince's long-lost friend Griff shows up at his house in the middle of a blizzard. They were roommates in college, so close back then that Griff's girlfriend called them "lifebuddies" -- but Vince's love for Griff ended the friendship, he thought, forever. They haven't spoken in years. Why has Griff shown up again? And, more importantly, can Vince handle his return?
Vince and Griff are two twentysomethings struggling to find their places in the world and in each other's lives. This is a story of friendship and love, both unrequited and requited, and learning how to fly through the post-college void, where sometimes the only sound you can hear is The Cranberry Hush.
I started the geek discussion when I recommended this book to the list. I enjoyed this book so much that I stayed up half the night...on a work night...to finish it. The characters and plot are captivating, and the plot goes places I didn't expect. I'm really hoping for a sequel *begging with big puppy-dog eyes*
Rory might just be a simple southern boy from St. Antoine’s Parish Louisiana, but he knows what he wants. He’s been in love with the girl of his dreams, reclusive and mysterious artist Ran Yamane, since junior high school. And now he has the chance to meet her. He’s going to chuck everything and travel 1,500 miles to Anime Expo in Long Beach to tell her, and no one and nothing is going to stand in his way.
Ran Yamane is not a girl, but he gets that a lot. People come to him with teddy bears and chocolates and disappointment by the truckload. He’s trusted fans in the past and been tragically wrong. So when he meets Rory he’s understandably wary, but resigned. What he’s not prepared for is his magnetic attraction to the young man, Rory’s apparent willingness to overlook his gender, and the fact that their lives are both thrown into chaos when his number one fan (and psycho stalker) shows up to get revenge.
I've discussed my love of this book previously, and several people on the mailing list liked it as well. When I spread the love that is m/m fiction, it's the first book I recommend. If you haven't read it, go read it now. This blog will still be here when you get back.
Aaron is a whiz with computers but horrible with people. Painfully shy, it’s sometimes all he can do to communicate when he’s face to face with anyone. The fact that he has unusually red hair and gorgeous green eyes only makes it worse because people don’t want him to hide.
But then he’s called upon to troubleshoot a problem with the laptop of Yoshiki Fukui, a big shot executive with his company. Ki is brash, outgoing and painfully handsome and just being in his presence makes Aaron all jittery.
When Ki asks Aaron to help him set up a state-of-the-art entertainment system in his new house, Aaron can’t resist the lure. Little does he suspect that Ki’s got more than just technical help in mind.
First, I have a weakness for red-haired geeks, which has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I'm married to one. Second, there's a yaoi vibe to this that I just can't resist. Third, it's just hot. Seriously hot *fanning self*
Chuck Davidson’s a homicide detective in Boston, and it’s put a damper on his relationships. It’s hard to find a guy who will put up with his crazy hours. Plus, Chuck has an aversion to modern technology. He likes sports, beer, and classic cars instead. How is he to know that planning the impending death of his newest phone will bring him in contact with a cute geek who just might have a thing for rugged, "slightly out of touch with the newest gadgets" older men?
Herbert Pommerest has never been on a date or even kissed a man before. Oh, he knows he’s gay. He did all the experiments to ensure it was true, didn’t just go through a rebellious phase or a knee-jerk reaction because women scared him to death. For Herb, it’s easy to hide himself behind his research and daydream about what having a boyfriend would be like. But saving an expensive phone from an early demise brings him in contact with a street-wise mature detective. Suddenly Herb wishes he knew how to flirt because he’d love to take some lessons of the sensual kind from the sexy Chuck Davidson.
Can a geek and a detective find common ground between their vastly different worlds before one of Chuck’s cases threatens to put Herb in danger from a ruthless killer?
This is a popular book on the Goodreads M/M Romance group, and I enjoyed it, too. I'm a sucker for books about geeks or cops, so having a book with both is like hitting the jackpot :) Sometimes the geekiness of Herb may seem overdone, but have I met real-life geeks who meet every stereotype? Yeah, I have. Some of the things that Herb says just made me laugh out loud, and Chuck is pretty dreamy *sigh*
Now, go forth and find some geek sexiness...and share it with me when you do :) I'm going to listen to my favorite geek song, which I've loved ever since my friend Ang shared it with me.