GEEK PAR­ENT­ING

How not to raise a Kylo Ren

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Rhian Drinkwa­ter

re­leased 5 April 208 pages | Hard­back/ ebook

Au­thors Stephen H Se­gal, Valya Dudycz Lu­pescu

Pub­lisher Quirk Books

SF& F is of­ten at its best when it uses al­le­gory to ex­am­ine our lives: Buffy’s analo­gies be­tween teenage demons and the hor­rors of high school; District 9’ s ex­am­i­na­tion of apartheid. But what’s great about those ex­am­ples is that they take an is­sue, make it en­ter­tain­ing and trust the au­di­ence to fig­ure out the mes­sage them­selves. If you’d pre­fer some­one to sit down and pull out the lessons – es­pe­cially the ones tan­gen­tially re­lated to par­ent­ing – then this book, a col­lec­tion of mini- es­says ex­am­in­ing just what par­ents can learn from var­i­ous prop­er­ties, is for you.

The top­ics cov­ered range from ob­vi­ous, feel- good “lessons” – read to your chil­dren, give them space when they need it, un­der­stand that sib­lings will ar­gue ( The Princess Bride, An­gel and Thor, re­spec­tively) – to more bizarre analo­gies ( Bilbo and Frodo Bag­gins teach us to think about what we’ll leave our chil­dren when we die). But there’s lit­tle that will ac­tu­ally make you feel you’ve learned some­thing about ei­ther par­ent­ing or your top TV show.

As a dip- in- and- quote col­lec­tion it could make a nice present for any geeky par­entsto- be you’re out shop­ping for, but don’t ex­pect any real wis­dom or in­sights.

Co- writer Stephen H Se­gal pre­vi­ously edited 2011’ s Geek Wis­dom, “The Sa­cred Teach­ings Of Nerd Cul­ture”.

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