i decided to drop the novel i used to enjoy, simply because i can't stand how the author really tried to shove every single minute that the MC is goddamn smart, instead of just showing that he has a working brain.
this is one thing where i advocate the show, don't tell thing.
>My first real job out of high school was working at a music store and one day this teenage kid comes in and plays the hell out of a guitar and my boss, who also play guitar said, "Wow, that was impressive! Do you play in a band?" To which the kid said, "no, not yet, right now I just play with myself." My boss replied, "well that explains a lot."