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"The Quincy Quarries are hardly the pits in Hollywood's voyeuristic eyes. Scenes for the Boston-based films Gone Baby Gone and The Departed were shot there. Now the deep holes have a featured role in the new graphic novel Geeks & Greeks."
"Amusing romp... inventive dialog effectively juxtaposes outrageousness with hyperacademic geekery... colorful art intersperses near-realism with cartoonier drawings... great fun for college-age readers and adults."
"Fresh, fun, and sometimes, wonderfully batshit insane... Geeks & Greeks is not like other graphic novels, with their cliché-laden dialogue and tired, recycled plotlines. Geeks aspires to grandeur and more often than not, achieves it."
"The best stories come from people who’ve had unusual adventures in highly-specific arenas. They bring an authenticity to the dialogue and the irrefutable confidence that comes from actual lived experience."
"Geeks & Greeks is an absolutely entertaining book that gives readers a look into the MIT hacking culture. It's a devilishly smart book with hilarious pop culture references blended with interesting scientific terminology that explodes into one amazing book."
"It's hard to tell where the truth ends and the humor begins with this Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate. It'd be easy to understand why a publisher might reject his work at first blush, deeming it couldn't possibly be true. So when Steve Altes of Santa Clarita set out to write about the grandiose pranks practiced by his college coeds and fraternity brothers in his latest book, Geeks & Greeks, he said he included 120 footnotes to explain the real-life events that inspired it."
"Steve’s sense of humor is wonderful and I laughed out loud on multiple occasions (and not just at the geeky jokes). I actually started laughing at his introduction, before I had even started the story. I was pleasantly surprised by the romance. I loved all the nerdy flirting between the protagonist and the sperm donor receptionist (yes, you read that right). They had great chemistry and sweet moments that had me rooting for them."
"The artwork is consistently pleasing throughout the novel, and does a great job at bringing many unbelievable events to life. In this way, the novel is certainly a compelling read, filled with jokes that will please anyone with nerdier sensibilities and stories that are sure to inspire young readers to apply to the Institute."
"Based on real-life events from Altes' campus experience, including the well-known hacker culture prevalent at MIT, and the volatile nature of many fraternities, this graphic novel sets out to entertain while also showing what the modern nerd is really like."
"I hope Geeks & Greeks gets people excited about engineering and especially MIT. If you’re a bright high school student and want to be where the most creative and dynamic people are, you’re going to want to go to MIT."
"While the book is about pranks, that’s not all it is. It is a love story, a history lesson, and a study into the culture of MIT fraternity life. It is well written by MIT alum Steve Altes and has fantastic art by Andy Fish."
"A nerd with nomadic career, Altes has worked as an aide to former president Bill Clinton, a business consultant, a speaker and also acted in movies such as Hollow Man, Spy Game, The Peacemaker, and Girl Interrupted."
"Ass-kicking MIT alumni: Buzz Aldrin, George Eastman (founder of Eastman-Kodak), Benjamin Netanyahu (PM of Israel), honorable mention: Steve Altes ’84, Brad Pitt body double and model on the box of Just For Men Sandy Blond hair color."
"The humorists in our electorate include 20 gays/lesbians. (This does not include metrosexuals or even address the inclinations of Steve Altes, who is a hand model, actor, cover guy for men's hair-color products as well as a widely published humorist.)"
"The pattern for women to whom the president is sexually attracted – or who are sexually attracted to him, as Lewinsky candidly admits and as Tripp describes Willey – is a variation. He hugs them for just a little bit longer than could be put down to ordinary platonic affection. And he waits for them to disengage. This pattern has been documented repeatedly, most recently in Capital Style, wherein Steve Altes describes how 'Clinton Hit On My Wife.'"
"Steve Altes bristles when he hears high schools are discarding their valedictorian programs to do away with academic competition. Said Mr. Altes, 'Welcome to the real world. In the Olympics, if you do the giant slalom, a hundredth of a second can get you the gold medal.'"
"It's especially frustrating to have to life vast, heavy tanks of liquid oxygen up through the oxygen-rich atmosphere, 'like a fish carrying a canteen of drinking water with him,' as a young engineer from MIT named Steve Altes has put it in his study, The Aerospace Plane: Technological Feasibility and Policy Implications."
"The report estimated that development costs for the American version were likely to reach $17 billion, far beyond the $3 billion projected in recent statements by the Air Force and NASA. The M.I.T. study was conducted by Steve Altes, while he was a research assistant to Kosta Tsipis, director of M.I.T.'s Program in Science and Technology for International Security."