Long Con
February 17th, 2019 by diane92345

Jump into nerd culture with the Long Con.

The Long Con is the longest pop culture convention ever. It appears the Convention caused the apocalypse five years previously. Since he survived the Convention’s destruction, reporter Victor is given the assignment to find out what happened.

Slipping back and forth between the post-apocalyptic present and the pre-apocalyptic past, the plot is interesting and includes many details about conventions. I wish that the characterizations were more fleshed out. However, the humor makes up for it. The Long Con is recommended to those who have either been to conventions or wished they had. 3.5 stars!

Thanks to Oni Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Not Now Not Ever
November 20th, 2017 by diane92345

A fun “King of the Nerds” meets Jeopardy summer camp is the setting for this entertaining young adult romance.

Ever Lawrence is determined to make her own way in life.  She won’t become a lawyer like her Dad, a local community theater actress who sells real estate like her Stepmom or join the Air Force like her Mom. She loves Octavia Butler’s novels and decides to get a free scholarship to the only school that has a Science Fiction Literature degree, Rayevich College. Taking a test and writing an awesome essay gets her into Camp Onward where at least one attendee will win the coveted scholarship at the conclusion of the camp. The contests required to win vary between the physical and the intellectual. Ever tries not to be distracted by her growing attraction to one of the other campers, her strange roommate and even stranger resident adviser.

Not Now, Not Ever is a humorous take on Much Ado about Nothing.  However, I enjoyed the frequent Oscar Wilde quotes and pop culture references even more. The characters are believable and the finale is great.  The machinations of some of the campers are laugh-out-loud funny. Even though I am far from a young adult, I loved the characters, plot and the setting.  4 stars!

I won an advanced reader copy of Not Now, Not Ever in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review. This book will be released on November 21, 2017.

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